A Monster Calls Book Review

 

A Monster Calls 
Author : Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Released: 2016
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 237
Format: Paperback
Characters: Conor O’Malley, …

 

 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

My Review:

“Because humans are complicated beasts. How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be murderer and a saviour? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?”

I’ve been eyeing on this book for a long time and I finally couldn’t wait any longer and bought this book on my birthday last month. And also many thanks to a new friend of mine for making me buying this book.

This book was simple yet delivered a very deep message. Patrick Ness delivered the message of how humans can be both good and evil, we simply can’t be in between and also sometimes, being evil doesn’t make you a bad person; it simply makes us a human being through the tales in this book. I think it was just brilliant. The writing style was so easy to read. The flow of the story was really nice. It really brought me into the book, into the story of Conor O’Malley.

There were so many things to be discussed about this book. The significant of each tale in the book, the struggles faced by Conor: bullying, losing his mother, adjusting to a possible new life, also with himself. The monster itself, is a good subject to be discussed. It’s really simple idea overall, but these components made it much more valuable and made it a really good book.

The ending of this book is again simple yet heartfelt. I definitely cried towards the end. It was so well written. My first book read written by Patrick Ness and I’m really in love with his writing style. A great book for all readers, it can suit anyone, honestly. I highly recommend this one. Go get a copy now if you haven’t, you have no idea what you are missing!

P/s: If you haven’t watched the movie, go watch it too but only after you read this book, it has something extra at the ending and I got goosebumps watching the ending. It made me question even more!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

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I Want Superpowers Book Review

Have you ever wanted a superpower? What would it be? Caitlin has been waiting for her whole life to be manifested and to join the Supergenics. But what if it turned out she is just another mere dreg?

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I Want Superpowers
Author : Steven Bereznai
Published by: Jambor
Released: November 26th, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 260
Format: Paperback
Characters: Caitlin, Bradie, Normand, Trenton, Liliane, …

Summary (Goodreads) :

The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (short for “DNA regulars”) and superpowered “Supergenics” now live separately from each other: the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City, the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But Supergenic children are still born to dreg parents, and under repressive laws must be sent to live with their own kind. To find these special few, every teen faces their Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest superpowers. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs. But how much is she willing to sacrifice to be the supergirl she’s always wanted to be? And when she uncovers dark secrets kept by both sides, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth?

My review :

First of all, I wanted to thank the author for sending me a copy of his book in return for an honest review. Trust me, I’m being totally honest and unbiased when I say that I loved this book to death!

This book is described as The Hunger Games meets X-Men and when I was like about 50 pages into the book, it was indeed felt like The Hunger Games. But the more i dug into it, oh man, it was so genuine and so eventful. There was also a concept of comics that was used in the book and I think it was quite interesting how things revealed in the end and the significant of the comic drawings to the story. Also, this book is hilarious and the writing style is easy to be read and not confusing at all.

For setting, it was almost like any other dystopian book, where there are boroughs for the dregs and Jupitar City for the Supergenics. (THG much? Districts for the people and the ones at the Capitol live luxuriously controlling the people in the Districts). But there were more areas to be discovered in I Want Superpowers, and the world built up for the story is simply brilliant!

The characters, they are amazing, the personality given to them are authentic and you can never expect how each character would end up in the end of the book. However, Caitlin didn’t appear to me to be the daring or rebellious girl, everything she did was initiated or encouraged by someone else, she’s just a doer honestly. She might have the thoughts and imaginations and all, but most of the time, she was scared and felt inferior. She broke some of the laws, was also because of the people around her. But I still love Caitlin for who she is and I loved Bradie and Normand too! They were both so cute to be honest. Oh, it’s not a triangle love, no worries! 😉

What I loved the most about this book is the plot twists. It was mind blowing and so insane, so many unexpected twists happened. Even the unimportant characters suddenly appeared to be so, so important towards the end. I even cried during one part of the book (SPOILER! A character died *sobs*). It was so genuine and touching(or maybe it’s just me being a crybaby, Idk *shrugs*).

The ending is killing me and I need a sequel! I really hope that there would be a sequel to this amazing book because I am dying to read more of this story and of this world.

Overall, this book is simply awesome. It could really be a start of a series that is as good as The Hunger Games, or even better! It talks about friendship, freedom, love, loyalty. Also being a superhero doesn’t mean you need superpower but it means to be yourself and fight for a great cause and this is what lacking in our community nowadays, this book just portrayed that message so perfectly. So, yea, please, go get your copy now! Especially the dystopian lovers out there! YES YOU! This book is perfect for you. ❤

Rating : 5 /5 stars!

January Wrap Up

img_20170201_1239541This is the first time that I post a monthly wrap up. Just hoping that I can do this every month. :p

Last month was a starting of a new semester and it was hectic and yet for a slow reader like me, I somehow managed to complete 3 books, (okay, I cheated a little, I started Kalifus Rising a while ago, but still :p )

So, here goes the 3 books I read in January :

 

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Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams

Rating : 4.5 / 5 stars

I enjoyed this middle grade/ fantasy book so much. The characters, setting and fast paced story line made reading so exciting. The ending of this book though that made me excited for the third book of the series! Keep an eye on The Raven God that is coming out in September!

 

 

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The Boy Who Lost His Sight by Bella Zamri

Rating : 3/5 stars

Cliche usually works on me but it seems like it has lost its charm for this book. I also found that everything just went a bit too fast and sometimes it didn’t make much sense to me. But overall, I did have a nice time reading this one. It’s writing style is simple and there were also some lovely quotes in it.

