Book Review

Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be producing a book review for a book that had recently managed to burst my brain with hot glue and made me never trust an author ever again (Just Kidding) and that book is called ‘Lady Of The Shades’ By Darren Shan.

Lady Of The Shades is an adult horror story woven with the essences of a thriller novel that follows a writer named Edward Sievieking who travelled to London to get inspiration from the said-to-be haunted places for his next novel but instead, he was driven into the crazy world of lies and manipulation.

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

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“I know that no matter how lonely I get, I’ll never be truly alone again. Our loved ones don’t leave us. They just move out of sight for a while, and wait…in the shades.”- Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

Synopsis:

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past. 

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.

Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not…

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us commence on this review by conversing on the fact that this book is extremely underrated and underappreciated. Honestly, this is a book that deserves many readers because of the amount of effort and work put into it. Everything from the storytelling to the writing to the structure of the characters stood out among the pile of the books that are in the similar genre and I will be ticking off the list today on why you should read this wondrous novel.

The ambience around this novel had the azure of suspense, excitement and most of all, goosebumps plummeting down on your skin. My reading experience for this novel was enhanced by these determinants and it will give you all an assistance on interpreting the novel and concede its readers to be addicted to it until the very end of the novel. However, the first 30 pages or so had a dearth of atmosphere but from there on, it swells up and steers the ambience into your eyes.

The pacing for this novel which we will be talking about next had a quintessential balance between the segments of the story where the author felt should take it slow and other parts where the author took the story in a rollercoaster ride. This book took me two days to finish due to how addicted I was to the story and how fast the pages and words flew passed my eyes and brains. Genuinely,  I wonder how my brain cells were able to take in the information but either way, it was a pleasant ride to be in. 

Diving further into the review, I would like to discourse on the world building that this book had bestowed upon itself. The world, like what the synopsis of the blockbuster had stated, was set in London and there were not any real ‘world-building’ needed as it was set in our world, however, the description of the streets and the pavements were described marvellously, it felt as though I was a visitor of London, pondering on its streets and looking for direction from locals. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed how the author set up and described its location and surrounding.

Now, we will be counterbalancing on the plot, the plot twists and the plot holes of the novel. The plot centres around a writer who has disembarked on a trip to London to acquire ideas from the surrounding to receive new information that would be useful for his upcoming novel. However, as time passes by, he fell in love with a woman named ‘Daleena’ and slowly but surely, he uncovers the truth beneath her and understands that she has a sort of motivation getting close to him. 

Even that mini description of the book makes me wary of delivering the foremost plot and its plot twists away. So, I have decided to stop describing and move on with the segment where I confer on the plot twists.

The plot twists which were the most consequential strength of the novel, mess with your brain until you challenge yourself on which is valid and which is altered. The complexity of the well-crafted plot twists was astutely managed and they were strung together and tied to a knot in the end. It was pretty bizarre how they all tied up perfectly because there were so many plot twists and it launches readers off their tracks and oftentimes when I thought I had the flimsiest idea of what was going on and Darren accomplished to twist the story around again. The writer contrived to keep track of all the twists and turns he had inscribed and therefore, we shall applause Darren for such crazy twists.

Before we reach the final paragraph of this section, I would like to discuss the relationships factor of this novel. Ed and Daleena affection for each other was too much of an insta-love for me considering the fact that the author described the main character as secretive and ‘keep-to-himself’ type of person. However, I enjoyed the friendship between Ed and Joe (not going to spoil but something definitely happen here) and thought that Joe was a good friend for Ed’s mental health. I, for once, loved the bad blood between Ed and Dash, it definitely was entertaining to see the sub-plot driving the story forward and provided such a significant amount of work for the primary plot. Therefore, I enjoyed the relationship factor of the novel.

Finally, I will be giving out some iconic quotes that I found in the novel that are instantly my favourite as my eyes landed on them:

“John Nilson dos Linos was brushing dandruff from his hair when he was executed.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

“I’ve been grinding away on the plot of the book, trying to figure out why my lead character was killed. It can’t be random. The story is crying out for a reason that will drive the narrative forward, but I can’t decide what it should be.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

Just a side note, I would not recommend people who are under the age of 15 to read this novel as it contained a plethora of vulgar language and plenty of ‘scenes’ that were unpleasant to the children poor eyes. So, do keep that in mind if you are picking this novel up.

The style of writing for this novel was lyrical, easy to read and sometimes, messy. It was lyrical and easy-to-read because of the way it was written. I should now present to you a snippet of the passages from the novel to allow you all to view on the wondrous writing style:

‘Oh stop.’ I grimace, and lay my free hands over hers. ‘How’d you like to become my agent?’

‘What’s the starting salary?’

‘Nothing.’

‘I’ll take it.’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This conversation made me laugh out loud and it was such a good time between the characters and the interaction was marvellous before everything began to fall between them, starting from the trust factor to the relationship factor.

Simon Dale?’ I gasped.

‘Wait,’ Andeanna interrupts. ‘The guy who killed your friend in the army?’

‘Yes.’

‘What the hell was he doing there?’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This was amusing as well but the tone of the novel had eclipsed over here. The story went from all sunbeams to a cryptic and dreary day in London. They were conversing on their past and the number of deaths that the characters were responsible for and how in the world they would be able to live and cope with it and what would their future hold for them?

However, the writing style was a little all over the place due to the phonetics used. Sometimes, I had to grasp what the author was trying to shed light on but other than that, I thought it was a very well-written novel.

Finally, I would love to discuss the ending of the novel. I did not like the epilogue of this novel because it ended on a note that does not make sense and it almost ruined the story for me but I thought 95% of the novel was gorgeous and the last 5% messed it up for me. Therefore, I am taking 10% away from the rating mainly because the epilogue frustrated me to no end.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Edward was a reticent person who had an obscure history and he could perceive the horrifying spirits that delved and loitered around him. He would sometimes be an absolutely vicious person when he dissed on Joe’s scars that were caught from the fire and threatened to murder the humans that were getting in his way. He had also loomed on the fact that he aspired to maltreat Daleena, a person that he loved, for not showing up on a specific occasion. I would add that he was a grey character as he knew what was wrong when it was performed and sworn not to do it again unless it was necessary. Given his violent history, it would not be surprising to see it being re-enacted on the people he loved but he definitely had some character arc that was perfect for the story.

