Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

A Moment on the Lips by Kate Hardy

Her business suit was fine. Professional. But the heels of her shoes were much too high and much too delicate. It was her shoes that gave her away.

Everything seemed to sparkle in his head… The whole word felt as if it had shifted. 

Writerly Questions with Sharon DeVita

Warm weather has finally arrived and it is time to start thinking about what to read as you lounge around the pool, while your kids play in the park, or during your hour-long commute on the transpo. To help you prepare your summer-time TBR list, every Monday for the next few months I will be talking with some really fabulous authors about their latest or upcoming books.

It is the last week of summer, how could the season have flown by so fast! It’s a mystery… just like Sharon DeVita’s comedic tale, The Ditzy Chix. The book is being released in September so keep an eye out at Terpsichore, or check out Sharon’s website here

How would you summarize your book in one sentence?
The Ditzy Chix is a comedic mystery about a safe, sane college professor who goes home after her mother is injured in a break-in. Determined to stay out of whatever craziness her mom and eccentric aunt have gotten themselves into this time, Brenda learns that sometimes safe and sane need to take a back-seat to actually living a life, rather than just programming your life.

Not quite one sentence, but that’s all right since the story sounds interesting *grin* How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me eight months to write this book, an unheard of amount of time, but I was dealing with an unforeseen medical issue that truly put me behind.

Illness always appears at the worst times, though it shows your perseverance to keep on writing! How many drafts do you go through?
Drafts? Guess that depends on your definition of draft. I write my book in one shot, beginning to end. However, anything I write today, first thing tomorrow gets edited, so it’s good to go once I’m done with the edits. And I can sometimes re-write a scene 40 times before I’m happy with it, but I don’t go on until I’m happy with what I’ve got. Even if that means re-writing the same scene 50 times until it’s right. Good writing IS rewriting. And yeah, I’ve been called a perfectionist more than once.

I tend to be the same way, a bit of a perfectionist *shakes head at self* When do you write best: in the morning, afternoon, or at night?
I am NOT a morning person, so my day starts a little later, around 9, and I work straight through until 5 or 6. Every day, 5 days a week.

Where is your favorite place to write?
My office, with my wall to wall bookcases, my 28 in HD screen, my MAC, my desk, and of course my trusty dog, Murphy.

Sounds like you have everything a writer needs. I guess that already answers the next questions of typewriter, computer/laptop, or pen & paper…
Each night when I’m done for the day, I lie in bed and write out my next two scenes for the next day. I do that in longhand with a clipboard and pen. In the morning, it gets transcribed into my computer when I’m done editing and ready to move forward in the story.

There is just something about writing a story out by hand that appeals. Do you ever drink or eat while you write?
I rarely eat at my desk. I’m not and never have been a snacker. And I don’t eat sweets or chocolate ever -I’m allergic to chocolate. But, I drink Caffeine-free Coke all day.

No chocolate? *faints* Sadly, I am a snacker who is addicted to practically anything chocolate.  Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
No. Never. I can’t write if there’s music on, it’s too distracting. But, the TV can be blasting and it doesn’t bother me a bit.

It is easier to tune out talking than it is a good song, I guess! What do you wear when you write?
Pajamas-always. I have to be comfortable. And I hate being cold. I live in Arizona now so it’s always warm, but I still write in thick socks and flannel pajamas. Every day. And yes, I answer the door and take the dog out in my jams.

 Now THAT is what I call a work wardrobe! I only wish I could wear jammies to the office *L0L* Do you have any other writing rituals?
Thankfully, we have an answering machine because I hate talking on the phone when I’m writing. It’s too disruptive. And I’m usually not too polite when someone interrupts me.

I can’t say a I’d blame you! I’m sure you have everyone trained by now not to call during your work hours *grin* Speaking of your work, how do you plot? Chapter by chapter or an overall synopsis? Do you use detailed outlines?
Oh Lord, I always flunk this question. When I start a book, I know two things: the title and the ending. That’s it. And no, I don’t write out detailed outlines or summaries or synopsis, I write from the top of my head, which has worked for 35 books and counting. I’m a firm believer if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

How do you decide which narrative point of view to write from?
POV is always determined by what’s going to happen in the scene and who’s in it, and who’s point of view is most important.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
My characters’ names must fit that character. I can’t explain it, it’s something so instinctive to me after 30 years of doing this that I don’t even think about it that much anymore.

Lucky! I’ve heard that some authors always struggle with finding the right character names… And why don’t you now name the first person to read your manuscript?
My husband. Always. But, then, after him I always have one or two other first readers.

What did you do immediately after hearing that you were being published for the very first time?
I cried. It had taken me 19 years to get published, and I refused to give up. I knew in my heart I was a writer ‑I’d always known- the hard part was convincing others. But, I was first published in non-fiction and had no intention of ever writing fiction.

Hmmm, well that seems to have changed a little! If your book were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?
I’d love to see Shirley MacLaine and Diane Keaton as The Ditzy Chix, and for Brenda, the college professor daughter, I think Sandra Bullock would be a perfect fit!

 Three wonderful actresses; that is one book-to-film I wouldn’t want to miss! Moving on to your reading habits,  what is the first book you remember reading?
For Time and All Eternity-it was about a Mormon settlement and a love story. It made me cry and I was determined I’d never write a book that had an unhappy ending. I was ten years old and have kept that promise to myself.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
Two of Nora Robert’s new ones: Witness and The Last Boyfriend, and James Patterson’s Guilty Wives.

 I’m definitely a Nora Robert’s fan, too. Do you have a guilty pleasure read?
When I’m desperate and can’t find anything ‘good’ to read, I go back to my old J.D. Robb in Death series.

 How do you organize your library/book collection?
Well, I have over 6,000 books in my personal library. My non-fiction is organized like a library so research is easier. My fiction is arranged by genre. But, ask me for a book and I can tell you exactly where to find it in my personal library. (I’m a bit of an organizational freak!)

 Too be surrounded by that many books would definitely be a dream come true! We touched on this a bit earlier, but did you always want to be a writer?
Always. Except when I was ten. I wanted to be either the Queen of England or Heavyweight Champ. Since I’m 100% Irish, the Queen gig was clearly out of the question, and as for heavyweight champ, well, hell, I’m still hoping.

 I think I’d rather be Irish just because the accent is so lovely *grin* If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be?
None. I’ve written all the books I’ve ever truly wanted.

If you could talk to any writer living or dead who would it be, and what would you ask/talk about?
Margaret Mitchell, of Gone With The Wind. I’d love to know how her vision of the book before she wrote it compared with the book after she wrote it.

If you could be any character from any book, who would you be?
I’d be any old, cranky, cantankerous character from any of my books. I love creating old, cranky, cantankerous “character’s”.

I have to admit, I love it when there are elderly eccentrics in novels *laughs* What is the best gift someone could give a writer?
Time. And Peace and Quiet.

What is the best advice someone could give a writer?
Don’t EVER give up.

What is one random thing most people don’t know about you?
I was an Adjunct Professor of Lit. Com. for over 10 years. I loved teaching. Loved it. And would do it again in a heartbeat. For free!

And I type 183 W.P.M.

 Previous Interviews:  Lauren Hunter InterviewSharon Ledwith InterviewEmma Lane Interview

Guest Book Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Synopsis – 16 year old Kaelyn is stuck on an island that use to be home but now is in ruins after a deadly virus takes over. The government has quarantined their island. No one can leave and no one can come back. Those who are healthy have to remain there while their family and friends become sick and die. She joins forces with a formal rival and finds romance in the ruins. Will they all survive? Or will they all continue to die while the rest of the world moves on?

Author – Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say “eh”), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity. Her first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, was published by Henry Holt in 2009 and is now out in paperback.

Cover – Its a very simple cover but it does scream “read me” when you look at it. The title of the novel takes up the whole front cover, which is yellow. In the lettering you see a girl walking down the road by herself. Which made me wonder where she was going? Why is she alone?

Pacing – This novel flowed nicely. Even with some of the medical terms and chiaos of the plot. It still worked together. Never making me lose interest or wanting to put it down.

Hook – In this case the hook would have to be about the whole fact that this virus is killing people on this island in Canada. That no one seems to be safe, once you have it your outcome is most liking death.

Plot – The whole idea of the books is that Kaelyn is writing to her ex-bestfriend who has left the island. In it she writes to him about how the virus first happened, how it slowly spread from person to person. How they then were cut off the outside world with the quaratine. The plot never becomes confusing. Its action packed with virus, people trying to survive, people trying to get off the island and even people trying to “kill off” the virus by setting fires. From beginning to end its craziness. Then at the end of the book it just ends. Which left me unsatissfied because I wanted to know more about Kaelyn, about what happened to her brother, her friends. I want to read more about her new love interest. I do know there will be a second book to the series. So I guess I will have to wait.

Character – The main character is the only one you really get to know. Kaelyn is the daughter of a very important doctor. A daughter of a mother who loves her. She also has an older brother that is very smart. She’s caring, funny and sweet. Something happened to her and her bestfriend that she wishes didn’t happen but at the same time she is happy that he is off the island living in New York. Throughout the book she is thrown into situations that any teen should never be in. She has to become stronger, to look out for herself along with her little cousin, who she loves. You can’t help but cheer her on. Half the time I wanted to give her a hug and tell her that she had many people rooting for her.

Character Development – Kaelyn had to do a lot of growing up in this novel. She went from worrying about school, boys and her ex-bestfriend to worrying about surviving this virus. To making sure her cousin was safe and healthy. To helping strangers out while the world left them in the dark. She matured a lot near the end of the book. Megan Crewe did an excellent job with how she made Kaelyn stronger, it wasn’t an over night thing, it was developed slowly.

Quotes –  “This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die.” 

The Verdict – I would recommend this book to anyone. Its an excellent book, keeps you on your toes and makes you paranoid about colds! It is something I will re-read again. A few times over at that. I can’t wait until the next novel in this series! I want to read more about how Kaelyn is doing. Has she found her brother? Did the virus get beat? Is anyone left on the island? so many questions that will have to wait until the second book!

~Karo~

 Previous Reviews: TornSwitchedNight She Disappeared, 172 Hours on the Moon, I Hunt Killers, Divergent

Calling All Authors!

Pull out your laptop or typewriter or pencil and paper, because it is time to write a novel (or novella)! It has just been announced that Urania Books is making a special editorial call for their imprint. Read the following carefully to find out the details…

SPECIAL CALL:
What Honor Requires

Some soldiers serve because they feel a call to duty. Others serve out of obligation. Whether they enlist or are drafted, fight in wars or patrol the homefront, these military men and women have one thing in common: their honor. Even when they don’t seek conflict, honor requires them to protect their loved ones or fulfill their mission.

In a special call for Veteran’s Day of 2013, Musa is seeking stories of military valor for our Urania Imprint. From the lowest grunt to the highest general, we want know what sacrifices it takes to serve a space navy or a warlord wizard. How did they get where they are now? What did they give up to be here? Tell us the story of the grizzled veteran
finding his place in the world after the wars are ended, or the rookie grunt defending her country in a foreign conflict she doesn’t understand. How does a lone supply sergeant keep up with the requirements of a steampunk army?

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Heat Levels: 0-2
Length: 20k+

Submissions call opens February 1, 2013.
Submissions call closes May 27, 2013.
Expected Publication dates November 2013.

Special requirements: All stories must feature science fiction or fantasy elements (or any subgenre of these two) to qualify for the Urania imprint. All accepted authors must be available for manuscript edits during June/July 2013.

To submit: Send a cover letter including word count and synopsis in the body of an email to urania @ musa publishing dot com (fix the spaces and punctuation) and attach your complete submission as either a .doc or .rtf with the following formatting: Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced, left-aligned, non-justified, no bolding.

Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected. Make sure to include WHAT HONOR REQUIRES in the title of your email. Any submissions sent before the submission call opens will be deleted unread.

Teaser Tuesday (Aug-4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

“You learn a lot when you know no one else is going to do things for you.”

“Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there.” 

 Previous Teasers: July-2July-5, Aug-1, Aug-2, Aug-3

Writerly Questions with Paul Stansfield

Warm weather has finally arrived and it is time to start thinking about what to read as you lounge around the pool, while your kids play in the park, or during your hour-long commute on the transpo. To help you prepare your summer-time TBR list, every Monday for the next few months I will be talking with some really fabulous authors about their latest or upcoming books.

Today I have Paul Stansfield to talk about his mystery/suspense novels Dead Reckoning and Kaishaku. His first e-book hit the shelves on February 17th and is published by the Melpomene Imprint, while Paul’s second book Kaishaku is coming out on August 24th with Thalia.  

How would you summarize your book in one sentence?
(I won’t cheat and just put down my tagline.)  Dustin Dempster’s community service has something he didn’t bargain for—amateur counseling sessions with a bizarre kind of killer.

Hmmm, that’s intriguing already! How long did it take you to write this book?
If memory serves, a couple of weeks.  Which might sound somewhat impressively fast, but to be fair, it’s a short story, and only about 10,000 words.

I was about to say that was quite quick *L0L* How many drafts do you go through?
Two on my own, before submission.  I wrote it out in rough draft, and made appropriate changes as I typed it into my computer.  And then another two with my editor (Elizabeth Hinds) once it was accepted by Musa.

When do you write best: in the morning, afternoon, or at night?
I’m not a morning person at all, so I’d say late afternoon or evening.

In my opinion, morning shouldn’t begin until at least 10am *wince* Where is your favorite place to write?
When I’m at home, at my desk in my bedroom.  However, with my job (field archaeologist) I’m on the road usually 8-10 months out of every year, so I’m forced to write in whatever hotel they’ve put us up in.  Fortunately almost all hotels have desks or tables in their rooms, so I use those.

I used to want to be an archaeologist!  Then someone told me I might uncover dead people during a dig and it lost a bit of its appeal…  So should archaeologists find you a zillion years from now, will it be with a typewriter, computer/laptop, or pen & paper?
It wasn’t just a plot contrivance that my first e-book, “Dead Reckoning”, dealt with Luddites.  I have definite Luddite tendencies myself.  I can only write using pen and paper, then I have to type it into the computer at the end. It is extremely inefficient, but I can’t even fathom just creating the first draft directly into a computer.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t use a typewriter again, with its lack of memory and my terrible typing skills. 

I tried to type up an essay on my mum’s typewriter, and that was more than enough for me! What do you drink or eat while you write?
Nothing.  It would be too distracting.  Plus, with my giraffe-on-Thorazine-like clumsiness, I’d probably end up spilling something on my manuscript, and possibly ruining it.

I think I know the answer to this already from the previous question, but do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
No,  I’m lazy and unproductive enough without more distractions.

What do you wear when you write?
A rubber zebra suit with detachable hooves.  Just kidding—a friend (really) told me she saw this in an, ahem, alternative sexuality catalogue, and I’ve always remembered it as being delightfully absurd.  Real boring answer—whatever I happen to be wearing that day.  Probably jeans and a t-shirt.

Do you have any other writing rituals?
For the first and last sentences of every story, I write them out using my own blood as ink.  Okay, I’ve gotten the jokes all out of my system now.  No, I don’t have any rituals.

If I had to write so much as a word in blood, I’d never write again *shudder* How do you plot: Chapter by chapter or an overall synopsis? Do you use detailed outlines?
“Dead Reckoning” was the first story that I used a detailed outline, roughly chapter by chapter, because I kept getting confused about which character was doing what at a particular time.  Generally I’m not that organized.  Usually it’s plot point sentences, lines of dialogue, and other notes written on a sheet or two of paper, and I just cross them off as I write them -“Kaishaku” was written like this.

 How do you decide which narrative point of view to write from?
No real plan—just what seems correct while I’m writing.  The main character(s) get regular POV’s, of course, but secondary characters get a POV when I feel I have something to say from someone’s else viewpoint.  Sometimes I intentionally never have a particular character’s POV, if I think it’s more interesting that the reader not know for sure what that individual is thinking and what motivates them, especially if they’re some very evil or otherworldly character.

The answer to this next question always fascinates me no matter how many times I ask it. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Usually they’re names I’ve heard that amuse me.  I’ve consulted baby name books, and sometimes phone books of whatever town I’m in.  Often athlete’s names, as I’m a major sports fan.  After hearing about Tony Twist’s lawsuit against Todd MacFarlane, though, I’m careful to switch the names up, i.e., I’ll use Player A’s first name and Player B’s last name.  Sometimes I’m guilty of using too-weird names, which I guess is kind of hacky, so I have to guard against that.

I never thought to use a phone book, that’s actually kind of brilliant. No need to struggle finding the perfect name, just close your eyes and pick a page! And speaking of picking the perfect person, who is the first to read your manuscript?
Generally the editor of whatever magazine or publisher I’ve submitted to.  I know this is discouraged—that writers are always told to have friends and family read your stuff first, and then you revise it several times before you submit it, but I find this counterproductive.  I’ve sent or given stories to friends many times, but I almost never get useful feedback.  Either they don’t have the time, or maybe they only asked for a copy to be polite, or they do read it, but don’t feel comfortable criticizing it to me.

If it works for you, that’s all that matters! What did you do immediately after hearing that you were being published for the very first time?
It was a while ago, but I recall being very happy and relieved, of course.  I’m sure I told family and friends soon after.  In an odd way, it made my hunger to be published worse.  Like eating one potato chip, I suppose—I just wanted more.

 If your book were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?
It may sound strange, but I’d like to see someone I don’t know (who’s also a competent actor/actress).  For some movies, especially thrillers/horror/suspense like my books are, I find a cast of unknown actors works better—it seems more believable and realistic than if it’s, say, a star like Tom Cruise or Hillary Swank.

 What is the first book you remember reading?
Tough to recall, so I’ll name a few.  I loved the Richard Scarry books, Dr. Seuss, Ranger Rick magazine, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I think I still have that Caterpillar book somewhere… What book is on your nightstand right now?
Just finished the annotated version of “The Hobbit.”  Before that, a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

Do you have a guilty pleasure read?
Not really—I have very little shame.  I guess the closest I come is feeling slightly embarrassed for reading The Baseball Encyclopedia cover to cover, or regular encyclopedias nearly so as a kid.

I tried to read the dictionary once -it didn’t go well.  How do you organize your library/book collection?
I don’t, alas.  Which is a real *censor* when I want to find one particular book, since it means going through lots of shelves (often double-stacked), checking piles on furniture, etc.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Pretty much.  I started writing ridiculous Lego-inspired stories as a small child, and kept it up from there.  As an adult I got slightly more disciplined and began writing more, and submitting.

Oooh, Lego… If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be?
Probably “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris.  Great characters, great plot, graphic realism.  Disturbing as hell yet still oddly accessible.  Plus it’s one of the rare books that had a faithful and equally awesome movie adaptation.  And to be practical and greedy, it was a huge best seller, got near universal acclaim, and made Harris’s career.

I didn’t read the book as the movie scared me enough! …but I liked it anyways *grin* If you could talk to any writer living or dead who would it be, and what would you ask/talk about?
Probably Harper Lee.  I find it fascinating that she was such a one hit wonder.  That she wrote a hugely successful and respected book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and then nothing else (at least nothing she had published).  I’d like to hear what she wrote or tried to write after that, and why she didn’t submit them.  Plus I’m sure there are stories about the “In Cold Blood” events and book, and about Truman Capote, that weren’t covered in the recent movies.  And unlike a lot of other authors I admire, she doesn’t seem to give interviews much.

 If you could be any character from any book, who would you be?
Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”  He had quite an eventful existence—he was a god-like being that chose evil, was another’s servant for a long time, then became his own “man.”  He befriended/tricked/corrupted all the peoples in his domain, and came close to (his) world domination several times.  For thousands of years he was the major being in Middle Earth—defeated yet never completely vanquished until the end of “The Lord of the Rings.”  In short, I think it would be fun to be the bad guy, and ol’ Sauron was one of the baddest in literature.  And with that I guess my “cool guy, not nerdy at all” cover is completely blown.

Lord of the Rings fans are considered “cool” nowadays, so I think you’re safe. *wink* What is the best gift someone could give a writer?
Whatever motivates them to write more/better.  So a gift of time (patiently allowing them to write), space, encouragement (if they’re feeling down), or criticism (if they’re being too arrogant).  Or, on a practical level, a better computer,  the latest edition of “The Writer’s Market,” or a reliable pen if they’re old-fashioned like me.

 What is the best advice someone could give a writer?
It’s kind of cliché, but never give up.  Keep writing, and submitting.  If a magazine or publisher rejects your story, send it to another, or send that first one another story, until you’ve exhausted every one (which is near impossible, I think.)  To paraphrase the lottery motto “You have to play to win,” you have to submit to get published, to sell books, to write full time, to get rich, etc.  And even if you never reached your allotted goals, at least you didn’t sit around and idly dream, you got off your butt and made an attempt.  Plus, it’s surely time better spent than, say, watching some inane reality TV show or something.

Unless there is a reality show about a famous/popular writer’s life, I think I shall pass on those… So other than a dislike for reality TV, what is one random thing most people don’t know about you?
My favorite Halloween costume was a skeleton in first grade.  My mom cut out “bones” using a sheet, and sewed them onto a pair of dyed-black pajamas.  Topped off with a sweet mask—which I’m told I wore frequently before and after October 31st.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that I enjoy exhuming graves for work so much.

 Previous Interviews:  Lauren Hunter InterviewSharon Ledwith InterviewEmma Lane Interview

Guest Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis – 16 year old Beatrice lives in the new world, in New Chicago. This world is split up into predetermined factions, which she most choose from and live in that faction the rest of her life. The only problem is that she learns that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and learns that this is dangerous. She also learns that the society that she lives in is not as perfect as it seems.

Author – Veronica Roth is only 23, so her bio will be short. She’s 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, which doesn’t have a title yet, will come out in Fall 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.)

**Found her info on Goodreads.com

Cover – The cover is interesting. On it is a giant fire ball shaped as an eye in the sky, below it is a city, I’m assuming its New Chicago. This cover made me pick it up & read the back.

Pacing – This book from the beginning to end was excellent. There was never a dull moment, never any mess ups in the plot or story lines. Nothing was confusing. It flowed perfectly. Everything clicked.

Location – It takes place in New Chicago far into the future where everything is seperated into Factions.

Plot – The whole plot was very interesting and kept me reading. I was told that this novel was a lot like “Hunger Games” but in the end it was not. The only things that were the same was the idea of the “new world”. Hunger Games had Districts and each District was a job. I think everyone was born into them, and could change if they wanted. In Divergent it was different. The Factions were based on your personality and skills. You were tested at the age 16 and than had to choose which Faction you wanted to spend the rest of your life in. When you picked, you would never see your parents/family again. That Faction became your family. Each Faction did have a different job to do. Also in this book the main Character discovers that she’s an anomaly and how dangerous this is, or according to the few people who know about her. She struggles with herself and is confused about what she is. She also wants to know why being an anomaly is dangerous, all the while trying to stop something evil from happening. The plot thickens near the end but never gets confusing or boring. From beginning to end I was completely into the book never wanting to put it down for even a second.

Character – Beatrice is a 16 year old that, like most 16 year olds, doesn’t really know what she wants in life. But what makes her different is the fact that she has to choose what she wants to do the rest of her life now! She doesn’t want to become Factionless {Which is a horrible thing} In the beginning of the book she watches, and longs, to be brave like the teens in Dauntless. Yet, at the same time, she wants to remain with her parents because she thinks that is what they want her to do. She is pretty smart, and caring. You end up rooting for you, even if she does slightly annoy you. In the end I did like her Character. She ended up not being like most of the main girl Characters in YA books. The ones that whine, cry and ruin the lives of everyone around her.

Character Development – At first Beatrice is a bit shy and quiet. She doesn’t stick up for herself too much. By the end of the book she proves to be strong. She developes nicely. You get to see her grow up in the book, becoming who she is meant to be. This made me like her even more.

Romance – There is a romance story between her {Beatrice} and Four. Who is the trainer in Dauntless. They have a instant connection that you are aware of right from the beginning, even if she isn’t. What I liked about their romance is that it is slowly building, its not fast paced. They both do some growing up in the novel that brings them closer together. In the end she may be strong but she is aware of the fact that Four is stronger than her and appreciates this, and how he protects her.

Quotes – “Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them” – Beatrice

The Verdict – I loved this novel. There was never a dull moment throughout it all. Sure somethings weren’t explained very well but it was still good and they were forgotten. Only because those small things had nothing to do with the overall plot. I would read this book again, and will probably do that when the 3rd book in the series come out {Not until 2013! *sighs*} I felt that this was nothing like Hunger Games! To me it was even better than Hunger Games.

~Karo~

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