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Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a fun article on the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ today. Now, not all of the books in this list are books that I naturally hate, they are just books that probably did not work out at the time of my life when I was reading them and some of these books may be series or trilogies that I am planning to revisit to see how I feel about it now and how I feel about it before. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ list!

1. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret.

Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Me:

Well. Okay. I cannot remember why I did not finish (Also known as: DNF) this book but I do hope that sometime in the future that I will be picking this book back up for a read and also, to end up liking it because of the world and how it works intrigue my inner and outer heart. So, yes. I wish to enjoy this book when I pick it back up to read. 

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like By Jennifer E. Smith

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Synopsis:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Me:

I can remember why I picked this book up and put it back down with no remorse.. Well, maybe a little bit. It was because I read this book right after Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and you can tell by the look of this blog that I loveeeeeeeee that book. So, I was not in the mood for a contemporary book and thus, the fall of the book. 

However, I will be picking this book back up because it does not deserve to feel unwanted and to be chucked aside on my bookshelf. Therefore, I am giving it a second go.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

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Synopsis:

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.

With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

Me:

Unlike other John Green Books, this book does not stick with me or leave me with a good impression. Although I liked the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book, I just did not find the story to be overall impressive whatsoever. Thus, I hope to read it again someday to see if my opinion has changed… Or not.

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis:

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Me:

This series has stuck with me ever since I finished it last year and although I did not enjoy the second book in the trilogy, I found the trilogy to be overall impressive and those plot twists had me going out of my mind. Thus, I feel like I should revisit this world and have the reviews for these books going up on my blog.  

5. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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Synopsis:

What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Me:

I did enjoy this book when I first had it read which was last year because of how intense and fast-paced it was. But I would like to read it again because I really need to know if my opinion differs because after I finished ‘The Chaos Walking’ trilogy which I did not enjoy before but has now become my favorite trilogy of all-time, I want to know if my opinions on other books/series will do the same too! 

Thus, I am planning for a re-read!


This is the end of my ‘Top 5 books that I am giving second chances to’ list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your Top 5 books that you are giving second chances to down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

My Not-Yet-October TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my October To-Be-Read Piles today! You guys may be a little confused with the title because I put it as a Not-Yet-October TBR. Well, it is NOT October yet, right? It is just the 29th of September, so I placed it that way. 

With that aside, I would like to announce something. Something extremely horrible and that is: I only read ONE book this month and that book was ‘The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness‘. I know guys, I am horrible but I have an explanation to why I am lacking behind of my TBRs or rather- this month’s TBR. 

The Explanation is: I have had school assignments and term exams which I cannot really handle all at once so all my reading time were spent studying and doing school assignments. So, yes. But now that my term exams are over and there are finally some ‘space’ for me to breathe, I will be reading more books than I have ever read before! Aka: in the past nine months!

So, without further ado, let us get into this TBR which I wish to tackle down next month!

1. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.

Me:

I recently watched the movie with my mother and guess what? I was heart-broken and my mom cried so hard when we were watching the movie. Yes! It was that good. Therefore, I am going to read this book and I have high hopes for it because the books are normally better than the movies!

2. The Gracekeepers by Kristen Logan 

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Synopsis:

For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by water.

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance. 

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives – offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

Me:

Yeah. In most of my To-Be-Read articles, I have been saying that I will be reading this book. But did I achieve my goal? No. Did I mange to read it? No. Thus, this month I am going to read this book because of how cool the concept and the cover are. 

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Me:

Another book that has been on my TBR months after months. Also, a book that has caught my attention months after months but did not pick it up. Thus, I will be reading it this month and I have heard that it is very easy to read so, yes.

4. Rebels And Fools by David Michael Williams

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Synopsis:

The greatest peace treaty in Altaerran history is unraveling. 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 harbors 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. 

“Rebels and Fools” is the first volume of The Renegade Chronicles.

Me:

Thank You, David. For sending this book to me for review! 

I am going to read this book next month and Oh My Gosh, I cannot wait because of the amazing synopsis and cover so, YASSS.

