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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!

 

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Bookish Discussion

Book Genres Tendency | Bookish Discussion

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be performing a self-evaluation on the book genres and their contents that I tend to gravitate towards today. I discern that this is not the usual content that I publish on my blog but I would like to manufacture a bridge between my old contents and my newer ones to allow you guys to perceive my transition process. Just for your information, this article will be placed under the category of bookish discussion. 

So, today we shall dwell on what genres I normally manoeuvre towards, study the pattern of its tracks and finally, how can I extricate myself from my comfort zone to read a diverse range of genres that I do not normally advance to. 

I hope this article will succour you to read other genres as much as it will assists me. Thus, without further ado, let us dive right into the discussion!

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There was once a book genre named Dystopian which had embezzled the spotlight of multiple genres and advanced forward to a mesmerizing future until its throne was abdicated by other genres yet again. 

Yes, I am talking about the genre that produced a wondrous beauty like The Hunger Games. Yes, again, to the Maze Runner series and the Divergent series. 

To tell you the truth, I still read novels that exemplify the items in a classical Dystopia world such as corrupted government, compact and harsh lifestyles and deaths and my eyes often latch onto the books in a bookstore that meet those requirements. Guess what happens next? My hands are filled with those books while my legs are filing out of the store.

In all honesty, I figure that what makes a dystopian novel so popular is all convoluted with its addictive quality and its petrifying world. Sometimes, the plot of a dystopian novel can be absolutely balderdash in which you can take Divergent or rather- Allegiant as an example, however, with the help of those elements, it carries the readers through the unexpurgated novel without a sense of dismay and instead, a sense of ease in our hearts. Why?

It is because people enjoy reading about the characters’ pain and their journey to salvation. This may sound absolutely insane and I cannot speak for everyone but we need the action, the torturous pain in their expedition towards their goal and a good and not insta-love romance in these novels to make our heart fulfilled with joy and would instantly give a high rating to the novel.

I was once a die-hard dystopian fan and was not afraid to share my opinions about a dystopian novel among my friends even if our opinions differ. If you can postulate it right, I was that kind of fan that shunned other book genres and only read Dystopian until they had gotten tiresome.

Mind you, I still read Dystopian novels like I had said earlier but just not as much as I used to (just from time to time I will pick up a book from this specific genre to read). Dystopian novels had gotten such a bad reputation from others was merely because of the plot which was more or less the same, the characters which sometimes lacked personalities, the cliche plotline of this girl/boy who was meant to be the one to save this useless piece of shit society and finally, the uninspired romance which becomes tedious as more books in this genre get published.

That was when I realized I had to take a break from this genre and move on to the next. So, a tip:

#1: DO NOT wait until the last minute to convert yourself into another genre

It’s better to extricate yourself from one genre early if you notice that you are getting bored and tired of the same old boring plots which were brought about in books. If you remove yourself from one genre later than intended, you might not catch up with the other genres as there are so many books already released and it’s hard to catch up with the train-wagon. Honestly, only 35% of the people will survive that, others might just give up and jump back into their comfort zone- the dystopian genre. 

If you do not want to give up, read: for example, lite fantasy before pressing forward to the hardcore, everybody loves, high fantasy. High fantasy are for fans that have been moving about in that genre in a while so, in order to catch up, I advice you to read lite fantasy first to see if it is your cup of tea. Repeat the process with other genres too!

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Moving on, we have the fantasy genre that has me captivated and obsessed until this contemporaneous time. Thanks to ‘I am Number Four’ By Pittacus Lore who introduced me to both Science Fiction and lite Fantasy, I was able to draw level with the incessant flow of Fantasy novels that were dominating the market. Additionally, I would also love to thank Laini Taylor’s prodigious series christened as Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. If it were not for that series, I would never have entered the High Fantasy zone. 

As for this genre, tip number one does not apply here because Fantasy has a broad range of sub-genres and elements. For example, a fantasy novel would sometimes include Urban Fantasy, Light Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, etc. See? It does not always limit itself to a certain space and it allows readers to imagine the unimaginable and to view the inevitable. As for the elements factor, a fantasy genre be it a Light Fantasy or an Urban Fantasy or whatever has, again, a insurmountable amount of items to be filled into. For instance, a well-developed magic system, a plethora of settings, a diverse range of complex characters, a status of power, characters’ inner conflicts, greed, etc. All of these elements and sub-genres make a difference in each fantasy novels and that’s why Fantasy novels are entertaining and will never lack the quality of reading addiction unlike Dystopia.

