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book nerd swag review: christy miller series volume I by robin jones gunn

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Volume 1 in The Christy Miller Collection holds three books about Christy Miller, a teen girl whose family lives on a Wisconsin farm then moves to Escondido, California, an hour and a half away from her wealthy aunt and uncle. Once or twice a year, she spends time with her aunt and uncle in Newport Beach, Calif. There she meets Todd Spencer, an easygoing surfer and a Christian, who becomes a romantic interest.

what we thought:

m- i found this series online one day and decided i was going to try it out. i didn’t realize that it would soon become one of my favorite series to ever read.

l- masie recommended this series to me and i’m so glad she did! book one and i was addicted. christy is such a relatable character, and her sometimes-crazy life is so much fun to read about. the author did a great job of showing how the events in christy’s life impacted her as a christian.

m- i agree. i loved how she tried to figure thing out on her own but she also wasn’t afraid to ask for help. i loved how i could relate to christy and how robin jones gunn made the book relatable to any reader. then, in comes TODD SPENCER. 😉

l- two words: pooh bear. 🙂 but seriously, he definitely made my list of all time favorite fictional guys. yes. a list. okay, no spoilers, but THE END OF BOOK THREE. OH MY GOODNESS.

m- todd is one of those characters that literally everyone who reads the books will fall in love with. i love how he always points christy back to christ. he also comes up with some really great analogies. time to go to hawaii.

l- yes! he has such a great handle on his faith and it’s so sweet to see him trying to impact christy in a positive way. (and succeeding.) you will never look at the word “forever” the same way again. 🙂

m- he was always looking out for others and what was best for them before he thought of himself. same with christy. they are great role models even though they are fictional. 😦

l- todd isn’t real = sad book nerds.

rating! out of five stars: *****

our favorite character:

m- todd.

l- todd.

enough said.

would we recommend it? NO! (it’s opposite day.)

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book nerd swag review: insurgent by veronica roth

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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.

what we thought:

m- i finished reading divergent and then immediately started reading insurgent. the book easily captured my attention and it was nice how it immediately picked up from where divergent ended. 🙂

l – i loved that! i was afraid that it would pick up, like, “three months later!” and we would feel like we missed a lot of what was going on. it also didn’t have a lot of recapping, which was especially helpful when you’re impatient to find out what happens next. 🙂 it was really great how the characters continued to develop throughout the action of the story. the characters are one of my favorite aspects of this series, they’re all so complex. like tris says, “layers and layers of secrets.”

m- i agree! i loved how there weren’t any repeats of things i had already read. i could just read and find out more about four and tris and their relationship. 😉 i really loved how much the characters connected with each other and how they developed and each had a part in the overall story. i also liked how veronica roth made it so you could connect with almost every character but in different ways.

l – even the antagonists! you really felt like you understood even them. and i know what you mean about tris and tobias… i loved the continuation of their story as well as the overall plot. it was woven seamlessly into the rest of the story. one thing i found really interesting was the fact that there wasn’t just one antagonist, who it was changed at different points in the story.

m- i liked that too. i liked that things were always changing in the book and you couldn’t predict what was going to happen next so you were always on the edge of your seat. i also loved the little parts of humor here and there.

l – without giving too many spoilers, i will tell you that the cliff hanger at the end of this book is INSANE. i seriously cannot wait until fall 2013… i’m going to need some amity bread to get me through this wait.

our favorite chapter: (we’re going to have to choose, even though we would probably say ALL OF THEM)

m – my favorite chapter was chapter 35 but all the other chapters are really amazing too!

l – my favorite chapter is 36… more specifically the second half. my book opens to that part automatically because i’ve read it so many times 🙂 my other favorites include EVERY OTHER CHAPTER.

rating! out of five stars: *****

would we recommend it? does uriah love cake? (whaaaa, you say? read the book!)

book nerd swag review: divergent by veronica roth

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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 threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

what we thought:

l: only a few chapters in, i was obsessed with this book. i was completely immersed in veronica roth’s fascinating dystopian world.

m: when i first started the book, i was kind of confused. there were all sorts of things going on and so much information to understand and grasp.

l: i definitely agree.  even though it was a world so different than the world we live in today, it definitely mirrored the way our society functions.

m: i agree. moving through the book you notice different connections between their world and ours. when the characters are introduced, i think that is when you really connect with the story.

l: tris, the protagonist, is a fabulous female lead. she had strength and determination, but had definite life to her, as well. i rooted for her through all of the challenges she faced, and i enjoyed watching her grow as a character.

m: nice use of the big words! 😉 i agree with your opinion of tris. she was selfless and strong yet she didn’t even know it. i admire that about her. i mean she must be somewhat appealing because four did choose her.

l: spoiler alert!!! four, four, four. ❤ i have a weakness for a good love story, and this book definitely delivered. four, the daaaaaashing male lead, was a complex character that added a lot to the story. i think i might have fallen for him as hard as tris did… 😉

m: four was a character that i immediately liked. he was charming, attractive, and a tad bit scary (in a good way). he added another dimension to the plot. i agree with the fact that i think i’m falling for four…

l: haha, i think we all are. i loved that he showed her aspects of personality that she didn’t realize were there, and he recognized the strength within her, even when she was doubting herself.

m: awwwwwww! that is so true. he brings out things in tris that were unrecognizable to people who didn’t take the time to give her a chance.

l: ahem! peter.

m: haha. well, we don’t want to spoil the whole book. sorry four, we could talk about you all day.

m and l: we love you!!!!!!

l: that’s the book nerd swag talking.

rating! out of five stars: *****

masie’s favorite quote: “we believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for one another.” – veronica roth, divergent

lyli’s favorite quote: “i have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.” – veronica roth, divergent

do we recommend this book? yesyesyesyesyesyesyes. <4 (get it? like, ❤ but with a four. hehe 🙂 )

~ masie & lyli ~

hello, world!

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hi! we like to read. a lot, actually. which is why we decided to blog about books; the ones we love, the ones we hate and the ones in-between. our obsession with literature is something we like to call our “book nerd swag…” hence the name. and now we are here to share it with the world. so, helloooo wooorld!!!! get ready for some serious bibliomania.

~masie and lyli~

(ps. nothing is capitalized for the purpose of our book nerd swagginess. that’s just how we roll.)