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Divergent by Veronica Roth

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  Divergent by Veronica Roth

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★★★★★ 5/5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):  In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Holy wow.

This may be the best dystopian novel I have read since The Hunger Games series. Veronica Roth is an amazing writer. Period.

I felt like I really connected with all of these characters in the sense that I could feel what they felt. Everything about this book was beautifully written. Beatrice is a wonderful heroine who really proved herself over and over throughout the book. She is an entirely new person by the end of the novel.

The characters have to choose whether to stay with their original faction or go into a new faction once they reach a certain age. They then have to go through the factions initiation in order to officially join that faction. Veronica Roth does a wonderful job of showing how not every character is going to make it through the initiation with all of the same effects. She shows how some miss their original factions, how some can’t handle initiation, and how others do really well in initiation.

If you haven’t picked this book up yet, I highly recommend you do soon!! I can’t wait for the next one!

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Angelfire

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  Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

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Summary (from Goodreads): When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

I don’t know what it was about this book, but I had a hard time with it and honestly still haven’t finished it. First off, I have had a stressful two weeks so maybe my judgment is slightly clouded. Second, I had literally JUST finished City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and was seeing a few things in Angelfire that reminded me of CoFA, which also threw me off a little.

I felt like the main character, Ellie, asked way to many questions. To the point where I found it annoying. She would ask the same questions, maybe worded differently, but they all seemed to be about the same thing over and over. My book club read this book and the others said that they didn’t notice the questions quite as much as I did. Ellie’s guardian, Will, has to keep reminding her of what she is, and what her purpose is. I think that after the second time he tells you, it should stick a little in your head.

With Ellie asking so many questions, you would think you would get some answers, but I found Will brushing them off by answering with something like, “Irrelevant.” “It will come to you.” “That doesn’t matter.” Clearly the main character is not remembering, so could you help her out? Maybe even a little?

Maybe my stressful two weeks has me nit-picking a little too bad on those points, but the few things that reminded me of CoFA? The main characters in CoFA have black swirling tattoo’s that normal humans can’t see. The MC Will, in Angelfire, has black swirling tattoos that Ellie didn’t notice before her powers were awakened. CoFA mentions a demon named Lilith, and so does Angelfire. After about 184ish pages, I didn’t really want to finish the book. I may pick it up again this summer and give it another shot, but as for now it will sit on my shelf unfinished.

I don’t feel like Ellie grew much as a character either. She just seems to have accepted the fact that she has to kill reapers but she still want’s to live her old normal life as if nothing has changed. And maybe she is a little over sensitive about what her dad thinks. At one point in the book, she goes flying through a window of her house and her dad calls her a moron and she seemed completely heart broken. If I broke a window in my house my dad would call me a moron too! If not with more colorful wording.

For those of you who have read it, finished or not, what did you think?

In My Mailbox (3)

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In My Mailbox is an internet meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book blogger’s to show off what they got throughout the week.

This week I went to the book store and got Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann. My Book Club and I just finished reading the Dream Catcher series (Wake, Fade, and Gone) and I am really excited to read Cryer’s Cross!! I had to get it as soon as possible!

I also got Vesper by Jeff Sampson while at the book store. I wanted to read this, but wanted to read it even more after I read the blog post Students Want to Know: Jeff Sampson. It was really to cool to read his answers and get a little more insight on his book than Goodreads gives.


That was all I bought this week, but I did come home to some awesome mail! I got two signed bookmarks from Amy Dominy author of OyMG due out in May. Aren’t they super cute bookmarks?!?!?

That’s all I got this week! What did you get in your mailbox?

In My Mailbox (2)

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This is my second In My Mailbox post! This week is not flashy as last time because I didn’t get much. I have been really busy lately! In My Mailbox is an internet meme hosted by The Story Siren.

The first thing I got was the book Girl Parts by John M. Cusick. I bought it because I found the phrase on the back funny and it made me want to read it. On the back it says, “Hello, David. My name is Rose. It is a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate.”

I found it cute and funny, so I bought it. I came home to watch the trailer however, and the trailer isn’t my favorite. It made the book seem less intriguing. I am still excited to read it though. 🙂

The second thing I got, isn’t a book. I got a troll in the mail from Gae Polisner author of The Pull of Gravity. (Featured all over my blog this month with Wax Lips and Trolls except for on Monday, February 7th where my dads birthday is featured) I had the opportunity to read the ARC for that book and I loved it! I definitely recommend it. If you look at the picture you can see part of where Gae signed the tiny troll, and on the other side she wrote my name. ♥

That’s all I got in my mailbox this week, what did you get?

Signatures ♥

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Ok, maybe I am lame but I like getting signed items from authors. (and ARC’s) Anyway, yesterday I got a belated-Christmas-present from my former teacher. (The mailman was taking his sweet time) She got me some signed items from Neil Shusterman! His novel Unwind is one of my favorite books. 😀 I was/am super ecstatic! Now I have quite a few signed items! (even if the majority is all from the same author)

 

 

These are the lovely signed bookmarks I got! 🙂 I got ten of them, and they are promoting Shusterman’s book Antsy Does Time. I have no idea what to do with ten of them, but I still love them!

 

This is the signed brochure I got! He talks about himself and the back features some of his books. Loved reading it!

 

These are the fabulous signed postcards I got! They feature Unwind, which was already stated that it is one of my favorite books.

 

 

I also got these Simon and Schuster Children’s Pulishing index cards that he signed!! Woo!! Needless to say, I loved this Christmas present. 🙂


This is the post card I got from Kirsten Hubbard last week for her book Like Mandarin. I was excited to get this in the mail!

 

 

 

This is another signed bookmark I got. This is signed by Mindi Scott for her book Freefall. I also got this from my former teacher but not as a Christmas present.

 

 

This is the book Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson that I got signed after we had a Skype chat with her in my Y. A. Literature class.

In My Mailbox (1)

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This is my first In My Mailbox. I decided last month that I was going to attempt it this year….so here we go.

For those of you who don’t know, In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. All of my books were bought from the store this week. I am also currently very distracted so I am going to keep it short and simple.

On Monday this week, I received a postcard for Like Mandarin from Kirsten Hubbard.  On the back she wrote “Never stop searching for beauty!” I was super excited when I got it in the mail!! The book Like Mandarin comes out on March 8th, 2011. I’m pretty excited to read it. 🙂

Tuesday I went to the bookstore and bought Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I have heard really good things about this debut and can’t wait to dive into it! On top of that I got Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, which has a very pretty cover! The third one I got was The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger. I have also heard great things about this one and meant to buy it a while back. The last book I bought was XVI by Julia Karr. This is also on my debut author challenge list!!

On the fantastic Friday (while at book club) I got Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and Gone by Lisa McMann. Other Words for Love is on my debut list also, and Gone is what my book club is reading.

In reality, I am excited to read all of these and hope that I can get through them quickly because my list of to-read’s just keeps getting longer and longer!