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Blogger Recognition Award

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

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The Rules

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

How My Blog Started…

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

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

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

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


My Advice

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

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

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


I nominate


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Book Review

Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle’ by Philip Dodd today. Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle is a High Fantasy, Science Fiction novel following Klubbe, the protagonist, as he goes through a journey with his inventions. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that does not change my opinions about the book. (Thank you Philip for sending me this book!)*

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

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“Space is infinite. To the mind that means freedom, liberation.’ So wrote Arisko, our greatest turkle philosopher, in his most famous work, ‘Thoughts In A Bathtub’,” said Dottia, dreamily, in an inspired state.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.

Synopsis:

On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet. Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, walk on their hind legs, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.

The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos.

In space, there are no sign posts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?

My thoughts: Introduction

Oh, let us start off with the pacing of the book. The pacing of the book was so-very slow. There were fillers and info-dumps everywhere and the characters, which I will talk more about later on, mumbled to themselves too much. 

I found some information that the author talked about unnecessary because it did not fit into the story, like not at all. The fillers dragged the story a little too much. I can’t help but yawned because the story dragged and dragged and…! It could have been a 150 pages book but because of the drag, it is 209 pages long. 

I did really like the plot of the book and I liked where it’s moving the readers to, but the plot lacked luster and the story felt flat for me. That is the first reason why I can’t finish the book. 

The second reason why I cannot finish the book is because of the almost-hit-me Reading Slump. This book was leading me into a reading slump! All book lovers hate reading slumps, it makes us feel like the end of the world. It took me 7 days to finish 132 pages (61% of the book) and there were actually more, but I have decided to put down the book because I cannot take it anymore so, I stopped reading the book. 

There was a scene in the book about Klubbe’s people landing on Earth to fix their control dome in the ship. So, when they have landed on an island and a couple of humans saw them. This was their first reaction: “Wow”. Were they not supposed to run? Were they not supposed to be scared to see a bunch of extraterrestrials?  I mean, of course it’s okay not to be scared but seriously? 

Let us move on to the writing style now.

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was crisp, eloquent and a little too flowery. Honestly, the writing style was the one that got me through 132 pages of the book. I liked Philip’s writing style, he writes like none other authors. It’s unique and I loved it. But even though Philip has a beautiful writing style, it still cannot get me to finish the book. 

To address why I said a little too flowery, it’s because of some sentences in the book. Some of them have complicated words that were intended to make it more attractive, but it just makes it harder for the reader to get through those sentences.

I did like the way Philip described the things around the protagonist, Klubbe. It was remarkable and beautiful. He described things differently from the other authors. It is, again, unique!

The only thing I enjoyed about the book was the writing style and some side characters from the book which I will talk about after this. 

So, let us move on to the characters!

Characters:

Klubbe: I did not like him. He mumbled to himself throughout the 132 pages of the book, I don’t know if he mumbled on and on to the end of the book but I do know that he mumbled a lot. He had no character development and mostly, he just felt flat for me.

Princess Corka: I loved Princess Corka! She had great manners and I actually wished she was the protagonist when I was reading the book! Overall, she had great character developement. 

Kribb: I liked Kribb. He may be annoying at time, but he had a great personality! He was kind, generous and smart. He had a fantastic character growth and I loved to see that in books! 

King Zilk: I really liked King Zilk! He was funny, witty and a little weird sometimes but still, he had a great character development/growth and a great personality for a King!

Overall:

DNF. (It stands for Did-Not-Finish) I read up to 132 page which is 61/100% of the book. Sorry guys, but this book is just not for me. 

“I suppose it’s impossible to say that they will not invent anything else, because they might,” said Zubria. “And, of course, if one thought of something that they might invent, one would have thought of it oneself, therefore one would be the inventor of what one thought of, and they would not be, which would make one an inventor, like them.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle! 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!

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Mid-Year Freak Out’ Book Tag today! I was tagged by the lovely Azia from @The Uncharted World. Be sure to check out her Mid Year Book Tag after you have finished viewing mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the book tag!

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1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

O-One Best book? Excuse me? No, No! Please.. I have quite a few books to show you all. Below will be a list of them! 

