Allegiant: What do we already know?

Today is July 15th, it’s still 98 and some hours until Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth is released on October 22nd! But I wanted to put together a list of what we know about Allegiant! So, here’s the list!

1. The cover, yes, we have the cover! The cover was release on May 9th, during the Today show! The cover is bright orange with a huge water like circle. Joel Tippie is the creative force behind the cover. Veronice Roth gave us a clue: the water symbol is not a faction symbol! Because that was something a lot of people were thinking. But, what was also said, is that it IS a symbol that will be featured in the book. Also, yes that is O’Hare at the bottom. Makes me really curious!
Click HERE to read Veronica’s post about the cover.

2. Allegiant is done! On July 8th, Veronica blogged  that Allegiant is done and it’s heading to the printer! Aah!

3. Veronica Roth will tour the USA to promote her book! She’ll visit New York, Dallas, San Fransisco and Downers Grove!

4. The meaning of Allegiant. MTV talked to Veronica about the meaning of Allegiant. This is what she said: ” It means “one who is loyal or faithful,” and I think it changes in the context of the novel depending on who you apply it to. That’s as specific as I can be.” As you can read, she doesn’t spill much about the book and keeps it all a really big secret. Argh, I’m so excited for this book and the meaning of Allegiant really applies to a lot of characters. It could be about anyone!

5. No cliffhanger! There, she said it! There will be no cliffhanger. Allegiant will have a pretty solid resolution.

6. In Allegiant, we will learn more about the past, but there will be no flashbacks because the story is moving-forward.

7. New places will be discovered in Allegiant! Maybe the new places can be linked back to the cover: O’Hare at the bottom. What do you think?

8. There will be a new male character! But… who will that be?

9. The book (paperback) has 496 pages.

10. Synopsis: “What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?”

Well, I think that’s it… If there’s more, I’d like to know! I can tell you I’m wayyyyy to excited for this book. I felt so EMPTY after finishing Insurgent! It only took me 2 days to read both books, so it felt like being kicked back into reality after closing Insurgent, it was so unreal!

AAAAH, hurry up October 22nd!

 

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First impression: Aberrant (Ruth Silver) and The Academie (Amy Joy)

Tonight I wanna talk about two books I haven’t read yet. I’m really excited about these two books and they both have had good/great reviews on both Twitter and Goodreads. One of the books is brand new, the other one is a bit older.

I’m gonna start with the newest book: Aberrant by Ruth Silver. The book is a YA dystopian book. It’s the first book in a series that (hopefully) will be bigger in the future! Aberrant was released on April 17th this year and has 240 pages.

Synopsis:
In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

First impression:
When I read the synopsis, I kept thinking about the book Matched by Ally Condle. I haven’t read Matched (nor did I read Aberrant) but both books are about a perfect world in which people are forced to be matched with somebody else (either to marry or get kids with). That’s also where the comparison ends. The part where Olivia is put in prison because of her ‘ existence’, made me think of Divergent by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, Tris is in danger because she is divergent (also something she can’t help). And the part that Olivia is looking for rebels, is also seen in books as The Hunger Games (mostly Catching Fire, The Hunger Games #2 and Mockingjay, The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins and also in Legend (mostly Prodigy, Legend #2) by Marie Lu.

So, as far as I can tell, the storyline includes everything we, as YA readers, need in a book! I have no idea how Ruth Silver writes: I’ve never read anything from her. But I think this book will rock! I’m really eager to read this book and I can’t wait until the moment I have time enough to read this!


The second book I wanna talk about, is The Academie by Amy Joy. I only found out about this book today, but I was totally surprised I’d never heard of this book before, since it was released in 2011, exactly today! (Happy 2 years anniversary!). Amy Joy actually followed me on Twitter, so I searched her up on Goodreads and was instantly interested and followed her back. I also promised her to write about The Academie on my website, which I will gladly do!

Synopsis:
When Allie Thompson graduated, she thought she’d put high school behind her. But when a series of violent outbreaks by teens sends panic surging through the nation, high school is right where Allie finds herself again. Now remolded into what the government calls The Academie, what was once the public school system is now the permanent home of everyone 22 and under.

After a year away at college and a lifetime as a model student, Allie doesn’t take well to The Academie’s militaristic nature or its 16 foot perimeter fences. Remembering all she’s left behind, including the boyfriend she’s now years away from seeing again, Allie plummets into depression. But when strange things begin to happen and her brother disappears, Allie realizes she must unravel the mystery that is The Academie–before it’s too late.

