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Old 08-20-2011, 12:22 AM   #5051
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I started Divergent. (Okay, started is an understatement; I'm 190 pages in.) So far I am really enjoying it. So glad for the numerous recommendations people gave me to read it.
Haha, whatever happened to the take a break and write?
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Haha, whatever happened to the take a break and write?
My worst possible fear, actually: I have about four chapters that are going to require a total re-write and I need to figure out what has to go there. Might as well keep reading while that sorts itself out in the back of my head. But it's just the latter half of the middle. I will survive.

Back on topic: Four is awesome. I'm having a lot of fun with Divergent.
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Back on topic: Four is awesome. I'm having a lot of fun with Divergent.
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THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab. Also picked up WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight and read the first few pages. (Will get to the rest of it later).

Both of these are very good. <-- severe understatement
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I actually have other books I need to finish ahead of this one, but I always read the first chapter of a book the minute I pick it up from the library, just to see if I like it enough to take home... and I couldn't put it down!
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I've also recently read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma which I didn't care for so much, but couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. The narrators' voices just didn't seem very authentic to me. They made a lot of observations that I couldn't quite believe were from the P.O.V. of teenagers. And although I suspected it wasn't going to end well, the ending felt contrived to me, rather than a realistic outcome given their pretty hopeless situation.
Agreed! I couldn't put it down, true, but once I finished... eh? The ending felt overblown, like it was done to make a point rather than as an organic outcome...
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I started Awaken last night, and I honestly don't know if I want to finish it. I'm only 40 pages in, but some of the world building is just driving me nuts. I mean the premise is okay, that too much internet and online stuff is cutting people off from each other, but these other things - like there are no trees?? People plant plastic ones instead and in the fall they spray paint them with the fall colors? It's just kind of ridiculous. I usually always try to finish a book once I start it, but with this one, IDK. Has anyone else read it?
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I started Awaken last night, and I honestly don't know if I want to finish it. I'm only 40 pages in, but some of the world building is just driving me nuts. I mean the premise is okay, that too much internet and online stuff is cutting people off from each other, but these other things - like there are no trees?? People plant plastic ones instead and in the fall they spray paint them with the fall colors? It's just kind of ridiculous. I usually always try to finish a book once I start it, but with this one, IDK. Has anyone else read it?
And what is the author's explanation as to how they still breathe? There are some things best left untouched in world building. A world with no trees... Yikes.

I finished Divergent last night. Loved it. Can't wait for a sequel. Still need to write my review.

I'm so glad that all WalMart had that night I was desperate for a book was The Hunger Games. I wouldn't have ended up touching any of this dystopian stuff otherwise. Would've been a real shame, since I've enjoyed all the books I've read so much.

Hmm... Perfect Chemistry, Nevermore or Delirium? I can't seem to decide what I'll read next. My chapters order had better hurry up and get here before I run out of stuff to read.
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Finished Chain Reaction. (Hm, I'm kind of disappointed. Somehow the blurb tricked me into believing that finally the girl would be the 'bad one' in the relationship - but she wasn't. I feel cheated. )

I'm going to read Uncommon Criminals next. But it really annoys me not to know Hale's first name(s). Grr. Grrrr.

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Agreed! I couldn't put it down, true, but once I finished... eh? The ending felt overblown, like it was done to make a point rather than as an organic outcome...
Yes, I felt the same ... like it had to have an unhappy ending, so it wouldn't seem like the book was saying their relationship was OK. And their alcoholic mother felt like a plot device rather than a real person. She kept conveniently disappearing and reappearing as required by the plot. I couldn't believe that at the end she's just vanished again as if nothing's happened.
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Yeah, that was pretty much my question. She says there are some trees outside the city, but still, it's like really? And everyone is going to be content with plastic trees and synthetic grass when people spend hundreds of dollars on their gardens these days ? Most everything else in the story I could see (well maybe except the thing with there not being anymore CARS), but we're talking only 50 years into the future. It was just too much. Not going to finish it. I have other more interesting ones to read these days.

Awesome that you liked Divergent.

I liked Perfect Chemistry, but I wasn't a huge fan as some people are. I haven't read the others on your list.

I'm reading Split by Swati Avashi right now. Very engaging male voice and deep story. I'm really enjoying it.
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Started GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan and I'm not getting into it so far. The 'religious extremism' plot strand is a bit heavy-handed and there's a lot of telling rather than showing. But I shall continue with it.

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Really? She must be so excited, there's so much buzz about her book and it's well deserved buzz as well! If she sees this bravo. I can't wait to read her next book!
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Really? She must be so excited, there's so much buzz about her book and it's well deserved buzz as well! If she sees this bravo. I can't wait to read her next book!
She's lovely and her book is fabulous. I think I may have to re-read it around its release date on September 13
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