The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

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The world:

Nalini Singh has created a fantastic, unique world with a mix of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you get introduced to a world that is populated by three races – the Psy, a powerful race of humans who have incredible powers of the mind, the Changelings, shapeshifters, and then just the plain old humans. These three races live together, but at the same time very much apart. The Psy, in an effort to eradicate an unavoidable predisposition to violence, have embraced Silence, a protocol that removes all emotions. But, emotions are part of human nature and the Psy race soon discovers that Silence is going to fall. The series begins with one Psy, Sascha Duncan on her way to “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic removal of everything she ever was. But when Sascha meets leopard changeling Lucas Hunter everything changes, and the world of the Psy and Changelings begin to collide.

What I thought:

My overall rating:  4 Stars

I picked up the first book in this series and proceeded to read each and every one, one after the other. I completely immersed myself in this world for a couple of weeks and enjoyed having some many books to read all at once. Each book in the series focuses on one couple. Not all of them are Psy/Changeling mixes and I think that gives the series more depth, however I do confess that I was a little disappointed by some of the matches, just because you kind of hope for the power of an interrace mix. But overall I give the series a solid 4 stars. I really LOVED some of the books (most of them actually), while some of them fell a little flat, but the world is so phenomenal that you get caught up in the amazingness of the stories. I really found myself wanting to be a part of this world and could definitely enjoy my own dominant changeling 😉

I liked that the books switched between different POVs, however I didn’t get a little frustrated at times. Just when the main story was getting to a good part, she would jump to a completely separate characters POV and at times I felt like some of the info was unnecessary. I will give Singh props for her ability to build suspense and sexual tension though.

The books all had great love stories and really got my blood pumping. I fell in love with almost all the male leads and could not wait to read about the side characters after each book. I really liked that even the “submissive” characters had backbone, and loved the brilliantly thought out structure of both the PsyNet and Changeling society. I would definitely recommend this series to all paranormal romance lovers and can honestly say that this is a totally unique look at shifters for those who love that genre too.

Reading order:

  • Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2)
  • Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings, Book 3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changelings, Book 4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings, Book 6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling, Book 8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy/Changeling, Book 9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling, Book 10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, Book 11)
  • Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling, Book 12)
  • Shield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling, Book 13)
  • Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14)

Insurgent Movie Review

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The latest installment in the movie series adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent novels was released this past week. Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off with Tris, Tobias, Caleb and Peter hiding from the Erudite and Dauntless members who want them dead. Tris and Tobias want to find the rest of Dauntless, those who are not loyal to Jeanine, and put an end to the devastation created by Jeanine’s attack on Abnegation. While Tris fights to hide her inner demons, they are sucked into a war and uncover secrets that could change their world forever.

Having read this book I knew what was coming and the big secrets that get revealed. I also knew from the trailer, that the movie wasn’t going to follow the book as closely as we would have expected, and I was right. The movie changed a lot of elements that were in the book and left out a fair few parts that I’m sure will be missed by those who read the books. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

blog_movie_image3This franchise was so well casted. There’s nothing worse than waiting for your favourite book to come to life and the cast just doesn’t do it justice, but with a rising all-star cast, all my favourite (and hated) characters were well portrayed. Shailene Woodley and Theo James bring this story to life in such a phenomenal way. Sporting an awesome new haircut, Woodley takes on the role of Tris with gusto and brought to life the kick-ass chick from the books (though she can cry real ugly), while James is able to be both kind, hard, fearless, and loving, everything Four/Tobias is in the book. Not surprising, Miles Teller is also an excellent choice for the role of Peter and Ansel Elgort puts on a great performance as Caleb. Kate Winslet reprises her role as Jeanine and is still as evil as ever. Each played their roles to a T, and even though the events were changed, the final outcome of the story and character development came through in the end. 

blog_movie_image4I loved how action packed this movie was, from the first scene you were immersed in the world of Tris and you couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. Looking at this movie from the perspective of someone who didn’t read the books it was fun and entertaining. This is one of the first book adaptations where those who haven’t read the book don’t feel like they are missing anything. From the perspective of the die-hard book lovers, there are a few disappointments in the movie. They do leave out some key elements and characters like Johanna, Marcus, Uriah, Marlene and Tori don’t feature as prominently as in the books, while Edward is excluded altogether (not surprisingly as he barely featured in the first movie).

