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Summer Days and Summer Nights Review

Stephanie Perkins (editor)
28817799This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.


To be completely honest with you I picked up this Summer Days and Summer Nights for incredibly shallow bookish reasons at YAUK… the cover was simply gorgeous and velvety to touch, and it had an old fashioned material bookmark made into it! It looked like summer!! If summer teen romance was ever to take on a bookish form this would be it!

Naturally the lovely girls manning the stand did not have to work very hard to sell it to me, and got a lot of help from my dear friends Caz and Faye who happily thrust it into my hands and said “Get it, you’ll love it!” And right they were.

This is a collection of 12 stories by 12 different authors. In view of this I thought I would do something different and choose 3 words for each story that I felt best represented them.

1. Dark. Magic. Deep
2. Ending. Beginning. Love
3. Horror. Movie. Action
4. Hope. Choices. Words
5. Mountains. Rescue. Love
6. Love. End. Confidence
7. Memories. A chance. Healing
8. Love. Love. And thrice Love
9. Goodbye. Hello. Understanding
10. Magic. Darkness. Carnival
11. Special. Love. Different
12. Miracles. Time. Ready

Although I chose a variety of words the common underlying denominator has to be love in all its shapes, sizes and forms. Ranging from true love, loving and letting go, friendship and family this lovely easy summery breeze of a read covers it all. Being able to pick it up read a story and then put it down again made it feel like I had 12 books for the price of one and that every read was a new tale! I know that obviously it was, but it felt a lot better than having to always stop midway through a chapter and perhaps right on a cliff hanger! No cliffhangers here, only tales of romance in all of their colorful variety.

Each little story has its own set of morals to teach and impart. A few drew smiles and laughter, others drew a couple of happy tears and yet others made me appreciate a side of love I had not considered. Not all summer love is frivolous and superficial, some of it touches you forever and changes you for better.

I love how every author contributed to a different facet of what people know and think love to be. Some of these lovely authors I knew already and recognised their penmanship, others who I did know took me a little by surprise and I have to admit I was pleasantly impressed, others in turn were completely new to me but I will now be scouring the bookshelves for their work!

Reviewed by Pruedence

Publisher: Pan MacMilian
Publication Date: June 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384
Genre: Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Pruedence
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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TTT: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

I hate to admit it but this Top Ten post was far too easy to complete. Sadly there are so many amazing books out there (both new and old series) that I just can’t keep up so unfortunately series like the ones below sometimes get left behind, but not forgotten. I still remember them well, and how they made me feel and regardless of how long it takes I will eventually finish them ☺

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate

I started this series when I was on holiday and got through the first 3 books quickly and swiftly. But as soon as my plane landed back home, I got sucked into so many new and shiny covers that I got totally sidetracked. But I have every intention to come back and finish this series as I enjoyed it waaaaay too much.

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

I fell in love with this series straight away what with me having a huge soft spot for fairytales and all that is a little dark and dangerous. And then in my anxious wait for the sequel I got sidelined and eventually caught up in so many other things, but still something I am determined to come back to.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Yes I know I am severely sinning with this one but I solemnly swear I will finish it asap just please don’t throw digital rocks at me and don’t shoot an innocent book worm with eyes bigger than her reading stomach >_< Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

I’d been itching to read this book and figured since the series was complete it would be nice to be able to start and finish a whole series without having to wait for the sequel to come out. Guess again!!! But will be returning to the depths and mystical blue sea of Anna Banks’ tales.

Inescapable by Amy Bartol

To say I love this series and it’s lovely lovely lovely author is to say not enough, and I have to admit I am incredibly ashamed that I have not managed to finish this particular one. I eagerly devoured all the published books one after the other and whilst I was waiting for the grand finale to become available the inevitable happened. The magpie book blogger’s attention got caught by another equally great read and that was it, totally distracted. I have promised Amy though more reviews and that I will be reading her new series so watch this space because I refuse to leave this one much longer on my kindle shelves!

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

What can I say. Yet another great story to which I desperately need to hear the ending of but somehow missed it. But not for long. I have not forgotten and determination remains to complete it.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I was totally grabbed by this series and its somewhat unorthodox characters and storyline. The strength of its themes and emotions hit me strongly so how I got distracted is a mystery to me, but like with so many others I simply need to know who the girl picks?! So I will definitely be reading this one to finally tie off that loose end and give my story an ending.

Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi

Loved it. Totally and utterly loved this one. I have no excuse. I am a terrible terrible person *bashes head against wall in self punishment*

Dark Heart by Lee Monroe

I stumbled across this series because every time I bought a new book amazon kept suggesting it to me. Having read the synopsis I thought it sounded pretty good and all the positive reviews tipped me over the edge. And in a moment of weakness I bought the whole trilogy. Did I finish it? Nope. But am I going to? Hell yes!!! It’s climbing fast my TBR pile!!!

The Winter Trilogy by Ruth Warburton

This trilogy I discovered because I happened to meet the author at a book signing, and after hearing her talk about her book so passionately I simply had to read it. I did, and I thought it was completely up my street and couldn’ wait for the sequel. Sadly the series was finished long before I realized that the second one had even been released so I have some serious catching up to do but will gladly do so 😀

Needless to say there are plenty more that I could list but think these are enough to make me severely guilty. So instead of prattling on any further, boring yet more and embarrassing myself furthermore I think I’ll go pick up one of these series and polish it off to ease my book heavy conscience!

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

DIVERGENT_B_Format_UK.inddSociety is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a ‘perfect society’. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice Prior renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s Abnegation group, and chooses another faction.

Beatrice Prior lives in a dystopian future world, in a city surrounded by The Fence, keeping everyone safe from whatever lies behind. Her world is divided into 5 groups or ‘Factions’ based on desirable traits and created as a consequence of the war that got them landed behind The Fence. People who blamed the war on selfishness joined Abnegation, those who blamed the war on dishonesty joined Candor, and those who blamed the war on weakness joined the ‘warrior’ Faction, Dauntless. Stupidity, Erudite and aggressiveness, Amity.

The Factions do not mix and live very different lives. Beatrice lives in Abnegation she has been born into that Faction and has always seen herself as a misfit for the faction, their ability to totally forget themselves and their needs and to always help someone in need. Even small things like looking in the mirror are named vain and therefore selfish. Beatrice’s brother Caleb has got it down to a tee. He always helps the elderly person across the street and feeds the Factionless (those who have nowhere to go or have been kicked out of their faction). He belongs in Abnegation whereas Beatrice thinks she doesn’t.

As Caleb and Beatrice are both 16 they have to come up to their Choosing Ceremony where they pick whether to leave their Faction to join another or stay. Beatrice doesn’t know whether she wants to stay with her family or go.

Her Mum and Dad are both important members of the Abnegation society. Because they put their needs before their own, Abnegation are trusted to run the Government. Beatrice’s Dad works alongside Marcus who is getting a lot of questions thrown at him about the soundness of Abnegation’s teachings because Marcus’ son transferred to Dauntless the Warrior Faction 2 years ago and they are blaming Marcus for beating him.

Beatrice has to take an Aptitude test to see which Faction she has the best qualities for. She does the test and finds out she has an Aptitude for Abnegation…and Dauntless and Erudite. Having an affinity for more than one Faction is dangerous and means that you are hard to keep under control. “They call it Divergent”. You can’t tell your family, friends or anyone. You’re in a lot of trouble and have to try and pick the right Faction with no help whatsoever from the Aptitude Test. Beatrice surprises everyone with her choice…

A new name, new friends and a new life but with extra enemies and an elusive instructor who is mysterious and scary but also protective.

Please excuse me while I hyperventilate.

Okay, that over let’s proceed to the book. It is very good. If you get the chance to read it, it is strongly recommended.

Verdict: Teen Fiction! Woo! It’s a really brilliant book and will get you really excited. Fast-paced and thrilling. Not suitable for under 12s.

Reviewed by Daisy (13)

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 489
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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Four; A Divergent Story Collection

Veronica Roth
fourTwo years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.
Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.
Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

What were your overall thoughts on the book?
When I heard about this book, I was sure it was just going to be another way for the publishing house to get money and so I was wary of reading it in case it didn’t add anything to the story. I also assumed the book was Four’s perspective on certain scenes that occur in Divergent but that is not correct. Instead Four tells the story of this character’s history. It is how he became Four and what lead him to the start of Divergent and I have to admit, I really enjoyed it!

What was your favourite aspect of the book?
Quite simply, the writing style. The way Veronica Roth writes is one of the reasons I fell so in love with Divergent. She has a style that pulls you in and makes you just feel all the emotions under the sun. Her style is easy to read while also being descriptive and full of depth. I loved being taken into her world again and it was fabulous seeing it from Four’s perspective as well! Which, you know, is another great aspect of this story!

