Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent
Series:  Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre:  Dystopian, YA, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date:  May 1st 2012
Pages:  592
Format: Hardcover (Collector’s Edition)
Source: Purchased
View/Purchase:  Goodreads, Chapters/Indigo.ca/KOBO, Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository
Rating: 

Reason chosen:  


Best the first novel was freakin’ amazing


Summary taken from Goodreads:

One choice can transform you, or destroy you. 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.


Review:

Oh. My. Lordy. What the heck is going on? I am captivated. I want to know more. I love Four...most of the time. I disliked Tris...most of the time. And everything has just changed. Finally...finally we know more about how their world came to be. There are some traitors (who make me cry), and both Tris and Four act a little pig-headed. But, this book...this book was amazing. I don’t even know how much I can say because I’m worried about ruining it for other who haven’t read it, but lets just say that Tris is a little reckless after everything she’s been through. Tris and Four are both going through their own psychological things. Tris is worried about people she loves dying and people dying for her, where Four is worried about people he loves leaving him, or betraying him. Really they are having a tough time of it. And so is the rest of the factions. You can’t really tell who is on who’s side because they are all trying to stick to their principles, well their faction’s principals. However, a lot of people change in this novel. It kept me on my toes and stopped me from being able to put it down. 

Good:

The characters. All of them. I can’t seperate them. There are some good and some bad things about each character and you see them pretty clearly define in this novel. 

Bad: 

I don’t know. I don’t think there are any because I can’t wrap my mind around how awesome this book was to be able to look at anything else.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I cannot wait to see these come onto the big screen and I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the last novel. Some people say they don’t like the actors that were chosen, but I say let the movie speak for itself and only judge it after you’ve watched it. Its crazy to think that I had been putting this series off so long because there was soo much hype about it and I was afraid that I would be disappointed. Not the case. Veronica Roth deserves the hype she is getting and can definitely understand how the book became so popular.

Quotes:

Click here to read some of my favourite quotes!

Previously In the Series:

Divergent (#1)-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

Allegiant (#3) ETA: October 22nd 2013.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of dystopian, or post-apocalyptic YA novels...then read this. Read this now.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines, Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris, You Are Mine by Janeal Falor, Dualed by Elsie Chapman, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Read Completely: 
Yes


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Author Info:
Twitter: @veronicaroth

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Quotes: Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Here ares some of my favourite quotes from my recent read:
 #2: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Click title for review)

As always there may be some spoilers. Enjoy!

1. “Got that gun?” Peter says to Tobias. “No,” says Tobias, “I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs.”

2. “Sleep,” he says. “I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”
“With what?” 
“My bare hands, obviously.”

3. “I’ll be your family now,” he says.
“I love you,” I say.

4. “We're all right, you know,' he says quietly. 'You and me. Okay?' My chest aches, and I nod. 'Nothing else is all right.' His whisper tickles my cheek. 'But we are.” 

5. “I pout my lower lip for a second, but then I grin as the pieces come together.
"That's why you like me!" I exclaim. "Because you're not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.” 

6. “I’m not important. Everyone will do just fine without me,” I say.
“Who cares about everyone? What about me?” 

7. “You die, I die too.” Tobias looks over his shoulder at me. “I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.” 

8. “I read somewhere, one, that crying defies scientific explanation. Tears are only meant to lubricate the eyes. There is no real reason for tear glands to overproduce tears at the behest of emotion.
I think we cry to release the animal parts of us without losing our humanity. Because inside of me is a beast that snarls, and growls, and strains toward freedom, toward Tobias, and, above all, towards life. And as hard as I try, I cannot kill it.” 

9. “You look older.' 'Yes, well, the passage of time tends to do that to a person.”

10 “I think it would be easier to fight in a dress,” says Marlene, tapping her chin. “It would give your legs freer movement. And who really cares if you flash people your underwear, as long as you’re kicking the crap out of them?”
Lynn goes silent, like she recognizes that as a spark of brilliance but can’t bring herself to admit it.
“What’s this about flashing underwear?” says Uriah, sidestepping a bunk. “Whatever it is, I’m in.” 

11. “Be careful, though."
"Aren't I always?"
"No, I think the word for how you usually are is 'reckless.” 

