Review: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

9 May

Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Genre: YA Dystopia

Source: Won on Twitter

Summary:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Wow. Just… there are absolutely no words for what I’m feeling. So okay, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t a big fan of Divergent, though I was very excited for Insurgent. It just didn’t do it for me; it was a good book but not as good as I’d hoped it’d be. But Insurgent completely blew me away.

I was sort of hesitant at the beginning, because 1. I hadn’t re-read it before Insurgent came out, so I was really confused on what was happening, and my mind kept confusing things with Matched by Ally Condie… My mind is mean when I’m trying to read. After about 3 chapters it all came back so it became clear again.

Then the story flowed easily, though it was really, really long and I had my SAT that week, so it took me a while to finish it. The story has a lot of things going on, and there are some things that happen really fast, and others that I wish Veronica Roth would’ve written a longer version of.

Tris is a character that I did not like very much in Divergent, and up to half of Insurgent, I wasn’t so fond of her either. And I adored Four. Again, up until half of the book. Tris was very impulsive in her actions, which made me frustrated for her, and Four was someone who though things over. But then they changed and Four started treating her sort of bad, and Tris became so much more Dauntless in my mind than she was before. I understood why she did the things she did, and I wanted Four to support her decisions. Ultimately, I became a big fan of Tris. I liked the values represented in the book, and how characters are influenced deeply by these.

I won’t ruin the ending for you guys, but OH MY GOSH. You will absolutely love it, and it answers so many questions, yet leaves so many more hanging. I can’t wait for the third book to come out!

5 Stars for this one!

Book News! Tahereh Mafi announces novella!

9 May

Tahereh Mafi has a great announcement for us, guys! This is the video she posted, (ALSO, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SHATTER ME, PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN SHE SAYS YOU SHOULD MUTE YOUR COMPUTERS!)

Her original blog post here

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

9 May

 Reached

   by Ally Condie
   Series: Matched (#3)
   Expected release date: November 13th, 2012
   Genre: YA Dystopian
   Summary: 
Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Matched TrilogyAfter leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been a ssigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

9 May

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top 10 list is:

Top 10 Quotes from Books

10. “Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
― Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games

9. “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass

8. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― Dr. SeussThe Lorax

7. “When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
― John GreenLooking for Alaska

6. “Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Last Song

5. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

4. “I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”
― Kristin CashoreGraceling

3.  “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

2. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are book which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

1. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In Our Mailbox (4)

7 May

For review (NetGalley):

      

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (Thank you, St. Martin’s Griffin!)

Timepiece, by Myra McEntire (Thanks, Egmont USA!)

One Moment, by Kristina McBride (Thanks, Egmont USA!)

Bought:

      

Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan

YA Releases of the Week: May 7-11 2012

7 May

Clicking on the picture will take you to the book Goodreads page 🙂

May 8th:

      Pretty Amy

      

   Second Chance Summer   First Comes Love

The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)   Revived   Enchanted

Chained   City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)   Until I Die (Revenants, #2)

Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2)   Endure (Need, #4)   Ferocity Summer

Fall from Grace    See You at Harry's

May 10th:

  The Summer My Life Began

Lovely Listopia! (1)

6 May

Lovely Listopia is a weekly meme (on Saturdays)  in which book bloggers discuss our favorite Goodreads list of the week and post it on our blog, along with summaries, opinions, pictures, etc! It gives us bloggers a chance to share with you books going from “Upcoming releases” to most beautiful covers!

This week’s favorite list: Books That Should Be Made Into Movies

Complete list can be found here

1. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

I know this is already being made, but it should come out NOW! I’m so excited for City of Lost Souls on Wednesday!

2. The Host (The Host #1)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

Again, already been made actually! It finished filming about a week ago! I’m not in love with the actor choices, but it definitely gets me excited.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol– a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before… and surprising readers at every turn.

ONCE AGAIN, will be made. But it’s awful that I have to wait more than a year for this! The first one was amazing, but I CAN’T wait for the second one.

Uglies (Uglies #1)

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

NOW THIS! Oh, my! One of the best books I’ve read, and it really, really, should be made into a movie. Just imagine the… what were they called… hoverboards? Imagine those!

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.