5. Cadivel: The Complete Tale & A Well Of Dendelions: A Short Story by Eric Margolis

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Synopsis:

The ocean rages and the winds howl as Samuel, fleeing fire to the sea, becomes tangled in a web of war, magic, and revolution as fierce as the sea itself.

The uncompromising idealist Samuel and his lazy but kindhearted brother, Owen, move in with their uncle, an ambitious man living in a magnificent medieval castle. When the brothers’ curiosity gets the best of them, they discover he plans a military coup of the town they might call home: idyllic Cadivel, by the rough edges of the sea. Samuel and Owen, a fledgling magician, are eager to stop him but find themselves powerless against his deadly magic. Yet Samuel will not give up the fight for Cadivel after meeting a beautiful girl he cannot leave behind. Though only renowned newcomers from the distant Salt Empire have the strength and resources to shift the tide of the war, Samuel possesses a quality that could save Cadivel from an even greater threat. 

Cadivel tells a story of epic scale and intimate scope: stunning landscapes, scheming politics, and fragile love. It also sings a poem about the sea and the unexpected traits it may possess in a world of magic. The fight to save Cadivel–fought by magicians and spirits, gods and men–continues in Cadivel II.

Me:

Thank you, Eric for sending this book to me for review!

I am really looking forward to read this book because the synopsis covers most of the things that I enjoy reading in books. For example, War, magic, love and more. I cannot wait to read this book and I bet it is going to be epic.

6. Desolate by Amy Miles

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Synopsis:

A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away. 

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself. 

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own. 

Will she uncover a will not just to survive…but to fight back?

Me:

I requested for this book on Netgalley months ago and have not read it yet. Therefore, I am going to read it and look at that gorgeous cover and the amazing synopsis which have me hooked! Thus (again), I can’t wait to read this book!

7. Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor

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Synopsis:

Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

Me:

Another book that I have requested on Netgalley months ago and have not read. YET. Therefore, these books are on my top priority list to read because I need to get them done! So, yeah. 

With that aside, I would like to talk about how beautiful the cover is and how marvellously cool the synopsis sounded. (This is probably the second book that I am going to start after I finish the first book which I will speak more about later on.) 

8. The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. 

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.

Me:

About the first book I said earlier, this is the book I am going to read first because I am intrigued by the cover and the synopsis. So, I am going to read it!


This is the end of my Not-Yet-October TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your October TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

Booktube-a-thon 2017 TBR

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and today, I will be doing a probably overambitious To-Be-Read pile for the 2017 Booktube-a-thon. If you don’t know, the booktube-a-thon is hosted by Ariel Bissett and co-hosted by Raeleen Lemay. It is a week-long of reading starting from July 24th (Monday) to July 30th (Sunday) 2017. 

This is my very first time partaking a readathon and I am excited to share my experience with you all and because of that excitement of sharing my experience, I will be doing updates on my blog throughout the readathon. Maybe once a day or once every two days until the event ends. 

These are the links to both of their Youtube Channel: 

So, without further ado, let us get into the my Booktube-a-thon TBR Pile! 

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Oh and did I mention about the challenges? I totally did not, sorry about that. So, as you can see, the above picture has all the challenges in it. I will try to tackle every one of them down. I repeat: I will try

Now, let us officially get into the TBR.


Challenge #1: Read a book with a person on the cover.

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Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


There’s an art girl on the cover.. So, I think it counts for this challenge. Now, let us talk about why I chose this book for this challenge. I have chosen this book because I have been wanting to read this book ever since I bought it! (Plus, I have heard great things about it!) So, I think it is a perfect fit for this challenge! 


Challenge #2: Read A Hyped Book

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Synopsis:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


This is a classic book and it sparks my interest! I will probably be reading and at the same time, doing this challenge first because I want to read this book so badly and I also want to know what the hyped around this book is about! 


