Book Review: Divergent By Veronica Roth

13335037Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series #: Book 1 of the Divergent Trilogy

Publisher/ Date Published: Katherine Tegen Books @  February 28, 2012.

Source: Bought

# of Pages: 487

Summary: ( Goodreads )

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Holy cricket!!! NOW I finally see what it is about this book that people are raving about. I must admit I really wasn’t expecting much going into this book. I expected something similar to The Hunger Games, but man, did this book prove me wrong. This book is so ridiculously action packed, from the first page to the last. There wasn’t a single dull moment in this book! I absolutely love reading and if I absolutely had nothing to do, I could probably devour this 400, nearly 500- page book in a single sitting. It is that awesome!!!

One of my favorite aspects of the book would have to be the characters. Beginning with Tris, or Beatrice as she first started out as. I found her to be a pretty strong, well- written character. And I love Veronica Roth for being so consistent with Tris’ character development. Same goes for Four. They are absolutely awesome! Tris is very strong willed at heart and could be very spontaneous which I don’t see very often in female protagonist centered novels. And Four! This guy made me swoon from time to time. I found him to be pretty balanced as a masculine character. What I mean by that is, he’s not so testosterone- dauntless fueled all the time. No. He has his dauntless- masculine moments and he also has those other moments that shed another light on him that reveals a more softer side of him. In addition to Tris and Four, I absolutely loved Christina as a character! She’s pretty spunky, if you ask me. The whole attitude that she has makes her a pretty interesting character and so much fun to read.

The plot and the world building is very well developed. I really, really enjoyed reading about this whole new world and I definitely enjoyed reading about the many different factions! ( I actually have the pages tabbed!). I think that Veronica Roth really brought something new to the Dystopian pool and did set the bar even higher! This book had me glued to my seat (at least when I did get time to actually sit down and read!) and it’s pages are filled with action! It’s cray!

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I can’t wait to pick up a copy of the next installment and get to reading it!

My Rating:

BIC Rating System5

Would I recommend this book?: Hell Yeah! Now, get up and grab your copy!

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Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

17286849Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series #: Book 1

Publisher: St. Marin’s Griffin;  September 10, 2013

# of Pages: 438

Source: Bought

Summary: (Goodreads)

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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My Thoughts

I absolutely adore this book! Everything about this book is absolutely fabulous! This was the first Rainbow Rowell book that I’ve read (yes, I have not read Eleanor and Park… please don’t hate me! ) so I honestly did not know what to expect in terms of plot content and writing style. Basically, I did not know what to expect period and the only thing I have going for me were all of the ah- mazing things people were saying about this book. I can honestly say that I was pretty impressed, relieved and satisfied with this book. I was impressed by how Fangirl turned out, plot line and character development wise, relieved that it did not suck, and satisfied with the general content.

The plot line was awesome as it focused on Cath and everything that she goes through as she transitions into a new stage in life. It was happy, funny, sad, and  infuriating at some times. This book had everything and I loved that! Cath was such an amazing character. She was very relate-able too because I used to write Harry Potter fan fiction! Also, you can clearly see the changes within Cath as the book progresses. Although she was a little to introverted, I still enjoyed reading about this character. In addition, I thought that Levi and Reagan were written really well. They were the spice to the plot line. Their lines were so funny. Reagan said a couple of stuff that were kind of mean but it was funny at the same time. 

Overall, Fangirl is such a fun book to read. It’s awesomely well- written and I think that a lot of people can relate to Cath especially those fangirls out there. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing! It’s original and totally entertaining. I am looking forward to reading her other two novels, Eleanor and Park as well as Attachments! 

My Rating:

BIC Rating System5

Would I Recommend this Book?: YES! Go get it NOW! 

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Book Review: The Archived By Victoria Schwab

10929432Title: The Archived

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series #: Book 1

Date Published: January 22, 2013

Publisher: Hyperion

Source: Library

# of Pages: 328

Summary: (Goodreads)

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

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My Thoughts

This is the first Victoria Schwab novel that I have ever read and I am so glad that I did. Prior to reading this book, I have already heard of so many great things about Victoria Schwab and her works. A lot of bloggers and vloggers that I have met raved about at least one of her works, primarily The Archived and Vicious, her adult novel. After reading The Archived I can see why her books are so highly coveted. Her writing style is so amazing. Her words captured me instantaneously, it was insane!

