Insurgent Movie Did You Watch It? What the Heck?

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So did you watch Insurgent this weekend? I mean seriously whhhhhhhaaaaattttt the heck!!!!? Okay First if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the HUGE giant added plot point in the movie that is no where in the book. This plot point is actually the whole thing that the movie is about. If you’re a Divergent book fan like me you probably sat there going what is that box? Did I forget the box? How could I forget the box? There wasn’t a box, was there a box?

Insurgent Movie debrief.

That in addition to a good number of other crazy changes I thought we should have a place to chat/rant/debrief. But I didn’t want to put the spoilers in a post so that people don’t accidentally see it. So instead I’m putting it in the comments then we can reply to each other freely.

So, if you don’t want to accidentally read spoilers DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS. I repeat. The comments will be full of spoilers for both the Insurgent Book and Movie and possibly even the Allegiant book.

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

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So Looking Forward to Insurgent

I’ve shared my love of Veronica Roth’s Divergent before, but if you haven’t read it and enjoy YA fiction you definitely need to pick up a copy. Really what are you waiting for? It’s out in paperback so it’s cheap if you don’t want to wait through the holds list at your local library. The second book Insurgent comes out on May 1st. I was actually able to read an advance copy last week and LOVED it, even still I am so so excited for May 1st when I can pick up my own shinny hard covered copy and take a second read through plus see what the rest of my friends think of it. Seriously obsessed is too week a word it’s right up there with Harry Potter for me friends.

To get ready for the release of Insurgent a bunch of bloggers have been recruited to represent the 5 factions found in Divergent. Emily of Emily’s Reading Room (who celebrated with us during the Hunger Games party) is lucky enough to be a part of Team Amity and was hoping you all would join her. See this post for more information.

Book trailer squeeeeeeal!

And if you don’t see yourself as an Amity member our friends over at YA sisterhood are representing Erudite and the other three are out there too.

For the Love of Books, an Interview and an Insurgent Arc


First I did a super fun interview for Kerrie over at More Life for her “The Art of Reading” series where she’s interviewing creative folks and talking about their reading lives. It’s really interesting and she has hands down the BEST interview questions I’ve ever seen. Hop on over to see where I’d go if I could step into the setting of a book, and experience it first-hand, what one of my earliest reading memories was, and more here.

Second, you should by now be aware of my Divergent obsession (evidence here and here) so you can only imagine how crazy giddy I was that my friend Mark after I jokingly told he he should try to get an Insurgent ARC to review (and ahem let me read) actually managed to pull it off. Oh yes, the two hours between the text and the handing off of the book had me insanely silly with excitement. I’m typing this post and then I’m diving in. Hope you have a good weekend.

Guest Post: YA Sisterhood Book Suggestions

Today the girls over at YA Sisterhood are sharing their book suggestions for Hunger Games Fans. I am so so excited. I always love new book recommendations. The half of these that I’ve read I really enjoyed and the other half are waiting impatiently on my to-read list. The ladies run a YA book blog and it’s totally awesome make sure you check it out. (And those of you who know of my obsession might think I’m biased putting Divergent at the top but I swear the post is just how I received it :) )

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Divergent should definitely be at the top of your TBR pile if you loved HG. It’s action-packed. I mean, seriously, PACKED. It features a strong female heroine and a love interest who makes her even stronger. This book has a kick-butt plot and is extremely fast- paced, just like HG. I’ve read it numerous times, and it still hooks me just as strongly every time. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young: This book has not gotten near enough love for how amazing it is! It’s Dystopian just like HG, and has several scenes centered around some coliseum style cage matches that definitely remind me of Hunger Games. Saba is an incredibly strong heroine. She can be a little selfish, which is slightly off-putting, but like Katniss, she’s doing what it takes to survive. This book starts a little slow, but when it gets going you won’t be able to put it down!

Legend by Marie Lu:  Legend is the 1st in a trilogy.  It’s a dystopian tale of a futuristic civil war between the two sides of the United States, The Republic and The Colonies.  It’s an evil time of physical and biological warfare.  June, a fifteen year old prodigy was lucky enough to be born on the rich side of the tracks.   Day on the other hand, was born on the wrong side of the tracks and happens to the most wanted criminal in the land.  When June’s brother is murdered, and the prime suspect is Day, June is sent on a special operations mission to bring him down.  But, what happens when secrets are revealed and the lines between what June thought was good and right are blurred forever.  Will June believe what she’s always known or will she take the biggest chance of all on the boy from the other side.  (**sigh** I loved this books so much! It has all the excitement and love story of Hunger Games with a classic star-crossed lovers twist.)


