Monday, April 22, 2013

Divergent (Divergent #1)


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
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What did I think?
Um…I’m kind of at a loss for words here. So many Feels, Thoughts, Opinions…Ahhh!
Let me take some time to gather myself here so that I can express it in a coherent fashion.
Five hours, Forty minutes, Three nutella sandwiches, and One chocolate truffle cake later.
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Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
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Okay people brace yourselves because I have a lot of thoughts on this book and I have a tendency to rant. I’ll keep it as organized as possible. 
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Anna is in the House!

Hey Everyone! I have Anna here with me today. She is the main character of the second book in the Touched Girl Series by Robyn Jones. Let's jump into this interview shall we? She’s agreed to answer a few questions, but I have to warn you that she has a way of answering questions without really telling you anything! 
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On Humanity and the Boston Marathon Attacks

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Going Vintage


When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). 

The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous

But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
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Pride & Prejudice Chapters 22-8

What Went Down:

Wow a lot of things happened in this installment. Let me give you a quick summary. Mr. Collins, having heard way too many NOs from the Bennets, asks Charlotte Lucas to marry him. On top of that, she says yes!
Mr. Gardiner and his family are in town and invite Jane to come along with them to London. Jane accepts this invitation, seeing it as an opportunity to perhaps run into Bingley there (since he is all about Miss Darcy now). Mrs. Gardiner warns Elizabeth about Wickham and how he isn’t worth her time despite how gorgeous he is. Elizabeth politely agrees.
It is further revealed in a correspondence between Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner that George Wickham has moved on to greener women. He is now engaged to a Miss King who comes from wealth. Elizabeth is doing fine in terms of the ‘break up’ but is disgusted by people looking for financial gain in a sacred institution like marriage.
Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins are married. Furthermore, Elizabeth accompanies Charlotte to The Lady Chaterine de Bourgh’s castle/estate/land/mansion. Lady Catherine basically bashed on our poor Elizabeth. She said ruthless things about her upbringing and characteristics even implying that she was a gold digger. Awful things were also said about Mrs. Bennet. Oh and Darcy showed up with is cousin who is also weirdly named Fitzwilliam. Elizabeth played the pianoforte for awhile through dinner…and that’s it for this week.  

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The Amulet of Samarkand


Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny." 

If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough, Nathaniel's master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The boy's only saving grace is the master's wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday. Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him.

Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine. 

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