Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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Book Review: Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1) by H.M. Ward

Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1) by H.M. Ward

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: The world as we know it is gone. The ice caps have melted and shifted south, devastating the northern territories and eradicating major cities such as New York and London, which are now under water and frozen.

Humans died off during an epidemic prior to the ice disaster, and many more died during the floods at the start of this new ice age. These events have forced vampires out of hiding. In order to ensure that their food source wouldn’t completely die off, the vampires have sequestered the remaining humans into farms and taken control of all that remains of civilization. Over time, the humans breeding on these farms became anemic. Their blood no longer sustains the master race.

But not all of the humans were captured and sent to the farms. Some of the humans evaded the hunters, hiding in safe houses across the frozen tundra. As decades passed, the free humans disappeared, died, or were captured, until all that remains is one.

Kahli is the last wild human. BANE is her story.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 306 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (June 14, 2012)

RATING – 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

I GOT TO GET AN ARC {Advanced Reserved Copy} AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D

Bane is the most awesome vampire book I’ve read. The main character is Kahli, a six-teen-year old girl who is wicked awesome and is super cool!!!!!!!

This book’s main conflict is; How will Kahli escape? (Hehe, doesn’t make sense to you guys huh? Well….READ THE BOOK!)

The story line is amazing, I love the character (*cough, cough* KAHLI!). I like the action in the book and, again, I ♥ Kahli. 😉 There’s a character named Will, where at first I would like to punch him….Well, read the book.

The ending was a cliffhanger, a good one. That’s why I WANT THE SECOND BOOK TO BE FREAKING OUT NOW!!!!!!!! Hehe, uhhh, sorry about that outburst.

Anyways, it takes place in the world, but the whole things is covered in snow. Some cities are buried under ice, impossible to get to.

This book is on my ‘Awesomest Books Ever Read’ shelf because it truly is an awesome book. I love the characters (Except for some), the plot, the conflicts, all of it basically. Hehe 😀

ME WANT BOOK 2!!!!!!!!!!! (I sound like Cookie Monster when I’m really excited!!!! :D)

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Recommended for readers who like vampires, action/ adventure books, Twilight, Hunger Games, romance, and edgy paranormal stories with kickin’ heroines.

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Book Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)

RATING – 3 STARS – I ENJOYED THIS BOOK

This book was a good one. It’s dystopian and I still liked it. I don’t usually like dystopian books….at all.  (If you are looking for dystopian reads, check out Marie’s reviews.  She <3s that kinda thing).

Matched takes place in a province that part of something bigger. The Society. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all main characters in this book, but the main main one is Cassia, a 16-year-old girl.

The main conflict in this book is something like this: Should Cassia trust the Society? Was it really a glitch was happened when she saw Ky’s face flash across the screen for a moment?(Yes, I know that’s two questions, but they’re to give you an idea of what the book is driven by.)

This book is relationship driven and it’s not fully dystopian. It’s like a dystopian/romance. Never read one of those before. The book was good enough for me to keep reading it. The ending was something of a cliffhanger. Not a real one, but it made you want more.

The book itself was good. Good job Ally! I liked Ky, I think he’s my favorite character in this book. I thought that at some parts is slow, but Ally made up for that. At the end there was some action brewing and I love action (I mostly read plot/action driven books.). However, I’m not sure it’s good enough for me to buy the next book. I bought this book because of the cover, which is AMAZING btw, but it’s still not exactly my type of book.

The last book I read was also a romance, but not fully dystopian. It’s called The Selection. I think the two books are very similar, but The Selection is more exciting and fun because of it’s main character, America (Not the country. The main character is actually called America.). In Matched there wasn’t a lot of laughs….Barely any. That made me sad. 🙁 It had some action, which was okay with me! The Selection had similar action-not exactly the same, but similar-but more of it.

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Recommended for dystopian fans of books like HUNGER GAMES, MAZE RUNNER, and DIVERGENT.  MATCHED is the first book in the trilogy, followed by CROSSED, and then REACHED.

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Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

Description: “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.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 1, 2012)

4 STARS – YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent triology by Veronica Roth.  You know how middle books can feel like a bridge to get to the final showdown at the end of the third book in a triology?  Insurgent wasn’t like that.  It stood on it’s own, offering the reader more insight into Tris’ world.

