Book Review

The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! I hope this year will be ebullient for you and your reading experience will surpass and enhance its focus on the good books instead of the bad.

As for today, we shall review a book called ‘The Stars Never Rise’ By Rachel Vincent and I pretty much enjoyed the process of reading this novel. So, without further ado, let us dive right into the review! 

WAIT!

There is an announcement in which I would like to make. The reviews that I will be hosting from now onwards might differ from the ones that I did last year as I would like to manufacture a discrete style for my blog posts and reviews. Therefore, if you have grown accustomed to my older reviews and blog posts style, I would like to make an apology here for transmuting it.

In that case, here is what is to be expected for my later posts:

  • Book-related Discussions 
  • Different type of reviewing style
  • More ‘blogging’ my experience with a book
  • and more…

Thus, let us commence!

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

My Introspection:

This novel was marketed as a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance and those elements were definitely ensconced in this novel but the genre that had a blind drawn to it was the dystopia ambience. Let us take a look at the society that the characters were existing in:

“Of course blasphemy is a sin. A lesser infraction than fornication and heresy, but grievous offense a strict matron like Sister Camilla would never let slide. Even in a five-year-old.

Especially a five-year-old who’d already demonstrated a precocious gift for profanity.

Sister Camilla dragged Matthew onto the stone dais in the center of the courtyard, then forced him to kneel. She was still scolding him while she flipped a curved piece of metal over each of his legs, just above his calves, then snapped the locks in place, confining the five-year-old to his knees in the freezing rain.”

In what world would you allow a child to freeze to his death in the rain? I can comprehend that it is not right to sacrilege but to punish a child this way is basically child-abuse. Moreover, this is a society controlled by the church itself because the world was overrun by demons and only the church could produce exorcists by training people to fight against them and send them back to Hell. Either way, it is still child-abuse to say the least.

In this book, we follow two sisters as they struggled to survive from the society and their mother who neglected them. Due to the lack of dime, they journeyed around their neighbourhood and the stores around that perimeter to steal items in which they found useful for the either school or living purposes. 

School, which was again, jurisdiction by the Church determined whether or not a boy or a girl gets to keep their sexual organs and they will inspect in detail on a boy’s sperm count or a girl’s ability to bear children or their genetic features, if they failed to receive the appropriate measurements, their sexual organs will ultimately, undergo the final process: sterilization.

Those declared fit would be given a second assessment before marriage, and a third when they applied for a parenting license.

Those declared unfit would be scheduled for sterilization. Immediately.

And, unfortunately, it was the year where Nina’s (protagonist) sister- Millie will be going through the test and that’s where the story starts because Nina’s sister was pregnant and Millie ran away from her designed position as fornication was a sin and thus, resulting in a thousand thoughts through Nina’s mind.

One day, the year I was nine, Clare had refused to  kneel for worship. They gave her three chances. Brother Philip said refusing to recognize the Church’s authority was the first sign of possession. He called in an exorcist, and two hours later, Clare was sentenced. The exorcist said that since her possession was recent, her souls could be returned to the well of souls- if it were purified by fire.

They forced her to her knees on the dais, closed the steel cuffs above her calves, then burned her alive in front of the entire school.

She was seventeen years old.

What if they thought Melanie was possessed?

Now, I would like to talk about the pacing of the novel. I read this novel in the course of two days due to the jam-packed action sequences, the suspense and ultimately, the atmosphere of the novel. Moreover, the information that was given throughout the novel did not fall into the prey of ‘dump-n-go’ instead, it came by smoothly and allowed us to understand what’s actually going on before leaving for its goal. So, if you are a fast reader, this book will most likely take a day for you to finish. If you are a slow reader, at most 4 days. 

The world-building and the writing style were what I liked most about this novel. The style of writing was lyrical and it ran as lustrous as a silk word after word and because of its sleek state, it had contributed a huge factor to the world building of this book due to the descriptions that were punctured around the protagonist’s line of vision and the explanation adjoined to the system of its world and what had made it the way it was since a century or more ago. From the useful information to the tectonic writing style, it is hard to dislike this novel.

