Thursday, May 29, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent

Series: Divergent Series #1

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date Published: February 11, 2014

Genre: YA fiction, romance, action, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy

Pages: 496 (hardback)

Age Range: 13+ (violence, mentions of sex, 1 suicide, death)


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.


This book will keep you interested between the moments with Tris and Tobias, secrets, training, and fighting. It's the perfect combination of action and romance.

The characters are strong, tough, and brave, but some are cowardly. Christina is strong and sassy. Tobias (also known as Four) is strong, tough, and courageous, but also kind, though he still claims to be working on his kindness. Tris (Beatrice Prior) is hesitant, but confident and strong. I like how Tris evolves throughout the book, becoming stronger and more confident with herself. All the characters are easily lovable.

The writing is good, kind of bland in the beginning, but I think it matches the bland faction of Abnegation. The writing evolves as Tris gets used to her new faction, Dauntless. Her personality evolves to; she can let her personality flourish in Dauntless, though she must keep her Divergence a secret.

The ending was good; I liked the uncertainty in Tobia's words. I liked how unsure everything was actually--they don't know what is going to happen with the factions now, or what will happen to them, if any of the other factions will take them in, and who is dead and who is alive.
It's all uncertain.

I'm actually kinda stuck on how to rate this book, but I'd probably say it's a 3 1/2.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack

The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack is out!

“All Of The Stars” - Ed Sheeran

“Simple As This” - Jake Bugg

“Let Me In” – Grouplove

“Best Shot” - Birdy & Jaymes Young

“All I Want” - Kodaline

“Long Way Down” - Tom Odell

“Boom Clap” - Charli XCX

“While I’m Alive” - STRFKR

“Oblivion” - Indians

“Strange Things Will Happen” - The Radio Dept.

“Bomfallarella” - Afasi & Filthy

“Without Words” - Ray LaMontagne

“Not About Angels” – Birdy

“No One Ever Loved” - Lykke Li

“Wait” - M83

“Tee Shirt” - Birdy

I'm very excited about Ed Sheeran being on the soundtrack!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Date Published: April 15, 2014

Genre: YA fiction, contemporary, romance, family

Pages: 368 (hardback)

Age Range: 13+ (Mentions of sex, drinking, and there is a bit of cussing, but only a few words).


What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


First off, I love the cover! It's unique and pretty, and it stands out well on a bookshelf. I like the font for the title; it looks like someone wrote out the title with a Sharpie. (Though, I do question the disco ball that sits in the corner on top of the plant...).

The bond between the Song girls is strong, uplifting, and sweet. The family has a strong connection; they are all very close and loving.

Since their mother has died they all have leaned on Margot for support and guidance, but when she goes to Scotland, Lara Jean becomes the care-taker for her father and younger sister, Katherine (Kitty for short). Lara Jean expected things to be a little crazy once her older sister left, but she did not expect so many twists and turns.

The writing is good; it's a quick, easy read (another perfect book for summer reading again Jenny!). The storyline is fun and interesting. The characters are great; Margot the seemingly confident Song girl, Kitty is the bouncy, cute younger Song girl, and Lara Jean is the not-so confident, not-so realistic and easy going sister. And, of course, what's a teen girl book without a few hot guys? Peter seems like your classic, hot athlete, but there is more to him than just that. And then there's Josh, the cute boy next door with the fun, easy-going personality.

This book really brings to life the love between sisters, and a bond between a family. I was satisfied with the ending--I thought it was sweet--but some of you might not be. Hopefully there will be a sequel.

One of my favorites by Jenny Han is, The Summer I Turned Pretty.