 

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Rating : 5 /5 stars!

I’m so happy that I end January with a bang! This book made me cried, more like sobbing so hard. The ending is just so perfect! It’s a really great read for me.

 

 

 

So, that’s it from me, for this month, till I write again for the next monthly wrap up! (Let’s hope it’s February) And tell me what are some of your favourite reads in January ! 🙂

 

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Book Review

 

 

 

The Boy Who Lost His Sight Book Review

Author: Bella Zamri
Published by: Terfaktab
Released: October 12th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Characters: Riley, Ellie, …

 

 

Synopsis (Goodreads) :

Away from Lenoir, Ellie Burke found a place to breathe again. A brighter home surrounded with her loved ones. A-once-in-a-lifetime chance to change her life.

Everything seemed perfect enough – until she met Riley Flynn.

A mysterious young boy with a devilish smile, silently living with a traumatic secret buried away from others. In the midst of rain, uncertainty and burning desire – Ellie Burke finally found her salvation.

But when there is hope, there is always a risk for a major heartbreak.

My Review :

First of all, I was so excited to read this book and the reviews plus the views on wattpad was so high! (Yes, this book was originated from Wattpad and then was made into a book.) It got me all pumped up to read this cute little book. It also has such a great blurb at the back of the book. Everything seems so good and tbh, this book did not disappoint me entirely but it went a little downhill for me as it didn’t hit that high expectation I set in the first place.

Being the first full Malaysian English novel that I read, it was not bad at all. I enjoyed reading it. The Boy Who Lost His Sight had such a pleasant story line, it was eventful, the idea was there. But somehow there were a few things that I didn’t enjoy that much.

First, THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY SCREAMING ‘CLICHE’ at my face the entire time. Cliche usually works on me. I like cliche love story. But this one somehow didn’t work that much because I was expecting some kind of plot twist, but there was none! Everything was almost too easy to be predicted. Upsetting? A little. The story created was perfect but I just hope that there was something done to it that could spice up the story a little.

Also, a lot of readers claimed this book was heart shattering and made them cry. But it did not work for me (AGAIN!) and considering that I’m such a cry baby when it comes to sad scenes or parts in a book, it just really frustrated me. The thing is I kind of came across some sad parts in the book and knew it was that part that cracked readers until they cried. But I just didn’t cry. I guess it lacked something for me, maybe the timing wasn’t right? I’m not sure.

Next, the pace of the story was a little bit too fast for me, that it sometimes didn’t make much sense. I hoped that things could be stretched a little longer, that maybe there were some kind of appropriate ‘fillers’ could be inserted in between some of important parts in the book. For instance, I think Riley fell in love a little too fast with Ellie and Riley received her help a little too easy without much justification to why he really felt so good about her.

Then, Riley’s character. Riley for me was a little confusing in the first part of the book, but later on, after he dated Ellie, he got a little better and came up stronger with a new personality and character, which was good. Comparing to the first part of the book, I thought he was supposed to be this cold and stubborn and just quiet kind of guy, almost like Edward Cullen. But once he spoke his lines, he was talking too much and didn’t go well with his character. So that was why I was confused.

I guess those were the 4 main points of the things I didn’t like much about the book or didn’t work out for me. Overall, I did have a nice time reading The Boy Who Lost His Sight. The writing style was reader friendly, it had some nice simple quotes(even though they didn’t give a deep impact to me) and it is a book that you can read anywhere, at any time. So, to whoever loves some cliche love story, go grab this cute one here!

Rating : 3/5 stars

Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney #2) Book Review

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Author: Alane Adams
Published by: SparkPress
Released: September 6th, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Characters: Sam, Howie, Keely, Leo, Catriona, ….

 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun—but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches’ enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon, and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae.

Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keely travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies.

As Sam’s friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney’s shadows—forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.

My Review :

First of all, I wanted to thank the author for sending this amazing copy of her book in return for an honest review. The cover is so, so beautiful!

There were a lot of things that I loved about this second book of Legends of Orkney series. Firstly, the concept of the book, like the first one, it revolved around magic, witches, spells, friendship, realms and so much more! I also loved the fact that this book was fast paced and very much eventful. The descriptions of each event and situation were spot on! It helped me to have the perfect image of each scene in the book.

The story line was also well developed, the flow was clearly seen and it made sense to me. The fact that everything was well justified and each incident happened was given an explanation made the story easy to read and understandable.

However, I did feel that there were a little too many characters for me. The witches alone were so many of them! Nevertheless, I really appreciated how the author had made the protagonist(Sam) and his friends(Howie and Keely) evolved into such amazing and strong characters. I adored this book for not making everything always revolved around the main character, but also his fellow friends.

This second book’s ending was almost perfect and kept me so excited for the third book that is coming out in September! The appearance of a new character was so exciting and I am sure that the third book is going to be way better than the first two!

Rating : 4.5 / 5 stars

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3) Cover Reveal!

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3) Cover Reveal!

EEEPPPP! I’m just so excited for the third book as I have officially finished the first two books in the series. Legends of Orkney is such a great fantasy read. It consists of magic, friendship, spells, realms, Greek Gods and so much more!

My review on The Red Sun (Book 1) on Goodreads 

My Review on Kalifus Rising (Book 2) on Goodreads

So, in honour of the third book, The Raven God, that is coming out soon in September, I’m sharing with you guys the cover of this amazing book.

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