Category Archives: Reviews ~ 2013

Insurgent Book Review


Hi Guys,Insurgent Cover

So, as you know, I have recently done a review on the 1st book from the Divergent series. As soon as I had finished Divergent, I started to read Insurgent. I have now finished it so I thought I should do a review (as I do reviews on almost all the books I read). Here is it:

Book title: Insurgent
Authors name: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: May 1st 2012
Number of pages: 525
Overall rating:
4.5 star

Blurb:

One choice can transform you, or destroy you.

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.

My Review:

This book is the sequel in the Divergent series and a great read.

I loved how the story flowed through each section of the novel. From when the refugees were in Amity all the way to the main fight scenes (that’s all I can say without spoilers). The characters really become themselves in this sequel. We really start to understand the connection between Tobias and his Dad. Throughout the novel, Tris had fluctuated along my Love-Hate scale. I find that she is a tricky person to judge.

That brings me onto what I didn’t like about the book. I feel like the character development for Tris almost went through the roof. After what happened in Divergent, she became almost like she had a stone heart. I found it rather difficult to understand what her mind was thinking and why she made decisions that had me screaming at the book. I feel like if Tobias wasn’t there, the story would’ve been a whole lot more unstructured and panicked.

Overall, I say this was a great and gripping novel. The fast-paced nature meant that there was barely a time to put it down at all! I would recommend this book to anyone who loved Divergent and I would say that the Divergent series is best for people who loved fast-paced action novels with a little bit of romance in there as well.

Thanks for reading and look out for a competition soon!

Spike

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Divergent Book Review


Hi Everyone,
It’s half term and I now have a week to write and post more! I am going to kick off the week with a book review. I recently read a book called Divergent by Veronica Ross. Here is the review:
Book title: Divergent
Authors name: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date Published: February 28th 2012
Number of pages: 487
Overall rating:

5.0 star

Divergent is a brilliant book! I loved it and found it very hard to put down for dinner or when it reaches midnight. Beatrice lives in a world set in the future. She has her loving family and friends. Selfless and loving. Then she has to choose. Her whole life is decided by one choice… or is it?

The blurb:

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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

(Blurb thanks to Goodreads)

Thanks for reading and look out for more posts in the future!

Spike

Book Review: United We Spy (Gallagher Girls Book #6)


Hey Guys,
Sorry that this review is a little late compared to when I finished reading it. Anyway, here it is:

Book title: United We Spy
Authors name: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date Published: September 5th (UK) or September 17th (US) 2013
Number of pages: 304 pages
Overall rating:
4.5 star

I thought this was a great book! It had everything from being fast paced and exciting to being emotional and I honestly couldn’t put it down! In this final book in the worldwide Gallagher Girls series, Cammie, Zach and their friends Bex, Macey and Liz track down the Circle that has been hunting them since book #2. They find out that friendship holds them together, but the bond between all the Gallagher Girl sisters can and will never be broken.

Blurb:
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.

The one thing that stops this book from being 5 stars is it’s ending. Obviously, I will say nothing about what happened but I personally thought that the ending didn’t work. It wasn’t a bad ending, I just thought that it could have been a bit more exciting. Now I’m thinking about it, if it was exciting then there would have to be another book! Thanks Ally Carter for an amazing series that I have honestly loved and thanks to you guys for reading this review!

Spike

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Hey Guys,
Sorry I haven’t been posting reviews lately. I have a whole load of reviews to do. My reading list is massive as well. I have to finish reading Little Women, then I have four other books to read as well! Anyway, here is today’s review:

Book title: The Hunger Games
Authors name:Suzanne Collins
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Date Published:September 14th 2008
Number of pages:374
Part of a series:Yes
Overall rating:
4.0 star

Twenty- four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

This book is a great book to read. It has everything from Romance to Action. This is a book for all genders. I loved it because of the writing technique. I felt that I couldn’t put it down… so I didn’t. I remember reading this book and its series a couple of summers ago and I remember reading it EVERYWHERE I went! I read it on a dock. I read it in a restaurant. I read it on the beach. Anywhere you can think of, I read it there. When the series finished, I was only 3/4 way through the summer and I just wanted to read and read and read. Which, come to think of it, I still do!

