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Blogger Recognition Award

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’ Book tag today! I was nominated by Danielle from @Lifeofaliterarynerd and Mojo from @BookMojo to do this Award tag! Thank you to both Danielle and Mojo for nominating me! Be sure to check out their articles after you finish mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the award tag!

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

How My Blog Started…

I have been blogging for 5 months now and I started this book blog because of my love for books! I wanted to share my thoughts and feels on a book that I truly enjoyed or share it on a book that I strongly disliked.

I found book blog on Goodreads. I went through several reviews on a book called Gone Girl and I discovered a review by Emily May. I was intrigued by her review and when I opened up her Goodreads page, I realized that there was a link to a website. So, I clicked on it and thus, I discovered book blog! Thank you, Emily!

I will link Emily’s book blog here: http://thebookgeek.org/

Five months from now, I have talked to all of you who read my blog posts and followed my blog and thank you all for reading and following my blog! 


My Advice

I will try my very best to give advice to new bloggers because I am pretty new to book blogging myself so… Let us get on with it!

My advice for new book bloggers is to be yourself and have fun with book blogging and have fun sharing your feels on book(s) you love! 

Book blog is a place where you talk about the books you strongly love or dislike. A place where you share your honest opinions on a book. Oh, and also, do not be afraid to dislike a book everybody else in the world loves or love a book everybody else dislikes! It’s your Point Of View and do not be afraid to share it out into the world! 


I nominate


This is the end of the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’ book tag! I hope you guys enjoyed this tag and follow me with your wordpress account or via email to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

 

Book Review

Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle’ by Philip Dodd today. Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle is a High Fantasy, Science Fiction novel following Klubbe, the protagonist, as he goes through a journey with his inventions. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that does not change my opinions about the book. (Thank you Philip for sending me this book!)*

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*This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“Space is infinite. To the mind that means freedom, liberation.’ So wrote Arisko, our greatest turkle philosopher, in his most famous work, ‘Thoughts In A Bathtub’,” said Dottia, dreamily, in an inspired state.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.

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, walk on their hind legs, 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?

My thoughts: Introduction

Oh, let us start off with the pacing of the book. The pacing of the book was so-very slow. There were fillers and info-dumps everywhere and the characters, which I will talk more about later on, mumbled to themselves too much. 

I found some information that the author talked about unnecessary because it did not fit into the story, like not at all. The fillers dragged the story a little too much. I can’t help but yawned because the story dragged and dragged and…! It could have been a 150 pages book but because of the drag, it is 209 pages long. 

I did really like the plot of the book and I liked where it’s moving the readers to, but the plot lacked luster and the story felt flat for me. That is the first reason why I can’t finish the book. 

The second reason why I cannot finish the book is because of the almost-hit-me Reading Slump. This book was leading me into a reading slump! All book lovers hate reading slumps, it makes us feel like the end of the world. It took me 7 days to finish 132 pages (61% of the book) and there were actually more, but I have decided to put down the book because I cannot take it anymore so, I stopped reading the book. 

There was a scene in the book about Klubbe’s people landing on Earth to fix their control dome in the ship. So, when they have landed on an island and a couple of humans saw them. This was their first reaction: “Wow”. Were they not supposed to run? Were they not supposed to be scared to see a bunch of extraterrestrials?  I mean, of course it’s okay not to be scared but seriously? 

Let us move on to the writing style now.

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was crisp, eloquent and a little too flowery. Honestly, the writing style was the one that got me through 132 pages of the book. I liked Philip’s writing style, he writes like none other authors. It’s unique and I loved it. But even though Philip has a beautiful writing style, it still cannot get me to finish the book. 

To address why I said a little too flowery, it’s because of some sentences in the book. Some of them have complicated words that were intended to make it more attractive, but it just makes it harder for the reader to get through those sentences.

I did like the way Philip described the things around the protagonist, Klubbe. It was remarkable and beautiful. He described things differently from the other authors. It is, again, unique!

The only thing I enjoyed about the book was the writing style and some side characters from the book which I will talk about after this. 

So, let us move on to the characters!

