“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.” -Goodreads.com
And I’m so glad I did. Because I honestly forgot a lot that had happened in Insurgent (and Divergent too, but mostly Insurgent). Seeing how everything flowed, I ended up loving these books even more.
5 stars for both.
Reread on October 20 to 21, 2013
“When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.” -Goodreads.com
Yep, I reread Just One Day again, felt the same feels I had for it the first time plus more. I love this book so much. And highly suggest reading/rereading this before starting Just One Year. Makes the feels so much stronger.
My original feels of it are here.
Reread on October 7 to 8, 2013
“Covert Operations 101
Most people know the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women as a school for the elite–manicured lawns, limo-lined driveway, and the best faculty in the country. But they have no idea what really goes on behind the ivy, or what the brochures mean by “exceptional”–that the Gallagher Academy is actually a highly classified school for spies.
The Gallagher Girls may be prodigies in espionage, but there are some mysteries even a genius I.Q. and serious combat skills can’t help solve–like how to keep your heart undercover….
Join CIA legacy Cammie Morgan and her fellow spies-in-training as they take their covert talents from the classroom to the field.” -Goodreads.com
So I decided to reread all of the Gallagher Girls books before United We Spy came out (*cue crying*). Even though a took a few chapters to get into the first one I quickly remembered why I love this series. Never had reread them till now (straight through, have reread little bits but never the whole book) and I was actually surprised how much I remembered. And just ahhhhh. God I love this series. So sad to see it end.
Reread from September 19 to 24, 2013
“I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love — mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?
It’s with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn’s father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn’t know.
Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both — until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell — a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.
In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn’s story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.” -Goodreads.com
Rereading Burned made me remember why it’s one of my favorite Ellen Hopkins books. And how it really was one of those books that helped me go through the hell hole I had during high school with family/church. That I wasn’t alone. Granted I know not everyone has had a horrible church experience, but some of us do. And how it’s the people who effected it, not got or even really the religion in general. Because there is the good and bad in everything.
I’m so glad I reread it to prepare for reading Smoke because there was so much I forgot about. The little details that when I started Smoke a few days later really helped with… Which I will talk about in a few days 🙂
So yep, go read (or reread!) it, you wont be disappointed… I actually ended up loving it more reading it the second time than the first.
Reread on July 19, 2013.
Borrowed from a friend.