Joe and Daleena, uprightly, I do not even know how to speak about their characters because these characters screwed me up so badly that they made everything hard to converse on. Well, I’ll try!

*sips ginger tea*

Joe was smart, witty and is obsessed with Ed’s books. He was a friend that Ed made in London and they loved to exchange plot devices and discussed on the places where Ed could visit to make a new perspective on his book. He was covered in beard because he wanted to conceal the scars that burned his body when he was younger. He does not have a character arc because he does not need it because at the end of the novel, everything will be explained and you will understand what I meant by it.

Daleena was a beautiful young lady who was also obsessed with Ed’s books, was very ‘said-to-be-naive’ and pressured. Her abusive husband often laid hands on her and she could not get away because he was part of the mafia and would find her if she had gotten away. She had a son named Greygo and would risk anything to protect him until Ed came along and she fell unconditionally in love with him and if you thought that was the end of the story, well, it’s not. Daleena was manipulative and would do anything to get what she had wanted- revenge. She plotted everything to allow her husband to be killed and framed on innocent people to escape from the crime that she had produced. Thus, I would call her a grey character as well.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel an 80% rating for its combination of excitement, suspense and how clever this novel was created. However, it has its flaws and therefore, the rating. I will be checking out more of Darren Shan works as he is an absolutely fantastic writer. I think you guys should check this novel out as well! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan! 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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Bookish Fun! · Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition

Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, we will be doing the ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition’ article where I seep some personalities into my blog and enable you guys to have an insight prospect of what my past was like and how I ended up building a book blog to where I have been in the past three months. Well, I think we should inaugurate now as I have a plethora of erudition that I would like to bestow it upon all of your shoulders.

Before we commence, I would love to tag a few other elegant book bloggers in this community to do this ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition’ article. Here goes:

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Life~

I was born on the 28th of August 2002 and into a family of six. I am the third child in my family (my little brother comes next in line- 2004). I will now caper ahead to the division where I was 5 years old as my brain cells could not retrieve anything before that. Sorry 😜

When I was somewhere around 5 years old, I used to be notably obsessed with these television series which I will be naming some of them down below:

  • Teen Titans series (2003-2006)
  • Codename: Kids next door 
  • The PowerPuff Girls
  • Totally Spies 
  • Winx Club

There definitely are more to the list but they have slipped off of my mind and I will spare you guys the details of each of the shows except for ‘Totally Spies’ because something occurred and I would like to elucidate it to you all in the next paragraph.

When a new episode of ‘Totally Spies’ emerged on the television, my mom was about to depart from the house to fetch both of my sisters home from primary school so, she questioned if I want to accompany her to summon them home. I rejected without a second thought and watched the episode. Well, things had gotten a little nasty when my mother had not gotten back in around 30 minutes.

As the episode had ended, I examined the window in my living room (we were living in an apartment, by the way) and discerned that her car was not in her conventional parking locality and that was when I started to bawl like a big fat baby. Promise me you will not gag and unfollow my blog in this next section:

I regurgitated on the floor for absolutely no reason and my eyes were red. Tears proceeded to cascade down from my eyes to my cheeks, then the floor. I rushed to the window again to check for my mother and siblings but all I saw was a worker, cleaning up the road so that it will be unoccupied by dry leaves. 

I was living on the first floor of the apartment so as I was crying, he was desperately attempting to brighten my mood and at the same time, he squealed from where he was standing and questioned why I was weeping. I told him about my mother and her car and he glanced around and sought for the car.

Finally, he broke the news to me that he had not seen the vehicle that I had described and told me that he had to go back to work. I cried even louder this time and told him to stay (oh my gosh, this is embarrassing) and his features told me that he was contemplating on lingering but he sojourned anyway.

Eventually, my mom’s car came into the parking lodge and my tears immediately dissipated. The man who had waited with me gave me a wave and he left to resume on his job.

My mother entered the hallway of the house and saw the puke on the floor. I cannot remember anything after that but I could remember that she used tissues to clean up my disgusting vomit.

If you are the worker who tried to cheer me up while my mother was not around and you are reading this article, I am thanking you from the bottom of my heart

***

Flash forward a few years when I reached my seventh year on earth. We moved into a terrace house as our family members were expanding and we could no longer fit into an apartment. My brother and I, we shared a room while both of my sisters shared another room. It was a perfect room for both me and my brother because I adore the colour green which we later painted the room light green and we had a plethora of storage to place our toys into. We made a few friends around the residential area which until today, our lattice bonding with our friends is still there. Ultimately, they became our best friends forever. I love them: we talked about random things all the time and it always took us hours upon hours to finally run out of topics to converse on

(One of my best friends would love to get featured on this article so here she is: Elena Seow)

Eventually, the primary school had opened and we had to attend the classes as children do. Primary school was fun! I had made a few friends and joined many competitions such as public speaking competition, rope jumping and more. However, when it came to the fourth year of burrowing in the school, I was being bullied.

(This part is hard) This boy who I did not anger nor have I ever laid a finger on came up to me and punch me in you-know-where. I was shocked, of course, loss of words even. Here’s my theory on why he picked on me: I was thin and fragile, he probably took advantage on that to bully me. Eventually, I had enough of it and went to the teacher’s office. My school-friend who was right beside of me told me to let-it-go, we do not have to look for the teachers but I insisted so we went and exposed every single layer of it. After this incident, he had never laid a hand on me ever again. 