The complex family dynamics in this story were portrayed realistically and it offered a glimpse at what it was like before and what it was like now, how drastically different can a relationship be from a young age to an older age:

Since she’d stopped eating, talking, and coming out of her room even to yell at us. Over the past year, her angry, resentful tirades had faded into listless neglect as my mother retreated into her own head, into her room, and into nights spent out and days spent sleeping. Or unconscious. Or both.

The function of a demon was being explained in length and unlike other novels which usually just brush off the abilities of a demon or what will happen if a demon overtakes your body, this novel explains it in detail:

Disembodied demons have to find someone who’s sick or hurt or under some sort of chemical influence. Or even just someone sleeping. If the demon finds a body before he’s sucked back into hell… ta da! You have a newly possessed citizen, which means the ‘exorcists’ have failed.

I know I had already said my ‘favorite’ part of the novel but I have one more to share with you guys before we move into the dislikes that I had with this book. And that is: The characters! All of them are so likable and I had such a great time reading about how they team up to kick some demon ass. Take Nina as an example: She is a strong female lead with much independence and had a headstrong personality that dared people to contradict her beliefs. 

I wanted to be as straightforward and bold as he was, because he deserved that, but I had no experience with being straight forward and bold. I had experienced lying, and clothing myself in the darkness if in nothing else, and stealing, and paying high price for the things Mellie and I couldn’t survive without.

The team consists of: Finn, Maddock, Reese, Grayson and Devi. All of them had vastly different personalities and I would note on Devi, most of all. She was the most stubborn girl in the group and she, kind of or may, enjoy contradicting Nina which most of the time exploded in up rage. 

Well, on to my dislikes:

The freaking insta-love. I cherished the characters and how they handled the situations that they were positioned in but with the two of them that had barely known each other, was together for less than 24 hours and the mutual attraction mostly comes from Finn’s eye colour and Nina’s looks, it was pretty quixotic. If only they had known each other before all of these were pushed forward… If only the romance comes a little later in the novel, the story would get 95% from me. 

Another one of my dislikes was the fact that towards the end of the novel, the plot points started running thin and it was easy to discern as the author started stretching out certain scenes and it resulted in a slope on the hill for me. In other words, it fell flat. If only the ending was a little more epic, the story will be extremely fantastic.

And those are my only complaints.

In conclusion, I shall award this novel a 70%. I enjoyed almost everything that was presented in this novel and it is confirmed that I will be reading the next book in this duology because I need to know how it ends. So, I highly encourage you to give this wondrous novel a try!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Book Review

THE NEST BY KENNETH OPPEL || BOOK REVIEW

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘The Nest’ By Kenneth Oppel today! I found this novel randomly in a book sale and the cover had latched itself on to my brain and before I knew what I was doing, I placed it in the cart. And thank goodness I placed it in the cart and did not have second thoughts about it because I enjoyed this novel immensely!

The Nest is a Middle-Grade, Magical Realism novel that follows a boy named Steve whose family is going through a depressing period due to their New Born baby’s health condition and how it affects Steve’s mood as this sort of thing continues to occur.

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

Disclaimer:

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

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Synopsis:

For some kids, summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us initiate this review by conversing on the World-building and the atmosphere of this novel. There, honestly, was not any need for world-building as this world coalesced with the real world but the landscape which I will talk more about later on in the review, was described beautifully and every scene was crafted as if they were canvases filled with wonderful art. 

In addition, the atmosphere of the novel was dark and sometimes, fun. It was dark because of the materials that the author had resolved to annexe to the book and the insane approach behind new specimens producing a baby using their own way and letting the baby eat odd viands to fill their stomach to provide minerals for the body to function. It was fun because it is a middle-grade novel and the characters’ have an obnoxious and naive mindset that allows its readers to Laugh Out Loud. Therefore, I truly enjoyed the combination of dark and fun surrounding the ambience of the novel.

Furthermore, I would like to converse on the pacing of the novel. The pacing was expeditious because of the darkness and the addictive quality that the book has to it. The darkness of the book, like what we had discussed earlier, had a ting of what felt death and pain and the addictive quality of the novel had made the pages to fly through faster than it ought to be. The fonts for this novel was gigantic and the writing was easy to read and if you are a fast reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 2 hours. If you are a slow reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 3.5 hours.

