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!


  • 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.


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!


  • 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.


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. 


  • 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.


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!



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!


“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!


“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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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“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.


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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“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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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!

Book Review

Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Choke Hold’ by Gerald Everett Jones today! Gerald Everett Jones is an author who had written many books which Choke Hold is included in the list and he is also an author that you would want to look out for because he discusses huge topics in his books! Now, let us get into my mini summary for this book before we move on to the review! 

Choke Hold is a Fiction, Thrillers or Crime novel following Eli who is an attorney for Henry’s family for Henry was beaten to death due to the disses he gave to the cops- in other words, police brutality. Thus, Eli must serve justice for his family and the community.

Now, let us get into the book review for Choke Hold!


  • This book was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review! 
  • This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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“All anyone owes a cop is respect. Can you give me that?”- Choke Hold, Gerald Everett Jones.


Murdered in his own home for dissing the cops –

Cynical personal-injury attorney Eli Wolff rediscovers his idealism for simple justice when he sues the city for the wrongful death of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of two police officers.

Hank Ellis was killed in his own home, choked to death, after the angry officers stormed in without a warrant, anxious to teach him a lesson for dissing them in front of his neighbors.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start with the topics that were discussed in this book. Some of the topics such as racism, police brutality, etc. that were written in this book are things that are happening in our society today and those topics are not really discussed and talked about in literature until now or maybe a few years back because of how hard it is to talk about. Therefore, I loved how the author included hard topics into his story and how everything turned out well and emotional! 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was fast and it took 2 days to finish half of the book and the other two for the other half of the book even though this book has about 243 pages in it. The reason why it took me four days to finish this book is due to the dragginess which I will talk more about later on and the somewhat minor plot holes that bothered me while I was reading this book. Thus, I enjoyed the overall pacing for this book! 

In addition for the previous paragraph, I would now like to talk about the plot holes and how the story dragged a little. The plots were going smoothly and everything weaved together nicely in the beginning of the book but as the journey continued and more things started crashing together, some details and minor plots started lagging behind and soon, the story had reached its end and none of the minor plots were resolved. Therefore, the plots were a little lacklustre.

As for the dragging part of the story, I found that the beginning of this book was a little draggy with unnecessary details and information. However, the problem continued as we moved into the climax of the story, unnecessary informations continued to bombard in our faces as if they were some kind of plot holder. Other than that, the story was an overall greatness!  

Furthermore, let us talk about the world-building for this book. I liked how the author went into the specifics of each objects and how they were described were fantastic and also, the political aspect and unfairness were well written as well! It was as if I was in the book itself, following the protagonist as he went through all the phases in his life. Thus, the world-building for this book was as real as the real world, the real earth.

As for the continuation of the review, the atmosphere that weaved around the book was suspenseful as the characters were being threatened for getting involved in the case and it was romantic as well because both the protagonist and a side character got to fall in love. However, that is not the main part in the book so.. yeah. Therefore, it had a great atmosphere that revolved around the book nicely and all of them clicked into place!

Finally, the relationships in this book were very well planned out. I loved the friendship between Eli and Bones because friendships are often underdeveloped or underrated in literature and also, I loved the relationship between Eli and Keiko, they made a cute couple and I hope they will live happily after what had sadly happened. Therefore, I loved the relationships in this book!

Now, let us move into the writing part of the review!


The writing style for this book was good but not great due to the overused amount of flowery words. Although some of the words fitted perfectly in the sentences, the others were not really appealing as the story progressed forward because it did not really fit the some of the sentences well. Therefore, I did not like the flowery words that were used in the book.

With that aside, I thought that the book was written articulately and epigrammatically as it sprung the characters into live with the way it was written. Therefore, I liked the way it was written but I disliked the flowery words that were used in the book!

Now, let us move into the characters section of the review! 


Eli: I loved his character in this book! He felt like a real attorney to me as in real life. He was smart and he was also a person who knew how to twist his words and I will not say that he is brave but I will say that he had a little humour in him. He did so much research in the case that I felt that he was so.. hardworking and I really appreciate how well-written his character was. Therefore, I loved his character!

