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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Regulus Black

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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?

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Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

this savage songTitle: This Savage Song

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,

Kate

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?

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Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane Book CoverTitle: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Harper Teens

Format: Kindle

Source: Bought

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016

Synopsis: 

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.


“Dedication:

For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
― Cynthia Hand

I wasn’t planning to read this book initially and I am so glad I did! This book is so hilarious and super fast to read.

PLOT

The story is loosely based on Jane Grey and King Edward Tudor VI. What the synopsis doesn’t mention is the magic in this book! This historical fiction has shapeshifters. They are called Eðians (pronounced as eth-y-uns) and they shapeshift into animals that coincide with an individual’s characteristics. They are also generally oppressed by those who can’t shapeshift. What I loved about this book is how beautifully the authors took real historical elements and integrated them into their magical world.

Pace

The pace was a little out of it sometimes yet it didn’t deter me from reading.  What I didn’t like in the beginning but loved by the end was how the authors broke the fifth wall and often spoke directly to me.

Characters

I absolutely loved all the characters in this book! Don’t expect to make deep connections with the characters because that is not what the book is meant for. Instead be ready to find the characters charming, funny, and adorable. I especially loved Jane – she is bookish, smart and a strong willed girl. The book also covers female empowerment and I loved that too.

Overall, I was surprised I loved this book so much. This is something you should read when you want a good laugh. This is a perfect summer book – light and enjoyable.

Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!

Plot : 4/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Characters: 4.5/5 

Overall: 5/5

Have you read the book? 

Did you like it? 

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Book Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani.jpgTitle: The School for Good and Evil

Author: Soman Chainani

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fairytale

Series: The School for Good and Evil #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Physical Copy

Source: Bought

Publication Date: May 14th, 2013

 

 

Synopsis: 

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first, the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair plucked from youth and spirited away.


“In the forest of primeval
A school for Good and Evil
Twin towers like two heads
One for the pure
And one for the wicked
Try to escape you’ll always fail,
The only way out is
Through a fairytale.”

My Review:

This book was perfect! I couldn’t put it down at all. It has everything from fairytale to friendship. It even makes you think twice about your favorite fairy tales! Oh! and it also makes you laugh at the idiocracy of everything.

PLOT

The plot was really interesting and fast paced through most of the book. When I say interesting, I mean REALLY interesting. You see, in the School Of Good, you will find princesses who can’t stop thinking about their beauty and princes who think only about their macho-ness and their princesses.Apart from that, these students will be learning this like Animal Communication, Chivalry, Beautification and various other such topics.

In the School Of Evil, on the other hand, you will find children of the ‘bad guys’ who are ugly and love the negativity of everything. These students would be learning Uglification, Henchmen Training, Curses and Death Traps and the likes. Oh and a wart on your face makes you fearsome!

This book made me laugh out loud at times because of how true these seem in the fairytales we have read! At the same time, it made me realise how society at large is sending out all kinds of wrong messages to children these days.

PACE

The pace was perfect! I finished this book in a day and never once felt like putting it down. The pace stays kinda consistent throughout, but if it does slow down it won’t make the book boring.

CHARACTERS

There are many characters in this book that I love so very much but I will only talk about these two:

Sophie

Holy Moly! She has one of the BEST character developments I have seen in a while. She is evil yes, I didn’t particularly like her throughout the book, but gosh her development was done with such perfection ❤

Throughout the book, my adoration for the development and utter hatred for the character just kept increasing! She was so unbearably, horribly annoying! Yet, I felt very sorry for her. She did what she did simply because she was misguided. Did that make her a bearable character? NO! But I understood where she was coming from.

Agatha 

I freaking LOVED her! Her dry wit and humor were such a treat to read! She was snarky, sarcastic and hated everything girly. She liked a lot of dark things but she was more “Good” that anyone else in that book! Unlike the rest, she wasn’t shallow or snobby. Which was beautiful to read. Her character development was also done beautifully but was overshadowed by Sophie’s.

Overall, this book will make you laugh, cry, piss you off and make you think! 

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Pace: 4.5/5

Overall Rating: 4.5/5


About The Author

Soman-Chainani

He is a writer, film director, and a die-hard tennis player!

The School For Good and Evil debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 26 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.

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Have you read the book? 

What did you think about it?

Do you like the cover? I loved it! 

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May Wrap Up + Book Haul

May was a bad month for me personally speaking! Blogging last week was tough, if you guys noticed I wasn’t around much. I am also drowned in work and get so tired at the end of the day, writing for the blog becomes difficult. Though, I have read a lot of books.

I am hoping that June is much better. So I am hoping to get some more posts up and work some ideas I have for the blog. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Books Read

 

Book Haul

ARC’s

 

Bought

 

Giveaway Win

I won this book from Armchair BEA

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Phew! Those are a lot of books! And all I read were four book! :p

Harry Potter is mine!!! Yaay! I have been saving up for the book set since ages!

