Anticipated Book Releases: April 2017

With so many books on the TBR pile, adding more books feels unfair. Yet, none of us ever complain. So make room for the books that are coming to you this April!

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

The Upside Of Unrequited.jpgSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

April 11th 2017 by Balzer & Bray

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SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer

Spindle FireHalf sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

April 11th 2017 by HarperCollins

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ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett

Alex Approximately .jpgIn this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse

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ALEX AND ELIZA: A LOVE STORY by Melissa de la Cruz

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And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

April 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

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GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

Geekerella.jpgGeek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield. When she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books

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LITERALLY by Lucy Keating

Literally.jpgAnnabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.  It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

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What other books are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Harry Potter Theories That Will Blow Your Mind!

I am currently in my Harry Potter is life mode. Which includes reading all the books, watching all the movies and still wanting more. This need drove me to my favorite place – Pinterest. What I found blew my mind and I couldn’t help but share it with you guys!

Uncle Remus

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Dumbledore’s Take On Lockhart

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The Killing Curse

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Harry And The Dementors

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Have you read these theories before? Do you have any HP theory of your own? Would you like to read more posts like these about various fandoms?

Leave you thoughts in the comment below.

 

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Things I Learned After Living Away From Home

I will admit, when it was time for me to move away for college, I was eagerly looking forward to it. Not because I wanted to get away from my family, I have been blessed with an amazing family. I was eager because the idea of living away had a certain appeal like I am sure it does to many. Although, as excited as I was, I was also nervous. The idea of having to pack my life in a few boxes and leaving everything I knew behind, was terrifying.

Yet, I have to say moving out was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have grown in ways I never thought I could. I have learned lessons I probably never would and I wanted to share them with you.

Enjoy Being Alone 

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I have lived alone before but only for a few hours, when my parents were at work. This has, to an extent taught me to enjoy my own company. Yet, I have never been alone for days at a stretch. I do live with a roommate, but roommates go on vacations and you are left with your company in a big lonely house. The first time it happened, it disturbed me but over time I learned to love my own company. Eventually, I learned to enjoy the quiet and realized it was time I could spend on myself. I still have my bad days, but they aren’t as common anymore.

Become Independent

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Now I know, everyone says ‘I want to be independent’, I sure did. It wasn’t until I lived alone that I realized what it means, though. Being independent is so much more than partying and having your own money to spend. Being independent means, washing your clothes, cooking, cleaning your room and all those things mom probably did or nagged you into doing. Now there is no nagging, just you and a messy room. 

Become Money Wise

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Apart from cooking, cleaning and partying you know what else you have to manage? Money. And trust me, if you aren’t really careful with it, it will run out faster than you can say fast. Been there, done that and six months down the line, I am much more careful with the money I get. I still struggle though and have to ask for more when I run out of my monthly allowance in 15 days.

Never Take Family For Granted

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I miss the days when I was blessed to come back to a house filled with family and dinner already cooked. Now, I come back to an empty house and bills. But more than that, though, living away has taught me to appreciate my family. I have always loved my family, but living away from them made me realize just how blessed I really am. Coming back to a house filled with people who love you is a feeling I miss every day. Trust me I am never taking them for granted again.

Learn To Be An Adult 

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Or at least learn how to fake being an adult. There is so much to do in the real world. That bill isn’t going to pay itself and if you forget (which you will if you are anything like me) then well, you’re doomed. Got bit by a dog? Yeah, you better man up and drive yourself to the hospital to get all those injections you will need.  Over a period of time, though, you will stop faking and actually become a fully functioning adult. Or so I’ve heard. 

 

What about you? Have you moved out of home yet? Are you going to soon? 
I have some more wisdom to part if you are willing to listen (Although who am I kidding, I am still hopeless with the whole ‘living alone business’). 
Let me know in the comments below.

You know I love to talk to you guys. 🙂 

 

Where Have You Been?

If you haven’t noticed, I have been MIA for a good 2 months now. Not just here on the blog but on social media as well for the most part. I have good reason to be since my life literally shifted.

If you have been here for a while, you must have read that I was soon starting Uni again. And, that is the biggest reason for me to be away for so long. I left home on the 15th Of August and have only now begun to settle into this new life.

