Book Review

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I bet most of you or maybe all of you knew or have read this book because it is so well-known. If you do not have the general idea of what this book is about, I will be giving you a very brief summary of what this book is about now.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classical fiction following our protagonist- Jean Louise (also known as Scout) and Scout’s brother named Jem as their father, Atticus and them went through a series of mocks, attacks and more for defending an innocent black man who was accused of raping a white girl.

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”- To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee

Synopsis:

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the topics that had been tackled down in this book. Topics such as: Racism and respecting other people. I will be talking about every one of them down below.

Racism. I loved how racism was portrayed in this book. It was really heart-breaking to read about a race that is going through all these ugly things. We should look at how ugly racism is instead of just brushing it off our shoulders or wherever you can think of. Also, we should treat other races EQUALLY! It is not like this specific race is the superior of other races, we are created equally not… like I have said earlier, this specific race is the superior of other races. Anyway, I loved how the story wrapped up on adults attitude towards other races.

Respecting other people. You might be asking, “Max, what do you mean?” Well, what I meant was to respect other people even if they are rich or poor or anything else you can think of, just respect them. To gain one’s respect is to respect that person first. Thus, it is important to respect other people which I really loved how the book portrayed on this topic.

Now that I have finished the topics that were tackled down by the book. Let us move on to the atmosphere, the plot, the pacing and more that were surrounded in this book.

The pacing. Although I enjoyed almost all of the parts in this book, I did not enjoy the pacing that was put into this book. I know, it was meant to build up what happened before Mr. Ewells… [Spoiler removed]. But I really did not like the pacing. It was slow and the book could have been 50 pages shorter! Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book like.. a ton!

The atmosphere. The atmosphere around this book felt so real! When I was reading this book, it felt like I was back in the country side, walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. It’s just… a beautiful, humorous yet heartbreaking atmosphere to be in. 

World-building. The world-building in this book is perfect! I mean, it is set on earth.. So, of course it is perfect. Okay, well.. Even though the story is set on earth, the places that were mentioned in the book are fictional and therefore, the world-building is fantastic! 

The plot. How do I start? The plot for this book was fantastic! It is about an innocent black man being accused of raping a white girl and it is also about how a lawyer defended the innocent man! I loved how well this book was thought out. Nothing in this book is confusing and if it does, it will be explained by the end of the book. But, I doubt the story will confuse you because this book, in my personal opinion, is very easy to read. 

The relationships. The relationship between Scout and Jem is beautiful. I loved how siblings relationships are included in the story and also, the relationship between Scout and Atticus- her father is also very, very engaging! I loved how Harper connected all of these beautiful characters together! 

Now, let us get into the writing style section!

Writing Style:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

The writing style for this book was enchantingly elegant! The writing style was everything from articulate to crisp and finally, to emphatic. It was emphatic because it showed what the author was trying to voice, trying to speak about the topics that she wanted to speak of. So, yes. Beautiful writing style.

Also, I really liked how Harper had written the flashbacks of some characters, such as Scout and Jem! The flashbacks were clear and it did not confuse me in any way and those flashbacks were great additions to the story. It helps the reader to get to know more about the characters! 

Furthermore, there were different tones that were added to the story which I really liked about. Tones such as sadness, happiness, angry tone and more. I just loved how strong and solid the tones were when I was reading the book and those tones gave me the feelsss.

Finally, I loved how Harper’s writing style wrapped the atmosphere around the book. The atmosphere was written so powerfully that the story came into life. Everything felt so real, like what I have said earlier, it felt like I was walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. At times, the atmosphere felt so real that it made me think, “This cannot be fictional, right?” But, unfortunately, it is. 

Well, that’s the end of this section! Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Jean Louise (Also known as ‘Scout’): I loved her. She was so adorable that I felt the need to pinch her face when she did something wrong. Aside from her cuteness, she was very brave when she faced [Spoiler removed] and she also learned from her mistakes which I really loved when a character learned from her/his mistake. For her character growth, I would say she had an intense growth in her character! 

Jem Finch: I did not like him that much in the beginning because he bullied his sister. But as the story progressed overtime, I began to like him and eventually he made his way up to my favourite character list! I loved how headstrong and brave he was! He would protect his father from all those bad men. His character growth for this book was fantastic! I wished to read more about him in the sequel to ‘To Kill A Mockingbird‘!

