2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

December TBR

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

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

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

1. IT by Stephen King 

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Synopsis:

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

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

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

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

Me:

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

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

2. The King Of Average by Gary Schwartz

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. After You By Jojo Moyes

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

6. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

7. The Fire Sermon Francesca Haig

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

8. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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


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

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Book Review

Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimer: 

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

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

Synopsis:

Murdered in his own home for dissing the cops –

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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

Bookish Fun!

The Albums Book Tag [Original]

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

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

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

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THE ALBUMS BOOK TAG

 

Rules: 

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

The Questions:

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

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

Synopsis for War Storm:

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

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

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

[P.S Read this book!] 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun Fact:

I did The Albums Book Tag! Yay!

My Nominees:


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

Book Review

Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick || Book Review

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

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

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

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

*Note:

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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

Book Review

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer || Book Review

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

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

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

*Note:

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

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

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

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

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

Finally, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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

Book Review

The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz today! Melissa De La Cruz is the author of the Blue Blood series and although I did not really like this book which I will talk more about later on, I would really like to try the Blue Blood series because it sounds absolutely amazing! With that being said, we will now move on to the little summary that I am going to make for the book.

The Isle Of The Lost is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following the children of the infamous Disney villians that had been banished from the land of Auradon 20 years ago. The children named Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay embarked on a quest that Maleficent had set them out to do to achieve her evil staff that had recently been blossomed with Magic.

Thus, without any further ado, let us get on with the review!

*Note:

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

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“We’ve been wicked for such a very long time, you know. It does get tiresome after a while.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

My thoughts: Introduction

*Note: Before you go into the actual review, please note that there will be a lot of ranting regarding to this book! So, consider yourself warned?*

Let us start off with this review by talking about the plot of the book. The plot was actually interesting enough to motivate me to pick up the book when I was in the bookstore. But after reading this book, I kind of regretted picking this book up even though it has a nice cover. 

The plot was lacklustre, dull and flimsy. A lot of unnecessary dialogues and unnecessary scenes appeared in this book that just made me cringed and it had also weakened my pace of reading when I was reading this book. Also, there was a paragraph in this book that just made me laugh-out-loud. Just thinking about it makes me laugh and it is neither a good or a bad laugh. It is a maniacal laugh. You will laugh too when you read that one specific paragraph. Here’s the paragraph: 

It was hard to see, so Evie felt her way tentatively in the darkness, sliding her left foot on the floor first.

Okay, if you do not understand, let me break it down to you right now. The room that Evie was in was described first, as pitch black. There weren’t any lights that were streaming into the room. But that paragraph.. Said that oh, it was hard to see. What the actual sh*t. Let’s not forget that magic was banished from the land and Evie does not have any night-vision ability or night-goggles. So, ugh!

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. There are not any redeemable elements that I can say for the pacing. It was so slow and all the dragging could have been shortened down to like 55 pages. Just know that the pacing was off. That is all that I have to say about it.

Furthermore, the atmosphere and the tone around this book were not suspenseful and they sounded flat and dull. Everything that had clunged around it felt unreal and nothing clicked together as much as I do hope. Thus, bad atmosphere and; an extremely disappointing tone.

In addition, the world-building for this book was all over the place. Nothing was explained properly and if they were to be explained, they were explained through the dialogues of the people living in The Isle Of The Lost or through a glance of a person. Thus, bad world-building.

Moving on to the positive side of the review, I would like to talk about relationships in this book. There is no romance in this book but there were friendships relationships that were tied as an unbreakable bond between them. I liked how friendships were brought into the book because not many books out there have friendships in them. Thus, a great idea to add the friendships in the book. 

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

Writing Style:

“But these aren’t just stories,” she’d said. “They’re whole kingdoms. They’re worlds. They’re perspectives and opinions you can’t offer, from lives you haven’t lived. They’re more valuable than any gold coin, and more important than any state luncheon. I should hope you, as king, would know that!”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

The writing style for this book was written well. To be specific, it was articulate, poetic and lyrical but the only thing that I have a problem with was how long-winded the author was on dragging on with the story but still, I loved her writing style. 

Moving on, let us talk about how the author uses flashbacks in this book. The flashbacks in this book was well used. Everything that the Malissa offered was directly proportional to the story because everything intersected well and gosh, the flashbacks were such a great addition to the story.  

