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I forgot to cross-post this from the blog!

Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider (4 stars)
I reviewed this here.

Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet by Jenifer Ringer (3 stars)
I reviewed this here.

Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (4.5 stars overall)
I'm one of the last bookworms I know to read this trilogy - I waited until it was finished. As I said yesterday, I was hooked and tore through all three books in under a week. If you somehow haven't heard about Divergent, it's set in a dystopian future where everyone is divided into factions according to their dominant personality trait: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). When people turn sixteen, they must make an irrevocable decision either to commit to the faction in which they were raised, or transfer to another one. Abnegation-born Tris loves her family, but feels too restless for her faction's serene, sacrificial ways. When she takes an aptitude test before her Choosing Day, she finds out that she's Divergent - well suited for more than one faction - and that she can never reveal this truth to anyone. This is all I knew going into the books and I think it was better that way, so I'll stop summarizing here.

The Divergent trilogy is fantastic. It inspired, challenged, and moved me. I loved the worldbuilding, and I think Tris is neck-and-neck with Katniss and Hermione for the best YA heroine of the century so far. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars was... many of the events of Allegiant. Aside from the thing that everyone was angry about, I felt cheated and thrown for a loop by a couple of other things. But somehow it didn't ruin the whole story for me.

Although I'm excited for the movie, I'm a little bummed now that they're making movies, because I think this would have worked much better as a TV series. Oh well.

Books for February: 5
2014 year to date: 11
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