I thought I should review this book because it's probably my favorite book of all times - yes, even better than The Hunger Games. I know a shocker. AsI thought I should review this book because it's probably my favorite book of all times - yes, even better than The Hunger Games. I know a shocker. As soon as I finished it, I closed it, took a deep breath and had to really force myself to admit to this because up to that point, I thought nothing could top The Hunger Games for my favorite action. But Divergent totally did it.
I missed sooooo much sleep over this book. Plus, after I finished, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Oh, and I read it a second time almost immediately after finishing. That's sayin something right there.
Tris is an amazing protagonist. I really relate to her inward battle about trying to be selfless, but really struggling with that and mostly seeing it as a weakness - even though she greatly admires her family for being selfless.
Some people criticized Divergent saying that the climatic and fast paced ending was really crammed into the last few pages. However, I thought the entire book was very tastefully done. I loved the training, even though some thought it went on for a long time. I thought there was a lot of action in the entire book....even if the ending was like BAM! It totally hit me in the face.
This sounds weird, but I really liked the violence. It was like watching a movie. Honestly, it was just as violent as the Hunger Games, but I really like the violence. It just makes it that more intense.
And Four.....Oh, Four. First, I was thinking. What kind of a name is Four?? But it TOTALLY fits as soon as I meet him. I love his subtle watching and interest. I love the small scenes with Tris. Just beautiful! He's quiet and totally tough! Probably one of the toughest guys I've met. But you know what? He's sooooo sweet and soft one we get to know the *real* him. Just read it and you'll find out. ;)
And the ending?!?!! Holy cow! It totally rocked my socks off!! Seriously! It was just amazing! This book is action packed with plenty of romance and a complete and utter page-turner. It's also dystopian, so if you're into that, you'll also like. Really, it appeals to about anybody!
The minor characters were also well done. I really liked that there wasn't a whole lot of description. It led to more action. It was amazing how well I knew the minor characters, though, without a lot of description. It just goes to show how well Divergent was written. Showing no telling.
Tris's voice was distinct and I really got attached to her. Felt her. And, just to let you know, there were also heartbreaking scenes. So, it's not all action fighting and so forth. I actually had tears in my eyes.
Like I said, this is probably my favorite book and I'm dying for the sequel due in May. I have so many favorite scenes and I seriously will read this book over and over! You'll definitely want to pick this one up!
Sexual Content: Some dialogue. (view spoiler)[Tris is attacked and the guys grope at her chest briefly. A scene at the end simulates a fear Tris has of being close to someone in the form of Four wanting to sleep with her. Nothing happens. (hide spoiler)] Talk about sex and maybe doing it in the future. Kissing. Language/Profanity: The Lord's name abused a few times. Mild. Violence: Heavy. Too much to describe. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was so psyched about this book after I read the first three chapters online. I was literally dying for my library to get it in and I could not set tI was so psyched about this book after I read the first three chapters online. I was literally dying for my library to get it in and I could not set this book down. It was awesome!
The action starts immediately and even the conflict that starts the story is immediately started. And, honestly, it doesn't stop the entire book. There's not a dull moment.
Day and June are both strong strong characters. Not only physically, but they're also really smart. June got a perfect 1500 on her placement test (think ACT, but waaaay bigger) and it definitely takes smarts to be the thief Day has become.
However, Day and June aren't just strong, but also really sweet. They're so close to their family. June's big brother it the sweetest big brother EVER. Also, even though we don't get a first hand look at Day's family, we get to see a more vulnerable side of Day because of how attached to them he is.
The romance is so sweet. I can't call Legend a romance, but there is some and a lot of hints for more in the sequel. There's no insta love.
My favorite part of the book, oddly enough, really doesn't have anything to do with the content. It's actually cosmetic. Legend is told from Day and June's alternating POV. However, each of them have their own font and color for their chapter. How cool is that? There's different colors of words in the book!!
Overall, this was a great myster/suspense novel that will have you turning pages! I cannot wait for the sequel!