Personal 

I am starting Uni again in the month of August and I have made up my mind to enjoy as much as I can with my friends and family. With that in mind, I went to Lonavala for a trip with a few friends to celebrate a birthday! I don’t have a lot of pictures since I was so busy enjoying myself. Next time, I promise I will!

We stayed for 3 days in this huge farmhouse with lots of food, games and dancing! It was a lot of fun.

 

How many books did you buy/get in May?

Have you read any of them above?

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Book Review + Discussion: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of Mist And Fury Review

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Epic, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction,High fantasy, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling,Romance, Young Adult

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Publisher: Sunnyside Press

Format: Kindle

Source: Bought

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Synopsis: 

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


My Review:

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

I am diverging from the way I usually review books because there is so much to say and the format is too restricting.

ACOTAR was released quite a while back, but I never read it. Don’t ask me why I don’t really remember. Yet, it was always on my TBR and just three days back, I started reading the book. I am not going to review ACOTAR because, well, I have so much to say about ACOMAF.

Let me just begin by saying HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK IS!

There was so much going on in this book and so much this book made me go through. This book was exquisite in its joy and sorrow. It made me angry, made me cry, made me laugh, made me feel for the characters. Gosh, I am running short on words. The characters go through such development and it’s all so natural, it was amazing to read. The themes in the book were so very strong. Themes other YA books steer clear from yet Maas centered the book AROUND trauma and PTSD and so much more. Anyone who loves to read fantasy should read this book. Heck everyone should read this book!

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Pace: 5/5

Overall Rating: 10/5

Have you read the book?

If not, you should!

And once you have, come back and  talk to me, please!

I have so much to say. 😀 


Spoiler filled discussion starts below! Please do not continue reading if you haven’t read both the books. You’ve been warned.


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Book Review: The Big Interview by Libby Kirsch

The Big Interview

Title: The Big Interview

Author: Libby Kirsch

Genre: Mystery

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Sunnyside Press

Publication Date: March 31, 2016

 

Synopsis:

TV reporter Stella Reynolds signs with a new station, excited to move to a bigger city for a better job. When she arrives in Bristol, Virginia, though, she finds a sexist, mean boss, unfriendly coworkers, and a town in love with a sport she’s never even watched—NASCAR!

Before she can unpack her bags, Stella is drawn into an investigation when a driver is killed in a fiery wreck on the track.

Experts call his death a tragedy, but Stella has insider information that the accident is anything but.

With a slippery ex-fiancée, an angry father, and a nosy neighbor, you’ll be laughing on one page and gasping on the next. If all goes according to plan, the facts will be revealed during an epic live Big Interview. But when does anything ever go according to plan?

The Big Interview is a standalone book in the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. If you like a great mystery peppered with laugh out loud moments and cringe-worthy catastrophes, Libby Kirsch’s The Big Interview is for you.

Buy Libby Kirsch’s book today, and see how the final big interview goes down when the cameras go live.


How did I get this book: I received a review copy

Format: Kindle Edition


My Review: 

This is one of those books that you cannot put down. So fair warning, before you start reading this; get some food and something to drink. Because you will have a hard time putting this one down!

Plot

The plot was amazing! I kept thinking one person is responsible and then I was proven wrong. Reminded me a lot of Agatha Christie, I have always loved reading her books since she makes the reader believe the person they think is the culprit really is until the last chapter. Then everything changes and makes perfect sense! Is Libby as good as Agatha? No! But if she keeps doing what she is doing, she will get there!

Pace

The pace, in the beginning, was a little slow for me, but it was good enough to get me to all the action. But when the driver is killed the action begins and the pace is very good! I believe the beginning was slow because she has a lot of describing to do. I loved how she described everything so well, from the cities to the newsroom. It made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I love it when an author can be descriptive without being boring.

Characters

Now I loved Stella! She was an amazing MC. Sometimes, though, she pissed me off. There were times I wanted to shake her. Yet, she was the perfect armature detective! I loved her very very much!  On the other hand, there were so many characters! Gosh, it was hard to keep up. So many people in the newsroom, so many people outside the newsroom – so many faces!

The big interview is everything I wanted in one mystery, potential love, craziness and amazing writing!

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 4/5

Pace: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4.5/5


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About The Author

Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning journalist, with over ten years experience workingLibby Kirsch
in TV newsrooms of all sizes. She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV and is happy to finally indulge her creative writing side, instead of always having to stick to the facts.

Libby lives with her husband, children and soon (don’t tell the kids yet!) a puppy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She doesn’t know what she was thinking.

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Do you like mystery novels? 

Does this book intrigue you? 

Do you love the cover? I LOVED IT! 

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