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Unpopular Opinion || Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I am here today to formulate a book tag called ‘The Unpopular Opinion’ Book Tag! As you are browsing and scanning through words that are bestowed in this article, please do keep in cognizance that this book tag that I am addressing will get a little nasty- well, not a little but very nasty and I am not here to alter anyone’s opinions on the books that I will be discoursing on and I hope you will respect my opinions as I value yours.

Furthermore, I would like to name the originator who had invented this tag and the creator for this tag is The Book Archer who is a Booktuber on YouTube. So, with all of the things that I had mentioned above, we should commence with the tag and the controversy that I am certain will take place in the comment box below!

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What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

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Angelfall by Susan Ee shall take the spot for this question for the time being. Wow, I can already hear people screaming in my direction for placing this novel here. Well, I definitely have to explain myself or else things will get worse and I do not wish for any of that.

The acumen on why I assigned this novel for this catechism is because of the content in it. Mind you, I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads but I am contemplating with myself on modifying it because I did not actually relish on it to the level of that grading that I had furnished. So, back to the question on why I did not cherish it as much as everyone else seems to admire.

The content in it did not grab me as much as it should have because I tend to enjoy angel/demons types of novel and in other cases, we called it the paranormal genre of books. I think I should address it properly: I did not connect with the characters in this novel and their struggles seemed like they were fumbling and squabbling over a pastime to me. In addition, the tensions and actions did not make me feel scared or have emotions flying everywhere. All I felt was boredom when I was reading this novel.

I will be doing a full review on this trilogy when I have the time but as for now, this will be my little rant section for this novel that did not do justice for me.

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

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As for this inquisition and the deeds that it had required, I will go with The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick. Now, don’t get me wrong, not everyone eschews this novel. I just felt that with this novel and the content or plot in it is either everything you have ever wanted or it is a thing that you condemn. To condense what I had just said: It is either you love this novel or you dislike it, there isn’t an in-between or grey spot for it.

For me, I thought this book was very well-plotted and it made my sentiments circumnavigate everywhere. In addition, the characters that were manifested in this novel were very relatable and the actions that had led to what they had the desire to do were smart and unlike many novels, the characters here do not make feeble-minded resolutions and that was the key point to my utmost appreciation for this novel.

If you would like to read my review for this wondrous novel, feel free to click on this link: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

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For this question, I am proceeding to install a novel called I am number four here. If you have not read this series yet, I would recommend you to skip to another question because I am going to spoil some important plot points here. So, skip this and come back when you have finished? Also, if you have no desire to read this book series or you had read and perfected all 7 books in this series… Feel free to read what I am going to state.

I did not want Sam to end up with anyone. Honestly speaking, I wanted John to have a developed penchant for Six instead of Sarah. I was a little sad when Sarah departed and John lost her and all but still, I was a little jovial. Goodness, I am atrocious. Well, back to the topic. So, at that period in their lives, Six is already with Sam and they were couples so there would not be any probabilities for John and Six to be together and I had already given up at that point. But the ending, 2 ladies kissed John. The first one being Six and the second one being Seven. I was so confused. Six just cheated on Sam with a kiss on John’s lips and Seven who in no way would have advanced on an affection for John that quickly since Eight’s death.

In the end, I ship no one with John and to this day, I am still disoriented.

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

For this proposal, I am going to go with the answer of Young Adult Historical Fiction. That genre does not appeal to me in any way and I have absolutely zero interests on reading anything that has to do with the genre. But, I will probably read it in the future just not the near future as I do not see myself reading anything from that genre any time soon.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

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Ah. This is where this provision is going to get remarkably controversial.

For this question, I am going to go with the answer of Kaz Brekker from the Six Of Crows duology. Ouch, I can hear people wishing to bash the crap out of me for stating that. Well, I know most of you adore Kaz Brekker from the inception like he had stolen your essence or something but I do not like him. I know he is an anti-hero and everything but he just does not intrigue me like the rest of the personas in this novel do.

Why does he not appeal to me like the others do? Well, number one being he is too manipulative and number two, his character arc only hastened up somewhither about the end of the novel and it sort of pestered me because he is supposed to be the main character of this novel. Thus, concludes my dislikes for this character.

I will have a review for this novel up on my blog soon which I will discuss everything in detail but as for forthwith, this will be my limited source of spitefulness.

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

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George R.R Martin should be the appropriate option for this inquisition. It’s growing sultry in here with hostile grimaces glancing at me.
This author is just not for me. The novels that he has written are in the genre of Fantasy which I cherish but the books are just too compact and it might take me millennial years to conclude them. In addition, the papers used are slim, delicate papers. Furthermore, the font is so freaking tiny. Thus, I will not be reading his novels anytime soon.

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Genuinely, I do not have an answer for this question but if this catechism is obliged to be acknowledged to actuate to the next, I will persist with the ‘I am special’ trope.