Sexual Content: Mild kissing. Language/Profanity: mild. Violence: Moderate - nothing real gory. Overall, a very clean read....more
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and bought it for my Kindle the day it came out. It definitely did not disappoint.
The story is jI had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and bought it for my Kindle the day it came out. It definitely did not disappoint.
The story is just so cute, romantic, and unique. The idea that the story only happens in 24 hours is amazing and that so much could happen and so much charter develop in that time period amazes me. After I finished the book I was like "wow, the beginning was only a day ago!".
Hadley was a typical, normal teenager dealing with separated parents, school, guys (or lack there of), and embarrassing moments (because she totally has them). Anybody - and I mean anybody - can relate to her. Not everything goes the best for her as far as looking smooth or looking good. Things happen and she has to take them in stride.
Even though Hadley is going to her dad's wedding and she has typical feelings about an evil stepmother, I was happy to see that she wasn't evil. She was nice and Hadley, grudgingly so, ended up really liking her. Also, the bridesmaids at the wedding? Absolutely hilarious. The entire book had these cute and funny comments splattered all over the place!
Oliver was sweet and open. He was a perfect gentleman. The type that help you carry your bag and hold the door open for you. Also, he was smart. He's apparently working on a school project, but I'm not quite sure what - you'll understand if you read it!!
I was expecting more from the plan ride and was slightly disappointed when it ended so soon, but I was okay with it after everything was said in done. I liked Hadley's time in London traveling everywhere (even over the course of just one day).
The title of the book was the first thing that caught my eye (though the cover is really eye catching as well...and perfect). I love it! And it completely fits the book. At first, you think the title just "fits", but it plays a part at the end. So wait for it!
Their were only two things I'd have to say I dislike about the book. First, its length. I know it only happened in 24 hours, but still, it was short. I probably could have accepted this if the price of the book hadn't been as expensive as books at least twice its size. Second, the names. I had a hard time getting through to Oliver because I was picturing something different than his name. And Hadley. I've never heard the name and when I came to her name I always wanted to say Haley or something.
Other than that (and neither were a huge deal), I loved it! It was a pretty light and fun read to pick up for upcoming Spring Break!
This being on the second in the series, I was already in love with Cammie, Macy, Liz, and Bex, but this book finalized it. Really. It was just so stinThis being on the second in the series, I was already in love with Cammie, Macy, Liz, and Bex, but this book finalized it. Really. It was just so stinkin' awesome. I absolutely loved all the new characters introduced and the mystery behind it all....oh, and the Gallagher Girls' snooping? Way cool.
So first, we all know Cammie is going to be suffering from post-Josh involvement. I mean, who wouldn't after your mother wiped your first (and sweetest) boyfriend's mind. Sure, I liked Josh in the first book, but the love interest in this book blows poor Josh away. I have no regrets for Josh. Sorry, Josh.
The mystery in the East wing is rather confusing and of course I always love it when the girls bend the rules (only slightly!) because they've just GOT to find out what's over there. And they do. And lemme tell you, it was the most awesome secret EVER!
I really like all their missions. Such as interpreting guys....which is done by Operative McHenry (Macy). However, Liz tries to reason guys out, which is hilarious. I love how they're really *girls*. For instance, when they're repelling through a dusty tunnel, Bex wants to start screaming because she's afraid of spiders. The spy in her wins out, but it is definitely of importance. Of course, any girl loves to dress up. So these super high tech girls are looking for curling irons and asking if their dress makes them look fat, etc. It was just great to see spy girls be girls.
I don't think I disliked ANY of it. Seriously. I can't think of a single thing. I loved the lists made by Cammie, the casual style of writing that made me feel like Cammie was my best friend telling me about what was going on. I also liked their missions in the nearby town and the awkward moment when Cammie and Josh meet.
Anyway, this is a great addition to the series and really builds character and matures the characters for the upcoming books in the series (which are all awesome).