Bones: He is my second favourite character in the book. He was funny, kind-hearted and he had Eli’s back whenever he needed it. He also supported Eli and helped him get through the case without a single scratch. Thus, he was an overall great person and he always help his friends out.

Keiko: I loved how well-crafted her character was! She was sassy, smart and badass. Sometimes she felt like a really bad person but she actually was not because her attitude was how she handled things. However, she was a little whiny and annoying at times and she kept repeating what she said. Therefore, I am giving her character a 10/20% rating. 

Oates & Torres: They were so… wrecked. I have never read any characters that were so cruel and bad before. Both Oates and Torres have almost the same personalities but Torres was a little bit more linear than Oates who was a total assbag. Therefore, they made good villians and I loved how the author represented them this way.

Now, let us move into the overall section of the review!


I am giving this book a 88% rating. I liked most of the aspects of the book but there were some that I really did not like. However, I do recommend all of you to check this book out! I do think that it is an important story and everyone needs to read it. Therefore, it did not reach the 90-100% chart but it is still an overall great story.  

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

The Albums Book Tag [Original]

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing the ‘Albums’ book tag today. This tag is partnered and created by Harsh from The Kid Reader and I from Maxxesbooktopia. Therefore, this is the original book tag article and I am so excited to share this book tag with you guys because I love musics with books! Yay! 

Now, with all the fanboy craziness aside, let us get into business. This tag is inspired by Taylor Swift’s new album called ‘Reputation’ and it is created based on some albums from the 2017 and 2016 chart lists and each of the album’s name will have a fun question tagging along with it. Thus, let us get into the fun stuff! 

[For your information, the songs in these albums are great]

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  • Copy and Paste this rule!
  • Answer all the following questions!
  • At the end of this tag, please let your readers know which album is your favourite!
  • Nominate up to 10 people to do this tag!
  • For your ‘Tags and Categories’ button: add #TheAlbumsBookTag into the tag list!
  • Add a Fun Fact section to this book tag and say: I did The Albums Book Tag! Yay!
  • Give a million thank yous to the person that tagged you!
  • Give a shoutout to the creators of this book tag!
  • If you have not been tagged and would like to join this fun book tag, feel free to play it!
  • That is all. Have Fun!

The Questions:

1) Reputation – A book that you are so ready for it to be released!

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Answer: The synopsis for this book is everything that I never knew that I wanted but now I do. The synopsis will be provided down below:

Synopsis for War Storm:


Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.


Guys, I am so pumped up for this finale and the cover for this book is absolutely stunning! Therefore, this is a book that I am so ready for it to be released!

2) Divide – A book that makes you feel romantic every time you read the book or glance at the cover

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Answer: Akiva and Karou… They belong together. Oh, oops. Sorry for fantasizing about Akiva and Karou but every time I think about this book, the romantic moments between Akiva and Karou comes flooding back to me. Therefore, the answer for this question is The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

[P.S Read this book!] 

3) Beautiful Trauma – Name an author and his/her books that made you cry

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Answer: Patrick Ness’ books made me cry! Oh, why did you do this to me, Patrick? In other words, it is good thing that a novel make me cry because it means that I am deeply connected with the characters and the story that they are unfolding.

Also, to answer the question of the books that made me cry: The first Patrick Ness’ book that made me sob has to go to A Monster Calls and second book has to go to Monsters Of Men which made me weep even more than A Monster Calls. Therefore, I highly recommend you guys to check Patrick Ness’ books out if you are looking for a book that will make you tear up.

4) The Thrill Of It All – A book that you used to love but have decided to ditch it because the love for it is gone.

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Answer: I used to really love Geronimo Stilton’s books because of how fun and creative they were. However, as the story progresses on and more books are added into the series, I realized that I had slowly and progressively grown out of it. Although I had grown out of this series, I would not say that the love for the books in this series is gone because I still really love the previous books and they were a part of my childhood! Therefore, I have decided to stop reading this book series.

5) Illuminate – A book series that makes you want more from it even though it had already ended    

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Answer: Hi, Suzanne Collins! Thank you for bringing Young Adult literature into my life but I would really like to have a prequel for The Hunger Games because the world you have built is so interesting and I want more from it. Please write a prequel. Pleaseeee. Thank You. 

