318 Haunted By
190 Haunting

Stacia in Progress

Sparkling water fanatic. Lover of random crap. Goodreads member curious to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.

Currently reading

Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Laini Taylor
Still Life with Strings
L.H. Cosway
Rated YA-MA : Adults Who Read Young Adult Fiction
Rated YA-MA 2854 members
A group for adult lovers of Young Adult fiction. We feature a different type of book for each mon...

Books we've read

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead
Start date: September 1, 2013

Eve and Adam Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant
Start date: August 1, 2013

View this group on Goodreads »

Insurgent (Divergent)

Insurgent  - Veronica Roth To be honest, as I was getting ready to finish up my read of Insurgent, I'd already assumed that there wasn't much I needed to say about the book. I liked it fine but wasn't as engaged as I was while reading Divergent. After taking a spin through my friend's reviews, it appears that with the exception of a couple of people, I am in the minority in saying that this one didn't hook me the same way as the first installment did, putting me in the "yes, I probably fail for not agreeing with the majority" corner. In fact, I do believe that most of you liked the second book better than the first, so I must really be off this time.So...anyway... I figured that I'd start up the review, say a few brief words to summarize (I know, brief and review is sort of a contradiction when referring to anything I write) and then throw up some random ridiculous picture as filler because something might be needed to liven up what I figured was going to be a short and boring review.Then I opened my ereader to check out whatever passages I'd highlighted and realized that there might actually be things I wanted to say in my review. For the love of all that is good, someone needs to take away my ability to highlight and take notes. You all might have had a one paragraph review from me (I'm not even joking) if this had been the case.First let me open with what I think was a positive. The stakes have been raised in this book. We saw lies, betrayals and personality shifts. I think this one passage sums up what Tris and Four (I refuse to call him Tobias) struggled with in regard to how they viewed each other and those who they interacted with. People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.Even though I wasn't on edge the entire time while reading Insurgent, I will begrudgingly admit that this is no second book slump. If anything, there was something happening at all times. Normally, I'd love this about a book. Again, I'm the one who's off, apparently. I just felt like I was sort of floundering with the story branching off into a place where so many characters' motives were questioned, considering we weren't reading a mystery book. The simulations were still pretty creepy though. I'm not sure why these cutaway scenes fascinate me, but they do.Tris :If I could narrow down what I liked most about the book to one thing, I would have to go with some of her moments of self-discovery. Tris figured out more about what shaped her into being the person that she is and she continued to challenge what she knew on the quest to continue to make the choices that were right for her. Rarely, do female characters come along who can be seen as a role model for young women, and I think Tris is a fine example. Believe it or not, I had highlighted no less than 5 passages which showed Tris contemplating her decisions in a smart and impressive manner. Four :He is still badass, making him no less Dauntless, but this time around the layers of his mutli-faceted Divergent personality shone through even brighter."Sleep, he says, "I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.""With what?""My bare hands, obviously."*insert awwww here*But even badass guys have their moments of uncertainty - Not like Tobias, who is almost shy when he smiles, like he is surprised you bothered to look at him in the first place.Me :What? You didn't know that I was a character in the book? Okay, so I'm not, but this definition kicks ass and I'm stealing it for future use at a time when I need to oppose something while still trying to remember to hold on to some semblance of control."Insurgent," he says. "Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent."(dictionary.com uses "forcible opposition" in their definition, which to me seems like it would go hand-in-hand with belligerent but what do I know?)Final thought : Will I read book 3? Yes, I think I will. I wasn't wowed by Insurgent but it was still enjoyable enough. The complaints I've seen from some regarding the hazy world-building do make sense but it appears that we're getting little crumbs of information now that are explaining why things came about the way they did and I'm sure there are more tidbits to come in the future.