Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith-Book Review

Author: Shaun Hume

Publisher: Popcorn and Rice Publishing

Publication Date: October 31st 2012

Pages: 496

Genre: Fantasy

Format: E-book

My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉

35422555Synopsis:

“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer                                                                                                                                                                                       “Hume has a beautiful writing style that creates a WHOLE NEW WORLD, one which leaps off the pages.” – artisticbent.org
“An antidote to Post-Potter Depression!” – Independent Reviewer
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

MORE PRAISE for Ewan Pendle …

” … Hume does a MAGNIFICENT job of building a completely different world … ” – Fire and Rain Books

Review:

(I was contacted by the author who offered me a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review)
I read the synopsis of this book and it sounded really interesting. I was both intrigued and skeptic of the Harry Potter mention because what could ever compare to a masterpiece like that? The book, specifically at the beginning, feels exactly like Harry Potter. That got me into wondering whether this whole book would just end up being a Harry Potter replica but I was proven wrong as I continued reading. This story might have some similar themes but the main plot is different and the characters are all unique. This makes Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith a wholly original book that had its own twists and turns. It exceeded my expectations and I found it to be very gripping especially half way through.

Plot:

The story starts off with a very mysterious and enticing beginning as we read about this badass girl who’s on a mission sneaking into a heavily-guarded house. She fails at some point and we are then introduced to the protagonist. Ewan is swept away from his ordinary life when a mysterious lady takes him to a school for people like him who can also see Creatures called Firedrake.

The first part of the book introduces us to Firedrake, what they study, how everyone is sorted into different cliques, and the Masters. Most of the classes involved physical activities rather than magic which is different from what I usually associate with magical schools.

The main plot of the story isn’t clear until the middle of the book, the author keeps everything mysterious to a point where all you can do is fly through the pages scavenging for answers and explanations for what’s actually going on. Whenever a small clue is given a more exciting mystery is revealed in its place which keeps the reader hooked.

What I really found interesting is that more than one story is woven into the main conflict of this book and it gives the world a lot more depth and opens doors to future books in this series. So I’m currently on the verge of a mental breakdown if I don’t actually get the second book because I NEED ANSWERS RIGHT NOW OR I’LL DIE OF CURIOSITY!

The Language:

The author’s writing style is simple and elegant meaning it’s easy to get into the world. I liked most of the character’s descriptions but I found that some of them were just used beyond what is needed, it’s good to be reminded of how the characters look but having it mentioned in every chapter is too much. There’s also Mathilde who is supposed to be this cheerful, laid back kind of girl and she was very loveable except for the fact that she had ‘dude’ in every single sentence she uttered! It got very boring very quickly and I didn’t feel like it matched the theme of the book anyways.

The Characters:

Ewan was this extremely reluctant awkward boy who was just like any ordinary 12-year-old kid. I thought he was a character any reader could relate to, much more than those perfect characters who are somehow great at everything. He makes the story believable. Besides that, Ewan had a knack for getting into trouble without meaning to. He certainly wasn’t my favourite character though because his other two friends are way cooler than he was!

Mathilde was the cheerful friendly character who everyone liked. She easily became Ewan’s first friend and remained faithful to him for the whole school year. I loved how the author portrayed her power through physical strength, she was almost always the best at any classes that involved anything physical. This sends a positive note on female strength. We get a glimpse of who she was before coming to Firedrake but it only raises more questions and gives her character a different side we never thought she’d have. The big reveal to Mathilde’s secret at the very end of the book was mind blowing and I can’t wait to read more about her backstory.

Enid is officially my favourite pirate character! For some reason, pirates are looked down on by the other Cadets in Firedrake and a lot of them treated her like garbage! Luckily, she kicked peoples’ asses and remained strong no matter what anyone said. I loved her fierceness and how she was always took the lead when her friends were too scared to. I particularly enjoyed reading about her large family dinner where they all made rude jokes and carried out Pirate traditions. It added a lot of humour to the story in an unexpected way.

Conclusion:

To summarise, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It had a great ending that explained a lot of the events but still left a considerable amount of things unexplained for future books. The characters were fun and new, their friendships great, and all the characters developed and changed in a way at the of the book and I want to know which cliques they end up going to and how they deal with it. Not to mention the fact that we don’t even know much about any of the characters’ backstories. I know there’s a lot more that the author can offer to this series to make it more amazing than it already is. I totally agree with the synopsis now about the Harry Potter withdrawal and I recommend this to people who enjoyed reading/watching Harry Potter as well as readers who enjoy fantasy.

There is an important relation between Ewan and the White Wraith and I MUST KNOW WHY! Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith showed a lot of potential and it could be modelled into a series. Which I’m sure can turn out to be as popular and spectacular as any of my other favourite book series. I can’t wait for more by Shaun Hume.

Happy Reading.

🤓Maya🤓

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) Review

Greetings bloggers and readers everywhere. NI present to you a book review after months and months of absence! Hallelujah! Enjoy :).

23766634Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Genre: Fantasy, YA, NA, Romance

Page Count: 699

Format: E-book

My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉

Review:

I don’t even know where to begin with this book! It left me empty and shaking, although it surprisingly didn’t make me weep for hours but I was left with this stupid feeling that it’s all over. Honestly, I really expected myself to adore this book more than I actually did, I’m not saying it was bad, some parts were still amazing but there were also things that I really disliked. It wasn’t as life-changing as the second book but was much better than the first. I mostly think that’s because, almost everything’s already been revealed and this book was just the finale to it all which breaks my heart.

ACOWAR is the thickest book of them all but I still felt like a lot of main events were rushed while other less important ones took too many pages to be resolved. The first part was very gripping while the second part got slower but the last part was still spectacular. I finished this long book in two sittings, that’s how much I love Sarah’s storytelling. Everything else I had to do could go take a break until I finished reading!

The settings we see were all very descriptive and intensely beautiful. We finally get to see more of Prythian’s other courts and High Lords. I caught myself several times wishing that someone would soon capture all these vivid magical places into fanart!

My favourite thing about this series was all the characters and all their relationships and interactions! The author really does make you fall in love with every single one of them! She makes them all flawed and imperfect rendering them irresistible. They are probably the reason why I gave this book 4 stars.