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

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For this question, the answer will definitely go to the Fifty Shades trilogy. I have unquestionably zero enthusiasm on reading these books and after every single detailed analysis that I had read to perceive what transpires in this story, I have no intention on registering it and that is all I am going to elucidate on for this trilogy.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

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The reason why I picked A Monster Calls for this question is that of the love I have for the movie. Of course, I love the book as well- I even cried reading this novel but the movie, in my personal opinion, is even better than the book because it has extra elements in it that would make you feel for the characters and their struggles. Furthermore, there are more scenes in the movie that are not exploited in the book. Therefore, I enjoyed the movie more than the novel (even though the novel is still one of my favourites of all time).


This is the end of the ‘Unpopular Opinion Book Tag’! 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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Book Review

New Moon By Stephenie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and before you ask where in the world had I been or you are just entirely curious about whether or not I had been kidnapped. Well, let me just explain them now so we can get the odd announcement out and carry on with our review!

Odd Announcement:

I am not kidnapped. I had my trials in school recently and I had placed all of my focus on that and therefore, I was not able to have any updates on my blog even though I really want to. Please forgive me, I really did not mean to disappear for a month and make all of you frantic! 

However, I am currently having a 2 weeks long holiday so I will definitely be using this precious time to have some constructive reviews and articles up on this blog. Once again, I am so sorry for the late announcement.

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With that aside, let us get into the mini summary of the second novel- New Moon in the Twilight series. 

New Moon is a Paranormal, Romance-heavy novel, following Bella Swan, now seventeen, as she goes through major heartbreak from her recent break up with Edward Cullen who she had found out to be a vampire.

Without further ado, let us get into the review!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book contains some spoilers. So, read it at your own risk!

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“What a marshmallow. You should hold out for someone with a stronger stomach. Someone who laughs at the gore that makes weaker men vomit.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Synopsis:

I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place. 

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

My thoughts: The Beginning

“Love is irrational, I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

“Can you hear that…? It’s ranting time! Read it at your own peril!”

Let us start off with this review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. I found the pacing for this novel to be rather slow because of how enormously thick this book was. In case you are wondering, this book is 563 pages long and it was quite boring due to the fact that almost nothing had happened in this book except for the last 80 pages. It was as if the author had made a trend out of this series- action scenes in the very last-minute and I am here to tell you that I totally hated this trend because the author had ordered the readers to read through the life of Bella’s awful actions until the very last scene where the plot started accelerating forward and abruptly stopped with no signs of direction for what the next book will set up to be and I am just going to put this here: Through all the action sequences, it still proved Bella to be a useless liability to the Cullens family. Sorry, I had to do it.

Moving on, we have the plot and the plot holes to talk about in this review. The plot which was almost non-existent until yet again the last 80 pages of this novel, was extremely substandard. The beginning of the novel hooked me in which I originally thought was a good sign but the thoughts had evaporated as the endless mopping of Bella’s face continued on for what seemed like forever until the book ended in a happy tone because Edward came back for her and all of that crap. Furthermore, I was probably just disappointed with Bella because of how her character had quickly become moronic in this novel and I know this is a romance-heavy novel but that is totally an excuse for the lack of actions. Thus, my dislike for the plot is totally understandable.

In addition, the number of plot holes in this novel was huge. There were too many things that were left unexplained in this novel that it made my head throbbed and gave me a migraine. Plot holes such as the abilities, how does one gain an extra ability in this world and why does the Volturi want Edward and Alice to be his sidekick? Did he not have enough humans and vampires for him to be as powerful as he seemed to be? Well, those are just some questions that I have for now but I know there will be more if I continue to read the other novels in this series.

Furthermore, we have the world-building and the atmosphere that I would like to talk about in this review. Unlike my previous review for a Twilight novel, this book’s world-building really lack-lustre. Items and places were not described as perspicuously as before. Some of them were skimmed through and those things somehow became a major part of the novel without being properly described. Thus, the world-building was bad and I hope there will have some improvement in the next novel.

In addition, we are now going to talk about the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere for this book was not as suspenseful and romantic as prior to its ancestor and the elements did not combine well in this novel. Again, the suspense only starts at the end of the novel which only lasted for an hour- 80 pages long. Thus, I did not enjoy the atmosphere for this novel.

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would like to discuss. The actions scene were the only ones that I truly enjoyed in this novel. They were suspenseful, scary and stressful. Why is it stressful? You may ask but the scene where Bella was almost being beaten by the vampire was the most stressful period of the entire book. Therefore, I enjoyed the action sequences and how it made my emotions run like a baby asking for ice-cream while whining.

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

“love gave someone the power to break you. 
I’d been broken beyond repair.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

As usual, this book does not have any quality writing but somehow it irked me even more than the previous book. Well, allow me to have a long and detail explanation:

The author repeated information that readers already knew in the first book. Further on to state my point, she added an information that we do not know in the first few pages and repeated it again in the next few pages and again in the next hundred pages. I kind of pissed me off because how many times do you need to repeat the same thing over and over again so that we would understand!?

Moreover, Bella’s character which I will talk more about later on in the Characters’ review section, was so freaking UGH! Sorry, I need to control my emotions. Let’s rephrase the sentence: Bella’s character was destroyed because she had the desire to kill herself merely because of her boyfriend who broke up with her and all she can think about was him- for 6 freaking months. Just, WHY?

