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March To-Be-Read 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will, ironically, be doing my very first TBR of the year and do not even get me started on the lack of articles that I have been putting up since the beginning of this year. But, I have a good reason for it. I did not really produce many articles on my blog this year due to the stressful amount of homework that I am currently having in my school. In addition, I am having my finals this year which is frightening that my new life in college is going to start soon which is next year. 

So, with those things aside, I would like to dive head-on into my March TBR 2018 list. I probably would not be able to read all of them, but I will most certainly try! Now, the first on my To-Be-Read list is:

1. Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black

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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behaviour of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Me, speaking:

Oh my goodness, you guys. I already finished the first book which I am planning on doing a full non-spoiler but will contain some mini spoilers book review on this blog and I am currently reading the second book- Red Gloves which is equally as charming as the first novel! I can’t wait to finish this trilogy! And I highly recommend all of you to check this gorgeous book out! 

My rating for White Cat on Goodreads: ✶✶✶✶✶

Red Gloves Page Count: 104/325

2. City Of Bones, City Of Ashes and City Of Glass By Cassandra Clare

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

Me, speaking (again):

Again, I finished the first book- City Of Bones this month and I thought it was rather mediocre. Initially, I thought it would be an extremely fantastic book since this book had been adapted into films and a television series… However, I found the beginning of the book to be rather anti-climatic and if you would like to know more about what I had in mind for this book, do visit my City Of Bones review! I will be linking it down below for you guys to check it out:

Review: City Of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Also, because I thought the ending for book one in the Shadowhunters series was absolutely fabulous (unlike the beginning of the novel), I had decided to continue on with this series! And with that being said, I am currently reading City Of Ashes along with Red Gloves which I thought both of them are entertaining me enough to not distract the chemicals in my brain to another novel. 

My rating for City Of Bones on Goodreads: ✶✶✶⋆

City Of Ashes Page Count: 125/411

3. Angelfall By Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Travelling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Me, Speaking (x2 again):

I bought Angelfall By Susan Ee recently due to the fact that I have Book Two and Book Three on my bookshelf without book one to join the collection which led to a problem… I cannot read this trilogy without reading book one. Therefore, the purchases. However, I have been eyeing on this novel before I have gotten the second and third book! And in time, it has sparked something in me which has gotten me curious on what it is about! Thus, I cannot wait to read it this month!

4. Agent Darcy & Ninja Steve: Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman

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Thirteen-year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve-year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the grey mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me, Speaking (x3 again):

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a middle-grade novel and it is pretty short which I am planning on reading over the weekend. So, I am sure the review for this novel will be out soon! And I had read some pretty good reviews on Goodreads about this book that I could not wait to get my eyes on those words beneath the cover! Therefore, I am excited to read this novel!

5. Rebels and Fools David Michael Williams

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The greatest peace treaty in Altaerran history is unravelling. As civil war threatens the Continent United, two fallen Knights of Superius are forced to join the rebels they once condemned. Hounded by assassins and assailed by doubt, they flee to Capricon in search of answers — only to discover the island harbours dark secrets of its own. 

Alongside a mostly reformed thief, a dethroned pirate king, a mysterious woman with a magical sword, and other would-be heroes, the fugitives encounter a sinister power that has taken root within the Alliance. If the Renegades and Knighthood can’t rise above their bitter rivalry, both factions — and the realm itself — are doomed. 

Me, Speaking (x4 again):

I had been putting this book off most my TBR because of how unmotivated I was at the time when I was extremely stressful and do not wish to read any fantasy novels. I would not say that I am not very stress now, but I am in the mood for some fantasy to invade into my brain. Thus, I cannot wait to read this novel- soon! 

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

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J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

Me, Speaking (x5 again):

I finished this screenplay in a sitting and I thought it was a magical journey to be in the wizarding world again! Although I have absolutely 0 idea on how I should annotate and what kind of style I should perform for this review, I will still try my best to do it anyways. Therefore, I enjoyed reading this beautiful book!

My Rating for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling on Goodreads: ✶✶✶✶

Before I end this exciting TBR article that I just made, I would like to share an announcement with you guys! I have yet to review the following books down below:

  • Ocean at the end of the lane By Neil Gaiman
  • Viral Spark By Martin McConnell
  • White Cat By Holly Black
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

The thing is, I have not had the time to review them which is a bummer because I would really like to release my thoughts on all of these books to you guys! However, I would be reviewing them soon but it will be a tedious process because I can only be stringing up reviews when I have some time off from homework and revision and all that stuff. So, sorry for all the wait and sorry again!

This is the end of my March TBR list and I will probably add a few more books onto the list but as for now, I am going to stick to whatever books that I have put onto the list of books that I am going to read this month! Therefore, I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your March TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will officially be doing my very first book review of 2018 and that book is called ‘Before I Fall’ By Lauren Oliver! My 2018 book reading starts off on a good note because I absolutely enjoyed reading Lauren Oliver’s debut novel- Before I Fall! So, I sincerely hope that the books that I read in 2018 will all be great and fantastic! Now, let us jump right into my mini-summary of the novel!

Before I Fall is a Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction following Samantha Kingston as she relived the day of her death over and over again and discovered that everything led to everything and also, she found out that she had hurt the people who cared for her.

So, without further ado, let us jump right into the book review for the novel!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.