A lot of books revolve around the protagonist while all the other characters occasionally contribute to the plot but ACOWAR was different. The wide set of characters all enhanced the plot and proved themselves worthy to the readers. All of them are unforgettable and unique. They are the kind of characters that could each have at least one book centring around their lives after this ending. To me and I’m sure many other readers, these characters stopped being fictional and became real thanks to how complex and life-like they were.

The writing in this book was great but I’ve read better from the author. Maybe it’s because I’ve read other books by the same author and I’ve gotten used to her writing style but there were phrases that have been used repeatedly and have now become rather boring. Or maybe it’s because writing so many books with so many pages with little time put too much pressure on the author. I missed the times when I’d read paragraphs packed with feels and so many overwhelming emotions, that I’d start crying even if the scene wasn’t supposed to be  sad. I miss the powerful wording and beautiful imagery that made me read whole pages again in order to properly appreciate the wonderful choice of words.

🚨Spoiler alert 🚨 (This is the part where I rant about the book)

I saw Rhy’s name as the title of a chapter and I thought that the whole book would have alternating POVs and I got so excited for that. But the rest of the book was all from Feyre’s POV! Except for the second to last chapter which also had Rhys’s POV. I didn’t see the need for that at all! I mean why get my hopes up for no reason? It’s not like he provided any extra information that we couldn’t have gotten any other way!

It gave me great pleasure reading about Feyre taking her revenge on Tamlin and Ianthe in the Spring Court! She was wicked when everyone else believed her to be the innocent woman she was as a human.

I loved how she dealt with Ianthe, stealing her spotlight and going into her mind and forcing her into smashing her own hand! Ianthe got what she deserved in the end and I’m glad about that.

The reunion of Feyre with the Court of Dreams was one of the only scenes that moved me in this book. I was so happy that the Revenge on the Spring Court didn’t take long but then there’s the part where they try to gather allies and it frankly took too much of the book.

I did like the flying lessons that Feyre took with Azriel. I was glad to get to know more about him and it warmed my heart seeing him laugh and make jokes. Seeing the Bone Carver again was nice especially after I realised that Feyre saw him as her (internal screaming) own future son!!

The meeting with all the High Lords in the Dawn Court was hilarious and filled with the tension you’d expect between people who’ve always had a hard time cooperating. Tamlin’s appearance was a surprise and I loved how upset he was. I had to stifle my laughter whenever he insulted Rhys in front of all those other people.

“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”

Seeing Nesta embrace her new self and become fiercer than ever was inspiring! She finally began to appreciate Feyre. She starts helping and training with Amren to stop Hybern. She isn’t even slightly intimidated by anyone! I loved seeing everyone’s amazement when she just asked Amren questions they were all too scared to ask. I loved seeing her care for Elain and sass Cassian. I loved seeing how strong she was even though she never did learn how to physically defend herself. Nessian was my favourite ship in this book!

Elain was less involved in the story and I really wished we’d seen more of her powers as a ‘seer’ because it really sounds like an awesome power. Now I just wonder whether the mating bond between her and Lucien will work out or whether she ends up with Azriel. I just considered the second possibility because of how Az treated Elain.

Feyre became so powerful and confident in this book. She handled the position of being High Lady with ease. She didn’t d mind ruling or having to make tough decisions. She’s changed so much from the terrified fey-hating human she was.

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

I really loved how she faced her true self in that mirror and didn’t run away. It really sends a powerful message about accepting yourself with all your flaws and mistakes. I loved how Rhys treated her as an equal, never looked down on her, didn’t try protecting her for her ‘own good’, and let her fight her own battles. That’s an crucial part of being in a relationship.

My one complaint about Feyre and Rhys was all the unnecessarily frequent sex! I mean this book wasn’t even about them realising they were mates and falling in love, that has already happened, so why include so much of it?! They literally dropped everything they were doing for it! Priorities please? I mean hello! People have just died, you’re in the middle of war leave that for later! I swear it was like reading about wild animals who can’t control themselves! It was very cringeworthy.

There was more diversity in this book than the previous two but I felt like it was forced and fake. I’m not against making more diverse characters but it just felt like it was added here to appease the raging fans. Some people liked it but I didn’t see how it advanced any of the characters’ arcs. Making Mor a lesbian felt like a last second addition that made her look cruel. It made absolutely no sense and it didn’t really show anything besides the fact that she’s been a complete ass to Azriel for way too many years! Or Hellion-the High Lord of the Day Court. I don’t know how but they made it seem like his sexuality was just a stupid joke. While I was reading I felt like all the so called ‘diversity’ was being shoved down my throat. It’s just my opinion but I think there’s better subtler and more elegant ways for these things to be properly represented. A way to give things purpose.

The actual war finally began and the way the author described the battles was easy to imagine. I liked the addition of the Weaver, Bone Carver, and Bryaxis to the fighting team. The last battle was intense and I loved seeing everyone use their full power and go berserk on the enemy.

I was so taken aback by the death of the Suriel! At first I thought:oh of course we need one encounter with the all-knowing creature. But then when it was shot and I began realising it’s mortality. I never really considered the Suriel to be anything but a monster but reading about its death made me realise that I was mistaken! I couldn’t believe it but I began crying when it asked to not die alone!! I think I mourned its death more than anyone else’s in the whole series.

All the allies appeared finally from the Continent. Although I didn’t get how Vassa who was cursed managed to escape and how the Archeron dad just came with his own Armada and conveniently knew that the other Queens betrayed them.

I’m glad Amren was unleashed onto the world because ever since her dreadful powers were mentioned in the previous book I was curious to see what they were. I would’ve preferred letting Amren go because even though she was a great character, she might’ve been the sacrifice needed to win the war.

Drakon, Miryam, and Jurian seemed like great characters but we got to see so little of them and learned so little of their stories which was disappointing. I wanted to see a resolution to their fight but maybe that’s because other books might focus on them? I don’t know.

I kept hearing about how Tamlin’s arc would be great and how he’d redeem himself but I saw very little to prove that. He did save Feyre that one time, convince the Autumn Court to join and give valuable information against the enemy. But I didn’t see enough to say that he’s changed and that he can now move on with his life and be happy.

I feel like I’ve been too critical reviewing this book but I’ve been teaching myself to notice these things. I do love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which is why I felt like I had to be completely honest. Despite all these flaws I found in ACOWAR, it’s somehow still a 4-star book and I really had fun reading it, regardless of whether things were properly explained or were too rushed. I enjoyed it and it didn’t feel like a waste of time and that’s what matters the most.