Who was your favourite character and why?
I feel that the fact this book was about Four, this should be an easy question to answer but instead I’m a little torn. I loved getting to know Four better but I also felt many different wonderful emotions upon other characters creeping up, like Tori, Amar, Zeke, Uriah, and -ofcourse- Tris. But I think I’ll probably stick with Four because, well, he’s Four. And if you don’t know him, read the Divergent series now!

Would you recommend this book?
Yes and No. If you’ve read Divergent and really liked Four then yes, you will love this book. However, if you didn’t like Four then no, stay away from this book (but I’m sure you’ve worked that out for yourself!). If, on the other hand, you haven’t even read Divergent yet, then don’t read this book yet. Only read it once you have read and loved the first book in the series! This book maybe a prequel but it definitely needs to be read after the series. Or at the very least, after the first book.

Summarize in one sentence. (Verdict)
This book is the perfect way to dive back into the world of Divergent, Veronica Roth’s writing, and to be reminded of why Four is just such an incredible character that you wish was alive and with you right now.

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: None
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Bookish Brits: Buddy Review Of Allegiant

Veronica Roth

imageOne choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

SPOILER ALERT.
Faye and I found that most of what we wanted to discuss about Allegiant wasn’t suitable for our main review vlog, as it would completely spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. As a result we have posted a separate video, packed to the brim with spoilers, over on the Bookish Brits tumblr ( click here to view). Please do not watch if you haven’t read the book. We also politely request that you post any spoiler comments on the tumblr post only.

Reviewed by Caroline and Faye

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 526
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline & Faye
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Allegiant

Veronica Roth

imageWhat if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Warning contains spoilers for Divergent and Insurgent

I was soooo excited to get my hands on a copy of Allegiant to review, I had read the previous two books and, like many others, was waiting for this to come out. I devoured this in about three days, which with two young children at home is probably the fastest I have read anything recently! And is testament to the fact that I only put it down with great reluctance!

The action begins exactly from where we left it as Tris has survived and shown everyone the video that reveals startling information about the history of their city and way of life. As their world is falling part around them Tris, Tobias and their friends try to figure out what to believe, who to trust and what to do next. The faction system has fallen apart but there are those who want to return to it, others are glad to see the back of it, but the most pressing question is what is outside the fence that meant their city was constructed in the first place.

Although the continuing story of what is happening inside the city is interesting it is the story of what is outside that is predominantly the focus of this tale. As you would expect Tris and Tobias, with a few other notable characters are the first to get out and find out what is going on. What is revealed is certainly not what I expected, although I have to admit that I am not to sure what that would have been anyway!

Without wanting to totally give away the twists and turns of the plot they find a society dividing genetics into people who are deemed ok and those who are not. Chicago has been part of an experiment to fix genetically damaged people. Of course this raises hundreds of ethical questions and our characters have to come to terms with these new ideas quite quickly, and decide how they feel about the world outside and what has happened to them and their own universe.

The issues introduce plenty of friction and Tris and Tobias’ already strained relationship is put further to the test. This time the story is not solely told by Tris, Tobias gets to have his say too. At times I found the switching back and forth irritating as I would forget who was talking and have to go back and check, but on the whole I| liked hearing from both of them. It was interesting to see how Tobias sees Tris as opposed to her own views on herself! I did wonder though if this dual narrative is one of the reasons I felt the novel lacked the depth of the first two.

There is so much to find out about the outside and in the back story and I definitely still have questions that weren’t answered. Having had the first two books to get to know the characters and the faction system the same amount of time (or pages?) could easily have been given to the outside world. I would have enjoyed getting to know the characters there more and having a chance to get deeper into their situations and the whole motivation behind the project, as well as see them maybe learn a few lessons from the questioning of our main characters.

That said there is plenty to get your teeth to and the plot still has some twists and turns to keep you guessing as we would expect from Veronica. The ending is a little controversial, but for me it worked well and felt fitting to the overall story, as well as being quite refreshing, I think Veronica was brave to do this!

So despite feeling slightly unsatisfied that I didn’t get more of everything in this novel I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride and would still recommend it as a good rounding off to the trilogy.

Verdict: I only wish it could have been a quartet!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 526
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Novel Nibbles: Candor Truth Serum

“I don’t think that I could have made it through Candor initiation, though.”She Shakes her head. “There, instead of simulations, you get lie detector tests. All day, every day. And the final test…” She wrinkles her nose. “They give you this stuff they call truth serum and sit you in front of everyone and ask you a load of really personal questions. The Theory is that if you spill all your secrets, you’ll have no desire to lie about anything, ever again. Like the worst about you is already in the open, so why not just be honest?” Divergent, Veronica Roth

Nothing has the ability to loosen the tongue, not to mention inhibitions, and dislodge a few secrets like a dose or two of Candor Black and White Truth Serum.