Before we move into the final paragraph, I would like to discuss the relationship factor in the novel. The relationships between the characters are a little broken and disconnected. For example, the broken relationship between the protagonist and his family members due to the baby’s illness. Also, when Steve finally connected with someone or something that he thought was at his side to make amends to his sad life, the ‘thing’ went and stabbed him in the back. I enjoyed the portrayal of this kind of relationships in books, it showed a side of the world and widen the horizon of our imaginations.

Finally, I would appreciate bestowing some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“The baby was warm against my chest. I knew I was broken too. I wasn’t like other people. I was scared and weird and anxious and sad lots of the time, and I didn’t know why. My parents thought I was abnormal, I was pretty sure. They said I wasn’t, but you don’t get sent to a therapist if you’re normal.

Sometimes we really aren’t supposed to be the way we are. It’s not good for us. And people don’t like it. You’ve got to change. You’ve got to try harder and do deep breathing and maybe one day take pills and learn tricks so you can pretend to be more like other people. Normal people. But maybe Vanessa was right, and all those other people were broken too in their own ways. Maybe we all spent too much time pretending we weren’t.”

The above Quote is important as I will be talking more about it later in the review…

And…  

“A feeling is not a fact.” 

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The style of writing for this novel was conversational, emphatically and articulate. Like the review that I had posted before this, we shall break down each of the styles that were used to compose this book. 

↠ Conversational

This novel had more ‘tell than show’. Most of the information that we garner comes from the conversation or speech that the protagonist has with a person other than himself. I thought it was easy to read and was swiftly glimpsed through and it would appeal to a child in Primary school to easily grasp what the book was prattling about. 

Furthermore, I thought this type of writing style was fantastic for a middle-grade novel and it could easily hold a child, who has no love for reading, to start reading! Thus, I enjoyed the conversational style of writing for this novel.

Emphatically

Here’s the definition of this distinct writing style:

Making your meaning very clear because you have very strong feelings about a situation or subject.

I had placed ‘Emphatically’ here because I thought the story was written clearly and the meaning and feelings behind the story had a clear indication and would allow younger readers to get the message on what the author was trying to say.

↠ Articulate

The description of the protagonist’s surrounding and landscape was well described. You can totally picture the main character’s house, the Queen’s nest and what the baby was feeding on. With those images in mind, it radiates off a sense of excitement and horror that will make you both squirm and widen your pupils with delight. 

The writing style articulates the feelings and allows us, readers, to feel the landscape and to find it authentic. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style for this novel.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Steve

He is an eleven-year-old kid who suffered from OCD even though it was just briefly glimpsed through in the novel, it was clear that he was suffering from it because of this sentence:

At school, I drank only from some certain water fountain, and I washed my hands between every class. I also had hand sanitizer with me, just in case.

The thing that I did not really relish this novel was the fact that the mental illness was just quoted once in the book, and never again. I thought it would be ampler, since it was a children’s book, to elucidate what it is to adequately understand the terminology.

Other than that, I thought he was a strong boy who was going through the process of family depression and the battle with his mental illness. Although he did break down sometimes because it was too much for him to handle, he still continued to rise back up to his feet to fight for what is right and proceeded to live on with his life! Thus, I thought Steve was a great role model in this novel.

The Queen

She was a complex character, alright. Initially, she was a warm and kind-hearted ‘angel’ or ‘wasp’, whatever, but the thing was that her motive had gradually changed over the course of the months to so-called ‘repair’ the baby so that it will be healthier and livelier. 

I thought her characteristics were really well planned because it was unexpected that she was a two-faced wasp and actually did not give a crap about other people’s feelings and expectations except her own. Therefore, I enjoyed her as a character in this book!

 Parents

In the course of this 244 pages novel, the parents were present most of the time and spent those page time being depressed, disappointed and afraid and it was realistic as I responded the equivalent behaviour when the baby was first acquainted as sick due to a congenital disease that threatened the child’s life.

Their sorrows and frustrations were understandable and reasonable. For example, the dad being short-tempered with Steve because he was going on about a bee sting and how it hurt and more. However, he always made up to him and announced that he was sorry for being so mean.

The mom, on the other hand, had sorrows too but was coping better than the dad. She was not short-tempered but she had times where the mention of the baby caused her to go rigid and spin which was, again, understandable, given a child of her own circumstances.