In addition, this book was yet again filled with dialogues and though it was easy to read and also, easy to skim through, it was also pretty annoying. There were more telling than showing and the world surrounding Bella just was not building up well enough for the readers to understand the system and the way it was supposed to be.

Finally, this book should not be as long as it should be because of the points that I had added above and this: Almost 90% of the book was covered with Bella’s self-indulgence for death due to the breakup and it was just so dull. I am sorry to say that but it was dull.

So, let us now get into the characters’ section!

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

“Speaking of which, would you like to explain to me how you’re alive”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Bella: Hm, who is she? Just kidding. I really did not like her in this novel. I know that heartbreak and disappointments are hard to go through but Bella had taken everything to the next level. Her mind had gone haywire without Edward and all she can think about was what to do next to hurt herself- hard and guess who she had brought in to join her little conquest? Jacob. She used him as a source of happiness and although she really needed it, it was a bad move. After Edward came back for her, she literally abandoned him and stalked off with Edward who dumped her in the first place… So, great character development, I guess… (take note of the sarcasm).  

Jacob: What an arse. I knew Bella was using him as a source of happiness but Jacob was also being a really bad friend to Bella. He exacerbated Bella’s emotions even more than what Edward had done to her and it led her to a point where she really felt the drive to plunge into the ocean and drown. In addition, for a book that centred on Bella and Jacob, Jacob managed to screw the entire book up with his attitude which was the ‘bad-boy demeanour,’ pretty well. So, the character development for this character would be a negative 1000. 

Edward: I hated him in this novel. If it was not for his stubbornness and persistence, this novel and plot would not have existed except for the action scenes which I know Stephenie would be able to amplify them, and Bella’s character would not have been like ‘that’… By the way, he had zero character growth in this book. So, have a damn nice day, Edward.

Alice: She is now my favourite character in this series. For a book so wearisome, this character somehow stood up and although she was not in a lot of scenes in this novel which she should because Bella died doing boring scenes and the readers dwindled reading them, she gave me a vibe of her charisma and I absolutely loved it! She was not annoying and she was strong and capable of whatever she had on her hands. Those characteristics are natures which Bella will never be allowed to get because of her annoyance.

Overall: The Ending

Whatever charm that had worked for the first book in this series- Twilight, was now gone when my eyes settled on this book and its words. So, without any pity scores, because there would be none for this novel, I will give this novel a 15%. 

I am sorry but this book is really, really bad.


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

Book Review

Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my very-first trilogy review on this blog today and the book trilogy is the ‘Curse Workers’ trilogy written by Holly Black. If you have seen my Goodreads page, you would have noticed that I did not enjoy reading ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ written by the same author. Despite my dislike for that book, I had decided to give the author another chance by reading this trilogy and IT DEFINITELY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

I cannot even begin by how much I loved this series, that this series had destroyed me, that it might be in the exact same spot as the ‘Daughter Of Smoke And Bone’ which is my number one favourite book of all time! With all of those being said, you will know what to expect next in this review: GUSHING! Before we get into those things, let us start off by diffusing through what this series is about.

In all three books of the Curse Workers trilogy (Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy), we follow a seventeen-year-old boy named Cassel as he discovers that his memories have been jumbled up and later finds that he is one of the rarest ‘workers,’ a person who can perform magic, in the world which leads to a great number of people willing to pay for him to kill others. So, without further ado, let us get into the series review straight on!

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

How do I even begin with this review? Alright. I have to chill or else my words would not make any sense to you guys. 3,2,1… Go.

Let us begin with this review by commenting on this beautiful trilogy’s covers. I, personally, enjoyed the cover changes to this trilogy although others might not agree because the original covers have a mysterious and secretive vibe to it that many of them thought that it was fantastic as the trilogy itself was baffling. I relished on these covers because of the little dots that make up a face and mind you, White Cat’s cover does look a little sexualize but that does not take away the quality of the covers. I appreciated the colour scheme and how the dots are formed into wordings of the book titles. Furthermore, the covers have a dream-like quality to it that will make you dream about a dream but you are not in the dream (hopefully you get what I was talking about). Therefore, I really loved the covers and I am giving a 100% to the beautiful cover makeovers.

Moving on, we have the pacing that I would like to address on which had been placed throughout the trilogy. For White Cat, I thought that the book was very well paced with many factors that were supposed to be information-overload but Holly Black somehow made it possible that the pacing was just gliding through the novel easily which I admired her for doing so because she just spared the pain of the readers’ with easy pacing. However, for Red Gloves, I found that the pacing was a little slower and it kind of lack a distinctive quality that White Cat had and due to its fall of lacking something its predecessor had, it slowed down. As for Black Heart, the pacing went back to normal- just like how White Cat always was. Hence, I enjoyed most of the pacing that was flowing through the trilogy.

Furthermore, I would like to address on addictive quality that this book had around it. Just like a drug, this trilogy had a quality so relentless and addictive that nothing beats this trilogy as long as the pages are still flying by. It will replace the endorphins in your brain with words that are so beautiful and quite mysterious that you just want to know what the heck is going to happen next in the book. Thus, I truly enjoyed how wonderful Holly had made to be this enjoyable.

