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DIVERGENT TRILOGY by VERONICA ROTH

Compelling, engaging, raw and a gut-wrenching feel that you will still absorb til after you finished reading the trilogy.

I have not read a lot of dystopian books, that I admit and Divergent is actually my 2nd dystopian book but I must say that this trilogy is, I think one of the best out there. My first dystopian book is Anna Carey’s EVE TRILOGY and it is somewhat different but similar at the same time so I don’t really know what to expect before I start this series. I finally watched the movie 2 days ago and IDK what compelled me to finally give the book a try. The movie is actually nice. I like it but maybe it’s because of the ‘fence' that made me so curios or the story behind the being a Divergent or maybe it’s really because of Four*wink *wink YeahTobias Eaton aka Theo James is actually a good reason. Right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No, seriously, there’s something about the story that I can’t really put into words that made me decide to finally start reading the book.

 I am the kind of person that likes to think and think except anything about Math. And a book that makes me think, that makes me be curious and decipher what the author is trying to convey in writing such story, a book that makes me use my brain and relate the story to my perception in life is one that I will cherish the most and Divergent did that to me. It’s not your typical dystopian trilogy. It’s more than that. If you’re really not a fan of science fiction with a dystopian theme then maybe reading half of book 1 will make you sleepy and you might feel like it’s dragging but to me it is not. It was so engaging that I read the whole series in just almost 2 days. I think the Divergent Trilogy is something you can relate to our society. As a read the book, I realized the characters in the story actually do exist in today’s world and how their worlds exist is somehow similar to ours. Of course, minus the dystopian feel of it. But there are people like Tris, like Four, like Christina and the others and there are people like Jeanine, Marcus, Evelyn and David too. And I wonder why people like Tris can be selfless yet be brave but people like Jeanine or Marcus can be so cruel. I wonder why some can just do evil things and how did they decide that they will act that way. And why some, even in times of danger can still be selfless and think of others? I feel like the answer is so complex yet so easy but I can’t really just answer & explain the answers. It’s mind-boggling. 

 **SPOILER AHEAD! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES THEN STOP SCROLLING AND DO NOT READ!**

Reading the series, you see the characters of Tris, Tobias and the others grow. They all came from different factions but they learned how to co-exist despite their differences. You see that they brought up in different ways and very different environment and people yet they learned to love and give importance to each other. Yes, in their group there are who can be so selfish and cruel but why some can reason and be reasoned with. It’s so fascinating given the truth and the genes and all that. And I don’t believe a person’s way of living and how a person tick is only because of his/her genes and how perfect or damaged the person is. I think and what nursing school taught me is it’s not all about who you came from but it’s also about the people and the environment you grew up with. In the story there’s 5 factions that tells you to be this and only this but a Divergent can be all of it but what Tris realized and that I agree is being a Divergent does not really make sense. Who you are is because of your actions and not by what society is telling you to be and Tris showed how to be that kind of person. She showed what it is to love and give love, be brave and kind and selfless even if it means giving up her own life. In the book Allegiant where Tris & Tobias have to separate because they have different roles to do, wherein Tobias said he doesn’t like that they are not together? After reading Allegiant I realized it makes perfect sense because Tobias will not allow Tris to do what she did. And it is Tris, I mean, I have this feeling before I reached that part where she ya know… that she will do it. As much as I like to think she will not, I have this gut feel that she will coz she is Tris after all. She is kind, selfless and she cannot deal if she ever let Caleb do it. It will kill her and so I was not really that surprised that she did what she did. 

3 hours after reading the series, I am still thinking about it. IDK what’s more sad, Tobias heartbroken and nobody can fix it or that Tris is known to be the bad guy. Though the people who knew what really happened remember her differently, I still think it is unfair. I was heartbroken and sad and mad and shocked but not really when I finished the trilogy and in my head I am thinking that and hopefully there is a happy ending to Tris & Tobias’ story. I am thinking that maybe there’s a novella coming up or something. But IDK, I doubt it. I’d like to think there is just to cope and this review is maybe my way of purging that sadness in me after reading the story so understand why this review is quite long and maybe some paragraphs does not make sense to you at all but these are my feelings so please bare with me. Now, I need a distraction to be able not to think about the story and its ending. I’m gonna read a book that’s smut and porn-like til the very end. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 "I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

 Tris & Tobias’ relationship grew and they both mature and they both accepted each others flaws and all. At least by the end of the book, their love was sealed and there’s no doubt that they truly love each other. 