Warning: High consumption of truth serum has been know to lead to dauntless like behaviour. In the spirit of the Candor emblem we request that you partake in the serums in moderation.

The Truth
The Shooter
In to a shot glass pour:
2/3 of a Measure of Tia Maria.
Carefully place a teaspoon in to the glass so that the edge is just touching the Tia Maria and the back of the spoon is upper most.
Carefully pour the Baileys in to the glass over the back of the spoon.


The Whole Truth
The sophisticated one!
In to a cocktail shaker add:
Ice
1 espresso or 1expresso sized measure of strong coffee,
1x measure of Tia Maria,
1x measure of Vodka.
Shake well and strain in to a Martini glass.
Using the back of a spoon float double cream on top of the coffee mixture.
Finish with a light grating of plain chocolate.

Nothing But The Truth
The long one
In to a blender place:
3x Oreo cookies(broken)
2x Scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream
1x measure of Tia Maria
1x measure of Vodka
2x measure of Baileys
3x espresso cups of Milk
Blend until smooth.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw

While it is unlikely that you will have an overwhelming desire to spill all of your deepest darkest secrets, these little beauties will certainly keep your taste buds busy!

Honesty
Iced Coffee with Vanilla Ice cream
Take a cup of strong freshly brewed coffee, place in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain the now chilled coffee in to a latte glass over fresh ice.
Add a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Allowing the ice cream to melt creates a yummy creamy iced vanilla latte.

Sincerity
A Coke FloatFill a glass 4/5 full with Coke ( The full fat variety creates the best foam)
Add a large scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream.
Serve with a couple of straws

This post is part of the Team #CANDORUK campaign for #INSURGENTUK.
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Insurgent

Veronica Roth

War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

If you have read Divergent (and if you haven’t look away! and check out our review) you will know that Tris, at age 16, went through the choosing ceremony and made a choice to leave her own faction of Abnegation and join Dauntless. Then later on we find out that her simulation results indicated that she had an aptitude for 3 factions and could have chosen any one of them – that she was in fact Divergent. That choice has led her on a roller coaster of an adventure, as she went through the violent Dauntless initiation process, was picked on for her size and quickly learnt who her enemies were. She also begins to realise that all is not well between the five factions and that in fact a war is coming.

Insurgent takes up where Divergent left off, with Tris and Tobias heading for the safety of Amity after the horrific Erudite attack. There is no recapping so it may be an idea to have a re-read of Divergent first to remind yourself of where the story is up to. Insurgent is fast paced and keeps you gripped. I have to keep reminding myself that Tris is just a mere 16 years old, one who has lost her parents and whose life is at risk for her Divergent qualities.

Divergent introduces us to the five factions; Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. In Insurgent we get to know each faction better. Although each has their own particular set of beliefs and morals, there is a consequence for holding those ideals so highly. For example, Candor values honesty, but yet they value it so highly that they have no thought to the damage that it might cause. Dauntless are free and value bravery but their chaotic way of life and complete recklessness leads to much unnecessary damage and death.

There is much fighting and loss and Tris is truly on a journey as she battles, not only to find out the ‘truth’ and what the significance of the ‘Divergent’ is, but also to battle her inner demons as she comes to terms with all that has happened. She seems increasingly reckless and finds it hard to make the right choice as her guilt and grief threaten to overwhelm her and at times I admit to getting frustrated with her and wanting to shout at her!

Tris and Tobias (Four) seem more apart than they are together for a lot of the book as they battle their demons separately and find it hard to trust and completely let go and be honest with each other about what they are each dealing with. Yet their underlying commitment to each other despite everything is very touching but it’s heart breaking at times as Tris is so conflicted as she wants to reach out and touch Tobias and be close to him, yet constantly holds back because of her pain and confusion. There is a lot of emotion going on that sweeps you right up with it. Phew!

The last few chapters are pretty relentless and I even confess to getting a wee bit confused and having to go back and re-read a few pages there is so much going on! There is a twist in the end… not completely unpredictable but it’s left me musing over society and its ills and how easily society could get to this place. Scary stuff!

Verdict: This is a fast paced and very gripping sequel to Divergent. I completely loved Divergent and still love it a little more than Insurgent, but am hooked on the story as a whole and cannot wait for the final part of the Trilogy to make its appearance next year.