At the end of the day, I think this movie was fantastic. Even though there were changes from the book I still enjoyed the story. The basis of what was in the books came out in the movie and the characters were so well played I enjoyed watching them. My only issue was that this movie really didn’t need to be in 3D, and I recommend you don’t watch it in 3D as some images are so dark you can barely see what’s happening. I’m incredibly excited to see what they do with the last book and I’m praying they don’t jump on the YA money making sham and split it into 2 movies.

Wanton Heat by Nicola Mars


20695946What it’s about:

With her job and her self-respect on the line, advertising executive and reformed bad-girl Zoe Keaton heads to Italy to score a vital business deal. Unfortunately, the guy she needs to convince is the wickedly hot—and totally closed-off—Prince Dominic Ricci, who has no intention of listening to her pitch. So with the queen’s help, Zoe does the only thing that will get the job done. She kidnaps him.

But the joke’s on her when the queen’s matchmaking strands Zoe and the prince on the royal family’s secluded island. Zoe vows not to mix business with pleasure—and prove that she’s more than a spoiled rich girl who bought her way to success—but when the prince turns up the heat, the chemistry between them ignites. Is it just sizzling sex, or could an Italian prince with a tragic past fall for a take-no-prisoners American? (via Goodreads)

What I thought:

My rating: 4 Stars

Once again Nicola Marsh has created a fun, sexy story that you just can’t put down. I loved getting to know Zoe in this book, in the previous book we get little snippets of who she is, but I really enjoyed getting more insight into her character. I also loved the plot to this story, kidnapping a prince and getting stranded on a deserted island for a couple of days… come on, that’s just the perfect kind of fun read.

I loved reading this, it was light and fun, with some steaminess thrown in. Marsh makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I love that she’s able to tell a full, well-built story in a short read. Sometimes you just want something quick and fun to read and Nicola Marsh is the perfect author for that.

World Apart Series by Nicola Marsh

Book 2: Towing the Line

22369563What it’s about:

Dani has made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution. Her plan is to turn over a new leaf – no drinking, no partying and definitely no boys. But when Dani meets sexy Aussie artist Ashton, he plans go out the window. But can Dani be the girl a guy like Ash deserves?

What I thought:

My rating: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I did mention that I wasn’t too fond of Dani as a character. I was hoping that reading her book would enamor her to me. I’m not saying I didn’t like her, I just couldn’t connect with her character. Having said that Marsh is a great storyteller and I enjoyed reading another book by her. Ash was a well written character and you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with him.

Overall this was a fun read with well built characters (despite my disconnect with Dani). I think Marsh is a phenomenal writer and I’m excited to start the next on.

Book 3: Blurring the Line

23119751What it’s about:

Annabelle has ventured out of her tiny town to study and once she has completed her degree at a college in Denver she’s planning on going home to her small town. But when she discovers her new mentor is Joel Goodes, the guy who once rocked her world, Annabelle realises that going home isn’t the only thing she wants.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say in again, Nicola Marsh is a fantastic storyteller. I love they way she’s able to tell you a captivating story from beginning to end, with developed characters and a story worth reading – all in a short novella. To me that’s a true test of a great writer.

I immediately fell in love with these characters. Annabelle is a quirky, fun character to read about. I loved that she was bold with Joel and went for what she wanted. I also couldn’t believe how much I felt for her. Every time Joel breaks her heart I felt it deep in my stomach. Joel was sexy and amazing and just a little difficult to read about sometimes. His insistence on pushing people away was a little frustrating and I have to admit that I didn’t buy his reasoning for it. But still I enjoyed the way the story played out.

All in all, this was a fun, emotional, sexy read and I really loved every page. I devoured it in one day and I wish Marsh would write more in this series.

Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch #2

17230264What it’s about:

Helena of Rivenloch has fire in her heart and battle in her blood, and she’s desperate to save her youngest sister from a fate worse than death…marriage. When Helena attempts and fails to slay the bridegroom, she does the next best thing…abducts his right-hand man, the witty and dashing Sir Colin du Lac, and demands her sister as ransom. But her plans go awry as her captive—amused and enchanted by her wild spirit—becomes a willing participant in her scheme, and Helena soon finds her own heart held hostage. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

What I thought:

My Rating: 4 Stars

It’s so easy to devour the books in this series, with strong-willed females in a world where men rule, you know that every page is going to be entertaining. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, not as much as the first, but still, Helena’s story was action-packed and exciting. The reason this book wasn’t as great as the first was because I found Helena’s impulsive nature a bit annoying. Campbell wrote her character well though, everything she did was on impulse and made for some frustrating, and entertaining moments. I do like that Helena stuck to her guns and wouldn’t allow herself to be dominated by a man, even if the way she went about it made me want to smack her.