 I hope there’s a book about when Tobias first saw Tris and the first time he truly noticed her. It would be so much fun to read. I hope it’s part of the short stories. I will read it once I finished this review. It was nice to read Tobias’ POV in this series. In the movie he looks so serious all the time. I have not seen him laugh and so when I read the book, I was shocked that he can have this poker face yet in truth, he was checking Tris out. Remember that cocky move he did when he touched Tris’ midriff while she was training in book 1? Smooth, right? I KNOW! It made me giddy while I was reading it.

There’s quite a few lines in the story in Tobias’ POV that makes my heart swell with sadness and my throat to have this kind of ball inside it but this sealed it for me…

"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

A heartbreaking ending is frustrating, sad yet beautiful at the same time. In some stories it is necessary but IDK if it really is necessary in this book. Maybe it is. IDK. I am sad. I am mad. I am heartbroken. I am a sucker for HEA and I would love em to have that but they will never will and that makes me so freakin sad and mad but I will get over it because it was a beautiful story of life, love, family and people. I think Veronica Roth wrote it good, so good. It was very well-written. I love it.

Divergent Trilogy is not your typical dysopian YA book. ALL FEELS are in it. Believe me. The story is larger than life. It’s something that will make you think and feel. It will also overwhelm you. It’ll make you cry and mad. But what’s so beautiful about it is, it is a story of love til the very end. 

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THIS! #AllTheFEELS #TFiOS #IfIStay #johngreen #gayleforman #books #YA #movie #feeleverything #favebooks

THIS! #AllTheFEELS #TFiOS #IfIStay #johngreen #gayleforman #books #YA #movie #feeleverything #favebooks

CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK (AFTER DARK 2) by KAHLEN AYMES
Kahlen Aymes is definitely one of the best romance authors out there and with this second installment of her After Dark series she just proves that she is indeed one of the best. I think. You know what is it that I like about her stories? It’s how she writes a story with the right amount of details that I like in romance books. Plus, in this series it’s not just pure relationship romance but she added a thrill to it in a suspense kind of way. 
I’m not gonna give anything a way by writing what happened in the book because I want fans of this series have that anticipation of the unknown before reading this book but let me tell you that if you have read book 1 then you will sure love Confessions After Dark. I think what was not in book 1 and what’s not in the relationship Alex & Angel have in that book is definitely here. The missing part of what they have and what should have been in their relationship from the very beginning sure made its presence here in this book. And it was not an easy process but they got there, with all the crazy and misunderstanding and hurt and doubts. 
I love how Kahlen Aymes wrote everything in this book. Like I said, it has the right amount of detail, romance, suspense, sex and passion that book whores like me is looking for in a book. IDK how she does it but she does it good. Pure passion and sensuality that doesn’t sound cheesy or that makes you want to barf. It was also well-written and raw and has that real-feel to it especially in Angel’s part. Kahlen Aymes showed what exactly a woman like Angel is afraid of in having a relationship and how she deals with it. And with Alex, well we all know how a man deals with love especially when it hits em hard. I don’t want to sound sexist or anything like that but cmon, men deals with hurt in the same way. It’s an open secret but I love how Alex redeemed himself. And I like the part where he let Angel taste her own medicine. As much as I kind of hate it I admire him for being strong enough to do that thing. See? I am not sexist. Hihihihihi
With that said, Confessions After Dark is definitely and 110% a good and worthy read. If you fell in love with Alex & Angel in book 1 then you will love em even more in this book. I cannot wait for book 3. The things that about to come makes me so giddy. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
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CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK (AFTER DARK 2) by KAHLEN AYMES

Kahlen Aymes is definitely one of the best romance authors out there and with this second installment of her After Dark series she just proves that she is indeed one of the best. I think. You know what is it that I like about her stories? It’s how she writes a story with the right amount of details that I like in romance books. Plus, in this series it’s not just pure relationship romance but she added a thrill to it in a suspense kind of way. 

I’m not gonna give anything a way by writing what happened in the book because I want fans of this series have that anticipation of the unknown before reading this book but let me tell you that if you have read book 1 then you will sure love Confessions After Dark. I think what was not in book 1 and what’s not in the relationship Alex & Angel have in that book is definitely here. The missing part of what they have and what should have been in their relationship from the very beginning sure made its presence here in this book. And it was not an easy process but they got there, with all the crazy and misunderstanding and hurt and doubts. 

