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March Reading Wrap Up | 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be manufacturing my March Reading Wrap Up today. In March, I read a total of eleven novels which exhibited a sense of insanity to me because I have never read that much in a month before until last month did I set a new record. So, before we plunge into the books that I had read in the month of March, I am going to present you with a rundown of my reading statistics in March:

  • I read 1995 pages;
  • Average Rating: 3.09 stars

Without further ado, let us take a nosedive into the books that I had read last month!

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1. The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

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Page Count: 178 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

I will not discourse much on this as I had composed an intact review on this objectionable novel but I will exert a quote from my review to give you a rundown of what actually occurred in this awful book:

“They went hunting for food together + they conversed on random notions + they kissed + they will die for each other + Bree wanted to die when she realized that Diego died + all of these scenes in less than 24 hours = WTF-INSTA-LOVE

Honestly, I am still experiencing the atrocity that this book had proffered. The final rating that I had given this book was E (20%).

2. Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng

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Page Count: 338 pages

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Again, I had made an entire review of this novel and the vast difference between Little Fires Everywhere and The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner is that I enjoyed this novel so much more than the other. My review for this book will be linked here

Final rating: A (87%) 

3. A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

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Page Count: 237 pages

Genre: Magical Realism

I re-read this in the month of March as I was in the mood to cry and so I picked this book up to read and to reevaluate my feelings towards this novel to check if they were still homogeneous to the first time I read this book and precisely, they were.

If you did not distinguish or you are fresh to this platform, I really luxuriate in this novel as it made me very fervid and it caused my feelings to be flurried around the cauldron as if they were just another potion or ingredient.  

My final rating: A+ (100%)

4. The Wolf Wilder By Katherine Rundell

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Page Count: 231 pages

Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction

I lamented not drafting a review for this book because as soon as I closed the novel as I aspired to prattle with someone about the outcome of the book. Mind you, this book has a predicament of comely binding and lovely writing but with a disastrous ending. 

Why did you say that?

I perceived that the ending of the novel desisted too adroitly that it suffered a crisis of ‘non-realistic’ ending. The lead character, if my memory serves me right, was a wolf wilder- a person who untamed the wolves that had been tamed, and she was only thirteen/fourteen in this novel. The oldest character in their group (excluding the adults) was fifteen. It does not make sense to me that the oldest character would be competent to guide the children ranging from the age of 9-14 to battle against a man who had all the power in the country and it baffled me even further that they contrived to win and ‘annihilated’ the old man. In addition, the adults were unavailing and they conceded their children to combat against this man who vilified his power while they observed the plight being brought about. To further complicate the matter, the children were only trained for 5 days prior to the opt-out war. What in the world?

Although I despised the ending of the novel, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2/3 quarter of the novel and the characters were well-built and thus, I shall be bestowing this novel with a D (56%).

5. The Five People You Meet In Heaven By Mitch Albom

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Page Count: 196 pages

Genre: Religion Fiction

Honestly, I do not know how to discourse with you all about this novel because part of me really fancied this novel and the other segment of me shunned this book. I will just succinctly encompass through the things that I admired and the items that I did not like about this book:

Likes- The idea of the story and the characters that appeared in this novel to tell their stories. Mostly about how an action will affect the other and how we were all connected in this world, whether we knew it or not. I thought the messages that this novel sent were empowering and entertainable. 

Dislikes- Some of the stories were tedious and boring. Some of them felt rushed and I thought it could be extended into a longer period to further insinuate their stories to make it more subterranean and impactful.

Therefore, I am going to bestow this novel with a C (65%).

7. A Compilation of Graphic Novels By Various Authors

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Genre: Graphic Novels

Page Count: 752 pages

Authors: Nathan Edmondson, Brian K. Vaughan and Jason Aaron

I despised the Black Widow chronicles as the story in it was incoherent and confusing. However, I enjoyed the art style as it was well-drawn and beautiful. Thus, attaining an F (15%) from me.

Doctor Strange started out strong with gorgeous illustrations and a decent flow of the story but it, once again, fell into the trap of an incongruous story as the timelines were jumbled up and flurried all around the place. Thus, it achieved a D (55%) from me.

Paper Girls would get an A- (75%) from me as I thought the illustrations and the story were fun to read and view and both of them consolidated into an overall fantastical tale. Thus, the only graphic novel that I enjoyed last month was Paper Girls.

8. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Recently, I have been attempting to read more books regarding sexism and feminism as I would love to be a part of the movement. I want to associate more about sexism and how society views it. If you have any suggestions on what feminist books I should read, please leave a comment in the comment section below as I would love to know.

