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My 300th post and a giveaway!

Wow! This is my 300th post on this blog. *tears up* It's definitely been a fun-filled journey reaching this point. I've met many amazing bloggers and authors, and so I lift my virtual champagne glass and toast to (hopefully) 300 more!

In celebration of Valentine's Day being yesterday, of this being my 300th post, and me almost hitting 800 followers (4 away!! eek!), I decided to hold a giveaway to win a pre-order of my most recent favorite read and a book I absolutely LOVE. Valentine's Day is the celebration of love after all, no one said it had to be directed to another person ;).

If you follow me on twitter(@ssalach21), or read my latest review, you will know that I am talking about Divergent by Veronica Roth.

If you missed my rave review, you can check it out here(It's spoiler free!).

Here is the summary for those of you who aren't familiar:

"One choice

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.

Or, one choice can transform you.

In Veronica Roth's debut novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance."

In this book, Chicago is made up of five factions. It is up to you to decide which faction best suits you, and the lifestyle you wish to live.

Abnegation- The Selfless
Dauntless- The Brave
Amity- The Peaceful
Erudite- The Intelligent
Candor- The Honest

To enter this contest, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me which faction you would be in and why you would be able to throw those other virtues out the window.

If the book depository ships to you, then you can enter! (Yay for International Contests!!)

If you want to get an extra entry, spread the word about this contest in a tweet or a blog post and leave the link with your comment. Please also leave your email address so I can contact the winner after this giveaway ends!

Now this book isn't out until May, so I will leave this open for a month, until March 15th. At that time I will probably hold ANOTHER giveaway for this same book, because it is that awesome and I want everyone to have the chance to read it!!

Alright, get entering, and GOOD LUCK!!!



Lisa_Gibson said...

Hmm, tough choices. I'll say I would be in the Erudite. Hopefully intelligence would win out over the other factions.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Book Nerds said...

I'm dying to read this book!

Tough question...I'll go with Amity: The Peaceful. One, that's my personality currently, and 2 ... to have peace you need other great qualities...restraint. Patience. Understanding.

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LunaMoth said...

Abnegation - you can be as intelligent, brave, peaceful as you want to be but if you only hoard those qualities to yourself, your going to end up alone.


Tina G said...

Gawd I wanna read this!!

I'd go with Candor- The Honest. Lies are never becoming and I feel that the world could use a little more honesty in there lives.

Good question btw;)

Tere Kirkland said...

Ack! I've won a bunch of books from you before, and I almost didn't enter because of that, but I really want to read this!

I guess I'd pick erudite, because it seems the most up my alley, but I'd have trouble throwing out the other virtues, even though I'm not brave, or very selfless, or even peaceful sometimes!

Awesome contest, Sherry!

Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

I'll take Erudite, The intelligent becasue (hopefully)intelligence can understand that all the other qualities are important too.

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Jessi Elliott said...

I would probably choose Erudite, at least if they would let me stay in a room and learn things all the time. I would kind of want to be an Erudite/Abnegation hybrid.

jlelliott.writes AT gmail DOT com

Lexie@BookBug said...

I think I would be in The Selfless faction. I think everyone could live together if they all acted selflessly and in the interest of other people instead of themselves.

Vivien said...

This is a tough one. I'm SUPER excited for this novel. I wish it was coming out sooner. I'll go with Erudite. It's the intelligent ones who would realize that you need all of the other factions for the community to run smoothly, and not just to dominate.

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Yuko86 said...

This book seems fantastic!

I'd go with Candor- The Honest: I think that if you're honest, you're in peace with others and so life would be easier.


Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

YOU MAKE ME WANT THIS BOOK SO BAD, haha. Hmm, I think I'd join Erudite because while morals are all valuable, I NEED mental stimulation to survive. I guess that means I shouldn't be in Abnegation then, since that's pretty selfish...

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Thanks for the awesome contest! :D

Ashley said...


This is definitely going to sound conceited, but I'd be with The Erudite. I recognize the value of each of the others, and like to think that I have each of those traits as well, but if I could only keep one, I'd go for intelligence. Because then I'm smart enough to know when to be brave and when to run, when to be honest and when it's best to fudge a little etc.

I am SO excited for this book! Can't wait to read it! :)

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TheGirlOnFire said...

I would have to say I'd go with Erudite. If I have intelligence I believe it not only gives me a chance to help others but to help myself survive as well.


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Ariel Wilson said...

I'd be The Selfless, because I'm always worried about others and doing stuff to please anyone but myself.


Riv Re said...

