Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WIWW: Marie

I love summer!  Now I just need to get a little color on my arms and legs.  :P

Skirt: Papaya
Tank: Styles For Less
Cardi: Target
Belt: F21
Shoes: Thrifted



Linked to: Rae Gun Ramblings, The Pleated Poppy, Two Thirty-Five Designs, Rolled Up Pretty & Transatlantic Blonde

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What I Read: March

This was a pretty good reading month for me.  I didn't read a whole lot, but the books I did read I really enjoyed.  (Although two were actually re-reads!)  Love it when I have so many good books!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of my favorites in the series the first time I read it and listening to the audio was just as good, if not better! Jim Dale does such an amazing job narrating these books. Even though I knew everything that was going to happen, I still found myself laughing, crying, holding my breath and feeling the tension. Pure magic!!!

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Update 5/5/12
I decided to give this book a second chance since so many people seem to really love it. I listened to it on audio and really enjoyed the narrator. I liked it more this second time around (and rated it a little better!) but I have to say I still have the same reservations I had the first time. I just didn't connect with this book. I don't know if it was Tris, the factions, the writing or what. Maybe it's just that I was expecting too much? At any rate, it's still a really good book and I am anxiously awaiting book 2!

Original review 9/23/11
I really wanted to LOVE this book, but instead I just kinda liked it. The second half was better than the first, but there was still something that didn't sit quite right with me. Maybe it was just the whole concept of factions. To me it just wasn't believable enough. Most dystopian books seem very extreme, but at the same time I actually buy into it. This one I just couldn't wholeheartedly accept. I also never really fell in love with Tris. I liked a lot of the "supporting" characters better I think! But all in all it was an entertaining read and I am interested enough to keep reading the series and find out what happens next! :)

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica RothMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

After not really getting the hype for Divergent, I have to say this book made up for it! I absolutely loved it. There was action, suspense, emotion and humor sprinkled throughout. I loved getting a better look into each of the factions and it finally started feeling more believable to me. Loved the twists and turns and even though some of them were a bit predictable I still found myself holding my breath and dropping my jaw. I LOVED the audio version for this. Emma Galvin was absolutely amazing! The wait for the next book will be excruciating!

Dust & Decay (Benny Imura, #2)Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beginning of this book was a little slow, but then things picked up and it was fast-paced till the end. There were so many times where my mind was reeling, wondering what certain things meant and I can't wait until the next book to find out the answers and see where this leads. I really enjoyed the characters and it was nice to get more points-of-view from some of them. I listened to the audio for the last 3/4 of the book and I'm so glad I did. The narrator did such a great job with some of the characters. I especially loved J-Dog & Dr. Skillz!!!

The Last Echo (The Body Finder, #3)The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have really enjoyed this series! It's kinda creepy and reminds me a little of the show Criminal Minds. It was a little predictable at times, but I'm very interested to see where the story leads. I liked getting a glimpse into the lives of her team and I hope we'll see even more from them.

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)A Million Suns by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, I think more than the first one! The one thing that bothered me was that it didn't really make sense for Orion to send them on a hunt for clues instead of just telling them the big "secret". The only reason I can think of was just to make the book more suspenseful and interesting -- which it definitely was! I was not prepared for the twists in this one and I am soooo anxious to read the next book to find out what happens!


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