As for this book, I learned many valuable lessons and thus, it shall attain an A+ (100%) from me.


This is the end of my ‘March Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

 

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The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and lately, I inaugurated a series denominated as Masochist and in the very first article that I had composed for this fastidious series, I appended a table of books on my shelves that have low ratings on Goodreads and the book that I will be fractionating today had desisted on that list. The novel is none other than The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer who had written the Twilight Series, The Host and The Chemist.

Just to recapitulate what I had constituted in the last article, the statistics for this novel will be written below. This way, it will be more insouciant for us to distinguish what others had elucidated on this book and what I have to say about this book: 

Current rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 178 pages

The number of people who rated this novel: 168,408

So, without further ado, let us get into the book review!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

My Introspection:

We shall commence with this review by stating on the scene that had transpired in the movie- Eclipse and to forge a contrast with the homogeneous scene that had occurred in the book. Honestly, the movie version of Bree’s persecution was remarkably desolating due to the outstanding performance of the actress who acted as Bree. In the movie, her inclination towards death was flaunted whereas, in the book, she embraced her death as if it was no big deal which also implored that she did not scream or cry or be afraid of the stages that will be taken place. Extra information: She is only 15 years old and her second life just originated. Clearly, it made no sense whatsoever because who would not be scared of getting persecuted- in this case, burned vigorously, innocently? Therefore, it concluded that I fancied the movie version of her death more than the cessation of her life scene in the book.

“I struggled to calm myself and shut my eyes again. There were things they didn’t want me to hear, either. I could live with that- if it meant I could live.” (pg. 155) 

The style of writing was, ditto, not pre-eminent as of the rest of the Twilight series. I do not apprehend on how to meticulously pinpoint whether or not the writing was imperceptibly better in this novella than the rest of the books in the series because I examined that the writing was more concentrated and rigorous in the first half of the novel and the next just exerted a nosedive. For example, the quote above noted that she wanted to live instead of dying. However, when you sedulously scrutinize the previous sentences, she transcribed that she craved to die due to the immense amount of pain that she tolerated from her dead one-day boyfriend. In addition, there is a paragraph in the novel that I could not believe it had accepted to be published:

“I turned off my brain. It was time to hunt. I took a deep breath, drawing in the scent of the blood inside the human below. They weren’t the only humans around, but they were the closest.” (pg. 9)

I turned off my brain. I TURNED OFF MY BRAIN. What in the world? Hold on, if you shut off your brain, does that not mean that you are incompetent with the tasks at hand and instead, become an effigy that stands on a pedestal? Do take note that after Bree ‘turned off’ her brain, she is still able to move about and draws in the scent of human blood. To further obfuscate the material, this redundant paragraph managed to slip through the clefts of the editor and be promulgated:

“Weird. Diego was weird. How he sounded like a person having a regular old conversation. No hostility, no suspicion. Like he wasn’t thinking about how easy or hard it might be to kill me right now. He was just talking to me.” (pg. 7)

This paragraph is not half as nefarious as the one we had conversed on above. Still, it was repetitive and I effectuated that it was the reiteration of paragraphs and words or information that had prompted Stephenie Meyer’s novels to be more longspun than it should be. For example, we already sanctioned that she called Diego a weirdo but Stephenie Meyer decided to supplement the word count by placing: ‘Diego was weird’ as if we do not already know that. Thus, the writing style for this novel was overall confusing.

“Kissing didn’t sound the same with Vampires as it did with humans. No soft, fleshy, liquid-filled cells to squish against each other. Just stone lips, no give. I had heard one kiss between Vampires before- Diego’s touch my lips last night- but I never would have made the connection. It was so far from what I’d expected to find here.” (pg. 71)

Frankly, I do not wallow in that many details. Details like these: Kissing for Vampires is like stone grinding against a stone, causing friction which would erupt into flames if you are not careful. I exaggerated there but candidly, I do not need to discern how kissing sculptures for Vampires. That is just plain repugnant. Also, it induced me to reminisce of these undesirable scenes: Bella kissing a stone who is Edward. You are welcome.