Colin was a very entertaining character, I liked that he teased Helena and the way he charmed everyone. At one stage I really wanted him to go all caveman on her, just throw her over his shoulder and carry her back to Rivenloch. I’m so used to having hot, dominating Highlander men in these types of books and it’s quite entertaining to have the men be noble Normans who react a lot calmer to situations. They’re still damn hot though and I find that when they do go all “me Tarzan, you Jane” on the ladies, you can’t help but fall in love with them.

The way this storyline was built was fantastic, I loved that it ran parallel to the events in the first book and that we get to see Pagan and Deirdre’s relationship through someone else’s eyes. It was fascinating to see how Helena reacted to their relationship and how Colin viewed the events of the first book. Campbell does a great job of building excitement and mystery for the next book and I have no doubt that she has saved the best for last. I’m excited to get started and see what sweet, timid Miriel is really like.

Heart of a Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Book 3: Connor Clan Series

What it’s about:

Travis Connor is a fierce warrior tasked with killing demons and saving the world. His brother Faelan has been locked in a time vault and Travis isn’t going to leave him alone. He’s going after Faelan but when he gets woken up he  finds himself locked up, with no memory of who he is. Then Anne, one of the Connor Clan warriors, shows up looking for answers. As Travis and Anne get closer, they discover secrets that none of the warriors where expecting.

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My Rating: 4 Stars

After 3 years of waiting I finally got another taste of the Connor Clan – and damn did it taste good.

I really LOVE this series, everything about it is so captivating from the characters, to the story, to the amazing world. What initially drew me to the first book was the idea of classic highland warrior in the modern world, and it was really great to get that aspect of the story again.

I really only have two itsy-bitsy issues with this book. One was that Clenney doesn’t recap anything, so I found myself a little lost at time, I would definitely recommend you reread the first two if you want to feel as lost as Travis does. The second was that the romance was a little dulled, it wasn’t bad and I didn’t feel like the characters were mismatched, I just felt like there could have been more. Most the intimate interactions between Travis and Anne where short and at times a little dispassionate. But I still loved them.

I really enjoyed this story. I liked that Anne was a bit screwed up and tough, and Travis was just amazing. I liked the way the story played out and the twist that knocked my head back. It was a great ride and I really found myself red-eyed at 2am saying “just one more chapter”.

It was great to get reacquainted with all the other characters again but like said, I would have like a little bit more of a recap at times. I also felt like I should have read Angus: A Highland Warrior Brief first, although I think some key secrets are revealed in the short. Either way I’m definitely going to read it soon.

It really was so great to be sucked into this world again and to read about some hot highland hunks. I remember now why I loved Ronan so much and after this ending I cannot WAIT for the next book.

Dear Miss Clenney,

PLEASE WRITE FASTER!

Check out my review of book 1 and 2 here: Connor Clan Series Review

Living in Sin by Isabel Lucero

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What it’s about:

Jace Jamison is every woman’s fantasy. He’s rich, sexy and incredible in bed – he’s also an escort. Jace likes his job but he knows it’s not something he can do forever,  and when he meets Adrienne everything changes. Adrienne has had a sexual drought and when she meets Jace, she’s eager to quench her thirst, but she’s seen him with lots of different women and she’s not sure she can do the one night stand thing. Luckily, that’s not what Jace wants. Jace finally convinces her to go out with him but when women from his work world start meeting Adrienne, his secret might just be what breaks them. 

What I thought:

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a light, fun read with plenty of HOT sex. I was really in the mood for something light that would just entertain me with no complicated back story – and that’s exactly what I got. 

Jace is an amazing character, I loved that he was intelligent and wanted more from life. In the beginning you see that the Escort business is not something he is ashamed of, even enjoys it sometimes, but that he does view it as a job. I think it worked well for the story that he was already planning on quitting and that it wasn’t this unrealistic romantic gesture for Adrienne. That’s really what made the story great for me, you experience this in a very realistic way and I enjoyed that telling of the story as well as the characters. 