Thus, I liked the portrayal and the roles that the parents had in the book.

Venessa

She is the babysitter of Steve and I thought she had a wonderfully rich history about her university life and more but it was, unfortunately, not explored. However, she did discuss her organ failures and how it might, possibly, happen again and she taught us a valuable lesson with it: 

All I’m saying is, sooner or later we’re all busted-up in some way.

It meant to say that we will eventually come to an old age and our bodies will die. No matter what diseases a person had, that person is still a human and that is all that matters. No one is perfect and that’s ok. 

Venessa is pretty much this only one in the novel that teaches such valuable lessons to the children and I thought it was a great way to drive the plot forward! Thus, I enjoyed her characteristic.

Overall: The Ending

I am very much in love with this novel and even though it had some minor flaws, I am willing to overlook it due to the hard-to-get enjoyment that I had experienced with this book. Thus, I shall award this novel with 90%.


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

To Be Read Piles

Makeshift July Book TBR | 2018 Series

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be doing the July Book TBR article today! As you can tell from the heading, this is a makeshift TBR as all of the books that are persisting to be listed on this fascinating article would presumably and plausibly not going to be read this month. So, before we get into the TBR, I would fancy sharing with all of you what I had read this foregoing 2 month and they will be stated below:

  1. The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace
  2. New Moon By Stephenie Meyer
  3. Eclipse By Stephenie Meyer (Review to come)
  4. Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia and Margaret Stole (Review to come)
  5. Angelfall Trilogy (Review to come)

With that aside, we will now proceed with the TBR pile!

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

I had actually completed this duology this month and I thought it was a phenomenal read. If you are like me who thought the first book was okay and a little ‘meh’ read, I highly recommend you to push yourself to read the next book in the series as there are more character development and devastating backstories to be told. Also, this duology will be analyzed on my blog soon!

Six Of Crows: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Crooked Kingdom: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

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Synopsis:

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?

Me:

I am currently reading this novel and I am on page 56/662. To be honest, I have the lowest expectation going into this novel because I had read some reviews discharging on how they despise the ending of the novel so… We will see what happens when I finish it.

3. Tiger Trouble by Grant Goodman

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me:

This is a book that I must read by the end of this month because it gauges like something I would enjoy and other middle graders will too! I cannot wait to read this book and share my thoughts with all of you! 

Also, this is a pretty short novel so I am sure I will be able to finish it by the end of this month.

2. Matched By Ally Condie

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Synopsis:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Me:

This is a novel that I am excited to read because of the controversy encompassing this book. Some people hardcore adore this book whereas the others disliked it very much. Honestly, I am just excited to see which side I am on- love or hate or will I be in the middle of it all?

Also, the cover is absolutely sumptuous like it is some blessings from the Gods.

1. 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:

I actually started this novel last week but did not manage to finish it because there are just too many distractions- for example, a new release that I am dying to read or the blaring of social media notifications. So, I have decided to place this novel here so that I can force myself to get through the book. 

Also, I am not saying ‘force’ in a mean way like I am not enjoying the novel, I am actually loving it very much. It’s just the distractions that hurled me off the hook.  


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

New Moon By Stephenie Meyer || Book Review

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

Odd Announcement:

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

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

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

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

Without further ado, let us get into the review!

Disclaimers:

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

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

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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

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


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Book Review

Viral Spark By Martin Mcconnell || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and it had almost been a month since I last posted a book review and I am truly sorry for all the waiting that all of you had been enduring. But today, I am finally posting a book review and the book that I will be reviewing is called Viral Spark by Martin Mcconnell.

Viral Spark is a Young Adult, Futuristic Science Fiction following Robert- our male protagonist of the story as he tries to fix all the glitches that are destroying the community. 

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

Disclaimers:

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

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“Robots get to see the worst of the human condition on a daily basis. Good thing they don’t have feelings.”- Viral Spark, Martin Mcconnell.

Synopsis:

The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better. 

Then everything starts to glitch: 
the robots, the building, and even the people. 