Atticus Finch: I loved him! He was compassionate to his children and he did not raise his voice at them for being naughty or whatever. He was also determinant. He was determined to defend and save the innocent man! I really loved how great his character is. I would not say that his character growth shot upwards because his character growth remained constant.. in a good way.

Mr. Ewells: Oh my goodness! I hate him to the mud. I do not wish to spoil you guys so I am going to keep this short. He is one of the most hateful character I have ever laid my eyes on, even Maven from Red Queen is better than him. Well, I hate Maven but not as much as Mr. Ewells. Okay, guys. That is all.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 91.75% rating. I did enjoy everything that was presented in this book but unfortunately, I did not enjoy the pacing.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee! 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

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for ‘The Battle for Oz’ by Jeyna Grace. Jeyna Grace is the author of ‘The Dreamer’ which is her debut novel and I have yet to read it. To be honest, I do not think I will ever get to it because this book- The battle for Oz did not impress me whatsoever. But who knows? Maybe I will get on with it one day…

The battle for Oz is a Middle Grade Fantasy and Retelling or reimagined story following Dorothy, Alice and Toto as they battle for the land of Oz that was invaded and conquered by The New Queen- Also known as the Queen of Hearts and her feather guards from another realm named Wonderland.

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“She knew her worst enemy had arrived. It felt like the good old days. This time, however, she was not going to let her go.”- The Battle For Oz, Jeyna Grace.

Synopsis:

The Battle For Oz reimagines L. Frank Baum’s canonical classic while also taking a page (and character or two) out of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

When a new queen endeavors to take over the city of Oz once again, Dorothy Gale and Alice Liddel must come together to fight off the wicked magic. With help from Toto and the Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Mad Hatter, the young women travel to earth and back and face impossible circumstances.

In all the chaos and commotion, while Alice and Dorothy struggle to discover the key to saving the city, along the way they find themselves discovering the meaning of friendship.

My thoughts: Introduction:

*Beware: Rant ahead!*

Let us start off with the idea or plot points of the book. The idea for this book was unique and it was nothing like the other books I have read before. Okay, let me explain the idea in detail.

Basically, the idea was the Queen Of Hearts who was exiled from her kingdom in Wonderland and- everyone knows she is evil, right? Alright, back to the topic. So, she discovered a way to get to the land of Oz and with the help of her guards that were exiled as well and her bunch of muttbits, she had the chance to conquer Oz.

That sounds great doesn’t it? It sounds like the book is going to be epic and action-packed, right? Well, sorry to disappoint you but it is not action-packed and only 45% of the book is epic. The idea was fantastic but the story felt flat for me which I will talk more about later on.

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was too fast. Nothing in the book was described properly and everything was described with a breeze which leave me no choice but to move on with no visualization to the story.

The pages within this book- 167 pages, took me five days to finish. FIVE DAYS, people and that is never a good sign for a short book to take me a huge amount of time to finish. To be honest, I kind of regretted reading this book because it pulled me back into a reading slump. *Thank you, book.*

The atmosphere around this book was…? Perhaps..Bad? Because I have no visualization to the story whatsoever, so I cannot feel anything around the book and there is nothing in this book that stands out to me practically. So, I will say this book has a flat atmosphere.

Next, let us talk about the characters. I will go into detail later but for now, I will give you all a brief summary of the characters. All of the characters in the book were one-dimensional and they do not have any character growth which saddened me because I really want to know more about Alice and Dorothy!

Also, this book did not provide any flashbacks of the years that went by after Alice and Dorothy have both left their respective realms. So, I am very, very disappointed.

Did this book drag? one might ask me and I will answer: Of course it did but it did not really drag…drag. The scenes that kind of dragged were supposed to be engaging but it kind of fell flat and also, those scenes did not go very well with the book.

Now, let us move on to the next section- the writing section.

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Writing:

Even though I did not enjoy most parts of the book, the writing style was the only one that I really enjoyed! Jeyna’s writing style for this book was epigrammatic, eloquent and crisp. Her writing style was really beautiful and lovely. I am so sorry for the synonyms! I did not intend to do it.

Now, let us move on to the characters section, shall we?

Characters:

Alice (From Wonderland): Alice was supposed to be that sweet and kind girl that fell into the rabbit hole and ended up in Wonderland. Instead, we got a bossy, ‘I Am Better Than You’ girl in this book. Her attitude in this book was unbearable and when it came to her point of view in the book, I dreaded reading it.

