I had heard SO much fuss over this book, so I was really anticipating reading it. At first, yes it was good. There was a dry spell in the middle, tho...more I had heard SO much fuss over this book, so I was really anticipating reading it. At first, yes it was good. There was a dry spell in the middle, though I like to attribute that to the fact that I could not read that section without getting distracted. Anyhow. Once I got to a certain part (which I will not say which part for anyone who hasn't read it,) it picked up! And I fell in love! I started to really enjoy it at that point, and I was not able to put the book down. And I must say, Peeta is on my list of fictional characters I am hopelessly in love with. (less)
Many people seem to not like sequels as much as the first book. I, for one, am not one of those people. For one thing, you've already gotten to know t...moreMany people seem to not like sequels as much as the first book. I, for one, am not one of those people. For one thing, you've already gotten to know the characters, you know what to expect from them. You don't have to figure them out. You have a starting point, prior knowledge.
But just because I already knew and loved Katniss and Peeta is not the only reason I LOVED this book, possibly more than the first.
This book went fast, fast, fast. I barely had time to catch my breath. My mom laughed because she'd walk by my room at one point and I'd be grinning wildly. Other times I was slamming the book in frusteration. (Though that does NOT mean I didn't like it. Quite the opposite.) Taking shocking turns with each chapter cliffhanger, this book sure keeps you on your toes. And it's non-stop action, and it is so beautifully written.
This book had me laughing out loud from page one. This is no exaggeration, I assure you! I fell in love with the main male and female lead. So many th...moreThis book had me laughing out loud from page one. This is no exaggeration, I assure you! I fell in love with the main male and female lead. So many things in the book made my jaw drop. Though it may not seem like that kind of book on the surface, it made me think about my life. What I would do in the same situations. If I would have fallen the way the main character did. It was one of those books that you tear through in three days and you cancel everything else because you just want to spend time with the characters. My favorite kind of book: the kind that will make me laugh alound in several chapters, will make me think about myself and my life, makes me gasp, and leaves me with a soft smile on my face long after I've closed the back cover. And this book did all of that. Thank you, Stephanie Perkins.(less)
Things I adore: 1. Shannon Hale 2. Jane Austen 3. An unlikely, sarcastic, only-at-times-witty heroine.
This book had all of those.
I'm going to be honest -...moreThings I adore: 1. Shannon Hale 2. Jane Austen 3. An unlikely, sarcastic, only-at-times-witty heroine.
This book had all of those.
I'm going to be honest - I LOVE Shannon Hale's book, but was a little let down by the original Austenland. Probably, I didn't allow myself to enjoy it as much as I should have. It was probably my fault. Because Shannon Hale is amazing. (So, yes, I will be giving Austenland another shot now.)
Because of that, I had somewhat lowered expectations of this novel. In fact, when I heard she had written a sequel, I dreaded having to read this. I wondered why she was writing it. I wondered why, out of all her books, Austenland was the one to be turned into a movie. (Although now, I really, REALLY hope this one gets turned into a movie as a result of the first one doing well. Who knows.)
But I LOVED this book. In fact, it's on my absolute favorites and to buy shelf. And I do not just buy books willy nilly.
This had everything. Humor. Sarcasm. Romance. Mystery. 1816.
I can't even count the number of times I laughed out loud.
(And I do suspect that one of the characters was loosely based off Adele, but that's just my theorizing....)
But you should read this book. Just because it deserves it.(less)
It has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I c...moreIt has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I cannot believe this is Veronica Roth's first book and that within a short amount of time after being released, it is already gaining so much love and respect. Everyone who reads has heard about Divergent by now. I was afraid that this book would not be able to live up to all its hype - but trust me, it did. Just a few of the things I have to say.... 1) This needs to be a movie. And not a cheesy movie. A real, "this-totally-follows-the-book" movie. 2) The girl's name is Tris. How cool is that? 3) The boy, Four, is totally swoon-worthy and makes the book 10x better. 4) Dystopian. Need I say more? 5) I am already anxiously twiddling my thumbs waiting for the second book.(less)
I am so emotionally conflicted as to what to rate this darn book. I rounded up. Know that if 4.5 stars was an option, it would most definitely be chec...moreI am so emotionally conflicted as to what to rate this darn book. I rounded up. Know that if 4.5 stars was an option, it would most definitely be checked.
May I just say that Simone Elkeles has my utmost respect as an author. She crafted a beautiful, romantic, melt-my-heart-like-butter book that also manages to teach things about the way boys should treat girls, and the way you need to stand up for your feelings, even if the status quo dictates that you not have a crush and the swoon-worthy boy who sits next to you in Chemistry class, if only because he is a gang member.
I loved it. It was adorable. Every time Alex called Brittany his mamacita in the no doubt adorable hispanic accent, my heart melted. Alex is like the picture of the sweetest guy ever. The lengths he goes for Brittany and the chivalrous yet manly way he treats her is something every girl secretly wants.
So, you may ask, why the 4.5 stars? You clearly loved it.
Yes, I did. My *one* reason for wanting to not credit it the full five stars is because of the constant swearing and other teen-related immoral activities. Yes, I'm sixteen, I should be used to that, I get it. But I get enough of that in school.
Save that one little irritation with the book, it was a fantastic read. I would reccomend it for anyone 15+. (less)