On my fifth year in primary school, we were having our third term examination. We had to place our bags outside of the class in order to prevent students from cheating. My school bag, unfortunately, was being pickpocketed. Annoyed, sad and confused, I thought I had misplaced it somewhere because my parents will slaughter me if I lost my wallet. I continued my hunt for my wallet for a few days and finally, a parent came into our classroom a few days after the incident and called me out to speak with me personally.

She returned the wallet back to me and bought a few other goodies for apologies of her son’s behaviour. I noticed that her son was a friend of mine and I went over to ply on his reasons for stealing my wallet, but he did not respond and I did not communicate with him (unless it’s necessary) ever again.

***

I switched school and studied in a homeschool which is now metamorphosed into an international school and I had a blast for the first few months except for this one student who always flaunted about his study skills which annoyed the heck out of not only me but many other students as he enjoyed looking into other people’s privacy without any permission. Privacy such as our results and our personal lives. 

As for my academics, I did quite well and was pleased when I was offered to jump to a higher grade. Clearly, I accepted the offer as it was only presented once in a lifetime. My friends missed me and I missed them as well, so I told them that we will be able to converse with one another during break and lunchtime and unmistakably, we did.

Gradually, I made new friends in my new classroom and I realized that my new classmates had a lot in common with me than I originally thought but unfortunately, not a lot of them read but some do. 

When I was in Grade 9, I started my book blogging channel to share my thoughts and love for books.  I found this platform through Youtube but I was not ready to show my ‘face’ to the world as I have major insecurities and anxiety for doing so. Therefore, I made a book blogging channel where I can write and share my opinions freely without showing my face. However, I would love to change that from now onwards, so… I would post pictures of me reading on this channel sometime soon and slowly impel pass from the insecurities. Hope you guys would not mind me doing that 😊

Also, when I was in Grade 9, I suggested to my class teacher that we should open up a book club in our school and she agreed wholeheartedly. I spread the news to my friends and asked if they would like to join but most of them turned me down. I remained optimistic and in the end, I had recruited a group of 7 students and from therein, we did what we could to make the club interesting. Unfortunately, a few months later, the book club started disintegrating down to rubbles and everyone left the group as we were too busy minding on our own studies.

Back to the topic of my school: As my best friends and I trudged together towards the end of Grade 10, we took our GCSE exams. The lecturers in our school had been a sanctification for us, students, as they encouraged and moulded us on the topics that we were not familiarized on. Hereby, I would like to thank the teachers, if it were not for them, we would not be where we are at today.

P.S I had been withdrawn for three months due to the fact that I was converging on my studies (I was so stressed out during that period of time, with sleepless nights and delirium) and I yearned to interact with you guys so much during those torturous and barbaric three months but I had to put everything I cherish (even reading) on hold so, sorry.

Now, I am back to book blogging and I will make sure to pump out a plethora of contents for you all as I am now on my holidays for a few months before college consumes me. That sentence scares me: college consumes me. A new environment with strangers and no one to rely on. Well, we will face it next year, not now.

This paragraph is totally unrelated to the article but if you are wondering what I am currently reading and what I have recently finished, I will let you know now. I am currently reading ‘Harry Potter and the chambers of secrets’ by J.K Rowling, a book which everybody had been pressuring me to read since the dawn of my existence:

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I have recently finished a book called ‘Lady of the shades’ by Darren Shan and OMG, what in the world, I LOVE IT! A review will be coming very soon so stay tuned for that!

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This is the end of my ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition‘ article. If you are still here, be sure to give me a like, follow and comment ‘Still here down in the comment section below. I hope you guys enjoyed this random article and hope you all are having a great day! Bye!

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Book Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a widely cherished and a novel which was famously published called ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ By Ransom Riggs today! I know, it has been some time (3 months, Max) since I last posted a book review and likewise, a blog post, however, I would clarify my disappearance and ‘existence’ in my next blog post named ‘Word My Life: Blog edition’ where you will be fully immersed into my life? I guess. So, stay tuned for that! 

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel which follows a 16-years-old teenage boy named Jacob as he deliberated through the somewhat ‘ambiguous’ demise of his grandfather and what his remaining last statements actually meant.

Without further ado, let us dive right into the book review!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is ‘partly‘ spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Synopsis:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems they may still be alive. 

My thoughts: Introduction

I would like to commence with this discussion by elucidating on the cover of the canto. The cover resembles the genre of horror and it initially reeled me away from purchasing the novel, but as time had passed, voyeurism had gotten the best of me and I had decided to acquire the volume and read it. Now, for people who are leery of the horror genre, you need not fear to read this novel as it does not slither or show an abundance of tactile sensation in the novel except for the vintage photographs which I will be presenting in the later paragraph as it requires a section of its own. So, do not be deliberated and pick this novel up if you have undergone the obligation to study it.

To begin with this review officially, I would like to talk about the lack of plot that this book had contained. There was enough action to move the plot along in the last 25% and personally, I thought the last 25% was not as exciting as I had hoped it would be. I thought the middle chunk of the novel was interesting as we learnt about the world and the magic system. The first 25% lack serious plotlines which in turn, made the pacing run at a slower pace and lose its readers. Therefore, I personally thought that there should be more action and plot to move the story along instead of staying stagnant and repeat timelines that were already described and explained.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere and world-building of the novel. The ambience of the novel was empyreal and it had a stainless discretion of the dream-like state, fantastical element and dilemma. The writer had a way to juggle around with the atmosphere and not lose grip from it. Therefore, I had to give props to the author for creating such a wondrous atmosphere.

The world-building was really well formulated as well. The scenery and the parcel of the estate were falsified consistently and the dialect and the physiques around the sphere were also expedited and fleshed out which made the world building so phenomenal. The dwellings and the children were also well represented. Thus, I enjoyed both the world-building and the ambience of the novel.