Ooh, tough one. I was thinking Erudite, intelligence first. But I was also thinking Candor-honest (partly because Candor by Pam Bachorz is dystopian awesomeness) but I'm settling on Dauntless-brave, because brave is awesome ;)
Thanks so much for this loveliness, and congrats on 300 posts!

Cecelia said...

I'd definitely choose Candor. I'm a very direct person, anyway, and I think interactions are much more true if you are honest. Also: you can become more kind, intelligent, etc. by being honest.

Good question! And thanks for hosting this contest!


Sniffly Kitty said...

Tough choice but probably Erudite although I'm not sure I can just throw everything else out of the window o_0 None of the qualities works well by itself in my mind at least

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...


I would pick Amity- The Peaceful, I am tired of the everyday stresses of the "real-world"! That is why I read so much, its my only true escape!


Lena1xoxo said...

Erudite- The Intelligent. I was torn between this and Abnegation, but decided on the intelligence. Intelligence can help build a better world for yourself and everyone around you. :)

DYING to read this! Thanks for hosting this and congrats on 300/800ish lol!!! :)


*crosses fingers and hopes*


Pokadots1121 said...

I would be in the Erudite because its something I know I will be really good at. I'm not an angel so I'm selfish and lie when I need to. Being smart is the only thing I'm perfectly fine doing.

Aydrea said...

I would pick Amity because I think it would be the easiest. I could let the other virtues go without a problem.

I tweeted the contest-!/arick01/status/37688348885647360

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anna Staniszewski said...

Great contest! And congrats on 300.

I'll have to go with Amity. I'm all about smoothing things over and keeping the peace.


Mia said...

Hmmm, let's see. I'll choose Abnegation (The Selfless). Personally, I think selflessness is one of the virtue that people should start practicing especially nowadays.

I'm SO excited to read this book! Thank you so much for making international! :)


Lilixtreme said...

I would definitely pick Amity (The Peaceful), because every other faction is great but if you don't have peace, can you get anything done?


Llehn said...

I'm with Amity- The Peaceful because I don't like conflict.


Unknown said...

I would choose Candor; honesty and living with honest people would certainly be something I could base my life around. Plus I have the feeling it'll have plenty of test and trials, and I'm one for a good challenge. ;-)

I would throw those other virtues out the window since they're smaller, and thus, would be more apt to being chucked out of a window. Honest people would never want to admit they threw something out of the window, and thus, Candor would never fly out the shutters.

I've tweeted about your contest over @DivergentBooks. I'm following you on Twitter, so feel free to DM me if I win, because (gasp!) I still haven't read it!

Jessica B said...


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Jessica B said...

Oh, and I'd throw the others out the window cause no one would suspect the peaceful one. Mwhahahaha.

Ky said...

Oooohhh I'm super excited for this! Thanks for the epic giveaway! XD

And I'd have to go with Erudite. If you can outwit everyone else why do you need the other virtues? Being honest? All the time? Yuck man. And I don't care to ever be the martyr so no selflessness. Truthfully though making a choice between any one of these is rather just silly. You can't be one without any of the others. And there's so many different ways to be "brave" or "selfless". Then again I haven't read the book so I'm probably just yabbering.

And dear lord I swear those words were taken from my AP vocab word list! Gah! My teacher will be pleased...

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Thanks again for the giveaway!

Ren @ All By Myshelf said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I've been dying to read this, it sounds sooo good!

I'd definitely go with Abnegation, because I think it would be the best fit for me.

Tweeted about it here.

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Jenny said...

I would choose Erudite. Smart people rule!
Cool giveaway, thanks!

Liyana said...

Erudite -- because I think it's better to use your head than use your heart, bravery etc. Thus, you'll know what the right thing to do is!


buddyt said...

OOH ! This is a difficult decision to make.

I think ideally I would prefer a mix of all the virtues but if I can't have that then I think in a dystopian world Amity might well be the most required virtue.

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall have peace"

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries. Much appreciated.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Lisa said...

I think i'd go in Abnegation. Selflessness is such a great quality to have. Everyone would just be giving and kind. Plus, I don't think I could live in a faction where people are overly brave, intelligent, honest or peaceful. That kind of sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!!/mssammydean/status/37826176751910912

Thanks for the giveaway, by the way! Absolutely itching to get this book!


Precious said...
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Precious said...

I think I'd be in Erudite. I'm peaceful too but not always. And I'm selfless but I'm not that all the time. When it comes to being intelligent, it's easy because there's no limit with what I can do. All I have to do is make my brain work - something I do a lot.

Thank you!