Did you read this book? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to discuss further details with you.

Happy Reading! 

🤓Maya🤓

 

Deceived-Book Review 

Greetings my fellow bloggers and readers, I hope your day was pleasant. I have finally gotten over my stiffening reading slump and managed to review another book. Enjoy ;D

Author: Heena Rathore P.deceived-final

Publisher: Citrus Publishers

Publication Date: 24th June 2017

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Page Count: 420

Format: Ebook

Rating: 8/10

Click here to see my interview with the author of Deceived

Synopsis:

How well do you know your loved ones? 

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.



Review:

I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange of an honest review.

You should know that I usually don’t read thrillers but I decided to give the genre a try and I must say that Deceived was a suitable choice to enter the genre. Deceived is one of those books that you’ll read and finish but the story itself and the thoughts you had about it will linger in your mind and continue to amaze and horrify you for a long time afterwards. If you ask me, that’s precisely makes a novel of any genre attractive and praise-worthy.

Reading this book freaked me out and scared the bejesus out of of me at some parts towards the end but that’s probably because I’m a little soft-hearted so most of you readers have nothing to worry about except maybe some hair-raising, bone-chilling moments that add to the optimum reading experience.

The Plot:
The author slowly feeds us hungry readers with bits and pieces of information that only manage to make the story more compelling and raise more questions than before! So naturally, I had to stay up all night- half terrified- trying to finish the book before I went insane due to all the suspense!

The book starts off with a newspaper article from the 1970s about a chilling murder that appears to be too brutal to be true. The story line is told from 4 different perspectives with 3 set in the present and 1 in the past. The way the newspaper article relates to the events happening in the present to the protagonist keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of his/her feet! There is never a dull moment as new revelations and variables start to take their toll on the characters.

The shiver-inducing descriptions and gory imagery matched the ominous theme of Deceived perfectly! The frightening sinister atmosphere was spot on! The author did not shy away from the more gruesome details and painful feelings so no character was spared.

The Characters:
The main character, Allison, was already struggling with the murder of her mother and younger brother from 9 years ago. She is still trying to cope with the help of her amazing dog, Max, her best friend, Sam, and her boyfriend, Danny. Things don’t seem to be going terribly for her besides the horrendous nightmares she’s been having every. After she makes the rash decision to move in her with her boyfriend, Danny, her life continues to go downhill from there. Someone’s sick idea of a joke, is sending her threatening signals and messages that only bring back the unwelcome memories of the ghosts of her past.The emotional pain Allison went through only increased the complexity of her as a character and made her more human and relatable to.

Steve is Allison’s cousin who arrives in town to investigate the recent murders that have been left unsolved. He thinks they might be related to the killer of Allison’s mother and brother. I didn’t really like Steve because his personality felt dull, the only decent thing about Steve was his determination and intellect that helped him follow clues that others overlooked to solve the crime.

Elizabeth is the 13-year-old girl from the past that was somehow related to the story. Elizabeth had a rare personality and a bone-chilling childhood that could’ve broken any soul. She is undoubtedly a memorable character. Although, her story is not suitable for the tender-hearted, as I could barely wrap my mind around what happened to that poor girl and thinking about it too much might’ve made me vomit or dissolve into hysterical tears. Her situation raises some seriously disturbing discussions about how children think and act and how the environment they’re raised in affects them.

Michael is the psychotic serial killer whose identity remains hidden till the end of the book. His part of the story consists of his diary containing his revolting thoughts and heartless actions. Micheal is hellbent on avenging his Mother and all these elements manage to make this novel more threatening than before. Reading from  the murderer’s POV added a sickening twist to the story as I got to see how the villain of the story thought and exactly why the killer did what he did.

The secondary characters: Sam, Max and Danny all had interesting roles to play. They each had their own unique personality that effected the protagonist differently. Sam was super friendly and supportive and she provided some relief from the never-ending horror. Max who is Allison’s dog counts as an essential character in my opinion because he was her most faithful companion and he literally always had Allison’s back! I really enjoyed that lovely side to the story where the pet remains loyal to his/her owner forever. Danny on the other hand, felt like your basic boyfriend and I didn’t see him as a very impressive guy but he did also make Allison feel cared for in the short time they were a couple.

The ending left me speechless and more horrified than I ever was before. I really didn’t expect all that to happen at the end, it all just occurred so quickly that my mind couldn’t register exactly how stunning it was.

In conclusion, Deceived was definitely a well-written memorable read that has opened some interesting new genres for me (YAY!). Even with some disturbing moments that I couldn’t really handle well, I will be on the lookout for Heena’s future novels. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy blood-curdling mind-boggling stories and don’t mind getting an overdose of fear. 

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Are you excited to read this book now? Let me know in the comments!



Happy Reading!

♥Maya♥

Just One Day-Book Review

Hey bloggers, I hope you’re all having lovely days. I want to apologise for my inactivity, I’ve had my exams and I couldn’t blog at all! Good news! I have a 9 day break now, so I can bless you all with more frequent posts from me! Enjoy my review 😉

17623975Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Speak

Publication Date: August 20th 2013

Genre: Young/New Adult, Romance, Contemporary,

Page Count: 369

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
Review:

“Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

I always feel like reading something by Gayle Forman around New Year but instead of rereading If I Stay and Where She Went, I decided to read her other book Just One Day. I read the blurb and got discouraged because the story seemed too cheesy and romantic but I must say after reading it in JUST ONE DAY ;D, I realized that this book is my GUILTY PLEASURE! I loved every part of this book and will continue to praise Gayle for her astounding story-telling abilities and relatable characters!

Just One Day is filled with sweet adventures and a whimsical romance. You will be hearing soooo many love songs in your head while reading it. It’s the perfect book to read curled up in bed under a lot of covers on a wintery day. I compare it to a mug of hot chocolate with extra whip cream on the top! There was a mess of butterflies fluttering in my stomach the whole time. It’s perfect for people who doubt themselves and feel like they’re not adventurous enough. It shows you that you’re not the only one struggling.

