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March 2013

Book Reviews, Dystopian

Rosie Reads: Divergent – Veronica Roth

March 18, 2013

I’ve read a lot of good things about Divergent and I’m a sucker for a dystopian book. I like them far too much and as weird as it seems, the more dystopian novels I read, the more dull real life seems sometimes. Does that make me weird? 

In Divergent the population is split up into five factions: Abnegations, Dauntless, Erutide, Amity and Candor. Oh and the Factionless, who are homeless.
At the age of 16 every boy and girl must sit aptitude tests and decide which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in.

It’s not as simple as choosing a new way of life, factions come before blood and often when a person switches factions their families see it as an act off betrayal and they will never see them again.

For 16 year old Beatrice, choosing a new faction isn’t easy at all. Born into abnegation, she has always struggled to be truly selfless and when her aptitude tests reveal she is a Divergent, her life hangs in the balance.  Continue Reading…

Book Reviews, Dystopian

Rosie Reads: The Prince – Kiera Cass

March 15, 2013

The Prince is a novella which accompanies best-seller The Selection, and the follow up The Elite which is due out this April. 

The novella is told from Prince Maxon’s point of view and begins a couple of days before The Selection starts. We get to learn more about Maxon, what his life is like and this thoughts about The Selection, which are both predictable and understandable.

That’s not to say it’s boring though because 1) you’d probably feel the same way as Maxon if you were in his position and 2) it turns out that the Selection isn’t just to find Maxon a wife, there is something else at work and at play here. 

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed The Selection and I’m looking forward to reading The Elite when it comes out however I had no idea this book even existed until a couple of days ago, so it was a nice surprise to tide me over until The Elite comes out.

It was nice to get to learn about more about Maxon and his family, his Mother seems genuinely likeable and seems grounded and down to earth but you certainly get the impression his Father could be a nasty piece of work. I imagine we’ll get to see the harsh side of his Father during The Elite as it turns out there is more to the Selection than finding Maxon a wife.

At the end of The Prince you get a sneak peak of the first two chapters of The Elite, which has got me hooked already and I’m a tad gutted that I’ll have to wait a few weeks to read the entire thing.

Although this is a short book, I’d recommend reading The Selection first as I don’t think you’d get the best out of The Prince and might be a bit lost at points without reading The Selection. If you’re a fan of Young Adult or Dystopian books and you’ve not read The Selection yet, what are you waiting for? If you enjoyed The Selection, you won’t be disappointed by The Prince.

You can buy The Prince for Kindle for £0.99 on Amazon. (Price correct as of 14/03/2013)

Have you read The Prince? What did you think of it? 

4.5 / 5 

Book Reviews, Romance

Rosie Reads: A Different Kind Of Fairytale – Morgan Rayne

March 14, 2013

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a couple of weeks now and I’ve finally got round to it.
A Different Kind of Fairytale was my romance choice for the 2013 Genre Challenge.

A Different Kind of Fairytale follows Stella, a wedding photographer, as she realises she’s in love with her neighbour and best friend Alex. The story follows the pair as they dare to tell the other how they feel and realise they both feel the same way about each other.

Their relationship isn’t quite as easy as Stella had hoped as her issues from the past rear their ugly head and put the relationship in jeopardy.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book and once I started reading I just couldn’t stop and managed to read it in one afternoon when my fiancé was watching the rugby.

I found both characters to be really likeable, and importantly they were both completely realistic.

The story was told from alternating points do view which really helped to get an understanding of both of their perspectives and allowed you to work things out, or try and work things out before the characters did themselves.

I’ve read a few books lately where the story is told from multiple points of views. It can be quite tricky to pull off, but A Different Kind of Fairytale really did it well. Unlike Where She Belongs, it was easy to tell whose point of view you were reading and the author did a great jobs of making sure you knew just a little bit more than the characters did.

Despite it being a romance novel, for some reason I wasn’t really expecting any sexy scenes in it, probably because its just not a genre I’m in tune with or read. So when I came across the first sex scene, my face painted a similar look of shock as it did when I first heard One Direction butcher Blondie’s One Way Or Another.

