Allegiant by Veronica Roth-Review

Allegiant is the finale to this wonderful trilogy….and what a finale it is……

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The factions have been destroyed, their leader has been destroyed and most of all their city has been destroyed! Tris is now in a world without anything accept from Tobias. After hearing the message from Edith Prior who is ‘outside the fence’, Tris is worried and also curious to know what is happening elsewhere in the world. When hearing about a group of people called the Allegiant, Tris and Tobias head over to one of their meetings and are instantly volunteered to go ‘Outside the fence’ (with a few other people). When they reach the city there are secrets and many discoveries all about to happen. Tris learns things she never imagined to be true….


Out of the three books I must say it was my least favorite. This wasn’t because of the unexpected ending but I found the middle part of the book quite boring and drawn out. Although you learn so much in this book about the history of their world and about the government, I would say that it was a little (tinsy bit) drawn out!!

Characters:

I am sticking with Tobias with this one again! At the horrible end of the book (NO SPOILERS) Tobias actually was so strong and I was like ‘Thank you!!’ because I didn’t want a pathetic boyfriend (not to be harsh) but I like a strong manly boyfriend, haha. I am not forgetting in this book that Tris did also stay strong but I still love Tobias :).

Plot:

I have already spoken about this a bit (above) but I do think other parts of the book (e.g. the ending) was very good and although it was sad it was well thought out.

Writing:

Yay! The style of writing improves! WOOOO! So I have been kind of criticizing the book for the style of writing not being very challenging but I must say it does some what improve in this book :). I do also want to point out that this is the only book in the series that has a different character (Tris or Tobias) in each chapter. I really didn’t like this at all because I did find that I was thinking that Tris was thinking what Tobias was thinking and vise versa which was confusing (just writing it is confusing!!).

It still is a very good book although it wasn’t my favorite out of all of them, but I still loved it. The problem was I finished this and then decided to read the Fault in Our Stars (Well, that was clever Amelia!!). It was a blast to the end of the series even if it was a very unexpected ending I loved it because it was Divergent and amazing! Overall I would give it a 4 because it was……amazing but a few areas pulled it down a little but I have to give it this due to a fantastic book too. I’m sad the series is over for me but… I’ve still got all of the films to go yet (few).

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p.s This is Divergent week on my blog so please go and check out my two other reviews on Insurgent and Divergent! I will also be doing a film review tomorrow so look forward to that 🙂

 

 

My Top Five Books of 2014 – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Finally 2014 is coming to an end, which gives me the chance to share with you my most loved books throughout this year!

5. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Blurb – Zoe Collins has a dark and terrible secret that she dares to confess to no one. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone Zoe picks up a pen.

These are the letters that she wrote…

Genre – Crime/Romance

Star Rating – 3 and a half stars

When I read this book – I finished it quite recently on the 22nd December.

Brief thoughts on the book –  I really enjoyed the style of writing that Annabel used and how the book was a very original idea. Zoe Collins, the main character, writes letters to a man on death row named Mr Stuart Harris. The point of this is so that Zoe can tell someone the terrible and dark things he has done!  I have already given a wider insight and my thoughts on this book in my previous blog post, which you can find here.

4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Blurb – After the summer break, a mysterious girl turns up at Leo’s high school called Stargirl. She strums the ukulele at lunch and sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to people when it’s their special day. People at the school think she is a ‘fake’ and a ‘set up’ but they soon discover she is not. She soon becomes popular and people start loving her for being unique and for being herself, but sometimes when you’re unique and stand out from everybody else you are not always admired…

Genre – Young Adult/Romance

Star Rating – 3 and a half stars

When I read this book – On the 10th of April

Brief thoughts on the book – Stargirl is quite a short book (192 pages) but is an enjoyable and fun read. I wouldn’t say this has any age limit because it is quite an easy read. Also I have to mention on the vibrant book cover!! It really stands out on my bookshelf with the bright pink, which is probably one of the reasons I picked it up! Again I did a review of this book back in April, so if you want to know a bit more about the book and my thoughts, click here.

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Blurb A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug.

Genre – Fantasy

Star Rating – I gave this book four Stars

When I read this book – Very recently! I finished yesterday (28th December)

Brief thoughts on the book – To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked this up on my own, but when my brother said I had to read some of the classics, he said I should start with The Hobbit. My tbr pile is so large, I was pretty angry I couldn’t read Cinder by Marissa Meyer (which I have been waiting to read forever!!). But, he did prove me wrong! The writing was exquisite and I cannot wait to read the Lord of the Rings!

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Blurb – Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten

Genre – Romance

Star Rating – I gave this 4 and a half stars

When I read this book –  March 28th

Brief thoughts on the book – I absolutely loved this book. John Green, as always got this book spot on! I loved the characters, my favourite being Augustus Waters. It was gripping, and I read in about 24 hours! I am sure you have heard of it, but if you haven’t read it, I urge you to read it! More thoughts on the book can be found on my blog post here.

