Author: Veronica Roth

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3) – Review

November 25, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3) – ReviewRelease Date: October 22, 2013
Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 526
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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.
4 Stars

Dear Ms. Roth,

When I first heard that spoilers for Allegiant had leaked onto the web, I was angry. I love the way it feels to uncover a story for the first time, savoring the emotions and the experience. That someone wanted to ruin that for me and those like me caused me pain. I knew, based on the veritable outcry from those who saw the spoilers that whatever it was must be bad but I didn’t break. I avoided all mention of your book wherever I went online.

When release day came and I couldn’t purchase it right away, I stayed away from Twitter and my RSS feed. I knew better than to go to places where my people – those in the book blogging community – would be talking about your book.

It didn’t matter.

One person who had never read your books had seen the spoilers and managed to make an errant comment to me, spoiling the ending. Her rationale was, “I’m sorry. It was all over my Twitter feed so I didn’t think there was anyone left who hadn’t seen it.”

I was devastated. Not only at learning the outcome of your book without the knowledge of the journey, but at being robbed of the experience that might have helped me be okay with your decision.

It took me nearly two weeks to pick up your book after that. I stared at it every day knowing that it was going to break my heart. But I knew that one day I would need to finish Tris and Four’s story. I would regret it if I didn’t.

And when I closed the final page of the book there were tears streaming down my face. But I understood. I may have been robbed of the initial experience of your intention, but I still grasped the meaning behind your decision. You stayed true to your characters. And that’s when I re-learned that just because a book doesn’t end the way I wanted it to doesn’t mean the book isn’t a good one. Allegiant was a great book.

You gave me back the Tris and Four that I fell in love with in Divergent.

And for that, I say thank you.

Mandi Kaye

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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)

June 15, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)Release Date: May 1, 2012
Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 544
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

Now that I’ve gotten the hang of ratings, I don’t often hand out a 5. Most books I read are 4’s or 3’s. Insurgent, however, deserves a rating beyond a 5.

I didn’t review Divergent on the blog because I listened to the audiobook last year before I was really actively reviewing.  Had I done so, it would have (of course) gotten a 5 as well.

But that’s really where the comparison has to stop for me. One was an audiobook and one was a hardcover – two completely different reading experiences. And the way you experience a book affects the way you review it.

Reading Insurgent was incredible. I was so involved in the story that my heart rate shot up several times, even though I was simply sitting in bed reading. I often had very audible reactions to what I was reading. And I very nearly pulled my hair out several times.

Tris and Tobias.

What a lovely couple they make. A lovely, brave, amazing, stupid couple. One of my biggest pet peeves in YA literature is all of the secret-keeping between the characters. And this one was no exception. If only Tris and Tobias had talked to each other about what they were actually thinking and feeling… well things probably wouldn’t have changed – but the way they felt when they experienced it would have.

But truly, when I think about it… this book was so damned realistic! There are no flat characters. It didn’t feel like I was reading a script – it was definitely not predictable. There were ups and downs and truths and lies and so many layers of emotion that it was quite unlike anything I can remember reading.

This series is, in my opinion, the very best dystopian series currently on the market. As of the end of Insurgent, the dystopian society itself is becoming a character – and one I am looking forward to learning more about in the next book.

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