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!


  • 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.


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!

Book Review

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will officially be doing my very first book review of 2018 and that book is called ‘Before I Fall’ By Lauren Oliver! My 2018 book reading starts off on a good note because I absolutely enjoyed reading Lauren Oliver’s debut novel- Before I Fall! So, I sincerely hope that the books that I read in 2018 will all be great and fantastic! Now, let us jump right into my mini-summary of the novel!

Before I Fall is a Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction following Samantha Kingston as she relived the day of her death over and over again and discovered that everything led to everything and also, she found out that she had hurt the people who cared for her.

So, without further ado, let us jump right into the book review for the novel!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.


For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us hit off the high note with this review by complimenting on the book cover (movie edition)! It is so beautiful with all of its glass effects and Zoey Deutch is in them which makes the cover 10 times more gorgeous than it already is. Plus, the blueness and the font of the book title are perfect in their positions! Therefore, I love this cover more than the original one!

Now, with the cover review aside, let us get into the actual book review.

Let us kick off the book review with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was really quick and it, surprisingly, kept me going page after page as the book does not bore me to death and instead, it made me energetic and curious to know and understand what is going to happen next or rather- the next scene. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing of the book and I am sure that you will enjoy it too as the pacing had a perfect equilibrium on both ends.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere that revolved around this novel. The atmosphere for this novel was really creepy and sad because what would you do if you have to relive the day of your death over and over again? What would you do to change? To be a better person in a day? And those are the creepy portions of the novel. The sad part is the death that the protagonist had to go through day after day after day but still on the same day. Therefore, I loved the atmosphere of this novel!

Furthermore, the tone of the novel was really deep which made the topics that the author wanted to discuss with her readers even more meaningful because not only the book itself is dark, the meaning of the novel is dark as well. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone that the author had added to the story.

Now, to the question that we have all been waiting for: Is it well constructed? No plot holes?

The answer to that question is yes! I thought that the novel was very well constructed because there were not any plot holes and everything that the author was trying to say was clearly presented in the book. Also, the characters in the book were also very well developed! Thus, I loved how the book was constructed!

Moving on, we have my favourite and most relatable quote in the book and that marvellous quote is:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

I can relate to this quote because you will never know when you are going to die or pass on. Therefore, we must be grateful for everything that we have on earth.

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning of the novel that I would like to discuss with all of you here. I thought the beginning of the novel was very good because the very first sentence in page one had already hooked me into the story by making me desperate to find out what has transpired in her life or the days of her life.

In addition, the ending was tear-jerking because not only she had changed and made herself a better person to be reflected on, she had also shown the true beauty inside of her instead of the meanness that she had put up at the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I loved both the ending and the beginning sentences!

Finally, we have the relationship topic that I would like to discuss in this review. The relationship that Samantha and Kent had by the end of the novel was, in my personal opinion, really forced because you cannot just fall in love with someone that kissed you on the lips for no apparent reason. However, I found the relationship that she had, again by the end of the novel, with her parents to be extremely genuine because of the changes that she had brought about. Thus, I some sort liked the relationships in this novel.

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

Writing: The Middle

The writing style for this novel was a phenomenon because Lauren Oliver not only able to make the writing style descriptive but also poetic and lyrical at the same time. She entwined all the characters and the scenes perfectly that made the readers captured every single one of the pictures that she wanted to put into her readers’ head.

In addition, she made the story so devastating and so full of rage that readers’ would crave for more of the life of Samantha and the way that she experiences and changes throughout the course of the days that she has relived.

Furthermore, I found out that some readers’ on the internet said that the book was very repetitive. Well, I would not really disagree on that because the first three days that she had relived were quite similar to one another. However, as you dive deeper into the novel, it would not be the actions on the same days will not be the same anymore. Therefore, I enjoyed the way that Lauren Oliver had written this wonderful and crafty novel!

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

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Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Kent McFuller: I did not like him as much as I would have thought because he was a little forced to be with Samantha and there was not actually a bunch of chemistry between the two. However, I liked how he was always so straight-forward with his words and never had a second thought about them. Therefore, I am giving his character a percentage of 45/100%.

Samantha Kingston: I disliked her at the beginning of the novel because she was extremely bitchy and mean to other people. Also, the meanness was up to a point where a character that she bullied attempted to commit suicide. However, her character developed as the book moved forward and I came to a sense that I started liking or rather- loving Samantha because she had changed from meanness to a kind-hearted loving girl. Thus, I liked the development that Lauren had deposited into her.

Lindsay Edgecomb: I did not like her at all. She does not give a shit about what she had done to hurt others’ feelings and she was just an overall mean person but there was a scene which presented her as a redeemable character and although the book had ended, I still had some hope for her to change to a better person. Thus, I am not going to rate her or anything but her character had hope.

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

Overall: The Ending

Substantially, I am giving this book a 90% rating! It did really change me as a person and I would highly recommend all of you to give this novel an attempt to see if you like it or not! 

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver! 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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Worst Books Of 2017

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a controversial article today and that article is the worst books I had read in 2017.

Now, I am open to what I dislike and like more so to what you like and dislike. Therefore, do not give me any hate comments on your favourite books that I found distasteful because I am prompted to my own personal opinion. Also, do keep in mind that not all of these are published in 2017. They are just books that I read in 2017 that I disliked.

Furthermore, I will be doing a mini-series for these types of articles because let us not hide it, we enjoy these types of contents. So, the plan for this series is to make four, I mean- three types of articles and those articles are:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Each of them will be out on my blog page until January 1st which is New Year’s Day. Thus, I hope you guys will enjoy these types of contents as much as I love making them.

So, without further ado, let us get into the worst books of 2017!