“He was pretty, with dark, dense, curly hair, big, wide eyes, and really full lips, but then, who wasn’t pretty?” (pg. 4)

As for now, Diego and Bree will be in our limited circuitous notoriety. I am not even ribbing, Bree had no temperament and I do not discern on why she is the cyanogen of the story. Bella’s personalities blanched opposed to Bree’s. Diego had an insignificant nature and an even minor cleft in his personality: He was loyal (and vacuous) up to the apex where he does not notice that the one he respected and trusted will hurt him the most. He was attractive and of course, he will fall for that one girl who had no disposition. Do not even get me enkindled on the less than one-day insta-love. Whatever, I am going to ramble:

They went hunting for food together + they conversed on random notions + they kissed + they will die for each other + Bree wanted to die when she realized that Diego died + all of these scenes in less than 24 hours = WTF-INSTA-LOVE 

The only positive point in this book that I could denote is the middle section of the novel. I thought the core segment of this novel was the strongest in this whole novel because I finally sensed something that I could clasp on- the perplexity of the situation. I fancied learning about the Victoria Army and the layout to ambush the Cullens and procure Bella as the prize. I presume that that was the only time where I truly let myself immerse into the world and experienced the tension that the characters were having. Unfortunately, it was short-lived.

In conclusion, I am bequeathing this novella with an E (20%). I presume that you will appreciate this novella if you adored the rest of the Twilight series but I, unfortunately, do not relish on some of the books in that series and this book had now been stacked on top on that list. Thus, the rating.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Aesthetic Books On My Shelves

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and we will be diving into the beautiful books on my shelves article today but before we dwell in the crafting and the sutures of the covers of these sumptuous novels, I have a few- really, there are only two- announcements or rather, alerts to execute. So, we shall address those announcements first before we move into the actual article:

First communiqué

Kotobee had reached out to me through E-mail the other day and they presumed that the readers of Maxxesbooktopia will attain the helpfulness of this list (a compiled list of book fairs all around the world) and would love to share it with all of you. With that, I have decided to help them to spread this remarkable list around so that you guys will be able to view it and locate the book fairs near your area or are currently in your country but you did not know about. Here’s the website where you can look for the book fairs around you: Book Fairs (click here)

They have infographics and have punctilious the date and location of the book fairs. In addition, you could use Google’s Fine setting (Ctrl+F) to look for your country and find out about the book fairs near your area on the page. 

Second communiqué

I came back to Bookstagram after being gone for a year and several months. If you are wondering where all the older posts that I had shared in my previous years went to, they are in the archived shelf. So far, I had posted 3 pictures on Instagram and I hope you guys will give me a follow there and like all the pictures as well for moral support (I extricated myself from my comfort zone to take pictures of me with books). Thank you, I really appreciate it.

Instagram page: Maxxesbooktopia

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Without further ado, let us get into the article!

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1. The Kiss Of Deception By Mary E. Pearson

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Honestly, I do not know how to comment on the covers of these novels except for how exceptionally beautiful they are. I will try to talk about the colour scheme and the artwork and effort put into it though or else this article will be such a failure and the pictures that I had taken will be trash being thrown into the swamp. 

For The Kiss Of Deception, the font of the title is very well composed. For example, The and Of are not accentuated on the cover but instead Kiss and Deception are more prominent due to the fact the story is all about deception, lies, kindling romance and manipulation.

The artwork of the maiden on the cover is very diluted with colour and the precision put into it is very well illustrated as everything starting from her hair strain to her dress are eloquently expressed. Personally, I found the flower crown embedded on the top of her head most interesting because of the details and the amount of arduous work put into it is not to be missed.

The colour of the sky and the wheat are again, well defined with the conventional usage of colour and the intensity of it. It further emphasises on the atmosphere of the novel and what place or rather, setting the story will be placed in. In addition, the two birds soaring through the sky captured the two would-be lovers of the runaway princess. The building, the man and the woman on the cover encased her workplace, her friend and an assassin, ready to murder her if her time is up.

If you are wondering, I gave this book an A (80%) rating. I thought it was an immeasurable novel and you should give it a try.

2. Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King & Owen King

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Sleeping beauties cover is just purely aesthetic. It does not have much but the intricate lining of the butterfly engrains above the eyes with its body against the nose of the woman just makes the cover eye-grabbing. The lips and the authors’ names are in red to intensify the colour of the already dark cover. The sinuous line of the title, again, engrains on the butterfly’s superb wings further strengthen the colour scheme that is already splashed across the surface of the book.

Personally, what caught my attention from this cover other than the author’s name was bright to the shadowy scheme of the novel. As you can see, the sides of the novel are wrapped in darkness and the core of the novel wraps in the light. The Azure colour helps in creating the portrait to be more memorable. Thus, it had made it to the list of gorgeous book covers on the shelves.

3. The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

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The spiral staircase ensnared the story as the novel is all about spirals and spiralling down a deep dark hole. The font for the novel, both the title and the author’s name, are very well placed. They did not block the view of the spiral staircase, the sea and the sky. Most importantly, the man on the staircase.

