Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Summary from goodreads.com

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.

Rating

4  out of 5 stars

Review

I have to admit that I’m not really a huge fan of “dystopian” type books, so I’m not really even sure what lead me to read this book.  I probably read it since it’s set in Chicago.  And even though I’m not a fan of this type of genre, I really did enjoy this book.

Divergent is about Beatrice (Tris) Prior, a 16-year old girl who has to choose her faction (as all 16 year olds do).  She is Abnegation (selfless) by birth.  She can choose to stay Abnegation, or become Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) or Eurdite (intellegent).  She goes through her testing and her results are inconclusive, leading her to the realization that she is Divergent.  At the ceremony, she chooses Dauntless (brave) as her faction.

She has a hard time fitting in with her fellow initiates, but proves to be a fierce competitor.  There she meets Four, her instructor, whom she develops feelings for.  She also becomes friends with Christina, Will and Al.  She seems to get along better with the Dauntless-born initiates, and she learns some startling developments about her family and the other factions along the way.

Learning the factions was kind of annoying at first, and I had to write them down and refer back to them several times (not kidding), but it got easier as the book went along.

While some may say this book is similar to Hunger Games, I would say it’s not.  It is not nearly as violent as HG.  I liked that this story was more about using your brain as a weapon then using guns/knives/arrows.  I also liked that this book addressed peoples fears and forced them to deal with them head on.

Overall, this book was interesting.  It was a little slow in spots, and a little long and detail heavy, but the story was interesting (and sad, too) and I will continue the series.

Happy reading.

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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

Summary from goodreads.com

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau’s bed? He’s not dessert—he’s the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn’t hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger’s bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That’s a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

Rating

3 out of 5 stars

Review  

So I’m back into vampire books, and I see this one, so I thought I’d give it a try.  In my opinion, this book starts off really slow.  And it’s a little confusing.  So basically you have Lissianna Argeneau, a vampire who faints at the sight of blood.  She goes to her mother’s house for her birthday and finds a man tied to her bad and assumes he is “dinner”, but it turns out he’s a doctor that her mother has kidnapped (but not really, since he got in her car on his own, via mind control {very, very stupid in my opinion}).  Marguerite, Lissi’s mother, would like Dr. Gregory Hewitt to cure Lissi of her phobia of blood (which he doesn’t do, btw, but that’s not a spoiler).

I didn’t really like the author’s writing style.  She was all over the board on this book.  There were gobs of characters, many of whom were unnecessary, all with stupid names (in fairness, this story is set in Canada, and the exception is Thomas of the vampires). 

And these vampires aren’t traditional vampires, they feed from a “blood bank”.  Really?  The book kind of picked up in the middle and I started to like it, but it wasn’t until about 66% in.  The ending was boring and pretty predictable, but I liked the characters enough to give book 2 a try (there are about 12 books in this series, all about other members of the Argeneau family).

Happy reading.

Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #7)

Summary from goodreads.com

In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Why, oh why, did I ever stop reading paranormal romance?  I have no idea!  I guess I had temporary insanity!  This book has been successful in getting me back into paranormal romance!!!  YEAH!!

Shades of Midnight is book 7 in the Midnight Breed series.  This is a “vampire” series, but not in the traditional sense.  The Breed is a different type of vampire, as they mate and feed off of “breedmates”, humans born with a birthmark that makes them compatible for the Breed.

This story centers around Kade, on officer in the Order, and Alex McGuire, a brush pilot from Alaska.  A family is brutally savaged by a “beast” (which oddly wasn’t really identified), so Kade is asked to go investigate back in Alaska, which is where he is from.

Upon arrival in little Harmony, Alaska, Kade walks into a meeting of the town to discuss the murders and locks eyes on Alex.  Their relationship sort of takes off like a rocket.  If it wasn’t vampires and breedmates, I would have said, woo, slow down, but honestly, here it works.

Kade’s discovery that Alex is a breedmate was handled very differently (in a good way) then those in the other books, which made it much more enjoyable.  I thought the chemistry between them was great.  I also liked the side story with the sheriff and town loser.

Maybe I don’t remember since it’s been so long since I read the last book, but I really liked that this book set the stage for the next book.  It made me really excited to read the next book.

Happy reading.