Delirium & Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver:  Lucky for all of you, the 2nd book in this series was just released, so all you will be waiting for is book 3!  Like Hunger Games, Delirium is after the fall of modern day society.  There is a new established government but instead of holding a massive death match to keep their citizens under control, the government has created a cure.  A cure for deliria amor nervosa a.k.a. love.  That’s right, they believe love is the cause of all things evil, so they have created a cure for it.  And once you turn 18, you are required to take the cure and join the ranks of the emotionless.  Of course with all corrupt governments, a resistance forms.   People who believed in the cure, become infected with love and will do anything and everything possible to now avoid the cure.  The idea of the novel is absolutely brilliant while the writing casts a love spell on its own.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi This is a little different than Hunger Games in that it has some supernatural elements along with the dystopian.  If Hunger Games and X-men had a baby it would be Shatter Me.  It doesn’t have quite the amount of action-packed plot as Divergent and Hunger Games; however, if you enjoyed the love story aspect in HG, then Shatter Me is the book for you!  The sweetness and the depths that Adam will go to protect Juliette will rival that of Peeta any day.  Also, this has one of the most twisted, mulit-layerd villains to walk the pages of literature.  Something about him is so hypnotic and at some point in time he might has been redeemable, but something must have happened to push him over the edge.  I’m hoping that in the coming books we will find out what that was!  I still sometimes think about him even after reading this book months ago.  (creepy, huh?)  All in all, give this one a try, you will not be disappointed!  I also need to say that with the love story element it is a tad more mature that HG, so I would definitely read it first before passing it on to your junior high child.  


Book Inspired Jewelery: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and More

If you’ve been playing along at my What We Wore and Made link parties on Wednesdays you’ve probably noticed that I’m kind of obsessed with book-inspired, geek-embracing jewelery. Pretty much all of my necklaces celebrate some book or another.

My absolute favorite shop to buy these is Pretty Little Charms UK on Etsy. I’ve received many comments on them so I figured it was time for a formal introduction. Leigh the shop owner not only is a fellow Harry Potter fan (she’s been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter multiple times and lives in the UK!), but she’s incredibly great to work with. I’ve bought many necklaces on numerous occasions and she’s been wonderful.

(custom Divergent necklaces)

I’ve purchased items straight from her shop, asked about slight alterations which she happily was able to accommodate, and even ordered a few fully custom pieces (my awesome Divergent necklaces!). She was great to work with and even though she’s all the way across the ocean everything ships REALLY fast.

In fact I ordered my first piece less than 2 weeks before Deathly Hallows 2 came out assuming that I’d receive the necklace after the movie (after all was coming all the way from the UK) but it was to me in time to wear it to the movie.

This is not a sponsored post I just love her shop so much that I want to support plus I know many of you would appreciate this awesome jewelery. And even though I have ahem 6 already I think I still need a Neville one, how did I not realize this gap in my collection sooner? And I’ll probably break down and get that Cinna one I’ve been eying forever. Any ways if you are a book lover or have book lovers in your life you should definitely check out Pretty Little Charms UK.

Book Love: Divergent

So I’ve been trying to write a blog post for the last 3 hours. The problem isn’t a lack of stuff, pictures, etc. I’ve got projects that I want to share, it’s just that my mind has been taken over and I am giddy and in love. I sat down to type out a crafty post but I couldn’t stop thinking of the book I finished a few days ago. Divergent. Have you heard of  it. It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. It struck me hard and I feel like a stupid teenager in love who can’t stop thinking of that boy. My sister borrowed it from the library and had another week left so she told me to read it. I did and I’m obsessed. So despite all attempts at sharing my own creativity I must share someone else’s.

It’s no secret that I am a Young Adult Fiction fanatic. Ahem, ahem and ahem. I’m not a person that easily names her favorite this or that. If forced I normally say The Harry Potter books and the Bean spin offs (Shadow books) of Ender’s Game were my all time favorites and they still rank right up there but I do believe Divergent is my new favorite.

I may or may not have sent the author (Veronica Roth) a message over goodreads. And it may or may not have said exactly the following:

I just wanted to tell you I loved your book. I’m sure you’ve heard it a ton but I know I never get old of people telling me they like the stuff I make. I read a lot and I think divergent may be my favorite book ever. I don’t make those kind of declarations lightly but I just loved it, everything about it, I think it’s perfect. Thanks so much for writing it. I adore YA literature but I’m always a little annoyed at the depiction of love in most books but when I was reading divergent I couldn’t help but think “this is how it is, this is how it should be”. Besides the story which I adored, I appreciated the way you wrote the romances, friendships, and the family relationships. I loved how real you made them, but at the same time didn’t make me feel like I was hearing another downer news story. I feel like you challenged me to be a better person while really entertaining me. When I read that you’re just 23 it made me so happy and excited for you! Anyways I wanted to say thanks for sharing your gift with all of us. I look forward to following your career and reading more from you.

Most sincerely,
Marissa

So yeah. Total geek moment out of control. If you like dystopian YA lit like The Hunger Games, Matched, and The Host I highly recommend it. So hopefully that helps me get some of it out of my system, at least until my copy of the book arrives in the mail (so dumb of me to order it using combined free shipping with something that isn’t in stock for a few days, errr). Thanks for putting up with my nerd take over.