Divergent - Veronica Roth
In the future, what is now known as Chicago will be divided into five factions - Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent), Candor (the honest), and Amity (the peaceful). Beatrice Prior is one of the many 16 year olds who must choose which faction to spend the rest of her life with, and adhere to the “Faction before blood” motto that rules the city. In a surprising moment, Beatrice makes a decision that forever changes her life.
WOW. Just…wow. If you were a fan of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you should run out and pick up a copy of this right now. Roth does an amazing job at pulling the reader into her world with the very first page. While the book is much longer than your usual teen fiction (almost 500 pages!), it never dragged on. Roth is able to balance exposition and action very nicely with character and plot development. There was not a single moment where I thought to myself “I wish she’d pick up the pace!”. The romance that blossoms is sweet and realistic, but not the focus of the book (and no love triangles develop to distract either!). I’m anxiously awaiting the second book of this trilogy, due out next summer 2012. 5/5!
I splurged today and picked up a copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth at a local bookstore. I had just finished reading the book when I looked on her website and realized she was just in town for a book signing the day before - argh! Luckily, the bookstore usually gets a few extra signed by any authors who tours there. I’m going to post an official review in a few minutes, but if you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you should really try to get a copy to read - this book was fantastic! I normally don’t buy books, but once I realized that signed copies were available for sale, I had to have one.
Cloaked - Alex Flinn
Johnny is a 17-year-old boy trying to get by, working at a small shoe repair store his family owns located in the glamorous Coral Reef Grand hotel. Suddenly, he’s dragged into a world of magic by the princess Victoriana from Aloria. She says that her brother has been magicked into a frog, and if Johnny finds him for her, she’ll marry him. Soon, he finds himself talking to animals, fighting giants, and chasing a frog princess.
Alex Flinn also wrote Beastly, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with hints of Snow White and Rose Red fairy tales. Here in Cloaked, Flinn introduces lesser known fairy tales such as The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Six Swans, and The Golden Bird. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but not as much as Beastly, mostly because it was adventure after adventure. The characters weren’t quite as developed as they could have been. Regardless, it was a fun, entertaining book. 3.5/5
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Richard Scarry’s 92nd birthday
Dr. Seuss Cake
The Mirror of Erised