It definitely kept me captivated I was eager to find out how Adrienne would learn about Jace’s job and how it would play out. I think it all came together so well and the only reason I didn’t give the book the full 5 stars was because I thought it should have ended a little sooner. I think the last 2 chapters were unnecessary, but I did like the small taste of Troy’s book. I’m excited to read the next one, even though I didn’t love Emily that much. 

Black Dagger Brotherhood 4 – 6 by J.R. Ward

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So I’m steadily ploughing through this series and while some of the books have been amazing and I love them, others have been a bit disappointing. The world is amazing and the characters are captivating, but Ward’s writing style can get a bit frustrating. having said that I’m still very much stuck into this series and I’m reading on.

Book 4: Lover Revealed

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Butch O’Neal was a tough, no nonsense cop, before he got sucked into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now, his best friend is a vampire warrior who glows when he’s angry and he’s in love with a vampire female who won’t give him the time of day. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a vampire civilian, his love might be the only thing that saves him… and he’s going to have to figure out how to keep her and the Brotherhood.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

“Darkness will never take me… because I have you.”

So here’s the deal with this book – I loved the story, loved the twists and LOVED Butch… but Marissa made me want to tear my hair out. Hence the 3.5 rating. I really find it amazing that Ward can write such incredible stories, rich with hot men, mystery and passion, and yet the female lead is annoying and weak. 

The thing for me is that I really love the Brotherhood and I think that each guy needs a woman like Beth and Bella, strong and loving. Mary was weak and a little whiny but Marissa was way worse. I’m not going to lie, I’ve out read the whole virgin thing and personally I think the only genre where a virgin is acceptable is Historical Romance, because it just makes sense there. But in modern society a virgin can be boring, but hey at least they knows what’s doing… but a 300 year old virgin?! Yeah, that’s just too much. I would have preferred if Marissa wasn’t so ignorant about sex, her lack of knowledge and Butch’s need to explain things to her made their relationship passionless and also a little awkward to read about. I also didn’t like her response to Butch wanting to fight. I felt like she was selfish and wanted a pet, not a man. By the end of the book she got a little better and I’m sure she’ll be ok from other characters POV in the next books, but not my favourite at all.

Having said that, the book was great. I loved Butch’s story and I really liked that we got to learn more about him. I have to admit, I kinda figured everything out quite early in the book but it was still great to see how it all played out. I also really enjoyed getting a bigger glimpse into V’s world and I’m SO excited to read his book. John’s story is also building really nicely with each book and Ward has done a great job of keeping me fully engrossed in the BDB world.

Book 5: Lover Unbound

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Vishous is the brother with some serious urges. He also has a curse that haunts him and because of it he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when he’s almost killed by a Lesser and taken to a human hospital, he put in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. V finds himself lost in this human and he will reveal his inner pain and get a taste true pleasure for the first time – until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her.

 

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” – Vishous

For about 80% of this book I was ready to put it in my favourites shelf, professing my love for Ward and splattering the word ‘brilliant’ and ‘masterpiece’ whenever someone asked me a question, any question. This is definitely the best book in the series so far and I can’t tell you how much I loved the characters and the storyline. Ward revealed some secrets and dropped some serious bombs, and in the end I was in the fetal position crying and rocking back and forth. And… that’s the problem. I was so unbelievably heartbroken by the ending and even though there was a semi happy ending I still didn’t love it. 

I kinda feel like this series revolves around John Matthews. While this book gave us so much of V and Jane, John was a big featuring character and we really get to know him so very well. I really love him and his relationship with Blay and Quinn. But what stole my heart in this book was the relationship between John and Z. Reading this book I fell in love with Z all over again and he really is just such an amazing character. While I want to cry when Ward changes POV’s from Jane or V to other characters, I also couldn’t wait to get more of John. I think his book is going to amazing.

Vishous and Jane are just AWESOME! I think Jane was the perfect female for V. At first I was a little annoyed that she was human but she held her own so well and was strong enough to stand up to any Vampire. V is just… incredible. I love him, out of all the brothers he’s my favourite. He made me feel everything from passion to deep sorrow. His sexual preferences and love of bondage made for some of the most erotic sex scenes ever. In the beginning of the book his interactions with Butch were so passionate and unbelievable. I’m not the biggest fan of M/M but I really kinda wished Butch and V would get together, just for the fact that V’s feelings for him where so intense. I couldn’t wait for them to be in a room together, even though I knew it was going to be painful, I really wanted them to be around each other.