The colour swashed across the cover caught my attention when I entered the bookstore to look for books to purchase. Not going to lie, I bought the book due to the amazing cover. But, I read the book and found the story that laid beneath a beguiling cover to be wondrous as well which rarely happens because most of the time, books either have enchanting covers or captivating stories. So, this really surprised me.

Overall, A+ (100%) for the cover alone.

4. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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First of all, disregard the price tag that is affixed on the cover. I could not get it off which pestered the heck out of me because it has calumniated the beauty of the cover. Well, with that being said, let us get into the cover review.

The clock hands that are assembled together resemble a sundial due to the numbers situated below the clock hands. The blueness of the cover further accentuates (I am employing that term a number of times today) an eye-grappling experience.

I have nothing else to speak on this cover other than how gorgeous it is and the number of words that I had disposed of above.

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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You guys can clearly see how beautiful these covers are. The crow looks as if it is being moistened over there ‘fortuitously’ and honestly, I am savouring every second for them. Just… There are no words that could do egalitarianism for these portraitures.

Again, A+ (100%) book cover.

6. A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

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✅ Good Font.

✅ Good colour scheme.

✅ Good sketching.

✅ Great placing of the author’s quote and author’s name.

7. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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This is simply the most impressive book cover among the table. The illustrations for both the bear and the woman are aesthetic. It immediately gives me the sense that the girl is elegant and the bear is tranquil as they are travelling on the same boat in a large expanse of sea. The quotes and the font of the title + the author’s name are very well located. The night sky permeates with a plethora of quasars attests how alienated both the bear and the girl must have felt at the moment. Thus, it is getting an A+ from me for the cover alone.


This is the end of the ‘Aesthetic Books On My Shelves!’ article. I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what beautiful books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

Masochist

Popular Low-quality Novels On My Shelves

Hey Guys! It is Max here and latterly, I went onto Youtube to watch some Booktube videos and I exhumed a video called Reading The Worst Books On Goodreads By sarawithoutanH and it provoked (and invigorated) me to reflect on the rating of the books on my shelves and to read books that are egregiously rated. To say that I am a masochist is an understatement because I am going to turn this into a series of articles where I first proclaim on the novels that I will be reading, then the reviews for each of the novels will be attained and finally, a wrap-up for all of these books to see the rate of my enjoyment. 

This series will be long-drawn because there are a sum of 36 novels on my shelves that are badly rated and I, the pretentious human being, aspire to assay these books to perceive if I will savour any of them and also, to discern on why these novels had suffered bad ratings from people on Goodreads.

As for today, I will be picking on 5 novels that I will be handling over the course of a month or two and there will be another article like this where I pick another 5 or more books for a month or two and similar articles will come perpetually until the end of this list. In addition, these articles will be pigeonholed under a new category christened Masochist but they can be found in the Bookish Fun and Book Review Pages.

So, without further ado, let us get into the list!

1. Moby Dick By Herman Melville

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Genre: Classic

Page count: 720 pages

Rating on Goodreads: 3.49/5

Synopsis:

On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down Moby Dick, the mythic White Whale who left him crippled.

Me:

I have never prodded a classic before besides To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee and I really enjoyed that novel. The average rating for this novel, however, did indeed waver me away from reading it for the two years that it has been sitting on my shelf and to make things adverser, this is a huge book with over 500+ pages. Well, I am finally granting it a chance and I hope it is ample but my expectation for it will be low since so many people hated this novel. 

Wish me luck!

2. The Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 178

Rating on Goodreads: 3.5/5

Synopsis:

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know like her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

Me:

I should have anticipated witnessing this novel on this roster because almost all of the Twilight novels have inadequate grades. However, I did not see this coming. Maybe because I thought everything would get better from New Moon By Stephenie Meyer (I vehemently eschewed this novel) and onwards but the rest of the series did not match up to the first book so, I should not be astounded to see this novella here.

I hope I relish on this. I really do. Well, in order to be more optimistic: even if I do not, at least it will be a quick read as this short novella only contains 178 pages and I do not have to suffer for such a long time.

3. Chasing Harry Winston By Lauren Weisberger

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Genre: Chick Lit

Page Count: 288

Rating on Goodreads: 3.33/5

Synopsis:

Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer – whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems – could they be right?

Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…

Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and – as her mother keeps reminding her – she won’t have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she’s wondering…does Mother know best?

