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Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Summary:

In a dystopian Chicago, the city is separated into interacting factions: Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), and Candor (the honest). When teens in each faction reach a certain age, they take a test and determine which faction they truly belong in. Beatrice, an Abnegation-born girl, takes the test and discovers she is something called Divergent, and even she isn’t sure what it means. Leaving the gray-clad ‘stiffs’ in Abnegation for the pierced, tattooed, and conflict-loving people of Dauntless, Beatrice renames herself and goes forth as ‘Tris’ to try and make it through the Dauntless initiation and figure out exactly what being “Divergent” means.

~Review:

In the same category as The Hunger Games, but, in my opinion, much, much better, Divergent is literally a book that I could not stop reading. I spent several late, late nights focusing on Tris and her journey through the Dauntless initiation as she faced fear after fear. The characters are top-notch, believable, and, most importantly, aren’t introduced flippantly; Roth gives you reasons to care about or hate them, rather than making you simply feel like you should because they’re the bad guy/good guy. It’s categorized as Young Adult fiction, but it’s something that adults can read and appreciate as well. For being a very young author, Roth has a definite mastery of her words and knows how to build both a scene AND world. I would recommend this novel to anyone, and I eagerly await the rest of the trilogy.


Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Summary: All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.


*Review: This book is a little bit kooky.  Once you get past the general weirdness, it tells a great story about living life to the fullest. In the end, you are rooting for Cam to survive and to be happy. This is a book that is not afraid to deal with death, sex and drugs. The entire novel is a confusing mess of “is this really happening” but it worked well.  The characters are unique and usually pretty funny. Sometimes the snarkiness is a little bit over the top, but usually pretty clever. Overall, a great read for anyone who is looking for a funny novel that will leave you in tears.

Genre: Comedy, death, romance, fantasy




Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti

Summary: Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal. So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister’s husband. For the first time in a long time, Scarlet’s not fixing a problem, she’s at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn’t seem to be an option…

*Review: This book is a romance, but it does not focus on that aspect much.  It is more of Scarlet realizing that she cannot help everyone, and that sometimes she has to put herself first. Caletti’s writing is wonderful, filling the reader in with every detail of the character’s life. The characters are all pretty great and realistic, and although some of the events that happen in the book are unrealistic, if you are willing to suspend your disbelief it will be a wonderful read.

Genre: Romance, YA, Self discovery


Hi flickeringgreatness!

flickeringgreatness:

book-talk:

Normally my followers get a message, but you don’t have that enabled so I figured this would work :)

What’s been your favorite John Green novel? I’ve been planning a re-read of Looking for Alaska for book-talk

haha hi book-talk! I’ll enable my asks - I didn’t realise that I hadn’t already!

My favourite John Green novel is definitely Looking for Alaska, but I’m fairly sure that’ll be superseded by The Fault in Our Stars when it comes out - I seriously cannot wait (:

Huh, it still says that it is not enabled. I haven’t heard much of his newest yet, but I try to read as little as possible of new books I am excited about. I noticed that it just makes it worse if I know a lot about the book and I have to wait for it!

Have you tried to read any Maureen Johnson? She’s been in a couple vlogbrother videos and she is super funny.