Divergent – Review

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One choice. One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever. Or, one choice can transform you. In Veronica Roth’s début novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance.”

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Divergent is a brilliant début novel, and the best part of that is that it’s the first in a trilogy. Veronica Roth has taken the YA world by storm with this stunning book. Divergent has it all, edge of your seat thrills, death-defying stunts and non stop action. Fast paced, gritty and at times disturbing Divergent is a fantastic new book from a writer that I am personally very excited to have discovered. I started Divergent and I didn’t stop reading until the last page. I was completely hooked, I got drawn into Tris’ world and I did not want to leave. I put everything else aside, I couldn’t help myself I just had to keep reading it. Divergent is the reason the term “captivating page turner” was coined.Be prepared to do nothing else except read until this book is finished.
Tris is the ultimate female protagonist, gutsy, determined, fearless and yet vulnerable and inherently feminine. She will appeal to readers over a huge age range and better yet she will appeal to male readers as well as female. Tris in short kicks ass and she does it all without being a whiney pain in the ass like so many characters in YA fiction. I really love this character and had to keep reminding myself that she is in fact just a character. She is just so real!
You simply could not write a review of Divergent without a mention of the other protagonist in this book. Four is a startlingly brilliant character and for anyone who doesn’t enjoy a female lead Four will make up for the focus on Tris. He is amazing, completely three-dimensional, infinitely believable and strong. He is strong, fearless, and at times frightening. Male readers will want to be him and female readers will want to date him. He really is that good.
I really could go on and on about Divergent it is a fantastic book that will have readers hooked. I am already counting down the days until book two is released.

Friendship Bread – Review

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One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others.

Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift, but to make Gracie happy, she agrees to bake the bread.

When Julia meets two newcomers to the small town of Avalon, Illinois, she sparks a connection by offering them her extra bread starter. Widow Madeline Davis is laboring to keep her tea salon afloat while Hannah Wang de Brisay, a famed concert cellist, is at a crossroads, her career and marriage having come to an abrupt end. In the warm kitchen of Madeline’s tea salon, the three women forge a friendship that will change their lives forever.

In no time, everyone in Avalon is baking Amish Friendship Bread. But even as the town unites for a benevolent cause and Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, Friendship Bread tells the uplifting story of what endures when even the unthinkable happens.

Friendship Bread is the sort of feel good story that would work beautifully for a book club choice or as a gift to a great girl friend. This is a book to be shared. Friendship Bread is reminiscent of such great girly reads as Fried Green Tomatoes and The Jane Austen Book Club. Uplifting, funny, sweet, at times sad and always entertaining Friendship Bread will have you wanting to bake the bread and share it with your friends.

I started this book and I could not stop ! I didn’t want to do anything till I finished it. I had to go out and I was annoyed that I had to put it down. This is such a beautiful heart warming story. I really enjoyed the way Darien Gee wove the story, with chapters devoted to many characters this book just draws you in. Each chapter is almost like a story within a story. I found myself wishing it was longer simply so I could learn more about the quirky characters of Avalon.

The story begins with Julia Evarts, her story is heart breaking and beautiful. Told in a simple style Julia’s story will have you weeping with her tragedies and cheering as she finds her way back into the world. Her discovery of this strange gift brings her out into the world after shutting herself off after the death of her son. She meets some wonderful new friends and starts to see that there is life after tragedy.

Readers will fall in love with Julia and her new friends and the beautiful little town of Avalon. This is a book to be shared over and over again. Give it to the women in your life, share the gift of this beautiful story, your friends will thank you.

Like me I know many readers will be very happy to discover that Darien Gee has thoughtfully included recipes for the starter for Friendship Bread, instructions on how to make it and of course variations of the recipe too. I know I will definitely be attempting to make this bread after reading the story. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did, it really is a beautiful story that makes you feel happy to have friends to share it with.



Song 23 – 30 day Song Challenge

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Song 23 is a song that you want to play at your wedding, this was a complete no brainer I love this song ! And the lyrics make me cry !

Song 22 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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Day 22 is a song that you listen to when your sad, I love listening to music when im sad, I think music can soothe the soul and make everything feel better ! During a heartbroken time a few years ago this song really made me feel a lot better and its by an artist that I absolutely love !

Song 21 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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So day 21 is a song that you play when you’re happy so for this one I picked a song that makes me happy and a concert that was absolutely amazing by an incredibly cool singer who I love !

Day 17 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Right so day 17 is your favourite drama book, WTF ? is that even a real genre for books ummm NO methinks not but whatever I’ll play along …..

So while I think this one is rather stupid im going to say a random drama related book and call it quits ! So this book in movie form fits the dram genre so that’s why I picked it technical huh ! Anyways I loved the book and the movie so here it is !

Day 16 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Right so back on track after day 15 which was just ridiculous ! So today is a book that you used to love but now hate. Well this isn’t really technically a book but who cares. I love Shakespeare yes I know very nerdy of me but I do but I have to say that after studying Macbeth twice , yes twice and doing the rock opera for our school musical I HATE Macbeth. Which is sad because it’s a brilliant story.

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