<a href="A Different BlueA Different Blue by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading this book was very, very different than Making Faces, which is the book that got me hooked on Amy Harmon. However, I really, really liked it. Amy Harmon takes a love story and makes it entirely not basic. At all. This novel is so deep, so thick with layer after layer, that the constant discoveries kept me reading. Originally, I wasn’t attached to the main character, but her story kept me intrigued, and through that, I became very attached for her, rooting for her until the very last page. My favorite thing about this book was the development of the main character. For me, that’s my number one must have in a good read, and this book had it completely and fully from start to finish. Sometimes the books that take me a little while to get into are the books I end up feeling most connected with in the end. That was definitely the case for this one.

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<a href="An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An Abundance of Katherines originally struck me as being a very young read, but after getting quickly into the first couple chapters, my understanding for Colin and his oddness and brilliance grew, and I was hooked. John Green truly captures characters. No one is kind of nice, kind of interesting, or kind of funny. He develops inside jokes and goes in depth with character flaws and flourishes. Each character in this story was written with a vivid, colorful, fine-lined painting of their souls. No lines blurred. No traits crossed. They are straight-cut creations, and each of their stories are so distinct until blended. In a John Green book, when stories start blending, the painting is unbelievable. This story is one of those paintings. I don’t know if he’s capable of writing a story any other way.

Also, I loved the location of this book. Priceless.

<a href="Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Looking for Alaska has three completely different main characters to fall in love with. The story is real and vivid, creating an image of innocence with a moment of tragic realization. The tragedy in this story is heartbreaking, like most of John Green’s written tragedies, but, like John Green’s other tragedies, there’s an acceptance created through the characters, reflecting on you and making it easier to cope. Books like this are healing from the inside, out, even if you feel there is no healing to be had. Loved it, thoroughly.

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<a href="Making FacesMaking Faces by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Making Faces by Amy Harmon is my new favorite book. I read a lot, and I connect a lot to different kinds of books, but this kind of book, this story, this heartfelt world that she created- was beyond any connection I have ever had with a novel. She first got me with the quote, “Everybody is a main character to someone.”- This was said early on in the book and stuck with me throughout. It, of course, was true for this story- there could have been several main characters- I personally had three. Three characters in one story that I loved, cried for, laughed at, cheered for and wanted to hug.

I knew right away that the chapter names were the items on Bailey’s list, but what was so genius was that his selflessness gave him the ability to accomplish the list, even if the item checked off was for or involving another person. The simplicity of how he lived his life mixed with the complexity of his thought process and understanding and acceptance of his disease was equally heartbreaking and wonderful to experience.

Fern, I loved. She was the perfect friend through and through, and her interactions with Ambrose were so sweet, honesty and pure- I LOVE THEM. Ambrose and Bailey couldn’t have been more opposite figures in Fern’s life or more opposite characters, and yet, they were both “heroes” as was Fern, a “heroine”. It’s pretty genius to be able to create all that in one story and then intertwine it all so perfectly.

The outcome was bittersweet- through life and death, everyone was always growing in the book, so it made the tragedies easier to accept.

My absolute favorite quote, and a quote I’m strongly considering getting tattooed on me (I have no tattoos), was- “Victory is in the Battle”- that completely resonated with me, and the author, I felt, tied that theme into so many different circumstances between the different characters throughout the book.

“And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can’t see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can’t contain it.”- Like I said, it’s my new favorite.

<a href="In the FieldsIn the Fields by Willow Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I’m an open wound with her. I ooze and bleed. Scab over. Heal. She picks it open again. Scab. Heal. Scar.” – The intense emotion in In The Fields mainly came from the maturity and unfortunate circumstances of the sweet, young main character, Caroline. Forced into a role far beyond her years, she adapts and then is forced to overcome the unimaginable, and what I loved most about the story is that she did it all so gracefully. She is a true, strong heroine.

“He leans down and kisses me, and every nook, chink, crack, fissure, cranny, fracture-crevice-that has been broken or dried up or closed off or frozen or dead…sparks back up in full, living, breathing color.”- I love the imagery created in this story and the obstacles of prejudice that Caroline must overcome to be with her true love. It’s beautiful, touching, well-written and a perfect time piece to enjoy with idioms like lily liver goat that completely captured me into this time period and location. I simply loved it.

<a href="Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a FIVE STAR book that had too many 3 and 4 star parts. I loved the overall book, but it took me awhile to get into, and then, the ending broke my heart and dragged it through the mud.

All in all, I would recommend the Divergent series to anyone who loved the Hunger Games. I enjoyed all three books, the first two being five bright stars, making the third one worth it. However, be warned, you might not love the way the story ends.</3 Sometimes that's life- I think that's what she was going for. Definitely nailed it.

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