Book Review

If I Stay By Gayle Forman || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman today! As you can see on my Goodreads page, I gave this book a five out of five stars which I do not regret on giving it that score because the book was so captivating and it messed with my emotions so wonderfully that I have had a hard time reading the book… Wait, we will go into the details later on in the review.

As for now, I will dive right into my mini-summary for ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman. So, If I Stay is a Young Adult, Contemporary romance following a seventeen-year-old girl named Mia whose family died in a car crash and she is the only one that ‘sort of’ survived the car crash. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the review for ‘If I Stay!’ 


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

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“But I’d understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love’s a bitch.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.


Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

My thoughts: Introduction

“I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

Before we get into the review, I would like to point out that the blurb on the front cover which USA today had quoted, “Will appeal to fans of Stephanie Meyer’s TWILIGHT” did not give the book any justice or rather, it did not make any sense because both of the books are very different and they are from different genres and it will also make fans who strongly disliked Twilight to not read this book. Therefore, I recommend you to not read that blurb because it just does not make any sense. Now, let us resume with our review…

Let us begin with how well the pacing was written in this book. The pacing for this novel was pretty quick because things went down on page 13 and it had not stopped until the middle part of the novel which a lot of back-stories and flashbacks were held to make the characters fleshed out and when the story reached the ending section of the book, it made me feel sadness, angry feels, unfairness and just, many feels. Plus, this is a book which you can finish in like 4 hours or less because it is only a hundred and ninety-six pages long. Therefore, I loved how the pacing was written in this book!

Moving on, I am going to talk about my favourite quote in this book and how it had punched me in the guts with feelings. So, here goes the quote, starting and ending with:

“How am I supposed to decide this? How can I possibly stay without mom and dad? How can I leave without Teddy? Or Adam? This is too much. I don’t even understand how it all works, why I’m here in the state that I’m in or how to get out of it if I wanted to. If I were to say, I want to wake up, would I wake up right now? I’ve already tried snapping my heels to find Teddy and tried to beam myself to Hawaii, and that didn’t work. This seems a whole lot more complicated.

But in spite of that, I believe it’s true. I hear the nurse’s words again. I am running the show. Everyone’s waiting on me. 

I decide. I know this now. 

And this terrifies me more than anything else that has happened today.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

The above quote punched me with feelings because… Well, let me rephrase that. Just imagine you are the one making those frightful decisions and you pick to live, what would your family who died in the car crash thinks? And if you pick to go with your family, what would the people who care about you on earth think? That’s what made me cry because it is just sad to think about making those abominable choices without anyone guiding you. Therefore, I loved this quote very much.

Furthermore, we will now be discussing the wonderful plot that was driven in this book to make a magical story out of it. So, the plot lines are basically about a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl whose parents and brother died in a car accident and she is the only one who is in a coma and she can choose to either live a life as an orphan or to go with her parents to heaven. 

So (Um, I am using that word again, alright), I found the plot lines to be intriguing and promising. Thus, I picked it up and I read it and… It DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I loved this book so much and I recommend all of you to read this book if you have yet to read it! Now, let us move on to the next topic in the review.

Moreover, I would now like to speak on the beginning section of the story. When I started reading this book, I do not find the beginning to be real and I found it pretty much unreal because a lot of characters were thrown in without much being described and said. Therefore, I found the story to be rather dull. However, I was glad that I continued reading the book because it just got better after the beginning. Thus, stay ‘ until the end if you are planning to DNF the book because the story is wonderful and you will not be disappointed with the overall story! 

On top of all those stuff that I have mentioned, we are now going to talk about the atmosphere and the tone of the novel. The atmosphere that the novel held was pretty much, all through, sadness. It is one of the atmospheres that punches you in the gut without leaving and you will be left there, staring at the ceiling while you are trying not to cry. Therefore, I really loved how well the atmosphere was rounded into!

In addition to the previous paragraph, we have the tone of the novel that I would like to discuss right now. The tone was distressing, mourning and sentimental because it had lots of flashbacks which made me feel for the characters as if they were my friends! Therefore, I adored the tone of this book.

Moving on, I would like to speak about the cliffhanger that was situated at the end of the story. Oh my Gosh, so, the ending was satisfying and the cliffhanger did not really matter but it sure is a set up for the next book which is called ‘Where She Went’ and it sounded like a great book! Thus, I cannot wait to read the sequel to If I Stay!

