What I Read on Vacation

As much as I love reading, it can be difficult to do all that much of it very often.  Generally, vacation is prime time for me to check off a few of the books on my list, and this year was no exception.

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Insurgent and Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this series, Divergent, last summer, but was never able to quite get into the second book.  After watching the movie last week though, I realized how many questions I had about the rest of the series and decided to pick the book up again.  And I am so glad that I did!

The Divergent series is a dystopian, like so many other young adult series over the last few years (not that I'm complaining - The Giver was my favorite book as a child), so if that's your thing this is a must read.  Usually though, the plot line of a dystopian is pretty straight-forward - you know exactly what happened to make the world this way, and you can kind of guess what's going to happen.  This time though, I was completely shocked.  The twist at the end of the second book was fantastic, and it didn't stop there. 

Like I mentioned, the second book was a little hard to get into for the first few chapters, but it picks up really quickly after that.  Also like most dystopians, this series has a romantic plot line at it's center, but it is absolutely not the point or the focus of the series, and I love that each character is treated as an individual rather than as "the couple."

I read both of these books over the course of three days, because I couldn't put them down.  If you haven't read the series yet, I definitely suggest it. 

The Probable Future, by Alice Hoffman

I bought this book because of how much I loved Practical Magic, a movie I practically grew up watching and only later realized was based on a book.  I started The Probable Future a few months ago, and was never able to finish it.  I picked it up about halfway through over vacation, and finished it while I was there.  
 
Like most of my favorite books, this one (and honestly, I'm pretty sure everything by Hoffman) has magic at its core, so that was one of the driving forces for my finishing it.  I do have to say though, it was very slow paced and difficult to get through at times.  From the start, you knew what would happen and so when the climax (finally) came, I wasn't at all surprised, just relieved.  For as much time as it took to get into, my hope was that the climax would be more exciting and more long-lasting, but it lasted roughly two pages and had barely any consequences on the main characters of the book.  
 
For me, the best part of the entire book was the last page - Alice Hoffman has a way with endings, and just like Practical Magic, I loved the last few lines.  Beyond that though, the book had a good premise - the magical core passed through a line of women in one family, traced back to the Salem Witch Trials, but the actual plot line and execution were predictable and frankly kind of boring.  
 
 
So what have you been reading lately?

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