These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all they’ve earned – first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large – they’re not quite sure they like what they see…

Me:

This novel was given to me by my father’s boss. So, I did not technically buy this novel but it is on my mantelpiece and I have resolved to endeavour on reading this book. However, I have an inkling that I might resent this novel due to the abridgement; to be specific, this line: around-the-world sex-fueled adventure. On top of that, it is a Chick Lit Novel which is a genre that I have never attempted to read prior to this experiment… So, let us see if this novel will make or break the genre for me.

Once again, wish me luck!

4. Wedding Night By Sophie Kinsella

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Genre: Romance

Page Count: 464

Rating on Goodreads: 3.41/5

Synopsis:

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

Me:

I am surprised to see a Sophie Kinsella novel on this list as she is a famous author who had written a plethora of books. You may know her from the Shopaholics series starting from- Confessions of a Shopaholic or her YA novel- Finding Audrey. I have not read any of her works but I had heard numerous praises for them and thus, I am intrigued to find out what the general consensus does not like about this novel. Well, I do hope that I will enjoy it and dissent from the people on Goodreads. Do wish me luck with this and every other work on this list.

5. Soundless By Richelle Mead

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 267

Rating on Goodreads: 3.37/5

Synopsis:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zip line that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zip line shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Me:

This proffered me a shock. Richelle Mead is a famous author who had written the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodline series. Again, I have not read any of those books and I do actually have Vampire Academy on my shelf but have not proposed to pick the novel up yet. While people sing praises and commemorate the other series, this novel is left in silence and it is time to find out why that is so.

Again, wish me luck with all of these novels.


This is the end of my ‘Popular Low-quality Novels On My Shelves!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what low-quality books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas | Rant Review

Hey guys! It is Max here and I will be making a rant review for Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas today! I know this is an unpopular opinion but I have a handful of reasons on why I dislike this novel. I do not hate it per se, I just did not really like it. So, without further ado, let us dive right in.

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Introspection:

It has been forever since I last composed of a book review and I am finally back to reviewing the novels that I had read. So, from what I have heard, this book is grouped under the category of High Fantasy and I thought it did not warrant to be among that category and instead, be categorized under light fantasy. Although I could see the potential in the later books to be shelved under high fantasy because the ending of this novel hinted at it,  I thought the first book should still be placed under light fantasy instead of High fantasy and I will explain why.

“While he might be a Hallivard, he was… Well, she still very much wanted to kiss him.

Throne Of Glass has a lighter tone to it and it did not offer the darkness that high fantasy demands. Its tone lightens due to the heavy romance that was thrown into the plot of the novel. In order to not shy away from the truth, there is a love triangle in it and the love interest that she ended up with is beyond ridiculous. It was something like love-at-first-sight because I personally thought that they had zero chemistry together; it just happened due to mutual affection. Almost 15% of the novel deals with their kindling romance and they do not even know each other. Not one bit… Well, maybe a little but it is far too less to start snogging on each other faces. What if Calaena resolved to kill you? Huh? I don’t think the other love interest will even acknowledge it.  On the other hand, I thought the second love interest is better than prior as they had more chemistry together and they know each other.

“Are you fond of dogs?” asked the prince. She nodded. Why was it already so hot? “Am I going to be blessed with the pleasure of hearing your voice, or have you resolved to be silent for the duration of our journey?”

“I am afraid your questions didn’t merit a verbal response.”

However, what I do actually enjoy about the novel is Calaena insolence and the way she lashes out at people who did her wrong but that could be identified as a flaw as well as she is very stubborn with the ideas- always insisting that they are right even though they are, very clearly stated, not.

Leaving her act of impertinence behind, her precinct of qualities for being an assassin will now be commented on. Calaena who is the notorious, brutal and merciless slayer is recruited by a Prince- who she despised since she hates on the Royals vehemently,  perpetually and incessantly, for a competition which would lead to death if the ‘Champions’, also known as competitors, are not well aware. In court, Calaena the assassin dresses like a court-lady which is unnecessary and well, as if it could not get any worse, she dwells on the seams of the dresses and the softness and comfort that they offered instead of practising her skills to become the winner of this God-forbidden competition. 

Furthermore, she reads books in her spare time and readers of this novel almost never get to experience how she endures her training and how she practices her killing tactics except for certain instances which I thought those scenes were really well written. This novel mostly covers her spare time in which she would lend books from the library and piles of them will be all over her bed- a way to abolish the spines of the titles if you ask me. In addition, she plays the piano in her spare time and I can apprehend that she is a human with emotion and soul too but really? Do you have a death wish in which you would like to die in a competition? If not, you would use all the time in the world to train in order to maximize your chances of winning instead of dying. 