Now, we will pontificate on the plot-holes before we sink into my favourite quotes paragraphs. There definitely were several instances where I went ‘huh?’ and ‘wait what?’ and I caught myself laughing because of the confusion but here are some questions I covet it will be answered in the next book:

  1. Do the items that they have acquired from the market goes back to the market as the day restarts?
  2. How did they create the timeloop?
  3. Why are there other loops in the B.C years and who had them created?

My favourite quotes from the book will be listed below as I had a feeling that they will either get stuck with me for a while or I just thought they were iconic and fancy to be read by my face:

“Wait here.
Hell I am. Why?
Because you’re six-five and have green hair and my grandfather doesn’t know you and owns lots of guns.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“The day that lay before (was) full of infinite possibilities, though in a million superficial ways it was identical to the day before.” – ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“Though I imagine we’re killing ourselves right now in all manner of ways that’ll seem insane to people in the future. And as doors to the next world go, a bog ain’t a bad choice. It’s not quite water and it’s not quite land – it’s an in-between place.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was a little lack-lustre, uninspired and a little dull like a knife or a pencil that had not been sharpened in a long time. To clarify the dullness, the writing had a sense that I was plodding through the forest, eagerly trying to grind through the ground that was surrounded by altitudinous grass and daddy-long-legs. Perhaps I should give you all a glimpse of the writing style?

“Will you quit shouting and let me bleed in peace!” 

First of all, if a person is bleeding and is an adult in a child’s body, I do not think that they will speak like that unless they are extremely frustrated with the blood dispersing from their body. In this case, he was not frustrated: just trying to act tough which will always end in a bad way because right after this sentence, if my memory serves me right, he fainted. 

Secondly, the use of the exclamation marks… I know it was to emphasize that they are children and had not experienced whatever that was beyond the 3rd of September 1940 but it was pretty annoying to have exclamation marks to be thrown at your face at all corners of the book. It pretty much shows the writer’s insincerity in his writing. I just hope that in the next instalment of this series, the author reduces the use of exclamation marks.

The style that the writer had acquired and adapted to were the ones which I was not comfortable with due to the excessive use of exclamation marks which I had already explained above and the sluggish writing such as expressing objects or ideas that were already known in order to stretch out the sentences to hit the word limit and carefully enhance the number of pages which could have easily been condensed down to a quick 318 pages novel. *Sob* an overabundance of trees perished for the sake of lengthening the novel.  

However, there are two major highlights in the author’s writing that I would wish to discourse upon: the tone and the description that he had endorsed in his writing style.

The author set the tone which is interrelated to the atmosphere and settings of the novel perfectly. With a classic surplus of magic and silent ‘drop n’ go’ information about the world and its system, it kept its readers such as I, to venture deeper into the novel to snoop for the obscure quality of the writer’s intellectual invention.

The description of the novel which again intersects with the settings of the novel, allows readers to survey the panorama and the grace in its world and also, the aversion that was concealed behind of the blinds. The author described the architectures and the contemporary lives of people living in that specific domain wonderfully and further on defined the behaviours of the humans surrounding the range without a particular flaw. In addition, the writer delicately apprehended the daily talks and the accent they spoke in and knitted into the story flawlessly. Therefore, I enjoyed these 2 major aspects of the writing style.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Jacob was the protagonist that was depicted to be good but he had a lot of flaws such as being spoilt by his parents and had the need to live an extraordinary life- with or without his parents’ care and I thought this made him independent but being wealthily spoilt and rude to other fellow colleagues at his workplace was inexcusable and that, I thought, made him a genuine human that was crafted by an author. 

Although he had qualities such as the supposed ‘bravery’ and used mostly the right words to speak to his peculiars, that does not excuse him for being rude which leads to my next point. His character growth was exponential throughout the novel. He grew out from the ways he had spoken and he slowly but surely gained the momentum for being a brave teenage kid which I thought was remarkable.

However, his love interest named Emma was his grandfather’s admirer which actually sounds kind of wrong to me because you are practically stealing your grandfather’s suitor and I do not understand why Emma had to fall for Jacob instead of being just friends. Well, that leads to the next character that we will be bestowing the responsibility of this review on: Emma.

Emma is a stubborn-headed, narcissistic and rude adult who is stuck in a child’s body. She was obstinate because she does not listen to factual testimony that laid unadorned before her eyes, she was narcissistic because she only weighed on herself and how safe it was in order to protect the peculiar children instead of conversing on the fact that Jacob still have a life and a family which he had a responsibility to be right by their side to soother their family dynamics and not present them with anxiety instead of making them fret about Jacob’s well-being. Worst of all, she DOES NOT have a character growth and does not learn from her gosh darn mistakes. Oh well, finger-crossed for the next book.

This review is really shimmering my skin with ferocity. I think I should drink a cup of water before I continue…

*drinks cup*

Miss Peregrine is my favourite character in this book. She had an ambience of love for her peculiar children and gave them everything to make their lives much more interesting due to the fact that they lived on the same day over and over again. However, the children had a taste of depreciation and it saddened me to see Miss Peregrine being heartbroken over her achievements and ultimately, led to the disappointment of her own making. Miss Peregrine, I thought, was the motherly figure to these children as she protects them from danger like a mother chick and her babies. I hope they will get a taste of appreciation once again as Miss Peregrine is such an astonishing parent to the children.

Enoch is the worst character that I had ever laid my eyes on. He had ill intentions on making the children cry, a dark sense of humour and a torture device in human form. Just to give you an overall idea of the torture device thing I just said, he had the power to revive an inanimate object which means that he can also revive a dead person, if only he has enough supplies of animal organs. Victor, who is dead has a sister named Wyn and Enoch teases Wyn on her brother’s death by saying that he is going to revive him, but he did not do so which leads to Wyn‘s bawling. 

What in the… who in the world does that? I hope Hollow City has a character arc for Enoch. He can’t be this mean.

Overall: The Ending

I would award this book a 50% rating. Yes, right in the midst of my grading system. It had a plethora of blemishes which I did not personally appreciate. If you are reading or you have read it, I hope you have a pleasant experience with it. I, unfortunately, lack the experience of pleasantness when I was reading this novel. By the way, I will be reading the next book to see if the flaws have diminished, so stay tuned (again) to read my review for Hollow City!