Challenge #3: Finish a book in one day

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Synopsis:

Devastation is coming, not just for Palm Creek, Florida – a small town just a few miles from Cape Kennedy and N.A.S.A. – but eventually – it could destroy the entire eastern Florida coast if it isn’t stopped. A predator with mysterious origins and no understanding of its inherent danger is on the prowl with seemingly nothing that can stop it. It hosts a cancer of epic proportions, not only the kind that eats away at your body – it’s also the kind that transforms your soul. Four total strangers from different walks of life will be on a mission, they just don’t know it yet. And the decisions and outcomes of these four unlikely friends will either save or destroy the populace.


I will probably finish this book in a day or most likely in 3 to 4 hours because this book is only 160 pages and the synopsis sounds super intriguing! I cannot wait to read this after I finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird!


Challenge #4: Read about a character that is very different from you

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Now I have come to think of it, this book should have been on my Hyped book challenge! But, whatever, we will have this book on the fourth challenge then.


Challenge #5: Read a whole book outdoors

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Synopsis:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?


You guys might be wondering why did I choose this book for this challenge when I did not even like the book. Well, I have decided to give this book another go. A second chance. So, yes! I hope it will not disappoint!


Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the cover

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Synopsis:

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 


I bought this book mainly because of the cover! (Don’t kill me) But I will be reading this book for the readathon and the synopsis is super intriguing as well!


Challenge #7: Read Seven Books!
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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. 

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


It is Marcus Sedgwick and again, I can’t wait to read this book!


This is the end of my Booktube-a-thon TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your TBR list for the Booktube-a-thon 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

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors

Hey guys! It’s Max here and welcome to probably the longest book review you will find on this blog! Today, I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on a book called ‘Zombies Vs. Unicorns’ by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld and Carrie Ryan. 

Zombies Vs. Unicorns is an anthology of Zombies and Unicorns. Please take note that there isn’t any story regarding to Zombies fighting Unicorns or the other way around. There are short stories of Zombies and short stories of Unicorns only.

So, without further ado, let us get into this already long review.

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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I loved how minimalistic this book cover is!

“If you love someone, you’re not supposed to want them to come back. Better a peaceful sleep in the earth than the life of a zombie–not really dead but not really alive, either.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original, tongue-in-cheek anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of  spectacular short stories. Contributors include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative, laugh-out-loud collection that will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the introduction in each of the story that was presented in the book. Every introduction began with a heated conversation between Holly (Team Unicorn) and Justine (Team Zombie). Their conversations were mostly about how you should switch your team to Team Zombie instead of Team Unicorn or how disgusting zombies really are. While I was reading the book, I looked forward on reading the introduction of each story because I enjoyed them and it made me laughed. I am sure you will laugh as well if you read the book!

The plot of each story was unique and it proved how much time and effort the authors clicked the plot of their stories together! Some of the short stories in the book make me wish for a whole physical book dedicated to the stories I really want to read more about because some of them ended with a cliff-hanger and Oh my goodness, that’s not cool! I need more of them!

The pacing for this book was not at all fast. It was slow in some stories and fast in the others. It took me 7 days to finish the book and this book was definitely worth the time! (Even though I kind of failed my June To-Be-Read Piles…)

Some of the stories in the book dragged and let me tell you this: I did not enjoy the part where it dragged. We, as readers, tend to get bored when a story drags. So.. Yes, I did get bored and yawned a little at some point but I forced myself through those parts and the result is: I loved this book!

But I did not enjoy all the stories in the book. Some stories that were written by Libba Bray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan felt flat to me. The characters did not really appeal to me in any way and there were quite a lot of unexplained things that bothered me throughout their stories. Bu-, but, I loved their writing style which I will talk more about later on, and I will, no doubt, be reading the work they published! 

Now, let us get on with the writing style!

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Writing:

For the writing style section, I will be doing it according to whose story was presented first, second, etc. For example, Garath Nix’s story was the first story that was presented in the book, so, I am going to talk about his writing style first.

Team Unicorn: Garath Nix’s (Story Name: The Highest Justice) writing style for this book was great! It was simplistic, lyrical and articulate. Even though his story felt flat for me, I still want to read more from him and I can’t wait to read his other work beside Zombies Vs. Unicorns!

