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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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?

Let me know in the comments below. 😀

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.

Find her here:

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Do you like mystery novels? 

Does this book intrigue you? 

Do you love the cover? I LOVED IT! 

Let me know in the comments below! I love to talk to you guys 🙂 

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I have decided to change the way I review. I like how this format gives me more room to talk about the book. I will try my best to leave the reviews spoiler-less. If there are spoilers, I will make sure to mention that. 

tumblr_nx422uooqd1u2yb1ko1_1280Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult fiction

Series: Book 1 in a series

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

 

Synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


How did I get this book: Bought

Format: Kindle Edition


My Review:

I know I am far too late to when it comes to this book or series for that matter. I read mixed reviews about it when I first came into the market. Yet, it never made me want to read it. With the recent release of The Crown, I was intrigued enough to read the series. Thank god I did, I didn’t know what I was missing out on!

Plot

The plot was really addictive. I finished the book in a day and a half! I kept looking for a place to stop but that never happened. Every chapter left me wanting more. Everything from America’s life before The Selection, to her life in the palace, her relationship with Prince Maxon, the other girls, her state of mind with both men in her life (Prince Maxon and Aspen); everything led to my need to know more.

I did see a lot of similarities with The Hunger Games.

  • America choosing to be a part of The Selection for the people she loves, just like Katniss.
  • Two men fighting for her love similar to Gale and Peeta.
  • A group of girls fighting for a guy without all the bloodshed of course.
  • Even the maids reminded me of the makeup and hair crew Katniss had.

I still loved the plot though because I realize a lot of books are similar. Ideas are bound to overlap at some point.

Pace

The book started off a little slow but the excitement and the pace increased as America started competing in The Selection. The slow pace, in the beginning, wasn’t off-putting and I really loved all the background that was explained in the first few chapters. The reason for why she didn’t want to be a part of The Selection was something I could relate to. Not because I became a Princess or anything (I wish I was, though) but because I understand the uncertainty and fear of leaving a loved one behind ( with me leaving the love of my life behind and all).

Characters

America Singer

Initially, I found the name America Singer really strange but grew to love it over time. Her character was well written and I fell in love with her as the book progressed. There were times I wanted to shake her because he annoyed me so much. But I realized she is a teenager and she was thrown into a world she never wanted to be a part of. Her confusion and indecisiveness were something I grew to understand.

Prince Maxon

This guy is my new boyfriend! I fell in love with him immediately. My love for him has nothing to do with him being a prince or being handsome but because he just so imperfectly perfect! His awkwardness was so refreshing and His elegance was so down to earth! This character was written beautifully, the mix of awkwardness and elegance was so lovely to read. The friendship between him and America and the way they slowly fell in love with each other was so different from what I usually read.

Aspen

Well, what do I say about this guy? He was an equally well-written character. The love he has for America and the way he kisses her are what I want for myself. What I didn’t like, yet still understand is how he pushed America into The Selection but didn’t like when she did start falling for Maxon. Even with that element, I am so glad the author didn’t push the same old “love triangle”. My patience for love triangles is wearing thin.

Overall, this is one of those ‘feel-good’ books.

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

 


About The AuthorKiera Cass

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in History. She grew up in South Carolina and lives with her husband and two kids in Christiansburg, Virginia. She is also a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Just like me, she loves office supplies and desserts!

 

 

Have you read the book?

What are your thoughts?

Do you like this new review style?

Let me know in the comments below!

I love talking to you guys 😀

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Usually, if I want to keep reading within the same genre, I go on to Goodreads and find a list of books that fall under the same genre. Once I have a list of books I like, I buy the Kindle version of the books. And if I really love the book, I go buy the physical copy.

But these books were all bought simply because I saw them on the kindle store and either the name intrigued me or the cover. For the majority of the books in this list, I will be honest; I do not know what they are about. They are all on my TBR list.

 

I have read The Testing series and you can read my review here.

What are the books you bought on a whim? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think of them? Share the link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I promise I will visit! 😀 

Mini Book Review: The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau

Recently I have been obsessed with dystopian books and in my hunt for more hunger games and divergent, I came across this series. This series is perfect for dystopian lovers, it has everything we could ask for. A bad government, a ‘chosen few’, deadly challenges to prove yourself and of course a love story!

Continue reading “Mini Book Review: The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau”

Mini Book Review: Eleanor And Park And Saint Anything

I haven’t posted anything for a while but that does not mean i haven’t been reading. In fact I have been reading a lot. Work this week was very crazy and I just could not write anything. I had a Top Ten Tuesday post ready but when I posted it the formatting was terrible, so I had to take it down.

Anyways, I am doing a mini review of all the books I read this week. I am trying something different so let me know if you like it. Continue reading “Mini Book Review: Eleanor And Park And Saint Anything”