Category Archives: Young Adult

“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

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I read¬†Divergent last month and was super excited to get my hands on book two in the trilogy. However, I was slightly disappointed ūüė¶ I thoroughly enjoyed¬†Divergent¬†and was unable to put it down – I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what happened next and then what happened after that. Though¬†Insurgent has tons of action, I almost think it had¬†too much. There was so much going on that it was hard for me to keep up at times. You’re introduced to a handful of new characters and at times I had to remember who was who. I would recommend reading it right after reading¬†Divergent so the story is still fresh on your mind. I had about a two-week break in between because I had to wait for¬†¬†Insurgent¬†to be released. It was still a good book and I’ll re-read them both when the final book comes out.¬†Insurgent isn’t lacking in action and Roth keeps you guessing the whole way through but in the end,¬†Divergent won me over.

You can read another review of the book I came across – I was looking for info on the third book but can’t find anything as of yet…

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

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I’m a little late in reading this series but have finally boarded the band wagon. I saw the movie¬†The Hunger Games and I think it helped me with the book. However, I wasn’t crazy about this first installment. I’ve just finished the second book and am soooo curious as to how she ties this all together in the third one – it’s waiting on me to pick it up and read it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about the first book I didn’t like but I just wasn’t able to feel a part of the story. I continued to read but it wasn’t in a “I have to know what happens next!” kind of way that I had from the moment I started¬†Catching Fire.¬†I think it was around the last five chapters or so that Collins had finally made me get excited about what was looming ahead.

Comparing this with¬†Divergent – as I’ve heard it done – I liked it much better. Veronica Roth jerked me into the story and I’m super excited about getting my hands on¬†Insurgent! Neither of the female leads appeals to me all that much. I like Tris more than Katniss but they remind me a lot of the other. There were some definite differences between¬†The Hunger Games movie and book but that’s to be expected. Out of the two, I liked the book more because there was only so much the movie could portray. The book gives you more background on Rue and other parts of Katniss and Peeta’s story. I didn’t dislike the book but at the same time, I liked Catching Fire¬†immensely and I’m very curious how it all ends!

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

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I first heard¬†about¬†Divergent¬†from¬†Reading Teen, where it was featured as a¬†“Reading Clean ¬†¬†¬†Spotlight.”¬†I put off buying the book but whenever I would see it in the store, I’d be reminded that I wanted to read it. I finally caved and picked up a copy last month. It then took me a few weeks to actually read it but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked it – I finished it in a weekend. Yes, there’s some violence – quite a bit – and there’s one choice word, used less than a handful of times. But overlooking that, I liked the book. What makes me even more excited is that the second book is set to come out May 1 so I don’t have to wait long before seeing where the story picks up. However, Veronica was nice enough to include the first two chapters of¬†Insurgent¬†at the back of the book. What I also liked is the playlist for the book she included. I was able to agree with her on almost each song choice and what part of the book it corresponded with.

Though I haven’t read¬†The Hunger Games, I’ve seen the movie and would make the comparison – and have heard it said – that it and¬†Divergent¬†have some similarities – so if you like one, you’ll probably like the other. If you like fighting with a little romance thrown in, then you’ll probably enjoy¬†Divergent.

“The Monster in the Hollows” by Andrew Peterson

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About the book (via The Rabbit Room): “Janner¬†Wingfeather‚Äôs father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag¬†the Nameless are close behind. Janner¬†and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows‚ÄĒa land of warriors feared even by the Fangs of Dang. But there‚Äôs a big problem. Janner‚Äôs little brother‚ÄĒheir to the throne of Anniera‚ÄĒhas grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows he looks like a monster. But Janner knows better. His brother isn‚Äôt as scary as he looks. He‚Äôs perfectly harmless. Or is he?”

I’ve not read the other two books in the series so I didn’t have any background knowledge as I started reading mid-series. Sometimes it’s not as important to know what’s happened prior but in this case, it would’ve helped me to know what was going on. Overall, I enjoyed the book but did feel a little lost at time since there were so many characters and I was just entering the scene. For example, the story begins with Janner¬†recovering from being attacked by his now-wolf brother, Kalmar.¬†In one of the other books Peterson explains why Kalmar is¬†a wolf¬†and there’s a conversation between Janner and Kalmar where I learned a little bit of what happened. However, in order to know the full details, I’ll have to go back and read the other books¬†(which I¬†intend to do).¬†¬†I liked the twists Peterson threw in to keep me guessing. When Nia claims turalay to¬†spare Kalmar’s life,¬†thereby sentencing herself to any punishment Kalmar may receive for any of his actions,¬†I knew that would come into¬†play somehow but at the same time, Peterson couldn’t get rid of two of the main characters¬†so¬†he had me curious until I saw it play out.¬†¬†After reading the last page, I’m looking forward to¬†seeing what happens in the final book,¬†The Wolf King and the¬†Warden.¬†

I received a copy of this book from CSFF blog tours for my honest review.