Finally, we are going to discuss the hook in the opening lines of the book and the length of the book. So, the first line of the novel is basically the hook of the story which captures the readers’ attention and it also induces the readers’ to keep up on reading the book. Therefore, I loved the way it hooked me when I was reading this book.

In addition to the previous paragraph, the length of the book was what ignited my curiousness spectacles on when I picked the book up because how can a story fit perfectly and satisfyingly into a book which is 196 pages long? I originally thought that the story will not be satisfying because of its shortness, but it proofed me wrong because I loved this book so freaking much and I cannot recommend it more. So, I hope that you guys will give this book a try.. It will probably be one of your favourites as well!  

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


Well, this section is not at all necessary for the review and you may skip it if you would like to because I did not exactly listen to the full version of the audiobook but only a fragment of it and I am going to be giving you guys a few reasons why I would not recommend you to pick the audiobook up!

Firstly, this book was narrated by Kristen Potter and I did not think that she did a fantastic job on it because she had this weird up and down accent that just made me want to DNF (DNF is an abbreviation for Did-Not-Finish) the book but I am glad that I did not because the book was fantastic! So, I DNF-ed the audiobook instead.

Secondly, the audiobook might ruin your experience and emotions with the book because it was a heart smasher and it will make you hate the main character. Thus, my second reason for not recommending you to listen to the audiobook!

Finally, I would like to say that it torpedoed a little of my affair with this book. So, I am giving this audiobook a 0% rating and I do not recommend you guys to pick the audiobook up and I recommend you guys to just pick the book up and read it physically. Thank You. 

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


“Girlfriend is such a stupid word. I couldn’t stand calling her that. So, we had to get married, so I could call her ‘wife.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

The writing for ‘If I Stay’ was so freaking beautiful. To be specific, it was lyrical, magical and articulate. It was not at all hard to read and you could actually zoom through the pages without actually knowing how many pages you have already read! (and that happened to me often while I was reading this book…) Therefore, I cannot wait to read more books from Gayle Forman.

Moving on, I really enjoyed the flashbacks element that Gayle Forman had added into the book to make the story even more captivating than it already was. It was such a fantastic part of the story because those flashbacks were where the characters had a chance to grow and also, to make themselves more appealing than they already were. Thus, I loved how the author had thrown the element into the book.

Finally, I liked how she had written the characters and brought them into life by sprinkling words into them and that was truly magical and I loved reading about what they are going through and also, I loved how relatable her characters were. Thus, Gayle Forman is an amazing artist who paints characters into life! 

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

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“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”- If I Stay, Gayle Forman.

Mia: I loved how developed Mia’s character was in this book. She was so sassy and she was forced into a choice between her family or real life that was inevitable which is scary because once you have picked a choice, you cannot turn back. Also, I loved the flashbacks that were used in her life which made me care for her well-being. Therefore, she was a great character in this book!

Adam: He was so romantic in this book. Just like Mia, his character was not one-dimensional but very well-crafted out because he had many layers to his nature and he was just a very, very good character to read about! Therefore, I loved the fact that he was added to this book!

Kim: She was Mia’s best friend and she was not as well-developed as the previous two but Kim was still an enjoyable character to read about because first off, she stayed true to Mia as a friend among all the things that she was going through and due to that fact that I have listed above, it just warmed my little heart to read about such relationship. However, I said she was not as well-developed because there were not many scenes regarding her friendship with Mia and her overall personalities. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this book but I wish she is a little more developed.


I am giving this book a 95.951% rating because I think this is the first contemporary novel that I have read this year that really surprised and touched my heart and soul which made me feel the emotions going through my body. Therefore, I highly recommend you guys to check out this miraculous novel if you have yet to read this blockbuster!

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for If I Stay By Gayle Forman! 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. 


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.


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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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.


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!

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Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a fun article on the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ today. Now, not all of the books in this list are books that I naturally hate, they are just books that probably did not work out at the time of my life when I was reading them and some of these books may be series or trilogies that I am planning to revisit to see how I feel about it now and how I feel about it before. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ list!

1. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret.

Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


Well. Okay. I cannot remember why I did not finish (Also known as: DNF) this book but I do hope that sometime in the future that I will be picking this book back up for a read and also, to end up liking it because of the world and how it works intrigue my inner and outer heart. So, yes. I wish to enjoy this book when I pick it back up to read. 

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like By Jennifer E. Smith

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If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?


