This one did not charm me. But Trixie’s baby sister having the name Abby Cadabra is enough for an added star. I really enjoyed that name. I guess this...moreThis one did not charm me. But Trixie’s baby sister having the name Abby Cadabra is enough for an added star. I really enjoyed that name. I guess this would be a good book for kids experiencing sibling rivalry.
But, I kind of hated the artwork and I was mildly amused and touched during a small portion of this story, but overall I didn’t enjoy it. If it hadn’t been such a fast read I wouldn’t have finished it.
For kids who like the art and this type of story, I’m sure it’s a hit.
Except for Peanuts and then Doonesbury, I wasn’t a huge fan of comics until The Far Side. Since then, I’ve read many graphic novels I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, fiction and non-fiction books both that are told via comics, but this wasn’t one of them. I’m disappointed and somewhat surprised that this wasn’t a hit with me. But, I can see recommending this to many middle grade age girls. If I hadn’t had a visceral revulsion to the artwork, I suspect I’d have liked this a lot more.(less)
Sometimes I think I shouldn’t review certain books when I am in certain moods or certain reading modes. Given another time, I might have rated this bo...moreSometimes I think I shouldn’t review certain books when I am in certain moods or certain reading modes. Given another time, I might have rated this book much higher.
I loved the art, all created from nature/natural materials.
The story/letters didn’t enthuse me all that much. I’d have rather had the art stand for itself, with its materials listed as they are, and with descriptions of the various scenes.
I didn’t need a fantasy story to go along with it. But, as I mentioned, it might have been my mood.
There is some real charm to this book, and I do love fairy houses/environments. And, for those wanting to create these tableaus, there are some fabulous ideas within this book.
I love the map on the inside covers, showing the lovely locations contained in the book: The Woodland Cabin, The Farm House, The Beach Cottage, The Garden Villa, and The Japanese House.
3 ½ stars
I’m glad I read/viewed it, but I like the art (and its descriptive text) much more than the main text in the book. (less)
Starting off with a side note: on the front cover of my paperback edition library copy there is a sticker that I didn’t notice until I was 1/3 the way...moreStarting off with a side note: on the front cover of my paperback edition library copy there is a sticker that I didn’t notice until I was 1/3 the way through this book, but got a kick out of when I noticed, that says: “goodreads choice award – favorite book” (My Goodreads friend Annalisa saw the same sticker on a book in an airport bookstore, so it’s on some library books and some books in bookstores too.)
As I read, I thought that most of this review would need to be in spoiler tags, but that’s not the case; I’m going to avoid spoilers.
This story is a riveting read, for which I was grateful as I’ve been having a hard time reading and it was fun to read something that was so hard to put down and easy to read.
I predicted almost everything (I’m glad it wasn’t everything) about everybody’s backgrounds and what would happen, but I still enjoyed almost every page. For instance, I knew what Tris and Caleb would do before they made their choices.
There are some things that don’t quite make sense, but I’m willing to suspend disbelief for some and for others I’m assuming/hoping I’ll find out more in the sequels.
Amity, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless are the five factions in this book, created to counter aggression, ignorance, duplicity, selfishness, cowardice.
I was somewhat disappointed by Tris’s decision because I did not identify with her choice. Reading about much of what Tris’s adopted faction does sometimes felt unpleasant to me. Even as a teen I wouldn’t have made Tris’s/the author’s choice(s).
I do love the whole divergent thing. I found it and this society fascinating. I really enjoyed the various motivations and especially the relationships as they developed throughout the book. I appreciated the surprises, even when I was not surprised. I liked the layers of meaning. I liked that most of the characters were not one dimensional, and that the ones who were, well, they made sense to me. The suspense was fun. The story was inventive and shows some uniqueness.
As it turns out, my order for factions, in terms of what I most value, is different from the author’s, but I still really enjoyed the book, and I plan to read any sequels; so far there is a story and a full length novel out.
My edition has 50 pages of bonus material for this book and I added over half a star just because of these pages; I otherwise would have probably given the novel 4 stars vs. 5. The extras are fascinating, and particularly interesting for aspiring writers. As I read I thought I could tell the author’s predilections for the different factions, and her philosophy in general, and when I got to the notes, and the acknowledgements too, my hunches were verified. The notes are really wonderful and include Q & A with Veronica Roth, Quotations that Inspired Divergent, Veronica Roth’s Divergent Playlist, Writing Tips from Veronica Roth, Discussion Questions, Veronica Roth Talks About Utopian Worlds, Faction Naming with Veronica Roth, Faction Quiz, Faction Quiz Results, Faction Manifestos, and then there is a sneak peak of the second book, which I did not read.
This is a thought provoking book and would make a fine book club selection.(less)