Before you ask, there are actually a lot more books that I really enjoyed this ‘Mid’ year! But, unfortunately, I can’t think of anymore than I already have. So, here’s the list of books that I enjoyed so far this year! I will link all of the book reviews down below: 


2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

King’s Cage is the third book in the ‘Red Queen’ Series which I personally think that it is way better than the previous books- Red Queen and Glass Sword. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is, no doubt, one of my favourite sequel in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s action-packed, full of twist and turns and it was beautifully written! (I highly recommend you to check both of these book series out!)


3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO READ?

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Oh my goodness! I have not picked this book up from the bookstore yet! Why have I not pick this beautiful book up yet? I am looking forward on me, picking this book up from the bookstore and reading it! I bet it’s going to be great because I loved the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy and Laini Taylor has a beautiful writing style.. So, Yes! I am looking forward on reading this!


4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

A list of my most anticipated release of the second half of 2017!

1. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater will be coming out on the 10th of October 2017. To be honest, I have not read any book by Maggie Stiefvater yet, but, this book’s synopsis sounds interesting and look at that beautiful cover, isn’t it gorgeous? Wonder

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, need I say more? This book is coming out on the 29th of August 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because firstly, my birthday is on the 28th of August. And secondly, I have watched the Wonder Woman film and I absolutely loved it! So, yes.. Can’t wait.

3. WarCross by Marie Lu will be coming out on the 12th of September 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because of the synopsis. It intrigued me! 

4. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. It is coming out on the 3rd of October 2017. I really want to read this book because of this:

“In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.”


5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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This book disappointed me. I really thought it was going to be great! But, I was left there, disappointed. I have a review up for this book, I will link you to it if you want to know why I am disappointed with this book:

The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh


6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Noggin By John Corey Whaley! Oh my goodness! I loved this book so much! I really did not expect to like this book because the beginning was a little weird, but…BUT, I have grown to love the story after those beautiful unique weirdness!


7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

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Marissa Meyer who wrote The Lunar Chronicles series also wrote Heartless. I am in love with Marrisa Meyer’s writing style! I can’t believe I have not read The Lunar Chronicles series yet! (I cannot wait to get the box set of it!) & [Regarding to the question above, Marrisa Meyer is one of my new favourite author!]


8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Still Mare from the Red Queen Series, Guys.


9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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Definitely Starr from The Hate U Give! Because she’s so sweet, brave and kind.


10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

None! At least.. Not yet? Wait! Wait! I have one for this: 

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I did cry when I was reading The Hate U Give! It was heartbreaking and it hurt my heart so hard.


11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Ensnared made me happy! I loved that ending so much! I might re-read this book soon. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend you to do so because this book is awesome.


12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I re-watched the movie.. Does it count? I think it does, so… I have re-watched Mocking Jay: Part 2 this January and it was fantastic! I loved both the book and the movie! They are both fabulous unicorns.


13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley’s book review! I absolutely enjoyed the process of writing that review.


14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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The Gracekeppers by Kristy Logan. The synopsis intrigued me and also I bought this book because of the cover. [I am so sorry, I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover but we tend to do that as a human being so… #Sorrynotsorry]


15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

The Twilight Saga, Beautiful Creatures series, Hush,hush series.. Etc!


This is the end of my ‘Mid year Freak Out’ book tag! I am not going to tag anyone so feel free to do it if you want to!

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!

One Lovely Blogger Award

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing the ‘One Lovely Blogger Award’ book tag today! I was nominated by @Princess Blabbermouth to do this Award tag. Thank you Princess Blabbermouth for nominating me. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 Facts about Me:

  • I love book sales! Whenever there is a book sale near my area or somewhere a little further from my home, I will try my very best to go to it because You can never miss a book sale…Right? And book sales only happen once in a blue moon, like seriously, blue moon.

 

  • I have a book buying problem. I buy books whenever I enter a bookstore because books are my life and I will die kill fish a dollar or two out of my already broken wallet to buy them.

 

  • I am a book nerd. Whenever people call me a nerd, I always say thanks to them because why not? Calling a human being a nerd is not offensive, it’s cool and we, bookworms, live for that beautiful title: NERD!

 

  • I love Money Plants. Money Plants are beautiful and their leaves are very pleasing to the eyeballs because of the amount of chlorophyll in them. I repeat, I LOVE MONEY PLANTS!

