SILVEREDGE MONSTER – BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Silveredge Monster: An eccentric love story (Part 1 & 2)
Author: Sunil Kumar
No. of pages: 356
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Genre:
 Fiction (Subgenre doesn’t matter, this book has everything in it)
Do I recommend it? NOT AT ALL

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Thanks to Sunil Kumar for sending me both parts of the book!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Silveredge Monster: An eccentric love story is available in two parts, the first part is in paperback format and the second part is in Kindle e-book format. No, the book is not a duology. The author has divided the book into two parts. Please don’t ask me why.

To be honest, I have no idea what this book was all about. The “story” is set in the early 1900s America but it’s not the America that we know of. There’s a president named Mr. Joseph and his son Davon who is a major character in the latter part of the book.

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There’s another family who came back to America because it was now free of dictatorship. John, the youngest in that family, is supposedly diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He struggles with being a normal teenager because of his diagnosis but later gets transferred to a different school and meets Masha. They go through school life and falls in love (at least that’s what the title claims). The book includes vampires, aliens, and whatnot. I’d have asked you to read the book to find those stuff out but it’s really not worth it.

MY READING EXPERIENCE:

The book in its entirety is physically exhausting and mentally draining. The book starts with some factually incorrect setting and time period which puts me off even before getting into the story. Oh wait, what story?

The “story” is just a hotchpotch of a few Bollywood movies set in a foreign country about characters that are very Indian but with foreign names.

If you still don’t know how that feels like reading, I’m about to explain.

The one good thing about reading a book that’s bad in writing and in every aspect of writing a novel is that you get to learn (as an aspiring author) and become aware of the parts that you’re not liking (and should avoid) and why not. How about I list those parts down here?

  1. Setting and Time Period: The book is set in the early 1900s America. I believe that the setting of a book and the time period is interlinked in every book. I could not find anything in the book that was capable of transporting me to that specific setting. All the scenes were pretty modern and due to the lack of proper descriptions, I felt really lost (not in a good way) in those pages that only contained words that made no sense at all. The setting could’ve been put forward by showing the readers how the houses, streets, festivals, events, costumes, etc. were like in that time and place. Moreover, America is portrayed as a whole unit in the book which is absurd. I don’t even remember if the main characters were rooted in one particular neighborhood, of one particular city, of one specific state, in the vast country America. And I only remember America because I have been reminded of that countless times in the book.
  2. Story (rather lack of): As I mentioned before, there are many storylines picked up from the Bollywood movies and used here quite poorly. For example, a spaceship lands on Earth (of course, in America) and it leaves behind one of their aliens. Familiar much?
    Also, I couldn’t really find a compelling storyline anywhere in the book. According to my opinion, a book should be able to tell you what is actually happening in the first 50 pages. And even though there was a lot happening in the book, none of it actually made sense to me. Going to school, getting bullied, making or not making friends, studying for exams, all of these are fine but what’s the book actually about?
  3. Characters: Telling the readers that your character’s name is X and he/she is from Y place and that they suffer from Z disease is not enough. Characterization is the most important part of writing a book and if you don’t bring real, flawed, and well-developed characters, then the story falls flat. In this book, the characters were not only poorly developed, they just didn’t seem to belong where they were put in. Little things matter a lot in characterization. However, this book was just very generic. And I repeat, these characters were very Indian but with American/Russian names and I hope you can imagine how odd that sounds and reads on the page.
  4. Themes: The book plays around with a lot of topics in the same cauldron. I’m not saying that it is the worst idea ever to mix them all up but it should all sit together and at least make sense. The main character, John, is claimed to be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which is a pretty serious mental health disorder. However, the character doesn’t behave like that at all. Moreover, the book claims quite stupid ideas about the disorder and other mental health diseases which just made me outrageous. Bullying was another such theme that was touched upon but all these serious issues have been toyed with quite loosely and irresponsibly.

I’ll share a small excerpt with you, just to let you know why I feel angry with the book.

“John was slightly abnormal from the beginning of his childhood. He liked staying isolated in his house and remained alone unless someone called him to join the party. He did not have any interest in playing sports like other children. Therefore, he did not have many friends in school or in the neighborhood. His parents remained very tense for his future. They both knew that there was something wrong with their son, but what, they didn’t know. The only thing good about their son was his exceptional performance in Mathematics and Science.”

Countless things were presented inappropriately in the book and I could go and on but that’s not my job here.