Moving on, we have the world-building & politics that I would like to talk about in this review. For the first book in the trilogy, also known as White Cat, we see how the world works, what workers are and how it revolves around a universe so close to ours but somehow, very different and unique. The politics in the first book weren’t as exposed as the later books but it still had a good chunk of it at the end of the book. As for the second novel- Red Gloves, the politics had gotten even more exposed and the world expanded in many ways that would cause the readers no harm in exploring. For the last and final book- Black Heart, I felt that we fully understand how the world functions and how everything had been set up from the beginning and how the surface area of the politics had gotten even more exposed. Therefore, I enjoyed how wonderful everything was!

Moreover, we have the atmosphere that I would like to comment on for these novels. The atmosphere throughout these three books was mysterious, competitive and hard to guess. I liked the mysterious and competitive aspects of these novels because it caused a kind of clutch in my heart and made it pumped hard and inconsistent until these novels ended. Therefore, I enjoyed reading the atmosphere in these books! It definitely was a wonderful aspect of these blockbusters.

Diving deeper into the review, we have the predictability of the novels I would like to address on in this review. To be honest, I had figured some plot twists out myself in this novel but the severe plot twists were hidden pretty well and no clues were given to that little twist that made my head spun. Out of all of these books, I would say that all of them had plot twists that will make you hate, love, cry and etc. I definitely did enjoy the plot twists and I would love to hear if Holly Black is writing more books for this trilogy because of how wonderful it was! Therefore, it wasn’t as predictable as it seemed!

Some of you might ask if the story was well-constructed and if there are any plot holes… Well, here’s your answer:

Yes, this book is definitely well-constructed and you can clearly see that Mrs.Black did her homework and plot all of the plots nicely to review everything in order to cancel out the ugly plot holes. Thus, I really loved how this series wrapped itself up nicely.

Into the bargain, I would like to talk about the quotes that I have found to be both impressive and marvellous and I would hereby like to share with you guys a few quotes from this trilogy:

“Memory is slippery. It bends to our understanding of the world, twists to accommodate our prejudices. It is unreliable. Witnesses seldom remember the same things. They identify the wrong people. They give us the details of events that never happened. Memory is slippery, but my memories suddenly feel slipperier.”- White Cat, Holly Black.

“I wonder if he really could rationalize what I did to him, really treat betrayal like the slight transgression of a recalcitrant business partner. I wonder if I hurt him. If he can rationalize what I did to him, it’s easy to imagine how he rationalized what he did to me.”- Red Gloves, Holly Black.

“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”Black Heart, Holly Black.

Finally, we have the relationships between all of the characters section of this review! The relationships factor of these novels were filled with good things like Love, Hate, Fear, etc. I thought the first book handled it very well with all of its impudence and actions that were totally unforgettable. However, when we entered the second book in the trilogy which is Red Gloves, the relationship factor had overloaded itself with ammunition that it was a little bit hard to get through and it had also kind of taken away the main plot of the book which is never a good thing. Despite having the second book carried the weight of the relationship between the characters, the book was still enjoyable. As for the third and final novel in the trilogy, everything went back to the way it was with White Cat and I totally enjoyed that book. Therefore, I liked the relationships between the characters in this novel!

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

“He’s the kind of liar who totally forgets what he told you the last time, but he believes every single lie with such conviction that sometimes he can convince you of it.”- White Cat, Holly Black.

I enjoyed the style of writing that Holly had placed in this novel. The writing style was consistent, articulate and lyrical. The author’s writing style for this novel was the type which was easy to glide through while learning new vocabularies and how the system of the world works. Also, it had a unique quality to the writing style that had shown that she was a writer of her own kind and that quality is the dream-like condition which made the books so marvellous and so freaking easy to get through and additionally made the readers read all of the novels in one sitting.

Furthermore, I said the writing style was consistent because the characters acted like how they talked and everywhere in this three books, you will notice that all of the characters have the same personalities as the previous books and each of the characters had distinctive personalities that you would know which is which and who is who. Yes, it is that easy to identify them. Therefore, I liked how wonderful Holly Black managed to perform such artistic skills in these novels.

Finally, I enjoyed how every scene in this novel was pictured perfectly in my head. The scenes were written articulately that every single thing that happened will somehow be transported and diffused perfectly throughout your brain which was definitely an enjoyable factor I had with these books while reading each sentence to pluck the images to my brain. Hence, I fancied the prepossessing condition that this book had with its articulate-quality.

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

“The moment she was cursed, I lost her. Once it wears off- soon- she will be embarrassed to remember things that she said, things she did, things like this. No matter how solid she feels in my arms, she is made of smoke.”- Red Gloves, Holly Black.

Cassel: He was supposed to be an unreliable, not trustworthy and unlikable protagonist for this trilogy but those aspects of his character are the ones that I had been looking for in novels and I truly liked extremely mean and bad protagonist. Although he was unlikable, I thought he was pretty relatable because most of the things that Holly Black had thrown into his nature made it so that we know that he would receive salvation and redemption and as to that, he did. I loved his peculiar characteristics and how snarky he was everywhere in this trilogy. Thus, I fancied him as a character in this trilogy!