Team Zombie: Alaya Dawn Johnson’s (Story Name: Love will tear us apart) writing style for this book was simply beautiful! I found her story to be intriguing because she writes like none other authors. She wrote ‘Love will tear us apart’ in second person point of view: you. It was weird and pretty uncomfortable in the beginning, but after a while, my love for the story and her writing style started growing and I ended up really enjoying the POV.

Team Unicorn: Naomi Novik’s (Story name: Purity Test) writing style for this book was fabulous! I don’t think I can form a proper sentence… word, I mean, for her writing style.. So, I will just have to say that her writing style was fabulous.

Team Zombie: Carrie Ryan’s (Story Name: Bougainvillea) writing style was awesome! I am going to read her other work soon. Her story and her writing style pulled me in until her story ended. (And I still cannot believe it ended that way.. [Spoiler])

Team Unicorn: Margo Lanagan’s (Story Name: A Thousand Flowers) writing style was rare, I would say. Rare in saying how she changes point of views so quickly and professionally! Her story felt flat for me but her writing style totally did not!

Team Zombie: Maureen Johnson’s (Story name: The Children Of Revolution) writing style and plot were oddly beautiful and touching. Firstly, Her writing style was as clear as the crystal… If you get what I am trying to say.  Secondly, the plot of the story killed my heart and touched my heart with healing powers at the same time. I just can’t… That ending definitely destroyed me. (Sorry, I can’t tell you guys! I would be spoiling you if I have told you about the ending!)

Team Unicorn: Diana Peterfreund’s (Story name: The care and feeding of your killer baby unicorn) writing style was very lyrical! Her writing style makes me want to read her other work, such as, ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ now! Her writing style was truly a work of art!

Team Zombie: Scott Westerfeld’s (Story Name: Inoculata) writing style was not my favorite in this book. His writing style was a little inarticulate and a little too flowery but I am still looking forward on reading his other work even though I didn’t really like his writing style and the story!

Team Unicorn: Meg Cabot’s (Story Name: Princess PrettyPants) writing style was fantastic! I did not really like her writing style in the beginning because I found it to be indirect, but I have grown to love her writing as the story progressed further. 

Team Zombie: Cassandra Clare’s (Story name: Cold Hands) writing style was great.. As always! Her story was bittersweet and I loved it! I will be reading ‘The Mortal Instrument’ Series soon! 

Team Unicorn: Kathleen Duey’s (Story name: The Third Virgin) writing style was clean and articulate. Basically, the plot of her story was about a unicorn becoming suicidal. Kind of weird because I have never thought of unicorns turning suicidal. Now, the story sticks in my head ever since I finished the book.

Team Zombie: Libba Bray’s (Story name: Prom Night) writing style was consistence and fabulous! I loved her writing style, but unfortunately, the story she wrote felt flat for me.. But, I am still looking forward on reading ‘The Diviners’ book trilogy by her!   

Characters:

For the characters section, I am just going to talk about a few characters in the book that I loved! So, let us get on with it!

Jess (From The Highest Justice): She was a character that was brave, badass and kind. She is, no doubt, in my favorite characters list and I wish we can have a physical book fully dedicated to her and her trials in the throne. 

Grayson (From Love will tear us apart): She is definitely the best character in the book! She had a great character growth in a short story. She was not kind and not a good person. That’s all I am going to talk about her because I do not want to spoil the surprise for you guys!

Iza (From Bougainvillea): She had… a great character growth but the character growth came crashing down at the end of the story. To be honest, I kind of died off a little because she had potential but she turned into what her [Spoiler] was. But, all in all, I still loved her.

Wen (From The Care and Feeding of your Baby Killer Unicorn): She was pretty weak in the beginning, but her character growth increased as the story proceeded. Wen was kind, a little annoying, brave and adventurous! I loved her character in this book!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 80% rating. I loved it and I recommend you all to check this book out! 

“She feels like someone has planted a tree in her chest and then pressed fast foward on the world, branches growing and twisting and pushing her apart from the inside.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Carrie Ryan.


