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[Review] Carve The Mark – Veronica Roth


Book Title: Carve the Mark
Author:     Veronica Roth
Number of pages:  468


carve-the-mark-book-coverIn a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

(re: Goodreads @ Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Two narrators alternating between first (Cyra) and third (Akos) POV
– World building is fragmented; lacks cohesiveness and not enough substance to support the vast world(s) this book is set in
– Conveniently written characters and plot devices
– Google articles per racism and ableism for Carve the Mark; also the triggering meaning behind the book title is related to self-harm
Currentgifts (abilities) are unoriginal if you’re familiar with X-Men etc.
– Villains, what villains?

Initial Thoughts

Here is my attempt at a conscientious review fully aware of the criticism this book has garnered.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Carve the Mark from Chapters Indigo.

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[2016 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon] — An Invitation To Do Protagonist-y Things


The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is a blogging event hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.


The original challenge was called “An Invitation to Tea” where you assemble people from the community and authors to sit around and drink tea and talk and stuff. That’s cool and all…but let me just take a different route with this prompt by saying this is an invitation to save the world.

You can call me that wise matchmaking seer who sets these heroes on their journey…yes, that’s it.

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[Alternatives] – Movies – Insurgent

Alternatives is the tagline feature for other forms of entertainment outside of discussing literature. These posts may encompass television, movies, games, and music with a randomized flavour of the moment approach to each post.

Movies – Insurgent (2015)

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Duration: 119 Minutes
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Screenplay By: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback

I disliked this adaptation.

Okay—now that I got that out of the way, let’s start from the humble beginnings of the trailer, shall we?

Trailer: There’s a box.

Reader: What’s inside the box?

Trailer: A box.

Reader: Another box?

Trailer: No, just a box.

(A likely conversation a reader of Insurgent will have with the trailer. No, but really, what’s inside the box?)

(Disclaimer: Spoilers vomited everywhere under the cut.)

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