Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Southern Girl's Guide to Books #1

stack of books, divergent, the maze runner, miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

Hello, beauties! One of my favorite parts of summer is grabbing some new reads perfect for days sitting poolside or relaxing at the beach. I tend to reach for quick, easy reads that keep me turning the pages long into the hot, humid nights. With a refreshing beverage of choice at my side (bloody marys, anyone?), I love going on action-packed thrill rides and heating up with steamy romances. Today's recommendations are of the former category, and will set your heart racing!

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a dystopian future Chicago, society has separated itself into five factions based on distinct virtues: Erudite, Amity, Candor, Abnegation, and Dauntless. Upon turning 16, teenagers are tested to see which faction they are best suited for and where they will live out the rest of their days. But for Beatrice Prior things aren't so simple. Her test results reveal that she is suited for more than one faction, something called a "divergent". A person capable of defying the system. And in this society, being a divergent is a death sentence unless she can keep her newfound status a secret, even from those she loves.

For fans of: Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
16-year-old Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no recollection of how he got there, and no memories of his former life. However, he has an eerie feeling that he's been here before, and a strange pull to the mysterious, unsolvable maze that lies beyond the Glade's walls. His new home is filled with other boys, but before Thomas has a chance to settle in, the Gladers are suddenly joined by a girl who claims that everything is going to change. When the boys start dying one by one, Thomas realizes that they have to escape now, and that he holds the answer to the maze, if only he could remember.

For fans of: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Growing up, Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical tales about his childhood at Miss Peregrine's Home for Children. Jacob's grandfather insisted that his stories of monsters and adventures were true, but Jacob's family wrote them off as the ramblings of a mad man. However, when Jacob finds his grandfather mauled to death by an unknown creature, he begins to be haunted by the monsters of his grandfather's tales. Determined to find out the truth once and for all, Jacob travels to the infamous home where his grandfather grew up, only to find that some fairy tales are very, very real.

For fans of: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

From dystopian societies to strange tales and fantastical creatures, these stories are sure to be your new favorite page turners! I've loved each and every one, and I know that you will, too.

Have you read these books? What are your favorite summer reads?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!

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  1. I read Divergent and despite not being the biggest fan of that genre I really enjoyed it. Sadly, I didn't care for the second or third book at all! I have been on the fence about reading both of the other books though! I love that you included other similar books :)

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    1. I've heard lots of people saying that they didn't enjoy the second and third books in the trilogy as much as the first. Someone spoiled me as to how it all ends, and so I'm already sort of bummed, but will probably read the rest anyway.

      Glad that I've helped you make a choice on the other two books, and I'm happy that you found the inclusion of similar books useful! xx

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  2. I really enjoyed Divergent but I hated the last book in the series. The ending killed the whole series for me! I have been wanting to read The Maze Runner for a while now so I might have to download it!

    Hannah Heartss x

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    1. I was spoiled on the ending, so I can see why you feel the way you do! Definitely made me sad!

      Yes, download The Maze Runner. It starts a bit slow, but once it gets going it's a real page turner. xx

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  3. I've read the first two books in the Divergent series, must get the final one soon.

    I'm definitely putting these last two books you mentioned on my Amazon wishlist though - they sound perfect for me!

    Sharon x

    http://stargazyeyes.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad you like the sound of the books! You'll have to let me know if you buy them. I think you'll really enjoy them! xx

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  4. I've been dying to read Divergent ever since I became a huge Shailene Woodley fan (books before films!) And when I finally got the chance I loved every page of it! The film isn't as good though.
    I saw a preview for Maze Runner at the cinemas and I can't wait to read it. It sounds totally like my kind of book. It'll have to wait a few nightd though as there are still six books on my bedside table.
    xx Lisa

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    1. Shailene Woodley is a proper babe, isn't she? I love her, too! And is the film ever as good as the books? You'll love The Maze Runner. Let me know when you get around to it. I'd love to have someone to chat with about it! xx

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  5. Divergent sounds amazing! Thank you for these, I've been looking for the perfect holiday read x

    www.lalalasunaina.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad I could help! All three are fantastic and will be great for your summer reads. If you get Divergent, let me know what you think. xx

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  6. I am only just getting back into reading for pleasure as after doing an English degree I just couldn't be bothered plain and simply. Great suggestions I will try and pick a couple xxx

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    1. Girl, I totally understand that. When I was in school for English, the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was read for pleasure. If you snap any of these up, let me know how you get on with them. They'll be fun, easy reads to get you back into the swing of things. xx

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