I actually really loved this book. Yeah, it's a little bit cliche...but that's because it's real. It's high school. Bianca is a strong, tough little c...moreI actually really loved this book. Yeah, it's a little bit cliche...but that's because it's real. It's high school. Bianca is a strong, tough little cookie who loses her way for a little bit. But it's only because she's very protective of those she cares for. When she finally begins to realize how much something she thought would be easy has become complicated, things get rough. The story will make you smile, and laugh and it'll tug on your heart strings.
If you're anything like me, you'll also find yourself pulling for this Duff and her happy ending.(less)
There are some books that make reviewing very, very difficult. Obviously, INSURGENT is one of them. I really want to say all the things! And I probabl...moreThere are some books that make reviewing very, very difficult. Obviously, INSURGENT is one of them. I really want to say all the things! And I probably will. So, this is your warning that there will be spoilers ahead.
If you read my review of DIVERGENT, you know how much I loved it. The world, the idea, the characters. Everything. Tris is a badass, and Four, well… I don’t suppose I need to explain why I love him.
INSURGENT picks up right where DIVERGENT ends, with Four and Tris on the train to Amity Headquarters. They’ve just made it through the Erudite’s attack and stopped the simulation that was controlling the Dauntless population. Except, of course, for the Divergent.
We stopped the simulation—the weight of the hard drive in my back pocket reminds me—but we didn’t pause to see the aftermath. What happened to our friends, our peers, our leaders, our factions? There is no way to know.
Their world has just been effectively ripped apart, and what they don’t know yet, is that it’s only the beginning.
“Nothing else is all right.” His whisper tickles my cheek. “But we are.”
I’m not sure what I was prepared for going into this book, but I think all of my expectations were met and then some. I do know that I expected answers. And we got some of those. But we also got way more questions. Every answer that came through, it felt like a new question bloomed in its place. I was constantly on my toes, wondering, waiting, hoping and guessing.
In the midst of all that, there was action, adventure, angst, swoons, death and surprises. Yes. Surprises. A couple of them were oh-shit-out-loud surprises. A couple of them were definite ah-hah moments. Husband dude laughed at my “I knew it!”’s quite a few times.
What I’m saying is, this book never, ever lulled for me. I was engaged from start to finish.
It’s hard to break this down, but I guess the easiest thing would be to tell you what I liked and what I didn’t.
I loved Tris; she will always be a badass to me, but I’ll admit that I did not like her for parts of this book. I did not like her at all. She made me angry, and sad, and a little disappointed in her if I’m being honest.
Four. Duh. Tobias is, and forever will be, one of my favorite bookboys. He made me hurt so good. I felt his emotions and turmoil and his… I felt all the things, okay? I just can’t even explain it. The way these two are when they’re together. Whether things are good or bad, I love it. Any interaction makes me happy (even if it’s making me want to throw up).
I totally enjoyed learning about all of the other factions, not just Dauntless. This time around, I felt like I was able to develop a respect for how their individual groups work and function, and how without one, the others would suffer. (I would definitely have missed Amity and their serums, because that was epic) And that was something I never felt in DIVERGENT. I really only cared about Dauntless then, but that changed very quickly in INSURGENT.
I enjoyed the return of characters from the first book, like Uriah and Lynn. And Caleb… briefly (I still have hope!!). There were some characters I wouldn’t have minded falling off the train *cough* Peter… Eric… Marcus. I loved the introduction of some new characters, and I cannot wait for the next book to find out just what’s in store for everyone.
Just like last time, I’m on the edge of my seat.(less)
I'm pretty sure that whatever I say about it couldn't possibly...moreEdited after re-reading in July 2013:
Me after finishing this book for the second time:
I'm pretty sure that whatever I say about it couldn't possibly do this book justice, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet.
This was easily the most heartfelt, emotional book I've read since Forbidden. The stories are completely different, but I'm serious when I say that nothing I've read since that book has affected me the way this one does. The characters were flawed and imperfect in a way that actually felt real instead of overly dramatic. They had actual depth and the story itself just blew me away. There really is nothing I had to complain about, which, for me, is a rarity. Every character, secondary or not...was just amazing. And I know this book is one I'll be rereading for years to come just so I can re-experience those last two words...
I said it before and I'll say it again: thank you, Katja. Now please write Drew and Tierney's story for us. ;)
Yesterday, I sent out a call on Twitter for something dirty. And thank god for my PV, because she sent me this. And HOMIGOD...moreThis one gets all my stars.
Yesterday, I sent out a call on Twitter for something dirty. And thank god for my PV, because she sent me this. And HOMIGOD, I loved it. I couldn't put it down, and stayed up wayyyyy past my bed time to finish. There's just something about a tattooed bad boy going all moony over a girl that is so freakin' hot. And Brian was hot with a capital H-O-T.
If you HAVEN'T read this yet, and were considering (or even if you weren't)...drop everything and READ IT NOW. You won't be sorry.(less)
To be honest, this read as poorly edited fanfiction. I struggled from the very beginning, and ended up skimming about 75% just so I could get it over...moreTo be honest, this read as poorly edited fanfiction. I struggled from the very beginning, and ended up skimming about 75% just so I could get it over with. I want my two dollars back.(less)
Besides the fact that this was way too short, and that dudes do not say 'feels' (straight ones, anyway), this was a good little read. I adored Daniel...moreBesides the fact that this was way too short, and that dudes do not say 'feels' (straight ones, anyway), this was a good little read. I adored Daniel and Six, and I loved seeing more into Sky and Holder's future.(less)
This book won't be for everyone simply because of the plot. Adrian isn't your typical love interest. Nope. He's the anti-love interest, actually. A gi...moreThis book won't be for everyone simply because of the plot. Adrian isn't your typical love interest. Nope. He's the anti-love interest, actually. A gigolo. A very high priced one.
And totally captivating. At least to Billie Cort, the reporter who's been tasked with the job of interviewing him for an article in the magazine she works for: Illicit.
After one meeting, Billie's completely knocked on her butt by this mysterious man who seems to know everything a woman wants, including her.
What I expected here wasn't at all what happened. After reading the synopsis, I figured 'okay, she's going to interview him and then they're going to progress to ~things (you can guess what) and after lots of ~things, they're going to fall in love.' But Reed knocked me for a loop, because while there was some off-the-charts sexual tension, and a few steamy scenes, these two didn't at all follow the path to least resistance. Nothing at all about their relationship came easy except for the attraction they had to each other.
Everything else was a constant struggle.
Which, I'll admit, got a little taxing. The constant push and pull and unmade decisions wore a bit on my impatient nerves. But still, it worked in the end. Each had their own demons to work out before they could be together, and I'm so glad Reed made them into what I could imagine as real characters rather than just two flattys with no depth. There were moments where I flailed (if you saw my tweets), where I swooned, and where I wanted to throw my phone across the room and quit them both. But I'm so glad I didn't because I ended up really enjoying Adrian and Billie's story and I'm looking forward to more from this author!!(less)