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Book Review

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be executing a book review from a novel called ‘The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight‘ By Jennifer E. Smith today. If you cannot recognise or do not associate with who Jennifer E. Smith is, she is the author of the book called ‘This Is What Happy Looks Like‘ which I utterly despised (but that’s not what we are going to discuss on today). 

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is a Young Adult, Contemporary romance novel following a teenager named Hadley who missed her flight to London by 4 minutes and how four minutes would change her life forever.

So, without further ado, let us get into the book review for The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“It’s one thing to run away when someone’s chasing you. It’s entirely another to be running all alone.”- The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

Synopsis:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother, Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us begin with this review by stating on the atmosphere and the world-building of the novel. The atmosphere of this novel was ethereal and the author had created this image where you could feel the particular moment coming to life due to how reality coalesced with the story and therefore, I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere that the author had created for us in this novel.

The world-building for this novel was basically just the normal world we live in. So, there was not really any world-building needed for this novel, unlike fantasy novels where worlds are built up and rules are set. Therefore, you do not need to commence on conjecturing any worlds but just to know the world that we live in.

Furthermore, the pacing of the novel was expeditious and by that, I mean remarkably agile. I finished this novel in two days due to the short length of the novel and this novel only contains about 270+ pages which allows people who are busy with life to read this novel in two sittings and to furnish an estimation on the time consumption that this book will take: *counting* 6 to 7 hours long. Thus, I highly recommend you to give this novel a shot if you are into Young Adult Contemporary Romance novel and if you do not really have the time to read, do give this book a blast because it will only take up a quarter of your day.

To those who are asking if there are any plot holes in this story, well I will just let you know that some elements were unanswered in this novel and that’s actually fine by me because some matters are better left unquestioned than acknowledged due to the fact that if the questions were elucidated, the story would not flow as well. Thus, there are plot holes but do not be wavered away by it because this novel is actually really good.

Now, I will converse on my absolute favourite quotes from this novel and they are:

“And see those clouds?’
‘Hard to miss’
‘Those are cumulus clouds. Did you know that?’
‘I’m sure I should.’
They’re the best ones.’
‘How come?’
Because they look the way clouds are supposed to look, the way you draw them when you’re a kid. Which is nice, you know? …” – 
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

“People talk about books being an escape, but here on the tube, this one feels more like a lifeline…The motion of the train makes her head rattle, but her eyes lock on the words the way a figure skater might choose a focal point as she spins, and just like that, she’s grounded again.”- The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

Moreover, we will now discuss on the beginning, the hook sentence and the ending of the novel. The beginning of the novel was entertaining because she missed her flight by four minutes and Hadley, the main character, started to converse on how four minutes could shape her whole life. The hook sentence for this novel really did hook me in as Hadley kept going on about how time just blundered past your fingers and you could not clutch it back to its primitive state. The ending was really cute as the two main characters’ lives intersected together and they finally, fell in love with that passionate dance near Hadley’s father wedding church. Therefore, with all the boxes that were checked, I loved everything that this book had offered for its readers.

The relationships and the relationship dramas are both of the things in which we will lecture about next. The relationship between everyone and everyone was really cute and it warmed my heart and assuage it with soothing massaging. However, the relationship drama between Oliver and his family/ Hadley and her dad were less pleasant. Let me explain, the drama was important because it served a purpose for the story and both the characters and their character development. But sometimes, it was just too much that it made some of the characters whined. Not that I mind because I felt so emotionally attached to the characters, but other readers might. Therefore, I thought that the relationships were written really well but the dramas needed to be toned down a bit.

Now, let us sink our teeth into the writing section of this review!

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The style of writing for this book was articulate, crisp and not discursive. The reason for it not being discursive was because of every piece of information that was presented in this novel, was very significant to the plotline and notably relevant to each of the characters’ lives. Furthermore, the writing style was articulate and crisp due to the fact that it was easy to grasp on whatever the author was trying to converse with you through the story and how it was not really hard to picture each of the scenes in the book which I will talk more about it in following paragraphs.

We will now discuss on the overall flow of the story. The story flowed placidly as if the butter had been affixed on the story to make it sail so sleekly and you will discern that it rippled so evenly that it will just get you to recommence reading it until the very end of the novel which will make you go like this: ‘I NEED MORE OF THIS WRITING IN MY LIFE’ and therefore, I savoured the flow of the story in this extraordinary novel.

Further, into the review, we will now address on the ‘easy picturing of each exhibition’ in this novel. With the right amount of words and the right vocabulary in the paragraphs, anything is possible and that is what happened with this novel. It had the right amount of descriptive words which allowed the readers to imagine the landscape that the characters were in and the features of the characters were clearly depicted in this novel and thus, I cherished every single second of this novel.

Finally, before we get into the characters’ section of this review, we will now speak on something called the ‘tone’ of the novel. The tone was amusing and ardent. It was amusing because it had some funny aspects and a lighter tone to it. On the other hand, it is also ardent because of the warmness of the relationship between the mother and Hadley herself. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone of the novel and I am wishing for more of Jennifer’s tones in her other written works which I will get to soon!

Let us now proceed with the characters’ section where I will give in-depth details about each of the characters. 

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Hadley: I thought she was a remarkably well-organized and conceited character. She was a realistic portrayal of how hatred has furnished the best of us and no matter what the other person that had damaged you in the past tries to repent their mistakes to you, your eyes will still deem them as the enemy. I thought her emotions were really well-written as you can clearly see that she is upset or she is having mixed emotions. Also, her character growth was spectacular as her past was exceptionally well described and Hadley is just a character that is so flawed which proffers everything ten times more pragmatic! Thus, I relished on Hadley being a character in this novel.