First impression:
Lets start with the fact that I’ve never heard of Amy Joy or her book: how is this even possible? I’m a YA dystopian addict and I have never seen this book anywhere. This book deserves more publicity! As you can read in the synopsis, the book is way more realistic than all the other dystopian books I’ve ever read – I didn’t read The Academie YET – which is something this genre might be needing 🙂 A cool fact is that the main character, Allie, is older than other main characters in the normal dystopian books. Those girls are usually 15, 16 or sometimes 17 years old. This girl, Allie, has already finished high school and has already finished one year of college. I’m not sure how old people are in the US when they have finished their first year of college, but in the Netherlands that about 18 or 19. I think the cover is really cool: it gave me chills and made me feel sorry for Allie the instant I saw the gate. I would hate it to be locked up. I think every teen / young adult would feel that way. I think that because Allie’s brother disappears, the story will go deep with emotions. I’m not sure; it’s just a feeling.

Concluded: the synopsis keeps the book vague, but also illustrates how real this book is gonna be. I’m really looking forward to the book, even though the cover still scares me. I hope more people will find out about this book, not only because it probably rock, but also because Amy Joy sounds like the sweetest author ever and totally deserves it!

 

So, I hope you guys like my thoughts (and if not, that’s okay, it’s just MY opinion)! If you have read one of those books, please comment in the section below whether my thoughts about the books were truth! I LOVE to hear about what YOU guys think about these book! 🙂

Review: “Fated” (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël

Totally mesmerized by its cover, and the great “synopsis” at the back, I decided to buy the book (accidentally bought the second book first) and read it! I read some mixed reviews online, but was determined not to be influenced by it 🙂

The story takes place in Enchantement, where Daire is sent to by her mom – who is a Hollywood make-up artist – because Daire was having strange dreams and seeing things nobody else could see. Her mom, Jennika, sends her to Paloma, her long lost grandmother (her dead fathers mom). First, Daire thinks they’re all crazy. But after a while, she finds out there’s more than just a beautiful view in Enchantment.

Paloma tells Daire about her legacy: she is a Soul Seeker. She has powers and can mix herself with the spirits of nature. Also, she can travel to different worlds and  connect with the death. She meets new people, and finally, falls in love.

I think, Alyson Noël, is first of all, an amazing author! Before reading Fated, I read a James Patterson book. He is not really into describing surroundings, so I needed to get used to Alyson’s writing: took me 10 pages. That was the moment I saw the beauty of it: all the things Daire experienced, are put on paper so well! Alyson Noël created a magical and mythical world, I started to admire more and more every page.

The fact that I was looking forward to Dace, was because Diare did too. Not so much, it wasn’t obsessed like, but it was enough for me to wanting to read about those two. I hope the romance between the two of them will get more to the foreground of the story in the second book, ’cause that would make it an even more fantastic story.

If you are really into action books, with lots of things that make your heart beat faster, this book isn’t something for you. It took a while before the book got ‘exciting’. But after that happened, I was hooked until the last page!

I think Chay is one of those persons that stays on the background, but who actually is one of the moste reliable persons in the whole book! I’m really looking forward to learning more about Xotichl, I just adored her! Just like her boyfriend, Auden.

The coolest part about the book, was the fact that Daire had a special bond with animals. Not only normal animals, but also Spirit Animals. This was one of the special touches that only Alyson could have thought of 🙂

With that in mind, I’m still not sure what a Soul Seeker is. Basically, they can travel between worlds, connect with animals and get powers from nature. And there’s something with saving and seeking for souls, but I have a feeling Alyson is saving all of this for her next three books?!

I think the ending of the book was epic! I’m going to read Echo (The Soul Seekers #2) today and hope to get a dazzling story like Fated, but also a bit more action 🙂

Alyson, thumbs up! I loved this story and will read all your the books, that’s for sure!

‘ALLEGIANT’ is heading to the printer!

Out of all the books that are being released this year, I’m most excited for Allegiant!

Divergent Faction

The highly anticipated final book in Veronica Roth Divergent Trilogy, Allegiant, is now headed to print. Allegiant will be in stores on October 22nd.

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers shared a photo of the book in final stages of before heading off to print on their tumblr:

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Caption: The final pass of the galleys for ALLEGIANT. The files will go to the printer today, so you’ll have the book on 10/22/13.

Look at how thick the book is! This is the conclusion to our favorite series. Initiates are you ready? I know I am. October 22nd can’t get here any faster.