P.S. I gave that half of a star rating to this book because I’m stunned with the amount of words that have been put together and published. But that’s all the book’s worth.

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Quick Question: Have you ever read a book that you don’t want to recommend to anyone?

32 Thoughts on “SILVEREDGE MONSTER – BOOK REVIEW

  1. That sounds like such a frustrating book, for one it’s not unique and secondly not developing characters! That’s so lazy in my opinion. I’m sorry you had such a difficult time with this one!

  2. A couple of months back I read a sci- fi book and some of the scenes of the book were straightly taken from DEATH NOTE anime series.
    and I am huge fan of Death Note.
    That was really a bad experience for me.

  3. Thanks for your wonderful review. There is a major point I would like to mention here for your followers before they think that it is a book reviewing website. For this I would like to use a spoiler from my book to shatter your following claim;
    She said: As I mentioned before, there are many storylines picked up from the Bollywood movies and used here quite poorly. For example, a spaceship lands on Earth (of course, in America) and it leaves behind one of their aliens. Familiar much?
    As far as I know this indicates ‘koi mil gaya’ Bollywood movie in which an alien is left in the forest after that he had fun with protagonist, that alien gave some powers to protagonist and finally protagonist take him to his partners….gist of the movie
    Now talk about my book in which an alien is left in the forest when some of the aliens heard a fearsome animal like voice and in hurry left their partner ( this is what they think till the end). It seems that they left their partner(that alien) in the entire novel until lord Davon ( antagonist) revealed to one of their partners that horrible voice was of him and he caught and killed his partner that very night…now I would like to know (from followers) where is the familiarity??
    Now when she said it is a hotchpotch of some Bollywood movies, I seriously doubt that…I don’t know what kind of thinking behind that whimsical similarity. What she said about the book is okay but this thing is out of this world and cannot be expectedted from a book reviewer (if he/she claims to be)……my conclusion “she is not a book reviewer” atleast not a good one…..

    1. Thank you for reading my review!
      The familiarity as you claim to know is clearly stated in my review. The idea of an alien left behind (be it accidental or intentional). Apart from that, I did not mention any other part being familiar, if you’ve read the review, you’ll have noticed. I did not even mention any movie’s name. It’s YOU that brought all that up in your comment.

      Now, being a writer, it’s definitely possible to get inspired from another creative work. It’s not like plagiarism but being inspired is totally fine. I just wrote about the things that it reminded me of.

      If you’ve read my review policy, you’d have known that I’ll share my honest and unbiased opinion on the books I read. If you do not agree with my views that doesn’t make my views wrong.

      Moreover, if someone can write a book and be an author, then I can write a book review and be a book reviewer as well. If it’s good or bad, I’ll let my work do the talking for themselves.

      I hope you take this positively and get a better editor next time you decide to publish a book. I’m sure it’ll be much better. All the best, Sir!

      1. you don’t even know that alien was not left accidentally or intentionally but he was caught and killed by lord Davon at that very moment………I am speechless. I am not against your review but this particular section spoiled everything. Your review can be honest and unbiased but it makes no sense when you are comparing completely two different things. I asked your followers about it but you deleted my comment….why???
        There is no way comparing these things…you didn’t mention any movie name but you mentioned that it is hotchpotch of few Bollywood movies. And for this you gave a whimsical comparison which makes no sense…..that was very bad review you don’t even know how to compare things….. you are still saying that he was left when he was not…..now tell me how to believe such review…I shared it with your followers but you deleted it

        1. I mentioned accidental or intentional because I didn’t want to give it away to your readers about what actually happened. But you’re spoiling your book on your own. Wonderful.

          For your information, I’ve kept your original comment on your book’s review and deleted every other comments that you’ve spammed me and my followers with. Be thankful that I only deleted your comments. Stop spamming or bothering my followers or else I’ll have no other option than to report you.

          Our views don’t match and that’s not a reason you should spam my profile. Focus on your readers instead and focus on your writing.

          With my review posted on the promised platforms, my job with you is done. I don’t have anymore time to reply to your spam comments.

          The first thing about being a writer is to learn how to accept criticism. Keep that in mind and write well.

