Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Feb 13

Review * #famous by Jilly Gagnon

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * #famous by Jilly Gagnon#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Published by Katherine Tegan Books on February 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

What I Thought…

• I read this in one sitting. It was so hard to put down!

• Rachel sneaks a picture of her crush and it ends of going viral. I feel like something similarish happened in real life, but maybe not? It goes viral in a positive way for Kyle, but not so much for Rachel.

• Obviously social media plays a large roll in the book and unfortunately people can be cruel online, especially to people they don’t know. It was really hard to read some the flits that Rachel got from these random people. It broke my heart that she had to read these things and then deal with it. For the most part I liked how it was handled in the book.

• Kyle was adorable but a little clueless, but since I think in general teenage boys can be clueless it didn’t seem out of the normal. For a good part of the book he didn’t see the other side of what happened for Rachel, which was frustrating at times. But he definitely made up for it in the end.

• The whole viral thing gets so big that Kyle goes on the Laura talk show and ends up getting Rachel involved. I hated how this played out for Rachel. View Spoiler »

• Rachel and Kyle were super cute together as they tried to navigate what is going on in their life and deal with their attraction to each other.

• Kyle’s best friend Ollie was absolutely awesome. Rachel’s best friend was less awesome. She did something in the book that made me super angry for Rachel, but also a lot of the time Rachel seemed like a better friend to her than she was to Rachel.

• Mean Girl Alert! There were two specific mean girls in the book and one of them was super vicious the other lashed out over what was happening and how it affected her. Either way they were mean and terrible to Rachel. The one situation was better handled (she did NOT come out the winner) but I did like how both were handled.

• My one complaint is I felt like #famous just kind of stopped. I was a little taken aback that there wasn’t another page. With that said though I liked how everything worked out so no other complaints.

Overall #famous was a fast paced, enjoyable read with a super adorable couple in it.


Jan 18

Review * Divergent by Veronica Roth

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegan Books on February 28, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Insurgent, Allegiant
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

What I Thought…

I read this book in one day.  I read this book when I should have been doing other things.  I read this book into the night when I should have been sleeping.  I gave it 4.5 stars is because I had a few minor issues with the book.

I loved all of the characters; major and minor, good and evil.  Tris’ struggles with who she is and what she will become were well written as well as her initiation into her faction.  Some of the choices she has to make are hard, and remind me a little of Katniss in The Hunger Games.  The simulation scenes for both Tris and Four had good detail and kind of creeped me out at times.  There was a lot of action at the end but there was a fair amount throughout it as well.

Why I only gave it 4.5 stars: I wanted to know more about the world.  The factions are located in Chicago, but what about the rest of the country?  The world?  Outside of Chicago is never mentioned.  I also wanted to know more about the other factions.  Amity and Candor are only mentioned briefly and Erudite only slightly more than that.  I also wanted to know more about why the factions were created in the first place.  I know that they were created for a better world, but what more happened that they needed to be created in the first place?  Hopefully Insurgent will answer these questions.

(Off topic, but I just discovered via spellcheck that “creeped” isn’t actually a word.  Who knew?)