Lila: I found Lila to be a badass, crazy and had a sense of odd humour character. She was extremely likeable and I liked how strong she was and her last-line in the Red Glove book was extremely fantastic even though my ship between Cassel and Lila appeared to be dead. Still, I liked her craziness and at the worst time possible, she emerged to be the brightest star in the universe and her character development throughout the series was marvellous! It was spectacular as in from a little girl, she had transformed into an independent and strong young woman which I admired with much glory! Therefore, I loved her as a character in this novel!

Sam: He was a great character. Although I felt he was a little pushed aside by the other characters, he still shone in the light as someone with a burst of different personalities and humane nature. As the books got deeper into their relationships with one another, Sam’s characterization got a boost and I, personally, thought that it was a great pushed to his character to get a development or rather- lots of developments. Therefore, I enjoyed reading him as a character in this blockbuster.

Daneca: Honestly, I found her to be a little annoying in the beginning but as the plot progressed on, she became a person with lots of shining personalities and she definitely had an important persona in these books because she led the HEX club which you will later know what that is about when you read the books and she had also made herself as a symbol for workers-rights! Therefore, I loved loved loved her as a character in this novel!

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this book trilogy a 97% rating. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel and I will be reading more books from Holly Black! And I would like all of you to give this book trilogy a try as it is not as hyped-up as I thought it would because it definitely deserves all the attention. So, we have reached the end of the review!
Curse Workers trilogy’s ratings on Goodreads:

  • White Cat: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Red Gloves: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Black Heart: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

Book Review

City Of Bones By Cassandra Clare || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘City Of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare today! Just to let you guys know: I actually have two pending book reviews that have reached the deadline that I had set up to write before reviewing this novel but I have so much to say about this novel that I have to push all the others aside before my utterly forgetful brain neglects on what I have wanted to speak on. Therefore, let us get this review started!

But wait! Before we get into the remarkably detailed side of the review, I would like to cultivate a mini-synopsis for this blockbuster before we move our eyes into the review that will be performed later on in this article! So, here goes the synopsis of this novel:

City Of Bones is a Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy novel following Clary Fray as her mother disappears from her life and finding out that she is part of an angelic race which her mother had been determined to keep her from knowing all these years that she had been living with her. 

Now, we can finally get into the official review for the novel!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • Be aware of some mild spoilers as this is a novel that is hard to contain everything systematically! So, let us now jump into the review!

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“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”- City Of Bones, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

The very first thing that I would like to talk about in this review is the diversity that the author had installed in this novel. I loved how the author had represented a gay character in this novel because to me, I feel like there were not much representation of the LGBTQIA+ community in YA novels and the fact that the author had laid the community in this novel was just fantastic! Therefore, I liked the diverse cast of characters in this book!

Moving on, I would like to discuss on the relationship that Cassie had deposited in this novel. The relationships between the characters were very unique and magical that I thought it was a great experience to have with the casts in this book because everything was not one-dimensional but complex and hard to guess (Does it make sense? I hope so) that I just really relished on how beautiful the experience that I had with this book was. Thus, I enjoyed the relationships that the author had dropped into this book.

Furthermore, we have the pacing that I would like to rattle on in this book review. I would not say that the pacing of this novel is fast or anything because it literally took me two weeks to finish this book due to the level of hardness at the beginning of the novel which I will talk more about later on in the review. However, as I had gotten past the first 150 pages of explanation and the ‘Wikipedia’ of the world, I was immediately sucked back into the story and the pages flew by so quickly that I had a hard time knowing that I actually reached the certain page count. Thus, I did not enjoy the pacing for the beginning of the novel but overall, I thought the pacing was pretty good!

Moreover, we have the beginning and the ending of the novel that I have to converse on in this review. The beginning which I will be conversing on first was filled with world-building and although I enjoyed how well the author had built the world, I could not help but feel how aridity and anti-climatic the beginning was. It was not that the world was not interesting, it was just that the author had included too much of information that resulted in information overload. Plus, nothing really happened in the beginning except for the planning that the characters’ had to bring Clary’s mother back. Thus, I kind of hated the beginning of the book.

In addition, the ending which was non-identical to the beginning of the novel was juicy, action-packed and overall frustrating (in a good way). The ending of the novel clutched on my heart, burned it to the ground and put it back into my chest again with no remorse except for the blisters on it that will never be healed ever again. Sorry for being so dramatic but I really loved the ending for this novel and because of that, I have decided to read book 2: City Of Ashes!

Into the bargain, we have the world-building and atmosphere of this novel that I have to include in this review! The world-building, just like what I have said earlier, was great and it enhanced the reading experience for us, readers. However, the author had included too much of the functions of the world in the beginning that I really found it to be an extremely hard segment to get through. In addition, the atmosphere for this book was exceptionally good because it increased my heart rate as the scenes had gotten intense and while I was reading this book, I can feel the chemicals that were working hard and revolving much around my brain. Plus, when the story came to a closure and the plot twists damaged my brain temporarily, I felt so drowsy that I had to read the next book almost immediately. Thus, I liked the world-building but not that much and I loved the atmospheres that were gyrating around this novel.

