Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter D #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


The Book

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Come on, you KNOW I had to pick this book, right?
How can you make a list that doesn’t include Tris?  There are so many things I love about Tris. If you’ve seen the movie, you haven’t really seen Tris. The book is SO much better (isn’t that always true?). In the book, Tris is a mild and meek young woman who made a choice and discovered she could do anything. If that doesn’t make Tris a Bad Girl, then nothing does. I love how Tris figures out what she wants, she learns what she’s capable of, and she grows from it. And a bonus? Tris is a likeable person (unlike Katniss) and I cheered for her throughout the whole book.

What do you think?

See you on E…

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter A #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

During the challenge I’ll keep posts short and quickly readable
to allow you time to visit as many blogs as possible.


Let’s go!!

Today’s letter is


The Book

The Aftermath by Jen Alexander

The Aftermath by Jen Alexander

Our first bad girl is Claudia.
She lives in a post apocalyptic Nashville in which survival is difficult. Predictably,
she discovers that her survival is part of a game called The Aftermath. I know, it sounds a
bit like a combo of Hunger Games and Divergent. But I like the idea of girl survivors so
let’s hope Bad Girl Claudia survives.

What will she do to survive?

Come back tomorrow for our next Bad Girls Book Club.

Books Children Young Adult

Monica Strang The Starburst Juju

Starburst Juju


The Starburst Juju by Monica Strang

I know what you’re thinking. Starburst Juju? What IS that? It sounds like some sort of space age food. But it’s not. At least. partially. It does have to do with space though. Aliens actually.

Pepper, a 15-year-old girl living in the aftermath of an economically collapsed earth, prepares to witness the annual abduction of humans by extraterrestrials. When its Pepper’s parents who are taken, she learns that they are not the humble human schoolteachers she thought she knew, but two of the most powerful inventors throughout many worlds. Desperate to find them, Pepper will do anything to get them back, even if it means finding the otherworldly Starburst Juju, a stone that can free her parents from alien confinement.

When Pepper’s schoolteacher parents are abducted by nasty creatures, Pepper and her best bud Parker go on a quest to find her parents. Along the way they meet a talking “cat , lots of aliens (many of them good), and attend school to learn how to fight the bad aliens.

Think Ender’s Game.  With a bit of Divergent thrown in.

It’s good, clean fun that’s just right for middle graders!

Know what else is awesome?

A percentage of this purchase will go to Book Trust, whose mission is to deliver choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.


What’s not to love?

Books Young Adult

Am I Divergent?

I just finished reading Divergent and I LOVED IT!


If you don’t know anything about this wildly popular series, here’s a blurb from

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.

Sounds great, right?  Based on the faction descriptions, I’m probably an Erudite.  What about you?  After meeting them during the book, I’m not sure that I’d actually want to be an Erudite because they seem kinda sick and twisted in a way that I don’t wan to be associated with. So maybe I AM Divergent?

Having finished the first audio book I’m now in a difficult predicament: do I continue with the series or do I stop and wait?  To be sure, I’m interested in moving forward.  It’s the holiday season so I’m sure there is someone SOMEWHERE who wants to gift me the audio version (which I will swoon if I receive). But that’s not the point.  I’m kind of burned out on series.  After binge reading (listening)  all five Mortal Instruments books, I’m tired.  I’m not sure that I have the emotional energy right now to spare, ya know? While anxiously waiting for Catching Fire to begin I saw the previews for the Divergent movie which doesn’t come out until after the new year.  Perhaps I can wait until then to pick up where I left off.

Meanwhile, I have time to squeeze in a few more books for pleasure.  I’m thinking Code Name Verity…

What do you think of Divergent?  Did you love it? Tell me!


Young Adult

Quick #BEA13 Recap: Veronica Roth

Here I am with Veronica Roth of Divergent and Insurgent.  I can’t wait for Allegient to come out in the fall!

Veronica Roth Divergent

Have you read the series?  What do you think?

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

I #atozchallenge


Believe it or not, it was difficult to find titles that start with the letter I.  Here’s what I’ve discovered:

Unconventional Librarian Insurgent Collage

These three titles might have been difficult to find but I think they are worth exploring.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second in the Divergent series.  Of course, it’s popular dystopian theme gets my vote.  totally adding this to my TBR pile, I think it might be sitting on a bookshelf at home waiting for me.

Next, is I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.  The premise sounds interesting: 9 humans escaped from some planet and now they are being hunted and killed.  It was even made into a movie!  The Goodreads reviews are mixed, though, so I don’t know what to think.

And finally, Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa. There are three novellas inside one book.  I love this idea.  The reviewers on Goodreads? Not so much.  Here’s what the stories are about:

Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa’s unforgettable world of Faery.

They warn you to never make a promise to a faery cuz they always come to collect.  I love the idea that faeries aren’t these pixie like goody goodies as they’ve been perceived.  I like that they have a dark side. What do you think?