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Book Review- Insurgent

Wow. I really liked this book! (I knew I would, but this just solidified it!) It took me about 7 hours of reading on my Kindle yesterday to finish it, so although I don’t know the actual size I bet it’s pretty big!

I am not going to summarize this for you, because it is the second in the series and I don’t want to spoil anything. But all of the characters become more deep, you are constantly wondering who is spying on who and who is going to die next, and Tris and Tobias’ relationship evolves quite a bit. Their relationship goes through many rocky moments (I found myself saying “Suck it up and make up already! The world is too dangerous for you two not to be together!” many times) but I understand that the hardship makes them stronger as a couple. I also noticed there was NOT a love triangle, at which point I said “Oh, thank goodness!!” It was the type that keeps your stomach in knots for the whole thing, especially the end! I think the ending of this book was very well done, it left me thinking about what it meant for hours and longing for book 3, which is a great quality! I couldn’t put this book down since I started it, especially for the last couple chapters.

There were a few things that I disliked about this book, however. (hence the 4 stars instead of 5 on Goodreads) The relationship troubles made me on edge, because I felt like I was intruding on a personal disagreement. And that is a sign that it was realistic, but I really hate when couples fight. Another thing is that it dragged in a few places. Sometimes there were several Kindle-pages (I keep my font huge) full of description that I just flipped through because it seemed unnecessary. I wasn’t a huge fan of the violence, either. But considering the violence is a key part of the plotline, especially the second book, I can deal with it!

Overall, this was a fantastic book! A great sequel to Divergent even if it wasn’t quite as good, and the end left me CRAVING more! If you haven’t read Divergent yet, then do so! But if you have, you can’t miss this. πŸ™‚

Read like there is no tomorrow!

Olivia

P.S.- I have the hugest fictional character crush on Tobias (Four). Literally, as much as a girl can crush on a nonexistent guy without it getting weird. Love him! ❀ πŸ˜‰

Did you like this as much as I did?

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Book Review- Shatter Me

Part of the reason that I have been putting off writing a review of this book is that I think I can’t convey how much I love it. It is absolutely tied for my favorite with Divergent (maybe even passing it a little… SHH). I already posted about this as part of my 30 Day Book Challenge- Day 24- Book that contains your favorite scene.After posting this, I realized my 2nd favorite scene is also in this book. For those of you who have read it, it is the scene between Warner and Juliette, with the gun in his coat. Yup, if you’ve read this you know exactly what I’m talking about! πŸ˜‰ (GIRL POWER)

It is hard to summarize because so much of the book would be spoiled if I told you what it was entirely about. But basically, it is about a girl named Juliette who is in prison because whenever she touches someone she causes them intense agony and eventually death. She has grown up isolated and shunned by everyone, she has a very hard life. One day a boy is put in her cell with her, a faintly familiar boy recognizable by his deep blue eyes. A whhhooollllee lot of things happen, and I can’t even tell you what they are! Arg, that is so frustrating. But I can tell you that she gets out of prison in a way, and falls in love with the boy (Adam).

This is possibly the most dynamic book,Β  the most dynamic characters that I have ever read about. The beginning of this book is bleak and slightly depressing, but TRUST ME, it gets fantastic. The romance between Adam and Juliette is very, very sweet!

I hardly ever find a book that I have no negative opinion on, no criticism. And I realize that it can be hard to read a glowing review of a book with no negativity.Β  But this is the way I felt about this book, and I won’t a

You MUST read this. Honestly people, right after I finished this I read it again. A week later I read it again. Yes, it is that good. Take my word for it, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Have you read this? What did you think?

Olivia πŸ˜‰

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14- Book whose character you would marry

Four. From Divergent. I’m pretty sure that no one who has read Divergent could disagree with me. He is every girl’s dream man: smart, brave, kind, romantic, and he doesn’t even care if you aren’t pretty. Let’s be honest, ladies. It doesn’t get much better than that. πŸ˜€

Also, I’m reading The Future of Us right now and it’s really good! Have any of you read it?