For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us hit off the high note with this review by complimenting on the book cover (movie edition)! It is so beautiful with all of its glass effects and Zoey Deutch is in them which makes the cover 10 times more gorgeous than it already is. Plus, the blueness and the font of the book title are perfect in their positions! Therefore, I love this cover more than the original one!

Now, with the cover review aside, let us get into the actual book review.

Let us kick off the book review with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was really quick and it, surprisingly, kept me going page after page as the book does not bore me to death and instead, it made me energetic and curious to know and understand what is going to happen next or rather- the next scene. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing of the book and I am sure that you will enjoy it too as the pacing had a perfect equilibrium on both ends.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere that revolved around this novel. The atmosphere for this novel was really creepy and sad because what would you do if you have to relive the day of your death over and over again? What would you do to change? To be a better person in a day? And those are the creepy portions of the novel. The sad part is the death that the protagonist had to go through day after day after day but still on the same day. Therefore, I loved the atmosphere of this novel!

Furthermore, the tone of the novel was really deep which made the topics that the author wanted to discuss with her readers even more meaningful because not only the book itself is dark, the meaning of the novel is dark as well. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone that the author had added to the story.

Now, to the question that we have all been waiting for: Is it well constructed? No plot holes?

The answer to that question is yes! I thought that the novel was very well constructed because there were not any plot holes and everything that the author was trying to say was clearly presented in the book. Also, the characters in the book were also very well developed! Thus, I loved how the book was constructed!

Moving on, we have my favourite and most relatable quote in the book and that marvellous quote is:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

I can relate to this quote because you will never know when you are going to die or pass on. Therefore, we must be grateful for everything that we have on earth.

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning of the novel that I would like to discuss with all of you here. I thought the beginning of the novel was very good because the very first sentence in page one had already hooked me into the story by making me desperate to find out what has transpired in her life or the days of her life.

In addition, the ending was tear-jerking because not only she had changed and made herself a better person to be reflected on, she had also shown the true beauty inside of her instead of the meanness that she had put up at the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I loved both the ending and the beginning sentences!

Finally, we have the relationship topic that I would like to discuss in this review. The relationship that Samantha and Kent had by the end of the novel was, in my personal opinion, really forced because you cannot just fall in love with someone that kissed you on the lips for no apparent reason. However, I found the relationship that she had, again by the end of the novel, with her parents to be extremely genuine because of the changes that she had brought about. Thus, I some sort liked the relationships in this novel.

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!

Writing: The Middle

The writing style for this novel was a phenomenon because Lauren Oliver not only able to make the writing style descriptive but also poetic and lyrical at the same time. She entwined all the characters and the scenes perfectly that made the readers captured every single one of the pictures that she wanted to put into her readers’ head.

In addition, she made the story so devastating and so full of rage that readers’ would crave for more of the life of Samantha and the way that she experiences and changes throughout the course of the days that she has relived.

Furthermore, I found out that some readers’ on the internet said that the book was very repetitive. Well, I would not really disagree on that because the first three days that she had relived were quite similar to one another. However, as you dive deeper into the novel, it would not be the actions on the same days will not be the same anymore. Therefore, I enjoyed the way that Lauren Oliver had written this wonderful and crafty novel!

Now, let us move into the characters section of this review!

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Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Kent McFuller: I did not like him as much as I would have thought because he was a little forced to be with Samantha and there was not actually a bunch of chemistry between the two. However, I liked how he was always so straight-forward with his words and never had a second thought about them. Therefore, I am giving his character a percentage of 45/100%.

Samantha Kingston: I disliked her at the beginning of the novel because she was extremely bitchy and mean to other people. Also, the meanness was up to a point where a character that she bullied attempted to commit suicide. However, her character developed as the book moved forward and I came to a sense that I started liking or rather- loving Samantha because she had changed from meanness to a kind-hearted loving girl. Thus, I liked the development that Lauren had deposited into her.

Lindsay Edgecomb: I did not like her at all. She does not give a shit about what she had done to hurt others’ feelings and she was just an overall mean person but there was a scene which presented her as a redeemable character and although the book had ended, I still had some hope for her to change to a better person. Thus, I am not going to rate her or anything but her character had hope.

Now, let us move into the overall section of this review!

Overall: The Ending

Substantially, I am giving this book a 90% rating! It did really change me as a person and I would highly recommend all of you to give this novel an attempt to see if you like it or not! 

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Most Anticipated Books Of 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018’ Article today! I know my schedule for this mini-series is supposed to be due on the 1st of January but I had many things to do and the following days just got worse. Therefore, I did not follow the schedule. Sorry!

As for now, I am going to restate the schedule and links down below and apparently, this is going to be the last article for this mini-series which I do not wish to leave but I must. So, I will probably perform more of these types of content on my channel and do let me know if you like this mini-series down in the comment box below! 


Just like my previous article which is called the ‘Favourite Books Of 2017’, I had mentioned about a mini-series that I will be performing on my blog and the only article that I have yet to make is ‘My Most Anticipated Reads Of 2018’ and that article will be performed today. So, here is the list of what I will be doing for my blog’s bookish mini-series:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Now, with that statement being said, let us jump into my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018’ list! 

1. The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

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Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


I cannot wait to read this book because of how awesome it sounded and the cover is absolutely stunning! In addition, I am ready to give another chance to Holly Black because I did not love ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ but I am willing to give that book another go before I move into ‘The Cruel Prince’. So, wish me luck!

2. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?