Oliver: He had a quirky personality and his attraction to Hadley like two magnets with different poles which caused a magnetic field gave me a warm heart. In other words, I shipped them so damn obdurate together. As you recapitulate reading the novel, you will discover about his family lives and his past which were all very interesting because this novel kind of provides us with a glimpse of how wholly disgusting a person could be if he covets to perform such act. Therefore, I enjoyed his characterization in this novel.

Hadley’s Dad: He was sort of the antagonist of the story. It was not that he was any genus of immoral, he was just a character that will agitate your essence of being due to the inadequate matters that he had done. For example, he cheated on his wife, he broke their natures and sent them scurrying and mopping around the absence of his being. However, he had a character development at the end where he finally confronted on the reasons that he left them and admitted that he did harm. Thus, he was a character who you will initially hate but will come to accept it afterwards.

Hadley’s Mother: Although she was not the main concern in the story– actually, let me rephrase that. Even though she was not the centre of the story and she did not journey on the quest with Hadley to the wedding, it was still refreshing to heed glimpses of her character in Hadley’s reminiscence. She was the character who was hurt deeply like a knife stabbed five thousand times into her chest due to the departure of her husband but somehow, she managed to step up to the game and change the rules. For example, she looked past the sadness in her gist and converged on the future and thus, it deemed her as a character who was bold.

Overall: The Ending

I would give this novel a 95% rating. It definitely was an interesting and light-hearted read and if you have read it or you are planning to read this gorgeous novel, do let me know (please)! I would really like to discuss the things that had transpired in this novel with you all!


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To Be Read Piles

Makeshift July Book TBR | 2018 Series

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be doing the July Book TBR article today! As you can tell from the heading, this is a makeshift TBR as all of the books that are persisting to be listed on this fascinating article would presumably and plausibly not going to be read this month. So, before we get into the TBR, I would fancy sharing with all of you what I had read this foregoing 2 month and they will be stated below:

  1. The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace
  2. New Moon By Stephenie Meyer
  3. Eclipse By Stephenie Meyer (Review to come)
  4. Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia and Margaret Stole (Review to come)
  5. Angelfall Trilogy (Review to come)

With that aside, we will now proceed with the TBR pile!

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

I had actually completed this duology this month and I thought it was a phenomenal read. If you are like me who thought the first book was okay and a little ‘meh’ read, I highly recommend you to push yourself to read the next book in the series as there are more character development and devastating backstories to be told. Also, this duology will be analyzed on my blog soon!

Six Of Crows: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Crooked Kingdom: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

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Synopsis:

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?

Me:

I am currently reading this novel and I am on page 56/662. To be honest, I have the lowest expectation going into this novel because I had read some reviews discharging on how they despise the ending of the novel so… We will see what happens when I finish it.

3. Tiger Trouble by Grant Goodman

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me:

This is a book that I must read by the end of this month because it gauges like something I would enjoy and other middle graders will too! I cannot wait to read this book and share my thoughts with all of you! 

Also, this is a pretty short novel so I am sure I will be able to finish it by the end of this month.

2. Matched By Ally Condie

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Synopsis:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Me:

This is a novel that I am excited to read because of the controversy encompassing this book. Some people hardcore adore this book whereas the others disliked it very much. Honestly, I am just excited to see which side I am on- love or hate or will I be in the middle of it all?

Also, the cover is absolutely sumptuous like it is some blessings from the Gods.

1. Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past. 

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both. 

Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not…

Me:

I actually started this novel last week but did not manage to finish it because there are just too many distractions- for example, a new release that I am dying to read or the blaring of social media notifications. So, I have decided to place this novel here so that I can force myself to get through the book. 

Also, I am not saying ‘force’ in a mean way like I am not enjoying the novel, I am actually loving it very much. It’s just the distractions that hurled me off the hook.  


This is the end of my July TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your July TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Unpopular Opinion || Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I am here today to formulate a book tag called ‘The Unpopular Opinion’ Book Tag! As you are browsing and scanning through words that are bestowed in this article, please do keep in cognizance that this book tag that I am addressing will get a little nasty- well, not a little but very nasty and I am not here to alter anyone’s opinions on the books that I will be discoursing on and I hope you will respect my opinions as I value yours.

Furthermore, I would like to name the originator who had invented this tag and the creator for this tag is The Book Archer who is a Booktuber on YouTube. So, with all of the things that I had mentioned above, we should commence with the tag and the controversy that I am certain will take place in the comment box below!

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What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

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Angelfall by Susan Ee shall take the spot for this question for the time being. Wow, I can already hear people screaming in my direction for placing this novel here. Well, I definitely have to explain myself or else things will get worse and I do not wish for any of that.

The acumen on why I assigned this novel for this catechism is because of the content in it. Mind you, I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads but I am contemplating with myself on modifying it because I did not actually relish on it to the level of that grading that I had furnished. So, back to the question on why I did not cherish it as much as everyone else seems to admire.

The content in it did not grab me as much as it should have because I tend to enjoy angel/demons types of novel and in other cases, we called it the paranormal genre of books. I think I should address it properly: I did not connect with the characters in this novel and their struggles seemed like they were fumbling and squabbling over a pastime to me. In addition, the tensions and actions did not make me feel scared or have emotions flying everywhere. All I felt was boredom when I was reading this novel.

I will be doing a full review on this trilogy when I have the time but as for now, this will be my little rant section for this novel that did not do justice for me.

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

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As for this inquisition and the deeds that it had required, I will go with The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick. Now, don’t get me wrong, not everyone eschews this novel. I just felt that with this novel and the content or plot in it is either everything you have ever wanted or it is a thing that you condemn. To condense what I had just said: It is either you love this novel or you dislike it, there isn’t an in-between or grey spot for it.

For me, I thought this book was very well-plotted and it made my sentiments circumnavigate everywhere. In addition, the characters that were manifested in this novel were very relatable and the actions that had led to what they had the desire to do were smart and unlike many novels, the characters here do not make feeble-minded resolutions and that was the key point to my utmost appreciation for this novel.