The worse thing is, her attitude did not change throughout the book, it stayed at its optimum state! I supposed her attitude is worse than the Queen Of Hearts herself. Also, she had zero character growth. That is all for her character.

Dorothy (From Oz): Unlike Alice, Dorothy was sweet and kind but she was also weak. She did not always believe in herself and she had this attitude called ‘I Cannot Do It’. I did enjoy her point of view but I did not enjoy her character and also, she had the same character growth as Alice. Zero.

Queen Of Hearts (Also Known as The New Queen of Oz in this book): The Evil Queen was the best character in this book! She had a complex mind, a crazy plan and a great ambition- To rule Oz.

But, how unfortunate, she did not get to rule for long because both Dorothy and Alice stopped her from torturing the citizens. I wished she could be the Queen for a longer period because of how complex she is. Also, she had a great character development, unlike Dorothy and Alice.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 43% rating. Sorry everyone, but I really did not like this book.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Battle for Oz By Jeyna Grace! 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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book.. How.. do I even begin?

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Some of you may know Marisha Pessl from her debut novel called Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I have not read that book yet, but after I finished reading Night Film, I really want to get my hands on a copy of it!

Night film is an Adult Thriller, Mystery and a genre that I do not wish to spill because I do not want to spoil this beautiful book to you! In this book, we follow Scott McGrath, the protagonist, as he seeks vengeance from a man who set him up five years ago. While doing so, he also discovers a secret that the family- Cordova is hiding.

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a SPOILER FREE review!*

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“Because every one of us has our box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart. It contains what you do everything for, strive for, wound everything around you.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this innocent question: Should I read this book which is categorized as Adult if I am a Young Adult reader? The answer to this question is yes! You should definitely give this book a chance because this book reads like a Young Adult book which shocked me because this is an Adult book. 

Now, with that question away, let us talk about the pacing of the book! The pacing for this book was slow in the beginning. But the pacing picked up after I reached about a hundred pages into the book and when you reached the last two hundred pages of the book, that’s where you need to buckle up and enjoy the ride!

I cannot not talk about the pictures and illustrations that were presented in the book! No spoilers here, I just want to show you all a sample of the pictures in the book:

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Aren’t those illustrations cool and chilling? I really loved the pictures in the book even though they are not the best pictures in the world but still, they are a great substitute to the story!

The relationship between Scott and his workmates- Nora and Hopper were fascinating! Although I did not really like Hopper because he kind of frustrated me a little but overall, he had a great character growth throughout the book which I will talk more about later on. Nora is probably the most outstanding character in this book, even though I liked Scott as the protagonist, I cannot help but feel the need for Nora to be the protagonist of the book.

The scenes in this book were action-packed, full of mysteries, twist and turns and finally the plot twists in this book were crazy! I repeat: Crazy Plot Twists which means Mind-Blowing Plot Twists. There is not a second I do not love about the book. All of the mysteries they uncovered intrigued me and when I thought I figured out where the mysteries were leading the story to, a person or thing suddenly popped up and there goes my thinking. 

The atmosphere and feel around the book felt so real and so raw that I actually thought the characters, films, the suicide and the fans called Cordovites were real. When I finished the book, I search the website that was mentioned in the book called Blackboards on the internet and it actually exists. The website is probably created by Penguin Random House Publishing which is exciting! But I have not try it the website out yet.. so… yeah.

Here is the link to the website: TheBlackBoards

All the tiny cracks and unanswered questions were answered by the end of the book. I really loved how the answers were answered and how all the tiny cracks and odd questions were revealed! Just, you guys.. Must READ THIS BOOK! It is truly fantastic!

Now, let us move on to the writing style for this book!

Writing Style:

Another quote from Night film that I would like to share before we beginning this section!

“Just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you realize you’re standing on another trapdoor.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

The writing style for this book was… Fantastic! Okay, I need to be more precise. It was articulate, crisp, emphatic, epigrammatic and stylistic. Her writing style was very different from the other authors I have read from and plus, this book reads like a Young Adult book!

The atmosphere around the protagonist, like I have said earlier, felt so real. When I was reading the book, the characters and the scenes in the book felt so lively and real that it made me think that they were real.. but not. I wish they were real though! 

The consistency throughout the book was marvelous! Marisha kept her characters and her story to be in a consistent way that it made the story more vivid and clearer which I truly loved! By the way, this is a 606 pages book and the consistency in this book was great!

