Thursday, May 17, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Reading Level: 14 and up

Hardcover: 496 Pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 978-0-06-202402-2

My Rating: 5/5

From Amazon: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I literally would have given this book a 10 out of 5 is that was at all possible. I heard a lot about it and I really wanted to read it but I put it off because there are a lot of other series I'm into right now. Well, yesterday I couldn't decide what to read so I ended up picking Divergent and I'm so glad I did!! I haven't loved a book this much since I read the Twilight Saga. In fact, I think I love Divergent so much more! I read the entire book in less than 24 hours and I just placed an order on Amazon for Insurgent because I need to read it...NEED to.

Divergent is the story of Tris, but so much more than that as well. It's about her life and the factions that surround her. She has to make a decision that will ultimately change everything she has ever known and come to love. Will she leave her current faction or not? And if she does, will she make it in her next one? There is so much action and intensity in Divergent that I can't even really put it into words adequately. I'm in love with a book and I'm not ashamed to admit that!

Roth wrote Divergent so well that it leaves you completely captivated! I literally could not pull myself away from this book. I'm actually still carrying it around with me even though I finished reading it. Just to look at the cover, read the back, whatever, right? If you haven't read Divergent yet, you need to! It should definitely be in your top ten books to read if, like me, you have a massive reading pile. I'm going to read Insurgent as soon as it gets to my house until then I can only wait anxiously for it to arrive.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Prom Dates to Die For

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 140 Pages

Publisher: Buzz Books

ISBN-10: 1938493001
ISBN-13: 978-1938493003

My Rating: 4/5
Five young adult authors cordially invite you to five paranormal proms with...Supernatural hunters hired to save a prom date hungry for souls. A reaper haunted by a past she doesn't remember. A prom queen seeking justice...and revenge. A loner musician called to save his classmates from an enemy only he can see. A heroine getting much more than she wished for on her 18th birthday and prom night. Frightful, fun and unforgettable.

I love short stories for so many reasons. For one, they are short and to the point so you don't get all of the filler and boring parts that most books have. And it's a really short read if you are just looking to fill a small amount of time or you can read a collection of stories like in 'Prom Dates to Die for' to fill more time. They are really great for any situation. The only thing that I don't like is that the stories are over far too fast! For the short stories in 'Prom Dates to Die for,' I wish they hadn't ended so quickly because I want to read more. It's been a few days now since I read the book and I still want to be able to read more from each story but I can't!

'Prom Dates to Die For' has so many great things in it. It's packed full of Paranormal, proms, dates, dresses, and everything else that you would love in a story! The short stories in the book are Darkness Becomes Him by Kelly Paara, The Bone Flower by Heather Dearly, Every Breath You Take by Lena Brown, A Kiss at the Threshold by Aaron Smith, and Tonight, You're Mine by Jenny Peterson. These are five amazing stories by five equally amazing authors!

You definitely don't want to miss your chance to read 'Prom Dates to Die For.' It's a great collection of paranormal prom stories that are literally to die for! I was fortunate enough to get the chance to read and review these five incredible stories and I think they are completely worth reading!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 368 Pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 978-0-06-198585-0

My Rating: 5/5
Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only one who can see through glamours. But now Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and cryptic messages-and she's realizing that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

'Paranormalcy' was another book that I waited a long time to read. I didn't actually get the book till Christmas as a present but I could have bought it when it came out but I waited....I don't really know why. But, as usual, I LOVED it. It was amazing! I literally read it in a couple days. I haven't liked a book THAT much in a long time. I guess one good thing out of waiting for so long to read it is that now Supernaturally is out and I can just get it and read it!

'Paranormalcy' tells the story of a girl named Evie. She has worked and lived with the IPCA since she was very little. She has no idea who her parents are or where she comes from. She actually seems very content with her life and happy until she captures a paranormal named Lend. Her whole world gets thrown upside down as soon as Lend shows up in her life. Some of it's bad and some of it's good.

One of the things that I really liked about 'Paranormalcy' was the realistic aspect of it. Usually in books everyone is beautiful and they never worry about normal things like showering or shaving. Kiersten doesn't do that with Evie. Evie very much worries about things especially at completely random times when you wouldn't expect it. For example, she worries about how she hasn't shaved her legs and she is being forced to wear shorts after her whole life just came crashing down. It just adds something to the book that most others lack, it sets it apart from the rest of the books in this genre. There was amazing character development and I found myself liking every character in the book; yes, even the bad ones! 'Paranormalcy' is definitely worth checking out! If you haven't read it yet or, like me, are putting it off for no reason, move it to the top of your list. You will NOT be disappointed!