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1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Blurb – The futuristic city of Chicago is divided into five different factions, Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of sixteen you must choose which faction you wish to stay in or go to for the rest of your life. When it is time for sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior to chose her ‘rightful place’ in the world, she can’t decide if to choose her family or her own choice. As soon as she has finished her aptitude test, which can help her decide which faction to choose, she is shocked to know she has a secret which she must not tell anyone. When she has chosen her faction  she can trust nobody in this new world, but when she meets one of her instructors Four, she seems to trust him more than anyone else…..

Genre – Dystopia

Star Rating – 4 and a half stars

When I read this book – I read Divergent on the 2nd February, Insurgent on the 25th February, and finally Allegiant on the 1st March,

Brief thoughts on the book – In all three of the books, they were action packed and exciting. It is my favourite trilogy of all time. I just was gripped the whole way though! My favourite character out of all of the books had to be four (played by Theo James in the film ahhhh!!). He was dangerous, hot and in Divergent, I wanted to find out more about him, and what had happened to him as a child. If you take anything away from this blog post, then please read this trilogy if you haven’t already! I cannot praise it highly enough! To find out more about the tree books here are the my reviews:

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four-A Divergent Story Collection and the Divergent Film Review.

So there we have it. My top 5 books of 2014. Thank you all for commenting, following and liking my blog this year, and I look forward, to more posts and reading next year!

What are your top 5 books of 2014?

Four by Veronica Roth-Review

Howdy (New introduction?!),

So once I had heard about another Divergent book being release I had to take a little sit down! I was excited, shocked, apprehensive and a little bit starstruck! Not only was one of my favorite authors Queen Roth bringing out another book, it was in my favorite series EVER and from the point of view of my favorite character…

 

Being the Fangirl I am, I was the one who was waiting for my local bookshop to open so I could grab Four asap! I kind of now feel a bit sorry for my Mum who I dragged out of bed so she could come with me! Sorry Mum!! Anyway enough waffling for one day…lets get on with the review!


Four is four (see what she did their!) short stories obviously written in four’s perspective. The four short stories are:

I really enjoyed this book (of course I did, it’s related to Divergent) and I thought the concept of it was brilliant. The first story (The Transfer) described Tobias at his choosing ceremony. At the time he is only sixteen and has to choose his faction, which he will keep for life. He is still living with his father at the time, Marcus Eaton, he beats and whips him!  Tobias (I prefer calling him that) wants to try and escape from his horrid father and the only way he can do that is to change faction. So of course, the most exciting faction to be in is Dauntless :). He cuts his hand and places his blood onto the coals, and is free. I won’t spoil it for you, but it is great! The next story is the Initiate and this is where most of the initiation starts. He is in competition with Eric who came from Erudite (the intelligent)! The next short story is The Son and this is when Tobias has survived through initiation. Although a tough journey, he finally is Dauntless (woop woop. If I were Dauntless I would be doing a few fist pumps, haha!). Finally the last short story is the Traitor. This describes how Tobias gets 0n his new job! He is a leader and trains the new initiate. This is where Tris comes in! She is the main character in Divergent, Insurgent (and most of Allegiant). There are also three bonus scenes called:

“First Jumper-Tris!”

“Careful, Tris.”

“You look good, Tris.”

These are only a few pages long, but I thought this was a nice touch to the book. I must say I have not gone into great detail of the four short stories but I don’t want to give much of the story away, so if you have not read it, please do!! 🙂

Characters

Of course my favorite character is Four/Tobias Eaton. He is so beautiful (especially Theo James!!!). Honestly though, the way that Roth portrays him makes him sound caring and kind and I just love that about him. I did think though, if this makes sense, that he didn’t seem as interested in Tris than she was in him. I am probably wrong, but I just felt he was portrayed like this! I wanted to give a mention about Zeke because he just sounds a great friend!! He sounds hilarious to be around and I really like him in Four!

Overall I really enjoyed this book! It was something quite different to read for me due to it’s short stories and from a book that I had previously read but from another characters point of view. I thought it was written very well and of course I was gripped! therefore I am going to give it (drum roll please!) … 4 stars! I thought that the book could have maybe been a little longer, and yes I know that they were short stories, but I wanted to read more about Four!! Also it is quite fitting having four stars haha!

Thank you very much for reading and hopefully you enjoyed this post! If you did then please like, follow and comment because I am really enjoying this whole blog thing! Also next week there won’t be a post as I am on holiday so sorry about that but hopefully I will post twice in the following week!

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An introduction to my blog…

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Welcome to Book Bonanza! I hope you enjoy scrolling through the many posts dedicated to my favorite books, various reviews and my recommendations to you. In this post I will be discussing a few of my favorite books and authors.

Two of my favorite authors are:

  • John Green
  • Veronica Roth

I love the way both authors write especially John Green. When I read the Fault in Our Stars I found myself crying on several occasions because of the way Green wrote it. Veronica Roth is one of those authors where you cannot possibly put the book down and at several points in Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant I found myself saying ‘just one more chapter!!’. Next to discuss my favorite book (which is actually a series). Well, there are thousands upon millions of books in the world but by far I love the Divergent series best as it was packed full of action which is what I loved most about it.

I’m sorry that this was quite a short post due to it only being an introduction to my blog but look forward to many more!!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

What is your favorite book?