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Some training/fighting. Hardly anything....more
Another completely and utterly awesome addition to the Gallagher Girl series! Love this one!
We get to know Macy so well in this book and, honestly, IAnother completely and utterly awesome addition to the Gallagher Girl series! Love this one!
We get to know Macy so well in this book and, honestly, I loved it because it really didn't take away from Cammie at all. Oh, and then we realize that...........oh, I can't say that. It would give *everything* away. Just know that Cammie is awesome.
I really liked the incorporation of the Gallagher Academy classes - we hear the girls' worries about upcoming tests and are a part of their classes sometimes - and events happening outside the Academy with Macy.
Cammie, Liz, and Bex are sneaky again with their crazy antics! We're introduced to new characters you're going to absolutely love! Oh, and Mr. Solomon is at his best with his classes in town. I love his classes. They're so entertaining and interesting.
Zach is so frustrating in this book! Appearing at the most inopportune moments! And then with NO explanation whatsoever! No wonder Cammmie is so frustrated with him! All he does is points to himself and say "spy". As if *that* explains anything!
And the ending?! Holy. Cow. Probably the book with the worst cliff hanger in the entire series! I just DIED. Seriously. I was thrown off my feet! Between Zach, Macy, someone new, Cammie, Mr. Solomon, the Circle. Wow. I was FREAKING OUT! Okay? Just be prepared! I cannot express how awesome the ending is (not that the rest isn't awesome, too!)!
With frustrating (and totally spy hot) guys, amazing friends, and page turning twists and turns, don't hesitate for this book! Go read it!
Sexual Content: Mild kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Some fighting....more
When I said the Gallagher Girl series keeps getting better and better, it's probably the truest thing I've ever said. I've read this book so many timeWhen I said the Gallagher Girl series keeps getting better and better, it's probably the truest thing I've ever said. I've read this book so many times since it came out to keep me tied over until Out of Sight, Out of Time. And I loved it every time.
Cammie is at her best. She funny and girly. She's like your best friend who tells you everything. She worries about what guys think of her and what's for dessert. Although at the same time she's worried about an international terrorist group chasing her, but she's still a girl.
I loved all the action and mystery in this book. Lots and lots of plot twists and full of excitement throughout. We learn a lot more about Mr. Solomon, Cammie's dad (like, a whole lot), and the Circle. I was super excited to see so much of Liz, Macy, and Bex. I love how Ally Carter involves them, but doesn't let them steal the show. Yes, I love them all to death, but Cammie's our main girl without a doubt.
Also, we learn a lot more about Zach. Wow, do we learn some of his major secrets. And him and Cammie.....wow. Let's just say I was in the "Oh. My. Gosh." mood for several scenes between them.
Even though it seems like there was a lot of background and information in this book (and there certainly was), I don't feel at all like it was a "background" addition to the series or that it was slow at ANY point. It moved very quickly (way too quickly, in fact), but we still learned a lot of important fact. Each fact we discovered with the girls and hit me in the face. Hard.
And the ending? I was ready to scream. Not only because of a certain boy, but because of Cammie's decisions. I'm not used to Ally Carter leaving major cliff hangers and this isn't *exactly* one, but nevertheless, it left me with MAJOR suspense problems!
Like I said, this is definitely one of my favorite additions to the series and I can't wait for more from Ally Carter. You'll be wanting to start this serious ASAP!
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Fighting, wounds after battle. Nothing very descriptive, though....more
Oh. My. Gosh. Can I please scream?? Seriously. *squealing, jumping around room* Okay, yeah, I just don't even know where to start. That's how good thiOh. My. Gosh. Can I please scream?? Seriously. *squealing, jumping around room* Okay, yeah, I just don't even know where to start. That's how good this book is. I *devoured* this book. I couldn't get enough and I had to force myself so slow down b/c, well, I've been waiting 2 years (2 YEARS!!) for this book and I wanted to make it last. But I suppose I should move on....