Characters:

Klubbe: I did not like him. He mumbled to himself throughout the 132 pages of the book, I don’t know if he mumbled on and on to the end of the book but I do know that he mumbled a lot. He had no character development and mostly, he just felt flat for me.

Princess Corka: I loved Princess Corka! She had great manners and I actually wished she was the protagonist when I was reading the book! Overall, she had great character developement. 

Kribb: I liked Kribb. He may be annoying at time, but he had a great personality! He was kind, generous and smart. He had a fantastic character growth and I loved to see that in books! 

King Zilk: I really liked King Zilk! He was funny, witty and a little weird sometimes but still, he had a great character development/growth and a great personality for a King!

Overall:

DNF. (It stands for Did-Not-Finish) I read up to 132 page which is 61/100% of the book. Sorry guys, but this book is just not for me. 

“I suppose it’s impossible to say that they will not invent anything else, because they might,” said Zubria. “And, of course, if one thought of something that they might invent, one would have thought of it oneself, therefore one would be the inventor of what one thought of, and they would not be, which would make one an inventor, like them.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle! 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!

 

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!

 

 

 

Bookish Fun!

May Book Haul

Hey Guys! I have a gigantic book haul to show you guys today. By saying gigantic, I mean 10 books. I am going to keep this introduction short today because there are quite a lot of books to cover? So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. 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.


I am really really really loving this book so far. It made me cry at page 66 and I can’t stop reading and crying since then. It’s really a good book, probably one of the best books I have read this year. 


2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Synopsis:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.


I watched ‘The Help’ movie back in 2011, and I loved it very very much. Until today, that movie holds a special place in my heart. So, I have decided to pick the book up and let me tell you this: I can’t wait to read it! 


3. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

A lyrical and moving debut in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, introducing an original and commanding new voice in fiction

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.

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.


Hands down. This is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in awhile! But, I really hope that the story lives up to the cover!


4. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?


Jay Kristoff wrote the illuminae files trilogy which I have yet to read… But, I am interested on reading his other works before reading the illuminae files!


5. The isle of the lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Synopsis: 

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.


I bought this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis.. and the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? With that apple and the fonts? It’s so pleasing to the eyeballs.


6. 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.


I loved Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘The Ghost of Heaven’. And because I loved ‘The Ghost of Heaven’ so much, I decided to pick up his other work! I hope this book does not dissapoint.


7. Dangerous Creatures By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Synopsis:

From the world of Beautiful Creaturesa dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?


I have yet to read the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ series! (Why have I not read it? Sigh) But, I bought this book because I know I will want to read it right after I finish with the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Series. So, yeah.


8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennar

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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.


I cannot wait to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennar!


9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


This book sounds super interesting and I cannot wait to read it!


10. Between the spark and the burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Synopsis:

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .


I do know this is the second book in the Between duology though. The first book being, “Between the devil and the deep-blue sea”. I will get the first book as soon as I feel like ‘marathon-ing’ the between duology. 


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Book Review

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review for King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard today! King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series and THREE WORDS: It is awesome! This review contains a spoiler-free section for the ones who have yet to read this book and a spoilery section. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

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

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“The war is a ruse, a cover to keep Reds under control. One conflict may end, but another will always begin.”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.

Synopsis:

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

My Thoughts: Introduction

Unlike the previous two novels, Red Queen and Glass Sword, which contain crazy and mind-blowing plot twists, King’s Cage does not contain any of those. But, King’s Cage surprised me with new characters, unique storyline, twisted Maven, strong Mare, desperate Cal, awesome Cameron and (I actually feel sorry for) Evangeline.

This book is action-packed, full of awesome and peculiar abilities, new newbloods, some really funny scenes and scenes that made me want to be as badass as Mare!

The pacing for this book was really slow in the beginning. But, at about 250 pages in, the pacing for this book started to pick up and I really enjoyed the overall pacing.

Writing:

The writing style for this book was stylistic, very crisp and super articulate. I really loved how she wrote about flashbacks of some characters in this book because not many people have the ability to elaborate on flashbacks. 

And she kept her writing consistence for all three mind-twisiting books. That alone is just awesome, because consistency is very important in books.

In my personal opinion, the plot/storyline for this book was way better than the previous two. Everything that happened in this book wasn’t as mind-blowing as the previous two, like I have said earlier, but, this book…People..THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! 