12. “Let me get this straight. So you left the Dauntless compound to get ready for war... and took your makeup bag with you?"
"Yep. Figured it would be harder for anyone to shoot me if they saw how devastatingly attractive I was...” 

13. “Whoa there, Tobias," says the man to my left. "Weren't you raised a Stiff? I thought the most you people did was... graze hands or something."
"Then how do you explain all the Abnegation children?" Tobias raises his eyebrows.
"They are brought into being by sheer force of will," the woman on the arm of the chair interjects. "Didn't you know that, Tobias?"
"No, I wasn't aware." He grins. "My apologies.” 

14. “I wish we were alone,” he says.
“I almost always wish that,” I say.” 

15. “What do you think they're going to do to us when they find us guilty?" she says after a few minutes of silence have passed.
"Honestly?"
"Does now seem like the time for honesty?"
I look at her from the corner of my eye. "I think they're going to force us to eat lots of cake and then take an unreasonably long nap.” 

16. “Are you conceding?' he says, his mouth falling open with mock surprise. 'Seems like that serum did you some good after all...' 
I shove him as hard as I can. 'Take that back. Take it back now.' 
'Okay, okay!' He puts up his hands. 'It's just... I'm not very nice either, you know. That's why I like you so - ' 
'Out!' I shout, pointing at the door. 
Laughing to himself, Tobias kisses my cheek and leaves the room.” 

17. “Come on. Oh, for God’s sake. I’ll just carry you.”

18. “They must have given her too much of what?” he says.
“You have a nice voice,” I say.
“Tris,” he says, “please be quiet.”

19. “We had good cake,” I tell Caleb.
“We had fizzy drninks,” he says.
“Ah, but did you have a ledge overlook an underground river?” says Marlene, waggling her eyebrow. “Or a room where you faced all your nightmares at once?”
“No,” says Caleb, “and to be honest, I’m kind of okay with that.”
“Si-ssy,” sings Marlene.


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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Review: The Quarryman's Bride

The Quarryman’s Bride
Series:  Land of Shinning Water
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Genre:  Fictions, Romance, Historical, Christian
Release Date:  June 1st 2013
Pages:  352
Format: Paperback
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher fo review
View/Purchase:  Goodreads, Chapters/Indigo.ca/KOBO, Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository


Rating


Reason chosen:  

I was asked if I wanted to read it, and I did.


Summary taken from Goodreads:

Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated.

Years later, Emmalyne's family moves, and she and Tavin meet again. Their feelings for each other are as strong as ever, but their painful past and Emmalyne's father still stand between them. Soon both families are in the midst of the growing conflict rising between the workers at the granite quarry that Tavin's father owns and operates. When a series of near-fatal accidents occur, Tavin must figure out who is behind the attacks before someone gets killed.

Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love?

Review:

I knew this book wouldn’t let me down for a good wholesome romance, but, of course, with some mystery and drama wrapped in! I really enjoyed the first novel and the characters in it, and thankfully I enjoyed this story and these characters as well. I think I’ve always been a suck for the “one that got away” stories, and I loved the value that was places on family and duty in this novel and the fight that everyone has with these characteristics in their lives verses their heart. It had me crying, and had my hoping for the main characters. It was a book that I rather enjoyed reading and wouldn’t mind reading another book in the series.

Good:

The characters.--They were equally different and similar. 

Bad: 

There were some slow moments in the novel where I did find myself easily distracted.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was an enjoyable read. Bethany House publishing has yet to let me down with their historical romance novels, and this book is no exception. I found myself relating the characters and to their situations (a little bit). I smiled, I cried, and my heart fluttered with anticipation while reading this novel. 

Previously In the Series:

The Icecutter’s Daughter (#1)-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

The Miner’s Lady (#3) ETA: Sept 1st 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you love a good old fashion historical romance than this is a book for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell, Swept Away by Mary Connealy, Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and ShortStraw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely: 
Yes


Author Info:

Author Website/Blog: http://traciepeterson.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraciePetersonAuthor?ref=ts

This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review. 
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (06.25.2013) Top Ten Books I've Read so Far in 2013


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and The Bookish

This weeks "Top Ten Tuesday" is: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Check out the previous and upcoming topics here!