I stayed in the college dorms for about a month and then moved out to an apartment not very far from campus. So, basically all I have been doing these past two months is settling in, then moving to a new place and settling in again. But life’s good now, there are still a few things I need to get done but I have enough free time to blog again. Which leads me to this…

I have said this before, I have plans for the blog to grow. From day one, Fervently Curious has been a blog all about books and I have loved every single moment of talking about the best thing in the world. Why the sudden change you may ask? There is nothing sudden about it since my heart was always set on branching out and writing about more than just books. That’s exactly what I am going to start working on now.Also the fact that I am currently doing my postgraduate in mass communication plays a huge role. I want to use this blog as a platform to grow and learn more as a media student.

You guys have been by my side through this entire journey and I am hoping that you will support me now as well. 

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Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

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Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Series: Monsters Of Verity #1

Publisher: GreenWillow Books

Format: E-book

Source: Bought

Publication Date: July 5th, 2016

Synopsis: 

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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There are monsters in this book! Need I say more? I have read reviews that say her other books are much better, but this is the first book I ever read so I can’t really compare.

“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.”
“Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.”

PLOT

It was set in a world where a city is divided in two and they are at the brink of war. While they MC’s are trying to be what they are not. And, oh! monsters are killing folks all around. So, basically, it was just monsters vs humans during most of the book. Therefore, it’s safe to say the plot in the book wasn’t anything very interesting. Yet, I absolutely loved it! What I loved most though was how Schwab showcases how monstrous humans can be.

There were times in the book where I was truly scared. The flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-drinking Malchai, and the rarest, most mysterious of all: the soul-stealing Sunai. It’s enough to terrify anybody! But what scared me most, were not the monsters themselves but the act of violence that occurred BEFORE a monster is created. See, I told you I loved how she showcases how monstrous our race can be (yes, I know I am repeating myself, but I NEED you to know!).

Having said that, though, I also had a hard time understanding and grasping all the terms and the general layout of the town in the beginning of the book. But once that was done, the book flowed quite fast and kept me hooked.

Pace

The writing was decent but the story was very gripping. The descriptions and details just added to the horror.I was instantly sucked into the story and couldn’t stop reading. I read this book within 5 hours. Which means, I was reading till 4.30 in the morning knowing I had to wake up at 6.30. Yes, I woke up at 6.30 and felt like a zombie the entire day. But would I trade the book for sleep? NOPE!   

Characters

I loved both our MC’s. The story is narrated from both their perspective. Schwab also, effortlessly, integrated the issue of identity into this book. For instance,

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Is the daughter of a crime-lord and wanted to be bitter and CRUEL. Which she was in the book, but it was forced. Because she just wasn’t that person. It broke my heart to see her try to please her father by being a person she wasn’t.

August

He is a soul eating Sunai but all he wanted to be was human. And gosh, I love him SO MUCH! He is more human than most humans in the book, tbh. He is adorable, sweet, beautiful and just…ugh so many things all good. So, yeah, you know I love him, right? I hope I made that clear ❤

What made everything even better? There was no romance! None at all. And it worked so well guys, I cannot even begin to tell you.

Overall, I was very very happy with this book. The story was just the right amount of creepy. The ending was very open and I am hoping there will be a sequel. 

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

Have you read the book?

What did you think about it?

Let me know in the comments!

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Being Inspired on Creativity

Welcome back besti! I have missed you. Guys, you should definitely read this.

Its been quite a while now, since I have not written anything while at work. Its also been a quite a while since I wrote anything personal.

Or casual.

Or fun.

Makes me rethink if I was writing at all.

Today, I don’t have much to do, new workplace and all. (Who am I kidding, I don’t have anything to do). Figured I should write again. For myself. My boss says, write for the world, that is what advertisement is all about. Sure, that works for work, but what about when I am drained and am left with no creativity at all. At some point, don’t I have to write for myself too?

Adding to that, my boss asked me, what inspires creativity in you? I was stunned and didn’t really answer the question (‘first day of work’ blues).

So, one thought lead to another, and it got me thinking…

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