Divergent by Veronica Roth

I can’t count the number of people who have tried to get me to read this over the past year. I know that at least four people consistently tried. However, my to-read list is forever long and I hate to bump things to the top of the list. That said, I finally broke down and bumped Divergent to the top of my list, and I’m glad that I did. I absolute adored The Hunger Games when I read it, so I couldn’t belive it when I kept being told that this is actually BETTER. It is better.
Divergent is another Dystopian series that sees the former city of Chicago seperated into 5 different factions. Each faction is known for a different trait (selflessness, bravery, knowledge, honesty, and kindness). At the age of 16, teenagers are given a test to learn their traits and are then allowed to choose to swap to a different faction and forever abandon their families or to remain in their current faction. The story centers around Beatrice and her choices upon turning 16. The book is amazing. Sometimes I say that I can’t put a book down, but this time I really mean it! I started it Saturday night for an hour, didn’t read on Sunday night, and then read ALL DAY on Monday. I wouldn’t stop until I was finished. I had to know what was happening to these characters! At the end, I felt emotionally drained. Part of me wanted to immediately start reading the next book, Insurgent, but the grown-up in me knew that I had to get up for work this morning.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games and Dystopian stories in general. You will enjoy it because this book is exciting and well written. I’m already plotting what will happen in book 2 since I don’t have the time to start it until later this afternoon.

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Gates by Laurie Lyons

I got this as an early release from a group I’m in on GoodReads so that I could review it. Earlier this week I posted a review for Feather, the first book in the series. I absolutely loved Feather and have told many people about it in the few days since I read it. GATES IS EVEN BETTER! Thursday I was off work and managed to read Gates in one sitting. That is actually hard to do with my attention span, but I did it. One again, Lucy and Nathanial find themselves in trouble that threatens their lives and ability to stay together. However, this time they also require the help of the demon, Rowan. This book seemed more exciting than the last because there was a bigger conflict aside from the fact that Nathanial was an angel who would have to return to heaven, as was the issue in the first book. I don’t want to give any spoilers and that would be easy to do with this book, but it is great and well worth reading! The book was exciting and the ending literally made me scream at my kindle- so be prepared for a ride! I got the copy a month in advance, but I’m already dying for book three because it ends with a great lead-in for the next book.

Gates releases on May 24, so be sure to check it and the first book, Feather, out ASAP! I cannot recommend these enough!

Feather by Laurie Lyons

I began this book because I signed up to review the second book in the series in a group on GoodReads, so I was provided copies of both books. The summary was very short and I did not know what to expect going into Feather. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! But…before I get ahead of myself….

Amazon summary:

PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Lucy is a bright eyed, fiery redhead with a quick wit and a photographic     memory. On the night of the spring equinox, Lucy meets Nathaniel, a dark and mysterious man who at first appears to have amnesia. Lucy feels inexplicably drawn to Nathaniel and is amazed to discover that he is invisible to everyone but herself. Fearing she is going insane–or worse, losing her photographic memory–Lucy goes on a hunt for answers. What she learns turns her world upside down.
FEATHER is a tale of love, the power of memories, and the struggle between right and wrong.
How far would you go to save your true love’s soul?

My review:

Once again, I could NOT put this book down. I was interested in the fact that Lucy has a photographic memory and assumed that would form the basis of the story. It is important, but not quite for the reasons that I was guessing. Soon, we were introduced to Nathanial. For the longest time we didn’t know anything about him. When we  learn about him, and where he comes from, the book launches off at full speed! Lucy isn’t like some YA characters that sit back and complain and whine the entire time. She takes things into her own hands when possible. She and Nathanial have many obstacles to overcome and she learns how to sacrifice her feelings for what she believes is right. Another highlight is the use of the fantasy elements in the book. Many fantasy novels abandon reality altogether, but Feather provides a strong balance between “magic” and real life.  I’m glad that I already have the next book waiting for me on my kindle because I CANNOT wait to find out what happens next to Lucy and Nathanial. They had a happy ending, but I don’t doubt that more trouble is heading their way. I may have been provided an e-copy, but I am definitely considering buying a paperback version to share with others. I have already been recommending it to people that I think might be interested.

If you want to read Feather then you can find it on Amazon in paperback or kindle versions. The kindle version is only $3.99, so I highly suggest checking it out since it is so cheap. This book is WELL worth 4 bucks!

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Quick update!

Thanks for all of the love so far on my first post. I hope that you all decided to check out Dirt! I’m currently reading Feather by Laurie Lyons and loving it! The review for it may be up tonight if I finish and get my thoughts together on it.

I bought three new YA books yesterday and have several things from NetGalley, but do email or tweet me some suggestions if you know of anything I might be interested in.

Thanks again…now back to Feather!

Dirt by KF Ridley

Back of the Book Summary:

“Up until now, my life has been simple, uncomplicated, but because of what I am, everything is about to change. In fact, things are about to get deadly.Faeries are real and they want my blood. To make matters worse, I’m falling for one of them.In a mythical and magical world, I’m about to discover the secrets of my past and the truths of my existence. At least, that is, if I can.”

 

My review:

       I bought Dirt after meeting and speaking to the author about it at local book festival/conference. I know that all of us with ereaders love the free independent books that are out there, but let’s be honest, you never really know what to expect from independently published books. I decided to give this one a try because the concept intrigued me as a fan of YA Fantasy books. I was pleasantly surprised by Dirt! Most of what I read would be classified as YA Fantasy and many of the books run together because of their similarities–especially when it comes to the magical worlds the authors create. Dirt is a welcomed exception to the YA Fantasy norms. Ashe, the main character in the novel, is a girl starting her first year of college and quickly learns that she is half human and half faery. The magical world her deceased mother comes from, Durt, (I promise that isn’t a typo!) depends on Ashe to save them or else the hunt for her will destroy the world because her blood would give immortality and complete power over their world. The Durt world is quite different from the magic worlds I’ve previously read about. It is different enough that I can easily separate it from other books of its genre. I have a hard time sticking with a book that starts out slow, but Dirt starts out exciting and held my attention until the very last page. I bought a paperback copy and ended up reading it on my kindle so that I could go ahead and loan the paperback to one of my cousins. She quickly finished and called me seconds later raving about how much she loved the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA Fantasy and cannot wait for the next book in the series. Be honest, y’all know every YA book is a series these days and this one is no exception. You had to have expected more books after the ending—you’ll see what I mean when you read it! 🙂

I’d give Dirt a 4/5, which is basically a 5 for most people because I  VERY rarely hand out 5s. You can find Dirt at Amazon in paperback or for kindle. If you have a kindle and still aren’t sure then the book is also available in the kindle lending library if you have amazon prime. 

Now, really, I NEED book two ASAP!

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Introduction

    So here’s my first blog post? My number one goal of reviewing books for this blog is to keep track of my reading for myself. I absolutely want to share my book opinions with others and help spread the word about the books I love, but this is first, and foremost, for me. Second, if any has a suggestion: GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS! I’ll mostly be reviewing fantasy and YA books because those are what I most often read. However, I’m open to any and all book suggestions, of course. (Within reason obviously…no “50 Shades” nonsense here.) I’m currently reading the 8th Pretty Little Liars book *Wanted*. I will probably let that be my first review when I’m finished, but it will be hard to start with number 8 in the series. I’m hoping to meet lots of people who share my love for books!