I am dead. I cannot believe that this series is coming to an end because all of my babies in this series had suffered through so much of Victoria Aveyard’s evil satisfaction and I just love this series and I do not wish for it to end but at the same time, I would like to see how it concludes… Therefore, I am the guy in between of the two categories. 

Either way, I am still excited to read this concluding novel!

3. Ash Princess By Laura Sebastian

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Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.


This book has a truly blessed and remarkable cover that I just could not take my eyes off of and the synopsis for this book, which is pushing my pure adrenaline to the brim, feels and reads like Red Queen. Thus, I am so pumped for this book and I cannot wait for it to be released into this beautiful world!

4. Sightwitch By Susan Dennard

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Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.


Is it just me or are you guys also excited to read Sightwitch? I loved how Susan Dennard had crafted the world of Truthwitch and Ryber- a sightwitch, always interest as a character in Truthwitch. Therefore, I cannot wait to read this novella and know who Ryber really is!

5. Ace Of Shades Amanda Foody

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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play. 


This book has an amazing cover and the synopsis sounded marvellous as well. Thus, I cannot wait to read this amazing book.

6. A Line In The Dark Malinda Lo

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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.


Night Film- a book which I loved last year and had made it up to the top of my favourite books of 2017, had really inspired me to read more mystery/thriller novels and now, A Line In The Dark is making its way into the world and I cannot wait to read it because it sounds so remarkable!

7. Heart Of Iron By Ashley Poston

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Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?


This book sounds amazing and has a plot with a setting in space and human space captains? Sign me up! (I cannot wait to read this book, for your information)

8. Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


Another book set in space with space pirates and all those cool and fun stuff? Sign me up again! (Again, I am excited to read this book!)

And that concludes my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018!’ Be sure to let me know what your Most Anticipated Books Of 2018 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

The King Of Average By Gary Schwartz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz today! Gary Schwartz is a debut author who had written many screenplays and appeared in numerous films had written ‘The King Of Average’ which I was mightily surprised that I really enjoyed it wholeheartedly. So, without further ado, let us jump right into my mini-summary for the book!

The King Of Average is a Humorous, Middle Grade- Fantasy novel following a boy named James who was average in everything. Such as his exams, etc. And then one day, he walked around the streets and he was immediately transported into the Kingdom of Average where everything is… Average and the story sets off from there.

Now, let us get into the review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The audiobook and a copy of the book were sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“He had longed to have a normal family: a father and mother, a brother and sister. Alas, his mother was all the family he’d ever known.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.


James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average.

He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. When James stumbles into a Shangri-la called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is.

Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle-grade novel The King of Average by debut author Gary Schwartz.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us being with this review by commenting on the cover for this book. I found the cover to be extremely unattractive because the words on the cover are too big and the cover feels very messy with all those wording and pictures. Also, the colours do not blend into one another equally. Therefore, I did not like this cover but the story was pretty good. So, let us get on with the review!

We are now going to discuss the predictability of this book. Yeah, I am going to drop the bomb first before we move to the candy side of this review. So, this book was quite predictable because the author gave too much away at the beginning of the novel and as the plot progressed forward, the predictability became even more intense. It was as if you knew what the whole story was about before you even read it. Therefore, I did not like how predictable the story was.

Moving on, we have a hilarious subject which I would like to talk about and that is ‘a character popped out in the middle of nowhere and our protagonist took him along on the journey to become king.’ Uhm… That is pretty dumb because what if this particular character is a stalker? or a murderer? and the protagonist must have known that the world is quite scary and not everyone can be trusted. Therefore, I did not like this aspect in the book due to the dumbness that it was surrounded with.

Furthermore, we have the pacing that was being held around this book. I found the pacing to be equally placed out because it was not both quick nor slow, it was just in the middle, in other words, neutral and I finished this book in two sittings due to the fact that the story captivated me throughout my reading. Therefore, I really loved the pacing of this novel!

Moreover, we are now going to address on the world building and atmosphere in this book. Personally, I thought the world-building was a little lack-lustre because the tribes in the world were all over the place and the cultures were not really described. However, the landscapes in the world were described perfectly. So, in order to conclude this topic, I am going to say that I did not really enjoy the world-building because the bad outweighs the good.

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere in this book was not really that blend-able because when a character is in danger, the other character just laughs it off by saying some jokes and I do not think the atmosphere blended properly. Therefore, I disliked the atmosphere in this book because of its imbalance and misused of atmospheres. 

Into the bargain, we have the relationships and the tone that were being revolved around this book. The relationships in this blockbuster were really genuine and although the relationship between Kiljoy and James felt a little force, I still think that they were an overall, enjoyable relationships to read about. Thus, I loved the relationships that were being placed on this novel.

In addition to the bargain, the tone of the was chatty, whimsical and righteous. It was chatty and whimsical because the sincerity of the characters towards certain things was really low most of the time and it was righteous because the protagonist knew what had to be done. Thus, I enjoyed the tone of the novel but I did not like how whimsical it was most of the time.

Moving on, I would like to talk about the ending of this novel. I did not like how it had ended because the story did not really close or rather- sealed shut nicely and instead of sealing shut, it opened up to more stories and therefore, leads to a cliffhanger. Thus, the ending was not my cup of tea (sorry!).

On top of that, we have the illustrations which I would like to talk about in this review because the pictures were stunning and I really enjoyed myself while I was reading and listening to the audiobook for this novel! Here is the illustration that the book has contained:

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Gorgeous! Am I right? There are more illustrations in this book which you can find out more by reading this book or checking it out on Google. Thus, I really loved this element in the novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes which I would like to mention on in this book. The plot holes were really bothersome because of how unexplained those plots were and even if they were just minor plots that contributed nothing to the major plot of the book, it was still very… annoying. Therefore, I do not like the unexplained plot points. 