[Yes. I noticed that I am still dwelling on this book trilogy even though it had already ended years ago.]

6) This is Acting – A book series that you have been lacking behind but would like to catch up on

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Answer: The Mortal Instruments Series! Last year, I finished ‘The Infernal Devices’ Trilogy which is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series and I thought the books were fantastic and well-written but unfortunately, I have not picked this book series up yet due to the fact that there are six books in the series. However, I am planning to finish reading this book series during the school holidays and I think that I can finish them. Therefore, I have a goal to finish The Mortal Instruments series before the end of this year.

7) Back from the edge – A book genre that you were bored with but when you read a book from that genre, you found out that there are still gems in this particular genre

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Answer: I was originally bored of the dystopian genre but when I finished reading this book, I realized that I really like this genre! It is something like a reminiscent from the past and therefore, my love for the dystopian genre has returned! 

Here’s a link to the review for Dark Inside: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

8) Purpose – A book that you have read but it is from a genre that you do not usually read from

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Answer: Night Film by Marisha Pessl! It was so freaking fantastic and mind-boggling that I cannot even explain how that happens or process those informations into my brain. Furthermore, this is from a genre of mystery and I do not usually read from that genre because I do not like it? But that has all changed! I really enjoy reading books from this genre now and if you have any books from the genre of mystery you would like to recommend, hit me with a comment down in the comment box below!

Here’s a link to the review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

9) Get Weird – A book with a character that you disliked

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Answer: The Isle Of The Lost has many unlikable characters that just pissed me off when I was reading that book. Some of the characters were so annoying and cringe worthy that sometimes, they do not make any sense. It is something like a brain blockage that do not allow any information to pass through the brain before the body reacts. Thus, the answer is this- The Isle Of The Lost.

Here’s a link to my review: The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

10) Trolls – A book that you originally thought that you would enjoy but ended up disappointing you

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Answer: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard. I originally thought that I will like this book but nope, it disappointed me because I loved the overall series but this book that contains those short stories deem as unnecessary to me due to the fact that they did not add any additional information that we do not already know into the story.

Fun Fact:

I did The Albums Book Tag! Yay!

My Nominees:

And that concludes my attempt on ‘The Albums 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

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘Dark Inside’ by Jeyn Roberts today. Jeyn Roberts is the author of many novels and one of her novel called ‘The Bodies We Wear’ intrigued and peaked my interest and I cannot wait to pick that novel up! But, that is a story for another day. 

As for now, I am going to give you guys a little summary on what this book is actually about and of course, the genre of it as well. So, Dark Inside is a Young Adult, apocalyptic and a dystopian novel following four teenagers named Aries, Michael, Clementine and Mason as the world around them crumbled and the monsters which killed humans exposed themselves into the face of the earth.

Thus, let us get into the book review! 


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

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“The stranger smiled at her. “Humanity has found a cure to a disease they never new existed.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.


Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us.

Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad.

Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the world-building and the atmosphere of this book. The atmosphere throughout this novel was crazily suspenseful. The constant pressure among the characters in the book filled the atmosphere with suspense- like I have said earlier, streams of tear-jerking tears and a spark of romantic vibes. All the atmosphere clung well together and that was what made the book great with all the mixed elements.   

However, the world-building in this novel was a little lacklustre. It was actually going very well in the beginning, with no info-dumps and the story just flowed like how it was supposed to be. Then, the story came to the middle of the story and everything became confusing from there. It was as if the story went 90 degrees downhill but was able to save itself. Besides the middle part, I thought the ending saved the story for me because the world-building went back to normal. Therefore, I am going to give a 15 out of 25% for the world-building. 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was extremely quick with the constant action and the ongoing thoughts of the characters with their hopes and survival instincts to stay alive in a world that had gone mad. Although it was quick, it took me a couple of days to finish due to my school work and many other things that I had to accomplish during my days with this book. Thus, I was not able to finish it in 2 days. 