Like I said, the ending wasn’t my favourite, not because it wasn’t good but because I wasn’t expecting something so heart wrenching and with everything V went through, I really thought he was going to have a great happy ending – which I guess he kinda did. 

This book was full of shocking moments, with intense secrets revealed and jaw dropping realisations. I truly loved it and will always have a place in my heart for V.

Book 6: Lover Enshrined

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Phury has made sacrifices his whole life, first for his twin brother and now for the good of the race, by becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive. He hasn’t been able to complete the ceremony with his First Mate, Cormia. She’s everything he wants but she was thrust into the position against her will and Phury won’t force her into anything. But when time runs out and Phury’s decisions remove him from everything he thought he wanted, Cormia might be the only thing that can save him.

What I thought:

My Rating:  3 Stars

Ok so this book wasn’t my favourite, there were just a few things about this books that I just did’t like. With that in mind I’m going to review this book in two parts – the things I liked and the things I didn’t.

What I Liked
John Matthews: This book gave us so much about John, in fact for me this book was more about John than Phury. I loved the insights we get into his world and the way he interacts with Quinn and Blay. It was also great to see where his passion for Xhex starts. I enjoyed his story and found myself waiting for the POV to change to him.

Quinn: I just love this guy! I can’t wait for his book. His relationship with Blay was so intense and really made me feel for them both.

Unfortunately, that was pretty much it for the like part.

What I didn’t Liked
Phury: I really wanted to like Phury, I really did, but I found that he annoyed me. I didn’t like the way his addiction was handled and his expulsion from the Brotherhood was frustrating. He did have his moments but for the most part he was more of a supporting character in the book. I felt like this book really wasn’t about him and when I wasn’t skimming through his parts, I was waiting for the PVO to change to John or Quinn. 

Cormia: I’m not even going to go into this one, I’ll just say that naivety is no longer sexy. I’m so tired of weak, submissive females who don’t know what a blowjob is. 

The writing style: While I truly believe Ward is a great story teller I find her writing style increasingly frustrating. She has described the layout of the compound in vivid detail in every book to the point that I feel like I live there. While I enjoy detail in a book, after book three I knew what the place looked like and didn’t need to know the shape of the stain in the corner. It’s actually kind of exhausting and I find myself skimming a lot. She’s also incredibly verbose, I feel like she swallowed a thesaurus. I’m a writer and well read and I still have to look up some of the words she uses. Not to mention the texting words like SOP and SOB. Some of them are obvious but most the time I have no clue what she’s trying to say. 

Switching of POV: Ok so I’m usually an advocate for different POV’s but I’m talking about switching between the two lead characters. While I’ve enjoyed the POV’s of John and the other Brotherhood in these books, it’s starting to take away from the lead characters. I mean for me only about 40% of this book had anything to do with Phury or Cormia. I find it quite frustrating when you are enjoying the storyline and then all of the sudden the chapter ends and she switches to a completely different POV, likeLesser. It makes the story feel a bit like a soap opera and I end up feeling like a week has past when it’s really only been one night.

The bottom line is that this wasn’t my favourite book in the series and I’m never going to love Phury or Cormia, but I still enjoy the story, characters and the world so I’ll be reading on. I have faith that the next one is going to be great.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.” – Tobias

17383918What it’s about:

In the final instalment of the Divergent series, Tris and her friends are eager to find out what’s outside the city and the truth behind the Edith Prior video. But what they find will shock them and make them question everything they’ve ever believed. When your world is torn away and you have to choose who you want to be, you finally find yourself.

What I thought:

My Rating: 4 Stars

This has to be the most difficult review I’ve ever had to write for several reasons:
1. I can’t stop crying.
2. There were parts of this book I found boring.
3. I’m actually not sure whether I liked it or not

***WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS***
You need to know something before you start this book, it’s not what you expect at all. I suppose that’s one thing I love most about this series, after book one I couldn’t imagine where the second book would go and after book two I REALLY couldn’t figure out where the third book would go. It’s also raw and devastating and so much more serious than the other books. Roth holds nothing back and no matter how long you sit there thinking “this is just a book” or “they’ll open their eyes” it’s not and they don’t.

