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Divergent

Beatrice is a 16 year old girl, living in a dystopian society. In this society everyone who is sixteen is given an aptitude test to find out which of the 5 factions they should belong to. Ultimately the choice is up to them and the choice determines everything for them, where they live, their clothes and hair, friends and even if they are able to associate with their family or not. The factions are Candor, they tend to be truthful; Abnegation, they tend to be selfless; Amity, they are kind and peaceful; Dauntless, they are courageous; and Erudite, they enjoy learning and study. There are also those that are factionless, they live a life almost like the homeless that we see on the street corners now. Beatrice and her brother Caleb, because of birth dates are scheduled to take the test the same day. The test is something that has been a carefully guarded secret, so none of those taking it know what will happen. The test is a bit different than Beatrice imagines, and when she receives her results she's sworn to even greater secrecy than the average 16 year old, just because her test result comes back Divergent. Beatrice doesn't even know what that means, she does know that she needs to decide which of the 5 factions she wants to join before the Choosing Ceremony the next day. When Beatrice finally gets her chance to choose she chooses to leave her family and Abnegation in order to become one of the Dauntless that she so admires. But this choice will tear her family apart and set Beatrice up to become Tris, and to learn some pretty crazy lessons about being Dauntless and to know just how courageous she will turn out to be. I LOVED this book. I don't think I would have ever read it, except for the big deal that was going on online for the second book, Insurgent, that came out in May. I'm so glad I did. This book was long, about 500 pages, so I was kind of putting off reading it a little bit, but when I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down and was able to finish it in one day. I highly recommend reading this book! I can't wait to read Insurgent.

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Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

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About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

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