 

  • I do not like lending my books out to other people. I mean, they can borrow my books (Oh, my poor babies) but I have some book conditions/policies that they must follow:
  • 1. The book must not be damaged when you return it to me
  • 2. The book must not have words/notes written in it when you return it to me
  • 3. The book must not have wrinkled pages when you return it to me
  • 4. Just, return the book back to me in a perfect condition like before! 
  • 5. Do not break any of the rules or I will take revenge on your stuff.

 

  • On one hand, I love Hardcover and Floppy Paperback books because you can open the book up to the extreme.. If you get what I mean. On the other hand, I do not like Mass Paperback books because there are tiny words in it and you cannot open it up to the extreme or else you will break the spine.

 

  • I love book quotes. Book quotes are amazing and fantastic, for example:
  • “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” ― Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.

One more extra fact about me:

  • I love wishlists and I have finally made one for myself! Visit my wishlist here: Wishlist ❤

My Nominees:


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Book Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a review on a book called The Giver by Lois Lowry today. The Giver is a Young Adult, Science Fiction following Jonas as he was assigned to be the Receiver of Memory. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

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

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“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.

Synopsis:

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off by comparing the book to the movie. I think the movie is much more entertaining and exciting than the book. (Oh gosh, I just committed a book sin. How dare me?) But seriously, the movie has much more elements than the book.

The plot of the book was very well-thought out but it lacked luster. There were plot holes here and there and it frustrated me throughout the book.

The world building for this book was great. I really liked how Lois described the things around our protagonist, Jonas. I also liked the idea of the world in black and white, it was fabulous.

The pacing for this book was fast, it took me a day to finish because it is 225 pages long. Although the story did drag a little but the pacing is still, overall, enjoyable.

If you are looking for a quick and science fiction read, I highly recommend you to check out this book.

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Writing:

Firstly, I enjoyed Lois’ writing style! It was crisp, epigrammatic and I wouldn’t say articulate because of the plot holes but still, I loved her writing style. Her writing style was different from the other books I have read and I will, of course, read more of her other work.

Secondly, I really enjoyed the way she described things, it was fascinating and once again, it did also spark my interest on reading more of the books she published.

Thirdly, I loved how Lois’ wrote about the relationship between The Giver and Jonas, Jonas and the memories, Jonas and the community and Jonas and his family members. It was truly a work of a phenomenal art.

Finally, I loved how Lois’ wrote about her imagination of  The Giver transferring the memories of the past to Jonas. It was a really unique way of transferring memories to another which is cool.

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Characters:

Jonas: I loved him. He was decent, kind, intelligent and brave. I really loved his character development in this book and he was the one character who kept me reading this book until I flipped to the last page.

The Giver: He is, no doubt, in my favourite characters list. I have to say, The Giver was a great character and even though we did not get much of his past in this book, I felt like I knew him.

Asher: Well, unlike the movie which contains a lot of scenes of Asher, Fiona and Jonas, the book does not contain a lot of scenes regarding to him. I loved Asher’s character in the movie and I was actually looking forward on reading more of him in the book but it was a let down.

Fiona: Again, Fiona did not really show up much in the book which disappointed me because I shipped Fiona & Jonas so much. 

Baby Gabe: I loved Gabe. He was a cute and playful child. I am glad that Jonas’ Father did not [Spoiler] and I am also glad that Jonas took baby Gabe with him.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 60% rating. I did like it and I am looking forward on reading more of Lois’ other work!

“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.


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

 

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

June TBR

Hey Guys! I will be doing my ‘June To-Be-Read piles’ today! I finished reading 2 books last month which were King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh. I will be linking the book reviews down below:

I am quite disappointed with myself because I read only two books last month. Two. Thus, this month, I will be reading 11 books. Yes, 11 books and I am determined to finish them all!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the To-Be-Read piles!

1. Atlantia by Ally Condie

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Synopsis:

Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives. Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery. No one could have predicted their choice.


This book is pretty high up in my June TBR list right now. It sounds super interesting and look at that cover… Isn’t it gorgeous? It definitely is beautiful! Just, two words: Can’t wait!


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

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Synopsis:

On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet.

Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.
The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos. In space, there are no sign posts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?


I am currently reading this book. Actually, I have not started it yet, but I will be getting on with it very soon!