Okay, so you probably know this is by far the darkest of the Gallagher Girl series. I adore all the books and each one keeps getting better and better. Thus far, they've all been light heart-ed, and even the last one (Only the Good Spy Young) with its more series plot stayed true. But this one. Oh, this one will be an emotional roller coaster. Cammie kind of loses it and Ally Carter does a great depiction of this. Cammie doesn't have as many lists (like the pros and cons and lists by Cammie Morgan), which was one indication of the darker mood, but also, she doesn't joke as much either. Yes, I kind of missed this, but at the same time, I think this was the perfect addition to the series. Especially for those of us who grew up the series and are now getting older. The series has definitely grown with Cammie (and me) from starting as a Sophomore worried about being normal and guys to a Senior who's trying to survive....okay, and still worried about boys.
In my opinion, each book has also gotten more mysterious. The last book left many unanswered questions, but there wasn't a lot of "Oh, let me try to solve this mystery with Cammie and crew". But Out of Sight, Out of Time was definitely a mystery. I was trying to fit all the pieces together with them and let me tell you....there were some major twists in there that I *totally* wasn't expecting. There were soooo many times I sat up and was like "Oh. My. Gosh. That did NOT just happen". And there were times I was crying....so, be prepared.
I was excited to travel so much. Cammie is trying to find where she was at all summer and they end up traveling to so many different countries. Ally Carter does a great job creating a picture with sights and smells....but all from a teenage girl/spy perspective (which is awesome in case you didn't know).
And then there's Zach. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see so much of him. He's always been so mysterious, in the dark. Yes, he's still got his secrets, but at least he's not always disappearing and appearing at the most awkward moments. We get to know him a little better on a personal standpoint.
Liz, Bex, and Macy are at their best as well. Again, there wasn't as much joking around this time, but I still loved them like my own sisters/best friends. They were true to their personalities and so protective of Cammie.
In case you didn't know, Ally Carter is awesome. I mean, really. She has the most unique style of writing in the Gallagher Girl series, I cannot even explain. Basically, you need to go and buy the series (yes, the entire series) to truly discover (and love) Ally Carter's brilliance.
Again, this is the best installment thus far...not that I love any of the other books any less, because they're STAYING on my favorites list. There were so many plot twists I wasn't expecting. SO MANY. I definitely wasn't expecting to be thrown off my feet that many times. It was a real page turner, had me guessing at every page, and emotionally involved (not to mention taxed). I'm eagerly awaiting Ally Carter's last installment for the Gallagher Girl series.
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/profanity: none. Violence: fighting, killing, etc. Some pretty intense stuff, but nothing detailed. Overall, a clean read like the rest of the series....more
This is one of those book treasures I was lucky enough to find. I have absolutely no idea how I happened about this book, but I'm so glad I did!
So, fiThis is one of those book treasures I was lucky enough to find. I have absolutely no idea how I happened about this book, but I'm so glad I did!
So, first, let's get the cons out of the way. First, the writing. There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with it and I didn't particular dislike it or anything - as I almost always greatly respect authors for their hard work! - but it wasn't anything too spectacular either. The ONLY other con I would have is that there wasn't quite enough action. This is like a historical fiction with mystery, but not particularly a page turner or suspense novel.
However, that being said, I really liked the character building in Aurelia. Aurelia and Robert in particular were brilliantly built. Also, the description of different parts of the city was well done, but didn't drag out too much. I particularly enjoyed Ms. Osterlund's description of all things horses.
But let's get to specifics. First, there's Aurelia. Anybody who likes a strong female protagonist is going to love her. She's got attitude and doesn't back down. She's strong enough and smart enough for the throne - like really strong. Very, very strong willed and stubborn. However, she's secretly very sensitive, which I really like. Only people she really cares about gets to see that part of her. I really, really loved that she travels through her city to know about her people....disguised as a boy. Oh, and she has to do that in secret. As in, she escapes from the palace.
