2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

December TBR

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

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

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

1. IT by Stephen King 

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Synopsis:

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

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

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

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

Me:

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

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

2. The King Of Average by Gary Schwartz

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. After You By Jojo Moyes

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

6. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

7. The Fire Sermon Francesca Haig

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

8. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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


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

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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!

Disclaimer: 

  • 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.

Synopsis:

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!

Writing:

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! 

Characters:

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!

Overall:

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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THE ALBUMS BOOK TAG

 

Rules: 

  • 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:

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

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.

Me:

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! 

Disclaimer: 

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.

Synopsis:

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!

Writing:

“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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Characters:

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!

Overall:

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!

Book Review

Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Midwinterblood’ by Marcus Sedgwick today. Marcus Sedgwick is the author of many books, for example, The Ghosts Of Heaven (which is a great book and I have a full review on it on my blog, so check it out if you are interested!), Revolver, She Is Not Invisible, etc. The books that I have read from Marcus were fantastic and I cannot wait to gobble up more of them! 

Besides of gushing about my love for Marcus Sedgwick’s books, let us move on to the little summary that I am going to make for this book! 

Midwinterblood is a very hard book to be classified in any of the genre other than Young Adult. So, Young Adult it is. There are 8 parts to the story in this book and everything links through each story with both of these people whose lives are drastically sad. 

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

*Note:

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

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“If a life can be ruined in a single moment, a moment of betrayal, or violence, or ill luck, then why can a life not also be saved, be worth living, be made, by just a few pure moments of perfection?”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. 

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.

My thoughts: Introduction

“And none of you stand so tall, a pink moon gonna get you all.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was quick to the core and everything happened as fast as a rabbit. It was a book that did not go wrong with fast pacing and the actions were taken down rapidly. It took me a two days to finish this book due to the fact that I cannot put this book down without thinking of what will happen next or what is going to happen to the characters. Therefore, this book made me think and the pacing was fantastic! 

Moving on, the world-building for this book was absolutely stunning. It revolved around an island that evolved throughout the centuries and I, personally, think that the island was very well described with different types of seasons and different types of moons and therefore, led to a great world-building.

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was very mysterious. It had a very chilling atmosphere that will make you think of how all of these plots are going to end or wrap-up in the end. Thus, it had an atmosphere with a chilling and mysterious atmosphere. (P.S: The story ends in the least expected way!) 

Furthermore, the tone for this book was very heavy with topics that were not normally exaggerated or discussed in a novel and I am definitely glad that Marcus Sedgwick took this chance to write it in his book and I would also like to shout out the fact that this book is only length 264 pages and the topics it had given was heavy therefore, I liked the tone of the book!

Finally, the relationships between the characters felt very real and their actions were very realistic and they were what we would do in the real world when those actions in the book were described to us and therefore, I loved the chemistry between Eric and Melle.

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

Writing:

“He wonders if a few moments of utter and total joy can be worth a lifetime of struggle.

Maybe, he thinks. Maybe, if they’re the right moments.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Marcus Sedgwick had a very odd writing style for this book. The writing style for this book was clean, articulate and crisp. Everything was described and presented very well in this book and none of the details that were put out in the book were left with no answers. Therefore, an articulate and crisp writing style.

For the mentioning of clean writing style, I meant to say that there were not any sexual contents or the mention of it in this book which makes it a suitable book for children and adults, of course, to read. 

Moving on, I found Marcus Sedgwick’s storytelling to be very unique. He unfolded the story with an introduction that sucked the readers in and left them there until the end of the book while the readers were frantically holding their breath to trade for the knowledge of what is to happen next. He had also splitted the story into 8 parts which was a clever idea because he hid things up nicely until that ending which will make your mind-blown if you have not figured it out by then.  

Finally, the way he wrote the flashbacks for the characters was beautiful! He made the characters shone with much ferocity that made me cared for the characters and the story never falters as the story progressed with flashbacks of the characters. Therefore, Marcus Sedgwick had a great writing style! 

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

Eric: I loved Eric! He was such a well crafted character that the author had created! He was a funny, ambitious and a curious cat who lived through many lives but still had the same personalities and flaws! I do also like to say that he did many mistakes but he was quick to correct them and he was a bright character in the book. Thus, he had a great character growth throughout the book!

Melle: I loved Melle as well! She was smart, quick and thoughtful. Everything about her was just as bright as Eric and they really loved each other in each of the story. Melle was just as mysterious as a character as Eric, they both had secrets but the ending explains everything. Therefore, I loved Melle as a character in this book!

Tor: I hate him! He was selfish, not funny and evil. He ruined everything and I am glad that the ending served him well [Spoiler] [Spoiler]

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

Overall:

I am giving this book a 95.85% rating. It was such a great book and it will always hold a place in my heart therefore, I highly recommend all of you to give this book a try!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick! 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!

November TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘November TBR’ today. Last month was a pretty terrible reading month for me because I had only finished The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Isle Of The Lost By Melissa De La Cruz, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Monsters of Men and Snowscape- both by Patrick Ness. As normal, I will be linking all of my reviews down below:

Let us do a mini wrap-up before we go into my TBR list. Last month was a dreadful reading month because I did not read much and I had a book that I DNF-ed and that book was named ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks. I did not finish this book due to my lack of interest in the story. However, I am planning on re-reading it soon because I understand that I read the book at the wrong time and it is unfair to not finish the story. Thus, I will probably read it next month. 

Moving on, I had a book that I did not enjoy and that book was ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz. Well, the reasons for my distaste for this book are all in my review. Go and check it out if you are interested! 

Besides all the books that I DNF-ed and disliked, I had three books that I loved and those books are called Snowscapes and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I had reviews for it on my blog, so- do check it out if you are interested!

Now, with all of that aside, let us get into my monthly TBR!

1. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. 

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.

Me:

Ah! I have already finished reading this book and it was so freaking good and thought-provoking! I am going to do a review for this book soon but do give me a few days to think of what I am going to write in it because this novel is going to be a hard book to review!

2. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

I am currently reading this book and it is decent (for me) so far although the pacing is amazingly quick and the action is everywhere. I think the only problem for this book is the characters. They are so selfish and the things they talk about are somehow showing how spoiled they are. But everything else is great! So, that’s that.

3. The Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. 

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.

Me:

This book has been on my TBR for months! It is time to read it!

4. Desolate by Amy Miles

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Synopsis:

A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away. 

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself. 

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own. 

Will she uncover a will not just to survive…but to fight back? 

Me:

Another book that has been on my TBR for months! Just thinking and talking about this book right now motivates me to pick it up and read the whole book later but let’s be realistic here, that is not going to happen as I am still reading Dark Inside.

5. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

My friend has been budging for me to read this book and because of that, I have decided to read it this month as she would not stop budging.

6. Curse of Stars By Donna Compositor

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Synopsis:

Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

Me:

Another Advance Reader copy that I have been putting off for way too long and it has also been on my reading list for a very, very long time. Therefore, I am going to get on with it this month!

7. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Me:

My cousin has, also, been forcing me to read this book ever since his eyes laid on the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I can tell from his expression that he really loves the books and thus, I am adding this onto my TBR list for this month!

8. Portraits Of A Faerie Queen by Tay LoRoi

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Synopsis:

After several long stressful months, things are looking up for seventeen-year-old Jocelyn Lennox. She’s almost finished with her first commission gig, her family has no idea she’s not in school, and she can say for a fact that her mother is about to wake up from a coma.

But when Jocelyn meets and rescues the beautiful Rina Fischler from the depth of a seedy nightclub, things get complicated.

For one thing, the nightclub is a favorite hangout for local faeries and not all of them are friendly. For another, their queen doesn’t like it when humans stick their noses in faerie business. For a third, the queen herself is Jocelyn’s commissioner and holds the key to her mother’s healing.

Now Jocelyn must tread lightly on the thin ice she’s made for herself, finish the last of the queen’s portraits, and get as far from the Faerie Realm as possible by October 31st, for that is the night of the Hallowed Offering. On that night, the realm will renew their tie to magic and they will do so in blood.

If Jocelyn isn’t careful, they just might use hers.

Me:

I could probably read this book this month as the book is pretty short- about 246 pages long and it sounds extremely remarkable and the cover is gorgeous as well. Thus, I will probably read it this month!

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Synopsis:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.

Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.

The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Me:

This book has been recommended by many people in the book community and I think now is the time for me to read it as the movie is about to be released. So, another book that I will definitely be getting into this month!

10. Lady Of The Shades by Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.

Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not… 

Me:

Once again, this book was recommended by a friend of mine to read! My friend said she really liked this book and although I put it off for a couple of month since she last recommended, I have finally put this book up on this list as a To-Be-Read for this month!


This is the end of my spontaneous November TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your November 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

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Twilight By Stephanie Meyer’ today. All of you probably already know what Twilight is about but I am still going to give a brief summary before we move on into the actual review. In addition, Stephanie Meyer has written a number of books since the Twilight saga, which those books are called ‘The Chemist’ and ‘The Host’ and I cannot wait to read both of them because I really liked ‘Twilight’. Now, let us move into the brief review.

Twilight is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance novel following Isabelle- Also known as Bella, as she discovered that her boyfriend was a vampire and how there were other vampires that were trying to kill them. 

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

*Note:

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

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“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Synopsis:

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.

The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My thoughts: Introduction

“What is she to me? Except a menace — a danger you’ve chosen to inflict on all of us.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was fast and the book was remotely easy to read. It had a type of writing style that was not good but easy to read that enabled me to zoom through the book fast. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, I highly recommend you to read this book! However, if you are looking for a book that has good writing style and an overall story with no plot holes, I do not recommend you to read this book.

Speaking of plot holes, this book had a few unresolved plot that had no explanation or reason and most parts of the book were filled with theories. Therefore, I sincerely hope that the plot holes will be resolved in the next book instead of theories in every corner of the book. 

Moving on, the world-building and atmosphere for this book were fantastically described and written. There were not much to describe for the world because it is set in our world, but with two types of Vampires that walk among the humans. I thought that the world that revolved around the types of Vampires were pretty unique and cool. Thus, the world building was great!

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was suspenseful and romantic in a way that the elements combined together equally. However, the suspense did not start until the last 130 pages of the book. Thus, I was a little disappointed but I, again, hope that the next book will not let the suspense start at the last 100 pages of the book.

Furthermore, the plot for this book dragged a little too much. For example, it repeated what we had already known and it just dragged on for the next hundred of pages and when it stopped, a new question arisen and the cycle continued which did tick something off of me but I still enjoyed the process of reading this book even though it frustrated me in a bad way sometimes. 

Moving on (yet again), the relationships that were centered around this book were outstanding. The characters had a great relationships together and especially Edward and his adopted family. They remained as one even though they quarrelled sometimes and I, personally, find that as an extraordinary element in the story because not many YA books out there featured this kind of relationships. Thus, a thumbs-up for the relationships. 

Finally, the tone for this book was pretty light and heavy when it came to the suspenseful part of the story. The tone was light because of the romance element in this book. Therefore, an easy book to read with both light and heavy tones.

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

Writing:

“The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

The writing for this book was not good. I realized that Stephanie used a lot of dialogues in this book that just made it chatty and informal. Although this book was easy to read, I just found the dialogues to be overused and the places and features of the person or the thing was not described very well and what I meant to say was this: There were to much of telling instead of showing.  

Furthermore, the author rambled on when we already knew what the thing was or what was going on and because of that, it made the characters felt kind of… dumb? It was like turning an extremely smart and awesome character into an imbecile. But, fortunately, they were likable characters. 

In addition, I noticed that there were some parts in the writing that were vague. Some of the things were not explained properly and it just made plot holes. Thus, it was a vague piece of writing. 

Finally, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Bella (Also Known As Isabelle): She was a character that was quite #relatable to. Sorry for the hashtag but I have to, so.. Sorry again? She was sassy, funny and dumb at time but she learned from her mistakes and thus, that gave her a thumbs up and a character growth.

Edward: He was the mysterious, brooding, bad boy who had been living for centuries and had also been living in his own lonely square until Bella came into his life. As Bella made her way into his life, his character had changed into a total kind-hearted person. Thus, he had a great character growth!

Alice: We did not get to see her much in this book but I do believe that she will appear more often in the following books because there are many layers to her character that this book had yet to deliver. Thus, I will not say that she has a character growth.

Mike: I hated him. He was an annoying, self-pitied and selfish character that I just could not stand. His character did not even improve as the story progresses, it just remained over there like a predator waiting for its prey. Thus, zero character growth to his character.

Jacob: He was a fine character. There was not anything much about him and he was not special or anything but I liked how he treated Bella as his friend though. Therefore, I look forward on his character in the next book.

Overall:

I am giving this book an 81%. I liked it but it had some flaws that I, personally, did not give it a 90%. Thus, the rating and PS. I will be reading the next book.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Twilight by Stephanie 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!