Now, let us get into the audiobook section of this review!


The audiobook was narrated by Gary Schwartz, the author, himself and I think he did a very great job of narrating it! I was not once bored out or find myself wandering off to somewhere else in my brain because the way that he had spoken had captivated me on continuing with the tale of James. 

I would first like to speak on the topic of the way he had spoken with different voices to make his listeners understand who in the world is speaking in the book. He was really good at narrating different voices and I just loved it. There are not any more words that I would like to add-on to this topic. So, let us move on.

Moving on, we have the story itself. The story was fun and I have already spoken on it just now but without the story and its plot, I do not think that the book will be that good and the narration will probably be bad too. Therefore, I really loved the story and the audiobook!

Finally, I loved how the story flowed perfectly with the narration for the book! When I was listening to the audiobook, I was mildly impressed by how fitting it was with the book! Thus, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend all of you to listen to it on audible if you have the time to check the book out!

Now, let us dive into the writing section for this review!


“Good for you. You’ve won. You have me in your power, James. I am yours to command.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

I loved Gary’s writing style for this book. It was beautifully poetic, articulate and lyrical. He had a great way of expressing how the world that he had built worked and the rules in his world which I found mesmerizing because you can see the effort that the author had put into his work to make a beautiful tale for us, readers. Thus, I really loved his style of writing!

Also, the words that were used in this book were descriptive and I truly enjoyed how well written the book was. Therefore, I loved the writing style for this book. 

Now, let us get into the characters section in this book!

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“You do,” replied the monk. “I am you.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

James: He was selfless, optimistic and humble. I found out that his characterization is actually a great example for kids nowadays to follow because of how kind of a character he was. Also, his character development was fantastic. Thus, he was an overall perfect protagonist in this book to read about. 

Monsieur W. Roget: I did not really like him as a character because there were not any elements in him other than his humorous nature. Thus, I do not think that he was a necessary character to be added to the story.

Kiljoy: I liked Kiljoy because he was quirky and he loved to make snarky comments in the book which I found hilarious and most of the time, I will find myself laughing out loud. However, there was not much substance in his character and his origin other than how snarky he was. Therefore, he was not very developed as a character in this novel.

Marie: She was a really fun character to read about because Marie was a tenacious, confident and witty character who was stubborn at times but those moments were understandable. However, there was not any development in her character except for the ending which she finally had a boast about her character. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this book but she was really meh due to the lack of developments.

Jerome: I liked Jerome. He was very stubborn and that was one of the reasons why he had more elements in his nature than the others because he had a story to tell and it was an interesting tale. Also, his character development throughout the book was pretty impressive. Thus, I really loved his character in this book!


I am giving this book a solid 68.945% rating! It was a superb read and I highly recommend it to people who would like to have a short, fun and quick book to read!

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The King Of Average By Gary Schwartz! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

War Horse By Michael Morpurgo || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a review for ‘War Horse’ By Michael Morpurgo today! Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse is very well-loved by many of my fellow social media and close friends but unfortunately, this book is not for me and I despised it even though it has a great cover. Well, we will go more in-depth into the review later on. As for now, we will jump right into my little summary for War Horse.

War Horse is a Young Adult, Historical Fiction novel following a perspective of a horse named- Joey as he was sold to the army to be a cavalry horse. 

Now, let us dive right into the review as I have had a lot of thoughts on this book that I would like to share with all of you today. 


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This review may contain minor spoilers from the book. So, be aware of the spoilers if you do not want to be spoiled.

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“He laughed to himself he said because if he did not laugh he would cry.”- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.


A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero’s journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope.

But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

My thoughts: Introduction

“Blind terror drove me on, with my flying stirrups whipping me into a frenzy. With no rider to carry I reached the kneeling riflemen first and they scattered as I came upon them.”- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.

Before we get into the review, I would like to speak on the glorious cover of the novel. I have to give some credits to the person who had created this masterpiece because of how beautiful it is! Firstly, I loved how minimalistic it is with a horse on the front cover. Secondly, I liked the colours that blend in with the overall piece. Lastly, I adored the fact that there is no blurb on the cover because it would not have fit in nicely and perfectly on the cover art. 

Now, let us get into the actual review for the book because we have taken plenty of time on the cover art review! So…

We will now be addressing on the pacing of this novel. I liked (sarcasm) how thin the book was, yet how long it took me to finish this book due to the dullness that the story had provided (which I will be ranting and giving you guys more details later on in the review, as for now…). This book is 180 pages long and it took me three days to finish. THREE! I know, right? The font for the wording in the book was not even small and in fact, they were quite large. So, the only reason why it took me so long to finish it was because of the lack of motivation to pick the book up due to the dryness that this book had contained. Therefore, I did not like how slow the pacing of this book was. 

Moving on, I will now be spouting on the atmosphere and setting of this book. The atmosphere did not blend into the story perfectly like some other novels do. It was all over the place and nothing seemed to really make any sense. Also, the author tried to make it suspenseful but he kind of… failed? (Sorry! I know I sounded like a meanie but I do not wish to sugarcoat anything. Therefore, the word was used). Thus, I did not like the atmosphere that the author tried to create to make this book feel much more… Better.

