Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

                 ReadingNook Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

** spoiler alert ** One choice can transform you, literally choosing to read this book will transform you! This book definitely lives up to the hype that surronds it. Dystopians are now becoming my favorite genre and YA and this one is probably my favorite i've read so far. I've never had sweaty palms and feet while reading a book like I did with Divergent, it is that action-packed, and descriptive to the point where you feel yourself immersed into this world and alongside the characters. 

The characters where do I begin, you have the kick-ass lead female character of Triss (Beatrice) who regrets her family and chooses the faction of Dauntless or in other words the fearless, and is just that, she's extremely fearless, and I loved her character, then you have her teacher Four who is super sexy and another kick-ass character!! 

The world is amazing, it's split into divisions or in this world factions, and at a certain age you take a test to determine the faction thats right for you, and decide which faction you want to be a part of, but not until you pass the tough inititation are you a welcome member of their society, and failing would make you factionless or homeless. 

This review dosen't do this book justice but just trust me and read this book, I was hesitant at first, and am so glad I read it anyways, This is probably the Debut novel of the year and i'm sure many people who've read it will agree with me!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Chantel Simmon's Love Struck

                      ReadingNook Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!! 

Another chick lit i'm giving 5 stars too! I absolutly fell in love with the concept of this book and it definitely didn't disappoint. 

Mid 20's Poppy Ross discovers that her handsome and what she thought devoted husband has been having an affair, but when lighting strikes, literally and hits her husband and his mistress. When her husband wakes up he has no recollection of the affair and Poppy struggles to decide whether to just let it slide and pretend it never happened or confront him. She ultimitely decides to pretend it never happens but Poppy decides maybe she's not what her husband wants and his mistress was so she trys to recreate herself in her image. 

This book is absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking from start to finish. I loved Poppy's character and found her antics and struggles to keep her husband satsified were down-right piss your pants funny, yes I said piss your pants. This story was like nothing else i've read before and its up there in my top 5 chick lit novels i've ever read!! Chantell Simmons is going somewhere in the Chick Lit genre and i'm jumping onboard. I can't wait for more novels from this author!

xoxo, Laura

My IMM for the week of May 16th

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: The Family That Wasn't By: Gene Twaronite

                                      ReadingNook Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a fun, quirky, eye-opening story that really reminds you that you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family, and also that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, although it may appear that way from where your standing sometimes. John Boggle who's the main character whose a 13-year old boy who hates his family, and thinks their weird, and don't people to know how weird they are, so he constantly escapes up to the attic and writes about a family that he wishes he was a part of, but when his dreams come true, and he has a whole different family, he misses those that he prayed and dreamed of getting away from for so long.

This book not only has some great messages, and remembers that family is such an important bond whether you think your family is weird or not. I found this book to be laugh-out-loud funny at parts as well as heartbreaking at others. It was such a mix of emotions but I loved every minute of it. My only complaint about this book is that I wish it was longer, because I didn't want this story to end! 

xoxo, Laura

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jessica Chambers Review: Voices on the Waves

                                                               ReadingNook Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Where do I Begin? I absolutely feel in love with this book, the characters, the drama, the setting, everything about it grabbed my attention and kept it until the very last page. Chambers is an amazing writer, i loved her writing style and the characters she created were captivating and relateable.

Although in the beginning of the story I was mildly confused with the overabundance of character introductions, you soon figured out who belonged where and and I don't believe the story would have been what it was if even one of the many characters were missing. They all created another layer of dimension and made the story as enjoyable as it was.

The many suprises throughout the book got me, I could not put the book down as something was always about to happen with the lives of one of the characters and kind of read like a soap opera in regards to switching scences between two characters right when something is about to get really good, which obviously left you flipping through the pages as quickly as possible.

If you haven't read this book, you must! it's a book you can read time and time again, and I don't think I would ever get sick of you. I loved it from start to finish, even with the ending (which I guessed correctly)!!

xoxo, Laura