Showcase Sunday #30

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I had another slow (and exhausting) week BUT! Look what has finally arrived! *drumroll*

Showcase Sunday #30

I’m probably the only remaining person here who hasn’t read Insurgent but I’ll SO pick it up in the new year! I read Divergent this year and I absolutely loved it so when Emlyn from Novel Publicity sent me an Amazon gift card for Thanksgiving, I knew I had to have the sequel. (Thanks Em! ♥) I know many of you said that it’s quite disappointing and it wasn’t as good as the first book but I’m really looking forward to reading it. I hope I’ll still enjoy it.

Those of you who have already read it: what did you think? Did it live up to your expectations?

49 Responses to “Showcase Sunday #30”

  1. I absolutely loved Insurgent, It really didn’t disappoint for me really! I thought the development of Four’s and Tris’s relationship was just magical. Roth’s writing is flawless. so I’m going to say that I disagree that it was a let down, I gave it 5 stars.

    Brilliant haul Vicky! :D

    BTW do you have the Linky for the Feature. I can’t seem to find it! Just so I can add my SS???
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    • Vicky says:

      That’s a huge relief! I’m really looking forward to reading it in the new year :)

      And yes, the linky’s there now. It hated me yesterday morning and wouldn’t show up for some reason… *shakes fist*

  2. Henrietta says:

    I actually liked Insurgent more than Divergent. I felt really moved by the emotional ups and downs of Tris and I loved the surprise at the end. Hope you’ll enjoy it :)
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  3. Mel S says:

    I also preferred Insurgent to Divergent – there was so much more action and exploration of the different fractions and the ending will have you wanting more immediately! :-)
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  4. You’re not the only one who hasn’t read Insurgent yet. I’ve been meaning to pick it up since it came out but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Now I’ve got another book to add to my Christmas wishlist.
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  5. Oh I need to read Insurgent! And I love that version of the cover, so pretty!
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  6. Ellie says:

    I still haven’t even read DIVERGENT so you’re far from the only one! Maybe I’ll finally get to it in 2013?

    Just working on today’s pre-Christmas book haul post right now, with a few naughty purchases (*cough cough*) plus a handful of early Christmas presents that I couldn’t resist opening… My inner six year old is strong this week, apparently. :)
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    • Vicky says:

      I know that feeling… ;) I’ve an early Christmas present I’m not supposed to open until next week but it’s really tempting! I managed to resist the temptation up until now, but…

      Oh! Is it another Penguin haul? :D

  7. I really enjoyed Insurgent actually! I think I gave Divergent 5 stars and Insurgent 4.5 stars, but it was a very good sequel. I can’t wait to see what you think of it. :)
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  8. Petra says:

    I haven’t even read Divergent as Ellie, but I got a copy waiting for me on my shelves! So hopefully next year! :)
    Anyways, enjoy it! :)
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  9. I flippin loved Insurgent, just as much as Divergent!
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  10. Kelsey says:

    I liked Insurgent, and I hope you do too! I like the cover too, different than the green one we have :)
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  11. I wasn’t disappointed by Insurgent, but I thought it wasn’t as good as Divergent. There were some things that bothered me, but the overall story was great and I liked the plot! :) Happy reading!
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  12. Really liked this book. A worthy sequel to the original book.
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  13. I loved Insurgent even more than Divergent, you’ll love it!
    Happy reading!
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  14. Melissa says:

    I must be the last persona alive who has not read Divergent! lol Enjoy Insurgent!
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    • Vicky says:

      Ah, don’t worry – I haven’t read it until a few months ago either. :) (and I haven’t read the Hunger Games either. I know, I know) You’re not the only one, though. Judging by the comments here there are still quite many people who haven’t picked it up. :)

  15. I love the Divergent trilogy so far. You’re going to enjoy it, for sure.
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  16. Gorgeous cover.

    Have to read Divergent!
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  17. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Ooh nice! I still need to read this one too!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  18. Renu says:

    I really enjoyed Divergent, but I couldn’t get on with the mc so I decided not to pick up the sequel. Hope you enjoy it. :)

  19. That’s the only book you need, definitely one of the best books of the year! I liked both books in different ways, the ending is a shocker though! ;) I hope you enjoy it Vicky! :) x
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  20. I still haven’t read Insurgent, but a friend tells me it was good.
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  21. Tiffany Drew says:

    I haven’t read this one yet either, although I’ve had a copy for quite some time. Hopefully soon. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about it!
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  22. Pragya says:

    Haven’t read it yet too.
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  23. Tabitha S. says:

    Insurgent is sooo good! I really hope you end up liking it! :D
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  24. I’ll tell you this: I have yet to read the series so fear not. I know I should already and I would. Really.

    Enjoy Insurgent! =D

    Here’s my Book Haul post.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  25. Bonnie says:

    I still need to read Insurgent. :) I read Divergent shortly before it was released thinking I’d pick it up immediately but it still has yet to happen. Shooting for a 2013 read. hahaha Happy Reading!
    My Showcase Sunday!

  26. I love this series! Insurgent was amazing, it left me quite surprised.

    I can’t wait for the next book :)

  27. I haven’t read Divergent yet! :)
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  28. Leah says:

    I loved the book and really hope you enjoy it toooo! :)
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  29. I have a collectors edition of Insurgent but I haven’t even read Divergent yet! As soon as I find a cheap hardcover it is going to the top of my reading list.

  30. Divergent was my FAVOURITE for 2011 so naturally I’d preordered a copy of Insurgent and tore into it as soon as it arrived. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I love both books and am not worried at all that the next book will pale in comparison.


    Check out what I got!
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  31. SweetMarie83 says:

    I haven’t even read Divergent yet, so don’t feel bad Vicky! lol It’s on my list, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully next year! :-)

    Here’s my book haul if you’d like to see what I got!
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  32. I loved Insurgent it wasn’t as good as Divergent but the ending blew my mind! I hope you love it too :)
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  33. I love the UK cover of Insurgent. The purple is so pretty :) I hope you enjoy it!
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  34. Ifrah@Booksters' Cafe says:

    I still need to read Divergent. It has been sitting on my shelf for months and I haven’t given it a chance. Maybe this month :)
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