March Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2014: 150 Books

Am I On Track: Nope, site I’m still behind. 5 books. I’m seriously so slump-y this year, store guys :(

Books Read So Far: 32

Total Books For March: 14

Remember, as always, to click the book title in order to read the review!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 

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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

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Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (re-read)

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Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Rebel by Amy Tintera

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100 Sideways Miles (ARC) by Andrew Smith

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Paper Towns by John Green (re-read)

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth (re-read)

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Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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The Ring and the Crown (ARC) by Melissa de la Cruz

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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (ARC) by Katie Finn

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Landry Park by Bethany Hagen 

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How was your month? What was your favorite book of the month? What was your least favorite? How are you doing on your challenge? Share in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, pill hosted by Should Be Reading.

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The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

Remember, clicking the book cover will take you to the review. If it doesn’t take you to a review, that means either A, you clicked on a book under the ‘currently reading’ or ‘reading next’ or B, I haven’t written the review yet!

What are you currently reading?

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Sasha and Katie keep recommending it like crazy and J.D. Netto sent me a copy so I gotta buckle down and read this!

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I just bought this at the bookstore this week so I also need to buckle down and read this.

What did you recently just finish reading?

Its been two weeks since I did one so I’ve read a bit.

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Pretty much died when I got this as an e-ARC off Edelweiss. Died of happiness.

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Re-read because I remember not quite enjoying the book the first time I read it but then when I re-read it, I still didn’t quite enjoy it. Its just not one of my favorites by him. They just announced a movie, using the same team as TFiOS and Nat Wolff as Quentin, and John Green as a producer but meh. I’d rather read An Abundance of Katherines.

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After watching the Divergent movie, I just felt like I wanted more and more Four.

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I got this as an ARC on Edelweiss too and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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This book was beautiful. The history and the fantasy of it, the tension. I truly enjoyed it. It’s the Book of the Week tomorrow!

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As part of the Fierce Reads Street Team, I was assigned Katie Finn’s novel. I quickly learned that Katie Finn is none other than one of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson, and I zipped through this book. I canNOT wait to share this with you all!

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

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I absolutely fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart this year so its time to get on board with his fantasy writing. And its time to get back on actual fantasy. I feel like I haven’t read some in awhile.

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What are you reading this week? Share in the comments!

Fictional Crush of the Week-Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton from the Divergent Series

Character Name:

Tobias “Four” Eaton

Though I call him Four. I can’t call him Tobias because it reminds me of Tobias Funke from Arrested Development and as much as I love David Cross…no…just, healing no.

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Divergent Trilogy

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Author/Creator:

Veronica Roth

Played By: 

Theo James

Who They Are:

Tobias “Four” Eaton is the main character counterpart to the main character, Tris Prior, and also her love interest turned boyfriend. When Tris makes the switch from Abnegation to Dauntless, Four is the head of Dauntless training. He’s a mystery to her, but he’s a great teacher and she finds herself intrigued by him. As time goes on, we learn that Four is in fact a boy named Tobias Eaton, a transfer from Abnegation, the son of a well known leader named Marcus. He transfers to Dauntless to escape the emotional, mental and physical abuse that he endures every day. Eventually, he opens himself up to Tris, and shows her the reason behind his name (Four), showing her the four fears in his life. They eventually fall in love and become a couple, though their relationship is constantly going through turmoil as they break apart the world that surrounds them.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

There is something about Four that stands out right away. Its obvious that he is brave, strong and resilient and possibly dangerous too but there’s also a softness and a gentleness…a calmness to him. From the very beginning, you’re addicted to him, you’re drinking him in, trying to figure out what it is about him that makes you so drawn to him, just as Tris is drawn to him. He is so mysterious and I love that about him. Part of you keeps reading the book because you want to know more about him.

And when you begin to unfold the mysterious of Four? (Sorry I can’t call him Tobias. I just can’t. He’s Four). He’s just even more perfect. The thing is, the whole tortured, abused man with walls up? Not exactly new to literature. I mean, its the basis of so many romance novels, it starts to get boring. But Veronica Roth does it so flawlessly. She makes it subtle, and Tris breaking down the walls is so subtle that you don’t notice any of it unless you’re really paying attention to it. Four is abused by his father, and it changed him and he ran away to Dauntless, where he came into his own and learned about himself, and learned that he didn’t want to just be brave or selfless, but all of the others as well. And he works hard at it.

And okay, let’s be honest. Even from the book (not just Theo James), you know this guy is hot. He’s built, and fit, and he’s a great fighter, and he’s amazing with a gun, and he’s worked hard to become great in Dauntless. And he’s called Four, meaning that he only has four fears. That’s incredible. He’s a fighter but he’s emotional, and real and raw, and I don’t know any girl that read Divergent and was like “FOUR!” (Which weirdly has a golf connection thing going now…damn it…)

I think I like that there’s layers there with Four that makes him seem “Divergent” even if you later realize that he isn’t. But I think that’s the point in the end. Even though they have these labels for them, you can’t just go around labeling them. Even though Four is NOT divergent, he is. He’s selfless, and brave, and incredibly intelligent and he can be honest and truthful and he can have the peacefulness and friendliness of the amity as well. He’s divergent without being obviously so, without striving to be, and that’s what makes him the incredible character that he is. He’s funny and serious, and loving and sarcastic and an amazing character.

