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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Series Rating: five-stars
on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 526
Format: Kindle
five-stars

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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to 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.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I was sad that this series was ending and the ending of this book just planned sucked. Well I mean it didn’t suck but I was quite sad that Veronica did what she did with this book. This book just like the last two had me guessing and sucked in all the way through.

It also shows that just because you have the technology to control some human beings in a controlled environment that you shouldn’t do that because no matter what human beings always go back to the way that we were. Granted not all the times but most of the times yes. In this book we also see some things through Four’s eyes which I have to say is pretty entertaining. Tris and her brother Caleb learn more about their mother. Okay the part of their mother that she kept hidden from them since she couldn’t tell anyone about her being from the “outside” world and about her life even before that.

We also get to know more about what being a Divergent is really about. Everything about this book is pretty awesome and I say that it is such a good book that everyone should read if they have read the first two.

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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on May 1st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Format: Kindle
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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

This book, like the first one, is a good book. Or at least I would like to think so. Then again if I don’t like a book I will stop reading it and not read any more of it. Unless I am close to the end of it and then I would finish it just because I need to find out what the ending was. But with this one I didn’t have this problem.

Insurgent starts off with Tris, Four and the rest of them on their way to the outside so that they could stay with Amity. I know that Tris ends up going all around Chicago and the end of the book was such a big shocker for me. I mean I wouldn’t really think of it happening the way it did. But then again the ending was good.

Though if you liked Jeanine then you probably wouldn’t like the ending of the book. The other person I didn’t really like would be Four’s mother because for one she is supposed to be dead but we learned that she wasn’t since she had to fake her death just to get away from her abusive husband. Though that I get. What I didn’t get was why didn’t she take Tobias, who is Four, with her? I mean that wouldn’t have been a selfish thing to do. But then again he would have been in the factionless and wouldn’t have gotten where he is now.

Another thing I disliked was how Four didn’t trust Tris’s judgement on his father, who is an evil person, but if he knows something about the outside world then why not find out what it is. We find out that one of Tris’s ancestor’s on her dad’s side came into Chicago, well besides her mom, from the outside world and that whenever they had enough Divergent people to send them out. Thankfully they found that out after Jeanine was dead from Tris killing her. She didn’t know what to think about that discovery. Since that was a big shocker for everyone in the compound to find out the truth about the Divergent. Well unless they were Erudite people like Tris’s brother. Even if he didn’t know about that being one of his ancestor’s. The only thing he knew was that they wouldn’t allow the Divergent people to leave because they have no clue what the outside world really looks like or if they even need help any more

This book was such a good one that it had me guessing the whole time I was reading it. Which is something that I love about some books.

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Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Kindle
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Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more!
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.
Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My take on the book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I heard about this series, before the movie came out, but I never really thought much about reading the series. I never read the plot I just heard from a bunch of people, with different opinions on it, that the series was good and that the series was bad. I decided that after I was done reading the Hunger Games, a couple of years ago, that I would read this book series to see what the hype was all about it.

I actually get with why the author took a while to get up to the “main event” of the book towards the end of it because she wanted to get us, the readers, into Beatrice’s world and see how their lives are totally different from ours in the here and now. I actually liked it since throughout the Dauntless initiations we see Beatrice totally change from the way that she was raised to be like what the Dauntless people would be like. It was a pretty good change to me.

Toward the end of it though I was quite sad and I had to stop reading after, the first time, when Beatrice’s mom got killed and, the second time, then again when Beatrice’s dad got killed as well. Those two were like the saddest parts but I know that the author must have had a good reason to do it. Overall this book was a good one and I am happy to have read it finally.

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Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Takedown Twenty by Janet EvanovichTakedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #20
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on November 19th 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Cozy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Women's Fiction
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
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New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

My take on the book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Okay I know I’m just jumping in here and reviewing one of the newest books of the Stephanie Plum mysteries but it would have been tedious for me to go all the way to the first book and work my way forward. Janet Evanovich has once again provided a very well written out book for Stephanie Plum.

I know that some people might be done with the love triangle that Stephanie has put herself into with both Joe Morelli and Ranger. Some people are also probably tired of reading about Stephanie’s stuff getting blown up or whatever else happens to Stephanie’s things but I’m not like that as I love everything that Janet has done in the Stephanie Plum novels. Including the whole thing of Stephanie’s love triangle and her stuff getting blown up. Granted the love triangle is getting old but oh well.

Grandma Mazur, like always, is a hoot and so is Lulu. This book was a great read all the way from the beginning to the end where Stephanie gets the bad guys and that Kevin is safe and sound someplace. I actually couldn’t believe the whole thing about Kevin the giraffe while I was reading it as that was both weird and funny at the same time. But everything about this book is a total Janet book and that is what I love about it.

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Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Third Time’s a Charm by Rose Pressey

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Urban, Witches / 0 Comments

Third Time’s a Charm by Rose PresseyThird Time's a Charm by Rose Pressey
Series: Halloween LaVeau #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace on September 30th 2013
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
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Charmed, I'm sure...
Halloween LaVeau is the new leader of the Underworld, but before the ink's dry on her business cards, a mysterious man appears, claiming the title belongs to him. Giovanni St. Clair declares he has proof that he's the true owner of the Book of Mystics, and therefore, the leader of the Underworld.
Halloween has reason to believe that Giovanni's motives are nothing but sinister. Not only must she defend her status as the witch in charge, but Halloween has to protect the world from a coven she inadvertently reanimates.
Sexy brothers, Liam Rankin and Nicolas Marcos, band together to help Halloween discover the stranger's true intentions and attempt to cast the reanimated coven back to the grave where they belong.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Poor Hallie. She can never get a break before something else happens in her life. It’s even worse with the ghosts still running around her property, since the first book, waiting to come back to life with her help.

She has so much stuff happening in her life that I believe she needs to have a rest. But once again this book is another great fast-paced and is a good book. Rose Pressey is just another great author with another great book.

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.