In addition to my former paragraph, the book was set in a time where the first world war was being held and the story was told from a perspective of a horse. Now, I disliked the point of view from the horse because it does not really let you know or absorb anything that is occurring in the war and when it is actually told, you can just see glimpses of the war that is being held as the setting of the story. Therefore, I just disliked how the author used this period of time to tell a story of a horse who went through war but hid every detail of the war from the reader. 

Furthermore, I would like to present the topics of the beginning and the ending of the book which was both a good and a bad. The beginning of the novel was not good because it was boring and people just came and ‘went’ (died) throughout the horse’s life which the author tried to make me feel sadness due to the death of that person, but he just did not pass since that character was under-developed. However, the ending of this book was great! It was 100000x better than the beginning because I was happy that the owner and the horse had finally reunited. Therefore, I loved the ending more than the beginning of the novel.

Finally, we have to discuss the relationships that had taken place in this book! I felt the genuine relationship between the horse and its owner- Albert. It was beautiful and I am currently feeling the need to gush about it but I am afraid that I would not stop so… Let’s not do that. Although the relationship between them was beautiful, I felt how under-developed the character, Albert, was. Therefore, I did enjoy the relationships in this book!

Now, let us get into the audiobook section of this review!



I did not listen to the audiobook because the book is relatively short. Therefore, I do not think that there is a need for this section as for this review! 

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!


“I can hate you more, but I’ll never love you less.”- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.

I did not like the writing style for this book. That is all.

Just kidding, we will get into the specifics on why I loathed the way this book was written right here, right now. So, let us begin with…

The typos. I did not like how there were so many typos in this book. Mind you, I thought it was an accident when I read the first sentence with typos. However, as I ventured deeper into the novel, more typos appeared and I started to think if the typos were displayed on purpose but it does not seem like it. Either way, it threw me off the edge for reading the typos. Therefore, this is the first reason for my distaste for the writing style.

An example of the typo sentence will be given down below:

“I wants you lads to keep your eyes peeled back and wide open- then we’ll all live to eat our breakfast, if it’s on this morning.”

Uhm.. No, thank you.

Moving on, we have the lack of consistency and special effects that the writing for this book had contained. The lack of consistency in the writing style was what bothered me the most because there was a character in this book who does not speak well but all of a sudden, he had spoken so well that it just does not click with the character’s language-wise. Therefore, an inconsistency in writing style.

In addition to my prior paragraph, there were not any special effects on the writing style, such as flashbacks, character growth, etc. The story just went on and on but nothing was there to add on to the overall story and plot. Thus, I was mildly disappointed by the effects that were not placed in the book.

Now, let us get into the characters section of this review!


“That’s what this war is all about, my friend. It’s about which of us is the crazier. And clearly you British have an advantage. You were crazy beforehand.”- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.

Albert: To be honest, there is not much to say about the character- Albert. He was a little stubborn but most of the time, he was kind. However, according to what I have said earlier, I found his character to be unrealistic and one-dimensional due to the fact that he was underdeveloped. Therefore, I do not feel or rather, have any of my emotions flowing for what he was going through. 

Joey: I do not specifically like the way the book was written from his perspective because he was a whiny horse and he indirectly killed a man who has had a future ahead of him but just died out due to the horse’s selfishness. Therefore, I do not like the way it was written even though it is a clever way to present a story.

Topthorn: I liked Topthorn the horse more than Joey the horse because he had more substances in him and he was also much more likeable. Plus, he was a fun character with great features. Therefore, he is the only horse that I actually loved in this book. 

Emily: She had more elements in her characteristics than the rest of the characters that were exhibited in this novel. And although I think she had so much potential to be a better character or a more fleshed out character, the author failed to deliver a more satisfying and well-crafted character. Therefore, I found her character to be better than the others but she was not an overall great character to read about.

Captain Nicholls: I do not understand why Captain Nicholls is one of the top figures on Goodreads’ War Horse characters list and the reason why I said that is due to the fact that he was not really shown in the book and he died on page 51. Also, there were not any views on how he actually departed. Therefore, I have nothing much to say about him.


I am giving this book a 10% rating. This was a disappointing read as I was expecting more out of it and the only reason why I gave this novel a 10% rating is that of the ending and some other aspects which I really enjoyed. Therefore, I do not recommend it to anyone unless you are looking for an extremely short book to read.

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for War Horse By Michael Morpurgo! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

If I Stay By Gayle Forman || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman today! As you can see on my Goodreads page, I gave this book a five out of five stars which I do not regret on giving it that score because the book was so captivating and it messed with my emotions so wonderfully that I have had a hard time reading the book… Wait, we will go into the details later on in the review.

As for now, I will dive right into my mini-summary for ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman. So, If I Stay is a Young Adult, Contemporary romance following a seventeen-year-old girl named Mia whose family died in a car crash and she is the only one that ‘sort of’ survived the car crash. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the review for ‘If I Stay!’ 


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“But I’d understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love’s a bitch.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.


Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

My thoughts: Introduction

“I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

Before we get into the review, I would like to point out that the blurb on the front cover which USA today had quoted, “Will appeal to fans of Stephanie Meyer’s TWILIGHT” did not give the book any justice or rather, it did not make any sense because both of the books are very different and they are from different genres and it will also make fans who strongly disliked Twilight to not read this book. Therefore, I recommend you to not read that blurb because it just does not make any sense. Now, let us resume with our review…

Let us begin with how well the pacing was written in this book. The pacing for this novel was pretty quick because things went down on page 13 and it had not stopped until the middle part of the novel which a lot of back-stories and flashbacks were held to make the characters fleshed out and when the story reached the ending section of the book, it made me feel sadness, angry feels, unfairness and just, many feels. Plus, this is a book which you can finish in like 4 hours or less because it is only a hundred and ninety-six pages long. Therefore, I loved how the pacing was written in this book!