Here they are, and in no specific order.




Divergent #1
Veronica Roth

This book was amazing!


Wait For You #1
Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book was crazy and awesome all at the same time.


The Secret #1
Jessica Sorensen

Ella and Micha....Forever! I loved it!


Megan Vernon

This book was filled with politics, and romance, and messed up situations. But it rocked. Oh, lord did it rock.


Drew + Fable #1
Monica Murphy

This was the craziest of the crazy and one of the best New Adult books ever!


Drew + Fable #2
Monica Murphy

The sequel. Just as crazy and messed up as the previous.


Baby Doll #1
Heidi Acosta

This book was awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!


8. Dualed
Dualed #1
Elsie Chapman

Although this book has some similarities with Hunger Games it was also a great dystopian novel in my opinion.


Arum #1
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Written in the world of the Lux series we get the other side of the story with the Arum! And...a lot more sexiness.


10. REAL
Real, Raw, & Ripped #1
Katy Evans

There was a lot of emotion in this book...I don't know how else to explain it. 




What are your Top Ten Books you've read this year?
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Review: Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger
Series:  Beautiful Bastard #2
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre:  Adult, Contemporary
Release Date:  April 16th 2013
Pages:  342
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
View/Purchase:  Goodreads, Chapters/Indigo.ca/KOBO, Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository

Rating:

Reason chosen:  


The first book blew my breath away so I was grabbing for the second when I realized it came out!

Summary taken from Goodreads:

A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series. 

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

Review:

Turn on the air conditioner. Better yet, crank it up high. The sexy sexy writing of Christina Lauren is back. Now the first one set the bar and I was all over and loving the first book. This one was pretty friggin awesome too. Maybe it was the crazy place, or maybe it was the sexy accent (probably the sexy accent), but I was drawn into this crazy whirlwind romance. Now there were some moments that I didn’t really see the appeal in (the camera moments with just a hand on the hip, and there was a lot of those moments) so, it wasn’t as great as the first one. But, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t crazy good. It was. It was. And I definitely like Max. Tehehehehe. There was some background story, some Bennet and Chloe, a lot of sexy moments. The smile that I had made my face ache. And, I am so excited for the next book in the series.

Good:

Max- max. Maxmaxmaxmaxmax. Mmmmm...And he actually wants to be in a relationship. Dear lordy.
Here is how I pictured Max. And, he even has the sexy accent to match.


Sara--Messed up and for good reasons. But she is feisty and trying to be free. I like her.

Bad: 

Well I guess some stuff I wasn’t really feeling, and it wasn’t as passionate as the first for me. 

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall it was sexerific. It was Purrrty. It made me giggle, and made me angry. It was the right amount of ou la la, and yeah! The writing of Christina Lauren is just as awesome as it was in the first book, but the characters and the stories are very different, which is something that I always love. It had me guessing and wondering what was going to happen, while it also had me smiling and loving these characters every minute. There were some moments when I thought “uummm...ok” but there were many more times when I was busy giggling. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

Previously In the Series:

Beautiful Bastard (#1)-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

Beautiful Bombshell (#2.5) ETA: September 3rd 2013

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Beautiful Player (#3) ETA: October 29th 2013

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Beautiful Beginning (#3.5) ETA: November 18th 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of some seriously steamy and romantic...well, romance novels, then this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Proposition by Katie Ashley, Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde, The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James, A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James, The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca Breathless series by Maya Banks, Fable & Drew series by Monica Murphy, Wait For You by J. Lynn, REAL by Katy Evans, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, Wife for Hire by Christine Bell, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst, Something About You by Julie James, Play-By-Play series by Jaci Burton, Wanted! By Vicki Lewis Thompson, Turn it On by Vivian Arend, Don’t Mess WithTexas by Christie Craig, Weldon series by Jennifer Saints, Stephanie Plumseries by Janet Evanovich

Read Completely: 
Yes


Author Info:


Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right) have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. This is not the first erotic romance they’ve ever written . . . but it is the first one under this name. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier.



Twitter: @seeCwrite, and @lolashoes

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