Moreover, you will think that she is an assassin, a pretty good one at that as she is being trained by Adarlan’s own hands. However, there are a copious of scenes which I thought her skills of being a slayer failed her and I definitely questioned if she is actually an assassin. Take a look at this quote:

“One! She slept that long? What about lessons with Chaol?”

Just to give you extra information, there is a monster roaming around the castle, killing off Champions like they are just another piece of wasteland and our protagonist knows that it is out there, somewhere, killing them off one by one on the precipice of their fingers. And here she is, deep in her sleep, the monster could just barge into the room and annihilate her. Where has her assassin qualities gone to? Isn’t an assassin, a good one, supposed to be alert at all times? I guess the prince has gotten all over her head since she is so love-drunk.

To be more optimistic, the pacing of this novel is fantastic. A 404 pages novel that moves with a speed of a 200 pages novel and I thought it was astounding that I would read this continuously without taking any extra break unless it is necessary. That is how addicted I was with the novel but that does not mean it is a good book. If you are a fast reader, you would devour this in two days. If you are a slow reader, you will consume this novel in three days because of the addictive quality of the book. 

Now, I want to talk about Calaena as a protagonist. To be honest, I feel a certain disconnection with her as a reader due to the fact that we did not get to know her as much as a person would like to. For example, her past is obscured and Sam, who I assumed is her ex-lover, is only ever mentioned once in the novel. Also, her childhood- the part where she was ‘bathed’ in her parent’s blood is only declared once and I thought that section intrigued me as it would give us information as to why she becomes the person she is as of today. But alas, information like this is not given and that disappointed me.

In conclusion, I am proffering this novel an E (46%) as a rating that would be suitable for my taste in novels. I will continue to read the series as I am intrigued by the ending of the novel and I heard other reviewers raving about the second book in the series and therefore, I would pick the book up from a bookstore someday soon.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Well, this is progressing to be a meandering journey, folks.

Hey guys! We are proceeding towards an interim on my blog where I kind of ‘Vlog’ my experience on reading profused series for the first time. The last time that I did these particular schemes, you all appeared to adore it! So, I have elected to do one for a series that is swiftly maturing into one of my favourite series of all time – Percy Jackson series. So, in order to show my inclination and commendation for the novels in this series, I will be blogging about the occurrence that I have with the final novel in this series – The Last Olympian. 

By the way, this is another one of those series that I have given all the books five phosphorescent and omnipotent stars. So, you can now see how engrossed I am in this series that I would strip away all businesses to finish it!

Well, without wasting more of my precious hours, we shall commence reading the book!

*For your information, I am blogging my experience for this novel so this article will be spoiler filled.*

(Saturday 02/02/2019)

It is currently 22:16 and I am advancing to embark on my quest to read this best-seller! If there is a way or any logical mechanism to concede my excitement to seep through the screen, you would witness me leaping around maniacally while I read the novel. I am gushing and uttering refuse. Oh wells, that is me every single day. *shrugs* 

I shall update you all when I hit Page 50 or if I uncover any interesting provision in the novel, I will inaugurate the log entry so that you guys will discern on what I am explaining about and what page I am on.

Well, I am leaving now. Good-bye, good people.

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Hi Guys. It had just been a few minutes since my last entry and I am only on Page 5 but I would like to share the conversation that Percy and Rachel had because… Call me a maniac but I am crackling up like an imbecile. 

‘Yes… but, Percy, you’d be doing me a huge favour. It would be so much better if you were with us. Besides, there’s something I want to talk about -‘ She stopped abruptly.

‘Something you’d want to talk about?’ I asked. ‘You mean… so serious that we’d have to go to St Thomas to talk about it?’

I do not quite understand what is wrong with me (probably insane) but that conversation. Oh my Gods. Percy… Why?

Well, I am going back to reading!

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I am currently on Page 117 and I do not think that you can tell how much I am hoarding this novel since my facial expressions cannot be manifested on the screen but attempt to conjure up an image in your brain through the words scrawled on the screen and you might get the brainchild of my bitchy joyful face.

Well, to update you guys on what in the living shit has transpired, I shall bequeath some erudition upon you all:

1. Charlie Beckendorf (a Greek demigod son of Hephaestus) soul had levitated into the heavens, or rather, descended into the Underworld. It was so incredibly depressing to contemplate a person who we had followed throughout the series to die in such a short span in the fifth book. Well, he died taking down a ship (Princess Andromeda) with an innumerable batch of Kronos minions which is astonishingly intrepid. Thus, his death shall be missed.

