I guess when it comes to The Hunger Games, I am more Divergent


I have a confession. I am not the biggest fan of The Hunger Games.

(don’t hate me)

Personally, I have been stuck in the middle of Catching Fire for… almost a year. It’s not a bad series, I just cannot for the life of me get into it.

Now, years ago when Catching Fire first came out, I loved the first book. It wasn’t the worlds greatest thing. It was alright. I liked it well enough to try and read the second book. As a matter of a fact, I believe I tried to read Catching Fire and couldn’t get through it.

Like I said before, it’s not a bad series and one day I do plan on reading the rest but…

I just do not see what all the hype is about. I see people going bonkers over it, while I am feeling I suppose the equivalent  for other series. I really did prefer Divergent over it, and not in the catty fan girl way I see some people act. But, I will still be on my hunt for a real hardcover copy of the first book. (That is a story for another day.)

Maybe it’s just me, but I guess I just didn’t jump onto that hype train.

Even after being spoiled on Allegiant’s ending… I still want to read it more than the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy.

So while I am listening to the Mockingjay’s call on everyones cellphones and random quotes from the books, I will be here, ever erudite.

– Rei’sa al Ghul

Divergent by Veronica Roth; or why did I take so long to read this?

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Yes, first of a trilogy.

Age Range: I would say 16 and up.

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Adventure, Political

Would I recommend it to anyone: Kind of. I would to anyone who wants a good thrill ride.

Description on Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


 Soooo. I picked this book up, put it down. Up, down, up, down.. for months. I just kept getting distacted and picking up other books. It’s wasn’t it’s fault. I have ADD. This happens sometimes. Or, it would be too intense for what I needed at that moment. But, recently I picked it back up and wiped it out in a matter of days.


I absolutely loved the world building. I actually felt like I was sucked deep into the world, when Tris was first in Abnegation, training in Dauntless and so on, I wanted to take on the enemy by her side.


This book truly is worth the hype it has. The emotions, the adrenline rush that I had with almost every chapter..! I never wanted it to end!

In the end I had to give it a 4.5 out of 5 though. It was brillant, but something… something felt missing. Maybe Insurgent will be different. 🙂


My Rating: 4.5/5


Goodreads Link:





HollyWEIRD vs. The Tomes of YA

So I have been thinking…

A lot of popular YA (Young Adult) books are in production/optioned lately to be movies.

Not that I mind, I hope they are good and all [read as: YOU BETTER NOT MESS UP TFioS HOLLYWOOD!], but I worry that Hollywood just… isn’t trying anymore.

Since the blow up of the Harry Potter movies, other books to movie in the YA and MG (Middle Grade) have been showing up more and more.

Sure, I loved Hunger Games, and absolutely loathed Twilight, but when will this trend end? Do we want it too? Is there a limit to what is acceptable and what is just.. excessive?

I haven’t seen Catching Fire/Enders Game/Beautiful Creatures/Percy Jackson Lightining Thief-Sea of Monsters yet and I am not quite sure I am going to see Vampire Academy or Divergent when it first comes out. I am actually SCARED of what they might become. With so many hit or misses, what is a fan girl to do?

Should I cling to my books and hope for the best? Should I hide behind them and let them know it’s okay. That I will love them regardless of what HollyWEIRD does to them?

Should I stand firm and watch the movies with a brave face?

This booknerdigans solider has no idea how to respond in the face of the tweakers and editors of Hollywood.

So, update to my life…

So, since my computer is up again…


I have been rather busy in the past few weeks! I finished The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins, the novella Life before Legend by Marie Lu (novella for The Legend Trilogy) and just a bunch of random stuff!


I have decided to take part in the 2014 Goodreads Reading Challange for 50 books! I am hoping to actually surpass it. I only said 50, due to the impossibility of knowing what may or may not happen this year. 🙂 




My current readings are:


I plan on finishing them ASAP, a lot of them are half way done or more, I just have to get to them.


Have you read any of these? Can you make me suggestions?


Anyways, I may start book tubing! So that is exciting. 😀


Reisa over and out!

First there is books, and then their is life somewhere, I think.

So, I have been diving in and out of a lot of books lately.


I can’t seem to focus on just one. I mean, I am still on chapter 12 of Divergent. D: 




I don’t know how to get out of this funk. It’s really eating me apart. I am just happy it didn’t affect Fangirl. 



I have so many I want to read, so many I cannot read and so many I am just bleh with.


I love the stories, but I just cannot stick to one. It’s like there is a rainfall of so many good books!



Do you ever have the same problem that I do? Just the inability to finish a book before you start another?


I feel like a bad reader. D:



I mean, I should have atleast 14 books done by now. Do I? Nooooo. 



I also have been downloading quite a few freebies…


And I almost screamed when I got The Testing for free on Kindle. 



It was like, magic.





Sooo… I thought that I might give a small insight in what I am reading!!







The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau




Divergent by Veronica Roth




The Diviners by Libba Bray




Starters and Enders by Lissa Price


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I also finished an ARC of Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja




It was very informative, and something I really do believe that should be used in all schools. Cyber bullying is slowly becoming a huge thing, nd like they say.. Once it’s on the internet, its there forever. It’s really sad how mean kids and parent can be to other kids.



Anyways, other than wishing you a happy holidays, I think I am gonna jet for now!


Loootss of reading to do. 



Please, if you don’t mind, drop me some suggestions for books, reading habits or just to chat!



Peace and Love!




– Reisa