More about the Story:

“But what if Shakespeare― and Hamlet― were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”

Allyson is a high school graduate who is on a trip to Europe that was meant to be ‘the trip of a lifetime’. It didn’t turn out to be like she imagined and on the last day of the trip she decides to ditch her touring group to watch a play for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night preformed by teenage actors. One of the actors seems to be paying her a lot of attention and by coincidence she runs into the same actor on the train. Willem-the mysterious Dutch actor- names Allyson ‘Lulu’ and he convinces her to spend a day in Paris (the only place the trip missed) with him. Lulu agrees to go with him because she impulsively wants to become more adventurous. She spends the best day of her life as Lulu with Willem in Paris and they try to have as much fun and see as much as they can for that one day. Allyson becomes a completely different person in Paris as Lulu with Will and she loves the new her.

(SPOILER ALERT!)

They spend the night together but they know that their one day is over, the next morning Allyson wakes up to find herself alone in a foreign country with no note left from Will and no money. She panics and cries as her heart breaks thinking of how Will left her.

The second part of the book is set a year later after the incident in Paris, where Allyson is a pre-med student in college and how she is in a terrible state of depression and self pity. She has never been the same ever since that spectacular day in Paris but she can’t seem to find the person she was there. She is drifting apart from her childhood best friend and from her strict family. She lost interest in all her subjects and is failing all her classes and she can’t make any friends. She then decides to change something in her life and joins a Shakespeare class.

Allyson becomes friends with Dee who helps her realize that she might’ve gotten all of it wrong and how she should try and find Willem and find out what really happened. The problem is, she doesn’t even know his last name, so he is as mysterious as any other stranger! She searches for a Dutch Willem all over the internet without any results. Allyson is doing a little better now that she has removed some of her pre-med subjects and made some friends from her Shakespeare class.

 “The line between true self and feigned self is blurred on all sides.”

The third part of the book is set during Allyson’s summer vacation. Allyson decides to go to Paris and ask people about Will. She gets into a huge fight with her mom about her university classes. She starts working excessively in a restaurant to raise enough money to take French classes and buy tickets to Paris. She works super hard and learns the basics of French and is ready to travel alone to Paris! She can’t find Will anywhere no matter how many trails she follows. She finds out that he was badly injured on that day and that he left her a note. She becomes friends with some tourists who help her out. In the end after travelling to Holland she coincidentally ends up watching Will perform on a real stage but she sees him in love with another girl. Allyson isn’t as crushed as she would’ve thought because she learned that he hadn’t willingly abandoned her and that she finally became the person she wanted to be.      

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the first part of the book with Lulu and Will a lot! They had so much fun and got to do insane things. I loved the way they explored the real Paris which is not what you’d expect to see. The best way to discover a place is to see which direction the tourists go then go in the opposite direction. I found the love between Lulu and Will really adorable and warming. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a person who showed them the best in themselves? I loved the way the author portrayed the city and its culture and how I could easily smell the food they were having, or feel the emotions Lulu was experiencing.

The second part of the book was exceedingly depressing. I could relate to Allyson who couldn’t find joy in anything going on around her and how she was simply dead on the inside no matter what she tried. I felt every single doubt and thought that crossed her mind and found myself falling into a dark mood just like Allyson. It was freaky how her life showed everything I fear might happen to me in the near future. I hated her best friend Melanie for being selfish and not understanding Allyson so much! I also didn’t like how her mom was way too fixated on her daughter’s every decision!

The third part of the book is my favourite, it was extremely uplifting and inspirational. Seeing Allyson make her own decisions and join different classes was great. I loved her Shakespeare classes, it’s a really different way of analysing his plays-which to be frank, I learned all about from only this book. All the plays meant something different but correlated to Allyson’s own life!

I especially adored Dee! He was such an amazing guy, and he made me crack up about everything. He was mostly who helped encourage Allyson to be herself. I wish I got to read more about that loveable guy! Allyson’s roommates were pretty sweet too, helping her call clubs and giving her ideas!

“Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.”

I loved how everyone decided to help Allyson find Will even though they were complete strangers! I loved the determination Allyson showed when she wanted to learn French and get enough money. Allyson managed to travel all on her own, and she became independent, and I couldn’t have been more proud! She talked to people, hung out with them, gave them adventures. She faced all her fears and even went to Holland which had a gorgeous setting and beautiful descriptions. I loved how she helped Wren with her Bucket List and how she ended up watching Will perform As You Like It on a stage! Coincidences everywhere!

In the end, Allyson didn’t even get back to Will but she realized that she had found her real self and I loved every part of her journey of self discovery, and I literally aspire to be the Allyson that learned a language in 3 months and travelled and met new people! Although it was not as good as If I Stay and Where She Went, Just One Day inspired me and I can’t wait to read the sequel from Will’s POV!

 Did you read this book? What did you think?

Happy Reading!

♥Maya♥

The Thousandth Floor-Book Review

Hello people of the blogging world. I am really excited to post this review as it is the first negative review I’ve written and I want to see what you guys think. Enjoy 😉

img_6092Author: Katharine McGee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: August 30th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Page Count: 437 pages

Format: Paperback

My Rating:5/10

Synopsis:

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

Review:

“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.”

This book was such an unpleasant read for me and the more I think about it the more I hate it! First of all, I want to say that I haven’t read any book like this before so I thought I’d give it a try. At least now I know that these types of things aren’t for me. I have to compare The Thousandth Floor to popular examples like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars because they all seem to have the same type of characters and plot. I haven’t read or watched Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars but I know the general idea of both. The only difference between those 2 and The Thousandth Floor is that it is set in the future in the year 2118. Truthfully, the only reason I was able to finish this book was due to the awesome prologue that had a beautiful girl fall from the top of the Tower, I just wanted to know who she was and how it happened.

To avoid any confusion The Thousandth Floor is definitely not dystopian in any way, just because it’s set in the future. It is also a far cry from science fiction, having only a limited number of futuristic devices. If you think about it, it’s basically just about a bunch of idiotic spoiled brats who have nothing to do but gossip and party and hook up with everyone! My definition of EWWWWW! The point is that it left me with this terrible icky feeling that just felt like the opposite of when I finish reading an awesome book.

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More about the story:

In the future, most of Manhattan is occupied with this gigantic immense 1000-storey building a.k.a. The Tower. Each floor is a whole tiny city on its own with schools and parks and streets that can inhabit everyone. The upper levels are reserved for the wealthy people called ‘highliers’ and the higher you go the more technology can be found while the lower levels depend on manual work.

The story consists of 5 different perspectives:

Avery-the perfect highlier- who was genetically chosen for perfection and lives on the thousandth floor. She has everything she ever wanted except for one thing….