3. Zombies VS. Unicorns by Holly Black, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreud, Justin Larbalestier, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan & Alaya Dawn Johnson 

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Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?


This book sounds like a fun and quick read and I can’t wait to read this book! (Fun Fact: Some of my favourite authors co-written this book)


4. Night film by Marisha Pessel 

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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


I don’t normally read Mystery, Suspense, or Crime but Night Film’s synopsis intrigued me and therefore, I picked it up. I did hear some great things about this book and now, I really cannot wait to read it!


5. Feed by M.T Anderson

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Synopsis:

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

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. 


This book sounds so interesting and scary at the same time. I can’t wait to read this and see how I feel about it!


6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Synopsis:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


I believe this is a New Adult novel and I can’t wait to read it! {Please recommend me some New Adult novels down at the comment section below}


7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


I will be reading this very soon! I promise.


8. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

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

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


This book is very short and I love Marcus Sedgwick’s writing style! Therefore, I cannot wait to read this book!


9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Synopsis:

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.


Yes, before you ask, I have already read and review this book. I will be linking this book’s review down below:

I read this book on May 28th and I finished this on June 1st, so it technically counts as a June read… So, [10/11 more books to read!]


10. Noggin by John Corey Whaley

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Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.


Again, I have read this book and I read it in June. So, [9/11 more books to read]. I will be linking my review for this book down below:


11. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Synopsis:

It’s a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface…

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake.

Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it.


Yet again, I have finished this book but I have not reviewed it yet. It will be up soon so, stay tune! [8/11 more books to read]


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Book Review

Noggin by John Corey Whaley||Book Review

I am oddly touched by this book…

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Noggin’ by John Corey Whaley today. Noggin is a young adult, contemporary novel following our protagonist, Travis, who had cancer five years before his head was sliced off from his body and five years after his head was reattached to some other guy’s body. So, without further ado, let’s get into the book review! 

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! And, also note that this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“Maybe we all just exist, all versions of us exist at times, and we have to figure out a way to get to each of them, to find each one and tell that version that it’s okay, that it’s all just the way it works, a concept too powerful to ignore but too complicated to explain.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley.

Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the plot of the book. The plot of the book was very well-thought out and super unique in a way that meteorites are unique. While I was reading this book, I kept guessing something will happen, or something is going to happen, but, the plot of the book took a different turn and I was awed by it!

This book was quick, light and easy to read. It does not require much thinking but it requires reading and understanding, that’s all. Also, this book is a perfect summer read. Actually, it’s perfect for anytime of the year.

The pacing for this book was quick, like I have said earlier. I read this book in three-days time and I was really surprised by that because I have not been reading-well [Something like a reading slump? I guess?] for quite sometime until this book destroyed that little thing and I can finally read-well again!

The Family/Friendship aspect of the book was very well-seasoned! John doesn’t just put the idea of Family/Friendship aside like no biggie, he made the story much more interesting with them in it. 

[Just to let you know, this is an emotional read and prepare for a rollercoaster ride with this book!]

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was fantastic! It was crisp, declamatory, eloquent and sometimes, a little diffuse. Yes, I said it: A little diffuse. Not much, though. Just a few sentences and you will be back on track with the story.

I liked the flashback techniques that John used in this book. For example, a few chapters from the past and then a few more chapters back to the present day and then repeat.

I also liked how easy we get to follow the story. The story flows nicely and it doesn’t confuse the readers and like I have said earlier, it doesn’t require much thinking, so, I really liked the flow of the story. 

[This is going to be weird, but I also really liked the shocked faces of the people in the book. I don’t know why, but I find it funny]

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Characters:

Travis: He was a funny, smart and decent person. I felt bad for him while I was reading the book especially when [Spoiler]. He did make some stupid decisions sometimes, but considering the events that happened to him, I forgave him for doing so.

Kyle: I really liked his character development in the book! He was a kind and loving boy and he is no doubt in my favorite characters list! 

Hatton: He was a humorous and kind person and his character development in this book was really great as well. But, I really wish we have more in-depth with this character.

Cate: She was a great character. [I am not going to elaborate on in fear I would spoil something..]

Overall:

I am giving this book a solid 90%. It was a quick and light read and I highly recommend you all to give this book a try! 

“But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley


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