I tweeted -!/precious_shusky/status/37856594331041792

ArtemisG said...

Book sound amazing!
I would be in the Amity- The Peaceful. I would not be able to throw those other virtues out the window. I choose Amity because i think it would be more suited to my character.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jessy said...

I would want to be an Erudite. I don't think I could ALWAYS be selfless, brave, peaceful, or honest.


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Jasmine Cervik said...

Ok, so it's honesty time! I would have to pick Erudite- The Intelligent because I feel like that out of all of the choices, I'm that most of the time. I'm definitely not always brave, selfless, honest, or peaceful. Well I guess exactly what Jessy said right above me! Haha.


Lynsey Newton said...

I like to think I'm a bit of everything so can I choose Divergent please? If I absolutely had to choose one, I'd choose Candor because in every other faction, people can lie.


Justine said...

This is pretty hard! But to tell you the truth, the first thing that popped in my mind was Amity -- The Peaceful. I don't think the virtues would go away because I think: peaceful = virtues. And there are some virtues that combine with the other factions (ex: Honesty).

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Mrs. DeRaps said...

I would so love a finished copy of this book to share with my friends and students! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on having so many awesome posts!

I linked to this post on my giveaway sidebar.


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sablelexi said...

I would be have to be in Erudite- The Intelligent, largely because I a could not forever be selfless, I'm often less than brave, I'm too easily angered to be peaceful, and honesty is not always easy.

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Anonymous said...

I would absolutely be in Amity - Peaceful. I am a natural peacekeeper/diplomatic, always trying to tactfully help others see the other side of things that will decrease animosity and anger. No doubt about it, that's the group I'd be in. I SO want to read this book!

Anonymous said...

I tweeted:!/readitandeat

Anonymous said...

I would say Candor. Without being honest you can't be trusted. If you can't be trusted then you lose out on alot.

This book looks great! :)

Tia said...

I think I'd choose Amity--not because I'm so peaceful myself, but because it's the quality I'm most often lacking, and thus need the most!

tiasbook AT gmail DOT com

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Amity-The Peaceful. It would be hard to give up intelligence and being brave, but I think if things are peaceful it makes up for the other ones.

Sheere said...

Well, I'd love to say that I'd be Erudite (who doesn't want intelligence?) but I'll probably end up in Candor, I'm honest, too honest sometimes... or maybe in Amity because I don't really like confrontations.
For Abnegation, well I don't think is my place because sometimes I can be pretty selfish and although I'm not a coward, when in a movie the main character enters the room/house to look for the bad guy I always think they are stupid and that if I were them I would be far, far away form that place... so no Dauntless for me!

Cass said...

Well, I wish to live with Dauntless. Now that I'm 18 I want to live life a little more on the edgy side, since my life up until now has been very Amity.

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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It is so hard for me to decide which faction I'd belong to. I'm a little bit of everything, but, I guess I'd go with Erudite. Intelligence is necessary in all ventures of life and I can only imagine that someone in Erudite would be able to understand and appreciate the other factions enough to incorporate them into their lives, despite dedicating a life to intelligence.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

That's a tough choice. Normally I'd go with Erudite, but you added the "throw the other virtues out the window" part, so I'll go with Amity because peacefulness is more important than intelligence.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Kulsuma said...

Cannot wait to read Divergent! Thanks for the comp!

I would definitely want to be in 'Dauntless' because bravery and courage are the two most important things in life, especially when you're facing the enemy. The main thing I look for when I'm reading books is bravery, courage and cunning.

This feels like being sorted into Houses:)

Abnegation: Okay, being selfless is good, but it could get you killed. Being too selfless gets boring after a while.
Amity: Peace is all good and well, but someone needs to bring about the peace in the first place- that's what 'The Dauntless' are for.
Erudite- Being intelligent is good- but if you don't have the courage to back it up, you won't be able to do anything worthwhile with your intelligence.
Candor- Honesty is not always the best policy. It can get you into all sorts of trouble;)


Anonymous said...

I think I'd go with erudite because maybe that would help solve some of the world's problems. Or that could totally just be wishful thinking, lol!

Thanks for the giveaway!


prettybooks said...

Erudite- The Intelligent because hopefully that would mean no violence? Nothing but intelligent behaviour! :)

Thank you for the international giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

Dauntless. To be brave requires the most heart; you can be brave to be wrong, brave to be scared, brave to be trying, and brave to be honest. It takes a lot of self-sacrifice and knowledge altogether. It's all of the others wrapped into one.

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Braiden said...

I'm not entering because I had my pre-order done last year and will be getting sent multiple copies for a similar event in a joint-blog promotion before the release.