The tone was different for each characters that were presented in the book. All of them were different from the other characters and that’s where the uniqueness of their characteristics comes in. It was fascinating to see each one of them grow from the bad to the good or the good to the better!

Overall for the writing style of the book, I will give it a 98% rating!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Scott McGrath: I loved him! He had such determination that he will find out what had happened to Ashley and what is the family hiding. He was smart, kind of dumb sometimes, reckless and protective, very protective! He was a great protagonist for the book!

Hopper: I disliked him when the story opened him out like a sunflower in the wild. He was pretty rude when he first started appearing in the story, but he changed after that which is great! He became a brave, smart and kind-hearted person. Overall, he had a great character development!

Nora: loved Loved LOVED her as a character in this book! She was the best and the only one that kept my sanity when I was reading this book! When everything else seemed so crazy, she was the one that chills the readers. She was kind (Very Kind) and very gentle with both humans and things. I have to say, she was pretty weak in the beginning but she grew out of that weakness as the story progressed.. So, splendid character development!

Cordova: He was an interesting character to read about. The director of many horrifying films that scare watchers to the bones. He was horrifying and I cannot go on talking  more about him because I do not want to spoil you! 

Bonus content:

If this book were to be a film, I would want Scott McGrath as Ben Affleck, the guy who played the Batman role in Batman V Superman and the lead role in Gone Girl.

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Ben Affleck
Emma Watson as Nora Holliday. Emma Watson who played belle’s role in Beauty and the beast and she also played the role in the ‘Harry Potter Series’ as Hermione.
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Finally, I would like to have Dylan Minnette as Hopper. Dylan Minnette who played Clay’s role in ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’.
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Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.5% Rating. I highly recommend you guys to read this book, it is so goood!

“I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Night Film by Marisha Pessl! 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

Atlantia by Ally Condie || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Atlantia by Ally Condie. You guys may know Ally Condie by reading her other book trilogy called Matched. I, personally, have not read that trilogy before reading this book but I will be getting on with it soon because I (would not say loved so…) liked this book so much! 

Atlantia is a Young Adult, Science Fiction + Dystopian standalone novel following Rio, the protagonist and her other twin sister as each of them chooses a different destiny, a different life even though they wish they could switch places. 

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review!*

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I really love the cover for this book! It looks f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s-!

“Under star-dark seas and skies of gold
  Live those Above and those Below
  They sing and weep, both high and deep
  While over and under the ocean rolls” – Atlantia, Ally Condie.

Synopsis:

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the cover of the book. I was a little disappointed because I originally thought that this book was going to be about a tale of mermaids. But after I read the synopsis for the book, I was intrigued by the originality of the story! So, I bought this book and started reading it and it did not disappoint.

The world building for this book was great and unique! While Ally was building the world and the atmosphere around this book, she had also included the personalities of the people around the protagonist and some mythology. Some mythology such as Sirens. I found the sirens part to be shocking because I did not expect that to pop out. That was really an interesting way to mix the genres and the story together! Also, like all of you can already guess, I liked the result for this book!

I have to say that some scenes in the book actually dragged. It dragged for pages after pages, making my poor eyes teared up. Although, I did enjoy a few scenes that dragged because those scenes that I enjoyed actually made sense and I wanted them to be longer than long! But, the rest of the scenes that dragged bored me to tears. So, overall for the dragging part, I am giving it a 31/100%.

The pacing for this book was quick! Even though it took me a week to finish it because of school. This book will pick back up where you left off and you would not even forget about the story after a few busy days so.. I highly recommend you all to give this book a shot. 

I really liked the relationship between Rio and her sister, Bay. I felt the love and tension between them and it actually shocked me when Bay had decided to [Spoiler removed] Rio [Spoiler removed]

Those above were mostly the things that I enjoyed about the book. Now, let us move on with the things that I disliked, shall we?

I hated the love interest in this book. It made no sense and it felt like instant love even though their love kind of progressed overtime. Usually, I would love to read about instant love if it is done right, but this book does it all wrong! I just can’t, I am sorry. It just felt unreal and flat to me.

The flashbacks in this book felt like it was forced to make the readers to understand what Rio’s mother had been through as the Minister. Some of the flashbacks in this book are not needed and some are necessary but most of them, I would say 40% of them are not needed.