Leda- a highlier- just got out from rehab for losing control due to her drug usage. She took drugs to make her sharper and in the end they consumed her whole, as she was crushed by a guy running away from her.

Eris-another highlier- is the spoiled girl who loves partying and seducing others. She has a  ‘cool’ mom who turned out to have had an affair with someone revealing Eris’s true parentage. Eris and her mom are forced to abandon all the luxuries and expensive clothing and upper floors to live

Watt-the computer genius lowlier- who has an illegal quantum computer installed his brain.

Rylin-a lowlier- who had to quit school and support herself and her sister and is barely managing to pay her rents and has a terrible job.

The Characters:
All of the characters were extremely dull and way too shallow to be likeable. They literally had no problem doing anything they wanted and they didn’t have to face any consequences. I HATED how the author portrays teenagers in the book, because that is exactly how stereotypical teenagers behave and I strongly disagree with that! They were all just a bunch of spoiled rich people with their meaningless, pointless problems. Not even the side characters added any twist to the story.

I hated every single relationship in this book! None of the couples seemed salvageable from their self-centeredness. None of them had any perspective at all! It just made me realize how some relationships can be empty and utterly fake. I couldn’t deal with all their exaggerated dramas and I couldn’t even find anything funny!

The World Building:

The general idea for future New York is dazzling and intriguing but it seemed too bibbidi bobbidi boo. I don’t understand how humanity got to that point and why the Tower was decided to be built. The technological advancements were reasonable and not too far-fetched, they were probably the only semi decent feature in this book. I still don’t see the whole big picture and where humans stand.

The Plot:

“This was all too tangled and screwed up not to end in disaster.”

The first 1% of the book was pretty interesting where everyone just got introduced, the next 95% of the book was complete and utter crap while the last 4% became really really hooking. I felt like for most of the book nothing was happening other than lots of parties and drinking and dates.

Simply, everyone wondered who liked them and who they wanted to date and when they were in a relationship transformed into creepy stalkers. There were also married people having affairs with other married people to add more drama to the over-bearing drama.

There were a lot of mentions about drugs and drinking with the characters taking them or using them illegally and I disliked how they didn’t really affect anyone too much and how it was viewed as something that all teenagers do at that age to forget about their lives.

The ending of the book had me recoiling in disgust and disbelief because truly it was horrible and terrible. I hated even more the fact that, there’s going to be a sequel to The Thousandth Floor with the same stupid shallow characters, I just hope the plot becomes more gripping.

In conclusion, this book was terrible and I don’t ever want to read anything like this ever again!

Did you like my review? Did you read this book? Do you share my opinions? Comment on what you thought.

Dreamology-Book Review

Yo yo yo bloggers and book dragons! I hope your day is filled with feels! I have prepared another amazing book review for you. ENJOYY 😀

23466626Author: Lucy Keating

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: April 12th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 9/10

Synopsis:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Review:

“It surprises me, how a small gesture can feel so very big. How sometimes you don’t realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it all out of you, like your entire body is exhaling.”

FLUFFING AWESOME! I love this sweet book to the bottom of my heart. Dreamology was one of those books that gave me the pleasant ‘butterflies in my belly’ feeling. I had a smile plastered to my face for the entire day it took me to read the book. I felt like I was floating on a cloud while reading!
In short: book + dreams + cute characters + humour= a perfect combination for delighted Maya!

The reason I had this book on my tbr list is because I am a person with a very active night mind and I tend to have insane dreams nearly every day. I’ve never read a book about dreams so I was curious and excited to finally read something I could relate to a lot. Also I used to have terrible nightmares as a child and had to see a therapist for a while so I could relate to the characters.

I loved all the main and secondary characters immensely and found them all fun to read about. The story was evenly paced and the plot had enough going on along with cute fluffy awww moments to balance the story out. The language used was simple and elegant, it was neither too flowery nor too dry and it fit perfectly with the theme of the story.

The right time to read Dreamology is when you’re in the mood for a sweet warm humorous story with the good kind of high school romance and drama. It’ll make you smile and long for the days where you could just dream and live in those dreams. A must read for the dreamers 😉 

(SPOILER ALERT!)

The dreams that were found every couple of chapters were amazing and I think the aspect of dreams was captured in a really vivid imagery way. Lucy manages to make dreams unique, wild, and romantic with the presence of Alice and Max. The science behind the dreams was introduced in an intriguing psychological way that I never thought of before. Although some parts were unclear and remained unanswered, like how did Max and Alice actually connect as children, or how the scientist who fixed them separated their dreams.

I LOVED THE CHAPTER TITLES IN THE BOOK! Having chapter titles is rare to find and I was satisfied to see that this unique book had such absurd hilarious titles. You wouldn’t even get what they mean without reading that specific chapter. Examples: Law & Order: Special Cookie Unit, They Were Really Smart Birds, and I Like Your Alpacas.    

Alice is an adventurer with a hyper active imagination. She is fresh and proud of her weirdness which is why I feel like I’d be close friends with her in real life. The author presented her struggle to live in the dream world rather than real life because it was easier that way and I admired that most in the book. That is literally the story of my life and I liked seeing someone else go through the same thing.

Other than that, the romance between Alice and dream Max was so adorable and cute I would’ve put them in a jar to savour them forever! Alice and real life Max had a tenser bumpy ride. I thought Max was being a douchebag pretending like he didn’t know Alice and that he didn’t have those dreams. Personally, I’d have reacted the same way Alice did and I don’t think she was whiny at all. It did annoy me how they did kiss in real life knowing that Max was still with Celeste! Max should’ve ended that relationship before. Then I found Alice irritating for complaining after their dreams were separated, like girl you have the real Max who is dream Max and you’ve managed to fall in love in real life too, why are you so ungrateful?? Why’d it take so long for her to realize that dreams aren’t all that she has?

“Dreams are all we have? I frown. No, Mom, they are not all we have. We have so much more than that. We have friends and loved ones and real life. We have people that matter, real people, and what we do matters to them in return. They rely on us.”

The author also included some issues that children might go through at a young age and I loved the psychological reasons behind everything and how they didn’t make this book depressing at all! Both Alice and Max had traumatising childhood experiences, Alice’s mom left without any proper farewells while Max’s older sister died in a car accident. Their parent/s couldn’t deal with the situation and they both had to somehow develop their own coping mechanisms as children! Alice and Max still turned out to be reasonably good teens, Alice was quirky and cheerful while Max was more reserved and calm. The point is, they both managed to emerge from a really difficult state and that is a great thing to achieve and I loved them both with all their flaws and fights and drama.