This post is part of the Team #CANDORUK campaign for #INSURGENTUK

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Harper Collins children’s
Publication Date: May 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 525
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Divergent

Veronica Roth

Three flying birds…
One for each member of the family I left behind.
Sixteen-year-old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice.
In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris doesn’t fit. So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.
The hardest choice lies ahead.

If the over excitement of over 70 UK bloggers, falling over themselves to promote its sequel, isn’t enough to convince you of the fabulousness of this novel then, I doubt there is anything I can write to convince you, but what the hey, I’ll give it a go!

Futuristic Chicago is divided in to five distinct factions. At its core, each faction exists to preserve and promote the values it feels are most important for a peaceful society and eradicate those personality traits deem undesirable and dangerous.

Valuing Selflessness about all else, Abnegation would climb twenty flights of stairs in order to give their space in a lift to another person. They fade in to the back ground in their matching grey clothing and utilitarian hair styles, believing to be truly selfless they cannot be self aware.

Amity, who value kindness and despise aggression, are the caretakers and peacemakers in society.

With a hate of duplicity, Candor values honesty above all else. Their inhabitants are trained to spot lies from a young age. Candor do not believe in white or kind lies, they would always tell the truth even at the expense of someone’s feelings.

The protection of society falls to Dauntless whose manifesto is to eliminate cowardice and promote bravery.

Erudite, the teachers and researchers blame ignorance for the failings of society and constantly strive to obtain more knowledge.

Tris, has never felt good enough, never felt completely at ease in the selfless faction in to which she was born. Instead she feels inexplicably draw to the pierced, monument climbing, train surfing teens of Dauntless. Tris has the power to change her entire existence. Along with her peers she is about to make the most important decision of her life; Choosing the faction that will not only define the way she will behave for the remainder of her life, but will determine where she lives, her career options, what food she eats and even how to dress. Before these sixteen year olds make their decision, society will conduct an aptitude test, to guide them to the faction they are inherently suited to.

A fast paced, coming of age story, Divergent is as pumped full of adrenaline as the black clad faction Tris aspires to join. Tris is a girl, separated from her family for the first time, struggling to find herself and her place in the world. Simultaneously connecting with a part of herself which has been previously denied, and for the first time truly appreciating her upbringing and the faction she grew up in.

Initially written off by her peers due to her birth faction and her slight stature, Tris show strength of character, mind and intellect long before the physical training begins to yield results. Unfortunately for Tris, this improved physicality doesn’t come soon enough to prevent her receiving a beating or two at the hand of her dauntless peers and her training certainly doesn’t make her invincible.

In Divergent if you get punched and kicked, you bleed and you hurt, and you’re probably not getting up again anytime soon (at least not without a limp). There are no magic formulas or fantastical technologies to heal your injuries or anaesthetise the pain. At times this gritty realism makes for an uncomfortable read but ultimately it creates a believable and relatable “every woman” caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

No YA tale is complete (at least not for me!) without a swoon worthy male lead to confuse and complicate our protagonists life a little further. Four comes from my favourite breed of love interest; tough, life hardened exterior hiding a super sweet but bruised centre, which only our feisty heroine can uncover. Not that I’m implying that he is a gingerbread male lead, trust me, Four is very much his own man.

Verdict: When you do decide to pick up Divergent I recommend that you block out some time in your diary and stock the fridge (at the very least apologies to your family in advance), because once you start reading it you are not going to want to put it down until the final page is turned, and then you are going to go right ahead and start reading Insurgent!

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Harper Collin’s Children’s Books
Publication Date: May 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 487
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Happy Publication Day

To Insurgent by Veronica Roth

War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

FOR AN HONEST REVIEW VISIT TEAM #CANDORUK

Here at Big Book Little Book we are delighted to be involved in the blog tour for this highly anticipated sequel to Divergent. Along with our Candor UK team mates we will spend the week discussing all things Insurgent and Candor.

Check out our Team Candor UK list in the sidebar for the latest offerings or visit Carly at Writing From The Tub to view the full Team Candor UK tour schedule.

If you are on twitter you can get involved by checking out the hash tags #INSURGENTUK and #CANDORUK.

In addition to our regular Carnegie and Greenaway Awards feature and Little Book post (postponed until tomorrow), Big Book Little Book will be posting reviews for both Divergent and Insurgent and a Candor inspired Novel Nibbles post. We will also be answering Sarah’s daily Faction inspired questions over at Feeling Fictional

In the meantime to wet your appetite, check out this awesome trailer for Insurgent.

This post is part of the Team #CANDORUK campaign for #INSURGENTUK. Click on the picture above for more information.

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