Saturday Series: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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.

Do not read this review if you haven't read the previous book!

Insurgent starts immediately after Divergent's end. Tris and her friends are seeking refuge at Amity from the Erudites and Dauntless that are after them. I really liked the fact that they travelled around from faction to faction, giving us the chance to really understand the workings of these different groups. The whole factions thing fascinates me very much. We also get to know more about the factionless, who before weren't even considered a possible ally, but now with war on the horizon, things are changing. A lot of questions from the previous book, now get their answer and slowly things start making more sense. Though for every question answered, two more pop up. So you keep turning the pages in hope of more information.

The realness of the relationship between Tobias and Tris was also very refreshing. They are not perfect and neither is their relationship. There were a lot of up and downs, which can be expected considering the circumstances. A couple of times I was even left wondering if they really do belong together, because this fresh relationship gets put to the test a lot and I wasn't always liking the decisions they made. I did had to remind myself sometimes they are only sixteen and eighteen, so making mistakes is what you do at that age.

Tris is still my favourite character in this book, though she has changed. She is still not afraid to make the hard decisions and just going for it, but now we also get to see this softer side of her. Having to kill her friend Will nearly consumes her with guilt and then the grief of the loss of her parents, nearly undos her. Things aren't that easy for her anymore, it's no longer black and white, but all very grey and she is starting to realize that. Her character really evolves and grows in the span of these two books and just makes her so much more interesting.

I am also very happy that a lot more is happening in Insurgent. From them travelling around, to plot development and action. Things really start to come together and the overall pace was just faster, making this so much more fun to read. So I was really loving everything so far and then that ending. No spoiler, but you will want to read Allegiant immediately. I am so happy I did not have to wait a year until I could read the next book.

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The Author
Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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Cover Reveal: The Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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Review: He Followed Me Home by Nicole Sturgill

Francine has always had a gift. She has always been able to sense ghosts and she loved the paranormal. However, when she went civil war ghost hunting she never expected for one to follow her home. She expected even less to have said ghost turn out to be the man she'd always dreamed of. She hadn't expected him to fall in love with her or to fall in love with him. But that is exactly what happened. But, surely this is crazy and nothing could make this relationship work... could it?

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Whenever I'm reviewing something of Nicole Sturgill, just know I've first read it on Wattpad. Nicole has come a long way since the first stories she posted there, still one thing remains the same, she writes very fluently and that drags me in. Seriously you start reading this and before you know it two hours or more have past, without you realizing it.

He Followed Me Home is a fine book with an original concept. Wyatt is a hundred-something-year-old ghost. He died during the Civil War and is still there where he died. Being invisible, never being able to talk to someone, to touch someone, it gets kind of lonely. Meeting Francine is the last thing he expected. She can see and hear him. His first human contact since he died. Wanting to keep that connection, he decides to follow her home.

Francine has always been in touch with the occult. Normally though that doesn't mean talking and actually seeing ghosts. When Wyatt follows her home, she's not happy about it. Slowly they get to know each other better and honestly he's everything a girl could wish for, except he's dead. Just one tiny obstacle to overcome.

Since there seems to be some connection between Wyatt and Francine, they decide to explore things further. Things become even weirder and paranormal factor grows. Even if she could be with a ghost, that is not the life you want or at least that is not what Wyatt wants for her.

I really liked the general concept and plot, very fun. Though a couple of times things do get a bit too much, with too much twists that just drags the story a bit. Wyatt is a great character. With him being from the 1800's, makes him totally different from men nowadays. He's very polite, protective, loyal, says what's on his mind. It's a pleasure to read about him.

Francine was an okay character to me. In the beginning there is this whole deal with a boyfriend I don't understand. She seems so strong and independent, then this guy turns her into someone she's absolutely not. Other than that there is not much to say about her, though she does have a pretty cool job.

Read this book if you're looking for a light, fun paranormal story.

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The Author
I've heard said that being an author is the only socially accepted form of schizophrenia and that's probably right! I'm a happily married stay at home mom of three whose passion is writing! Historical fictions featuring deadly gunslingers and tough cowgirls are my favorite but I'll write whatever happens to come to mind. Thanks for winding up on my page and I hope you enjoy anything you happen to read!
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Guest Post & Giveaway: Perfectly Messy (Effortless With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

The Kiss that Changed My Soul
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I loved sharing my debut novel, Effortless With You, with the world and I’m out of my mind excited to finally be sharing the sequel to Justin and Lucy’s love story, Perfectly Messy.

After writing a great handful of kissing scenes between my two books, I thought it was finally time to spill about my own kiss that changed my world. Let me bring you back almost thirteen years, to my sixteenth summer. You see, I had a crush on this guy. … Wait, who am I kidding? It was the guy! This is the guy who could open his mouth and sing a few notes and seriously have girls buckling at the knee and lining up for his autograph after shows. I am not over exaggerating. Girls would line up! Right in
front of me.


 I, however, was not one of those girls. You see, I was his friend. * sigh * That’s right, a friend. We were too chummy for me to actually ask for his autograph, even though I totally wanted one. But I did ask him to sing for me, a lot. You see, I fell for the high school rock star. Hook. Line. Sinker. I was gone. But it was safe to like him. He was dating an upper classmen. He was so out of my league, with his gorgeous green eyes, dark hair, and five o’clock shadow (a bit Justin-esque in coloring, to be honest). He was mature and one of the smartest guys in school.

Dreamy Greg 
This is really him!

He was the best crush to have because there was no way on Earth that he would ever consider me that way. I was his friend--- the girl who sat next to him in US History.