I love how Kahlen Aymes wrote everything in this book. Like I said, it has the right amount of detail, romance, suspense, sex and passion that book whores like me is looking for in a book. IDK how she does it but she does it good. Pure passion and sensuality that doesn’t sound cheesy or that makes you want to barf. It was also well-written and raw and has that real-feel to it especially in Angel’s part. Kahlen Aymes showed what exactly a woman like Angel is afraid of in having a relationship and how she deals with it. And with Alex, well we all know how a man deals with love especially when it hits em hard. I don’t want to sound sexist or anything like that but cmon, men deals with hurt in the same way. It’s an open secret but I love how Alex redeemed himself. And I like the part where he let Angel taste her own medicine. As much as I kind of hate it I admire him for being strong enough to do that thing. See? I am not sexist. Hihihihihi

With that said, Confessions After Dark is definitely and 110% a good and worthy read. If you fell in love with Alex & Angel in book 1 then you will love em even more in this book. I cannot wait for book 3. The things that about to come makes me so giddy. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

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KNOX (VOL. 3) by CASSIA LEO
This serial just keeps getting better and better. And now in Knox’s POV, it’s just pure and raw testosterone. IDK how Cassia Leo does it but she is just amazing. I like that this is in Knox’s POV and somehow fans got to see a side of him, pure him. In the last 2 books, it seems like (at least for me and for some scenes) that he is just using Rebecca as someone who he can get off. I mean he didn’t really expressed his feelings in a passionate and romantic way than (sorry for the lack of a better word) ufcgnik her. Don;t get me wrong, I like that he is so caveman but sometimes a guy needs to be gentle and he was never gentle. Maybe he was, a bit but it goes away after a few seconds but in this book he expressed it. Too bad Rebecca wasn’t there to see nor hear it. And oh, plus points for the gesture he made towards the end of the book. Very nice. 
There are secrets that is yet to be revealed and I cannot wait to read what that secrets are. I bet it will leave us shocked and speechless. If you haven’t read this new serial from Cassia Leo, you should give it a try. I know there are a lot of serials out there nowadays and I love em. I like serials and I think that Knox should be included in your list as well. :)
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**Complimentary copy given by the author

KNOX (VOL. 3) by CASSIA LEO

This serial just keeps getting better and better. And now in Knox’s POV, it’s just pure and raw testosterone. IDK how Cassia Leo does it but she is just amazing. I like that this is in Knox’s POV and somehow fans got to see a side of him, pure him. In the last 2 books, it seems like (at least for me and for some scenes) that he is just using Rebecca as someone who he can get off. I mean he didn’t really expressed his feelings in a passionate and romantic way than (sorry for the lack of a better word) ufcgnik her. Don;t get me wrong, I like that he is so caveman but sometimes a guy needs to be gentle and he was never gentle. Maybe he was, a bit but it goes away after a few seconds but in this book he expressed it. Too bad Rebecca wasn’t there to see nor hear it. And oh, plus points for the gesture he made towards the end of the book. Very nice. 

There are secrets that is yet to be revealed and I cannot wait to read what that secrets are. I bet it will leave us shocked and speechless. If you haven’t read this new serial from Cassia Leo, you should give it a try. I know there are a lot of serials out there nowadays and I love em. I like serials and I think that Knox should be included in your list as well. :)

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**Complimentary copy given by the author

In honor of DIVERGENT & FOUR and because I was finally able to watched the film, here is THEO JAMES’ GQ photos. And also I have decided to read the book and maybe buy a paperback copy once I am done reading book 1. Maybe. And after watching the film, I liked Divergent more than Hunger Games

Enjoy looking at Four’s manly face, kissable lips and preppy look. *wink *wink

(Source: GQ)