          1. Oh I see you mean you don’t want to give it away to my readers….. so what was that when you gave a major spoiler and then deleted it after I mentioned it. You are contradicting yourself…think twice before writing

            Is there any logic when you call your review honest and then give that information to your followers which was not actually true and then draw wrong comparison out of it… think about it

            This is not spamming this is some logical arguments which you can’t help defending. I didn’t spoil my book, you spoiled your review and make me feel like cheated. Obviously you can’t let yourself down Infront of your followers that’s why you deleted my comments…I was just asking them about the comparison you draw whimsically and few things like that… you don’t know about spamming also.

            Now you are admitting that alien was not left in the forest you just don’t want to give it away to your readers…..then why you said sounds familiar??? 😅😅 Now read your message. See, this is why I don’t trust your review. Your words have lost its credibility. Thanks
            And never ever spoil someone book just because you can’t understand. Bye

    1. I won’t be taking down any review from my blog or Amazon or Instagram. You should’ve talked to whoever you wanted before approaching me for a review.

  4. These are all your words filled with contradictions. If you can justify them keep your review on Amazon if not please take down it from Amazon and keep it in blog and Instagram wherever you want. It is unacceptable to me. You don’t have clear thoughts. I am not bothered with criticism but the contradictions and wrong info mentioned by you. Therefore, kindly remove your dishonest review from Amazon

    “The “story” is just a hotchpotch of a few Bollywood movies set in a foreign country about characters that are very Indian but with foreign names ”
    “Apart from that, I did not mention any other part being familiar, if you’ve read the review, you’ll have noticed ”

    “For example, a spaceship lands on Earth (of course, in America) and it leaves behind one of their aliens. Familiar much?”
    “I mentioned accidental or intentional because I didn’t want to give it away to your readers about what actually happened”

    1. First of all, like you, I don’t need to justify why I wrote what I wrote. My words are what I’ve felt about your book and that’s not going to change.

      Let other readers decide what they think of their reading experience. But I’m not going to change my review based on your acceptability.

      This is not how a book review works.

      If you’re so confident about your story and book, then why are you even bothering to read my review multiple times?

      Work on your next book instead. Don’t waste your valuable time.

      1. Ok got it 👍 don’t delete this messages. Let other know how so called reviewer like you review a book. I have mentioned all contradictions and hypocrisy in your review. Keep them as it is here. Never had I mentioned any other part of your review, I know how to accept criticism but can’t accept foolishness and hypocrisy which I have mentioned in your messages. You tried to fool me but have been trapped in your own words. I will mention this thing in every group wherever I can reach. You are right let other decide it including the the things you mentioned. Bye

          1. Oh I see. Are you trying to threatening me just because you can’t defend what you have wrongly mentioned??? Seriously??
            And what do you call that when you wrote misinformation. Everything is mentioned in your messages which I mentioned have you read it?? Read it again.

            “The “story” is just a hotchpotch of a few Bollywood movies set in a foreign country about characters that are very Indian but with foreign names ”
            “Apart from that, I did not mention any other part being familiar, if you’ve read the review, you’ll have noticed ”

            “For example, a spaceship lands on Earth (of course, in America) and it leaves behind one of their aliens. Familiar much?”
            “I mentioned accidental or intentional because I didn’t want to give it away to your readers about what actually happened”

          2. Firstly, the sentence would be “Are you trying to ‘threaten’ me…”

            Secondly, it’s you who did the threatening with “I will mention this thing in every group wherever I can reach”.

            I merely pointed out what that behaviour can be categorised as. Take things as it is. Don’t overthink every word. And then misuse them.

  5. This is a great review. Why i came here before the pile of other article i was suppose to read? well you know me little woman and you know why i did that ;P
    On a serious note, this is a very well placed, detailed review, especially for a book that you already mentioned doesn’t have much to review. It is always a pleasure to see what you write and on a brighter note your remarks reminded me of William Hazlitt.

  6. Another remark my friend. Reading a few comments I was glad to know what might be the content of the story without having to live the horror. I just want to let you know, it’s okay to point it out when an author mistakes one of their whattpad multiverse/AU crossover fanfiction for an original story. Pointing that out will not make you rude. Sometimes people just need to hear the truth rather than constructive criticism [because you need substance for criticism and you can speak out when you are not provided with any]

      1. I am glad you like it .. Maybe next time hire a proper editor [ also self advertising, coz happy to help clearing the litter in the literary universe] who can say this to you and guide you better so that you can avoid all this drama in future.

  7. A detailed review and this will help many readers to decide whether they want to pick this or not.

    Authors will also understand how they can improve.

    Thanks for review 🙏

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