Olivia

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Book Review- Divergent

After I finished this book, I was appalled. I honestly never thought I would read a book that was that good! It was actually (get ready!) BETTER than The Hunger Games! That doesn’t mean I don’t like The Hunger Games anymore- quite the opposite actually. But man, this book is really amazing. And I really don’t want to get any hate from people who don’t believe me about this, just read it first! πŸ™‚ Still, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Divergent focused on a girl named Tris- short for Beatrice- in a world where everyone is divided into Factions. Each Faction focuses on a particular trait that they think mankind needs more of; selflessness is Abnegation, honesty is Candor, peacefulness is Amity, intelligence is Erudite, and bravery is Dauntless. Once you turn 16 you get to decide if you want to stay in the Faction you were born into, or switch. Once you choose, you must pass initiation into that Faction to become a member. Tris was born into Abnegation, but doesn’t quite fit into it. She has to choose what Faction to join. To top it all, about halfway into the book a relationship develops that is honestly my favorite one of all that I have read!

I can’t stop thinking about this book! I started it Monday morning and finished it that afternoon(I was home sick all day, but…) and I just can’t get it out of my head! But I’m not sad about it, it just makes me want to re-read it a million times and watch the movie when it comes out! (I think it will be a while…. they haven’t even casted it yet) If you haven’t read it yet, please, pretty please read it!!! You will die inside, I swear! And if you have already read it, like I said above, I want to hear your thoughts! πŸ˜‰

Favorite quotes from the book:

“I have something I need to tell you,” he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”
I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”
“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.”

– I am in LOOOVVVEEE with this character! (Four) Can you see why? Oh, and the book isn’t just about romance, either.

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β€œYou nearly died today,’ he says. ‘I almost shot you. Why didn’t you shoot me, Tris?’
‘I couldn’t do that,’ I say. ‘It would have been like shooting myself.’
He looks pained and leans closer to me, so his lips brush mine when he speaks.”

– AWWWW ( still Four)

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β€œAnd I’m the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her.”

– Girl Power!

 

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β€œYou think my first instinct is to protect you. Because you’re small, or a girl, or a Stiff. But you’re wrong.”

He leans his face close to mine and wraps his fingers around my chin. His hand smells like metal. When was the last time he held a gun, or a knife? My skin tingles at the point of contact, like he’s transmitting electricity through his skin.

“My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press.” he says, his fingers squeezing at the word break. My body tenses at the edge in his voice, so I am coiled as tight as a spring, and I forget to breathe.

His dark eyes lifting to mine, he adds, “But I resist it.”

“Why…” I swallow hard. “Why is that your first instinct?”

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating.” He releases me but doesn’t pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. “Sometimes I just want to see it again. Want to see you awake.” (also Four speaking)

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β€œMoths,” repeats Will. “You’re afraid of moths?”
“Not just a cloud of moths,” she says, “like…a swarm of them. Everywhere. All those wings and legs and…” She shudders and shakes her head.

“Terrifying,” Will says with mock seriousness. “That’s my girl. Tough as cotton balls.”

“Oh, Shut up.”

Do you want to marry him read the book yet? πŸ˜€

For those of you who have read the books, what Faction would you want to be in? I really want to be in Dauntless, but I don’t think I could handle that initiation. If I couldn’t be a Dauntless I would choose Amity. πŸ™‚

Olivia

 

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11- Book that is most like your life

I’m sorry, folks. I promise this will be the only time I do this to you! But I just can’t choose.

My life is a combination of:

-Because my life is pretty normal. Wonderful, but normal. Full of normal girly things like Facebook, and nail polish, and thinking about cute guys. πŸ˜‰ Of course, that stuff isn’t really in this book, but if it was in the 21st century I guarantee you that it would be! πŸ™‚

-Because my friends are great! No, really. Just think about friendship in the Harry Potter books for a second.

– Because sometimes I feel like I’m waiting for a wolf to jump out and carry me into the woods, or a vampire to fall in love with me. Or even a large harry man-giant to come and tell me I’m a witch. I guess I read too much fiction as a kid. πŸ™‚

– Because anyone who knows me personally knows that I am funny. Or, at least I think I am. πŸ™‚ I’m not that annoying class comedian, but I’m the girl who tries to see how many puns you can fit into a single sentence with her best friend, who also happens to be quite the comedian (long-lost sisters!),even though they both are on the verge of puking (Thank you, gym class!). (best friend, you know who you are) πŸ™‚

Basically, my life is both normal and fantastic. Boring and exciting. Romantic and lonely.Β  But life is all about the ups and downs. There is a reason that I couldn’t choose a single book that my life was like, and it’s because that book doesn’t exist!

