February Reads & Divergent Trilogy Giveaway #ReadingChallenge

Reading Challenge Books

Wow, can you believe it’s been another month in the 2014 Reading Challenge. This month, I didn’t get to read as much as I had hoped, due to work travel and getting so sick. I did get to read a few books though, and today I am going to share those with you. If you’ve read them I would love to hear your thoughts, but if not, then take time to check them out!

I completed two books this month…The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. Both are from a four book series, and I am currently reading the third, so you’ll get to know what it is next month!

First is The Maze Runner. Here is the synopsis:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a page turner from start to finish. Ending abruptly, it made me want to head right into the next book, which I did.

The Scorch Trials was the follow-up to The Maze Runner.

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.
In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated-and with it, order-and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Thomas can only wonder-does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

Both books were pretty intense in terms of action. They kept you wanting to know what happened. Both of the books ended in a way that left you hanging, and needing to move onto the next book. I am currently reading The Death Cure, which is the finale of Thomas’ adventure and I will finally get to see what becomes of everyone. Even though this is the ending, it’s not the last book. The Kill Order is the pre-quel and I will definitely be checking it out!

If you added your linky to the original post, you will need to readd it due to it getting deleted. So, please link up your announcement, January, and February posts in the linky. I will continue to use this same linky in each month’s post, so after this month, you can just add the current reads to it.

One of my favorite series is the Divergent Trilogy. So, this month, I am giving it away to one lucky reader. The winner will get to chose either the Kindle or Paperback edition! Enter using the Giveaway Tools below!

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    Wow. These sound like great books. My teen son is looking for some new books to read, and I think these may be just right! Thank you!
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    I’ve been reading a lot of self help books lately but I need to get back into my routine of reading before I go to bed. Divergent sounds like a great book for me to start.
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    I just finished The Fault in Our Stars and loved it. I’ve been wanting to read the Divergent series!
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    I am sad to say that I haven’t read a single thing in MONTHS! I am determined to read Allegiant soon.
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    I’m not a huge reader but the Divergent series caught my attention because everyone is talking about it. I guess the last book I read that I thought was good was Room. I don’t remember the author.
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    I just put a stack of books next to the couch so I can read more. I have a huge list of books I want to rea and keep getting distracted with the computer. This is the month I sit down and actually read a few of them.
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    Those books sound great. I don’t read, at all, but my husband goes through 4 or 5 books a month. He reads on the train to and from work.
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    The House Girl by Tara Conklin was amazing! The reading challenge is a great idea! I linked up!
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    I’m really wanting to get a hold of a copy of The Maze Runner now! Sounds like a good book!
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    I’m always on the lookout for great books, but confess that I lack follow through when it comes to reading them. I’m trying to stay focused this year.
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    I do not read much these days. Now that my blogger friends leave book suggestion,s it is much easier to decide what to read!
    Thanks girl!
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    I’m currently reading Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” and it’s pretty entertaining. Jane Green has a book coming out later this month and I have it pre-ordered. Can’t wait to have it in hand!
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    I really loved reading the Divergent trilogy. Those books had me really hooked!
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    Tiffany (NatureMom) :

    I just read Into the Still Blue…
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    I haven’t read any book in the past months, I would like to start reading Divergent trilogy, thank you for the opportunity to win!

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    Those sound like great books! I’ve been reading The Coldfire trilogy lately.
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    I love to read so when I find a good book, I am so sold! Thanks for your review, I will have to ad this to my wishlist!
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    Oh reading is my favorite! Have you read The Book Thief? I just re-read it, its my all time favorite!
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    My daughter loves the Divergent series. She is excited for the movie that is coming out this month.
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    I didn’t read any books last month. I know! It’s horrible! I have a half read Nicholas Sparks book I’ve been trying to finish since Thanksgiving!
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    I’ve heard others mention the Divergent trilogy… guess I need to check it out. I’ve been reading reading the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz.
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    The Vampire Academy series.

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    oh, I’ve been wanting to read divergent!! i’m going to enter now!

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    I do book reviews on my site just about every Sunday. I am currently giving away a great book on my site too. I didn’t want to link up any of them because I didn’t feature this event in the post. I love this idea a lot. I did choose it as the link to go with this comment.
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    These sound like good reads. I’m not all that into action themes but my husband is and would thoroughly enjoy them.
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    The best book I’ve read is the book thief.

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    You are very brave to take on the books that leave you wanting to know more from the next in the series. I rarely get to read for enjoyment alone, so squeezing one out is hard, needing to move on to do more can be downright difficult. I do love to read though!

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    I just went to a book group for The Vampire Academy. Sounded good and I might read it next.
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    I read a lot of YA lit. My recent faves are The Beginning of Everything, The Future of Us, Seven Reasons Why, Where the Stars Still Shine, and Where’d You Go Bernadette. I won’t go back further so I don’t make your tbr list too long!
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    I love to read. I have a pile of about ten books waiting to be read if my schedule ever lightens.
    I hadn’t heard of this series before, it sounds sort of like Hunger Games meets Running Man?
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    I think the best I’ve read lately is anne of green gables. I’ve been rereading old faves in between new series.