This wasn’t a light happy read.  There was a lot of Tris grappling with her parent’s sacrifice that lead her to be suicidal for a good chunk of the book.  It wasn’t just that she was moving through life as a fearless Dauntless/ Divergent, and the author made that very clear.  For a good portion of the book Tris had a death wish.

There is more death, deciete, and trust issues in Insurgent.  Tris’ problems are growing, partly because she can’t let go of what happened to her in the previous book (and honestly, I wouldn’t expect her to).  Her past is haunting her, altering her actions.  That compenent of the book was well executed.

I have mixed feelings about the bad guy and am interested to see what happens in the next book.  It’ll be a kick in the teeth if Jeanine was really a good guy, and no one could tell because she was heartless.  That’s my prediction.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m a little bipolar when it comes to Four and Tris’ relationship.  I don’t want to like it, but I do.  It seems like she’s screwing it up on purpose, but both of them seem to have trust issues.  While it’s annoying, it’s also more believable.  They’ve both been through a lot and I don’t think we know as much about Tobias to really get a good glimpse into his head.  I was surprised Tris allowed him to kiss her at the end.  I think I would have punched him, if he did that to me.  Major Tobias points lost.  And oddly, I’m starting to route for Peter.  I know I’m not supposed to, and I totally hated him in Divergent, but now he’s all rogue and unpredictable.  But Tobias… Tobias, you poor bastard. Tris is becoming a nutcase, and it seems like you already are.

The reason why I gave Insurgent 4 stars was because it felt like the book didn’t have a powerful climax.  We went through a lot to get to the ending, and that scene felt about as intense as the rest.  It was only the last few pages that really started to build, but the book ends.  Major shocker at the end.

Yes, Insurgent ended on a cliffhanger.  Yes, I like cliffhangers and this one was well done.  It made me a Veronica Roth fan and I can’t wait for the next book.

4 star book review

Recommended for: Hunger Games fans, dystopian fans, Shatter Me fans, readers of dystopian lit, YA survival stories.

The kindle edition of INSURGENT (Divergent #2) is on sale for $9.99 right now, which is great.  Go get it!

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Book Review: Valefar Vol. 2 (Collin #2) by H.M. Ward

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Valefar Vol. 2 (Collin #2) [Demon Kissed] by H.M. Ward

Marie’s Review

Description:

“The dangerous and beautiful Collin Smith just made the biggest mistake of his life, and there is no way to fix it. In his quest to restore his soul, he destroyed the only person he truly cared about, Ivy Taylor. Collin tries to deny his love for her, but his desire to protect Ivy drives him to do things Valefar shouldn’t do. If Collin exposes his weakness—his affection for Ivy—he endangers them both and risks the wrath of Kreturus.”

The VALEFAR volumes are meant to read in one sitting, and generally takes about an hour. VALEFAR VOL. 2 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 13,223 words (90 pages).  VALEFAR VOL. 3 will be released Summer 2012.

Ages: 14 & up
Print Length: 90 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2012)

REVIEW: 5 STARS! NOT TO BE MISSED

This novella picks up right where the last one left off. You’re instantly thrown into Collin’s world as he tries to fight for Ivy, while still trying to remain below the radar. They are written lighter, similar to Demon Kissed (Ivy #1).

I love the way these book go with the main series. Without them, nothing is lacking, but with them – OMG. Is it possible to <3 Collin more? Cuz after reading these I totally do. And at the end of book #5 The 13th Prophecy, I was feeling for Eric.

I can’t wait for the next one. I heard there are going to be several of these. My suggestion is reading Valefar Vol. 1 and Vol 2 AFTER reading Demon Kissed. The great thing about these is that you can read them in any order (Valefar Volumes, then Demon Kissed), but I really like the ah-ha! moments that happen after reading Demon Kissed. And it doen’t spoil anything to read them in that order either.  My understanding is that there is no print edition of this book at this time.  The print edition will appear as Volumes 1-4 when the 4th installment appears.

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This is the second book in the Collin Smith/ Demon Kissed series.  DEMON KISSED is followed by CURSEDTORNSATAN’S STONE, and THE 13th PROPHECY.  Companion DEMON KISSED novellas are THE VALEFAR VOLUMES: VOL. 1. & 2. ASSASSIN: FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR is Eric’s story and the first book in that related series will be released May 10th, 2012.  Can’t wait!

Recommended for people who like dystopian, paranormal romance, fast pacing, dark YA.  If you liked UNEARTHLY, HOUSE OF NIGHT, and FEVER SERIES, I think you’ll really enjoy the DEMON KISSED series, too.

Related posts: Valefar Vol. 1 & Demon Kissed & 13th Prophecy

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FREE Book: Valefar Vol. 1 (Demon Kissed #0.5) by H.M. Ward

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Description: “It’s 369 days before Ivy loses her soul to a demon kiss. And, Collin Smith, the most powerful Valefar this side of Hell, wants his soul back. He thinks he’ll get it too, until a bargain with a powerful demon proves to be more costly than he hoped. As his world shifts, Collin tries to protect Ivy, but he knows he can’t be with her. Torn between his affection for the girl and his loyalty, Collin is forced to be the evil creature he tries so hard to deny – a Valefar.

VALEFAR is the novella prequel to the bestselling YA Paranormal Romance DEMON KISSED. Each VALEFAR volume is meant to read in one sitting. VALEFAR Vol. 1 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 12,500 words, or 85 pages.”

Ages: 14 & up
Print Length: 85 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press; 2 edition (November 26, 2011)

I haven’t posted my review of this little book yet, but it was awesome!  I read the series in order and so, Valefar Vol. 1 was read after Demon Kissed.  It was like looking at a behind the scenes production.  I got to see exactly what Collin was doing and thinking.  There was lots of action, as well as romantic tension.  This is the Collin that we know and love in Demon Kissed #1, but even more so!  If you love Demon Kissed #1 and the dangerously beautiful Collin Smith, grab this!

The fact that Valefar Vol. 1 is free is icing!

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Book Review: The 13th Prophecy (Demon Kissed #5) by H.M. Ward

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “The time has come for Ivy to face her dark fate.

There are no other options—she must destroy Kreterus. Failure to destroy him will result in the annihilation of the world we know and Ivy being doomed to reside in the Underworld for eternity.”

Reading level: Ages 16 & up
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (March 5, 2011)
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/demonkissed

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED

This series started out as solid Young Adult reading. I devoured them alongside my daughter… But, with this concluding volume the series has really graduated into a full-fledged adult paranormal romance – and it’s stronger for it.

All along we’ve seen Ivy Taylor struggle with the reality of who she believes herself to be versus who she is fated to become. With this book, the underlying theme that has been alluded to all along becomes much clearer – life comes in shades of gray. Good and evil, right and wrong, aren’t always clear cut. That’s what made me appreciate this series so much for younger readers. Can a likable, lovable, relatable character really by damned? Can true love be deeper than mere swooning, and complicated by less admirable feelings? Does someone always have to win?

This was a really great, satisfying, conclusion that avoided the typical Disneyification that we expect in modern stories. And, that’s also why my twelve year old won’t be reading this last book for a while… The sexual tension in the past books is ratcheted way up and allowed to play out more than it has before. The relationships are more complex – and at times twisted – than a young kid could be expected to follow. And, the ending leaves readers feeling as though the author was true to the story and characters, even if it meant taking us all on a wild ride and a very dark roller coaster.

If you’re an adult reader who hasn’t picked up this series yet, the Ivy-Eric relationship alone will be enough to keep you turning pages.

THE 13th PROPHECY is the 5th and final book in the Ivy Taylor/ Demon Kissed story.  H.M. Ward has announced that Demon Kissed will continue under a new series name FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR, and follow Eric’s story.  Anticipated release is Summer 2012.  See author’s website for more information.

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*Recommended book club read.  Due to the nature of this series, it is an easy book to discuss, with many talking points.

I would also recommend this series for teen or adult paranormal romance readers, dark paranormal readers, vampire fans, and readers who enjoy lots of fast-paced action.

The 13th Prophecy is the fifth book in the bestselling Demon Kissed series by H.M. Ward.

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Happy Release Day to THE 13th PROPHECY (Demon Kissed #5)

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Happy release day to H.M. Ward and her final book in the DEMON KISSED series – THE 13th PROPHECY!!!

I can’t wait to post my review!  I grabbed the book and read it the 1st night it came out.  Today is the official release date, but the Kindle edition was up early, so I grabbed it.  LOVED the ending!  This series is one of the best I’ve read in a long time.  I’ll post more specifics in my review.  Gotta get caught up on all the other reviews I’ve written first.  We’ve been busy!

To read my review of DEMON KISSED, the 1st book in this series, click here.

Happy release day!