2. By the way, Rachel kissed Percy. I do not ship this relationship! I want him to end up with Annabeth, like, please.

3. Poseidon’s kingdom is under attack by a Titan named ‘Oceanus’ and we discerned that he was neutral in the first war between the Gods and the Titans, namely, Kronos. However, Oceanus swayed towards Kronos due to some bribery and he chose to have an affinity with him and thus, there’s a war under the sea. 

4. Percy learns his Prophecy and let me tell you: It’s scary. Here goes:

‘A half-blood of the eldest Gods,

shall reach sixteen against all odds…

and see the world in endless sleep,

the hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap.

A single choice shall end his days.

Olympus to preserve or raze.’

5. Do not notify me that you have not conceived of this because I had thought about throughout the whole series: Aren’t all of the demigods cousins? Is it not ominous to ‘fall-in-love’ with your cousin? Well, Rick Riordan has given us an answer to it!

I know you might be thinking: Aren’t all the demigods related on the godly side, and doesn’t that make dating gross? But the thing is, the godly side of your family doesn’t count genetically speaking since Gods don’t have DNA. A demigod would never think about dating someone who had the same godly parent. Like two kids from Athena cabins? No way. But a daughter of Aphrodite and a son of Hephaestus? They’re not related. So it’s no problem.

6. Grover has been gone for 2 months and we found out that the God of Dreams who is working with Kronos has granted him a ‘short’ nap which is 2 months. Apparently, the God of Dreams is scourging the land to examine if it is great for a full-fledged war. 

7. Percy is being imprisoned by Hades because Hades wants his son- Nico to be the one the prophecy is talking about and he wants to be the King of the Gods… So? Yeah.

Well, I will update you guys tomorrow and I’ll go back to reading once again! Bye.

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(2 weeks later…)

Oh boy. I did not update you guys on the fact that I had finished this novel 2 weeks before and also, I did not recommence on my reading progress for The Last Olympian. I was actually contemplating on even posting this article on my blog since I did not compose a proper ‘vlog’ style article for you guys and obviously, I feel devastated and guilty about it since I declared that I would post it on my blog an article ago. Well, I have decided that I would still publish it even though this article is incurable and extremely fragmented to the point that is beyond repair. Now, we shall commence with what I did prior to this week.

So, I had officially found a college in which I will be going to and I will be taking A-levels for my pre-university program! The tension of looking for the right college with the environment that I would enjoy finally perishes. Although I would have to travel to college by public transport for an hour plus, I am still really excited to experience college life and of course, studying once again. In case you are wondering what subjects I am taking, here’s a list of them:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics
  4. Mathematics

Also, I was carousing Chinese New Year with my family, relatives and friends and that was part of the reason on why I did not update you guys as much and the ‘vlog’ style article is so detached from my previous one because I was so busy prattling with my relatives and rivalling with fireworks that I simply did not have time to update Y’all on my reading progress. I am so sorry 😦

With the reasons on why this article is so fractured aside, I would adore the idea of mentioning The Last Olympians right now. I incontrovertibly appreciated this novel and I was saddened when I hit the last page because reality strikes me that there would not be anymore Percy Jackson novels even though he is presented in Rick Riordan’s other series- The Heroes Of Olympian. However, that is not the same as Percy does not have a point of view so… I am such a mess.

I absolutely fancied the ending of the novel! I thought it was a perfect end to an impeccable series and I will definitely be reading more of Rick’s novels, starting with The Heroes of Olympian. 

All in all, I am giving this novel a grading of A+ (100%) because of how much I relished on this novel and how incisive the writing is. 


This is the end of the book ‘vlog’ for ‘READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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January Reading Wrap Up | 2019

The first month of the year of 2019 is coming to an end and I have decided to share a snippet- no, not a snippet. I have unequivocally chosen to bestow my January reading Wrap Up with you all! 

Before you comment on why I had vanished from the face of the planet, hear me out. Sorry that I had been gone for a while, I was (still am) looking for colleges and clearing out hedges for courses that I have divine interest on applying and it’s been keeping me away from my blog for some time. Well, I missed interacting with you all so I decided to come back with an article. Hope you guys wouldn’t mind the minimal amount of articles that I had composed this month.

Furthermore, when I had dissipated from the blogosphere, I reached 4,023 followers! That is amazing and heartwarming! Thank you, each and every one of you, for reading my articles and sticking by even when I am not present. Thank You!

Oh, what the heck? I misremembered to introduce myself. If you are new here: Hi, I am Max and we will be performing my January Wrap Up for the year of 2019. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the January Wrap Up list!