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Review: “Firelight” (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

I was randomly looking for books in my local bookshop and saw there was a book for only €5,- so I was instantly interested. Not only because of the price, but also because of its cover. The book was called “Firelight” and on the cover was a ginger girl and some flames. I read the back of the book and knew this book was made for me. Some kind of miracle, you know?

It wasn’t about dystopians, angels, demons, vampires or werewolves. It was about people who could turn into dragons. Perfect. Something new.

I started reading during my testweek (a bad habit I have) and had finished the book 24 hours after I opened it for the first time. So, what did I think?

I think, this book was both really good and really obnoxious. Not even kidding. You jumped into the middle of a story, a girl named Jacinda can turn into a Draki (dragon) who lives with other Draki’s. The history of the Draki’s? I HAVE NO CLUE. I think that part of the book was pretty shallow. Where do they come from? How does it work to live in the Draki village? I have finished the book and I have no clue.

So, that was a point I think that was not worked out well. Also, what about the relation ship between Draki girl Jacinda and Draki hunter (slash killer) Will. Well, they fell in love, that’s for sure. But HOW? Jacinda likes Will. Jacinda is addicted to Will. Jacinda despices Will. Jacinda needs Will. Jacinda hates Will. Jacinda loves Will. I mean: this is even worse than Twilight (I actually enjoyed Twilight so much I can tell you who said what in every chapter, so no hate on Twilight). But this love thing was so confusing? I mean: yes, it would be extremely difficult to make a Draki killing boy to fall in love with a flying and fire breathing Draki girl, but to my opinion, it wasn’t going anywhere.

BUT, I enjoyed the book for the biggest part. The first chapters were really strong and that was what kept me going half way through the book. I knew the author could write mesmerizing, it just didn’t work out. And the end was thrilling and heart breaking. The last chapters were, just like the first chapters, really strong. I was sucked into the book.

So, in short: the book was a bit shallow and the relationship between Jacinda and the Draki’s and Jacinda and Will could be worked out better. The beginning and the ending of the book were really strong and the storyline was great.

In stars, I would give it 3 stars. I think the author could do a lot better if she wouldn’t have rushed the characters into thinking or doing something. I know it is a YA novel, but things were obvious, even for a YA novel.

Still, I would recommend this book to people who love fantasy. Only with a small site note that the book is a bit shallow.

So, I’m positive about the book, but not overwhelmed with fangirl feelings (only at the end). I  HOPE Sophie Jordan will do better with Vanish (the second book).

Review: “Prodigy” (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

A month ago, I read both Legend and Prodigy (it only took me 3 days), and I only wrote a review on Legend. That didn’t seem really fair, so I decided to write a review on Prodigy anyway, because this book is so good!

[Only read this review if you have read Legend! Review Legend: click HERE]

The book pics up exactly where Legend left us. In a train, on their way to… safety. And in this case, it’s Las Vegas. Both hurt, they are afraid to be found by Elector Primo or other soldiers that work for Elector Primo. They find out Elector Primo is dead and the new Primo will be his son: Anden. June doesn’t know what to think about him.

It’s very good to see that June and Day are finally together and they sure don’t wanna be apart. I hated the fact that in Legend they both had NO idea what really had happened to their families. And Day still has no idea where his little brother is: Elector Primo had abducted him.

The book slows down a bit once they are at the Patriots. As soon as there is a plan how to cause a revolution, the two of them split up both on a different mission. Because this book is from both June’s and Day’s point of view, the story got more complicated and deep. Theway Day trusts June in the end, makes clear he really loves her.

They have both NO idea who to trust and where to go. Should they kill Elector Anden or can they trust him? Is their society really that bad? And what about The Colonies? Is that a safe place to go?

The book awnsers a lot of questions, so I was glad to find out what was the truth and what not. But the problem with this book, is that the end is so fast and thrilling that it left me with even more questions. Marie Lu finished Prodigy with the most heartbreaking cliffhanger EVER and she got me waiting for Champion (probably fall 2013) with the same feeling as Insurgent (Veronica Roth, Divergent #2). Only worse. Yes, worse.

I was in tears.

I think this book is a worthy follow up to Legend and you will need waterproof mascara to survive the end of the book. I think this book should be WAY MORE populair than it is. It could be the next Hunger Games. And me, being a Tribute, addict to The Hunger Games, saying something like that… well, believe me. This book is GOOD!

Thumbs up for Marie Lu! 🙂

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I was wondering what you guys think about my blog/website and what you like to read on it! Are it the reviews or the random posts? I was just wondering! Leave a comment!

Also, I never did a poll, but I love polls, so I’m gonna make one about upcoming books! What book are you most excited for to be published the next few months?