The girl who kept his secret for a full week after that upper classmen broke up with him before word got out to the rest of the school. The girl who so desperately wanted to hug him when his heart broke, but couldn’t because she was afraid if she did that she wouldn’t be able to let him go. Then suddenly, things changed. I was the girl he offered to drive home from school. When he called me for the first time, I was the girl who hung up on him. I can’t tell you how many fake phone calls I’d gotten from other guys pretending to be him as “pranks.” But then he called back. “No really. It’s me. Do you want to go grocery shopping?” That’s right folks. He asked me out to the grocery store.

  grocery shopping 

 Suddenly, I became the girl he invited over to his house. The girl he took to grab Chinese food (Confession: I’m actually extraordinarily gifted at convincing people to bring me Chinese food so this wasn’t completely out of the ordinary). And then, somehow, I was the girl sitting next to him on the couch, many months after his huge break up. My heart seared, wondering how I’d ever endure another minute of just being friends. But then voices came from above, urging us to kiss. Angels? Nope. The two guys in our class that absolutely hated one another actually worked together to make this the most embarrassing moment, ever. So I looked at him. He looked at me. I laughed. Then suddenly, our legs were touching. Touching people!


And then his nose bumped my cheek and he moved in for the kiss. Oh my goodness, that kiss rocked my soul. His lips touched mine and I changed. We both changed. Bonded and ready to face what life would throw our way, no matter how complex or hard it got.


All sealed in that first kiss while the two enemies cheered down through the vents above. (I assume they must have had eyes on the situation from somewhere, which is absolutely mortifying now that I think about it.) Anyway, that’s the type of kissing I like to write about. The type that matters to the soul. You’ll find kisses like that in Perfectly Messy. There’s one in particular that rocks me to my core. Now if you will please excuse me, I need to go ask that guy for his autograph. I still don’t have one. … Unless you count the one on our marriage certificate. Yeah. I’d say that counts. ☺


Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

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The Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

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Review: The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek #1) by Cora Seton

Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, knows all about difficult assignments, but his current mission is one for the record books. Not only must he find a wife—and get her pregnant—or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for generations, he must also convince his three brothers to marry, too—before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is one of those books where you don't need to think too hard about what is going on and how this would never work in real life. Mason and his brothers all need to be married within the year and there has to be at least one baby, if they want to inherit their ancestral home. Which of course is a ridiculous demand, but still they need to comply. Since they have so little time and their profession doesn't make it any easier on finding possible candidates, Mason sets up an online profile for each of them. Now they only need to choose which woman they want to marry.

Easier said than done. Present the internet with four incredible hot military men and women go kind of gaga over that. One of those woman is Regan, though in her defense she was way beyond drunk when she sent that email. When she and Mason start chatting and skyping, she has this moments of insanity where marrying him might not seem like such a crazy idea. Of course she can not really say yes to his proposal, she namely has a plan, which don't involve men and certainly nowhere Montana.

Slowly Mason might still win her over. The chemistry between them online is already obvious, when these two should meet it would become combustive. It will take all of Mason convincing and a little help to get Regan on his side and give them a chance.

Just like with the Cowboys of Chance Creek, the Heroes of Chance Creek will be another blast to read. It is simply fun, sexy, sweet and enjoyable. I could have easily read all four books after one another, they just need to be published first.

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The Author
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle eight years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.

Publication Date: June 12th

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Review: The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Dark World starts off slow. We get to know Paige by following her day to day life, which includes talking to ghosts and having to deal with annoying peers. It's clear from the beginning that Paige is a good character with a great sense of humor, so it was very easily to connect with her.

Things start getting interesting when Paige gets attacked by a demon during detention. When the cute new boy, Logan, comes to her rescue, things finally start progressing. Turns out that Paige isn't just ordinary, the talking to ghosts things is really nothing when you're about to become a major pawn in an centuries-old war between warlock and demons.

Slowly you get to know more about the Dark World and this battle, not necessarily between good and evil, rather bad and less bad. You just don't want the demons in charge of the Dark World, so pretty much anyone who wants to destroy them should be better.

Now Paige doesn't want to become a pawn and so a friendship starts between her and Logan. He is mostly her bodyguard and helps her train to defend herself. Which means spending many nights alone with him on the rooftop. Can you say romantic! At first it's all very business, but we already know Paige thinks he's cute, add saving her life and any girl would be ready to swoon. Trust me, the guy is definitely swoon worthy!

Logan obviously isn't a regular seventeen-year-old, though he's even more special as we get to know him better. He's used to living on the outside, never making friends, just protecting the necessary people and of course killing demons. This is the first time actually he even talked with a target a.k.a. Paige and what happened next was not something he was expecting. Logan's back story was interesting and gave him more depth, showing us he's more than a demon slayer. Sometimes with these characters who are trained for a certain purpose, they often seem older and more experienced. It was nice to see that sometimes Logan can be a regular clueless seventeen-year-old kid.

I really liked this growing romance between them, it is so obvious and you're waiting for one of them to make that first move. This all leads into some adorable scenes that made me go all "aww" and "he's the best" and just made me swoon, making me want my own demon slayer. It's pretty intense what is happening between them, but it isn't instant, so I could totally go with it. These two together makes complete sense to me.

While they are caught up in each other, the demons are still plotting away. Paige isn't out of danger yet and that last chapter really took me by surprise. There is definitely a change of paces throughout the story. The getting to know Paige and the parts with Logan are a bit slower, while the action scenes make for a good variation. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series!


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The Author
Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound and Spellcaster. She's a proud graduate of Fordham University and her work has appeared in Teen People, PEOPLE.com, Alternative Press, The Guardian UK, and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in her native New York City with her husband, cat, and eight million other people.

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