What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us begin with this review by speaking on the pacing that this book had contained itself in. As much as I would like to say that the pacing was great, it was not because I found it to be extremely slow and it took a long time for me to finish. In addition, the pacing was not very consistent as it was like the waves in the ocean or rather- the graph of a transverse wave, going up and down all the time without ever being straight or flat. Furthermore, the pacing had caused a lot of flaws and it definitely did jumble up the story a little. Thus, I did not like the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have the action-filled thingamajig that I would like to speak on in this review. The actions, which were almost non-existent until the last 15% of the novel, were not as exciting as I would like it to be and it did not make my heart pumped three times harder whatsoever. Plus, there were supposed to be a few scenes which would cause an emotional rollercoaster for me, as the reader but it kind of… sort of… Well, let me rephrase it: It did not work out well for me. Enough said, let’s move on.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the world-building that was added to this book now. The world-building had lacked a lot of substances in it, for example: descriptions of the human features, rules of the world, the chips that were installed into the human’s brains and so much more. There were so much of things that had been lacking in this novel that it led to another topic that I would like to have a discourse upon: Plot holes. But as for now, I still have a little more to the topic of world-building. The world-building was also very messy because the building of the world which intersected with the writing (will talk more about later on) was all over the place. Thus, I did not enjoy the very bad world-building for this novel.  

Coming to the subject regarding plot holes, this novel was filled with a lot of holes that were tied along with the world-building. The holes came mainly from the idea of how humans meddled among the robots and who actually created the virus in the first place because there was a paragraph in the book talking about the source of the virus came from the ‘outside’ and that led to another hole in the plot, what outside and what location? In addition, there was a death in the novel that does not make any sense because I really do not understand why he killed himself and if the character that committed suicide predicted that the robots will ‘come alive’, why did he place the chips in the human brains in the first place? There are a lot more minor plot holes in the novel but I will just go through the ones that really bothered me when I was reading this novel and those holes that I had discussed are the major ones. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes in this novel.

Diving deeper into the review, I have an issue with the atmosphere of the novel. Normally, the atmosphere of a science fiction novel should be heart-jerkingly scary because of its robots/aliens that are contained in it but this book does not give me the vibe of scary robots although some scenes in the book that had featured haywire robots attacking people and people turning on people were supposed to make me feel… scared but it does not. However, I liked the sense of pressure in the environment around the protagonist as he searched for a solution for the glitching people and robots. Thus, I liked but did not love the atmosphere.

Into the bargain, we have come to a point where I would like to have a chat on the predictability of the novel. The novel was not predictable and it had some shocking factors in it which I enjoyed. This point saved the novel for me as it gave me a little twist in my mind and it made me think for all I can. Thus, I loved how unpredictable this novel was!

Furthermore, we have the tone of the novel which I would love to speak on. The tone was surprisingly good because normally, if the atmosphere had gone bad, the tone would not be that great either but this novel had lit a different candle. The tone was enthusiastic, lively and vibrant. I really enjoyed how the author had instilled this factor into the novel! Thus, my enjoyment of this novel had been saved yet again by this favourable factor.

Finally, I would like to voice up on the relationship factor of this review. The relationships between the characters were not my favourite factor for this novel. None of them connected in a certain level and the protagonist had a love interest which I could not get more annoyed about because they do not have that kind of spark that would light up the chemistry between them and it felt forced… As if gravity wants them to be bonded together forever and ever. Thus, I did not like the relationship factor for this novel.

 

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

Unlike other readers who had problems with the style of writing for this book, I loved the writing style for this novel because it was unique and beautiful in its own way. Just by saying that, let us dive deep into why I thought it was a great way of writing.

First and foremost, I thought the writing style was articulate, clean and epigrammatic. It was epigrammatic because it gave a clear picture of what the protagonist had in mind. Furthermore, the writing style was clean because there was not any talk about sex and finally, it was articulate because the information came easily and readers would know what is going on as easy as ABC.

Finally, the descriptions of some landscapes were really clear and the pictures formed easily in my brain and with that element that was instilled in the novel, I thought it would give readers a better understanding of the world (even though the world-building was lacking) and also a greater variation for the readers to imagine the extremities of the world. Thus, I enjoyed the descriptions that it sometimes had in the novel.

However, speaking on the topic of ‘sometimes’, I thought the writing style for this novel was not very consistent as the landscapes were sometimes described and often times not described. In addition, the characters’ images such as their facial expression… well, to simplify that, their features were not described as much as I would have liked. Thus, I did not like the inconsistency in the novel.

