Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review- Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

 One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

My Opinion- 

 First off, let me just say, this is going to be a rave review because I absolutely loved this book! It was fantastic! And hopefully I'll be able to tell you all the reasons why I think this book is phenomenal.

 This book is the sequel to Divergent, and it is the second in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I really liked Divergent. I think it is one of the best books I have read. A wonderful dystopian, action, romance, and suspense novel, it brings about so many emotions in just one book. It blows my mind. So I wasn't really expecting this book to be so overwhelmingly amazing. But it was, oh boy, it was. 

 The story follows Tris, and Tris is dealing with a whole lot, as you know after reading Divergent. The five factions have now split apart, and the world is now a place of segregation, disagreement, and danger.

 Tris is thrown into situations that are completely terrible and horrible, and she deals with things that no one would want to deal with. But all this makes her a better person, a better friend, and a better character. There is so much character development in this book, its so wonderful. Friend is turned against friend, enemies are confronted, and trust is broken. This book is in every way, an epic novel.

 Overall, I loved this book. The plot, the writing, the characters, were all amazing in this wonderful action packed, dystopian book. 

Five out of Five stars. 

Miss Book Reader

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Paper Towns by John Green 


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

My Thoughts-

  I started this book several days ago, really expecting a lot from this book.  And let me just say, that this book was nothing that I thought it would be. Which is a good, and bad thing. 

  First thing I really noticed about this book, is the fact that there is a LOT of swearing. And while, it probably didn't annoy other people, it did personally annoy me. I just feel like that sort of thing is not necessary to the story or characters. You however, may think differently. 

  But because of all the swearing in the first part of the book, I was prepared to put the book down within fifty pages. But thankfully I didn't. And with the swearing put aside, I really enjoyed this book.

  This book follows the story of Quentin and Margo, two next-door neighbors. After a interesting experience the two nine-year old slowly drift apart. Until one night, Margo comes knocking at Q's window, and the two embark on a very interesting midnight adventure. 
   Shortly after, Margo disappears, and seems to leave clues behind. And this clues seem to be left for Quentin. And that's when the story takes off. 
   I must say that I am very much impressed with this book. It's very difficult for me to pin-point exactly the reasons as to why I enjoyed it. But I will most certainly try. Here are some of the reasons. 

   Great characters. They were either very unique, or very stereotypical. But they were, wonderfully written characters. I loved Quentin, as a main character. He was very enjoyable to read about, and I liked looking at things through his eyes.  And Margo. She is, literally, such a character. She is the most interesting female lead character I have read about, and that made the book very enjoyable. 

  Great plot. I mean, I thought this was just going to be a emotional, inspirational novel, but it totally is not. There is such mystery, and intrigue behind this book. The plot was well put together, and everything flowed nicely, as it should. 

  Great writing. I can now see why everyone adores John Green. His wisdom and talent really shines through in this book, and is exceedingly touching, and moving. He has created such wonderful characters, a fantastic plot, and to top it all off, he adds such, meaning to the story. I think it isn't the characters, the plot, the adventures, or the writing style that makes this book, it's John Green, himself. John Green makes this book, a book. A piece of literature. And I am very excited to read his other books. 

 So over all, I loved this book. I rate it a 4.5/5 stars (if only there wasn't so much swearing). I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a touching, exciting, and enlightening story. 

Miss Book Reader

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book Review- Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

 A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future.  Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction.  Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her.  And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets.  But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. 

What I have to say-

First of all, let me just say, that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The characters were amazing and the story was completely engrossing. 

This book tells the story of Amy.  Amy is cryogenically frozen, aboard the spaceship Godspeed, sent on a journey to find another earth.  This trip will last over three hundred years, and the frozen passengers are not set to be awaken until they reach earth.  But someone tries to kill Amy, and she now finds herself aboard a futuristic ship, fueled by lies. 

This book was amazing.  I am starting to develop a new love for futuristic/ sci fi books.  And I one hundred percent enjoyed this one. 

The characters were amazing, I loved all of them.  Even the more minor characters were interesting and enjoyable to read about. 

 I loved Amy, probably because I would react the same way if I were in her situation.  She was strong willed, sassy, but she did have weaknesses.  She is thrown in crazy situations, and she acts like a human being, not like Superwoman. I think that so often, the heroines of story's are like gods. They have no weaknesses, issues, or bad habits. And those qualities help make a good character.  I like that Amy deals with her problems in a very admirable and realistic way. 

And Elder.  Elder is the "captain in training" of Godspeed.  When the story started, I wasn't a huge fan of Elder's.  I felt like he acted like a child, wanting responsibility, but not being able to handle it.  But throughout the book, he started to grow one me.  He began to act more like a man, and not like some weak kid.  I mean, if there was character development in this story, it defiantly would be with his character.  He grew throughout the story, and he slowly became one of my favorite characters. 

The story was written very well, but the thing I noticed most about this book, was just the ship in the story that Beth Revis has wonderfully created.  I'm completely fascinated with Godspeed and I'm so excited to read more about it in the sequel. 

So are there any complaints? Well... I got nothing! I loved this book, and I have nothing to complain about! I really recommend it! Go read Across the Universe, it's an amazing read! 

Miss Book Reader