Moving on, I am going to talk about my favourite quote in this book and how it had punched me in the guts with feelings. So, here goes the quote, starting and ending with:

“How am I supposed to decide this? How can I possibly stay without mom and dad? How can I leave without Teddy? Or Adam? This is too much. I don’t even understand how it all works, why I’m here in the state that I’m in or how to get out of it if I wanted to. If I were to say, I want to wake up, would I wake up right now? I’ve already tried snapping my heels to find Teddy and tried to beam myself to Hawaii, and that didn’t work. This seems a whole lot more complicated.

But in spite of that, I believe it’s true. I hear the nurse’s words again. I am running the show. Everyone’s waiting on me. 

I decide. I know this now. 

And this terrifies me more than anything else that has happened today.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

The above quote punched me with feelings because… Well, let me rephrase that. Just imagine you are the one making those frightful decisions and you pick to live, what would your family who died in the car crash thinks? And if you pick to go with your family, what would the people who care about you on earth think? That’s what made me cry because it is just sad to think about making those abominable choices without anyone guiding you. Therefore, I loved this quote very much.

Furthermore, we will now be discussing the wonderful plot that was driven in this book to make a magical story out of it. So, the plot lines are basically about a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl whose parents and brother died in a car accident and she is the only one who is in a coma and she can choose to either live a life as an orphan or to go with her parents to heaven. 

So (Um, I am using that word again, alright), I found the plot lines to be intriguing and promising. Thus, I picked it up and I read it and… It DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I loved this book so much and I recommend all of you to read this book if you have yet to read it! Now, let us move on to the next topic in the review.

Moreover, I would now like to speak on the beginning section of the story. When I started reading this book, I do not find the beginning to be real and I found it pretty much unreal because a lot of characters were thrown in without much being described and said. Therefore, I found the story to be rather dull. However, I was glad that I continued reading the book because it just got better after the beginning. Thus, stay ‘ until the end if you are planning to DNF the book because the story is wonderful and you will not be disappointed with the overall story! 

On top of all those stuff that I have mentioned, we are now going to talk about the atmosphere and the tone of the novel. The atmosphere that the novel held was pretty much, all through, sadness. It is one of the atmospheres that punches you in the gut without leaving and you will be left there, staring at the ceiling while you are trying not to cry. Therefore, I really loved how well the atmosphere was rounded into!

In addition to the previous paragraph, we have the tone of the novel that I would like to discuss right now. The tone was distressing, mourning and sentimental because it had lots of flashbacks which made me feel for the characters as if they were my friends! Therefore, I adored the tone of this book.

Moving on, I would like to speak about the cliffhanger that was situated at the end of the story. Oh my Gosh, so, the ending was satisfying and the cliffhanger did not really matter but it sure is a set up for the next book which is called ‘Where She Went’ and it sounded like a great book! Thus, I cannot wait to read the sequel to If I Stay!

Finally, we are going to discuss the hook in the opening lines of the book and the length of the book. So, the first line of the novel is basically the hook of the story which captures the readers’ attention and it also induces the readers’ to keep up on reading the book. Therefore, I loved the way it hooked me when I was reading this book.

In addition to the previous paragraph, the length of the book was what ignited my curiousness spectacles on when I picked the book up because how can a story fit perfectly and satisfyingly into a book which is 196 pages long? I originally thought that the story will not be satisfying because of its shortness, but it proofed me wrong because I loved this book so freaking much and I cannot recommend it more. So, I hope that you guys will give this book a try.. It will probably be one of your favourites as well!  

Now, let us get into the audiobook section of this review!


Well, this section is not at all necessary for the review and you may skip it if you would like to because I did not exactly listen to the full version of the audiobook but only a fragment of it and I am going to be giving you guys a few reasons why I would not recommend you to pick the audiobook up!

Firstly, this book was narrated by Kristen Potter and I did not think that she did a fantastic job on it because she had this weird up and down accent that just made me want to DNF (DNF is an abbreviation for Did-Not-Finish) the book but I am glad that I did not because the book was fantastic! So, I DNF-ed the audiobook instead.

Secondly, the audiobook might ruin your experience and emotions with the book because it was a heart smasher and it will make you hate the main character. Thus, my second reason for not recommending you to listen to the audiobook!

Finally, I would like to say that it torpedoed a little of my affair with this book. So, I am giving this audiobook a 0% rating and I do not recommend you guys to pick the audiobook up and I recommend you guys to just pick the book up and read it physically. Thank You. 

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!


“Girlfriend is such a stupid word. I couldn’t stand calling her that. So, we had to get married, so I could call her ‘wife.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

The writing for ‘If I Stay’ was so freaking beautiful. To be specific, it was lyrical, magical and articulate. It was not at all hard to read and you could actually zoom through the pages without actually knowing how many pages you have already read! (and that happened to me often while I was reading this book…) Therefore, I cannot wait to read more books from Gayle Forman.

Moving on, I really enjoyed the flashbacks element that Gayle Forman had added into the book to make the story even more captivating than it already was. It was such a fantastic part of the story because those flashbacks were where the characters had a chance to grow and also, to make themselves more appealing than they already were. Thus, I loved how the author had thrown the element into the book.

Finally, I liked how she had written the characters and brought them into life by sprinkling words into them and that was truly magical and I loved reading about what they are going through and also, I loved how relatable her characters were. Thus, Gayle Forman is an amazing artist who paints characters into life! 

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!

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“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

Mia: I loved how developed Mia’s character was in this book. She was so sassy and she was forced into a choice between her family or real life that was inevitable which is scary because once you have picked a choice, you cannot turn back. Also, I loved the flashbacks that were used in her life which made me care for her well-being. Therefore, she was a great character in this book!

Adam: He was so romantic in this book. Just like Mia, his character was not one-dimensional but very well-crafted out because he had many layers to his nature and he was just a very, very good character to read about! Therefore, I loved the fact that he was added to this book!

Kim: She was Mia’s best friend and she was not as well-developed as the previous two but Kim was still an enjoyable character to read about because first off, she stayed true to Mia as a friend among all the things that she was going through and due to that fact that I have listed above, it just warmed my little heart to read about such relationship. However, I said she was not as well-developed because there were not many scenes regarding her friendship with Mia and her overall personalities. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this book but I wish she is a little more developed.


I am giving this book a 95.951% rating because I think this is the first contemporary novel that I have read this year that really surprised and touched my heart and soul which made me feel the emotions going through my body. Therefore, I highly recommend you guys to check out this miraculous novel if you have yet to read this blockbuster!

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for If I Stay By Gayle Forman! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

IT By Stephen King || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a review for ‘IT’ by Stephen King today! I bet most or maybe all of you know who Stephen King is, unless you live under a rock. So, if you really have no idea who Stephen King is, he is the author of numerous famous horror books such as The Running Man, Carrie, The Shining, etc. and all of them are successful horror novels which I originally thought that I will not read… until ‘IT’ came along and changed my mind about that thought. So, let us jump into my mini summary for ‘IT’ before we dive into the review!

IT is a Horror novel following seven kids who were named Bill, Ben, Beverly, Stan, Richie, Eddie and Mike as the place- Derry, they were living in was haunted by a creature which killed children every 27 years and it was up to them to destroy that thing- IT, they called.

Now, without further ado, let us get into the review for ‘IT’!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“Kill you all!” The clown was laughing and screaming. “Try to stop me and I’ll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can’t stop me!”- IT, Stephen King.


To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the pacing of the book. I would not say that the beginning of this novel, let’s say 300+ pages of the novel, is fast paced because those pages are for you to learn about each of the characters and how they will react to the monstrous nightmare of their childhood. However, as you venture deeper into the novel, for example: 400-500+ pages, the pacing will start to pick up and eventually, it will become neutral again. Therefore, I did not like the pacing in the beginning but loved the others besides of the beginning of the novel.

Moving on, we are now going to talk about the tone of the book. The tone which is very underrated in reviews, was very complexed and sometimes demeaning because it contained a bunch of slurs directed towards black, Jewish, and gay people which was hard to read at times but other than that, I found the book to be a great read.

Furthermore, we are now going to discuss about the scary portion of this novel. Personally, I do not find this novel to be the ‘scared-the-crap-out-of-me’ type of horror books because I have watched numerous horror movies with my family since I was a child and I am now very hard to be scared due to the reason that I have stated above. However, some scenes in the book really did scare me and I found those scenes to be fantastically written! Therefore, I am a little disappointed with the scary segment of this novel. 

Moreover, it is time to talk about the atmosphere and world building that this blockbuster had contained within its pages. So, the atmosphere of this novel was filled with mysteries of the deaths of the children in Derry and it also had this chilling vibe to it that will make you turn and look at your back while you are reading this book because you cannot stop thinking about IT in your house. Therefore, I liked how well-rounded the atmosphere of the book was.

In addition, the world-building for this book was executed perfectly! Stephen King described the town with words that appeared to be springing into live and it actually felt like I was in there with those characters instead of reading about them! Therefore, I loved how well executed the world-building was.

Moreover, we will now give voice to the plot of the novel. I found the book to be extremely intriguing because it is about this town which children are murdered every 27 years. I did, in fact, enjoy everything that was placed in this story. However, the ending set me off a little because it felt like a weak ending and there were some unexplained things, also known as plot holes, that were a major part of the story left unexplained. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes but the overall plot of the book was great!

On top of that, we have the relationships that were presented in this book. Everyone in this book had a great relationship and I was glad that it was so because I really loved it when all of them were happy together. However, when I read the ending for this novel.. *sigh*… I felt that the relationships were forced and it just does not sum up to what I was expecting and I know I sound like an old man saying this but the ending felt disjointed from the rest of the novel. Therefore, I did enjoy the relationships in this book except for the ending. 

Diving deeper into the review, I discovered that there were mini illustrations in the book that I really loved because they were a great substitution to the story which I also meant by saying: making the book more livelier than it already was. So, if you have no idea what illustrations I am talking about, I will display a photo to you now:

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Unfortunately, I cannot find the mini-illustrations that I wanted to show you all on the internet but the above picture is a 25th anniversary edition of ‘IT’ with colourful illustrations that I, personally, think that they are beautiful. So, I am sorry that I cannot find what I have originally intended to show you all.