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

Robert: I did not feel the connection that I should have had with him. In other novels, I often felt the connection with the protagonist but unfortunately, this protagonist in the story does not provide that. He was enthusiastic and smart but his character was also… boring. While I was reading the book, I just ‘watched’ him going through his daily routine day after day until my brain just snapped and I had to put the book down for a while. However, we have a thing in common. Both the character and I love Physics. That’s all. Next.

Amanda: Honestly, I knew she was going to be Robert’s love interest but I did not root for them to be together because the chemistry between them was not as genuine as it should be. However, I did like her as a character in the novel more than I liked Robert. Amanda was a sweet-heart and she always put others in mind before she had decided an action that she should take. Thus, I enjoyed this character in the story.

Paul: A character that I quite enjoyed but the scenes in the book that had him in them were limited. He was quirky and I liked the way that he had dealt with stubborn-Robert which I’ll not be talking about because of some spoilers. Other than his quirkiness, I had nothing else to say about his characterization. Next.

Tom: I did not like him. I, personally, found him to be annoying because he kept repeating the things that he had said and he was such a show-off. Thus, I did not enjoy his nature in the story. 

Overall: The Ending

My rating for this book would be 53%. I thought the book was not that bad nor was it amazing. It just fell somewhere in the middle and thus, the decision had been made and the rating had been formed. 


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Book Review

Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

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

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

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

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

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

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

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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

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

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Book Review

The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Book Of Ralph’ by Christopher Steinsvold today. I will get into the extremely detail review later on, but I would just like to let you all know that this book was phenomenal! I could not put it down and life did get in the way while I was reading this book but still, I could not PUT it down! So, let us now get into the tiny summary for this book that I would like to share before getting into the actual review.

The Book Of Ralph is a Humorous, Science Fiction novel following Markus West as he investigates a message that appears on the moon that pronounces ‘Drink Diet Coke’ which turns the world upside down. 

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

Disclaimers: 

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

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“As much as humans try to avoid falsehood, you embrace it in the fiction of novels and movies. As much as you hate being wrong and being lied to, you love to immerse yourselves in good fiction, to believe the story you know is false.”- The Book Of Ralph, Christopher Steinsvold.

Synopsis:

A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us start off with this wondrous review by talking about the pacing that this book had wrapped itself into. The pacing, in my personal opinion, was quick and enduring because the story was so easy to follow and it had taken me somewhere around three days to complete this delightful novel. In addition, I thought the pacing was really fascinating because it kept its reader at a constant speed and the action scenes happened throughout the novel. Plus, everything regarding the pacing allows the readers to follow where the novel is heading completely. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing that was placed in this novel!

Furthermore, we have the scenes that were held in this book that I would like to talk about. The scenes that were played throughout the novel had a constant equilibrium because nothing was a little too much or too less which I thought was pretty amazing due to the fact that the author had made the scenes equally flushed out and exciting! However, there was a specific scene in the book that I would like to discuss with you guys and that was the only scene that I hated in the novel and the scene is: the One-Night stand display. I hated this scene because it had added nothing to the novel and as I moved further into the novel, the supposed ‘love-interest’ did not actually have any feelings towards the protagonist. Therefore, I enjoyed reading about other scenes except for that particular scene.

Moreover, we would now move into another topic that I would like to discuss and that topic is about the atmosphere of the novel. I entirely, wholeheartedly, fancied the atmosphere that this novel had. The atmosphere was depressing, humouring and full of logical thinking questions that I had once dismissed as simple. I thought the atmosphere was amazing due to the fact that the writer made it so flashed out that I could not place the book down to sleep. Thus, I adored the atmosphere that was placed in this book!  

Into the bargain, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to address on. I found this novel to not be as predictable as it had seemed because the story blinded my mind which the mind-blowing plot twist blew my head apart without my acknowledgement. In addition, I thought the author hid the twists and turns in this novel pretty well because with every sub-plot and main-plot going on, everything seemed so one-sided that when the twists came, it came hard. Thus, I loved how unpredictable that this novel was!