What about you?

Oh, and I just can’t get Divergent out of my head! The quotes, FOUR, Tris, FOUR, the challenges, OH AND DID I MENTION FOUR!!! I will post the review tomorrow, sorry, still sick! 😦

Happy reading, guys and gals!

Olivia

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Reading Update and a couple of book reviews!

Hey guys! So, I have been pretty bad lately with reviewing the books that I finish.Β  But I am about to fix that! πŸ™‚ I’m going to make “mini-reviews” within this post of the two books that I finished recently, plus some news!

As I have said many times, this book was recommended to me by my dear friend Cara! Wow, I loved this book so much! It is a retelling of the “bedtime” story, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.Β  This was my favorite book as a little girl, and I still have my copy(that happens to have some BEAUTIFUL illustrations in it!). Cara told me that she hasn’t read the original, so she can’t compare the two. But I can say that they are very similar! I totally recommend this to ANYONE! I particularly loved the knitting references and the pattern in back- and I am currently knitting Rose’s Shawl from the book! (I’ll let you know how it turns out!) Despite the “girly” cover, this is NOT a child’s book, but a timeless classic that everyone should read!

I had a lot of people comment on my Library Awesomeness-Haul and tell me that I was going to like this, so I had pretty high hopes. I am a little in the middle on this one, I thought it was OK.Β  The concept that the book was centered around was quite interesting, but I didn’t like the way the author carried it out. I felt it dragged on a little bit(OK, a lot), and one of the main characters was drunk or with a new girl like every single minute.Β  However, the ending did suit me, even though it was sad.Β Β  Would I recommend this? I gotta be honest, just go check it out on Google or Goodreads for yourself if you’re considering it, because it’s not for everyone.Β  I bet the movie will be good though!

And lastly, some news!

1. I checked out two books from the school library today! Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, both by John Green. I am reading the latter now, and it is my first ever John Green book! I am very excited about reading his books because all of the book bloggers seem to love his work. That isn’t to say I’ll like it, but I think there is a pretty good chance I will. I know I want to read The Fault in Our Stars but it isn’t in paperback, and there are like 80 requests for it. I can wait. But I am still super excited, I’ll keep you folks updated!

2.I am also reading a free book on my Kindle called 44.Β  So far it is pretty good, especially because it was free! Check my Goodreads on the sidebar if you want more info.

3. My local Barnes and Noble just called to tell me that my copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth is in!!!! Yayayayay! And I didn’t even have to pay shipping, I called to see if they had it in paperback and they offered to order it for me! It is all I can do to put down everything and read it! But no. No, Olivia. You must finish the books you have first. Be a responsible reader! πŸ™‚ But I’m excited! Has anyone read it yet?!

Hope you enjoyed this multi-tasking post! Stay tuned for more reviews and Book Challenges! (and I am having so much fun with the 30 Day Book Challenge!)

πŸ™‚ Olivia

 

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1- Favorite Book

As you can tell by the title, I have decided to join the 30 Day Book Challenge! I am super excited to do this, and I think it is really interesting to read everyone’s different take on this. No worries, I’m not stopping the rest of my book reviews or anything else. Just adding a little something! I’ll try to do this every day, but I can’t promise anything. Sometimes I just need a day off. πŸ™‚ I think this was created by A Novel Place! To see her blog, click here.

This is probably tied with I Capture the Castle for my favorite book ever! But since I expect to be reusing books, especially I Capture the Castle, I used Fire instead. Once I reread this, I’ll do a review of it. But basically, it is about a girl-monster named Fire who is extremely beautiful. This particular “monster” is the only human monster left.Β  Monsters are seen as a danger to society because they can control humans’ minds. Fire decides that she doesn’t want to use her beauty to control people, yet she is still shunned.Β  This is her journey of using her powers for the good of her country, and inspiring hope in a war-ravaged world.Β  It could be seen as a love story (and even though it is not meant to be one, it is one of my favorites).Β  I LOVE this book, I reread my copy probably about once every 2 months at least. So if you haven’t read this yet, DO IT!

Update- LOVING The Princess of the Midnight Ball! And I called my local Barnes and Noble and ordered a paperback copy of Divergent! It ought to be there in 3-4 business days! Well worth waiting while listening to elevator music! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to read it!

β€œBooks are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

– Charles William Elliot

Olivia πŸ˜€

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