Finally, we have the favourite quote segment that I would like to address on in this review. My favourite quote from this novel was:

“By the Angel,” Jace said, looking the demon up and down. “I knew Greater Demons were meant to be ugly, but no one ever warned me about the smell.”
Abbadon opened its mouth and hissed. Inside its mouth were two rows of jagged glass-sharp teeth.
“I’m not sure about this wind and howling darkness business,” Jace went on, “smells more like landfill to me. You sure you’re not from Staten Island?”- City Of Bones, Cassandra Clare.

This quote was not the best quote in the whole book but I thought it was funny, idiosyncratic and weird to be a favourite quote throughout the novel but still, I thought it was a great quote and I loved it so, don’t judge me.

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

Writing: The Middle

Cassandra Clare’s style of writing in this novel was not the best writing style out there- in the literature world, but I did really enjoy how she held onto some interesting words and made them lively. So, here goes the review of the writing style in this book!

The writing style for this book was chatty, articulate, idiomatic and sometimes- verbose. The reason why I said the writing style was verbose because of its constant used of unnecessary sentences to get to the main point that the characters’ were trying to harangue on. However, the writing style was also pretty informal which I, personally, enjoyed because it lets us, readers, see that this is how the characters’ are going to react when they are facing a situation. In addition, it was also very articulate and idiomatic! It keeps the readers in a constant flow of indulging in the book and performing wonders such as their imaginations- in the brain. Thus, I did enjoy the writing style! But I have more to talk about in the below paragraphs.

[Sort of Rant ahead]

Presently, we are going to address on the excessive use of commas in this novel. As you can see, I am not the biggest fan of the redundant use of commas in the writing style because it is pretty hard for the readers to get through them and also, if you dive deeper into the novel, it gets very vexatious. And with all of that that I have said, I thought that this novel’s writing style fell into that category of ‘Commas-are-overused’. Furthermore, there were not enough prose to keep the sentences from breaking apart from each other and I thought the sentences do not flow well as they kept falling apart from each other due to the lack of prose like ‘as, because, etc.’ Therefore, it bothered my reading of this book to death due to the flaws in this novel.

[Out of the rant]

Moving on, we are going to discuss about the word choices that Cassandra’s Clare picked to entwine words together to make them feel alive. I thought Cassie did a really good job on picking out words that were added pleasingly to the story and the word drizzled and diffused through each sentence accordingly. Thus, I enjoyed the careful handing out of words for this novel!

Finally, we have the descriptions of the novel that I would like to talk about. The descriptions which I really enjoyed drifted through the book as the scenes in this novel were thoughtfully picked out and the descriptions that had taken place in the book had made everything so easy to be visualized in the brain that I had no hard time trying to conceive anything in my head. Thus, I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions in the novel.

Now, let jump right into the characters’ break down section of this review!

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Clary Fray: Almost everyone on the internet called her out as an annoying protagonist but I thought otherwise. To me, Clary was a sympathetic character that I commiserate with and she was somewhat dumb at times but never annoying because the shreds of evidence were clearly placed in front of her eyes but she still managed to overlook them. Furthermore, she was a little cliché because her characterization fell under the category of ‘She-is-pretty-and-I-am-not’ but other than those flaws, I thought she was kind and decent. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this novel.

Simon Lewis: To be honest, I do not really enjoy Simon as a character in this book even though he had the potential to grow as a character in the later novels but I just did not enjoy his perspective because he was whiny, needy and ibwerobgib. Thus, I have nothing to compliment on his character except for the features that he had held.

Jace Wayland: He was the boy with a dark past. Although I did indeed sympathize with how abusive his father was and how everything- for example, the blood that ran in his veins, was not his fault but the blame was somehow atop of his head, he was still a very sarcastic, rude and not-very-sexy person who Isabelle called him out as sexy. I do not understand how a person who is so rude… can be sexy. Therefore, I liked him (again) as a character in this book; but I did not love him as a character in this novel.

Luke Garroway: I loved Luke as a character in this book! He was kind, friendly and ‘Has-Jace’s-Sarcastic-attitude lite‘. He was somehow a character that I commiserate even more because he was stripped of his title as a Shadowhunter and he was also forcefully banned from his own homeland due to the demon disease that flowed in his capillaries. Plus, he was betrayed by his dearest friend who he thought was a brother. Therefore, I loved Luke’s characterization in this novel!

Valentine Morgenstern: I hated him! UGH! THIS VILLAIN WAS A FREAKING ARSEHOLE IN THIS NOVEL LIKE KJFBIJBFABIBFIBA. Basically, words cannot express how irritated (in a good way) I am with him. He was one of the most interesting villains that I had read in a while and I hope he will just jump off the cliff soon. Thus, I loved this villain but hated him (hopefully it makes sense).

Overall: The Ending

Although the ending for this novel was exciting and action-packed, I thought the beginning- somewhere around page 1 to page 100, was pretty dull and anti-climatic. Plus, there were some flaws in this novel that I, personally, did not enjoy. However, I am going to read the sequel to this book because the ending had me shook and I need more of Cassandra Clare’s world and characters. Therefore, I am giving this book a 69.5% rating.