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“Once upon a time, during a time after all the happily-ever-afters, and perhaps even after the ever-afters after that, all the evil villains of the world were banished from the United Kingdom of Auradon and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. There, underneath a protective dome that kept all manner of enchantment out of their clutches, the terrible, the treacherous, the truly awful, and the severely sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic. King Beast declared the villains exiled forever.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Malissa De La Cruz.

Evie: I loved her character in this book! She is the Evil Queen’s heir and she was the kindest and the most redeemable character among the others because she did not really want to be a part of the chaos the other villians’ children were making but she did also feel left out. Thus, resulting in her unkindness but unlike the others, she had the most stand-out personality in this book. Hence, she had a great character development in this book!

*Beware! Rant Ahead!*

Jay: OH MY GOSH! I CANNOT EVEN.. OKAY, CHILL MAX. He is one of the flattest character I have ever read about in my life. He had zero personality and zero emotions and the worse thing is, when the book centers around his point of view, all he can think about is: “I should steal this stuff” or “Evil scheme: Let’s take Meleficent staff.” Ugh! Thus, he had no character development! 

*Back to normal!*

Carlos: Smarty pants! I loved it when the book moved to his point of view because of how well thought out his character was! Unlike Jay’s character, his character was colourful and it stood out well in the book. Hence, fantastic character development!

Mal: I loved her! Her flashbacks were pretty sad and everything was far from perfect in her life. With no happily-ever-afters, she was forced to help her mother (Maleficent) and her mother did not recognize her as her heir but only to recognize her as a minion working for her! Hence, she had a great personality and a great character development!

Now, let us move on to the overall section!

Overall:

I am giving this book a 45% rating. I did like some parts in the book but the overall story was pretty meh for me.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Isle Of The Lost by Malissa De La Cruz! 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

Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing ‘Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness’ today. Monsters of Men is the sequel to The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness and it is also the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Now, I can finally- officially announce that Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors of all time. His books- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, A Monster Calls and now, Monsters Of Men made me cried like a baby. There is no doubt that in the near future, I am going to purchase more of his books to consume more of his stories because of the way he unwraps his stories. So, we should go back to the topic- Monsters Of Men review.

Monsters of Men picks up right after things that had gone wrong in the second book. We follow our usual protagonists of the trilogy- Todd and Viola as they both advance on separate ways to see if there is a possible way to stop the raging war between Men and Women and Spackle. 

*Note:

All thoughts and opinions are on my own and there will be mild spoilers from the first and the second books in the trilogy, so consider yourself warned. 

So, with all that being said, let us begin with the review for Monsters Of Men!

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“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.”- Monsters Of Men, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people.

Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption or assume it is lost?

Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this review by talking about the pacing of the book. The pacing was fast and quick to the abyss by break-neck action and an extremely thought-provoking and twisting plot lines which I will talk more and include much more detail about them later on. Although the book is 603 pages long, I consumed 400 pages of it in a day and if you have checked my Goodreads page recently, you would have seen that the first 200 pages or so took me 2 weeks to read because I was busy with school assignments and tests. So, I did not have the time to read but after the examinations, I finished the rest of the book in a day. Thus, the book is fast-paced.

Moving on, the cliff-hanger that Patrick left us in book two is a gate to torture. I was lucky that the trilogy has already been completed and therefore, I was able to know what happened right after that. I highly suggest you to buy all the books in the trilogy before starting ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ because book one and book two in this trilogy have cliff-hangers and those cliff-hangers are not going to play nice. Thus, buy all the books in the trilogy before starting it! 

Furthermore, the world-building and the atmospheres expand throughout each books in the trilogy. The world-building in book three tightens up and increases the world where we have already known in The Ask and The Answer and The Knife Of Never Letting Go into an even more rounded world of weirdness and complexion which we do not recognize about in Book one and Book two. (By the way, it is a good thing. Patrick Ness expands the world beautifully) 

The atmosphere that clung to this book felt very real and true to me when I was reading the book. Now, I am going to take a short comparison of book two and book three. The political scenes were enriched and everything went from light politics to heavy politics in the third book whereas, the second book had light political scenes with nothing that is too heavy with politics. 

The third book in the trilogy deals with heavy topics such as- Genocide, Gender Role, and so much more. Those topics are topics that not many people talk about because it either makes them uncomfortable or other variety of reasons but I am glad that Patrick takes these steps to put the topics into the book which allow us to see what is actually happening in the world right now. Thus, I enjoyed the steps that Patrick had taken. 