In The Archived, Victoria Schwab pulls us into a world where bodies, or rather memories are embodied in human- like beings that resembled their actual human counter-parts, stored in Archives. Yes, rather than archiving books, our main protagonist, Mackenzie Bishop, archives bodies. Reading this within the summary pulled me to the book instantly. I was curious to how this book would play out and I must say that I am not disappointed. I personally thought that the plot was very unique and brilliantly written. There was also a lot of world building which was written pretty good as well. 

The characters are pretty interesting. You have Mackenzie Bishop, our main protagonist of the story. I really like her as a character from the very beginning til the end. She really felt like a real person, given her family history and the emotions tied in with that as well as her history as a keeper. The relationships in this book felt genuine, very relistic and quite entertaining, especially Wes. It wasn’t just Mackenzie and Wesley, I think the supporting characters were well written as well. My favorite character would have to be Wesley. Personally, he was the most entertaining to me.

Overall, I really love this book. It was so intriguing and it really pulled me in. I am looking forward to reading other books written by Victoria Schwab :D.

My Rating: 

BIC Rating System5

Would I recommend this Book?: Yes! 

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Book Review: Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

7896527Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series #: Book 1 of the Throne of Glass series

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Date Published: January 1st 2012

# of Pages: 404

Source: Library

Summary: (Goodreads) 

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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My Thoughts

I have read a lot of fantasy novels but Throne of Glass is quite a unique story on all its own. I really, really loved this book as it is such a great mixture of numerous YA genres. Yes the book was primarily fantasy but Sarah J. Maas incorporated romance fantastically. It wasn’t over bearing nor did it over shadow the fantasy element, to me, it was just right. Prior to reading this novel, I’ve already heard so many great things about it and a lot of the book tubers were recommending it and saying how awesome it was. I honestly did not expect it to be this awesome! I love, love, love it! There was so many elements in the story that was… phenomenal!

From the beginning the plot had already had me hooked as the book instantaneously took me to Celeana’s world. Now usually it would take me awhile to adapt and to picture how the world in this book was mapped out as it did talk about a lot of kingdoms. Having a map printed on the first 2 pages of the book had really helped me and that was ten- thousand bonus points to the author and publisher. The map was so cool and I feel that it really helped me in getting to know the characters a whole lot better and made it easier for me to understand the politics of the book.

The characters. Oh my goodness the characters! I don’t even know where to begin in explaining how extremely bad ass Celeana Sardothien is! I think I’m going to cosplay as her on Halloween. She’s just…wow! She’s is like Lady Lara Croft of her world except, the assassin version. And the guys! OMG! The guys! Ok so we have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard and Dorian, the Crown Prince… I honestly don’t know who I would give my heart out to. It’s like choosing between these two…

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Throughout the novel, Celeana spends a fair amount of time between the two (obviously) and the way each character changes and develops throughout the story is amazing. Being who she is, Celeana isn’t the damsel in distress type of girl and both men come to accept and respect that part of her which leads them to realizing, “boy, I gotta step up my game to keep up with this girl.” And I loved that!!! Any guy who who willingly accepts and respects a girl for who she is and does not even come close to trying to shape her into a barbie doll, gets a high card from me!

Chaol and Dorian (ehem* Sam and Dean) =

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Aside from the protagonists of the novel, the antagonists are quite exceptional themselves. They (I don’t want to mention any names as it would spoil some aspects of the story) are very evil and have such a dark and cruel persona to them that just makes you fear them and hate and that to me is a concoction to a perfect villain. They are all so good at being bad hahaha. And with the way the book ended, we will definitely be seeing more of them in the next book.

Overall, this is such an amazing read! I devoured this 400+ page book in 3 days. I love it! I can’t wait for the next book 😀

My Rating:

BIC Rating System5

Would you recommend this book?: YES!!!!

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