Book Review

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts By Tes Mekonnen || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts’ By Tes Mekonnen today. Honestly, I did not really enjoy reading this novel because there were lots of flaws in it but we will be going into that in detail later in the review. Now, let us get into the mini-summary of the book!

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following Lily Marshmellow and Prince Gobbledygook as they venture into areas of the earth to find a possible road into Happyland where sadness and deep sorrows do not exist. So, let us now get into the book review!

Disclaimer:

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

Disclaimer from the author:

Readers have brought to my attention. There is an issue with how Lily Marshmellow is represented. Lily Marshmellow is not an object or some weak woman that requires a man to save her. She is Life. Prince Gobbledygook is in some sort of purgatory and she is his mirror. I must emphasize this– Lily Marshmellow is Life and Life doesn’t talk and we all want to fight for it. I tried to infuse my philosophy into Happyland. Prince Gobbledygook is the now. Lily Marshmellow is Life. Adolfo Dumfries is future (a cautionary tale). Leopold Balthazar II is Past. This story might be fictitious, but it explains my journey for seeking happiness.

With those aside, let us now officially get into the book review!

“My wish came true, Lily! I have a pair of tickets to Happyland.” It is the truth, he finds a pair of metal tickets that are bronze and dullish and thay only say: HAPPYLAND.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Synopsis:

Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?

My thoughts: The Beginning

Before we get into the actual review, I would like to make a review on the gorgeous cover of this book. The gorgeous cover has a perfect blend of colours and I feel how minimalistic it is because it does not really have a lot of art on the cover and the part with the oval and both the princess and the prince is beautiful! Therefore, I enjoyed how beautiful the design for this book cover is!

Let us begin with the actual review by starting off with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was quick as it had taken me thirty minutes to read this book and plus, the novel only has 150 pages contain in it. However, the hardest part to get through this novel, for me, was the writing style which I will talk more about later on but for now, I will only say that the style of writing in this book was rather, unpleasant and tedious. Therefore, I enjoyed the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have both of the atmosphere and the world-building that I would like to speak on in this review. The atmosphere that had clung to this short book was phenomenal. It was suspenseful and sad but not romantic because the romance aspect of this novel was really bad. The characters fell in love with each other too quickly and just.. No. Normally, I would enjoy insta-love in books if it is done unbelievably, but the insta-love in the novel was not good. Therefore, I have my likes and dislikes for this novel.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I thought the world-building of this book was very lack-lustred because the world did not expand throughout the novel and they kept talking about HAPPYLAND but when the protagonist and his bride reached the kingdom, they did not enter through those gates. Plus, there were so many odd-looking characters such as The Dictionary-head character was introduced in the story but there were not any growth in them except for a few odd glimpses of their past. Thus, I disfavour the world-building that was placed in this novel.

Furthermore, we now have the morals that were placed at the end of each chapter that I would like to canvass. I enjoyed what the author had written in the morals section because it had taught and can teach many others on how a person should be kind-hearted and more. Thus, I loved the morals section of the book!

Moving on, we have the relationship that I would like to stress on in this review. The relationships between the characters in this book were not performed greatly because there was a horrible love-triangle in the book and 10+ pages into the book, the prince just married a girl that he had just met out of nowhere in this book world. In addition, there was not any progress in their relationship throughout the book. Therefore, I disliked the relationship aspect of this novel.

Moreover, we have the illustrations in the novel that I would like to address. Just like the cover of this book, the illustrations were equally fantastic as the colours were put together equally and I thought, personally, that they were a great addition in this novel because all of them fit symmetrically into the book. Thus, I loved the illustrations and I will let you guys observe on the illustrations now:

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The above image has most of the characters in the book and guys!!! The illustrations are beautiful… Aren’t they? I loved them and I enjoyed how they were added to the story. Thus, beautiful illustrations.

Finally, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to discuss. I thought the novel was not as predictable as it seemed which is a good thing because as we flip through the pages of the book, more and more characters spring up and more plots are being served and of course, there were a few scenes in this rather short novel that I had not seen coming. Therefore, it was a great delight to know that this book was not predictable!

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

Writing: The Middle

I did not like the style of writing for this book because it was inarticulate, rambling and diffuse. To make my point, I will pick the first paragraph from the book to demonstrate the writing style to you guys:

“Time upon once, a gentlewoeman is seated underneath a weeping willow tree- atop a donut pillow- in the lotus position.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Although I finished this book in thirty minutes, I thought it was a hard book to get through because the words were all jumbled up together and the author loves to describe the world around the protagonist like this:

“Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily) unbeknownst to this and to the otherworld- this stupefies him. Prince Gobbledygook studies her countenance, counting her sadness. He lifts his portmanteau, hotfoots it to her and executes a ballerino jump about; therefore, he lands before her feet- but not on all fours.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Okay, what?

First of all, what otherworld was the author trying to let us know because it was not explained in the novel? Secondly, how does one count sadness? It just does not click with me. Finally, “Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily)”, what? why did the author add the (lonelily) into the sentence? It was deemed as unnecessary, at least to me.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the vulgar words in this book. The words such as Jackass and something else that I had forgotten were used in a sentence or two in the book which I thought they were unnecessary because those words do not fit into the book at all and they just appeared out of the blue. Therefore, I disliked the use of bad words in this novel.