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

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

June TBR

Hey Guys! I will be doing my ‘June To-Be-Read piles’ today! I finished reading 2 books last month which were King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh. I will be linking the book reviews down below:

I am quite disappointed with myself because I read only two books last month. Two. Thus, this month, I will be reading 11 books. Yes, 11 books and I am determined to finish them all!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the To-Be-Read piles!

1. Atlantia by Ally Condie

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Synopsis:

Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives. Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery. No one could have predicted their choice.


This book is pretty high up in my June TBR list right now. It sounds super interesting and look at that cover… Isn’t it gorgeous? It definitely is beautiful! Just, two words: Can’t wait!


2. Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle by Phillip Dodd

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Synopsis:

On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet.

Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.
The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos. In space, there are no sign posts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?


I am currently reading this book. Actually, I have not started it yet, but I will be getting on with it very soon!


3. Zombies VS. Unicorns by Holly Black, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreud, Justin Larbalestier, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan & Alaya Dawn Johnson 

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Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?


This book sounds like a fun and quick read and I can’t wait to read this book! (Fun Fact: Some of my favourite authors co-written this book)


4. Night film by Marisha Pessel 

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Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.


I don’t normally read Mystery, Suspense, or Crime but Night Film’s synopsis intrigued me and therefore, I picked it up. I did hear some great things about this book and now, I really cannot wait to read it!


5. Feed by M.T Anderson

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Synopsis:

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. 


This book sounds so interesting and scary at the same time. I can’t wait to read this and see how I feel about it!


6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Synopsis:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


I believe this is a New Adult novel and I can’t wait to read it! {Please recommend me some New Adult novels down at the comment section below}


7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


I will be reading this very soon! I promise.


8. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens.

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


This book is very short and I love Marcus Sedgwick’s writing style! Therefore, I cannot wait to read this book!


9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Yes, before you ask, I have already read and review this book. I will be linking this book’s review down below:

I read this book on May 28th and I finished this on June 1st, so it technically counts as a June read… So, [10/11 more books to read!]


10. Noggin by John Corey Whaley

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Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.


Again, I have read this book and I read it in June. So, [9/11 more books to read]. I will be linking my review for this book down below:


11. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Synopsis:

It’s a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface…

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake.

Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it.


Yet again, I have finished this book but I have not reviewed it yet. It will be up soon so, stay tune! [8/11 more books to read]


This is the end of my June TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your June TBR down the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

 

Book Review

Noggin by John Corey Whaley||Book Review

I am oddly touched by this book…

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Noggin’ by John Corey Whaley today. Noggin is a young adult, contemporary novel following our protagonist, Travis, who had cancer five years before his head was sliced off from his body and five years after his head was reattached to some other guy’s body. So, without further ado, let’s get into the book review! 

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! And, also note that this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“Maybe we all just exist, all versions of us exist at times, and we have to figure out a way to get to each of them, to find each one and tell that version that it’s okay, that it’s all just the way it works, a concept too powerful to ignore but too complicated to explain.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley.

Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the plot of the book. The plot of the book was very well-thought out and super unique in a way that meteorites are unique. While I was reading this book, I kept guessing something will happen, or something is going to happen, but, the plot of the book took a different turn and I was awed by it!

This book was quick, light and easy to read. It does not require much thinking but it requires reading and understanding, that’s all. Also, this book is a perfect summer read. Actually, it’s perfect for anytime of the year.

The pacing for this book was quick, like I have said earlier. I read this book in three-days time and I was really surprised by that because I have not been reading-well [Something like a reading slump? I guess?] for quite sometime until this book destroyed that little thing and I can finally read-well again!

The Family/Friendship aspect of the book was very well-seasoned! John doesn’t just put the idea of Family/Friendship aside like no biggie, he made the story much more interesting with them in it. 

[Just to let you know, this is an emotional read and prepare for a rollercoaster ride with this book!]

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was fantastic! It was crisp, declamatory, eloquent and sometimes, a little diffuse. Yes, I said it: A little diffuse. Not much, though. Just a few sentences and you will be back on track with the story.