However, traditional fantasy novels would sometimes become a chore to read as they often portray similar settings, conflicts and finally, offer one-dimensional characters. Not all Fantasy novels are like that but most of the popular ones are. For example, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Gracia and Margeret Stohl which I hated or The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson which I adored. These types of novels habitually engender a cleave between readers and I love the split as I could acknowledge other people thoughts on certain aspects and understand why they despised/loved a particular novel. As for that, I would like to give 2 tips to all readers:

#2: Do Not Be Afraid To Share Your Opinion

This tip may not coincide with the article that I am conversing on and may also be a little out of topic but I thought I had to stress on this because people of all ages have been afraid to share their opinions on a novel that they loved/despised due to the fact that they might receive ‘hate’ if one is to dispense their introspection into the world. I was once afraid of apportioning my reviews on books to the world because of the reason above but I pushed pass the thought and anxiety and bravely share it. Now, I feel so much confident to share my thoughts on a novel. Thus, I would like those of you who are afraid to not be petrified by those things. 

#3: Take a look at the synopsis of a Fantasy Novel before purchasing it

If you have been reading a tremendous piles of traditional Fantasy novels lately, you might be sick and tired of how cliche and similar everything is. Now, I would like you to read the synopsis of the Fantasy Novel first before reading/purchasing the novel as you could tell if the book’s content is similar to the ones you read earlier. Look for Fantasy Novels that you seldom see the contents of and read that instead of boring old cliche novels.

However, if you no longer have the interest in reading Fantasy novels, do not force yourself to fly through its text. You will not appreciate the content of it, so please move on to another genre until you feel like reading a fantasy novel again.

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How does one fall into a genre? You might already be asking me that question as my previous tips did not necessarily provide any information regrading this topic so, I shall now furnish you with another one of my self-evaluation before I impart with a tip.

The Horror/thriller genre is tricky because the novels that are specifically dedicated to the genre might not live up to its expectation. For example, if a horror novel is not petrifying and lack the ambience of suspense and scariness, the horror novel did not manage to unnerve its readers and that could cause a rift between the author books and his/her readers by engendering the readers not to find interest in the author’s other works. The same goes to thriller novels.

I was not a huge fan of reading thriller novels before I read Night Film because there were many elements that I did not particularly enjoy. For instance, the lack of character development, the one-dimensional characters and the easy-to-guess plotlines and plot twists. However, after reading Night Film, I figure my knowledge on thriller novels was limited and thus, I began to read more and more novels from this genre.

As for horror, I have watched movies from this genre all my life and I adore the cinematography of them and with that in mind, I had decided to dedicate my time to read horror novels in book form and I am not going to lie, it was a colossal success. I read IT for the first time and was not disappointed with the horror genre and I am intransigent to read more books from this genre since I love it so so much.

Well, on with the tip:

#4: Read/listen to other people’s review

This is important because a person’s review would persuade you to try out the book which in turn, coax you to read books from the genre. I found ‘Night Film’ through Goodreads, Blog Reviews and Youtube by reading the reviews that were posted on that websites for the book and watching videos staunched to reviewing the novel and thus, allow me to view both the genre and the book in panoramic form. The same goes to ‘IT’. 

The genres are recommended by others through the books that they read and that was how I found my solace for each of them. You should try this method out too!

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Finally, the Romance and Classic genre. The romance genre is novels for all seasons. Literally. I cherish the idea of picking up a romance novel whenever I am anchored by a reading slump, feel stressed out or I just want a novel that would cheer me up. Honestly, I figure that the romance genre is the most widespread because it can be in any books such as Fantasy novels with a hint of romance, thriller with romance, dystopian is always filled with romance and many more. It’s everywhere and it also has its own genre which is super popular.

What makes romance a good read? A cute couple finding love while disastrous events occur, a quickly paced romance novel, great characterization and HEA (Happily Ever After). Especially the last one.  

Classic novels, however, are hard to perceive the ones that you would adore. This, in my case, I would like to have other people who are more experienced in this genre than me to recommend me books that they think I would enjoy. People like school teachers, parents and reviewers. 

Just to name a few books that were recommended by teachers and reviewers: 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm and The Handmaid’s tale.

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By the way, the children genre is a joy to read. It is, again, for all seasons and ages!

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There are genres that I did not mention such as Erotica and self-help books. Honestly, I do not think I will ever read Erotica because I do not enjoy reading about the mammoth piles of detailed sex scenes in books and I rather hate reading about them. Sorry if I have offended fans of this genre.

However, I have decided to start reading some self-help novels as I would like to improve myself as a human being and the ameliorate the good qualities and eliminate the amateurish qualities of my behaviour. Thus, I will be reading and reviewing some self-help books on my blog soon!

A tip:

#5: Set goals for yourself

Look for books from genres that you are desiring to read from on the internet and set goals for yourself to buy and intentionally finish reading the books from that particular genre. If you think the genre is quickly becoming one of your favorite, buy more novels from the genre and repeat the cycle of the tips that I have bestowed upon your shoulders.  

If it is not your cup of tea, move on to the next genre and repeat the cycle.


This is the end of my ‘Book Genres Tendency’ bookish discussion article!  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what genre you tend to go for down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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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!

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!