If you would like to read my review for this wondrous novel, feel free to click on this link: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

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For this question, I am proceeding to install a novel called I am number four here. If you have not read this series yet, I would recommend you to skip to another question because I am going to spoil some important plot points here. So, skip this and come back when you have finished? Also, if you have no desire to read this book series or you had read and perfected all 7 books in this series… Feel free to read what I am going to state.

I did not want Sam to end up with anyone. Honestly speaking, I wanted John to have a developed penchant for Six instead of Sarah. I was a little sad when Sarah departed and John lost her and all but still, I was a little jovial. Goodness, I am atrocious. Well, back to the topic. So, at that period in their lives, Six is already with Sam and they were couples so there would not be any probabilities for John and Six to be together and I had already given up at that point. But the ending, 2 ladies kissed John. The first one being Six and the second one being Seven. I was so confused. Six just cheated on Sam with a kiss on John’s lips and Seven who in no way would have advanced on an affection for John that quickly since Eight’s death.

In the end, I ship no one with John and to this day, I am still disoriented.

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

For this proposal, I am going to go with the answer of Young Adult Historical Fiction. That genre does not appeal to me in any way and I have absolutely zero interests on reading anything that has to do with the genre. But, I will probably read it in the future just not the near future as I do not see myself reading anything from that genre any time soon.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

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Ah. This is where this provision is going to get remarkably controversial.

For this question, I am going to go with the answer of Kaz Brekker from the Six Of Crows duology. Ouch, I can hear people wishing to bash the crap out of me for stating that. Well, I know most of you adore Kaz Brekker from the inception like he had stolen your essence or something but I do not like him. I know he is an anti-hero and everything but he just does not intrigue me like the rest of the personas in this novel do.

Why does he not appeal to me like the others do? Well, number one being he is too manipulative and number two, his character arc only hastened up somewhither about the end of the novel and it sort of pestered me because he is supposed to be the main character of this novel. Thus, concludes my dislikes for this character.

I will have a review for this novel up on my blog soon which I will discuss everything in detail but as for forthwith, this will be my limited source of spitefulness.

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

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George R.R Martin should be the appropriate option for this inquisition. It’s growing sultry in here with hostile grimaces glancing at me.
This author is just not for me. The novels that he has written are in the genre of Fantasy which I cherish but the books are just too compact and it might take me millennial years to conclude them. In addition, the papers used are slim, delicate papers. Furthermore, the font is so freaking tiny. Thus, I will not be reading his novels anytime soon.

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Genuinely, I do not have an answer for this question but if this catechism is obliged to be acknowledged to actuate to the next, I will persist with the ‘I am special’ trope.

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

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For this question, the answer will definitely go to the Fifty Shades trilogy. I have unquestionably zero enthusiasm on reading these books and after every single detailed analysis that I had read to perceive what transpires in this story, I have no intention on registering it and that is all I am going to elucidate on for this trilogy.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

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The reason why I picked A Monster Calls for this question is that of the love I have for the movie. Of course, I love the book as well- I even cried reading this novel but the movie, in my personal opinion, is even better than the book because it has extra elements in it that would make you feel for the characters and their struggles. Furthermore, there are more scenes in the movie that are not exploited in the book. Therefore, I enjoyed the movie more than the novel (even though the novel is still one of my favourites of all time).


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Book Review

The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be bringing all of you along with me to review a book called ‘The Slave Prince’ by Jeyna Grace. Some of you may know who Jeyna is as I had a review of her book called ‘The Battle Of Oz’ up on my blog which I totally despised. Despite my dislikes for that book, this brand new novel that Jeyna had written caught me completely off guard. And yes, you are right. This book was… no words can describe how beautiful this book was, so I will just go with the word fabulous!

The Slave Prince is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following a character named Thom who is a young prince of Alpenwhist as he discovered his true identity and ran for his life due to the King’s threads of murdering him alive.

So, without further ado, let us get into the review for this wonderful novel!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The book was sent to me by the author for review…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“As the smoke absorbed within itself, a white-scaled, chimerical form of a dragon materialized.”- The Slave Prince, Jeyna Grace.

Synopsis:

For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. But one day his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: he learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched slave.

In a kingdom where ruthlessness is part of everyday life, Thom fears this new truth could be deadly. He takes flight, running from the life he knew and the one he despises, but the call to free his people beckons him home. Armed with a magic stone that instructs him through surreal visions, he must topple his once beloved brother who has since become a tyrannical king.

A fantastical retelling of the story of Moses, Thom’s adventure forces him to question if he can succeed in his quest without truly understanding who he is. He must unravel his past, present, and future before he can set his people free.

My thoughts: The Beginning

*Sob* It’s over.

Before we get into the review, I would like to do an official cover review for this beautiful novel. This novel has one of the most stunning covers that I have seen in my entire life. First of all, the colours that were added to the making of this novel’s cover were vibrant and it seemed pleasantly alive. Secondly, the mini shadow of the boy’s back who I assume is Thom, is minimalistic and simple which leads to it being beautiful. Thirdly, the font for the title of the novel and the mini crown on top of it all is just perfect. Everything blends in without a flaw and thus, I enjoy- and still do- the cover of this book!

Let us begin with this book review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. This is a short novel which has a page count of 280. The pacing was quick and the sequences that followed afterwards were even quicker and it does not have any flaw in it. Everything worked out well and it had coalesced together with the right chemicals and the right equations to slog with. It took me 1.25 days to finish this novel and yes, that is how quick the pacing was and how I was entirely glued to the book to find out what was happening next. Thus, I loved the pacing and the way it was presented! 