I liked the flashback techniques that John used in this book. For example, a few chapters from the past and then a few more chapters back to the present day and then repeat.

I also liked how easy we get to follow the story. The story flows nicely and it doesn’t confuse the readers and like I have said earlier, it doesn’t require much thinking, so, I really liked the flow of the story. 

[This is going to be weird, but I also really liked the shocked faces of the people in the book. I don’t know why, but I find it funny]

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Characters:

Travis: He was a funny, smart and decent person. I felt bad for him while I was reading the book especially when [Spoiler]. He did make some stupid decisions sometimes, but considering the events that happened to him, I forgave him for doing so.

Kyle: I really liked his character development in the book! He was a kind and loving boy and he is no doubt in my favorite characters list! 

Hatton: He was a humorous and kind person and his character development in this book was really great as well. But, I really wish we have more in-depth with this character.

Cate: She was a great character. [I am not going to elaborate on in fear I would spoil something..]

Overall:

I am giving this book a solid 90%. It was a quick and light read and I highly recommend you all to give this book a try! 

“But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Noggin! 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!

What Cats Do Book Tag

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing the ‘What Cats Do’ Book Tag today! I was tagged by the fabulous Twinbookmarks to do this tag. Be sure to check their blog out after you finish reading this article. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Rules


 

PURR – AS CATS DO THIS WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY OR RELAXED, WHAT IS THE BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST OR RELAXED?

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A book that makes me happy? Definitely Fangirl! I read this book last year and I can still remember everything that has happened in it! (Maybe not every single little detail…But still…)


SLEEP – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR WAS JUST BORING? 

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I heard mixed reviews about ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ by Holly Black. Either people die-hard love this book or they dislike this book..like a lot. So, I decided to pick this book up from the bookstore because the synopsis sounded fantastic. But, I ended up DNF-ing it because the characters and the story itself did not really catch any of my attention, so..yes. I DNFed it. 


TWITCH WHILE DREAMING – HAVE YOU EVER DREAMT OF A BOOK YOU READ?

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I have dreamt about this book in the past. I dreamt of Karou, Akiva and Zuzana. I was in a war with them at both of my sides and they were speaking to each other until I woke up and realized that it was all just a dream… {How unfortunate, I wish it could last forever}


SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT – WHICH BOOK HAD THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST?

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Oh my gosh~ This book..People.. Those plot twists. I cannot even… Okay. Yep. I am not going to spoil anything but please read Red Queen first before reading Glass Sword because these books are fabulous!


CUDDLES – WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU GIVE A HUG TO?

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I would totally give my hugs to Starr and her family members. Because of all the things they have been through. {Read this book! I highly recommend you to read it! Here’s my review for this book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas}


CATNIP – WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAVE WARM AND FUZZY FEELS?

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One of my all-time favorite books in the ‘I am number four’ Series! Marina. Oh my goodness. Marina!!! This book gave me the feels and it killed me to see Marina {Spoiler} 


CAT BREEDS – WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

I am going to follow Twinbookmarks‘s idea of choosing a genre(s) instead of favorite books. So, here goes my favorite genres list:

  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Low Fantasy
  • Contemporary Romance/Contemporary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Realistic Contemporary Fiction

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THE VET’S OFFICE – YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK:

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Patrick’s other works. But, this book..Or rather trilogy did not work for me! I am so sorry, but I really didn’t like this book/trilogy.


BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T LEAST FAVORITE CLICHE:

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All wars or other big fights should end in a one-on-one combat. WHY!? This cliché is overdone and I really didn’t like it.


FINAL QUESTION: THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX – MOST UNDERRATED BOOK SERIES:

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*Note: This is a book, not a book series.* This book is so underrated! Marcus Sedgwick’s writing style for this book was beautiful and the characters in it were fabulous but this book is underrated! I will be linking my review for ‘The Ghost Of Heaven’ here: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick


This is the end of the ‘What Cats Do’ book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this tag, feel free to do it! Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this article and follow me via email/wordpress account to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!