April 6, 2014

Series Sunday: Insurgent

(Insurgent #2)


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"Insurgent. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent." ~ pg. 264

My Series Sunday pick is Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Beatrice "Tris" Prior lives in a futuristic Chicago. The city is divided into five factions (groups formed to seek a single-minded goal):


  • Abnegation (the selfless)
  • Amity (the peaceful)
  • Candor (the honest)
  • Dauntless (the brave)
  • Erudite (the intelligent)

Tris' initiation day should have been celebratory. Instead, the day ended with a war among the factions in this second book of the series. Tris tries to save friends, family and even her enemies all while learning to embrace her divergence. The romance between Tris and Four still played a backseat role in this book.

How can I put this? I would be super pissed if I waited one year for this sequel. How was Insurgent a Goodreads Choice 2012 winner? Who voted for this? What in the entire fuck was this book about?! It is 300 pages of confusing action. I thought factions were realistic after I finished reading the first book of this trilogy, Divergent. I can totally see the world being divided into personality groups and controlled by the government. But if the chaos and disorder described in Insurgent is any indicator, I want no parts of it. What a disappointment. I barely want to finish this trilogy now.

WARNING: The book trailer below may fool you too.


Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 2012
Pages: 305
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♡

 

April 4, 2014

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.


"Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. 'Was I minus numbers?'"

~ Room by Emma Donoghue

 

April 2, 2014

The Memory Child


"This was a perfect moment. In the silence, with the hint of dawn peeking through the curtains, where promises of a better day were offered." ~ pg. 241

Brian and Diane's marriage has lasted 13 years. Brian is elated when he finds out his wife, Diane, is pregnant. Finally they will become parents. But Diane is nervous because of her family's dark past and the timing of the pregnancy. One year later, the tides have changed. Diane is overjoyed with baby Grace. However, Brian has not returned from opening a new office in London. Everyone around Diane is treating her delicately as if all is not as it seems.

A couple chapters in and I was sure I knew what was going on. Deeper into the book and I still thought I had it figured out. I've read enough family drama novels to piece together how a dark past collides with the present. Silly me. I was partly wrong.

This is my first book read by Steena Holmes. Her Emma series has been in my TBR pile for a while. So it was a perfect opportunity to review an advance copy of her new release The Memory Child. Oh, am I glad! Steena Holmes is an author that can grip me from the first pages, force me to keep reading and forget my real-life responsibilities for the day.

It is a challenge to write about contemporary issues like postpartum psychosis. Kudos to the author for clearly doing her research and penning a fiction novel that belongs in the best of family drama genre.


DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: The Memory Child
Author: Steena Holmes
Published: March 2014
Pages: 244
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

April 1, 2014

Too Blessed to be Stressed


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

The Bible Promise Book: Too Blessed to be Stressed edition is full of inspiring Bible promises to revitalize your spirit. Each featured scripture is encouraging to the modern woman who is busy, stressed yet blessed. This unique edition is full of promises we can trust and help us get through the day. Topics include coping with loss, faith, dealing with difficult people, finding peace and living gratefully. This book is great for those still searching for a devotional. The format allows you to easily find the passage you need at a particular time. The paperback releases today (April 1, 2014). Don't be a fool and leave this on a bookshelf.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: The Bible Promise Book: Too Blessed to be Stressed Edition
Author: Debora M. Coty
Published: April 2014
Pages: 177
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥

 

March 30, 2014

Series Sunday: Divergent

(Divergent #1)


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"Welcome to the day we honor the democratic philosophy of our ancestors, which tells us that every man has the right to choose his own way in this world. Or, it occurs to me, one of five predetermined ways." ~ pg. 32

My Series Sunday pick is Divergent, the first book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Beatrice "Tris" Prior is a sixteen-year-old living in dystopian Chicago. The city is divided into five factions (groups formed to seek a single-minded goal):

  • Abnegation (the selfless)
  • Amity (the peaceful)
  • Candor (the honest)
  • Dauntless (the brave)
  • Erudite (the intelligent)


On an appointed day, all 16 year olds are given simulation tests and the chance to pick which faction to devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice must decide whether to stay with her Abnegation family or transfer to Erudite or Dauntless. In the initiation process, Tris is struggling to rank high among peers and keep a secret hidden that could mean death if it is revealed.

The unexpected romance took a backseat. It took me 64% into the book to "get it." I couldn't understand why it was a bad thing, let alone dangerous, to be divergent. What is wrong with being multi-faceted? Then it clicked. The government wants to control society and have everyone act and think according to their assigned factions. Divergents pose a threat because they belong to more than one faction and cannot be conditioned or predictable. Divergents' brains are spread across different factions making it impossible for the government to control them. So bottom line, divergents must be killed. Sound confusing? You are not alone; but that is my explanation. Readers of the series, please chime in with your thoughts. Then check back soon for my rating of the movie adaptation. I hope it is clearer on the big screen.

My edition is the complete series collection. It includes Q&A with the author, quotations that inspired Divergent, a playlist, writing tips, and a faction quiz with results (my favorite of the bonus material).

Other than the obvious confusion of the plot, I look forward to watching the movie adaptation and continuing the series. I don't know where the author came up with this idea but the thought of factions is not unrealistic. I can totally see the world being divided into personality groups and controlled by the government. Wait—isn't that already happening?

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 2011
Pages: 329
Edition: eBook
Book Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Movie Rating: (To Be Updated Soon)

 

March 28, 2014

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.


"I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget."

~ Allegiant by Veronica Roth