The side characters Oliver, Sophie, Jerry, and Celeste were all so damn fun! They provided so much laughter and fun when both Alice and Max were going crazy. I’m glad that Oliver didn’t end up being too heartbroken and that Celeste accepted the fact that her friends cheated on her and moved on. I liked Celeste and more than that, I liked how she was a perfectly nice person and that she wasn’t one of those typical ‘mean girl’ girlfriends who everyone was just relieved that she lost her boyfriend. Not all the girlfriends of the boyfriends have to be mean popular bananas.

In conclusion, I loved this dreamy book with all of its fun characters and interesting absurd ideas. I wouldn’t mind reading something else by the author because I enjoyed her style of writing.I definitely will be rereading this one day…

Did you read this book, and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below 😉

Happy Reading!

♥Maya♥

The Star-Touched Queen-Book Review

Hellllloooo blogging world! I want to share another review of the most recent book I read. I hope you like the review and I’d really love discussing books with you guys. Don’t be shy to comment anything 😉

25203675Author: Roshani Chockshi

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: April 26th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

Pages: 342 pages

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Review:

“My kingdom needs a queen,’’ he said. ‘‘It needs someone with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile. It needs someone restless and clever. It needs you.’’

Oh. My. Bananas. This book made me go nuts! A Star-Touched Queen is a hybrid of Greek Mythology and Indian folklore which all by itself makes it an extremely unique story. This book was a mosaic of tasty descriptions, exotic cultures, and lots and lots of stars! Let me just say that I’m completely obsessed with stars! Anything related to stars I’m immediately in love with.

I began this book totally oblivious to everything. I didn’t even read the synopsis since they can ruin the perfect reading experience. I was constantly curious of what was to happen next and therefore, I ended up sacrificing my sleep time to finish this book, no regrets from me though. When I read books I like to choose a couple of quotes to add in my review but, this book had so many amazing beautiful quotes that I might as well have highlighted the whole book to show how many I loved!

(SPOILER ALERT!!!)

The Plot:

The story is about Maya who’s a princess in the Harem of her kingdom. She is feared by most as her horoscope deems she’s cursed to be partnered with death. Maya feels like she’s caged between the walls of the Harem. Her dad-the Raja- decides to marry her off to some rebel kingdom to bring peace. Maya ends up marrying Amar-the ruler of Akaran- who promises her to rule by his side as an equal. Maya finds herself slowly falling in love with Amar yet she feels suspicious by the lack of information and can’t trust him fully. Akaran is also playing its own tricks on Maya and making her more paranoid and edgy. Then Maya gets these horrible visions of her husband and realizes that he isn’t who he says he is and decides to destroy him and all his memories.  The second half of the book is about how Maya realizes that what she assumed about her husband and did was terribly wrong then proceeds to fix everything.        

Pros:

The exquisite language used was beyond mesmerising! The words were lyrical and flowery with a LOT of beautiful tropes! If you remove the plot and characters from the book this writing could be used as a romantic poem! I loved the insane metaphors that described every detail. The writing will let your imagination run wild! I am a person who gets really emotional over words so this book had me feeling a lot at the same time. Throughout the entire book I kept thinking about how I wish I could write like that one day. Roshani’s lyrical wording is my favourite thing about this book and I’d love to read something like that again!

Reincarnation plays a small role in the story. I love stories were someone gets reincarnated and the other person has to go looking for them all over the world. I find the prospect of reincarnation fascinating and enjoyed reading about in this book, although I would’ve preferred if it was given in more details.

“It’s bad to be a dragon.”
“Says who? Nothing wrong with a little bit of viciousness. Would you rather be a dove or a dragon?”

I felt like the book needed more characters that were involved in the plot and the talking demon horse, Kamala, was a lovely addition to the book! Kamala provided comic relief and threatened to eat people a lot, who wouldn’t like her? Kamala also managed to sprout a couple of deep wise quotes and pieces of advice here and there to help Maya. Kamala made me laugh or crack a smile and that’s why I adore that talking demon horse!

“I know emptiness. I know the taste of blood against my teeth. I know what it is to fill your belly with iron. I know hunger. I know pain. I know memories that won’t stay. I know the ghost of life and the perfume of souls.”

“It is nice to be nice,” said Kamala with a sage nod. “And it is also nice to eat people.”

The equality between Maya and Amar was something I appreciated in the book. They live in a world where all the girls were looked down upon and were merely regarded as wives who took care of all the children but in Naraka, Amar promises to treat Maya like an actual equal person and he was prepared to listen to her view on the matters of his kingdom. Forget about the somewhat cheesy romance, Amar was offering Maya more than she could’ve gotten from anyone else and I think that’s all that really mattered in the end to start their relationship.

I liked how the whole point of the story was about how Maya judged Amar wrong and how everything looked so different once she saw it from a different perspective. It made me realize how sometimes people don’t have all the information about someone but still act rash and judge them terribly. It can cause a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people.

Cons:

The romance was very hard to get into! I was frankly alarmed by how Amar was so very open and ready to do everything for Maya just like that! I mean, I’d be creeped out by this man who’s just willing to give me the moon as a throne… I don’t usually mind insta love if it’s believable, but I didn’t like having the main plot focused on the love. I found all the endless flirting tedious especially at the beginning! I know there was the whole past life and falling in love in another life to explain all the romance but it didn’t feel complete. Also, Amar says that he’s horrible at flattery and flirting then he spends the rest of the book nonstop flirting and flattering like an expert!

“The truth,” said Amar, taking a step closer to me, “is that you look neither lovely nor demure. You look like edges and thunderstorms. And I would not have you any other way.”

“I want to measure eternity with your laughter.”

 (Please note that this quote kills me! I’d love to use it in real life as a joke to someone ;D)

The world building could’ve been so much more expanded than it was! I understand it’s only one book but I still feel like there were sooooo many worlds and places that could’ve been mentioned briefly to give us an idea about the whole world. There’s Naraka and the Night Bazaar and then there’s Bharat and the rest of the normal world. How does that work? I need more information!!!