If I’m being completely honest I kinda hate Roth for making me fall so desperately in love with these characters, and then taking them away from me. That’s the problem really. When you read a series and become so deeply invested in their story and the world it hurts when you have no more to read, but it hurts even more when the ending is so intense that I felt like I was in physical pain, my blood seeping into the pages. But then I guess that was her intention and I cannot fault a writer for making me feel so intensely – it’s the reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 3.

This book started off great, there was some action and excitement as the characters figure out how to approach the info they discovered and handled the backlash of exposing it. But then they leave the city and it just gets a bit stale. The mystery wasn’t that amazing and something I think we all could figure out. Their time in the compound becomes monotonous and I found myself craving the moments where Tris and Tobias were together, whether they fought or had passionate moments, it was really the only interesting thing about it. And then the action picks up again and everything happens so quickly.

What I really did love about the book was that the chapters switched between Tris and Tobias’ POV. It was so great to get insight into the story from Tobias’ POV, I really truly fell in love with him. He’s an incredible character, flawed, impulsive, sexy, compassionate and loving. I really liked that he wasn’t the “perfect” man. Tris in this book was just great. I really love how her character progresses and grows through the different books. I think she really did know who she was by the end of this book.

I loved Tris and Tobias’ relationship, I loved that they weren’t stupid. Yes, they fought (a lot) and they disagreed, Tris couldn’t even look at him at one point, but she thinks things through and realises the mature way to keep them together, and most importantly – that they are better together. I really love that Roth created a YA book without a damn love triangle.

At the end of the day there were things about the book that I loved and things I didn’t really enjoy. But I never put it down and had to know how it would end. I just wish she had ended it a little earlier, the last couple chapters really weren’t necessary.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

“Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up”

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What it’s about:

Beatrice Prior lives in a world where your life is dictated by the personality traits you value, fearlessness, selflessness, honesty, intelligence and  peace. She’s lived her whole life in Abnegation the faction that values selflessness and now it’s time for her to make a choice – stay in her own faction or move on to another one and leave her family behind, luckily there is a test to help her decide. But when Beatrice takes the test she discovers that she doesn’t fit into one faction, she fits into several, she’s Divergent. Now Beatrice must choose her path and keep her secret at any cost, but when she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she realises that her secret might help her save those she loves.

What I thought:

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

So this book has been sitting on my to-read shelf for as long as I can remember and with the movie coming out in less than 2 weeks I decided that I should finally pick it up. Damn, am I kicking myself now. How could I wait so long to read something so amazing?!

This story keeps you captivated the whole way through and I really couldn’t put it down. From the moment you meet Tris you know that something great is going to happen because she’s such an amazing character. I loved that she had flaws but overcame everything she needed to, no matter how hard it was. I thought she was sassy and had a great ability to understand herself and act accordingly. Roth also wrote her so well you can’t fault her character, yes she’s strong and smart but she’s also a young girl from a very sheltered world and in the end that affects her fears. I liked that you can feel the change she goes through, from docile and ignorant to strong and smart.

Four is an incredible character! I fell in love with him from page one and I am so very happy with the way Roth chose to end this book. I loved that while you can guess Four’s motives you have that little bit of doubt about who he is and what he’s planning. He’s strong and yet still vulnerable which makes him all that more attractive.

All the side characters are so well designed, each brining something pivotal to the story and making you understand the world more. I liked that Roth wasn’t delicate with the world, she didn’t soften the blow or make the characters all sweet and enduring. In fact, even the characters you start to like end up being human when push comes to shove.

Like all Dystopia stories this one starts with the “better” society that we all know has plenty of flaws. What I really liked about it was the explanations of how and why the city was divided into the factions, and I really loved the idea behind the factions as well. It was great that this story started with a look at one faction and then moved to another one, giving us insight into the different lifestyles and the mindset of the characters.

At one point I did wonder how the whole Divergent aspect fits in and when it would make it’s début but Roth built the story so well, she managed to create a climax that brought in the element of Divergence in a great way and an ending that both ends and leaves an opening, while leaving us with some interesting questions. Really the only reason I didn’t give this book the full 5 stars was that the voice of this book was a wee bit puerile for me, but with a story and characters this great it really didn’t bother me too much. I’m so excited to read the next one, find out where the mysteries go and see how it all ends.