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What's Next? #6

What's Next? Hosted by IceyBooks

Hi everyone! I thought it'd be fun to take part in this week's What's Next? hosted by Icey Books, to help me decide the book I should read next for spring break. Which book should I read next? :)

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two c
hoices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

After the End (After the End, #1)World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from wh
oever else might still be out there.At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

April 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great month. This month's review link-up and giveaway are below and there's still time to sign up for the challenge if you'd like to here. Happy reading :) 

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
ARC of The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
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Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2014; Available for PREORDER now

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

About the Author:

Laura Johnston lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children. Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (deduced to dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.

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Divergent Movie Review

This is my first movie review, since I don’t usually do them, but Divergent is something I’ve been dying to talk about! I personally found it to be an amazing book to movie adaption and I’m already excited for Insurgent. I’d love to hear your opinion about it and this post will probably be the first and the last time I use GIFS :p

First off, the setting for the movie was amazing. I loved how the dystopian Chicago looked and it was exactly how I pictured it to be while reading the book. The faction system was well explained, too, something I thought was helpful for people who hadn’t yet read the book. 

My favorite part of the movie has to be the characters, and the actors who played them. I liked Divergent (the novel), but due to me not liking Tris that much, it kept Divergent from being a favorite of mine. I just found Tris to be kind of cold and not relatable in the novels. However, Shailene Woodley really brought Tris to life and she was so much more likable to me in the movie. I was rooting for her the entire time and I admired her so much more, especially in that jumping off the edge scene. 

My favorite character was definitely Four, played by Theo James, my new favorite actor ;) He’s definitely insanely attractive, but not only that, it was so obvious how much he cared about Tris. The scene involving his fears was so heartbreaking to watch, but I loved how you watched his and Tris’ relationship grow over the course of the movie. 
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat and I feel like they did a great job fitting all the major events in the novel into a 2 1/2 hour movie. Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I feel like they kept the movie pretty loyal to the book.

The friend I saw it with said she loved the romance, but found the movie to be very sad. While I was already expectant of certain things, I can definitely understand why people would feel that way. What did you think of the movie? I’d love to hear other opinions on it :) I’d highly recommend it and give it 4.5 out of 5 flowers.