FINDING MY WAY (BEAUMONT 4) by HEIDI McLAUGHLIN
I looooooove this series and though I am not much of a fan of Liam Page, I truly love how Heidi McLaughlin wrote everything from book 1. Finding My Way is Liam Page’s side of the story, a prequel to Forever My Girl. Told in his POV, we get to live the life Liam Page lived after he left Beaumont.
Like I said, I am not a fan of Liam Page. Why? Well, the fact that he did leave Beaumont & Josie the way he did made me hate him (in a way). And reading this book is like going through that scene over again. It was heartbreaking but enlightening at the same time. But just to get the record straight, I understand why Liam had to leave but I still hate how he did it. 
Hands down to Heidi McLaughlin in writing this book with so much sincerity and genuineness from Liam’s side. I think she did a wonderful job in giving fans of this series the back story of Liam & Josie’s life in high school. Liam has always been a leader and being a leader comes with so much responsibility & pressure that at the end of this book all those expectations and pressure made him leave the place he loves and the only person he wants. Reading that scene made me furious and sad. I guess, it’s understandable but with him leaving and not knowing things made it very difficult not just for him but most especially to Josie. 
This book tells a story of Liam & how he coped and pursued his dream. All the partying and girls was told in this book yet the other side of him that he left in Beaumont still lingers. It’s obvious he loves and will forever love Josie but I still hate him. HAHAHAHAHAHA! There was some fast forward scenes in this book and for me it was okay. I think it was necessary to connect all the dots in the story and it made more sense. 
As a fan of this series, I am still hoping for the book about Liam & Josie where I can finally say that I don;t hate Liam anymore. I am still looking for more effort and grand gestures from Liam Page. I know he did some in Forever My Girl but for me it was not enough. I mean, I want more effort from him and a story that focuses on his and Josie’s life after FMG. 
I recommend this book to be read after reading all 3 books in the series. This is not a standalone and I think fans will very much appreciate this book, especially those who are fans of Liam Page. I really hope there’s more though. *fingers crossed :)
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FINDING MY WAY (BEAUMONT 4) by HEIDI McLAUGHLIN

I looooooove this series and though I am not much of a fan of Liam Page, I truly love how Heidi McLaughlin wrote everything from book 1. Finding My Way is Liam Page’s side of the story, a prequel to Forever My Girl. Told in his POV, we get to live the life Liam Page lived after he left Beaumont.

Like I said, I am not a fan of Liam Page. Why? Well, the fact that he did leave Beaumont Josie the way he did made me hate him (in a way). And reading this book is like going through that scene over again. It was heartbreaking but enlightening at the same time. But just to get the record straight, I understand why Liam had to leave but I still hate how he did it. 

Hands down to Heidi McLaughlin in writing this book with so much sincerity and genuineness from Liam’s side. I think she did a wonderful job in giving fans of this series the back story of Liam & Josie’s life in high school. Liam has always been a leader and being a leader comes with so much responsibility & pressure that at the end of this book all those expectations and pressure made him leave the place he loves and the only person he wants. Reading that scene made me furious and sad. I guess, it’s understandable but with him leaving and not knowing things made it very difficult not just for him but most especially to Josie

This book tells a story of Liam & how he coped and pursued his dream. All the partying and girls was told in this book yet the other side of him that he left in Beaumont still lingers. It’s obvious he loves and will forever love Josie but I still hate him. HAHAHAHAHAHA! There was some fast forward scenes in this book and for me it was okay. I think it was necessary to connect all the dots in the story and it made more sense. 

As a fan of this series, I am still hoping for the book about Liam & Josie where I can finally say that I don;t hate Liam anymore. I am still looking for more effort and grand gestures from Liam Page. I know he did some in Forever My Girl but for me it was not enough. I mean, I want more effort from him and a story that focuses on his and Josie’s life after FMG. 

I recommend this book to be read after reading all 3 books in the series. This is not a standalone and I think fans will very much appreciate this book, especially those who are fans of Liam Page. I really hope there’s more though. *fingers crossed :)

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I have this itch to repost this. I am soooooooo excited to watch the film and cry bucket of tears. #itsametaphor #TFiOS #johngreen #augustuswaters #hazelgrace #film #books #TheFaultinourStars #repost #instarepost

I have this itch to repost this. I am soooooooo excited to watch the film and cry bucket of tears. #itsametaphor #TFiOS #johngreen #augustuswaters #hazelgrace #film #books #TheFaultinourStars #repost #instarepost