Remember the things that I said about the dragging scenes earlier on? Yep, one of them was about her crying for ages. I know, she had been through a lot but crying in almost every chapters in the book? No. Please, stop. Stop..

Now, let us move on to the writing style for this book.

Writing:

The writing style for this book was beautiful, gorgeous and pretty. Yes, I just used the synonyms for beautiful.. (Why did I do that?) But, what I was actually trying to say is her writing style for this book was crisp, lyrical and articulate. 

Her descriptions around the protagonist, Rio was fantastic. I loved how Ally described the world around Rio, she made it sound so real and so beautiful that I wish I can visit the place one day.

The characters that she had created felt real and raw and innocent that I sincerely wish that they were my friends. Ever since I have finished the book, the characters from the book visited one of my dream and they talked to me like I am their old friend. Just, beautiful characterization!

I loved how, like I have said earlier, Ally had written about the relationship between Rio and her twin sister, Bay. It was beautiful and unique because I have not really read any books about twins other than Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Which I loved).

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Rio: I did not really like her as a character in this book, to be honest. Because, number one, she cried in almost every chapter in the book and number two, she was a pretty weak character but I loved her determination to get to her sister and her pretty kick-ass attitude towards the others.

Maire: I did not trust her in the beginning of the book. Heck, I did not even like her in the beginning of the book. But, when I reached to the end of the book, I started to like her bits by bits because of her character redemption. So, yes. I liked Maire as a character now.

Bay: She was the only one that I actually loved as a character in this book. She was brave, strong and she had a purpose in life: to protect her sister! I really enjoyed reading about her.

True: I liked him. But, unfortunately, I did not like the love interest between him and Rio in this book. He was a little shy, kind, protective (A little too protective, actually) and funny at times. Even though I disliked the love interest, I still liked him as a character in this book.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 70%. It was great but it did not blow my mind away.

“We are not lost mermaids with seaweed hair and coins for eyes, but human girls, alive and found.
We are sisters, and we did not drown.”- Atlantia, Ally Condie.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Atlantia by Ally Condie! 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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July TBR

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and Welcome to my June TBR… Wait, it is July! I cannot believe it is already July! June flew by so quickly that I have not had the chance to finish my June TBR! (The one that I said I was determined to gobble them up… But failed to do it)*Tears* 

Last month, I finished reading 6 books and they were Atlantia by Ally Condie, Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Noggin by John Corey Whaley and Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd. I will be linking the book reviews down below: 

So, without further ado, let us get into the July TBR!


1. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.


I am currently reading this book and let me tell you this: It is fantastic! I am currently at page [168/606] and I am already loving it! I don’t normally read thriller or horror but this book grips me! 


2. Chasing Butterflies by Rod Matinez

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Synopsis:

Devastation is coming, not just for Palm Creek, Florida – a small town just a few miles from Cape Kennedy and N.A.S.A. – but eventually – it could destroy the entire eastern Florida coast if it isn’t stopped.

A predator with mysterious origins and no understanding of its inherent danger is on the prowl with seemingly nothing that can stop it. It hosts a cancer of epic proportions, not only the kind that eats away at your body – it’s also the kind that transforms your soul. Four total strangers from different walks of life will be on a mission, they just don’t know it yet. And the decisions and outcomes of these four unlikely friends will either save or destroy the populace.


This book was sent by Nuff said publishing company for me to review! I cannot wait to read this book after I finish reading Night Film. The synopsis intrigued me and that cover intrigued me as well. So, I can’t wait!


3. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Synopsis:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


I have my eye on this book for awhile now and I have finally decided to read this book this month! I cannot wait to share my thoughts and feels on this book to you all.. Also, I cannot wait to read it!


4. The Blood Mage by Aimee Davis

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Synopsis:

Monster. Murderer. Oathbreaker. 

Three years after the events leading to the deaths of her friend and lover, twenty-one-year-old Alena Kozlov is still trying to outrun her past. But the darkness within her is not something she can simply leave behind. 

The nightmares plaguing her become reality when a familiar face seeks her out in her isolated desert home bearing news that awakens all she’s tried to keep locked inside. There’s a promise she made long ago she’s determined to keep, even if it means she will have to tear what remains of herself, and her world, apart. 

To save her friends, she may have to become the monster once more. But fear is not for the damned.


Oh my goodness. I have been anticipating this book ever since I finished The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis. I cannot wait to read this book because the first book ended with a cliffhanger! So, two words: Can’t Wait!

