Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Books I've Read But Won't Be Reviewing (4)

It's that time again! And more YA for you! I know we've kind of been slacking, but today I'm taking my AP test so after this, I should be back to reviewing normally tomorrow, if not by next week.

There are a couple sequels in this post, so watch for spoilers!

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God
Louise Rennison
HarperTeen
[May 28, 2002] (??)

Fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson is back in British author Louise Rennison's irreverent, laugh-out-loud sequel to the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. Written in diary form, these truly hilarious books chronicle the often minute-by-minute, very dramatic, and significant flip-flops of a teenager's psyche.

7:18 p.m.
My eyes are all swollen up like mice eyes from crying. Even my nose is swollen. It's not small at the best of times, but now it looks like I've got three cheeks. Marvelous. Thank you, God. 9:00 p.m.
I'll never get over this.
9:10 p.m.
Time goes very slowly when you're suicidal.
What tragedy has her so distraught? Her parents have told her she's moving to New Zealand just when she's managed to snog (kiss--look it up in the glossary) the SG (Sex God, a.k.a Robbie). This is of course not the only source of drama in Georgia's eventful life. Her half Scottish wildcat, Angus, who is the size of a small Labrador, herds the poodles next door and terrorizes the neighborhood. Her little sister, Libby, who is slightly mad, stores her "pooey knickers" and her scuba-diving Barbie doll in Georgia's bed. Her mother (from whom she inherited her orangutan eyebrow gene and possibly her "gigantic basoomas") is clearly inhabiting Earth solely to make her life miserable, and even her best friend Jas is "half girl, half turnip."

I think, originally, I intended to review this whole series together, but since I'm not sure that'll work, I'm just gonna mention when I read them here instead.

Divergent
Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegan Books
[May 3, 2011]

 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.

The only reason I'm not reviewing this is because it's a reread and I've already reviewed it. And so has Lanna. I was getting ready for Insurgent and also I LOVE this book. The day after I finished my reread, my mom asked to borrow it. So, you know, mom win.

Insurgent
Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegan Books
[May 1, 2012]

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Can we talk about the perfectness Veronica Roth writes? I mean...dear God. I read this monster of a book in a few hours. SO, SO, SO, SO, SO GOOD guys.

At the Bride Hunt Ball
Olivia Parker
Avon
[May 27, 2008]


To Snare a Bride . . . 

To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he's to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the "ton"'s most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and provide an heir--leaving Gabriel to continue his ecstatic pursuit of pleasure. 

To Catch a Rogue . . . 

Her social-climbing stepmother would give anything to have Madelyn Haywood betrothed to a future duke. But Madelyn believes the brothers Devine to be nothing more than heartless rogues--especially Gabriel, whose rakish reputation precedes him. He is nothing more than a slave to passion, and she will not be conquered by his caresses---and yet his wicked ways tempt her so . . .

 This was cute and fun. I really liked this one and I think I'll need to pick up more Olivia Parker books.

The Earl Next Door
Amanda Grange
????
????

Marianne thought her new neighbor, Lord Ravensford, would be a gentleman, but she was sadly disillusioned. Mistaking her for a lightskirt, he offered to make her his mistress, insulting her beyond measure. Equally, Lord Ravensford had desperately wanted to convince her of his respectability. Then danger and intrigue make them join forces, and they find themselves caught up in a desperate adventure that swept them to the shores of revolutionary France. But was it necessity that had brought them together, or was it something more?

Honestly, I was disappointed in this. I've read one of Amanda Grange's other books and it was good, but this one just wasn't as well written. I did really enjoy the story itself though.

So, there you go. I've already got another book for the next post, so it won't be too long!

--Julie

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