REMEMBERING YOU (REMEMBER 1) by SANDI LYNN
Have I mentioned before that Sandi Lynn is one of my go-to authors? No? Well, now you know. She just is. There are a few authors in my go-to list when I want to read something so romantic and passionate and she is one of em. Her stories are plain romantic but with depth and you will never get tired of reading her stories. And with this new book from Sandi Lynn, you will not be disappointed. 
Okay, before I get into details let me just clarify that this is a novella. A short & quick read that fans of her will enjoy. Just don’t compare or have an expectation that is similar to her Forever series. What I’m trying to say is that this is different given that it is a quick read so don;t expect more details that you will get when you read a full length novel. 
Remembering You is kind of a cliche read but in a good way. The characters are swoon-worthy especially Sam and I love the fact that Claire, the main female lead in this story is strong-willed and down-to-earth despite the fact that she have all the material things she needs and doesn’t need. Sam & Claire’s love story was quick. It was like a love at first sight and then BOOM! something happened and things were all of a sudden different. I said it was kind of cliche because of how the characters found each other after all that has happened but I love reading it. The title is very apt and I cannot wait for more. I hope the next book will be a full length novel and more passionate moments that includes Sam & Claire and hopefully a glimpse of their future. 
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REMEMBERING YOU (REMEMBER 1) by SANDI LYNN

Have I mentioned before that Sandi Lynn is one of my go-to authors? No? Well, now you know. She just is. There are a few authors in my go-to list when I want to read something so romantic and passionate and she is one of em. Her stories are plain romantic but with depth and you will never get tired of reading her stories. And with this new book from Sandi Lynn, you will not be disappointed. 

Okay, before I get into details let me just clarify that this is a novella. A short & quick read that fans of her will enjoy. Just don’t compare or have an expectation that is similar to her Forever series. What I’m trying to say is that this is different given that it is a quick read so don;t expect more details that you will get when you read a full length novel. 

Remembering You is kind of a cliche read but in a good way. The characters are swoon-worthy especially Sam and I love the fact that Claire, the main female lead in this story is strong-willed and down-to-earth despite the fact that she have all the material things she needs and doesn’t need. Sam & Claire’s love story was quick. It was like a love at first sight and then BOOM! something happened and things were all of a sudden different. I said it was kind of cliche because of how the characters found each other after all that has happened but I love reading it. The title is very apt and I cannot wait for more. I hope the next book will be a full length novel and more passionate moments that includes Sam & Claire and hopefully a glimpse of their future. 

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LET LOVE BE (THE LOVE 4) by MELISSA COLLINS
I have read Melissa Collins’ previous books in this series and I adore books 1 & 2. I have yet to read book 3 & 3.5 but I think this is her best and my fave so far. But it may change or not once I have read 3.5 because I will always be rooting for Maddy & Reid. Anyways, this book is very different from book 1. I think her writing developed into something more mature and life changing but the sweetness and romance in her story remains. She is one of my go to authors if I want to read something sweet and romantic yet will make you cry like a baby. I think this can be read as a standalone but to fully enjoy the series, I recommend to read all. 
Lucy & Evan’s story is mature and not young adult characters have. What the characters been through is hard and difficult but them meeting and knowing each other, feelings developed and love happened. Their journey is quite hard. This story will inspire you, make you feel giddy and at some point will make you cry bucket of tears. I did. I think Melissa Collins’ wrote this story in a very sincere manner that readers of this book will feel the loss & love the characters felt. Like I said, this is by far Melissa’s best work and it was worth reading til the very end. 
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LET LOVE BE (THE LOVE 4) by MELISSA COLLINS

I have read Melissa Collins’ previous books in this series and I adore books 1 & 2. I have yet to read book 3 & 3.5 but I think this is her best and my fave so far. But it may change or not once I have read 3.5 because I will always be rooting for Maddy & Reid. Anyways, this book is very different from book 1. I think her writing developed into something more mature and life changing but the sweetness and romance in her story remains. She is one of my go to authors if I want to read something sweet and romantic yet will make you cry like a baby. I think this can be read as a standalone but to fully enjoy the series, I recommend to read all. 

Lucy & Evan’s story is mature and not young adult characters have. What the characters been through is hard and difficult but them meeting and knowing each other, feelings developed and love happened. Their journey is quite hard. This story will inspire you, make you feel giddy and at some point will make you cry bucket of tears. I did. I think Melissa Collins’ wrote this story in a very sincere manner that readers of this book will feel the loss & love the characters felt. Like I said, this is by far Melissa’s best work and it was worth reading til the very end. 

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For crying out loud, settle down!

You know I can’t be found with you

We get back to my house

Your arms, my mouth

Now I just stop myself around you

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WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL 

I don’t know who I am. Or maybe I do know who I am and I just don’t want to be her anymore.

—Gayle Forman, Just One Day (via larmoyante)

(via gayleforman)

Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?