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning section of the book that I would like to show in this book review. The beginning sentence which is basically the hook sentence of this novel was pretty captivating because as I read the first paragraph of the story, I was immediately transported into the world of Markus which was pretty engrossing. Thus, I truly enjoyed the art that Christopher had made for his readers to be immersed in the picturesque of his novel.

However, I did not enjoy the ending that this author had provided for his readers to be thrown into. The ending of this novel felt very forced and messy that some parts were actually extremely difficult to understand and the plot holes (which I will talk more about it in the next sentence) at the end were truly vexatious! Therefore, I did not like the ending of this novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes category that I would like to review on before we migrate into the writing section. There were some major and minor plot holes in this novel and they, indeed, did annoy me a little. The major plot hole started at the middle-end of the novel and it was the race of the alien species that confused me. In addition, the minor plot hole originated at the end of the novel which I found annoying even though it was a minor plot hole and that plot hole was ‘the abbreviation’ part that I found disturbing. Therefore, I resented on the plot holes that this book had.

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

Writing: The Middle

The style of writing for this novel was what I enjoyed the most throughout the whole experience that I had with this book! Christopher has a way of writing which makes his reader crave for more of the products that he had yielded and here on in this section, I am going to gush about how wonderful his writing style was in this novel!

Christopher writing style for this novel was crisp, declamatory, articulate and not very clean. The reason why I said it was not clean is that of the sex scenes that was shrouded in this novel. I thought that scene was pretty unnecessary to be placed in the novel because it had taken away the cleanliness that the book had held. In addition, the writing style was declamatory because of the way that Christopher had made the words come alive and how every picture, every scene in the novel does not feel like it is heavy with information but rather, the words that he had produced were pregnant with humour. Therefore, I truly enjoyed how remarkable the writing style was!

Moving on, I would like to talk about how astonishing his descriptions for this book were! I was in shock on how amazing the writer had handled on the description and how he had described the places that his protagonist had been! It was so beautiful and it was as if I was walking along with the characters, feeling what he was sensing and thinking what he was contemplating (all except for that one scene). Plus, the author made his descriptions extra clear that it felt like they may jump up through the pages (Although they technically did, in my head). Therefore, I fancied on the marvellous descriptions that he had installed in this novel. 

Finally, I would like to discuss on the easiness that the writing style had for the author’s readers to read. The way the author had written was superb with continuous prose and colours that had been filled into the initial blank pages of the novel. The style of writing had given his readers a sense of easiness or rather, a sense of comfort because it made his readers feel at home and everything else did not matter unless the pages were flipping by. Thus, I loved how comforting his writing style was!

So, let us now move into the characters section (3/4) of this review!

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Markus West: I thought he was an interesting character to read about because his characterization and the complexity of his flashbacks towards his homeland, although it was not really explained in the book, were interesting enough to drive me across the book- towards the finish line. I loved that the author had made his protagonist learn and grow from his mistakes and I also enjoyed the fact that the author made an evolution of the protagonist in this blockbuster. Thus, I loved Markus as a protagonist in this book.

Ralph: I loved how the author had added this character to the book. He was witty and the way that the writer had fused this funny alien with great knowledge and philosophy was just marvellous. Therefore, I did enjoy how beautifully he was added to this novel!

Samantha: I did not really like her as a character in this novel although it was fun reading about her reactions and what she would take on or rather- take some responsibility towards the alien invasion. I thought her character was not good enough because she does not have that kind of richness in character development and I thought she was very mysterious because the author did not include any flashbacks or something she would learn and rely on which ended up making her character fall flat. Thus, I did not really like her as a character in this novel.

Francis: I loved how the author had placed a gay character into this book because Francis, the character, had added so much into the plot and I enjoyed reading on how he tackled on the alien invasion. Although I thought he was a great character in this novel, his character development was not there. Francis was a diverse yet kind of flat of a character who, just like Samantha, does not have any flashbacks to back up with his character growth. Therefore, I liked the diversity but I did not enjoy how flat he was. 

Overall: The Ending

I thought this book was fantastically written and plotted and hereby, it almost crashed into my favourite book of 2018 list but because of some of its flaws, it did not make it into the list. Still, I am giving this book an 85% rating because it was a great and entertaining read! Thus, I hope you guys would grab yourself a copy of this book and snuggle up in your comfy blanket to read it!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!