Moving- ‘Moving’ on, I loved how Patrick threw the romance content into the book. It was so cute and young because both Todd and Viola were young teenagers that were in love for the first time and after what they had been through together, it felt like there was a necessity for them to be together. For example, 

“His noise is getting quieter, but I can still see it there still-
See how he feels the skin of my hand against his, see how he wants to take it and press it against his mouth, how he wants to breathe in the smell of me and how beautiful I look to him, how strong after all that illness, and how he wants to just lightly touch my neck, just there, and how he wants to take me in his arms and-
“Oh, God,” he says, looking away suddenly. “Viola, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean-“
But I just put my hand to the back of his neck-
And he says, “Viola-?”
And I pull myself towards him-
And I kiss him.
And it feels like, finally.”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Oh My Gosh, if you have read my other reviews for the other books in this series, you will know that this is exactly what I have hoped for in The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer and I am glad that Patrick delivered it to my doorstep. YAS!! 

Diving into the review, we are now going to talk about the plot that was created by Patrick. Basically, the plot that centers around this book is the war that is going on between Men and Women and Spackle. In between of those, politics and murders and assassination are thrown in to make it even more interesting which the book does make it captivating. 

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

Wait, before we move on to the next section, I would like to make a quick warning to all of you reading this book or planning to read this book. Monsters Of Men contains a lot of emotional disturbance which will make you cry. So, do expect a hecka lot of crying when you are reading this book.

Now, let us get into the writing section!

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Writing Style:

“Cuz that’s it –
That’s the nasty, nasty secret of war –
When yer winning –
When yer winning, it’s effing thrilling -”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Patrick Ness has a way with words. The language in this book was rich and the writing style was very poetic, articulate and lyrical. You will feel that you are actually- legitimately in the world instead of a world that you imagined in your brain. All in all, it is that kind of fantastic which everyone must feel. 

Moving on, the tone of the book was freaking deep and gray and the grayness level was extremely high. The reason why I said it is gray because all the characters are extremely flashed out like rainbows and you will not know who to trust or rather who to not trust. 

Furthermore, Patrick added a new Point Of View to the story and that character is… Wait for it, 1017. That spackle that vowed to get Todd to his feet. Yes, you may be wondering, why him? It is because of.. the build-up of plot which leads to the ending of the book that obviously needed him to have his own POV and there are other reasons but I am not going to spill any of those because of SPOILERS. Thus, there are 3 point of views (Todd, Viola, 1017) in this book which was done in an excellent way!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Todd: He was an interesting character. We watch him as he grows through each book and in each and every one of the books in this trilogy, he grows smarter, more kind-hearted and compassionate and maybe a little more violent but people change. So, to say that his character growth sprouted is an understatement. It is much more than just the character development. It is something that cannot be explained but it is something that is in a good kind of way. 

Viola: She became that brave, sassy girl who does not fear of anything anymore and she does not take any shit or dumb advices from no one (except for Todd, Simone and Bradley) because there wasn’t anyone to trust. Thus, leading her to an unexplainable character growth which is obviously a character growth that is better throughout each book.

Mayor Prentiss: His character was a little bit tricky because we all know that he killed his own son in the second book and as you go on with the story in the third book, you will find yourself believing about his redemption but… For now, I would say that he is neither good nor bad because there are lots of flashbacks in this book and in some of the flashbacks, we see him as a man with authority and a man with honour but something happened that led him down this path. Thus, his character development shot upwards. 

1017: I did not like him in the beginning. He was bent with revenge and he was so violent but as the story progressed even further, I came to love him because he dealt with many things and as his walls crumbled down, I accepted him into my heart but I will never forgive him for what he had done in… [Spoiler].

Mistress Coyle: I still did not like her. She was a character that had many secrets, worked alone with no one to trust and a character that just did not care about the lives of others. I thanked her for saving Viola’s life and all but just the thought of her not caring about the lives of others for her own selfishness makes me want to puke. Thus, her character growth went up high. 

Lee: GAHH! I am totally not into his love interest with Viola but I did really enjoy his character though. He was tough, smart and determined when it comes to war. Thus, making his character growth went up high.

Simone: I loved her. She was very creative and smart with technology and although I did not always agree with what she had requested but I still love her. Thus, a character with great qualities.

Bradley: He had characteristics that were similar to Simone but the things that he had suggested made much more sense than Simone’s, to be honest. Thus, I loved him a little bit more than Simone.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 100% rating because there isn’t any moment that I disliked or hated about it. Thus, the rating!


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