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Mystery Blogger Award

Lonelyboy1977 nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award last saturday It had come off as a surprise to me, really. But thanks for the nomination, and thinking that this blog is worth the award. And thanks to the creator, Okotoenigma who created this award. 

Award Rules: 
-Put the award logo on your blog 

-List the rules 

-Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog 

-Mention the creator of the award and link it to their blog 

-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself 

-Nominating between ten and twenty bloggers  

-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs 

-Ask your nominees five questions 

-Share a link to your best/favourite post that you have written 

3 things about myself: 

I am weird, when other people fall asleep in history and literature, I think it the best thing in the world. While other people find Geography easy, strangely I never understood the subject even till this day. 

I have a musical background, currently I’m grade 7 in theory and grade 6 in piano. And I do think that one day I might want to work as a sound engineer or enter the music industry, out of pure interest for it. 

I have never even seen real snow in my life. I live in a humid country(Singapore) near the equator and well four seasons is something that I haven’t seen all my life or even experienced it either. But I do want to see real snow one day. 
As for his questions: 

1. I would want to be able to successfully draw a sketch of my characters, even though that’s probably going to be hard and nearly impossible (since till this day I still haven’t managed to figure out how to draw something remotely complex). So, it is a goal which would remain unachieved for a very long time. 

2. I hated the book and the way it handled the characters, plot and especially how it had been executed, it seemed to me that all it had was the beautiful writing and very little depth with the characters and the plot. That book was the Night Circus. 

3. I would probably try and find out what the boys think of me, since it is an advantage that I have. Also, trying to get back at some of the guys who have annoyed me to no end.

4. I would probably head into the world of Black Butler. That world has been something I would want to visit, just to discover all the secrets the author has hidden within it. I mean, there are so many mysteries and maybe a visit there would have all the spoilers I want. 

5. Teleportation. Then I can be in so many places at once and always be seeing something new. That is pretty awesome since I have always wanted to see the full world and not having to spend so much time on travel expenses. And also try visiting fictional worlds.

Here are my five questions: 

Which is a character that you wish to know the most? 

What do you think is the most powerful superpower in the world? 

Which do you prefer: your book or series getting a movie adaptation or a TV adaption? 

How do you visualise your book? 

What inspires you the most?

Here are my ten nominees(some I really wanted to nominate but already had been, so I looked elsewhere for by ten nominees):

thebookcorps 

abookathought 

themisanthropologist

ambivert1979

millieschmidt

authorsno

shazreads

mayaheartsbooks

Thewriteways

Writerinwedges

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These Ruthless Deeds

This has been a joy to read. The last book left Evelyn having to mourn her sister’s death, and well, there are much more twists in this book than I initially thought. 

All the while still managing to make me laugh out loud every time. Especially the interactions between the three main characters. They clearly are the funniest bunch here. 

As for the entire plot, I really didn’t seem so many things coming. Except for that last twist as for who was the head. It was a bit on the easy side, but one which gave her plenty of motives too. Since there weren’t a lot of characters from the nobility at the beginning of the story. But a lot of them, aren’t what you would expect and some come as pleasant surprises instead.  

Despite how light hearted and fun it seems on the surface, beneath it hides a lot more about the actual theme of the story. What should be done? Should someone make the decision to save just one person or a hundred? Should someone have the right to say who had the greater good? I really liked how those tragic moments within the entire story served to this theme. Even those moments have a much deeper depth when looked down. 

Since they have X-men like powers in this situation, it has a lot about how this powers should be used. Who should run them? And really who was revealed to be the head at the end, also gives her insight towards this. It really is great to see that these authors have managed to answer these questions and leave it to us. With people with extraordinary abilities, it gives a lot of questions that needs to be answered. 

As for Evelyn’s decisions here, and how it reflects in the book title. I really enjoyed that Evelyn wasn’t perfect, and well she sometimes made decisions not nearly as moral sometimes. And how she eventually realised that she isn’t all that different from them. I really enjoyed that and the ending, where it left everything as a cliffhanger yet a lot for Evelyn to reflect upon at the end. 

So overall, I really like this book for what it is, and how it balances the funny moments and really dark moments in this book. I always enjoyed a book with both comedic and dark elements, and well this does this really well. 

I recommend this to those who like young adult novels set in the Victorian Era who want to see something rather different, and one which had plenty of comedic moments and dark ones too. So, I recommend it to anyone really. And those who have enjoyed the previous book. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Writing A Healthy Romance 

I would say that writing a healthy romance takes a lot of work. And sometimes a lot of skill too. To me, a healthy romance means that the characters should not be subjected to abuse with their beloved. That is just warped. 