There was a lack of explanations for so many foreign words! I am not Indian and have no information about Indian mythology or any special cultural things but I would’ve loved to learn about them. I wouldn’t have minded having a glossary with all those foreign magical creatures and what they were, was I supposed to know what any of that meant beforehand???  I still don’t get most of the magic that goes on in Naraka, how does the Tapestry actually work, are the doors and mirrors supposed to be portals to other places and how does being Queen give magical powers?

In conclusion, A Star-touched Queen was a great book that deserves all the praise it has gotten. The story was unique enough that the cheesy romance didn’t irk me as much! I’d love to own a physical copy of this book too because that cover is definitely what love looks like! I wish to get a chance to read more by Roshani because as I said before: MAGNIFICENT WRITING!

Did you read this book? What are your opinions? Lets discuss!

Happy Reading! 

♥Maya♥

All My Friends Are Superheroes-Book Review

Hello hello to my lovely buddies! My friend lent me this short book that I recently read and since I just wanted to convince everyone to read it, I’m going to write a mini spoiler-free review so you can be motivated to read it too! Enjoy

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Author: Andrew Kaufman

Publisher: Coach House Books

Publication Date: October 19th 1999

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Humour

Pages: 140 pages

My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

“One of the saddest, funniest, strangest, and most romantic books. . . . Brilliant!”—The Bookseller (UK)

All Tom’s friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, Perf is hypnotized by her ex-boyfriend, Hypno, to believe Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, the Perfectionist is sure Tom has abandoned her, so she’s moving away. With no idea Tom’s beside her, she boards a plane. Tom has until they land to make her see him.

This tenth anniversary edition adds short stories, illustrations, and a foreword to the cult classic that has been a bestseller in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden.

Review:

(Spoiler Free)

“Okay, there’s this thing you can do, a thing you can do like no other person on this planet. That makes you special, but being special ready doesn’t mean anything. You still have to get dressed in the morning. Your shoelaces still break. Your lover will still leave you if you don’t treat her right.” “Okay, there’s this thing you can do, a thing you can do like no other person on this planet. That makes you special, but being special ready doesn’t mean anything. You still have to get dressed in the morning. Your shoelaces still break. Your lover will still leave you if you don’t treat her right.”

All My Friends are Superheroes is a delightful short story that’s incredibly quirky and light but also has so many layers of depth and personality analysis that you wouldn’t see coming.  It’s a fantasy with a hint of magical realism that will make you smile throughout the whole book. It’s about a love story between a regular man who’s been turned invisible to his superhero wife, the perfectionist. The whole book is about how Tom, the main character, could make his wife see him again before it’s too late and she leaves forever.

The book is so surprisingly absurd and bizarre in a funny way I couldn’t help appreciating the author’s sense of humour. The way he describes superheroes without the flashy capes and ridiculously fictional powers, he portrays every superhero’s greatest personality as their super power making each hero unique from the rest. For example, the Perfectionist gets her power from wanting everything to be in order. The Stress Bunny absorbs all the stress from everyone around him so everyone feels calmer and more cheerful around him. The Businessman can see into people’s bank accounts. All these aren’t your typical superpower like flight and x-ray vision. There are some peculiar superheroes like the Boybender who would fall in love with someone and they’d eventually end up looking like her dad! WHAT THE BANANA??? The imagination and creativity that was put into this book was abundant and I guarantee that you will enjoy it!

Since it’s a super short book it won’t even take you more than 2-3 hours to finish it. You can read it easily without having to think too much and the characters and images will be easily seen in your mind with the help of the accurate illustrations you can find in the book.

 If you manage to find a newer copy of this book you will find an additional section at the end with more of the Superheroes Andrew comes up with. Although, I do feel like most of the Superheroes could’ve been more involved in the plot to give them more weight and gain more of an identity.

Overall, I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this book and caring for poor Tom and his wife and whether they were going to have a happy ending or not. It was very different than everything I read this year and I liked the change and all the strangeness in this book. I definitely recommend this to all my dear readers as a story to read in between finishing and starting other darker books it will keep your mind entertained but at rest. In short: READ IT!


 Did you read this book? Do you want to read this book? Let me know what you think of my mini review in the comments. Don’t be shy, come on!

 Happy reading!

Maya

The Hammer of Thor(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)-Book Review

Hello to all my bloggers! Hope your Mondays weren’t too miserable. I have finally written my review for this book and Maya is freeee to start another book now! Enjoy 😉

27904311.jpgAuthor: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: October 4th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure

Pages: 471 pages

My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Review:

“Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death. I’d missed my buddies!”

(Spoiler Free)

After reading and loving the Sword of Summer I was really glad to finally read the second book. I can add this book to the list of books that I enjoyed reading and wouldn’t mind reading again but it wasn’t that unique and amazing. I don’t feel torn between adding it to my favourites or not, and I’m not hung over all the characters. Don’t get me wrong I still want to read anything Rick writes but I couldn’t see much that I haven’t already read before. Certainly nothing on the emotional level of Heroes of Olympus.

I’ve figured out the ultimate recipe for Rick’s books:

  • A bunch of side quests needed to fulfil the main quest
  • A deadline before the whole world ends in case of failing that main quest
  • Sarcastic characters who complain about everything but are still heroic to save the day
  • Humorous surreal mythological creatures too lazy to be of any use

Yep, that sums up The Hammer of Thor.

The main conflict is that Thor has lost his hammer and if the baddies heard that Thor’s greatest weapon has been stolen then they can launch an attack against Asgard and initiate Ragnarok which basically means the total destruction of the world. It’s up to the Nine Worlds’ greatest heroes to find the Hammer, luckily, or rather unluckily, Loki-the trickster god- has a way to retrieve the hammer. He wants to exchange the hammer for his daughter, Samirah, who will be wed to the leader of the Giants. According to Norse wedding traditions the bride must also present a bride price which Magnus and his friend need to find. Sam has no intention of marrying a Giant so they must find a way to get the hammer and stop the wedding whilst figuring out what Loki has in store for them.

This book had an immense amount of diverse characters and I thought that was great, especially for the younger readers who might learn more about the different people that exist. It introduces topics like gender and parent abuse and how people deal with all those problems. The main character is a homeless guy, his friend is deaf and hated by his parents, his other friend is a muslim Valkyrie. That definitely makes an interesting unique team!

There was always something happening but I still felt like the book was way too long. There were too many side quests that seemed important but just frustrated me, I felt like the characters were always doing so much for so little in return!

(!SPOILER ALERT!)

