3 Stars, YA Review by Stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth: YA Review

Book 1: Divergent
Book 2: Insurgent

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. October 2013. Katherine Tegen Books. Goodreads.

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.

The first 2 books in this series I gave 5 of 5 stars. I loved them! I was not expecting this kind of book for the finale of such an action packed dystopian series.

For me, the first 3/4 of the book was slow. I don’t always mind a slow pace, but I do mind when the first 2 books are so intense. At the beginning there was a lot of learning about the world which was cool but didn’t keep my interest. It made me think Roth had planned the first 2 books, but then had to make up unrelated stuff for the last book. It’s all about expectations sometimes, sad but true.

Like I said, it took awhile but when things really started going it was definitely entertaining. Tris was still a fierce but tender character full of despair but love as well. Tobias struggled, and I didn’t like him for a few chapters. But then I realized he’s human with ups and downs that he learned from. I didn’t think he reacted like the Four we knew, but I guess the guy was allowed to change when living such a hard life. I learned from these two main characters about life and love. I actually highlighted quotes in my Kindle which I rarely do.

The ups and downs in their relationship made me not care if they stayed together. Some of their ups felt unnatural after their downs. I felt blah and confused about their relationship.

If you read the first two books in the Divergent series then you HAVE to read Allegiant to find out how their story ends. If this book is made into a movie I think it will be really entertaining. I can’t wait to see Divergent in theaters soon!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: moderate ( kissing, kissing on neck, hands up shirts, premarital sex behind ‘closed doors’)
Language: mild/moderate ( God-6, d-3, bull s-1, s***-5 )
Violence: moderate ( murder, gun fighting, injuries )

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5 Stars, YA Review by Stars

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson: YA Review

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson. Zondervan. Goodreads

A daring rescue.
A difficult choice.

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

The Fairest Beauty was such a wonderful read. I loved it! Rereading the synopsis just now made me feel a little giddy inside. The forbidden love story!!

This is a retelling of Snow White. I love when a retelling is similar but completely different. Sophie and Gabe are strangers, but Gabe has come to rescue her from her angry step-mother. He wants the glory of rescuing his brother’s betrothed but learns he might want something else even more. The pacing of the story was perfect. I appreciated how things could get resolved then another problem would arise. It was nice to have some happy moments throughout the story instead of just at the end.

If you love fairy tales or a romance that creates a silly grin on your face then you’ll enjoy The Fairest Beauty.

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Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: mild ( injuries, suspense, abuse, death )

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5 Stars, YA Review by Stars

United We Spy by Ally Carter

BOOK 1: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
BOOK 2: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
BOOK 3: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
BOOK 4: Only the Good Spy Young
BOOK 5: Out of Sight, Out of Time

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Title: United We Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 296
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

My Thoughts
This was the final book of the series, book #6, so obviously I love this series. I wouldn’t spend my time reading all 6 books if I didn’t love it! I love when a series ends in a way that makes sense for the characters and overall series’ plot; it makes me happy.

The best part about reading a series is the relationship you develop with the characters. You come to know them like you know your friends. Just like many of you know Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I have come to know and love Cammie, Bex, Liz, Macey, and Zach. These girls are so kick butt, and Zach is tough but seriously a cutie. Zach and Cammie! I’ve loved watching these characters grow. Graduation= My Teary Eyes

If you love a girls-rule spy school YA book then you must read this series. If you love watching a sweet romance grow then you must read this series. And if you love strong characters with an intense exciting plot then YOU MUST READ THE GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES!

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Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: very mild ( bloody- 2 )
Violence: mild/moderate ( gun wounds, murders, blood, injuries, fighting )

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5 Stars, YA Review by Stars

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 320
Series: none
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My Thoughts:
I’ll try not to gush endlessly about this book. Look at the cover! Gorgeous. Look at the names! Caymen and Xander. Love those names. Now I have to read all of Kasie West’s books because I loved this one.

I loved the unique character voice and sarcastic dry humor of Caymen. She grew up above her mom’s porcelain doll shop but thought the dolls were creepy. That was the best part. Before reading I pictured her loving the dolls all her life, but they actually freaked her out a little.

I love contemporary fiction, but I think it can be a hard genre to write a clean romance with a moving and interesting plot. But Kasie West did it! The plot and amazing characters kept me turning pages, and at the same time not wanting the story to end.

The Distance Between Us was a swoony love story with amazing chemistry that made me giggle. A must-read for all YA romance lovers.

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Sexual Content: mild ( kissing, 1 brief mention of tongue )
Language: none
Violence: none

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