I’m not too sure what I can say about the sex scenes being as I haven’t read any other romance books to compare it with. I guess all I can say is ‘Yeah, seems fairly accurate.’ and they were fairly interesting. Is that the right word to use when describing a sex scene? Probably not.

Overall A Different Kind of Fairytale was a nice, interesting and easy read and I think once I’ve got through my huge to read pile, I’ll read the next in the series, which follows Stella’s assistant, Lindsay.

If you’ve read A Different Kind of Fairytale what did you think of it. If not, would you read it?

4 Out of 5

Life

My First Half Marathon

March 13, 2013
Me and my Mum after the race.

Me and my Mum after the race.

Last Sunday I took part in my first half-marathon, the Silverstone Half Marathon, to raise money for spinal cord research charity Wings For Life. 

I decided to run a half marathon both to raise money for a wonderful cause and to give myself a challenge, and a challenge it was.

I managed to run the first 8 miles without too much of a problem, but around about the 8th mile marker one of my little toes felt like it was on fire, so the rest of the run was kind of a run-shuffle. Despite that, I finished the race in 3 hours and 11 minutes. While that’s not quick at all, the fact that I finished is what matters.

Getting to run around Silverstone was fantastic. For those of you who don’t know, Silverstone is one of the UK’s best race tracks and is where high profile events such as the British Grand Prix and the Moto GP are held. Getting to run around the circuit and the paddocks isn’t something that’d be possible at a race weekend unless you paid hundreds or thousands of pounds, so getting to do it while raising money was so much fun.

It was also exciting and awe-inspiring to think that 10,000 people were running and causing themselves pain to raise money to try and help others.

I think I’ve caught the running bug also. Immediately after finishing I was thinking about setting a training schedule for next year to try and finish next years race in a more competitive time.

Have you ever run a half-marathon? Or would you ever consider running one? 

Book Reviews, Romance

Rosie Reads: Where She Belongs (Destiny Falls) – Cindy Procter-King

March 12, 2013

Where She Belongs - Destiny Falls Book Review

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I’m coming to the end of my apprenticeship and I ran my first half marathon last weekend (more about that soon) so I’ve been fairly tied up.

At last though I’ve got some time to do a spot of reading and finished off Where She Belongs (Destiny Falls) last night. 

Where She Belongs is a romance novel, which isn’t the kind of genre I’d usually read, however I chose this as part of my 2013 Genre Challenge for my realistic fiction choice.

The story follows Jess, a twenty-something who lives in Toronto kept busy by her job as a shoe buyer. The death of her step-father forces her back to her hometown, Destiny Falls, to comfort her Mother. 

Returning to her hometown isn’t easy for Jess as it brings back painful memories of her Father and Boyfriend who died 9 years ago in a logging accident. As a result Jess’ relationship with her Mother suffered, a relationship which was further strained when her Mother met and fell in love with Jess’ step-father.

In the few weeks she spends back in Destiny Falls, she manages to repair and strengthen her relationship with her Mother, casually dates her best friends cousin, has a lot of sex, is forced to deal with her past, falls in love and runs back to Toronto scared of committing to a serious relationship not wanting to risk getting hurt again.

My Thoughts

The way the book was written was quite difficult to keep up with. Destiny Falls is written from three different characters point of view, however sometimes it wasn’t always easy to figure out whose point of view you were reading.

Unlike Game of Thrones or dayight, where each chapter is told from a different point of view; there would be multiple points of view in one chapter. The only way to tell you were switching to a different characters point of view was the use of a leaf in the middle of the page to break up the page, so I definitely think the characters point of views could have been more clearly labelled.

I was also quite painfully predictable, from the second Jess’ character said she wanted to buy a clothes shop, it was clear that Jess would end up moving back to Destiny Falls to open the shop with her best friend and marry Adam.

Jess’ character could be painfully frustrating at times, however I see that as a good thing because I could really feel and understand Adam’s frustration at Jess.

On top of that, Destiny Falls sounded like a lovely place and if it was a real place I’d love to visit.

Summary

While Where She Belongs was very predictable, it was a nice, fun and easy read which was exactly what I needed after running a half marathon.

If you’ve read Where She Belongs, what did you think? 

3.5 out of 5