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Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website] Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 526 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies Format Read: Hard cover purchased. Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

Blog Tour: Ally Condie on Naming Characters in Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie (website | twitter) See also my review of Crossed by Ally Condie Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Dutton Children’s Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: underwater city, dystopia, broken world, young adult fantasy Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you! Summary (from Goodreads):Can you hear Atlantia breathing? For as long as she can […]

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October 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Tomasina - This book just sounds so amazing and the authors explanation of her usage of water based names interest me even further. I can’t wait to give it a read!

October 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - I’m pretty curious about the characters after reading all about their names! Names are very important things after all, and I know it’ll sound strange, but I’m predisposed to be more interested in a book if I like a character’s name! Will probably check out Atlantia at some point 🙂

October 14, 2014 - 9:56 am

Benni @ Benni's Bookbiters - I really can’t wait for this book! I also can’t get the Duran Duran song out of my head, when the main character’s name is Rio…

October 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - This is really interesting, and now I’m looking forward to this book even more. Thanks so much for sharing.

Estelle: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped by Megan McCafferty (website | twitter) Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Classification: Dystopian Format read: Last year: borrowed by library. Reread: Nook download. Summary: When a virus sweeps the world not so far into the future causing infertility in those over the age of […]

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January 23, 2015 - 9:00 am

Vivian Apple... by Katie Coyle | Estelle Reviews - […] of America (clever usage of social media and consumerism that reminded me a lot of the underrated Bumped series by Megan McCafferty) and find out if Viv and her friends had the power to change their fates. The story continues in […]

September 9, 2013 - 9:00 am

Jessica Darling's IT List by Megan McCafferty (Middle Grade Review) - […] Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Poppy / Little Brown Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade / Jessica Darling fans! Keywords: starting middle school, friendships, siblings Format read: ARC from Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit. Thanks!! Other books reviewed by MM: Bumped […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] honest… if a book is a series, I’m not very likely to invest my time. But I did finish Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series this year and I think it’s really pretty […]

October 3, 2012 - 9:01 am

Young Adult Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky - […] Kacvinsky doesn’t build a world quite as concrete as Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series and goes a tad overboard with the ‘evils of technology’ theme (We get it, we get it, I […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds SO GOOD. I haven’t read any books by her yet (I know, I know, I should read the Jessica Darling series, I know!), but I promise I will try to remedy that this year!

April 21, 2012 - 2:50 am

Jasmine Rose - I know a lot of people were pretty mixed about this one, but I, for one, really enjoyed it. I loved that though it was a disturbing world, Megan managed to make it funny without making light of the situation. It was definitely a refreshing change on the dystopian scene.

April 18, 2012 - 6:30 pm

elena - I was a fan of the Jessica Darling series too (well, up to the point I read at!) and I think Bumped sounds so interesting because it’s drastically different from Jessica! I really have a thing against reading pregnancy in books so I probably won’t be reading this one anytime but I love the points you made. Even reading about the way the teens are treated make me sick. I can’t imagine their reality and their dilemmas sound really harsh. It seems like a book that raises questions! A really great, insightful review, Estelle!

April 18, 2012 - 10:26 am

Jessie Marie - After seeing people featuring Thumped for Waiting on Wednesday today and it’s release date looming, I am happy to see your Bumped review pop up! I knew nothing about the series other than the covers were pretty cute.

Loved your review. Can definitely tell you enjoyed it. The forced teen pregnancy is a creepy issue but what’s most creepy is that I don’t think it’d be too much of a stretch for us to get there from today’s world. You know, a lot of dystopias have some major, far-fetched event that leads to the society as described but this? Maybe not so far off. That’s frightening.

Anyway, great review. I’ll have to check this out!