I gave this book 4.0 stars out of five stars because I thought that, it was a great book but it wasn’t my favourite in the series. This is just a personal opinion and I found that many people loved this book more than the rest. Personally, I preferred the final book to the first one because it captures me and I feel more interest to read it.
Thanks for reading the review and I hope you enjoyed it!
Spike

Book Review-Trading Faces


Hey Guys,
Here is today’s review…
Trading Faces-By Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy
Payton and Emma. Two identical twins with completely different personalities. With her passion for fashion and the hope to be in with the popular group, Payton is defiantly hoping for more of a social life than school career. Brainiac Emma blanks out people for a life of studying and being the brainiac of the school. When the two twins are separated when they go up to middle school, things go down from there. Payton gets into the popular group, like she wanted, though the people aren’t as nice as they may seem. Emma immediately dislikes Jasmine James, the school’s current brainiac, as she is competition. Things get from bad to worse when Payton embarrasses herself in front of the whole school! What will they do? With Payton’s social career in jeopardy, Emma jumps to the rescue. Can she save her falling twin?
This book is simply AMAZING! I bought it on my kindle and couldn’t put it down. The story changes as each chapter progresses. For example, in one chapter, it’s in Payton’s point of view and the next, it’s in Emma’s. This is a very useful tactic as it is written by two authors. I presume that they each took control of one character and each wrote the chapter like that, to make it fair. That’s what I would have done. Overall, it’s a five out of five review. Absolutely BRILLIANT!
Trading Faces Cover
Thanks for reading!
Spike

Book Review-The Fallen Star


Hey Guys,
Sunday’s book review here! Hope you enjoy!

The Fallen Star-Jessica Sorensen

Gemma went through her whole life without any emotion. She was eighteen when it came back to her. This year will prove to be one of the most confusing, difficult and evil one yet. All of this started to happen because one guy, who she had never seen before, made her heart flutter like no one else could. But Gemma had a secret that even she didn’t know about. Gemma was a Fallen Star I give this book four out of five stars. Apart from some conversion mistakes on kindle, the story line captures you in. A wonderful book Jessica and I can’t wait for the others!

The Fallen Star-Cover

Thanks for reading!
Spike

Book Review-Cherry Crush


Hi again,
Here is my Sunday Book Review for everyone!

Cathy Cassidy-Cherry Crush

In this book, Cherry moves home. She moves from Scotland to England. Her hopes are high and she dreams of a new family and sisters. These hopes are ruined when the oldest sister Honey, immediately dislikes Cherry. Her Dad is lost in dream world trying to create a chocolate shop so he doesn’t notice anything until it’s too late. Will Cherry have a happy life or will she lose to the oldest sister? Defiantly a great book to read and one I will recommend!

Cherry Crush

Thanks for reading!
Spike

Book Review-Wings


Hey Guys,
Here is my review today. I hope you enjoy and recommend this book to others!

Aprilynne Pike – Wings

This book follows Laurel as she discovers she isn’t what she seems. I love the writing technique as Aprilynne really captures the emotions of Laurel and the decisions she has to make. I would give this book four out of five stars because I simply couldn’t put it down! I defiantly recommend this series!

Wings Cover
Thanks for reading!
Spike

Book Review-One Moment


Hey Guys,
Here is my book review today. This is a Young Adult book but it truly is amazing!

One Moment-Kristina McBride
Maggie is one of six best friends, Joey, Adam, Pete, Shannon, Tanna and herself. Cliff jumping is a past time for all of them and when Maggie and her now boyfriend Joey go to jump their favourite place, Maggie is confused. Time disappears and Maggie later remembers Adam finding her in a bush and Joey dead. Faced with this horror, she now has to figure out what exactly happened on the cliff top and how he died. As the pieces come back to her, Maggie realises that Joey had many secrets, and all of them involved her…

This is a great book about love and loss, life and death. I would completely recommend it but for the older age group as it does contain language throughout the book. Nevertheless, it was an unbelievable real book with the caption on the front “The American Dream ripped and torn apart” and “As unexpectedly real as unbelievably romantic”. I give it five out of five stars!

One Moment Cover

Here is my book review today and I hope you enjoy!
Spike