Both sides should also fully respect and accept one another for their faults and their wishes. No one has to change completely to accommodate to someone else’s needs. Or one has to be the one always apologizing. Eventually, their relationship will break apart as it is unhealthy and wouldn’t be good to either side. 

Romance and love to me includes a lot of give and take and compromises. That is what love is to me. Not just having pure adoration or admiration. Let face it, admiring someone is placing them on a pedestal and being perfect. And no one is perfect. Admiration is not a good form of love, it can become an obsession or something unhealthy. It isn’t a good thing at all. 

So, the best kind of love is mutual respect and trust. They need to accept wholly the person before them, not just because he is hot so I will love him. That is a horrible reason to fall in love. Sadly, it is how most romances in young adult novels goes. It is just too shallow, and not about personality traits but about looks. Looks would fade, but the personality would never change. That’s the reality. 

So, to me a healthy romance can be quick or slow but just depends on how it is handled here. That’s all I would say about their development, even though I pretty much prefer a slower development of things. It allows a better exploration of how well a fit they are for each other and whether they will be able to live with each other or not. 

Because love isn’t shallow, it needs a lot of depth too. These characters are spending their lives and their years together, I would prefer to see a good healthy ending. Where both are able to accept each other for their faults and their weaknesses as much as for their strengths. 

These are what I would consider a part of a healthy romance. Feel free to leave a comment on what you think would be a healthy romance and what isn’t. I really look forward to knowing what you think. 

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Stalking Jack The Ripper 

This book is utterly perfect. The mystery of Jack The Ripper, and the main character. To me, this was perfect in my eyes. Even if I could have seen where it would head with the characters, and who would be the murderer at the end slightly before it was revealed. The murderer’s motives were at least plausible and decent enough to be real. 

And from the beginning, Audrey Rose was a fantastic female characters. She isn’t obsessed with propriety, or even about how deserving of their fate those women were. She only thought that they also had mothers, they may also have children, they would definitely have a family. They might have only done this out of pure necessity not because of their choice. And that is what I like her for. 

Also, for the fact that she is skilled at forensic science and always tries to fulfill her curiosity. At the very beginning, against her father’s wishes she finds a way to do what she likes. And all the while, she doesn’t just fall head in heels for the first guy she meets. Their relationship is a developing one, where it goes from banter and eventually he helps her when it is most needed. 

Thomas comes off as conceited and arrogant from the very first page he is introduced. He knows a great deal, and loves to show off his knowledge. But the one thing that does set him apart is that he isn’t a complete jerk, he gets it that Audrey still needs her reputation, and he respects her for who she is without ever demeaning her. The way he acts arrogant is one that is in his personality, but never sounding incredibly rude if you ask me. And having his own charm lying in the way he speaks not his good looks, which I have been waiting for years for such a character. 

As for her family, there are some issues with them. Her aunt is religious and rather pious, which was quite okay if you ask me. She didn’t play a rather important role. Liza on the other hands was slightly more interesting, given that she allowed herself to love a variety of men. And well, let’s just say I pretty enjoyed a quote that she said. That Liza chooses who she wants to be and in certain times, she shows different sides of herself. To me, that was a rather interesting side of the story too. 

As for her father, I do admit that he has his faults but at the end he redeems himself instead. I rather like the ending for his decision and realizing that he wasn’t doing a pretty good job. Well, you would find out what would make him reflect on his choices. And well, I did like the ending where Audrey would leave to learn forensic science in Romania, which is why the next book is set there. Well, I definitely will be catching and continuing this series should the next book also have the same sort of mystery this provided me with. 

Since the ending, and no matter what the murderer will be someone that hurts Audrey rather deeply. And well, I cannot wait for the next book to be released since this has given me so much of a joy. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Pandora Hearts 


I really like this manga, due to its pacing and the way it has managed to handle everything and end it quite nicely. All the while losing some characters which to me developed to be quite a favourite. So, to me this manga has been a much better one as compared to others. 
To me, the pacing of some mangas can be a little better. But here, everything is revealed at the right time and slowly builded a completely different picture. And well, twists came when I really least expected it. Really really least expected. 

And well, the entire premise is at first quite unclear to me. About the abyss and time warping. Which was handled really well and gave a fantastic story as it went along. To me, characters development and even deaths were as well done as they were supposed to be. And the ending to me, was perfect for such a story. 

So, for me Pandora Hearts was quite perfect in many ways. The plot, the characters, the foreshadowing and slowly the revealing. And despite it having a hero at the center, this hero is quite different. He after all, suffers from having quite a difficult family background which is also balanced by having some pretty good people there with him. 

The way Alice and Gilbert eventually went on to become very important, and all the twists associated with them is quite unexpected to me, yet I had the feeling that it was coming anyway. 

Eventually, all the characters have a part to play. And most aren’t just an addition, even sometimes for powerless characters they all have their own abilities. And well, all characters got what was coming for them in the end, though most villains redeemed themselves at the very end. Including the villain which you won’t really see coming until a while later. Then the entire situation becomes really weird and at the same time making a lot of sense from afar. Such as what Oz is, and why Jack also inhabits his body. And also what Alice is. 

And well, this was a pretty perfect manga to me. With a proper ending, well at least I won’t be left waiting for an end to this. Do I recommend it? Well you should just check it out and see whether it is to your taste. I can assure you, it has a bit of comedy which balanced out the pretty dark moments in this manga. 

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Vicious 

I really like this book, with how it handled the themes of superheroes and whether they should exist or not. And even making both characters, neither actually is the better choice. Victor is quite vicious, but doesn’t think that the EO needs to be killed. Eli, on the other hand thinks that they are unnatural and deserving of death. 

In the middle of it all, it Sydney, who is important since she can revive the dead. Even till the very end. I think out of all, Sydney is the kindest of all of them. Though, I do admit that I did enjoy the fact that she had a lot of spotlight. And is extremely helpful to Victor in hunting Eli. All the more, she went through quite a lot too, when Eli tried to kill her and well, she was shot. 

I really like how it is more about the concept of superheroes and how at the same time they are viewed as monsters by Eli. And their papers, are they unnatural and should be destroyed or useful. This doesn’t give you a clear answer. But it tells you that killing people for the sake of the greater good isn’t always the best. 

And really, doesn’t justify sacrificing these lives just so the rest can live in peace. 

Particularly, I liked how Serena and Eli were partners. And how essential she was to ensuring that he remains a hero in their eyes. If not, well, we can say that it didn’t turned too well for him. Since he is a murderer rather than someone who is a hero. 

And the flashbacks were all perfect in giving depth to each character in just one book. I would say they are very relevant in revealing just what they have been true, and changes characters as it goes along. 

So, this is mostly a book about superheroes and the fact that sometimes there are really no good answers. At the end of the day, he it ends is like how this book should end. The villain gets captured rightfully under the law. So, I would say that the ending is suitable to the tone of this series. 

Overall, I would recommend this to those who want something a little more about the theme of superheroes. And see two people who are at opposite ends of each other, and one is the antagonist of the other. There is no real villain, they are just simply the opposite of each other. And well, both are neither the hero yet not completely a villain and well I relished this book on this fact. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

I normally wouldn’t add a quote, but this is probably one of the most true quotes I have ever come across. 

You don’t understand,” gasped Eli, “No one understands.”

“When no one understands, it’s a clear sign that you are wrong.”

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The Assasin’s Curse 

I have no words for this book. It is one of the most perfect books I have read, and hopefully breaks my bad book streak I have been on recently where I hated so many books for the entire month. And well, where to begin? I think I would start with the characters. 

Anana is a complete badass, and well a really convincing pirate. She’s convincing as she steals, cheats and lies. And well, she is a badass in how she deals with things. She escapes from her marriage, except that she brings common sense with her. And that she tries to sell her dress the moment she finds it, and constantly is thinking of how to survive. 

And well, this girl basically saved the assassin and then ends up being protected by him, yet most of the time they are alive due to her. Most importantly, when it’s necessary she knows that she needs to kill and she won’t hesitate. That was what I expected of pirate. 

Naji, had revived my faith in assassins in books. So far, I only read about so many plain horrible assassins. Especially the previous book. Sure, he’s not the most dependable here, but at least he isn’t a self-righteous hypocrite. He simply trusts his heart sometimes and has his own back story. And well, he can take care of himself. 

So, this duo who were cursed and eventually forced to be together. They were believable, Anana with her knowledge of the seas and being a pirate. And Naji as an assassin. They didn’t feel like a whitewashed version of the usual pirates and assassins, who believe what they do is right.

Ultimately, to me the characters carried the story the whole way. The only complain I have is how only the three tasks were revealed at the end of the day, and that it could have also served to further their relationship. The world here to me was developed enough to pass it as a decent world building. 

So, I would recommend this to those who think that Anana and Naji are great characters. And well, if you don’t I think you should just give it a pass. 

Rating: 4 out of 5