Sunday, March 2, 2014

Roth, V: Allegiant

Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent #3
Author: Veronica Roth


Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 


Review: I've remained a casual fan of this series, I never really thought it was that good (or that bad for that matter). However, Allegiant asks the reader to do a lot of backpeddaling going back to explain many things were told as a fact in previous books. It also takes you away from Roth's initial faction-separated-world (a world building was was very weak in the first place) and the reader is introduced to a new world and characters that I honestly wasn't very interested in. Roth isn't afraid to try new things, not sure if she is trying really hard to be "edgy" but for the most part this book falls flat to all the elements she wants to combine (something that also happened in Insurgent) except in Allegiant is even more rushed.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saphire: Precious


Title: Precious [goodreads]
Summary: Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time
Review: I have not yet seen Precious the movie, and I knew very little of the plot. I can only say that I very shocked and moved by Precious journey. I can say that more than once the content made me flinch, and made me uncomfortable, but I appreciated the author's honesty. Definitely, a book you would recommend to those that wish to learn about the struggles of people with little education and income. However, if you are looking for a "feel good" overcoming adversity type of story, I'd look elsewhere.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Hosted by Tyngas Reviews

This week I bought Insurgent by Veronica Roth, I'm not crazy about this series but I decided to give it another shot and read the sequel.


And I got Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead for my nook

Mead, R.: Succubus on Top

Title: Succubus on Top
Series: Georgina Kincaid #2
Author: Richelle Mead



Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Admittedly, the shape shifting and immortality perks of a succubus are terrific, but it's completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can't get down with the one mortal who accepts her for who she is. . .
It's not just her personal life that's in chaos. Doug, Georgina's co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, and Georgina suspects something far more demonic than double espressos. She could use an assist from Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, but he's giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one--and fast, because soon, Doug's life won't be the only one on the line
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Review: At this point in time, having read Vampire Academy, the Dark Swan series and what out there of the Bloodlines series, I think I can call myself a Richelle Mead fan. I can say I didn't find her Succubus series as addictive as I did her Dark Swan series, but it's definitely picked up in this second book. One thing I do have to mention is how I do see some recycling of plotlines, for example, this second book reminded me a lot of the first book in the Bloodlines series. That said, it's still a pretty good mystery, Mead does a great job mixing different mythologies, and there's hot smut *wink wink*. It's a fun book to read, and I personally felt more eager to continue the series than I did with the first book in this series (which ironically also happen to me with Mead's Bloodlines series).
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