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    All of these books look so good! I am always looking for a new read. Two friends and I have started a monthly book club and need some great suggestions. Thank you!
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    I wish I had time to read more. This sounds like a good list!
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    Love me some Young Adult dystopia!
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    I am so happy when I see my kids sitting down and reading a book. Sometimes they use paper books and sometimes they use electronic readers. No matter what, I love to see them read.
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    Sounds like great books. I love reading. I don’t do it enough.
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    Lust Lizard on Melancholy Lane. I laughed so hard through out this book. In fact I have read others by Moore and I love them.

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    Sounds like it’s one you can’t put down because there’s so much going on!
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    I had no clue that Divergent was a book series. I should read it!
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    Blondie said the last one sucks, so I didnt read it (she loved the first two). After the whole allegiant thing…eh. Im currently reading the second book to Miss Peregrines Peculiar children and the last book of a series, Cress.
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    I am going to have the check the Maze Runner out! I loved the Divergent trilogy until the last book…OMG that made me so mad!
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    I recently read “YOur Heart Belongs To Me” by Dean Koontz. Thank you

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    I am reading Joe Hill’s 20th century ghosts.

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    I just finished reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.

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    I recently read Stolen by Lucy Christopher, and I thought it was really good.

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    Jennifer T. :

    The best book I’ve read recently is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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    I loved the Divergent trilogy. I’m interested in the series you talked about here, I need a new series. Currently I’m reading a Daisy Dalyrymple mystery and it’s just not getting me excited.
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    Those sound like great books to add to my queue. I like to read mostly in the winter months cause I’m stuck inside.

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    I really need to get back to reading books, I miss it. Right now all I do for books is my kids bedtime stories … I need more mind boosting books.
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    I recently read the book thief with my son and enjoyed it.

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    Those sound interesting. I feel like I have read a lot of books in this same genre in the last year. Must be what is popular right now.
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    I am always on the lookout for new books to read! I’ll have to keep these in mind for my next reading binge.
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    I have been hearing great things about these books. I may have to check them out. I have a couple of Dick Wolf books to read. I won them from an awesome blogger, and I am a HUGE Law and Order SVU fan, so I am excited to read them.
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    Crystal Nell :

    Best book I read lately was the Eyes Wide Open series by Ted Dekkar.

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    I just finished The Maze Runner Trilogy last week! Good series. I don’t think I’ll be reading the 4th book because the review on it weren’t that great, but if you do, can’t wait to hear what you think!
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    I’m reading the Vampire Academy series and I really like it so far, just finished book #4.

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    I’ve heard a lot about Divergent lately. My friend and her teen are both reading the books!
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    I have been wanting to read this book! I’m so glad I saw it here because I forgot about it. Honestly, I’ve been so busy with school I haven’t had a change to read anything.

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    I loved Maze runner and rated it highly on good reads so my brother read it. He was dissapointed. I agree with you, though, great book! I’ve been reading where the heart is.
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    Good job with your reading goals! I just realized you’re on the Gulf Coast! So am I! I’m in FtMyers.
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    Can I say that I totally admire that you have time to read not just 1 back, but 2. I will have to check out your books recs– but I can never find time to read. Any suggestions?
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    These books both look really good! I have a reading list I’ll start working through this summer! I’ll be sure to enter!
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    I don’t have much time for reading but I’m reading 7 Secrets to Successful Families right now.
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    I never finished the Maze Runner but I loved the Divergent trilogy! I’ve been reading a lot lately too. it’s nice.

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    I am so far behind on my reading (and blogging)! I have a pile of my own books, a pile from the library and ebooks waiting for me. And it’s been a perfect winter for hibernating and reading! Luckily they wait patiently 🙂

    I really enjoyed The Maze Runner series, especially the first book. I recently finished Champion by Marie Lu (great series!) and The Fear by Charlie Higsby (another great series). Thanks so much for your offer!
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    This last month I read The Fault in Our Stars and it was so good. I loved it! I am reading The Book Thief this month.
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    The Glass House was amazing! Jeanette Walls has a few that are must reads!
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    I neeeeeeed some new books to add to my library. Thanks for the recommendations!
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    Hmmm I’d say the best book I’ve read recently was Mockingjay.

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    I’m currently reading Divergent and it is.

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    Autumn McGuffie :

    The best book I’ve read lately is Divergent

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    I am just getting back into reading – I did read Patricia Cornwell’s Dust last month and it was excellent. I’m moving in a couple of weeks and reading, unfortunately, is a luxury as far as time goes. Pretty soon things will be back to normal 🙂
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    Best book I’ve read recently is Terry Goodkind’s Wizards First Rule from The Sword Of Truth series. I’m still reading it but I’m enjoying it.

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    The last great book I read was The History of Love.

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    Shemp DeYoung ( :

    I have not been reading much, but my daughter is loving the Divergent Trilogy and the Vampire High series lately.

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    The best book I have read lately is Shatter Me!

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    Lilian Quiros :

    Maybe some day been the best book so far this year.

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    I’m about 3/4 into Girl Gone and it’s pretty good!

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    I would loveee to read to Divergent trilogy. I seen the movie and it was awesome! I commented on movie-night-with-kelloggs-cereal

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