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My Books Of 2018 From Worst, Decent, To Best (A Subjective Opinion)

Since 2018, I've read quite a few books. And although I didn't complete that reading challenge on Goodreads (since I probably got a bit overconfident in myself), I did get the chance to find some new stories to check out and engross my thoughts in. 
So, like so many others have done time and time again, here are my books (not counting uncompleted or ones I've read previously) of books, from worst, through decent, to best.

Also, this is subjective (with maybe some objective criticism), but bear that in mind.

The Worst

#15: Death Cure By James Dashner
Oh boy, after reading the first which was quite intriguing, and then the second which bored me for most of its story, this was the cherry on top. In that it was a terrible ending to a trilogy that could have been good while wasting its idea which had a lot of potential, including turning characters into unlikable idiots, as well as wasting everything else it had to offer. Enough said.

#14: Chasing The Stars By Malorie Blackman
I made …

Indie-Book Review: Where The Woods Grow Wild By Nate Philbrick

Yeah, I finished another one!....and that's all I've got to say for an intro.

Synopsis: A forest looms over Bardun Village. Nobody goes in. Nothing comes out.
The secrets in the oaks remain hidden until a mischeivous escapade thrusts Martin and Elodie behind the silent trees. Separate and lost in a tangle of fantasy, they discover more than animals roam where the woods grow wild.

Where The Woods Grow Wild is a middle grade fantasy, with a future sequel, Where The Woods Grow In Flames, in the works.   The author is Nate Philbrick, whose other books include The Broken City Of Crows (originally posted on Wattpad) which will become an official published trilogy starting in summer this year with The Wasteling Crow
Plus a short story (The Astoundingly Mortal Peril Of Denna Dorwen).

Along with complex stories, I enjoy simple ones as well from time to time. 
A lot of the ones I read childhood were such examples, and Where The Woods Grow Wild was, like them, a joy to read and more.
While th…

What Is A Relatable & Memorable Character?

Back when I first started my blog, one of the first I did focused on particular character types, both on heroes and heroines. And while they weren't the best, they did leave me interested in the different personalities many come across in stories. One of those character examples I mentioned was Rey from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Because, for one, she was at the time kind of popular, and also, I kind of liked her. At least, I thought she would be a great character, once The Last Jedi came out and expanded on the questions that involved her. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and though it had come near to greatness, it didn't go any further than that. So with the way things are when it comes to certain characters, whether it be male characters, female characters, races, etc, or any other such as the infamous Mary Sue/Gary Stu's, creating one that is both compelling and iconic is a big challenge.

One problem that some have with certain characters, like the Mary Sue …