Characters:

Mare Barrow: BIGGEST CHARACTER GROWTH EVER! In this book, Mare realizes that she hurt the people that love her and she feels regret and sadness. She did ask for forgiveness and they did forgive her. (I really liked the idea of forgiveness in this book!)

Maven Calore: Oh my goodness, Maven. He is so wrong.. Everything about him is wrong. He knows he is doing the bad thing but [Spoiler]. I just can’t.. He is so twisted because of [Spoiler]

Cal: I liked him even more in the third installment of Red Queen. He belonged to Mare and Mare belonged to him but unfortunately, [Spoiler]

Evangeline: Honestly, deep down in my heart, I pitied Evangeline. It’s not her fault that she’s such a b*.. It is her [Spoiler]. She was raised to be a cruel and a merciless person.. That’s why she is so.. yeah. Evangeline has a really good character growth in this book as well! I loved seeing that in her POV.

Overall:

I give this book a 98.5% rating. This is my favorite in the series so far and I am looking forward on reading the next book in the series! Two Words: Can’t Wait!


Spoilery Section:

“Reds are inferior, beneath us. That is the work of biology. Life itself knows we are their master. Why else our Silvers? Why else are we their gods, if not to rule them?”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.

Can we talk about Nanny’s death? I didn’t even see that coming. My tears fell when Nanny died in front of Mare.. In front of the whole court. I can’t even process her death in my brain right now, it’s just.. SAD!

And Oh My Goodness, how twisted Maven is! Guess who made him this way? Answer: Freaking-Dumb Queen Elara! I am really glad she is dead though, but Maven is still the same and I really feel sorry for him.

The Premier of Montfort. Can we trust him or should we not trust him? I really don’t know because he took and kept Prince Brackens children in a prison which he called “Room” in order to have the military bases in Piedmont. 

Oh, and Cal’s betrayal. Thinking about that betrayal makes me mad. Why did he choose the crown over Mare? After what he had promised to Mare.. LIES LIES LIES. I just.. Oh my goodness.. I need the next book right now!

“I now know, I didn’t know what love was. Or what even the echo of heartbreak felt like.”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.


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Bookish Fun!

Coffee Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Coffee Book Tag’ today! I am not really a “Coffee-Drinker”, but, I really want to try out this tag and I would probably make a cup of coffee for myself later.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the Coffee Book Tag!

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BLACK: NAME A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.

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Lord of the Rings is one of the hardest book series to get into- at least, to me. Unlike The Hobbit series which I loved, some of the scenes in the Lord of the Rings series are kind of boring, in my personal opinion. 

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: NAME A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.

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I find that Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle gets more popularity during the festive time of the year, because of the title, you know? SNOW.

HOT CHOCOLATE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOK?

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When I was younger, Geronimo Stilton was one of my all time favourite author and books. I believe that many children around the world love this author and his works!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: NAME A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.

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Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor definitely kept me on the edge of my seat from the start to finish.

(All the books that was written by Laini Taylor kept me on the edge of my seat because her books/stories are fabulous!) 

And please read the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy if you have yet to read it.

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STARBUCKS: NAME A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE.

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Although this trilogy has been around for seven years, it is still pretty popular and there are still people who rave about it. For example, me.

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THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: GIVE A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR A SHOUTOUT

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The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis!!! I have a review for this book, I will be linking it down below, do check it out!

The Wheel Mages By Aimee Davis

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: NAME A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM.

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I was expecting more from this book, but unfortunately, the writing style did not work for me and I dislike this book because of that.

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THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.

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The ending for this spectacular story is bittersweet, but ultimately satisfying.

If you have not read this book yet, please go and get yourself a copy now!

GREEN TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL.

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I find Fangirl to be very serene and the storyline is easy to follow. The writing style for this book was fantastic and crisp.

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CHAI TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES.

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Heartless definitely made me dreamed of far off places. The setting of this story is very dreamy and it will make you feel like you’re in the world of wonderland.

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EARL GREY: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC

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This book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is definitely my favourite classic because it was so touching that it made me cry.


This is the end of the book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, so 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!