But I'm going to have to rebel and say I'd be a Divergent. Ahh crap! I revealed myself. I feel sorry hearing what other people think is the most wanted quality. Once they read the book some of them may end up throwing themselves in The Pit.

I'm glad you loved Divergent as much as I did. It will be the book of the year.

Enbrethiliel said...


I think I'd like to be a Candor! Honesty is the best policy--even if some people don't want to hear it. =P

But I have to wonder why there's a distinction between the Honest and the Brave, because being honest often requires great bravery. Perhaps it's a verbal courage vs. physical courage thing?

Thanks for the international giveaway! =) It's promoted on my sidebar: I hope that counts!


IdentitySeeker said...

Candor- The Honest. The world could do with more honesty and even though bravery, intelligence, selflessness, etc. won't be present, at least a person could respect themselves if they know that they're honest.

Thanks for making in international:)

Meredith said...


After all of the challenges my family has faced in the last few years, just living a quiet, peaceful existence would be a pleasure.

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Triss said...

Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read this book, it just have to be awesome!

If I would live in Beatrice's world, I would like to live in brave fraction, it reminds me of old times full of heroes.

I leaved linf of this giveaway at sidebar of my blog:

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stephlovescsd said...

Thank you for introducing me to this book. I can't wait to read it now!

I would choose to live in Candor, though it is a hard decision. Without honesty, what do we have? I value honesty more than peacefulness. Although I would love to live in a peaceful society, it would not be worth it if that community was built on lies.

Syki said...

Thanks for this giveaway!

I would choose to be in Dauntless, I want to be the brave one! 'Cause you can be everything - selfless, peaceful, intelligent and honest at the same time... but you have to have balls to do something! There are a lot kinds of bravery! You can be hero even if you are selfless, intelligent, honest and peaceful. You can be the good guy or the bad guy... you only have to have faith in yourself. If you have it you can be everybody and do everything. This is meaning of bravery for me.

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chidori said...

Book seems very interesting!
As for me, I probably would chose Dauntless, because for it´s the key for everything. Other qualities doesn´t help you to make a move, to fight or speak aloud. Everything is important, though - you can´t be only one of these, but bravery helps you show, what exactly are you capable to do :-)

Unknown said...

I would choose Dauntless, the brave, because it sounds the most fun & adventurous. All the other ones are good qualities, but they seem so boring compared to being brave.

Thais said...

I think I'd choose Erudite, because I think the other ones don't really have that much to do with me.


Lisa Schensted said...

Thanks for the fun contest! You rock.

I'd totes go Abnegation, because it's the most awesome and hardcore of the groups. Erudite would be snobs, Amity would be hippies, Dauntless would be obnoxious and overbearing, and Candor would be too much to handle.

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I would choose to go to 'the selfless (abnegation)' faction. I believe that one can be dauntless for the wrong reasons or motivations. One can aim for peace using unjust methods (ironically) or one can say his life is peaceful just because he is looking out for his own without taking others into consideration. One can be intelligent but be also apathetic. And one can be so honest that the results of his actions bring great pain. These things can cause others great harm and suffering. They are also the points I thought of that led me to my choice. When one aims for selflessness, he must be (1) brave to choose others than himself; (2) at peace with his choices so that he will be able to endure; (3) intelligent, because being selfless is also thinking about the best way to help others and; (4)honest to himself in times when he is confused as to what is the right thing to do. Actually, I am thinking of selflessness here as the Christian selflessness, where one's self is not 100% forgotten; because in the first place, how can one perform acts of selflessness if he forgets about the basic things for himself? It may seem confusing, but my point is, I choose selflessness here because I believe (1) the essence of the word/virtue is the proper balance between thinking about oneself and others and; (2)it involves the other virtues upheld by the other factions.

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lindseybousfield said...

I would have to say I'd want to be Abnegation- The Selfless. I think it's the greatest gift in the world to be selfless.


SarahEm said...

I would want to be in Erudite just because I think the society would be best to live in and intelligence is very important and effects all aspects of life. So, yeah.

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Unknown said...

I think I would go with Erudite- The Intelligent. It's a tough choice, but I think this might be the most important. You need to use your intelligence to determine in what situations it's appropriate to use the other virtues.

Thanks so much!

Tynga said...

OMG this is a veyr hard question! I would probably go with Amity, because peace is definitely the way to go. You wouldn't need to be brave, if you had peace. And everything else would just be there by deafult you know?
Thanks for the giveaway!

