Mini Reviews: Insurgent & Pandemonium

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

In this case a mini review definitely doesn’t mean I liked the book less.  I just feel like it’s not one that really needs any more reviews and there’s just not that much to say.

I was a little afraid to read this because the hype and promotions leading up just had me burnt out on it before I even got the book.  But I knew it was going to be great, it was just getting past that fear and actually picking it up.  Fortunately I was pulled in right away and didn’t have any problem getting through the book.  Although it’s a fat one I read it in a little over a day.

I’ve heard others say that the characters got to them a little because they are a bit angsty.  And I think I agree that they were and it was a little annoying but I ‘got it’.  You know?  It fit okay for me.  AND they grew and found themselves, stronger selves, from all they went through.
I really enjoyed this book and give it the full five stars.

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Okay, so I was a little afraid of Insurgent, but that was nothing next to the fear I had for Pandemonium.  This book has been out for months and I’ve still been terrified to pick it up.  I’m pretty sure that I almost picked it up every single day, but the fear of what was going to happen was really getting to me.  Anyone who read Delirium knows how it ended.  Well, there is no other book in the world that had an ending that affected me so strongly!  Seriously, it’s haunted me ever since.

So I finally sat down with this book and no surprise, I was sucked right in.  I really loved the alternate chapters.  The ‘now’ and the ‘then’.  The ‘then’ being when she first came into the wilds and the ‘now’ being when she’s in the city.  This technique worked well and it was like reading two stories.  And each chapter would end in an intense spot and then you have to read another chapter which was just as intense to get to the other chapters… okay, I’m just confused now.  But it was crazy, just know that.

This was a very different read from the first one but I enjoyed it nearly as much.  And everyone told me, it’s a cliffhanger, but it’s nothing like the cliffhanger in Delirium.  Just wait… you’ll see.  So, I was afraid.  Fortunately I started getting an idea of what was going to happen but when it did and I was right I still felt just as shocked!  I don’t know why, I felt it coming!  But it was still a surprise.  It was crazy, and intense and totally had me thinking for days.  Heck, I’m still thinking about it!

This mini review has turned out to be not quite so mini.  But this book definitely inspired some crazy thinking and intense feelings, so at least I got to share with you guys!

Disclosure:  Both books were purchased and all opinions expressed were my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Great reviews! I have yet to read Insurgent (it’s sitting on my shelf right now!!) but I’m so nervous and excited and scared!!!

    And Pandemonium… I had a sob fest over that book, lemme tell you. I liked Delirium better, but by just a small amount. Pandemonium has its own beauty and draw that is undeniably wonderful.

    Thanks for the awesome reviews!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  2. LOL I know what you mean about being scared to go into these book! I was terrified of reading Insurgent because I was scared it wouldn’t live up to my love for Divergent, and I was scared to reading Pandemonium because I wanted Alex to be okay and I read enough reviews to know he didn’t show up until later? So was I terrified? ABSOLUTELY! But I shouldn’t have been because those ten mushrooms are well-deserved! 😉

    Amazing double mini-reviews, Candace! You couldn’t have picked two more perfect books to group together! :) <3

  3. Yep, when a first book is that strong it’s scary to read the sequel being afraid to be disappointed… But, all I heard was awesome reviews of Insurgent. and I personally, I’m totally ok with angsty. Can’t wait to read this one!

  4. I’ve been reluctant to pick up both books too, but my reasoning is a bit different. I thought both books suffered from over-hype and I had really high expectations for them. When I read both, I was let down and afraid the same will happen with the sequels. I do plan on reading them sometime soon.

  5. PANDEMONIUM!!! I knew that ending was coming too, but I was just as shocked and my heart hurt so much even though I expected it. *heavy sigh* SO GOOD! I can’t wait to see where things go in the next book:)

  6. Book two has so much potential for meh-ness…I’m thrilled that both of these books lived up to (or surpassed) the first books in these series. MOAR like this, please! :)

  7. I really enjoyed Insurgent but I didn’t get the same adrenaline rush. Yes, the characters angst got on my nerves but I appreciated the growth. Pandemonium and Delirium are on my list trying to avoid cliffhangers!

  8. Yes the characters are definitely angsty and it got t me after a while – such a long book. But I get why it had to happen. I also really have to read Delirium!!

  9. Glad you loved both of these books. I really want to read Divergent but with all the promotional stuff that was driving me nuts I put it off even longer. I think all the promotion did was turn me off the books. I’m happy to say I’m feeling better about reading the story now so I hope to dive right in on Divergent in June. :)

    Pandemonium was so great! I really had some issues while reading Delirium so I’m so happy with the way everything worked out so well in Pandemonium. It is almost as if she takes huge steps towards growing up and I loved that. I guess I like darker worlds and since this book was grittier than the first it just felt perfect for me. :)

    Thanks for the two awesome mini reviews!

  10. I still need to read Insurgent but I’m happy to hear that you loved it so much!
    Pandemonium was so different and sooo incredible! I’m dying for the next one!

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