Magnus was sarcastic and sassy as banana and I just can’t help loving that. He’s still loyal above everything else to his friends, he’s prepared to do anything for them and he’s always there for them. I didn’t feel like Magnus played an important role in this plot. It was more cantered around Loki’s children. I also love how Magnus still knows nothing of sword fighting.

I loved Hearthstone even more in this book than the first one! I got to read about how his brother exactly died and how bad the situation for him was at home. My enormous heart broke when I read of how horrible that sorry excuse for a dad treated him! He forced Hearth to actually pay for a crime he did not commit! What hurts even more is the fact that Hearth believed himself to be a terrible person and that he got so used to his father’s horrible ways he wouldn’t even find it wrong! My poor poor dear child!

Blitz felt like a secondary and minor character in this book to me, he didn’t really do anything besides offer useful fashion tips and explain some Norse info to his friends. I just appreciate his role in being Hearth’s friend and god do I adore their bromance!

 Sam is my role model right now! She somehow manages to keep up with all her AP classes and tutoring along with saving the world and reaping souls in her spare time! I desperately need to ask her for tips on time management! I loved reading about how she believed in her religion as well as the Norse world. The drama between her and Amir was surprising, I didn’t really believe they loved each other, but right now I find it cute especially after Amir freaked out over all that information.  

The Hammer of Thor had a new addition to the dream team which saved the book from a lower rating. Alex Fierro is a gender fluid child whose dad is Loki. I can say I loved him/her lot in this book and how incredibly cool she/he was at everything. Alex managed to embrace her parentage as well as not let it control or taint him/her and I think that’s a really hard thing to accomplish. I admire the way everyone seemed to shun her/him for being unmanly while Alex corrected everyone to use the right pronoun. I loved reading about Alex and I can’t wait to read more.    

One thing that really annoys me about some books in general is that part where nobody knows who the real enemy is and which side everyone is on. Loki frustrated me so much in this book because I thought he couldn’t be too bad of a person but he kept doing evil things and I didn’t know which side he was on and I hate that! Apparently Loki is only on his side and he’s a bananahole that was perfectly fine sacrificing his own children! He can burn in Hellheim right now for all I care!

“It’s a good thing Jack was no longer in my hands, because I would’ve pulled a full-on Kylo Ren temper tantrum.”

I feel like Rick’s books have a little too much silliness in them for me to take seriously. There’s a limit to humour and joking that cannot be passed because afterwards everything becomes more stupid than I can handle. Like Jack, the talking sword was hilarious and funny, I liked him as a character but only he made it funny everyone else was too much. Also, the linkages between Norse mythology and modern world was overused, with gods using selfies and selfie sticks and Netflix and PowerPoint, I lost it! Don’t even get me started about all the pop songs and Silena Gomez-it was cringe worthy! I barely appreciate those things in real life considering the fact that I’m a grandma living in a teenager’s body so I loathed that!

The ending got me so excited for the next book with Annabeth and PERSASSSSY AND I CANNOT WAIT! It seems like there’s going to be a LOT of things happening and it’s going to be on a ship! Yay!

I hope you guys found my review to your liking. Did you read this book, if you did, let’s discuss it together!

Happy Reading!

Maya

A Monster Calls-Book Review

Greetings to my fellow bloggers! I hope y’all are having a wonderful Friday filled with books and feels! I have another review for you guys! Enjoy!

Author: Patrick Nessimg_5531

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication Date: May 7th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror

Pages: 237

My Rating: 10/10

Synopsis:

The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness.

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

Review:

(Spoiler Free)

 “Stories don’t always have happy endings.”
This stopped him. Because they didn’t, did they? That’s one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn’t expect.”

I find myself incapable of forming proper words to describe what I felt reading this book, it’s not one of those books you read, finish, then start reviewing. It’s one of those books that you know will never leave you. I cried and cried silent tears at the end of this book because, it was all too much. Pure emotions of grief with dark backgrounds of confusion and hopelessness, radiating from a single kid, and I was undone. This book is the perfect example of why I read and why I subject myself to tears and pain towards characters. After reading this book, I’m sure that my mind will be alight with thoughts and feelings, I will question everything more deeply and from more angles, and I’ll be more open-minded than before. All this is just barely scrapes the surface of what A Monster Calls will do to you! Patrick Ness explores grief and loss and unconditional love in such a magical way to make it easier for the reader to understand what Conor is going through and he explains in a way that is unique.

I’ve read almost every book written by Patrick Ness so I was completely looking forward to reading another one of his many masterpieces. A Monster Calls was the idea of the late Siobhan but Patrick was offered to expand the idea and write a novel. It’s officially my favourite Patrick Ness book!

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

I started this book completely blind; I was expecting a good horror book with some spooky monsters, to get into the Halloween spirit, instead I ended up reading a heart-breaking story about surviving pain and loss, packed with philosophical thoughts and insanely complex ideas. It’s one of those novels that everyone has to read even if you’re not a fan of books! It is a book that everyone can relate to, because everyone’s bound to go through a similar kind of pain and I really think it’ll help.

Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all.

Forget about silly romances and fake perfect characters, this book is what novels should really be about! It’s a story about a boy who’s tired of being ignored and pitied by everyone; it’s a story that shows how there is no one side that’s evil and another that’s good, how everything is not as simple as it may seem to the brain. It’ll make you question your entire existence, it’ll change you from the deepest part of your mind, and it’ll give you a whole new way to see the world. It’s filled with mind-twisting paradoxes that would never make any sense without the given situations.

What frustrated but also intrigued me about the book was how, Patrick never seemed to give me all the information I needed, a lot was left for my imagination, even now after finishing the book there’s so much I’m not sure of. The suspense between two events was stiffening me, so I couldn’t stop reading and finished this book within a few hours which is another great thing-it’s very short. The language that Patrick uses is simple and straightforward but it was still inexplicably beautiful and dark.  The thing is, I always suspected what was to happen in the end and I dreaded it but when it did happen, I was still shredded into a bazillion pieces.

“Humans are complicated beasts.”

In conclusion, I am haunted by all that I’ve read in these 237 pages! I didn’t want to give away any part of the plot that makes this book so freaking amazing, so please do me a favour and READ IT!

“You know that your truth, the one that you hide… is the thing you are most afraid of.”


I hope you guys enjoyed my review!

Happy reading!

♥Maya♥