Robert is sooooo sweet. He's not the "bad guy" hot, but sweet he-totally-understands-and-complete-gentlemen type. Very protective to the point that it's a fault - but no less attractive, trust me. Also, the fact that he's from the frontier is really cool. Also, his dad was the previously the King's Spy, which is unique in and of itself. Oh, and did I mention his duels with Aurelia are sooooo much fun to read. He's always fighting her, but in a good way if that makes sense.
I really liked the horse aspect in the book. I wasn't really expecting it, but there's actually a lot to do, but this really brings out the culture of the land. That was the other thing I enjoyed reading. The country was so real because of the culture that was *shown* not *told*, which I really appreciated from the author.
The plot was fairly good. I can't say it was *completely* surprising, but obviously it wasn't so predictable that it was in my face and took away from the book.
Overall, I would highly suggest this book to lovers of mystery, romance, and/or historical fiction (even though it's not real). Also, it's very clean, so appropriate for younger readers, but still a great book for lovers of YA (thank you so much, Ms. Osterlund!!)
Sexual Content: Mild Kissing. Language/Profanity: Mild. Violence: Some, but no details. ...more
If you've read the first book in the River of Times Series (Waterfall), you'll be excited to hear that this is definitely the best in the series (okayIf you've read the first book in the River of Times Series (Waterfall), you'll be excited to hear that this is definitely the best in the series (okay, so Torrent is a really, really close runner up). There's so much more action and romance...though I didn't think that was possible.
All our favorite characters are back and we get to see a whole lot more of some of the minor characters like Lia and Luca, which I was really excited about. Luca is at his best with his hilarious comments and his shameless (and endless) flirting with Lia.
And Marcello? Ooohhhhhh, Marcello. We see sooooo much more of him and he's....oh, wait, I can't spoil the story, can I? Let's just say things get much more....intense.
And some of the challenges Gabi goes through? She's so tough, but such a girl at the same time. And being rescued by a knight? Yeah, it doesn't get much better. And the whole rescue was great....all the schemes and close calls....all nail biters!
And we get introduced to Lord Greco: Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome himself. I was so torn over him! Where does he fit? Isn't Marcello Gabi's true love? At times he was romantic and then he was....well, again, I can't spoil anything.
We're also introduced to Gabi and Lia's mom, who travels through time with them. At first, she seemed kind of weak and I was a little disappointed: as in, where in the world did Gabi and Lia come from if their mom is like that? But she totally toughens up. Seriously. She rocks, but she's a mother at the same time. Oh, and an archaeological. Can you imagine an archaeological who studies ancient Italy *IN* ancient Italy?
Again, this is the best installment in the River of Time Series. The romance heats up. Risks get steeper and chancier. A real page-turner. You'll be wanting to add this to your library!
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/profanity: None. Violence: ancient Italy violence with sword fighting. Some torture and though it's very clear what happens, it's not described. ...more
I really picked up this series on a whim. I actually downloaded it to my Kindle when it was free one day. It sat there for a very long time, I'm so veI really picked up this series on a whim. I actually downloaded it to my Kindle when it was free one day. It sat there for a very long time, I'm so very ashamed to say. And I'm even more embarrassed to say part of the reason I was turned away was because of the cheesy cover. Yes, I know, I'm so sorry!! But this has honestly become one of my favorite series. Each book just keeps getting better and better!
The River of Time series is told from Gabi's POV. I really like Gabi. She just such a girl and at the same time so tough! I mean, what kind of girl can wield a broadsword in Italy during the 1300s?
However, I love that even though Gabi can hold her own, she needs rescuing. She needs someone to take care of her when she gets hurt. And can I say how romantic it is when a hot knight rescues you? *Cares* for you? Yeah, talk about swoon-worthy guys. You ain't seen nothin' till you've met Marcello and Luca.
Marcello is one of those guys that totally rocks the knight look, but is soooo tender. And Luca? He's our comic relief. But even though he's the "funny guy" he's tough and has his serious moments. He's captain of the guard and Lord Forelli's cousin. He's a powerful guy even if he doesn't act it. But Marcello....can a guy get any more chivalrous and romantic? What has happened to the romantic guys? If you're looking for a hot "bad" guy, this is the wrong place.
