[Review] Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent
by Veronica Roth

Publication Date: May 3rd 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover, 489 pages

Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

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WOW. This book is simply full of awesomeness. No, that’s even an understatement. Divergent is just beyond description! It’s amazing how it’s cleverly written, action-packed, surprisingly creative and breathtaking, all these wrapped up in a dystopian novel you’ve never read before. Talk about pure uniqueness.

How I love heroines as ass-kicking as Tris! And FOUUUUUR! Can’t all characters be just like them? Because seriously, some love stories in books become too lame, too typical that tend to get on my nerves. And the kind of charm that Tris and Four have for its readers is incomparable. So stop the lame please 🙂

The whole idea is just too brilliant that I don’t even mind the amount of complexity it conveys, because it doesn’t mean to confuse, but to let you think and let you get attached with the story and the characters. Every pages are just bursting with excitements that makes it real hard to put down! Definitely a brilliant read about fears, bravery, courage, selflessness and love. One of my favorite books indeed!


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[Review] Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Heavenly
by Jennifer Laurens
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Grove Creek Publishing

I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister’s guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoe’s sister darts in front of cars. Her brother’s a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don’t see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe’s autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he’s legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can’t last forever.

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My thoughts?

While YA Paranormal-Romance novels don’t tend to be very appealing to me, I love how this book isn’t just the ordinary girl-meets-hot-guy-not-to-mention-he’s-a-guardian story, but it has so much than that — something really deeper that will change your life’s point of view. I have to admit that only a handful of books moved me emotionally, and though this book may not be the best one to do such thing for me, I do appreciate the realizations this book has taught me.

It’s amazing how this book felt so real and genuine. And when I say realization, I’m talking about how this book made me feel like the road to life might be tough, bumpy and full of challenges at times, but at the end of the day, despite all the complaints and grievance, we still have things to be thankful for no matter how big or small that we don’t even notice. And Zoe’s life isn’t an exception. She might look like a typical teenager, but deep inside she carries an emotional baggage and pressure of dealing with her sister Abria with autism, and the negligence she feels from her parents because of each of them’s responsibility of taking good care of her sister. Under this tough circumstances, don’t we sometimes seek for a means of escape? Don’t we sometimes want a space to breathe and let go of our problems, just for a second? I think we all do. 

And Zoe’s escape is partying. While that might sound inappropriate and childlike, I admire Zoe. Despite wanting to release her anger and frustration brought by her difficult life, her love for her sister remains unconditional. I can totally imagine how sometimes you want to complain, but you just can’t put it aside for the one general thing that she is your FAMILY. She’s a part of you and you just can’t take that away. Right? And it’s not just Zoe I admire but their whole family. Their strong faith in each other didn’t fail them in the end and it kept them going. Honestly speaking, the love story between Matthias and Zoe didn’t push a strong impact for me, and the ending was a bit off. I’m just like drawn to the family unit more in the story, and it just kind of odd to think that Zoe had to go and leave her beloved family behind. I guess I’m not yet ready for that, but well…

In my opinion, I think books should be as realistic as this kind of novel as possible. It feels good to relate and learn something that you can actually apply in reality, and this book didn’t fail.

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[Review] Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out

by Maria V. Snyder
Paperback, 315 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin


I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.


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My thoughts?

With a stunning cover and interesting synopsis, I found every reason to read this book. It also happens that Across The Universe, which is one of my favorites, is often compared to this, so without a doubt I knew I’m gonna give it a shot.

The thing is, maybe I should have expected it to be a little complicated. Or was it just me? Okay, I may not have the most creative, extensive and flexible imagination, so I had to google unfamiliar things which I have no idea how they look like from time to time. Maybe I’m just a sucker in these kinds of matter — since it’s a sci-fi material, I want to visualize everything and I’m very keen on small details so I had a hard time digesting the whole thing. I almost gave up reading this because seriously, the first few chapters was like a mad rush of action scenes. Bu then, after postponing this for a few weeks, the quick paced events excited me.

Trella, born as a scrub who lives in the world of Inside and somewhat a loner, is one strong, admirable character to consider. This book with this kind of heroine is just what I’ve always wanted to dive in. She’s a firm, mature character who knows how to contain herself in different kinds of situation, yet surprisingly, she’s very brave and fearless. And as events went on, I was amazed how cleverly this book was described, and how characters stand their own identity. It’s packed with an extreme amount of action, and you will find yourself gripping hard, and holding your breath from exciting happenings. The romance is also well written, and I love how Trella and Riley had been dragged together in a romantic way, yet not losing the action and exciting aspect.

The ending was even more gripping, and definitely left a big room of expectations on the next book. I have read a few other dystopian and sci-fi ones, and having read this book, I guess I’m setting them into a new higher set of standards. They’re just really good! And, Inside Out is definitely one of them. Can’t wait to read Outside In!



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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #6 by addictedToV



It’s Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila’s blog to leave your post’s link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins



Currently Reading

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Synopsis:

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.




To Read Next

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard


What are yours? (:

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #5 by addictedToV



It’s Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila’s blog to leave your post’s link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Currently Reading

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom




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Synopsis:

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.






To Read Next

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta


What are yours? (:

[Review] Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg

Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Point
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

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My thoughts?

Liked it enough. It’s a fast, light read, but nothing spectacular. The scenes were bound to be predictable and honestly, stereotypical love stories are overrated.

Actually, I’ve read Pride and Prejudice way before but I didn’t take it seriously so I can barely remember anything. Before reading, one thing that probably made it interesting enough for me is the term prom. I had guesses this will turn out fabulous since every girl in Longbourn Academy is obsessing about it, and I was hoping it’ll be quite inventive. The story is narrated by Lizzie, a talented, hardworking girl who goes to an elite boarding school as a scholarship student and is constantly tormented by the rich girls. Unlike any other, she could care less about fancy clothes and jewelries, and had no intentions of going to prom. And when she met Darcy, whom she thought was an actual snob because of their social standing difference, I knew he’s going to be the one. I mean, how many stories come up with that? Two opposite people, the rich and the poor, well that’s quite easy to guess. Things aren’t very much surprising.

Honestly, at the back of my mind, I’m quite thankful that I studied in a not-so-fancy high school but I know is somewhere I belong, where financial inequalities don’t really matter. I think people with those kind of thinking are just plain dumb and self minded. Anyway, I don’t know why but I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the love story itself. Yeah it’s cute, but I was expecting a bit variation and uniqueness. But on the brighter side, the characters aren’t too flat but written well.

I’m not actually saying that I dislike the book, and I still have some scenes in mind that I actually liked, but I’m not spoiling anything. This book just worked out fine for me and if you want something light, and some highschool themed romance, go for this book.


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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #4 by addictedToV



It’s Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila’s blog to leave your post’s link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Everlasting by Alyson Noel


What I’m Reading
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella





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Synopsis:

Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

From the Hardcover edition.






To Read Next

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks



What are yours? (: