Although there was a heck of a lot wrong with this book, I actually enjoyed reading it. Shock! Horror!
Divergent had me hooked, Insurgent had me frustrAlthough there was a heck of a lot wrong with this book, I actually enjoyed reading it. Shock! Horror!
Divergent had me hooked, Insurgent had me frustrated to the point of forcing myself to finish it, and I was therefore expecting to hate Allegiant. Which might be why I didn't. My expectations were so low, which somehow made this book better than I expected.
Don't get me wrong, I by no means loved it, but I definitely liked it better than Insurgent!
Finally, I felt like some of the characters were getting the development they deserved. Finally, we started to delve into the reason why the factions were formed in the first place (as ridiculous as it all was), and what lies outside the city. Finally, Tris was not constantly thinking about Four (much).
Unfortunately, the two-person narrative was bloody confusing. Tris and Tobias became almost indistinguishable from each other, and I often found myself flipping back to the start of the chapter to see who was telling the story.
Unfortunately, and again, many of the deaths were not sad to me. (view spoiler)[ And yes, I'm totally including Tris in this statement. I know there are people out there who bawled their eyes out, but I certainly wasn't one of them. Is it wrong that I didn't care? Just last week I cried reading a different novel because the main characters grampa died. I cried when most of the Harry Potter characters died. Hell, I even lost my breath when Finnick died in the Hunger Games! So why don't I care that the main character of this series was killed off?! I think it says more about the writing than my emotional state. (hide spoiler)] I either didn't care about the characters enough, or it was so rushed through I never got the time to really process what had happened.
Parts of this book held me captivated, but much of it seemed unnecessary, or hurriedly made up just to provide some sort of explanation, however strange or unreasonable.
(view spoiler)[ Don't even get me started on the conflict resolution between Tobias' parents. I mean, a five second conversation? I can't even. Oh, and of course Tris could survive the death serum. Of course she could! It would be down-right silly if she couldn't. Yet, she died by being shot? That whole chapter was just. No. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not even sure what it was, but something kept me hooked. Something made me want to read more, find out what happens, become invested in this series.
All in all, it's now over and I can move on with my life!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really enjoyed this book! I got so caught up in Issy's world that I really didn't want to leave. I laughed, I cringed, I fumed, I cried. It was everyI really enjoyed this book! I got so caught up in Issy's world that I really didn't want to leave. I laughed, I cringed, I fumed, I cried. It was everything I could have asked for in a chick lit novel.
I especially liked how you got a look in to multiple characters points of view, which gave this book a nice change from other rom-com type novels I have read in the past.
I will definitely be looking to read more from Jenny!...more
**spoiler alert** Is it just me, or was Insurgent the most angsty read ever? I actually despised the constant love-hate situation between Tris and Fou**spoiler alert** Is it just me, or was Insurgent the most angsty read ever? I actually despised the constant love-hate situation between Tris and Four. Their characters changed so much from Divergent to Insurgent, it was almost like they were two different people. I actually hoped they would break up, and I am a true romantic at heart, people.
I read Divergent in two days. It took me nearly a week to get through Insurgent. More than once I considered giving up, but I am a stickler for finishing what I start and I did actually want to find out what was to come, much to my disappointment.
I dont even know where to start with this. I get that Tris would have been upset she killed her friend, and that both her parents died, but shit. Her emotions were just too much to bear and her reactions and choices were crazy. She lost any spunk she gained in the first book and pretty much gave up on life. And the whole 'not wanting to touch a gun' thing just frustrated the heck out of me! I wanted to slap her in the face with a chair.
One part I did enjoy was during her time at Amity when they gave her that peace serum. She actually gained some dimension for a change, and it did make me laugh and relate to her, if only slightly.
However, the "evil" characters in this series were disposed of far too easily, and any conflicts felt like they were over before they really began. During much of it, I wasn't even really sure who was attacking whom, as people were jumping ship and joining new factions all over the show.
I was surprised that Caleb became a bit of a double-agent - which was a good twist, in my opinion - and also surprised that so many members of certain factions were able to infiltrate other factions with no questions asked - which was mind-boggling.
Again, some deaths were not upsetting to me because the characters were so under-developed that I didn't care about them. I wasn't even happy when Eric was killed off, and I usually love it when the bad guys get what is coming to them. I mean, I cheered when Joffrey drank the poison in Game of Thrones. Just saying.
I think the worst part of this book for me was that nothing much happened. At all. And when it finally started to get interesting, it went and ended. I was hoping that once I had forced myself through the pages of this book that that would be the end of it. No way would I read the next one. But that ending. Damn. I will probably regret it, but I have to know what happens next. *shakes fist at the sky*...more
**spoiler alert** I feel like I'm late to the party as far as Divergent is concerned, having only just read it. Or should I say, devoured it? I could**spoiler alert** I feel like I'm late to the party as far as Divergent is concerned, having only just read it. Or should I say, devoured it? I could not put it down. I guess I should start by saying that I was looking for an easy read, and this book provided that for me in spades! And when I say easy, I mean you don't have to think too hard. In fact, it's better if you don't.
Initially I liked the idea of factions being separated by personality traits, even though it didnt make much sense. Call me an Erudite, but it just wasn't logical. However, I was willing to forgive this in place of all the action. There was always so much going on, I found it quite an exciting read. I also loved the fact that - although it was obvious from their first meeting - the relationship between Tris and Four became a secondary storyline rather than taking over the entire book.
Much of what happened at the Dauntless headquarters was random and a little disjointed for me, but I enjoyed Tris' transformation from a quiet square to a kick-ass bitch. The challenges she faced were tough both physically and mentally, and although she seemed to overcome her injuries and build muscle quickly, her pain was clear and descriptive.
My favourite parts of this book were the simulations. I enjoyed reading Tris' reactions, and really felt the suspense as she faught to control each situation. For me, these parts were the most well-written and nail-biting.
The friendships and hatred amongst the initiates that formed throughout the story didn't feel genuine or real to me. Although I came to like the characters, their conversations felt very one-dimensional and I never felt strongly about any of them. And as awful as it was that Tris was forced to kill one of her best friends, I didn't feel sad about it because his character wasn't developed enough for me to think of him as real. *Sidenote: I cried while reading death scenes in Harry Potter, because I was attached to the characters. I never got to that point during Dauntless.
The deaths of both of her parents seemed unecessary, and parts of the resolution to the takeover simulation felt too good to be true. I know it's a fantasy story, but let us hang for a bit, sit on the edges of our seats, or wonder even for a moment if the herione will make it out alive, you know?
In saying that, I think the ending tied up in a nice little bow and did have me looking forward to the sequel, which I read straight after.
In my opinion, if you liked the Hunger Games series, you will enjoy Divergent - although I hate to compare the two....more
Gone Girl. I mean, wow. This book! It toally messed with me. I really wanted to give a review without spoilers, but I just can't - my*SPOILER ALERT!*
Gone Girl. I mean, wow. This book! It toally messed with me. I really wanted to give a review without spoilers, but I just can't - my opinions are so specific, that I don't even know how to put them in words without giving the story away, so I'm just going to lay it all out there.
Where to begin?! I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. It had me guessing at every turn, and the characters were so well written that I believed everything they said. To a fault. I'l admit I didn't think much of Nick. He was a jerk, a liar and just an awful person, wasn't he? I mean, he seemed relieved that his wife went missing, didn't he? I loved Amy. She was so nice and had such a good outlook on life. Her diary entries were beautifully written and kept me wanting more. I actually looked forward to her chapters and wasn't that interested in Nick's.
Although I didn't like him, I also didn't think he killed his wife. I knew something was off there. I think what really convinced me he had nothing to do with her disappearance was when the cops showed him the credit card statements. In that moment, with his reaction, I just knew. I didn't know how she did it, but I did think Amy ran away. Maybe they had an altercation, maybe not, but I knew something didn't add up.
When I found out that Amy not only ran away, but set her husband up to be framed for her murder, I was glad. Cos, he was an asshole, right?! He deserved it. I almost punched the air, I was so glad she was okay. But then we start to learn about the real Amy, and find out that 'Diary Amy' was totally not the same as the real, psycho-bitch Amy. My whole outlook for these characters completely changed! I felt sorry for Nick and disliked Amy. Sure he cheated and I don't forgive him for that, but geez, being married to Amy sounds like hard work!! I no longer trusted Amy, and really hoped that Nick, or the cops would be able to track her down and make her pay.
Wen she got robbed by Jeff and Greta I laughed - karma. And when Desi took over I was pleased - maybe she would finally be punished for all the lives she had messed with. Sure, she was living in a freakin mansion and was waited on hand-and-foot, but still, she was uncomfortable there and that was enough for me.
There were so many twists and turns in this book - just when you think you've got it all worked out - BAM! Something throws you off and you are forced to re-think everything you know about these characters. I loved it!
The only things that left me unsatisfied were: 1) Amy literally getting away with murder! I hate that the cops couldn't get any proof she was lying, and that she killed Desi so easily and without repurcussion. Also, her 'memories' of her 'kidnapping' were way too detailed - most people would be so traumatised that they wouldn't remember so much or be able to explain so much of what happened to them - I didn't like that part. 2) That Nick decides to stay with Amy. It really proved how messed up he was! I don't like the idea that both of them are happy to live the rest of their days pretending to be people they are not. It is unrealistic to me, and I can't get my head around it.
I'm still thinking about this book, and I finished reading it 4 days ago! Definitely keen to read Gillian Flynn's previous books....more
Liar has truly messed with my head. Being a relatively gullible reader, I believed almost everything Micah was telling me, which is silly really becauLiar has truly messed with my head. Being a relatively gullible reader, I believed almost everything Micah was telling me, which is silly really because one of the things she told me is that she is a liar. Before reading Liar I knew nothing about it, besides the blurb on the back cover. I think this is a good thing because I had no idea what to expect. And once I started reading, I realised that this was not going to change! There are so many twists in this book, and a few people have compared it to Fight Club, which I think is completely fitting. I got hooked into Micha's reality, her so-called truths, her lies, her stories and in the end I still don't quite know what to believe, but I wanted to believe her. I wanted her version of the story to be the truth, because it felt easier that way. But as I got through the book, I realised that certain things did not add up. Her "truths" were not always accurate and her stories changed. It was almost as if she herself did not know what was the real truth and what she had created as her truth. One moment she would confess something from her past, and then the next admit that it was a lie. It became harder and harder to trust Micah and in the end I didn't know what to believe. As frustrating as it is for me, I also really loved that I don't for sure know the truth about what happened to Zach. It kept me guessing right til the end, and even now I am still trying to piece this book together. I would definately recommend this to anyone, and I think I may even have to read it again!!...more