Finally, I would like to share an iconic quote (which I loved) that this book had contained within its pages and the quote starts and closes off with:

“Want your boat, Georgie?’ Pennywise asked. ‘I only repeat myself because you really do not seem that eager.’ He held it up, smiling. He was wearing a baggy silk suit with great big orange buttons. A bright tie, electric-blue, flopped down his front, and on his hands were big white gloves, like the kind Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck always wore.

Yes, sure,’ George said, looking into the stormdrain.

And a balloon? I’ve got red and green and yellow and blue…’

Do they float?’

Float?’ The clown’s grin widened. ‘Oh yes, indeed they do. They float! And there’s cotton candy…’”- IT, Stephen King.

Is that quote not iconic? To me, it is and I loved it! And… Now, let us move into the audiobook section of this review!

Blink! Blink! Blink!

Sorry guys! I know I have already stated that ‘Finally’ word out, but I have one more topic that I would like to discuss before we move on with the review and what I would like to debate is the cheating element in this novel.

[Minor Spoiler coming your way]

Well, I disliked it because Bill cheated on his wife by having *a thing* with Beverly and as you can see, cheating is never a good thing and I do not see why this element had to be in the book because it just does not fit the overall story. Therefore, I am wholly dissatisfied with this element in the book.

Now, let us proceed into the Audiobook section of this review!


The audiobook which was narrated by Steven Weber was fantastic! He had all sorts of emotions poured out while he was narrating the book. For example, when Beverly cried and mumbled a few words, Steven Weber was able to capture the emotions perfectly!

Also, his accents for the book were rich and strong. It just held on until the novel ended. Therefore, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend you to listen to it while you are reading this thick novel or listen to it while you are doing the chores but I would also like to say this: The narration for Pennywise the dancing clown voice was freaking freaky and scary.

So, I will say this again, listen to the audiobook on audible!

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!

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“No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.”- IT, Stephen King.

I, for once, am really surprised by the style of writing in this book! It was able to capture every scene perfectly in my mind and the visualizations in my brain were so clear that I found myself reading page after page and just.. Not stopping. Also, the descriptions were fantastic and they were part of what kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading the book because it felt like I was there, with the characters even though I was sitting on the sofa, reading.

Furthermore, I loved the flip between their childhood and adulthood. It was truly magical because it was not confusing and everything fell right into place except for a few scenes but still, all the scenes clicked together easily with a nice clicking sound.

In addition, the writing style was not clean because there were sex scenes and a huge amount of vulgar words which did not add much to the story but they are there. So, if you are below 15 or so, you should not read this book or if you still insist on reading the book, just keep in mind that the writing style is not clean. That is all. 

Finally, I found the writing style to be very articulate and descriptive because as I have said earlier, all the scenes were represented clearly and due to the fact that they were encapsulated clearly, everything felt real. Therefore, I really liked the Stephen King’s writing style!

Now, let us get into the characters section of this review!


“Eddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.”- IT, Stephen King.

Bill: I do think that he was the perfect leader and the perfect protagonist because he had one of the most memorable personality among all the other personalities that he had and it was his focus and trust. Everything that he did was all according to the focus and trust of his friends because if you do not trust your friends, how are you going to defeat Pennywise? Therefore, I loved his character in this book!

Beverly: She is one of my favourite character in this book! I loved how brave she was and how she fought for her rights and although some actions that were brought out by her were stupid and inexcusable but she learned from her mistakes and that was what it took me to love her more than ever. However, there was a scene near the end of the book that she had suggested doing that I really cannot understand why and if you have read the book, you will know what scene I am talking about so.. Just a tip for the scene: pleasure. 

Eddie: I liked him enough although I think that he was the softest among his friends and he was, also, very obedient to his mother which I loved because many books had shy away from parents love for their children in the book’s plot line and I am glad that Stephen King brought it breathe life into Eddie’s mother. Therefore, I do think that he had a great personality and character!  

Richie: He was hilarious and I think, at least to me, he is the third most likable character in this book because his sincerity for Pennywise and his friends were always wandering off to somewhere and due to that fact, he had a special personality which some of you guys can relate to. So, I liked his characterization in this book! 

Mike: I did not appear until 500 pages or so into the book because Stephen King wanted to show how Bill buddies’ lives intersect with Mike and the intersection was a great part of the story (which I will not spoil). To comment more on his personalities, I thought he was friendly and sometimes, awkward because the no one was talking. Therefore, he was a remarkable character in this book!

Ben: He was gentle, curious and the only thing I did not like about him was the jealousy that he had between Bill and Beverly. I felt pretty unnecessary and I know that he liked Beverly very much but sometimes, you just have to let it go. Other than that, he was a great character! Therefore, I will give a 45/50% rating for his character.

Stanly: He did not appear much in this gigantic novel but I relished his character nevertheless because he had a down-to-earth personality that I rejoiced about in books! Thus, great element to his character!

Henry: Ew. I hated him. He was a mischievous, sinister, brutal bully who enjoyed watching people fall and he also adored abusing animals which disgusted me so badly because those people and animals were innocent and Henry just… UGH. Thus, I hated him in this book!

Pennywise: Need I say more? Okay, fine. I will just say that it had so many layers of evil personalities under its many appearances in the same skin. So, yeah. 


I really loved the book although there were a few unnecessary scenes and some actions in which the characters had taken that I disliked but still, I  loved the book! So, my rating for IT will be given as a solid 80% and I highly recommend you to read this book if you have yet to read it!

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This is the end of my spoiler-free review for IT By Stephen King! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!