The time travel aspect of the story is really interesting. The time travel has real repercussions and Gabi worries about accidentally changing history. Besides the fact that she can't get used to no bathrooms, riding side saddle, and using the table cloth as a napkin.
Lia, Gabi's sister, isn't seen a lot in this book. Poor thing being dragged through time and just wanting to get home and then Gabi goes and falls in love.....I can see how that would be stressful.
The conflict and action is really great. Definitely fits the whole 1300 Italy setting.....which, I must add was SO well done. Cheers to Ms. Bergren for giving enough information to let us get the picture, but not bog us down with too many facts.
And Paratore? Can't say he's a totally scary give-me-nightmares type in this book, but he is later. Trust me.
My favorite scene is definitely when Gabi gets hurt. Marcello is just so admirable. Sounds weird, but I always like it when characters get hurt because it always brings out the romantic parts!
Regardless of the poor book covers (as I STILL can't get over them), you should definitely pick this book up! The time travel is great. Italy is romantic. Dreamy knights willing to rescue the damsel in distress.
Sexual Content: Attempted rape, but they only get her to the ground, pinning her with a sword. Mild kissing. Language/Profanity: None (isn't that great?!) Violence: Sword fighting. Somewhat graphic, but nothing real bad....more
I love, love, love this book! Cascade is probably still my favorite, but this was in no way disappointed me. At all. In fact, I actually read this onI love, love, love this book! Cascade is probably still my favorite, but this was in no way disappointed me. At all. In fact, I actually read this on the beach in Florida. So, obviously, it had to be awesome for me to be reading it! And I finished in two days....and it's a pretty long book, honestly.
I never would have thought Ms. Bergren could write new adventures for Gabi, Marcello, Luca, and Lia. I mean, we've done a lot with them - stormed castles, gone to dances, been captured and wounded, run for their lives, several major battles. But let me tell you when you won't be disappointed with their new adventures! Not boring in the least!
First, we see a LOT more of Lord Greco. Now, I am totally and completely for Gabi going for Marcello. Really, there was NO doubt in my mind...until this book. I can't say there's exactly a love triangle, but you'll definitely be cheering for Greco to find his true love as well. For being a "bad guy", I sure fell in love with him!
And the romance? Wow. It's definitely at its best in this book. Marcello and Luca both turn it up toward our She-Wolves. And I absolutely loved it! However, their love is also tested. It's not easy committing to each other fully and Ms. Bergren really shows the true trials of being in love. It's not as easy as a lot of YA books make it out to be. Gabi definitely has a lot of decisions to make, along with her family.
That's the other thing. I really liked Gabi and Lia with their parents. I loved their dad. He really handled things well considering he was seeing Gabi and Lia a couple years older than they were supposed to and then they tell him he was dead, etc. And then, if course, the whole traveling through time. Oh, and then there's Gabi's falling in love with a Italian knight. That's got a be a biggie.
And the ending battle? Very awesome and suspenseful! And Marcello and Gabi!!! *squeal* Oh, and Gabi's totally stressful dilemma and "escape"? So cool and heart wrenching!
Even though it was a good ending to the series, I am so sorry to see it end! I've heard there are going to be more books with our favorite characters, but from Lia's POV. Not that I don't like Lia or anything (because I really love her to death), but I just *adore* Gabi, so I'll be really sad to see her leave. Either way, this was a great way to end the series and I really, really hope you pick this series up!
Sexual content: Kissing. (view spoiler)[When Gabi marries (no, I'm not going to say who!!), they have their first night together. I think I would've missed it if someone hadn't told me before hand. Very discreet. Just mention him unbuttoning her dress and them becoming one. (hide spoiler)] Language/Profanity: none. Violence: Fighting scenes. Some description, but nothing too gory. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more