Z. Taco said...
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Z. Taco said...

Definitely a tough choice, but I'd have to go with Erudite. As many say, "knowledge is power". You'd need intelligence to be able to simply survive in a dystopian world.


Thanks for the great giveaway!

KelseyAnne said...

What a awesome giveaway!! I so badly want to read this book since everyone is raving about it! Hmm the one I would be in is Amity- The Peaceful because I love everything to be peaceful, and I like to think I'm a peaceful person lol.


Kari Olson said...

Ahhhhhh I love this book and would def love a finished copy. I'd totally be in Candor... no denying that. Hahaha. Thanks!!!1

And you have my email so... =P

Miss Bookiverse said...

I'd be in Erudite and we'd kick everybody's ass because we're obviously smarter than anyone else :D


Misha said...

I would love to win this book! I would be Amity- The Peaceful one since I believe in peace and it's the answer to all problems.

Jolene and Family said...

I would have to say Abnegation because I am a mom and am use to putting others needs before myself. Children are more important and that is something I do without thought. The other ones aren't as important to me because being brave and honest isn't always important in society and intelligence is somewhat important, but I would have to give that one to my smarty pants husband and peaceful is something we strive for but is hard to gain. There will always be conflicts

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Tara said...

I like to think that I would be in AMITY, but it might be a toss up between that and Candor. I can have a big mouth. I definitely am not brave, brainy enough or selfless!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Gabrielle Carolina said...

I'm not sure... let's see if I can work it out by elimination.

Abnegation- The Selfless I could be selfless, but I would have to give up making a difference myself; instead I would constantly be paving a way for others and I want to make a difference.

Dauntless- The Brave I could be brave, but I think I would deny the most of myself here.

Amity- The Peaceful I believe in creating peace, but not at the expense of sweeping issues under the carpet. Still? I can't be still!

Erudite- The Intelligent I am intelligent, but I would hate to spend the rest of my life believing I was better than everyone around me for it.

Candor- The Honest I think this is my fit; I could see the truth in it all and speak up. Yeah, that's me with Candor.

Very cool contest, you made me think!


Jennifer A said...

I think I would probably be in Amity- The Peaceful. It was tough choice between honest and peaceful.


~The Book Pixie said...

I'd prefer to think I wouldn't choose and would run some kind of undergroud rebel group but since that isn't an option.....

Well I wouldn't choose The Honest even though I'm a very blunt person because I believe every now and again, lies are sometimes needed. I wouldn't choose The Brave because there are a lot of brave but stupid people out there who just cause trouble for themselves. I wouldn't pick The Selfless because sometimes we do need to put ourselves first. It really comes down to The Peaceful and The Intelligent for me.

When you get a group of purely intelligent people together, there is bound to be chaos and friction because they know they are smart and always think they are right. Not to mention fights for control of power.

In the end I'd probably choose Amity: The Peaceful. Though even that has it's draw backs because to be so peaceful, people would have to be unbelievably accepting, in which case, what happens to people's own opinions? But then again, maybe it's just that people are that respectful of your opinions even if they don't share them. And if that's the case, then they too are intelligent. Plus I could use some frikin peace for once.

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Fi-chan said...

I honestly dont think I fit in any of them, gotta ask the sorting hat! :P But I WANT to be in Erudite. Maybe I'll be smarter and perhaps more hardworking in there ahahhaa

Misha said...

I would like to win this book so much!

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winnie said...

I guess the faction I would choose to be in would be Amity - The Peaceful because I guess if things are going to be peaceful, then the other qualities don't really matter...?


Roshini said...

I would love to be in Amity! To true you gotta have a bit of the others to have peace!

Sarena said...

I'd probably be in Amity, because I'm shy and a pacifist. And, well... if you were peaceful, I guess there really wouldn't be a need for braveness, selflessness or intelligence, although honesty should exist in a peaceful world.


Ivana said...

I think I would be Candor. None of these 5 descriptions particularly fits me, but people often tell me Im quite critical towards others and myself, of course, as well. Sometimes I speak my mind even though I know it would be better for everyone if I just shut up. But if I could choose where I would want to be, Id pick Dauntless. I have always deeply admired brave people and wished I was one of them. x) I love how they overcome their fear and stand up to it.

Thanks for the giveaway, by the way! Would love to read this book!

Ivana said...

And here is my tweet about the giveaway:!/LilyxJames/status/47656766716129281

Brianna Bruce said...

I would choose 'Erudite' because that seems to be the only faction pertaining to reading of some sort, and I could not live without books; even though the other factions have desirable traits, most of what they do leaves no time to read any! I hope that I'll win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. : )

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