1. The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

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The Stars Never Rise is the first book that I had read this year and I, originally, thought this was going to be a great reading year because I really enjoyed myself while I went through the whirlwind of this book. Everything from the characters to the plots to the sub-plots to the jurisdiction of the community, this book seemed to be ideal until it took a nosedive at the end. However, that does not take away from the enjoyment that I had from the first 3/4 of the book. It’s just the last 1/4 that did the novel fraudulent. 

If you want to know more about my thoughts and what this title is regarding, you may want to take a sneak peek at my in-depth review which I had posted on my blog a few weeks prior to this instance.

Here’s the link to that particular review: The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

All in all, I would urge you to read this book if you are into demons operating nefarious deeds and a dystopian set future.

2. Feed By M.T Anderson

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As you can see, I had tabulated a plethora of stickers on the book with the intention of composing a book review. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

I am soooo amazing. – said the inner-me.

Not to worry, I will be constructing a review for this book soon because I have so much to discuss. More like, so much of distaste for this novel. Look, you can already see how my initial success with the first book being such a good read crumbling into pieces. There will definitely be more books which will bequeath me with a sense of calamity like this one and by then, I will be settled. 

I am going to give you a summary of what this book is about:

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-gravity 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.

Here is the thing, the summary of the novel appeared to be stabler than its substantive content and here’s why: The crazy hacker’s aim was not explained in the novel so I would take that as a plot-hole, the book lacked a consecutive plot, the characters do not know how to discourse properly (most of the time, I do not know what they were conversing about) except for Violet (I liked Violet only), the writing style was a mess, etc.

I ended up giving the book 1.5 stars on Goodreads as the ending intoxicated me and made me sniffle a sob. So, I will not endorse this book to anyone if you despise the things that I had noted above.

3. Matched By Ally Condie

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My reading experience this month just kept getting worse and worse because Matched is another one of those books that had received a bad rating from me: 1.5 stars. 

This book is just sheer tedium alright. From the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel, the protagonist of the novel just kept cheating on her boyfriend by hanging out and making out with some other guy. I know this book is basically a utopia: a community where the society decides who you get married to and whatever, they just control everything and it is about this one girl flouting everything and to regulate her own destiny. It is empowering but that could not exclude the fact that this book is monotonous. 

It took me a week or so to conclude this book and honestly, that week was the worst reading week I had ever experienced. I had to keep up with dull characters discharging acts that were the works of an imbecile, a tedious plotline that could easily be shortened by a hundred plus pages and the writing style was not anything special either. The only reason why I gave it an extra 0.5 star is because of that ending which took me by surprise. Otherwise, it would just be a one-star read.

*For your information, I bought the book in this condition since it was half-priced.*  

4. Under Rose-Tainted Skies By Louise Gornall

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Again, you may already be observing the shades of pink entwined with purple tabs on the book as some kind of torture device and also, maybe asking: “Why in the world have I not done a review for this novel?”

Well, the first reason is the one that I had stated at the antecedent of this article and the other is: I procrastinate a lot. Well, it is not that I dislike this novel or anything, I actually really adored this novel! It had received a scintillating 4.5 stars from me and I really aspire to compose an article devoted to this craft right after I had concluded the novel but I was not in the right state of mind to write a review and I do not want to ruin anything about this novel for you all. However, now that I had snapped out from that zone, I will be publishing the review for it soon. So, stay tuned.

This book is the turning point of my reading experience this month. After two disappointing novels, I presumed all hope was lost but this book swooped in and inadvertently saved the day. Everything from the plot to the characters’ structures to the mental illness representation makes me happy. This book deserves more recognition as the novel is well-written and elegantly crafted.

Thus, I recommend this to anyone who admires the things that I had mentioned above.

5. Percy Jackson Series (First 3 books)

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I am currently reading the fourth book in the series and I am telling y’all this: Each book gets better and better in this series. The characters who you thought you would hate, you will end up adoring them. These books are prodigious with its actions, characters, friendships, revenge, love, hatred, loyalty, etc. Just, too many and so good. Perhaps, overly immeasurable. 

I am planning on doing a mini ‘vlog’ style read-with-me article for the last book in the series and keep in mind that it will be spoiler filled! I have the urge to do it because the last time I devised it on my Harry Potter marathon, you guys seemed to love it. Thus, I shall return the article scheme from the dead.

That concludes the seven books that I had read this month! Just to let you know, Goodreads told me that I am a book behind schedule to my 100 books goal so, I have got to buckle up and consume more novels as I am determined to reach my goal this year.


This is the end of my ‘January Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up were down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!