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Throw Back Thursday Review – Disappear by Mary Martinez

Published April 30, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

TBTI previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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Throw Back Thursday Review – Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal by Radclyffe

Published April 23, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

TBTI previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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My Thoughts on Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Published April 18, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

My Thoughts:

Like I said in the last two reviews for this series this is a mash-up of my thoughts from last year when I read the book and what I remember. I’m not going to give you much because this is the conclusion. Tris and Tobias leave the faction city behind to live outside the walls, hopefully free from war. Here more secrets are revealed, and their lives spin even further out of control.  HOW DARE YOU VERONICA ROTH. HOW DATE YOU….
The conclusion of the trilogy made me cry, and at one part I had to throw the book across the room, and needed some time to compose myself.


I loved this series. Go read it. Now. Go.

Favorite Quotes:

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My Thoughts on Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Published April 17, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

Insurgent is a 2012 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.

The book was first published on May 1, 2012 by the HarperCollins imprints Katherine Tegen Books in the U.S. and HarperCollins Children’s Books in the U.K, a “Collector’s Edition” was published on October 30 in the United States. Insurgent received mostly positive reviews from critics, with reviewers praising Roth’s writing.

My Thoughts:

Yesterday I talked about my thoughts on Divergent (book 1) you can see them here. Like I said, I read this book over a year ago, so my review is a little bit of what I said back then, and a little bit of what I remember.  This book starts where Divergent left off.  Four and Tris are with a small group of defectors and they are trying to find out what is going on.  The factions are in semi-chaos, with Erudite trying to be in control (stay in control?) with Dauntless as their army.  The book gets to be an edge of your seat kind of deal, where the excitement of everything going on, really gets your heart racing.  Tris is a great lead character.  She is strong and kick-ass, but she seems real too.  She trained to be that strong, so it’s not like some petite little girl just has super human strength or something, like I’ve seen in some books.  I love Tris and Four’s relationship too.  It also seems real, because it isn’t just super happy fun time in the midst of all of the chaos.  They have their own shit going on also.  There is so much action, and if you loved Divergent, this book will not disappoint.

Favorite Quotes:

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Throw Back Thursday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Published April 16, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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My Thoughts on Melt by Selene Castrovilla

Published April 12, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I would have picked this book up if I saw it on the shelf, based on the cover.  It seems like it trying very hard to draw parallels to The Wizard of Oz, but other than the quotes, and the main character’s name, I didn’t really see it.  I tore through this book in one sitting, because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Joey.  I groaned when it ended, because so many things could have happened! That’s not a bad thing though.  I like how the story is told from both points of view, and you can see how different they are, especially since the characters are so different.  I didn’t like how they fell in super instalove, and both felt something special and amazing and all before they even talked to each other.  At first I thought (because of the Oz thing) there was going to be some magical component and they were connected because of this, but that isn’t the case.  I still don’t understand the Wizard of Oz being in the book, other than the author was apparently reading it at the time she was told the true story behind the book. IDK.  Joey though, poor Joey.  His story is heartbreaking, and I love the writing style she used to portray his thoughts.  Other than their pretty ridiculous love at first sight, Dorothy and Joey aren’t really the story in this book.  The story in this book is Joey’s home life and how his dad (a police officer) is an alcoholic, and a mean one at that.  It is about the abuse that goes on behind closed doors.  It is about turning to drugs and alcohol to cope. It is about not standing up for someone because you are afraid.  It is about family. I got this book for free from Netgalley for review.

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PS: How do you feel about dual points of view?  I think it can be awesome when done well.

My Thoughts on Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published April 9, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

My Thoughts:

I don’t like the cover, and I wouldn’t have picked this book up.  I don’t understand why they are underwater, that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the book I read?  This isn’t really my style of book (paranormal romance) but I have read a few in the past that I enjoyed.  I really read this one because Jennifer L. Armentrout is my friend’s favorite author, and we met her at a book event, and she gave me a signed ARC, so I figured what the hell, I’ll give it a go.  I almost instantly hated it, because of all the pop culture references.  I felt like she was trying to hard to be young/current/hip/relevant.  I was rolling my eyes the entire book.  The only reason I finished it is because my husband was asleep upstairs and I didn’t want to wake him to get a new book.  She seriously mentioned The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Dr. Who, Disney, Brave, Merida, Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, the Marked Men series and MANY others in this book.  She also used the phrase cray cray. UGH. No. I don’t like this in my books.  I didn’t know that until I read this, but seriously, a couple of references would have been fine, but it was saturated with them.  I was on page 48 when I told my friend it was too much and I didn’t think I could finish.  Enough about that.  Ironically from my rant above, I LOVED TINK! He is so sassy and full of awesomeness!  Pretty much everything about Tink was great, I could even get over his name, especially since even he hated it.  I felt like Ivy’s back story being given to you in bits and pieces made this book seem like a sequel even though it is book 1.  I kept turning it over to make sure I was reading the first book, because a lot had happened in the past, but wasn’t given to you in a prologue or anything.  There was information it made it seem like you should already know by the way it was written.  Ren is super crush-worthy though!  He seemed adorable and hot and smart and…..sigh…. I’ve been told that the author’s other books are way better than this one, and read some reviews on Goodreads that seem to suggest the same thing, so I might give her another chance, since she did so well on the characters.  Another thing, I found the book predictable.  I don’t know if this has just become something that has to do with me, because I have thought that about a lot of books/movies/tv shows I have seen lately.  BUT, I guessed what was going on with Ivy and with Val.  Neither was set up in a way that was surprising. 

signaturePS: How do you feel about books being filled with pop culture references? Can you recommend any of her other books for me? (First tell me what you thought of this one, because if you loved it, I can’t trust you. LOL)

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