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Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: Hardcover 489 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Date Published: May 3rd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
My Rating: 

Beatrice”Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage atwhich teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of fivefactions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor,Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and herselfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Herchoice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group,but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortaldanger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with acaptivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extremecircumstances.
My Review
Not my favoritebook but does deserve five stars because it really was great. Many comparedthis to The Hunger Game and I can seewhy. They are very different books but it gives you that same feeling of thecharacters having no other choice but to live by what society has planned foryou. You can say, “well it sounds like any other dystopian story” but it’s alittle more than that. Oh and also that “I can’t stop reading it” feeling. Bythe way, if you have not read The HungerGames yet you have not lived. Back to Divergent,it had great characters and good twists. The romance was not overworkedlike most YA books. There was plenty of action. It was also perfectly pacedwhich is something you have to appreciate because it is one thing not everyauthor can accomplish so effortlessly.
Another book Icould not put down. Excited for the second book to come out!
I recommend thisbook to everyone. I believe there is a little something for everyone in thisstory.

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in 5 Stars, Debut Author Challenge, Review


The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Pages: Hardcover 240 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: January 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
My Rating: 

Veraand her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country thathas collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments,rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriendsKai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenlydisappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search ofhim-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timelyand eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YAdebut that’s impossible to forget. 

“Letus pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars is testament solely tohis pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see thefuture. I was parched just reading it.”-Laurie David, academy awardwinning producer of An InconvenientTruth, and author of The Downto Earth Guide to Global Warming
My Review
When I first readwhat this book was about I was eager to read it until I actually got to readingit then I had a lot of thoughts on it, some not so great. I will start of abouthow it made me feel… thirsty, really thirsty. Stracher made it possible for meto crave water, the way he explained the shortage of water and the way thecharacters were described, lips chapped and at the point of dehydration, I haveto say it was pretty intense, made me think about real life and how we mightnot be using water properly. That was probably the good part of the book, howthe author can make you feel a certain way and so extremely. Now I want to talkabout the so-so portion of the book. There was so much action, if you are intoaction filled book, this might be for you. In my opinion there was way too muchaction, so much that it was really improbable, which was disappointing becausethe topic of the lack of water was so realistic it was even easy to connectthen you get all this action that you get in corny movies in which you think toyourself, “how does that happen? Is that even possible? No one can have thatmuch luck. If it was real life they would have already been dead.” A lot ofaction in which I waited for something important to happen but nothing ever did,it just went from action to more action and so on. This book was not exactlymade for me but it was not so bad.
I recommend thisbook to anyone into action filled stories and into the dystopian genre.
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in 2.5 Stars, Debut Author Challenge, Review


Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: Hardcover 358 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’sPublishing
Date Published: March 22nd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
My Rating: 

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Geneticmutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less formost women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated inpolygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old RhineEllery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to breakloose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challengeshe can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter withwings. Editor’s recommendation.
Better summary of the book go here!
My Review
Amazing.Absolutely, remarkable.
What a strangebook. By strange I mean this book goes nowhere but goes everywhere at the sametime. Confusing, I know. The setting of this story pretty much stays the samethroughout the whole book, you don’t go on an adventure like most in most booksbut this story proves that you don’t need to! From the beginning this book capturesthe reader’s attention, from there on you become part of the story. I seriouslyfelt I was there with the characters in that house, even felt imprisoned. Ifelt seriously connected with this book.
The only thing Ididn’t like about this book was the guy characters, Gabriel I can stand but Istill feel he was missing something but I really can’t handle Linden, I reallydislike his character he annoys me and even grosses me out I have no idea why.I like the rest of the characters, each one is very unique, my favorite isJenna, and even Linden’s father is an interesting character. This book wasdifferent, besides the love triangle, there is no book like it, the story wasmorbid at times, I just loved it.
Okay one lastthing, out of all the books I’ve read I have only cried with at the most three,not even One Day made me cry, itshard for me to get emotional with just anything, but this book had a sectionwhere I couldn’t help it, it was way too sad and unexpected.
I recommend thisbook to EVERYONE!

Regarding 2011 Challenges

When I first heard about this challenge I was really excited I must say, but I have to admit that I am no longer as interested in the Young Adult genre as I was when I first heard about the challenge. In that case I am no longer going to continue with the DAC challenge because I don’t want to force myself to read something that I am not currently interested in reading only because I don’t want to give whatever book I am reading a bad review based on the mood I was in while reading the book. I did get to read FOUR of the twelve books I promised to read and there WILL be reviews for those four. I did have most of those twelve books on my lists already bought and in my bookcase in which case I might read them sometime in the future and there will obviously be reviews. Just because I am pausing the YA reading it does not mean that I no longer like them in any way because I do, those books were the first type of books I read and I still want to continue reading them, in which case I should mention that I am really excited for a couple of YA books that are coming out soon so please know that there will still be YA reviews. I still have plenty of YA reviews that I have to do so this blog will still be mainly YA based for a while.

As for the Stephen King Challenge, I will continue that challenge along with the goodreads challenge.


2011 Debut Author Challenge!

A challenge to read twelve or more books, YA or MG, from 2011 Debut Authors…

Pretty much fell in love with the challenge idea when I heard about it through Kate (CallMeCrazy YA Reviews) .

The Story Siren is hosting it for the third time and I must say i am really excited for it! Click here for more information about the challenge and a list of books you can choose from.

Since I am new to the blogging world I am really excited for this challenge, my first!

Thank you Lindsi and The Story Siren for the awesome buttons!

OKAY! Finally here are the books that I have chosen:

1. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher 1/1/11
2. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand 1/4/11
3. XVI by Julia Karr 1/6/11
4. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 1/8/11
5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 1/11/11
6. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer 2/15/11
7. I Am J by Chris Beam 3/1/11
8. The Liar Society (Liar Society #1) by Lisa and Laura Roecker 3/1/11
9. Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano 3/22/11
10. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth 5/3/11
11. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 5/23/11
12. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab 8/2/11

Most excited about!!!

Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano 3/22/11
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 5/23/11
XVI by Julia Karr 1/6/11
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 1/8/11
Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand 1/4/11


Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Debut Author Challenge