Bookish Gift Guide | 2015 Holidays #2

Hey everybody! ūüôā

Here’s the second post for the Bookish Gift Guide. This time, it’s featuring gifts for…

The YA Aficionado

fangirl book

+ “Fangirl” Print Book Cover ($8.00)-A unique vintage book cover print for the Rainbow Rowell fangirl— haha, see what¬†I did there?–in your life. It’s printed over a page from an old encyclopedia.

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+ “Paper Towns” Quote T-shirt ($15.00)– For those who long to wander like Margo and Quentin did in John Green’s renowned novel Paper Towns.

katniss everdeen funko pop

+ Katniss Everdeen Funko Pop! Figurine ($8.98)РThis adorable vinyl Katniss figurine is sure to bring a smile to the face of any face of anyone who likes the Hunger Games series.

mazre runner charms

+ Maze Runner Series Charm Bracelet¬†($23.55)– This charm bracelet features four mini versions of the novels of the Maze Runner series—and they really open up!

divergent notebook

+ “Divergent” Quotes Spiral-Bound Notebook ($15.88)– Covered in quotes and graphics from the dystopian YA novel Divergent, this notebook is perfect to jot down thoughts in the most Dauntless way possible.

library card socks

+ Library Card Socks ($10.00)– Yup, these cozy socks are designed to look like an empty library card! They’re great for cuddling up with a good novel by the fireplace on a snowy evening.


Thanks for reading everyone. Here’s Part I of the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide if you’d like to check it out. ūüôā

‚̧ Yasimone

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Book Review || Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

(Before you read, you may want to check out my review of Divergent, which is the first book of the Divergent series.)

Tris and Four, who she now calls by his real name Tobias, are unsure what to do. Erudite has just attacked the peaceful Abnegation members searching for Divergents, whom they are convinced pose a threat to the well-being of the faction system,¬†through controlling Dauntless soldiers with a serum that Erudite developed. Tris’s mother and father have both lost their lives while trying to help and prevent the attack, and Tris has just shot and killed her friend Will, who was under the influence of the control serum and tried to capture. Seeing no other options,¬†Tris and Tobias flee to the Amity faction along with some friends.¬†As Tris fights with her guilt, her fear, her grief, her love, and above all, her Divergence, in the safe haven, the conflict grows between the other factions. Suddenly people who they once considered “good” aren’t sure where there loyalties lie, and human nature takes over through betrayals, deaths, and new, unlikely¬†alliances start to form as¬†old ones shatter.

Five words: This. Is. An. Amazing. Sequel. It’s so much darker and deeper than Divergent, and the characters are no longer confined to the Dauntless initiates. We get to glimpse the lifestyles and beliefs of people form the other factions, and we learn much more about the main characters— how they deal with their emotions, how they react to the violence and loss and discord, how their actions, ration and rational alike, affect them. They are unraveled, layer by layer,¬†so that you can actually get to know them over time; they are not stereotypical, 2D characters. They have depth, they have pasts, they have flaws.

Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.

-Insurgent

On another note, I really like Tris and Tobias’s relationship in this novel: they have just enough tension between them to keep it interesting, yet not so much that it frustrates you and/or makes you want to punch Four. (Just kidding, nobody would ever¬†want to¬†punch Four.) ūüėČ ‚̧ I found it interesting that Roth proved in this sequel that in the end, both “good” and “bad” people want to survive, and will do whatever it takes, no matter how “Abnegation” they are. And isn’t that true even in real life?¬†I’ve noticed that some second books from trilogies are not very noteworthy. They’re mostly those filler books in the middle, not the opening act or the grand finale. Well, this certainly cannot be said for Insurgent— this must-read is just as fast-paced, suspenseful and tense, and brilliant as Divergent! (By the way, the cliffhanger at the end? It made me go absolutely insane. Why must you do this, Veronica Roth?) ūüėÄ

-Yasimone

Book Review || Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Beatrice is just an average 16-year-old Abnegation girl— selfless, kind, quick to forget herself. Or so everyone thinks. Beatrice knows, that in her heart, she doesn’t want this life, doesn’t deserve it, because she is not selfless enough. Aptitude tests are coming up, and they will recommend which faction the new adults, 16-year-olds, should switch to— or stay in. What will Beatrice get? Dauntless, which the brave and courageous pick? Candor, where you cannot ever lie? Erudite, the faction with all the intellectuals and scholarly? Amity, where the people are peaceful and happy? Or Abnegation, her home faction, where she is not sure she fits in?¬†After she takes¬†her test, Beatrice learns that she has equal aptitude for not one, but three factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite. She is Divergent. The test administrator tells her not to mention this to anyone, not even her family… or terrible things could follow. On the day of the Choosing Ceremony, where the teens must pick the faction to live the rest of their lives in, Beatrice is faced with a hard decision: follow her dreams and abandon her family by switching to Dauntless, or stay with her mother, father, and brother but regret the choice for the¬†rest of her life¬†in Abnegation (she has already decided that she most definitely does not want Erudite). At the ceremony, her brother Caleb, much to everyone’s surprise, becomes a member of Erudite. Beatrice is panicked, not wanting to stay yet not wanting to leave her parents all alone in their faction. In a moment of spontaneousness, Beatrice selects Dauntless, shocking everyone including herself.¬†In the extremely harsh, competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris. She struggles, along with her fellow initiates, to survive initiation. They must train to shoot, throw knives, combat, and face their greatest fears through vivid simulations that delve deep into their minds. Tris finds herself making friends and, slowly but surely, falling in love with her instructor, a secretive but fascinating boy named Four. However, she soon realizes that life in her faction may not be what it seems, and that her secret— that she is Divergent— is a dangerous one to keep, one that might destroy both her and her loved ones.

Veronica Roth began writing Divergent when she was in college, and it has turned into¬†the first book of¬†one of the most popular trilogy¬†describing the dystopic, very structured¬†Chicago from Tris’ point of view and emotions. Tris is a head-strong and intelligent girl, observant of her surroundings and easy to relate to—¬†don’t we all feel like we don’t belong sometimes? The writing of this book is fast-paced and highly suspenseful. Behind all the action, however, are meaningful themes. It touches on identity, loss, love, bravery, friendship, and above all, finding your place in society.

-Yasimone

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