Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 1st May 2012

Hell has broken loose. The Dauntless have been taken over by the injection which the Eudrites have created and Tris and Four are on the run. I don't want to say anymore than that as someone reading this may not have read the first book and, you know, spoilers....

I have to say that I have been a bit slow on my reviews and this has been in draft for a looong time.
But anyway..

“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.” 

This book delves more into the character of Four and his past - I LOVE it. Four seeming much more vulnerable as we meet his past and how he interacts with his family, but is still the awesome boyfriend he can be for Tris. I enjoyed the fact that Divergent was all about Tris and then you start to read Insurgent and suddenly it has so much more about Four but still not unbalancing everything for the other characters. Tris and Four's relationship is a minor and it is largely build with action.

But it's not crammed in too much, it's nicely paced with an ongoing rhythm, just like Divergent. Roth has managed to keep my expectations high throughout this book and hasn't made it wobble.

Now as we wait for Book 3, the bar is even higher than the first and second, knowing what Veronica Roth can actually do.

Twists and turns and a cliffhanger, definitely need to read!

Q&A Event and Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I managed to go to book Q&A and signing on the 19th March with Lauren Oliver at Waterstones in Piccadilly. Unexpectedly, I was instantly struck by how many people had Requiem in their grasp to then later find a holy shrine before my very eyes!

For those in the UK waiting for the book, it comes out on th 21st March 2013.
Do NOT forget this date!!

Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: 21st March 2013

Ok so the love triangle continues with Lena, Alex and Julian along side the build up to the war of the "animal" invalids and the regulators.
There were definitely tense moments between Lena and Alex as they are "reunited", with Julian completely swept away with feelings of "what-the-hell?!" Alex says everything of the past has been killed and buried between him and Lena, they are different people. But this is clearly not true, until Coral shows up. Lena starts to become jealous and questions whether or not anything has truly changed.

Alongside this we get Hana's narration, which was quite a contrast as we finally get to see and understand the mind of a "cured." It was quite surprising with the addition of a new narration but Lauren Oliver made it work, with the paths finally crossing near the end of the

This is yet another beautifully written book and I only wish it was real (with out the war part.) Books are for escapism, this sure gives you it, it's as if my imagination eye sight has been heightened a hell of a lot more! Amazingly amazing, beautiful.

I have heard complaints about the ending of this book that it seems too open ended, abrupt. But I really liked it. It is open to interpretation. I loved the ending, especially the setting of it..(is that on purpose? maybe?)

Overall I thought this was a really cute ending, and although I would like an epilogue (which we will never get, exact words of Miss Lauren Oliver) it was a pleasure to read this book before the release!

"We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it"