9. The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Now, I would not say that this is my absolute worse read of 2017 because I gave this book 3 solid stars on my Goodreads page and I gave it a 60% rating on my blog review. Therefore, it was not a really bad read. However, I did not like it as much as I was expecting to and it just let me down by a 1000% due to the hype and before I put out a link where you can read my review I had posted on my blog, I would like to say that the overall story just did not grab my attention fully and you can now read the other complaints that I had had with this book by clicking on the link down below:

The review: The Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review 

So, I apologize for disliking this book because a lot of you loved it and now, let us move into the next book that I had read and disliked this year.

8. The Isle Of The Lost By Melissa De La Cruz

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I cannot even… This book was everything that I thought I would enjoy but unfortunately, it failed and I disliked it so much that I could not even fully comprehend what I am going to write further on the topic of the worst books of 2017. dsfbaewuibgfoqwrbgourwbguibrwbg. Sorry about that, I just had to get it out of my chest or else my head will blow out of rage. So, this book was the prequel to the Disney descendants movie and I thought it would be cool but I hated it due to the fact that the characters and their stories sounded so ridicule and it just does not make any logical sense. 

In addition to my previous paragraph, I originally thought that it would be nice because of the beautiful cover. Unfortunately, that was not how this book worked. Thus, we will now move on to the next book and I will be linking my review down below so you can read my rant review:

The Review: The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

7. The Battle for Oz By Jeyna Grace

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This book was actually extremely promising. It is a mix between Alice in Wonderland and Oz which Oz is under attack by the Queen Of Hearts and Alice and Dorothy must find a way to defeat her in order to save the land of Oz. Did it sound cool to you? Because it does to me and thus, it led me to believe that the book was going to be good. Unfortunately, the result for it was not good and I had a rant review of this novel. So, feel free to read it. I will link it down below:

The Review: The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

6. Colorless By Rita Stradling

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This novel was disappointing and bad because I really loved Rita Stradling’s other work which is called Ensnared and I enjoyed how she wrote the story. However, Colorless was a different situation. I did not like it because the characters in it were annoying and they had the lack of substances in them. Also, the story was all over the place. Thus, leading me to DNF the book and getting disappointed. 

If you would like to read my rant review for Colorless, it will be linked down below:

The Review: Colorless By Rita Stradling

5. Extracted R. R. Haywood

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Beautiful. Cover. Disappointing. Book.

I thought it would be great to achieve an ARC on the topic of time travel and all those awesome stuff about space. Unfortunately, the characters went back to the time where there were dinosaurs and they just stayed there… Until the end of the book. Basically, they did nothing and there were not any actions to be presented in this book. Plus, there were a bunch of ‘F-bombs’ in this book which I did not enjoy because the author misused that word. Therefore, I disliked this book and there is a rant review that I have posted on my blog. I will link it down below for you guys:

The review: Extracted By R.R Haywood

4. The Crimson Guild By Allan Walsh

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I do think this would be a great novel if it were to be a thicker book because there were many elements in this book that had so much potential to be phenomenal but unfortunately, it was such a thin book- around 100+ pages long that it could not be developed properly. Therefore, I was mildly disappointed by this book and it had made it up to my list of worst books of 2017.

The review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

3. Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

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This book had, regretfully, made it up to the list. The reason why I said regretfully is that of the concept of the novel in general. The concept was interesting and I loved the diversity that had been centred around in this book. However, the book had a sense of lacking in plot and I actually wished that I could enjoy this novel but woefully, that is not the case for this book. Therefore, it had made it up to my top 3rd most unpleasant read of 2017.

The review: Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

2. Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle By Phillip Dodd

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I disliked this book even though the rating scale on Goodreads is high, like 4.3 out of 5 stars high. I understood why people might like this book but to me, it had the lack of actions and there were not any up and downs going on in this book. It had just gone into a peaceful mood and although the writing style was gorgeous and some characters had great elements in them, I just could not finish it. Thus, making it the top 2nd worst books I have read this year!

The review: Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd

1. War Horse By Michael Morpurgo

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The. Worst. Book. I. Have. Read. In. 2017. With. An. Absolutely. Stunning. Cover.

This novel was hands down, the worst book I had read in 2017. It was even worse than the books that I had DNF because not only does it disappoint me, it had enraged me. It enraged me due to the simple fact that it does not describe a war as it actually was. Instead of doing so, it opened up to a peaceful setting until the end of the novel which the synopsis and the title suggested otherwise. 

Furthermore, most of the characters in this novel had minimal substances in them that it made them disinteresting and unimportant. Thus, I thoroughly disliked this book and if you would like to take a second to read my rant review, feel free to do so. I will link it down below:

The Review: War Horse By Michael Morpurgo

And that concludes my ‘Worst Books Of 2017!’ Be sure to let me know what your worst books of 2017 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

War Horse By Michael Morpurgo || Book Review

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Uhm.. No, thank you.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

December TBR

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

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

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

1. IT by Stephen King 

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

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

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

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


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

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

2. The King Of Average by Gary Schwartz

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

4. After You By Jojo Moyes

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

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

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

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

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


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

5. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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

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


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

6. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown By Holly Black

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

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


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

7. The Fire Sermon Francesca Haig

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

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


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

8. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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

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

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


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

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

Book Review

Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones || Book Review

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

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

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


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

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


Murdered in his own home for dissing the cops –

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Bookish Fun!

The Albums Book Tag [Original]

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

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

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

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

The Questions:

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

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

Synopsis for War Storm:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

[P.S Read this book!] 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun Fact:

I did The Albums Book Tag! Yay!

My Nominees:

And that concludes my attempt on ‘The Albums Book Tag’! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!