June Book Haul!

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As you can see, I went out of character and bought three paperbacks on kind of a whim. I mean, when the kindle copy is $10.99 and the paperback is $7, you kind of let logic guide your mouse, lol. These three have been on my to-read list for what feels like millennia, so the fact that they should be arriving in a few days has me feeling like:

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And with new books to read, that means I’ll finally be able to post some reviews again. And that makes me want to get down like my friend Napoleon here.

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Comment below if any of these titles are on your to-read list, or if you’ve already had a crack at one or all three. I’d love to know what you thought of it/them!

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Old Review Look Back: Divergent

I recently watched the movie Divergent, the likes of which I’ve watched a few times, and it made me want to go back and read my review that I originaly posted for the book from three years ago. It’s pretty entertaining to see what your thoughts were on something from way back and to see how they have changed over the years. And since I’ve been in such a reading rut lately and haven’t been able to post any new reviews, I thought I would repost my old review for Divergent by Veronica Roth for you all.

P.S. I challenge all of my readers to go back and read through some of your thoughts on a few of your favorite reads from back in the day 😉 I bet it’ll either make you smile or cringe terribly. Or maybe both lol.

 

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Synopsis:

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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

REVIEW

First off, I cannot see how you can’t give this book at least a 3 star rating. If you did, then you apparently don’t have a taste for dystopian fiction. But then again everyone has a right to their own opinion. So…back to the book.

I loved it.

Honestly, I didn’t have the greatest expectations at first. I thought this was going to be boring and probably not a well thought out plot, but I could not have been more wrong. This author came up with the most incredible world pact full with such minute details you felt like you were living the story alongside the characters. And for me, that is one of the most important elements I look for in a dystopian. This got an A + + for world building.

Now what can I say about Tris…she is one kick ass heroine who can joke with you one moment and the next put a bullet through your head. What I’ve noticed from other books in this genre with their heroines is that they are either too cocky, too sweet, too whiny, or just down right boring. Tris is a character that anyone can relate to, and you want to root for throughout the book.

I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes action, drama, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of suspense. A perfect read.
AUTHOR INFO

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

WEBSITE: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Gods by Mary Ting review

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Synopsis:

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.

Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever before she heads off to college. Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she’d just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.

Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the decedents of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?“

REVIEW

Ever since The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I’ve loved the whole gods mythology thing. I just think the world of dysfunctional gods is funny and intriguing, and so now I actively look for the genre. And it came as no surprise when I came across “From Gods” on my recommended page on Amazon.

From Gods is about Skylar Rome, a recent high school graduate who’s staying with her aunt and cousin for the summer. Since her aunt is short staffed at her diner, Skylar and her cousin offer to help out. On her first day, the Grand brothers come in and Skylar can tell right away that something isn’t right about them. Not only that, but she’s more than positive that the youngest Grand brother was the cop that pulled her over the day before for seemingly no reason. When curious events start happening that threaten Skylar’s life on more than one occasion, she starts questioning herself and her family ancestry. And though he’s always there to save her, Mason seems to absolutely despise Skylar. The questions soon get answers in “From Gods.”

I thought this book was an interesting take on Greek mythology. Every author seems to spin in it in a different way, and I liked Ms. Ting’s version. Being well rounded, thought out, and having good plot twists made this an enjoyable read for me. I like being surprised, and figuring out who Skylar was was a fun mystery to unravel. I thought Skylar herself was a relatable and fun character who took the whole Greek gods thing in a very real way: fearful. If I was her, I’d probably freak out and then run for the hills. But she’s the kind of girl that’s wants answers and will get them, no matter how harsh the reality.

Then we have the Grand brothers. Seemingly mysterious with their model good looks and lack of parents. But their obvious wealth just adds to their charm. From the beginning I liked Nick, the second to youngest brother of the four. I thought he was fun  and lightened up the story when things were getting a bit dismal. Now Mason on the other hand took some getting used to. I wasn’t a fan of his wishy washy personality or his rudeness towards Skylar. It seemed like he’d want her one second and then one page later he’d talk himself out of it. This cycle happened at least six times in the book. Skylar also talked herself into thinking he liked her more than just a, well whatever they were to each other, friend isn’t the right word, to then just up and dismiss the idea because of one of Mace’s rude gestures. I can get maybe doing the “does he like me?” thing once or twice. But SIX TIMES on both of their parts? That was getting a bit annoying to be honest. Another thing I wasn’t crazy about was Remus and Everett, the oldest of the Grand brothers. Just…eh. Not a fan AT ALL. If you read it you’ll understand.

My final pet peeve was the end of the book. More specifically, the last ten pages or so. The whole book Mason is closed off and emotionally unavailable, and then all of a sudden he’s saying stuff and basically pouring out his heart about whatever and it just doesn’t work. The disconnect was too much and I thought some of it was just the biggest ball of cheese I’ve ever read. But then again I’m a girl that likes a bit of reality, even if the book is a work of fiction. It’s not like you’d be saying half the crap Mason did towards the end in real life. Heck, it didn’t even make any sense for him to say it in the book. But, whatever. Just my view.

From Gods by Mary Ting = 3.5 stars