I can’t wait to see what Theo James does with him in Divergent. I can’t wait!

Notable Quotes:

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

(Okay, I know that I have a Divergent tattoo already, but I kind of like this quote. Okay, I really love this quote)

“I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”

“‘Well,’ he says, ‘I would only go if there was cake.” (Talking about Tris’ pseudo funeral)

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating.”

“I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”

Look at that sexy walk. Pure sex. . Geez. Cold Shower. Now.

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September Book Wrap Up!

Okay, viagra approved I totally copied this from my fangirl best friend, Sylvia, from FanGirlFeeels, so I want to show her much credit. Check out her own September Book Wrap Up here!

I think I want to start doing this every month because I read a LOT of books in a month and I want to be able to share at the end of the month, all the books I’ve read and reviewed in one spot. Click on each book title to read my review of it!

So here we go!

Books Pledged to Read in 2013: 200 Books

Read so Far: 150

On Track?: For once, yes!

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 

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Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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What books did you read in September? What were some of your favorites, and which ones fell flat? As always, share in the comments! 

The Transfer: A Divergent Story Review

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Transfer, ambulance ” the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, pilule revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, and backstory, and relationships.

I don’t really like this description so I’ll basically say this: 

This is the first story of the planned four stories (get it, four stories about Four!). This story is exactly how it sounds: it tells the story of Tobias as he goes through his aptitude test, and a peek into the relationship he has with his father, and his journey to make the decision of choosing Dauntless as his faction.

Note: There will be no spoilers for this particular story but there will be spoilers for either Divergent or Insurgent.

My Review:

I was extremely wary when I found out about this, the way I was when Cassandra Clare announced her intention to write The Bane Chronicles. I didn’t really understand why they were stories that needed to be told. I’ve been back and forth with The Bane Chronicles. There have been some that I’ve enjoyed and there were some that I just didn’t enjoy in the slightest. So I think I was really wary of reading these stories about Four.

And so far, I have yet to be disappointed, and I think its a good start. It gives me a lot of optimism for the three that are coming after this.

Here’s the thing about this particular story: it doesn’t necessarily need to be told. We know most of this by reading Divergent. We know that Four is really Tobias Eaton, that he transferred from Abnegation to Dauntless, mostly to escape the wrath and abuse of his father, Marcus, that he has four fears and that is where he gets his name from, etc. There isn’t new information in this story at all, at least not to me. There’s a small part that is newer, which is kind of a hint to Four about what is happening in the future and probably what helps him handle the events of the end of Divergent and all of Insurgent easier than others.

But even though this story didn’t necessarily have to be told, I’m glad that it was. For one thing, it really helps me to feel better about the dual point of view that is coming in the last Divergent book, Allegiant. I found that I really liked getting into Four’s head (I can’t call him Tobias, I just can’t. It just reminds me of Tobias Funke from Arrested Development) and seeing the way he told a story, the way he observes a world. It really gives us an insight on what to expect in Allegiant. This story sort of parallels the beginning of Divergent, as Tris goes through her aptitude test, her choice into Dauntless and her journey to the Dauntless compound for the first time, and it shows how a similar situation can be so different, and how this can translate into their journey in Allegiant.

Plus, even though I already knew these stories from Divergent and Insurgent, it was beautiful to get into his head as these things were happening to him. Four is this impenetrable force, this wall of strength and we don’t often get to see his vulnerabilities. But in this story, you really see how incredibly scared he was; scared of his father, and his expectations and even though he wants to get away from his father, he’s also terrified of leaving, as well. He’s a very scared, vulnerable sixteen year old, and his journey to the Dauntless compound is so different.

Its also incredibly, incredibly heartbreaking to watch the relationship between Marcus and Four. We’ve heard about it, we’ve seen part of it in Four’s fear landscape and in the way he interacts with him in the second book but this is the first time that we really see it up close and it hurts. It hurts very badly. I think part of this comes from the fact that there are parent-child relationships like this, with the mental and physical abuse that goes on from Marcus. You see so clearly why Four was so desperate to get out of Abnegation and why he felt so betrayed by Tris working with Marcus in Insurgent. Marcus is a very sick person who hurt both Four and his mother, and its not something that Four gets over quickly.

Lastly, I liked that the story of the Four as he goes through the test, the choosing of a faction and the actual transfer to his chosen faction because, like I said above, it really parallels the beginning of Divergent and we really get to see how different Four is to Tris, and why Tris stands out to him. They come from the same faction; they’re the only two in the past couple years from Abnegation to switch to Dauntless so of course he is going to notice her, and I think that becomes even more clear through his story. His story is so different, so full of fear, as he makes this decision and lives through his life. I think that Dauntless changes Four and makes him brave and show courage, but I think that Tris comes in with those already, but is unaware of it. Its interesting to see this two characters that end up together have two different stories of the similar situations.

Bravo, Veronica Roth. I can’t wait to read the rest!

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars