Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #163: A Thousand Pieces of You

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A Thousand Pieces of You
By: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014

"Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure" (Summary from

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #162: Famous Last Words

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Famous Last Words
By: Katie Alender
Release Date: September 30, 2014

"Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life." (Summary from

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Story Collection
By: Veronica Roth
Released: July 8, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child. Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system. Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy" (Summary from

I was really excited when I first heard that there would be short stories from Tobias's perspective released because not only would I get more Four, but I would also get to read more about his past. I was definitely not disappointed by these stories and I felt like it just added to the series as a whole. 

Four is broken up into four short stories and follows Tobias from his choosing ceremony up until he meets Tris during her initiation into Dauntless. I loved that we got to meet Four before he was even in Dauntless. I really enjoyed seeing how he became the person we meet in Divergent. These are really short quick stories, but Roth really packs a lot into them. Getting more inside Tobias's head definitely helped explain some of his actions and choices throughout the rest of the series. I also enjoyed seeing how different the initiation process was for him compared to Tris' initiation. Then I loved seeing how some of the other characters were interacting before we even met them in Divergent. I especially loved seeing more of Tori.

I read this book in one sitting because it just immediately hooked me in. I'm happy I chose to wait for all of the stories to be released and then reading it all together. I was just fascinated to also read more on the whole structure of this amazing world that Roth created through the eyes of a different point of view. 

Overall I loved Four! I'm certainly sad to say goodbye to this series and these characters. However, I felt like this book gave me the closure I was looking for with this series. I definitely recommend this to any fans of the series!

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