I can remember why I picked this book up and put it back down with no remorse.. Well, maybe a little bit. It was because I read this book right after Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and you can tell by the look of this blog that I loveeeeeeeee that book. So, I was not in the mood for a contemporary book and thus, the fall of the book. 

However, I will be picking this book back up because it does not deserve to feel unwanted and to be chucked aside on my bookshelf. Therefore, I am giving it a second go.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.

With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.


Unlike other John Green Books, this book does not stick with me or leave me with a good impression. Although I liked the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book, I just did not find the story to be overall impressive whatsoever. Thus, I hope to read it again someday to see if my opinion has changed… Or not.

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


This series has stuck with me ever since I finished it last year and although I did not enjoy the second book in the trilogy, I found the trilogy to be overall impressive and those plot twists had me going out of my mind. Thus, I feel like I should revisit this world and have the reviews for these books going up on my blog.  

5. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


I did enjoy this book when I first had it read which was last year because of how intense and fast-paced it was. But I would like to read it again because I really need to know if my opinion differs because after I finished ‘The Chaos Walking’ trilogy which I did not enjoy before but has now become my favorite trilogy of all-time, I want to know if my opinions on other books/series will do the same too! 

Thus, I am planning for a re-read!

This is the end of my ‘Top 5 books that I am giving second chances to’ list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your Top 5 books that you are giving second chances to 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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May Book Haul

Hey Guys! I have a gigantic book haul to show you guys today. By saying gigantic, I mean 10 books. I am going to keep this introduction short today because there are quite a lot of books to cover? So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas



Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I am really really really loving this book so far. It made me cry at page 66 and I can’t stop reading and crying since then. It’s really a good book, probably one of the best books I have read this year. 

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett



Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

I watched ‘The Help’ movie back in 2011, and I loved it very very much. Until today, that movie holds a special place in my heart. So, I have decided to pick the book up and let me tell you this: I can’t wait to read it! 

3. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan



A lyrical and moving debut in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, introducing an original and commanding new voice in fiction

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending 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.

Hands down. This is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in awhile! But, I really hope that the story lives up to the cover!

4. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff



Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?

Jay Kristoff wrote the illuminae files trilogy which I have yet to read… But, I am interested on reading his other works before reading the illuminae files!

5. The isle of the lost by Melissa De La Cruz



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.

I bought this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis.. and the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? With that apple and the fonts? It’s so pleasing to the eyeballs.

6. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick



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.

I loved Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘The Ghost of Heaven’. And because I loved ‘The Ghost of Heaven’ so much, I decided to pick up his other work! I hope this book does not dissapoint.

7. Dangerous Creatures By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl



From the world of Beautiful Creaturesa dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?

I have yet to read the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ series! (Why have I not read it? Sigh) But, I bought this book because I know I will want to read it right after I finish with the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Series. So, yeah.

8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennar



In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I cannot wait to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennar!

9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon



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.

This book sounds super interesting and I cannot wait to read it!

10. Between the spark and the burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke



Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

I do know this is the second book in the Between duology though. The first book being, “Between the devil and the deep-blue sea”. I will get the first book as soon as I feel like ‘marathon-ing’ the between duology. 

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Book Review

Extracted By R.R Haywood

Hey Guys! I am coming to you with a book review today! Extracted by R.R Haywood is the first book in the Extracted trilogy (Extracted #1). This is a spoiler-free review. So without further ado, let’s get into the review! 

*I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*


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



In 2061, a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world.

A desperate plan is formed. Recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all.

‘Mad’ Harry Madden is a World War Two legend. Not only did he complete an impossible mission—to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base—but he also escaped with his life.

Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue, and killed all five.

Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?


I am not a fan of the writing style for this book. The amount of ‘f-bombs’ the author used bother me. I was also really confused by some parts of the story. However, I really liked the aspect of the story, the time-traveling and all but, I felt that there should be more to the story…like, a lot more. 


Safa Patel: She’s the ‘Strong-female-lead’ for this book and I really enjoyed her as a character in this book. 

Ben Ryder: I don’t know what to think of him. He annoyed me at some point of the book and I just didn’t like him enough as a character in this book.

‘Mad’ Harry Madden: Oh, he’s an interesting one. He fitted perfectly into the story and I really want to know more about him. 


The pacing for this book is so slow.. very slow. There’re actually some unnecessary sentences in this book and it can actually be shorten down to 350 pages. 


I give this book a 35% rating.

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