Furthermore, there are quite a number of unexplained plots in this book and those unexplained plots led to plot holes. The plot holes started off with the gap between the time of the scenes the character were facing. For example, they were running from the monsters and out of the blue, ‘three weeks later’ appeared and nothing was really explained on how they managed to escape the monsters. Then, from that particular plot hole onwards, the same thing happened again near the end of the book. Therefore, I did not really enjoy this factor of the story. 

In addition, I loved the way on how Jeyn managed to make the characters to intersect in their lives and although the scene of union between the characters was short, I still really loved it. Therefore, the score for the union between the characters is 10% out of 10% for me!

Moreover, there is a quote that I really loved and I would like to share it with you guys, right here, right now, of course. Here’s the quote:

“There are different types of people in the world. There are people who accept what’s in front of them unquestioningly.

The live in the dark. In defeat. Ignoring what the future might bring or how they might help to make things happen.

Then there are people like me. Optimists. They too live in the dark, in times like these, but dream of the light.

I trust in the possibilities of betterness. I believe there is more to life than this. I have to. There’s no other choices for me.” 

Oh my gosh! This quote. Okay. Some characters did not have hope in the new world but this particular character named Chickadee stood up to me as a glowing star in this book. She was full of hope, full of happiness in the darkest time and it was not fair that she had to go through all those crappy things in the past. Thus, this quote will forever have a place in my heart!

As for the continuation of the review, I found the tone for this book to be very dark because there were a lot of killing and the author actually went to the length of describing the murder of a person including children as young as five years old. So, if you do not like those kind of things, I do not recommend you to pick this book up.

Finally, let us talk about the relationships between all the characters in this book. I thought the relationships in this book were very well planned and rounded as they were very compassionate about each other although they were not as nice as they were in the beginning. Thus, I would say that they have a great character improvement!

Now, let us move on to the writing section of the review!


“There are so many empty people walking around on this little planet. Lonely people. Angry people. Bitter. Forgotten.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.

The writing style was crisp, articulate, flowery at times and mundane when it came to certain part of the story. It was crisp and articulate because it was easy to read and the story flowed smoothly along the trail.

However, when it came to the romance part of the novel the writing style turned all flowery and I did not like that because the writing style did not stay constant. Plus, when it came to certain part of the attacking element in the story, the writing style transformed into something milky and mundane. Therefore, I have many thoughts on the writing style of the book.

Other than those things above, I enjoyed the alternate point of views between the characters and I thought that it was a great addition to the story due to the fact that we, as readers, are able to capture the whole world and the struggles of each of the characters in the book. Therefore, a 5% out of 5% for the alternate point of views element!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Colin: He was the worse character in this book. He was a selfish little coward who does nothing to help up with his group of friends even if he voted to sacrifice himself to help them to get the food from the outside world. He was also a liar and an egocentric person who only thought for what is good for himself and not the others. Therefore, I disliked him and I will not care for this character.

Aries: I loved her. She was thoughtful of others and was careful enough not to provide conflict into her and others lives. Plus, she was a leader with all the best qualities and therefore, she was my favourite character in this book and as for her character development, I would say that it shot upwards like a seed to a plant.

Mason: The thing is, I did not really like Mason in the beginning. He was an alcoholic teenager with a mean personality that made him looked like a bully but as the story progressed forward, he started to realize that he was being an ass to everyone around him and when he opened up himself, it was the saddest and the most emotional scene in the book. Therefore, he had a great character development! 

Michael: I loved him in the beginning. He was helpful, brave and careful at first but unfortunately the author destroyed his character (Why?) and made him a coward that could not believe that he betrayed his own group. However, that scene was what made his character shone again. He helped Clementine and began searching for his brother and that was where he learned his mistake. Therefore, I still enjoyed his character!

Clementine: She was in the middle of hilarious, smart and dumb. Everything she does make me laugh but sometimes it does not because she was going through a hard time and the action scenes between her and the crazies were not funny but scary. Therefore, I loved her character! 

Daniel: I do not really know what to say about him because he comes and goes with absolutely no reason and he was hiding something. Something he knows but would not want to share and the author did not reveal what he was hiding from the crowd and the things he knew. Therefore, I have absolutely no idea what to talk about his character!


I am giving this book an 85% rating. I liked the book but it had its flaws and therefore, it did not make it up to the 90% list.

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