(Thank you Aimee, for sending me this book!)


5. Feed by M.T Anderson

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Synopsis:

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. 


I am bringing this book back to my July’s TBR because I have not had the chance to read it in June. So, Can’t wait to read it!


6. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

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

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


If you have read my ‘The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick‘ book review, you will know that I absolutely loved that book. Because I loved The Ghost Of Heaven so much, I bought Marcus Sedgwick’s other book and that’s Midwinterblood. I can’t wait to read Midwinterblood! I bet it is going to be EPIC!


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

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors

Hey guys! It’s Max here and welcome to probably the longest book review you will find on this blog! Today, I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on a book called ‘Zombies Vs. Unicorns’ by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld and Carrie Ryan. 

Zombies Vs. Unicorns is an anthology of Zombies and Unicorns. Please take note that there isn’t any story regarding to Zombies fighting Unicorns or the other way around. There are short stories of Zombies and short stories of Unicorns only.

So, without further ado, let us get into this already long review.

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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I loved how minimalistic this book cover is!

“If you love someone, you’re not supposed to want them to come back. Better a peaceful sleep in the earth than the life of a zombie–not really dead but not really alive, either.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original, tongue-in-cheek anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of  spectacular short stories. Contributors include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative, laugh-out-loud collection that will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the introduction in each of the story that was presented in the book. Every introduction began with a heated conversation between Holly (Team Unicorn) and Justine (Team Zombie). Their conversations were mostly about how you should switch your team to Team Zombie instead of Team Unicorn or how disgusting zombies really are. While I was reading the book, I looked forward on reading the introduction of each story because I enjoyed them and it made me laughed. I am sure you will laugh as well if you read the book!

The plot of each story was unique and it proved how much time and effort the authors clicked the plot of their stories together! Some of the short stories in the book make me wish for a whole physical book dedicated to the stories I really want to read more about because some of them ended with a cliff-hanger and Oh my goodness, that’s not cool! I need more of them!

The pacing for this book was not at all fast. It was slow in some stories and fast in the others. It took me 7 days to finish the book and this book was definitely worth the time! (Even though I kind of failed my June To-Be-Read Piles…)

Some of the stories in the book dragged and let me tell you this: I did not enjoy the part where it dragged. We, as readers, tend to get bored when a story drags. So.. Yes, I did get bored and yawned a little at some point but I forced myself through those parts and the result is: I loved this book!

But I did not enjoy all the stories in the book. Some stories that were written by Libba Bray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan felt flat to me. The characters did not really appeal to me in any way and there were quite a lot of unexplained things that bothered me throughout their stories. Bu-, but, I loved their writing style which I will talk more about later on, and I will, no doubt, be reading the work they published! 

Now, let us get on with the writing style!

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Writing:

For the writing style section, I will be doing it according to whose story was presented first, second, etc. For example, Garath Nix’s story was the first story that was presented in the book, so, I am going to talk about his writing style first.

Team Unicorn: Garath Nix’s (Story Name: The Highest Justice) writing style for this book was great! It was simplistic, lyrical and articulate. Even though his story felt flat for me, I still want to read more from him and I can’t wait to read his other work beside Zombies Vs. Unicorns!

Team Zombie: Alaya Dawn Johnson’s (Story Name: Love will tear us apart) writing style for this book was simply beautiful! I found her story to be intriguing because she writes like none other authors. She wrote ‘Love will tear us apart’ in second person point of view: you. It was weird and pretty uncomfortable in the beginning, but after a while, my love for the story and her writing style started growing and I ended up really enjoying the POV.

Team Unicorn: Naomi Novik’s (Story name: Purity Test) writing style for this book was fabulous! I don’t think I can form a proper sentence… word, I mean, for her writing style.. So, I will just have to say that her writing style was fabulous.

Team Zombie: Carrie Ryan’s (Story Name: Bougainvillea) writing style was awesome! I am going to read her other work soon. Her story and her writing style pulled me in until her story ended. (And I still cannot believe it ended that way.. [Spoiler])

Team Unicorn: Margo Lanagan’s (Story Name: A Thousand Flowers) writing style was rare, I would say. Rare in saying how she changes point of views so quickly and professionally! Her story felt flat for me but her writing style totally did not!