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Therefore, the conclusion of this section is that I did not like the writing style of this book. So, let us now get into the characters’ review section of this review.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Lily Marshmellow: She was a rather odd character to be placed in the book because she doesn’t speak and as the author had said in the disclaimer: she is life itself. But not many people will acknowledge that fact because it was not written in the book. In addition, I felt like she was instantly loved by everyone that she met which was odd. Therefore, she did not really have any characteristics except for her title as life in human form.

Prince Gobbledygook: I do not even understand what he was trying to say most of the time and he was instantly in love with Lily due to the fact that she cried under a tree. Plus, the prince and the other character, which I would not spoil, fought over who should be in love with Lily. Why? Please, let Lily love who she loves, alright? Therefore, I did not really like his nature in this book.

Enoch Soloman: He watched Lily as she had awoken from her siesta and he literally fell in love with her before she had even awoken from her sleep! In addition, I would like to stress on the fact that he was the only one that had character development by the end of the novel because he finally reunited with his dad after running away from him for so long.Therefore, I liked him more than the other characters in this book but I disliked him for the insta-love. So, yes.

Adolfo Dumfries: He was a character that does not leave my tongue with a good taste. Adolfo was a little weird although I understood and resonate with his sadness, the story that he had captured Lily to tell and replace her as his ex-girlfriend was not at all that good. Therefore, I have no idea why his character had to be placed in the book.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this book a 43.2% rating. I did not really enjoy it but I hope you guys would give it a try! Maybe it will work out for you!

Book Review

War Horse By Michael Morpurgo || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers:

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Audiobook:

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uhm.. No, thank you.

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

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

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

Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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

2017 To-Be-Read Piles · Bookish Fun!

December TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my monthly To-Be-Read Piles today. This time, we will be doing my December To-Be-Read books. Thus, let us get into the To-Be-Read Piles! 

Wait, before we get on with what we are going to do, I need to do my wrap-up for november. So, in november, I have read a total of three books which were Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, Choke Hold by Geral Everett Jones and Colorless by Rita Stardling. I will link all of the books that I had reviewed and mentioned down below:

Now, let us get into my December To-Be-Read Piles!

1. IT by Stephen King 

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Synopsis:

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

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

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

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

Me:

I am currently reading this book and I have to say that I am enjoying it so far. Although the back stories for each of the characters have yet to be done, I find myself getting curious with how all of these are going to play out in the book. Thus, I can already predict that this is going to be a 90% and up read.

If you are curious on where I am at now, I am currently on page 213 out of 1395. So, it is going to take me awhile to finish.

2. The King Of Average by Gary Schwartz

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

This book sounds very cool and I know this is a middle grade novel and I do not really review middle grade books on my blog anymore because I have no interest on reading them. But, this book came around and I have decided to read it because the synopsis intrigued me! So, I am going to read it this month!

3. The Thief and The Demon by Roderick T. MacDonald

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Synopsis:

“Bargain with a wizard, or wrestle a lion? Wrestle the lion, my child, for then you have a chance at life. A wizard’s bargain is death.”

Fistmar was living the good life, a successful thief in the glittering city of Aranvail. Then he got cocky.

Now everyone wants him dead. His old Guildmaster, enraged over a theft too far. The duke who believes Fistmar killed his son. The demon he became bound to by opening a spell-shrouded door.

Who framed him for the prince’s murder? And who would want to set the demon free?

Fistmar desperately searches for answers, and allies, to help him escape his fate. But no matter how far he runs, the demon is drawn ever closer by their bond, a curse Fistmar does not know how to break.

Wizards offer help, at a price, but can Fistmar risk making a wizard’s bargain?

Welcome to a new world of epic fantasy adventure. Welcome to the World Belt.

Me:

This is a book that I am going to read this month because the synopsis peaked my interest on how this book is going to play out and the cover is a gorgeous piece of art as well! Thus, I cannot wait to read this book!

4. After You By Jojo Moyes

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Synopsis:

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Me:

I read Me Before You last year and I absolutely loved the freak out of that book. However, I am not so sure as to what I will feel after I finish reading After You. Will I feel disappointment? or happiness? I guess we will have to find out! Therefore, this is a book that I will definitely get to this month!

5. 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.

Me:

I will probably read this book this month… Or probably not. It all depends on the mood, to be honest because I would probably want to read a lighter book during the holidays! So, let us see if I will pick this book up.. Or not.

6. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

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

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Me:

I am giving this book a second chance because when I read this book with fresh eyes and mind for the first time, I did not find this book fascinating and it let me down. So, if it did not work out the second time around, I am going to DNF this book and call it a day. However, I hope that will never happen because I really want to like this book! So, wish me luck, guys!

7. The Fire Sermon Francesca Haig

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Synopsis:

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

Me:

Remember my February To-Be-Read piles? Yeah. This book was one of them among the list of books that I said that I will be reading but failed. So, this time, I am determined to not fail for reading this book. Thus, wish me luck for finishing this book this month!

8. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

I cannot wait to read this book and the cover is gorgeous. Therefore, I am going to read this book soon!


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