Book Review: Demon Kissed (Demon Kissed #1) by H.M. Ward


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by H.M. Ward

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss – he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now.

Ivy is an anomaly-she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old.

Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she’s dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time-with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can’t be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.”

Reading level: Ages 14 & up
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (March 27, 2011)
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/demonkissed

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

Demon Kissed = the best book EVER!!!!!!! It is more than a exiting thriller, this book is so good you won’t know how to describe it!!!!  When Ivy’s hair was in purple flames that was so good. I felt like I there watching it happen like I was in the book–seeing and feeling it all. It was the most amazing super duper exciting wild book I’ve ever read.

The bad people/ villains in DEMON KISSED are called Valefars.  They were humans that had their souls sucked out by demons.  They are immortal and super bad.  Martis are humans that were given angel blood to help them kill off all the Valefar.  Ivy gets into a weird spot because she’s both.  That makes everyone want to kill her.  She doesn’t know who to trust.

It was a great story that had a fast pace. It was like a thriller, adventure, & romance mix. It’s a good combination. I can relate to Ivy in some ways.  She’s like a real person.  GO H.M. WARD!!!! U ROCK!!!!!!!! I WANT MY BEDROOM TO BE THEMED DEMON KISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is the first book in the Ivy Taylor/ Demon Kissed series.  DEMON KISSED is followed by CURSED, TORN, SATAN’S STONE, and THE 13th PROPHECY (release date March 6, 2012.  Companion DEMON KISSED novellas are THE VALEFAR VOLUMES: VOL. 1.  I also heard that there is gonna be a spin off series called ASSASSIN: FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR that will be out later this summer!

Recommended for people who like dystopian, paranormal romance, fast pacing, dark YA.  If you liked UNEARTHLY, HOUSE OF NIGHT, and FEVER SERIES, I think you’ll really enjoy the DEMON KISSED series, too.

Get DEMON KISSED now on Amazon.  The Kindle edition is on sale for only $4.99!

Book Review: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)

REVIEW 4 STARS–YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

In Roth’s dystopian Chicago something interesting happens – people divide into different factions based on ability.  It’s the ultimate need to fit in, but I had issues accepting the factions would occur to begin with.  The background as to why the factions occurred wasn’t compelling enough to pause believablity.  But, I looked past it because the story seemed different than a lot of what’s out there.

The other reason I gave it four stars was the ending.  I refuse to post a spoiler here, but everything lined up to be horribly romantic–but it seemed like the author chickened out at the last second and went for the crowd pleaser/ cheeser.  As an adult, it irked me, but I can see younger teens enjoying the end of the book.

Due to the violent nature of the book, I think this is better suited for older teens.  Izzy (our Pirate Princess Reviews) couldn’t stomach it.  There is some gore in scenes where kids are fighting to the death.  Kids who don’t get into a faction are factionless, and are better off dead.  And Beatrice’s faction only takes the best.  The rest are tossed out.  Or killed while trying to claw their way into the faction.

That was some of the issues I had with the factions.  I had trouble believing that people fit so squarely into one slot for so long, and that parents would willingly sever all ties with their children if they chose a different faction.  So, you know I have issues with the factions…

Looking past that, it was an excellent story.  It was adventure driven with elements of survival, trust, and a tiny bit of romance.  The story moved at a good pace.  I enjoyed Four, even though his name threw me initially.  In some scenes where they were counting (which they seemed to do a lot when jumping onto/ off of stuff) it took me a bit to figure out they were talking about him, especially if Four’s name started the sentence.  The proper name capitalization alone didn’t make it clear that it was Four the person and not four the number.

I liked how Roth wove the world that we know with what it became.  Her dystopia is barren and dry.  The sections of the city are dangerous and deserted.  This book also has bad bad guys.  They aren’t nice guys dressed up as monsters–they were actually bad people doing evil stuff.  I liked that.  It made the story more compelling.

And the heroine was kick-ass.  She stuck her neck out and risked everything.  Stuff goes to hell and she doesn’t cower and wait for someone to save her.  But she still accepts help when she needs it.  Great character.  So, you have a book full of awesomeness with some minor flaws.

INSURGENT is the second book in this trilogy and is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2012.

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This book is recommended for older teens and adults who like survival stories.  Dystopian readers will enjoy Roth’s Chicago.  If you liked the HUNGER GAMES or SHATTER ME, you’ll like this.

PS – The Kindle edition has several formatting/ grammar issues.