Moving on, we have the world-building and the atmosphere of the novel that I would like to talk about. The world-building for this novel was great in the beginning, it was described distinctly and readers’ alike would have a clear picture of the world and the characters that were in it but it was muddled a little at the end of the novel where the actions were taking place. For example, there were places in the kingdom where the author did not touch on and it would be salubrious if she did and the expanse of the world will be bigger and therefore, more stories to be unfolded. Thus, I enjoyed the world-building for this novel but it would be better if it was expanded.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I would now like to approach the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere had a nice blend of suspense, love, pride and faith. It was suspenseful because of the war between the princes, it had an air of love because of their mother’s death over the longing of her child, it had an atmosphere of pride due to the King’s relentless order and finally, it had an ambience of faith which put each of the characters to test for how credence they were in their magical stone. Therefore, I liked the atmosphere of the novel. 

Moreover, I would like to prattle on the topic that this novel had addressed on. The topic which this novel had sat upon was racial prejudice. The inequality for the people in this novel shimmered my skin with ferocity and I thought it was very well done because it captured the way our society is as of this very day. Therefore, I wholeheartedly relished on this book for starting a conversation for the people who are in this prejudice.

Furthermore, I would like to give a voice on the romance in this novel. I enjoyed how there were not any romance in this novel even though the author was hinting at the feelings that Thom felt when he hugged and was around Seanna. Although I root for them to be together, I- ultimately- thought that it would be a better book if the romance is non-existent in this novel and it was! Therefore, I enjoyed this book which does not contain any romance in it! 

Into the bargain, we have the plot, plot holes and the predictability of the novel that I would like to talk about. As many of you know- if you have read the synopsis that this book is a retelling of Moses from the Bible. Thom and Moses were in the same situation but Thom’s story was a little different from Moses because Magic was appended in the story. The plot which I would not expose as I would like you to experience what I have had an insight of the novel for yourself. However, what I would say is that the plot was sewn up nicely in the end and it does not have an abrupt ending and also, it does not have any plot holes, to begin with. In addition, the novel was not predictable and it had a lot of plot twists and it had all started on page 10! Therefore, I enjoyed the plot and the hypothetical plot holes of this blockbuster!

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would love to speak on. The actions in this book were awesome! Everything felt very real and the magic which had made extinct species come alive was yet again, being felt as factual. I know I am exaggerating here but if you are reading the novel or you had read the novel, you will be able to decipher what I am trying to say. 

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

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was crisp, articulate and lyrical. You can totally see the difference between the style of writing for The Battle for Oz compare to The Slave Prince. The quality of Jeyna’s writing had become better and you can perceive the way of how Jeyna had grown as an author. Now, let us talk about the way this book was written.

The lyrical writing style. I cannot help but fall in love with how wonderful the author’s writing style was. Every corner of the pages and its lines were filled with imaginative descriptions and the words- you all- the choices of words were the best part, they were all filled with purple prose and adjectives that I devoured the lyrical style of writing for this novel! Every single sentence in this book filled me with joy and I cannot wait to have more of this type of writing style in my delightful life!

Articulate writing style. The story was written in a way that was easy to follow and even if you missed some words, you will still be able to grasp on the details and information that the author required you to know. A simpler way of explaining this segment of the writing style is: It does not require a lot of focus even though it is a fantasy novel. And therefore, I liked how articulate and tranquil the writing style was to provide the readers with ease.

Crisp writing style. The verbs that the author had provided was strong and it had an everlasting impression that enabled the readers to visualize the sublime of the world and the characters that were in it. In addition, the writing style had a clear language which delivered a story which we will hold dearly. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style being clear and crisp.

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Thom: His characterization in this book was so well-built. His actions and the causes that followed after were also, well thought out. Although he had some illogical decisions and mistakes that he had done that should not be dismissed as nothing, I still thought that it was realistic because we, as a human being, make mistakes all the time, so I liked how the author had added this element into his character. In addition, I liked how he replied the other characters with sarcasm which of course, was not a good thing but in this novel, it was a good thing because it was humorous. Furthermore, his character arc from the beginning until the ending of the novel had sprouted throughout the story- for example, in the beginning, he was a show-off and he was mean to so many human beings but as the story went on, those traits started disappearing and were replaced by kindness. Thus, I loved this character and he probably will be on my list of the favourite character of all time.  

Dedric: I really enjoyed- again, how well-built this character was. Although he was the villain of the story, you will somehow commiserate with the way he acted and the actions that he had taken which had led him to the downfall of his pitiful life. In the beginning, you will see a child who wanted happiness and pride in everything that he put his focus on but those were bashfully taken away by his father who was the King due to his love for a commoner. And following the events of Thom’s absconding, we can see that his temperament was slowing slipping away and that had engendered the decisions that he had taken which were discussed later in the novel. Thus, I enjoyed reading about a villain which I empathize with.

Seanna: She was a character that I enjoyed but do not know much about. I understand that the story is not about her but I thought that the characters besides Thom and Dedric should be well-developed as well. We meet her in the middle of the novel where Thom stayed in her house and worked for her family and as you might have expected, they quickly became friends. But other than the friends part that drove the character arc, everything else for the elements in her nature remained untouched and unexplored. For example, there was a scene in this book that anecdote on the event of the sand puppies and she was extremely upset and refused to talk to Thom about it. Why was she depressed? The question will remain unknown forever. Oh, I forgot. There was a part where she talked about her past- her mother’s death. That was devastating and I thought it impelled her character arc alongside her friendship with Thom as well! But all in all, her character was still not that well-developed

Reid: His characterization was not well-developed as well. I had similar issues with his character as I had with Seanna’s. He was Thom’s long-lost brother and I thought the author would touch on the topic of their past- like how was life before he was being taken away but the author did not touch on the topic and I was a little disappointed but still, there were enough details of the past and how the slaves- Eklaysians, were treated with racial prejudice and therefore, I would let it go. However, I felt that Reid was only there to assists Thom and not to do anything other than that and thus, I did not really feel a strong emotional connection for them to be together whatsoever. 

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel a 90% rating. It was such a fantastic story and I thought all of you would enjoy it if you give this wondrous novel a try. I am definitely looking forward to the books that Jeyna would be publishing in the future!


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