Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't even know how to start this review, other than saying BRAVO. What an amazing story, it's well done: great pace and characters. It's only flaw is the weirdness of the future world created, divided in strange factions. It reminded me a bit of my school days and the houses we divided in (I went to a school that had a British system, kind of like Hogwarts... but without magic, lol) Anyways, fir me it was a bit over the top, not to believable at all. But beyond that. I'm impressed. What a wonderful , captivating book. I can't wait for May to bring me part 2.

In summary, this is the story of Beatrice - Tris and how she lives in a dystopian society particularly in Chicago, and after the choice she has to make on her sixteen birthday on the faction she'll be part for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor (Honesty), Abnegation (Selflessness), Dauntless (Bravery), Amity (Peaceful), and Erudite (Knowledge). Her family comes from the Abnegation faction and she is in a constant struggle with herself to follow Abnegation's values. And this is as much as I can tell without spoiling the plot.
I really recommend it. It was fun, fast paced and Tris kicks butt. It's refreshing to have a heroine so strong and determined. Yay for Divergent!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Crave

Crave by Melissa Darnell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

OOOOOHHHH It's so bad I am still trying to get rid of the images it created in my head. Yuck!! I have this tendency to read books as if there is no tomorrow. I devour them, enjoy them and find them impossible to pull down. But this one, after sitting down for 6 hours to read it, I had to leave the last 10 pages unread... for a week! yes, me, the book-eater! It was painfully bad. So bad I want my 6 lost hours back... oh, well, I just found the courage to skim through these last few pages because I need to return it to the library -thankfully, I didn't spend money on it-.

It is the story of this high school girl Savannah, who is half witch and vampire, and Tristan a member of the Clann, a very powerful group of witches... and we have dance competitions, Texas (y'all... pleaaasseee), NFL trials and cheerleaders and aaarhhhh it's too painful.

It has a playlist at the end of the book with the songs the authors thinks are cool for each chapter. I believe Trent Reznor (NiN) will not be happy to share space with Enrique Iglesias. Hell, I sometimes have music mismatches but I respect God Trent above all and Enrique is not cool, not cool at all. The music list is a fair glimpse of how unconnected this book is. The only good thing about this book is the advertisement at the back for Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, also from Harlequin Teen!

I now need a good book detox (I'm grateful to be simultaneously reading other stuff).

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