Team Zombie: Maureen Johnson’s (Story name: The Children Of Revolution) writing style and plot were oddly beautiful and touching. Firstly, Her writing style was as clear as the crystal… If you get what I am trying to say.  Secondly, the plot of the story killed my heart and touched my heart with healing powers at the same time. I just can’t… That ending definitely destroyed me. (Sorry, I can’t tell you guys! I would be spoiling you if I have told you about the ending!)

Team Unicorn: Diana Peterfreund’s (Story name: The care and feeding of your killer baby unicorn) writing style was very lyrical! Her writing style makes me want to read her other work, such as, ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ now! Her writing style was truly a work of art!

Team Zombie: Scott Westerfeld’s (Story Name: Inoculata) writing style was not my favorite in this book. His writing style was a little inarticulate and a little too flowery but I am still looking forward on reading his other work even though I didn’t really like his writing style and the story!

Team Unicorn: Meg Cabot’s (Story Name: Princess PrettyPants) writing style was fantastic! I did not really like her writing style in the beginning because I found it to be indirect, but I have grown to love her writing as the story progressed further. 

Team Zombie: Cassandra Clare’s (Story name: Cold Hands) writing style was great.. As always! Her story was bittersweet and I loved it! I will be reading ‘The Mortal Instrument’ Series soon! 

Team Unicorn: Kathleen Duey’s (Story name: The Third Virgin) writing style was clean and articulate. Basically, the plot of her story was about a unicorn becoming suicidal. Kind of weird because I have never thought of unicorns turning suicidal. Now, the story sticks in my head ever since I finished the book.

Team Zombie: Libba Bray’s (Story name: Prom Night) writing style was consistence and fabulous! I loved her writing style, but unfortunately, the story she wrote felt flat for me.. But, I am still looking forward on reading ‘The Diviners’ book trilogy by her!   

Characters:

For the characters section, I am just going to talk about a few characters in the book that I loved! So, let us get on with it!

Jess (From The Highest Justice): She was a character that was brave, badass and kind. She is, no doubt, in my favorite characters list and I wish we can have a physical book fully dedicated to her and her trials in the throne. 

Grayson (From Love will tear us apart): She is definitely the best character in the book! She had a great character growth in a short story. She was not kind and not a good person. That’s all I am going to talk about her because I do not want to spoil the surprise for you guys!

Iza (From Bougainvillea): She had… a great character growth but the character growth came crashing down at the end of the story. To be honest, I kind of died off a little because she had potential but she turned into what her [Spoiler] was. But, all in all, I still loved her.

Wen (From The Care and Feeding of your Baby Killer Unicorn): She was pretty weak in the beginning, but her character growth increased as the story proceeded. Wen was kind, a little annoying, brave and adventurous! I loved her character in this book!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 80% rating. I loved it and I recommend you all to check this book out! 

“She feels like someone has planted a tree in her chest and then pressed fast foward on the world, branches growing and twisting and pushing her apart from the inside.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Carrie Ryan.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Zombies Vs. Unicorns! 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!

Blogger Recognition Award

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’ Book tag today! I was nominated by Danielle from @Lifeofaliterarynerd and Mojo from @BookMojo to do this Award tag! Thank you to both Danielle and Mojo for nominating me! Be sure to check out their articles after you finish mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the award tag!

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

How My Blog Started…

I have been blogging for 5 months now and I started this book blog because of my love for books! I wanted to share my thoughts and feels on a book that I truly enjoyed or share it on a book that I strongly disliked.

I found book blog on Goodreads. I went through several reviews on a book called Gone Girl and I discovered a review by Emily May. I was intrigued by her review and when I opened up her Goodreads page, I realized that there was a link to a website. So, I clicked on it and thus, I discovered book blog! Thank you, Emily!

I will link Emily’s book blog here: http://thebookgeek.org/

Five months from now, I have talked to all of you who read my blog posts and followed my blog and thank you all for reading and following my blog! 


My Advice

I will try my very best to give advice to new bloggers because I am pretty new to book blogging myself so… Let us get on with it!

My advice for new book bloggers is to be yourself and have fun with book blogging and have fun sharing your feels on book(s) you love! 

Book blog is a place where you talk about the books you strongly love or dislike. A place where you share your honest opinions on a book. Oh, and also, do not be afraid to dislike a book everybody else in the world loves or love a book everybody else dislikes! It’s your Point Of View and do not be afraid to share it out into the world! 


I nominate


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