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*Review* Delirium – Lauren Oliver

 Delirium

Lauren Oliver

441 pages

ISBN: 9780061726828

Read 3-13-12

Source: Library

Format: Audiobook

 Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

      This is a wonderfully fresh kind of book to read.  This is an idea I have never seen before and couldn’t wait to read.  Love a disease? Immensely original!  The world in this book is so ugly; people who are cured make it seem so great, and for a long time Lena thought it was great, too, until she learned the truth and saw how ugly the world she lived in was.

The author does such a great job with her words.  The descriptions are fantastic and the reader for the audiobook version I listened to did an absolutely wonderful job bringing the book to life as she performed it.  I loved how Lena changed so much from the beginning to the end.  She was so much different by the end of the book; love certainly does change you.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more from Alex, though.  For some reason I didn’t connect with him as well.  He just wasn’t the dreamy book boyfriend I was hoping he would turn out to be.

I’m not crazy about people on the covers of my books, but this one was a great cover and I loved the colors, which make me think of spring.  I like the cover for Pandemonium even more and it reminds me of the fall.  There was a couple of twists in the story, and I can’t wait to see the outcome of them!  The writing of this novel swallows you up and keep you glued to the same place for a while and you feel so much emotion right alongside Lena.  My heart hurt at so many points in this book and others made me angry and others made me smile.  It was up, down, up, down.

Rollercoaster of feelings, wonderful description, unique plot, didn’t connect to the main male character.

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*Review* Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

Veronica Rossi

374 pages

ISBN:  9780062072030

Read 1-30-12

Source: ARC

Format: Paperback

Exiled from her comfortable home, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—called the Death Shop—are slim.  Violent energy storms can strike suddenly, and even the very air she breathes might kill her.  Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry.  He’s wild, dangerous—a savage.  He’s also her only hope.


Because Aria alone holds the key to his redemption, Perry needs her, too.  Their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

The start of this novel was a bit confusing with the new lingo I had to get used to, but eventually I did after the first couple of chapters.  The concept of the Realms was very interesting and I found myself wishing I could try them out myself.  The world of this novel was not as exciting or as big as I would have hoped, and I would have liked to learn more about what led to people moving into the pods and why some did not.  The amount of people also seemed to be a bit small.  There is no way the amount of people nowadays could be scattered about the way they were in the book.  This is the first of a multi-part story, so hopefully more about it will be uncovered.
As for the characters, I really liked Perry and he was my favorite character.  He seemed to be a complex individual and I liked his abilities.  There were very interesting descriptions used when it came to his abilities and I enjoyed his explanations from his point of view.  Aria was very not an overly complex character and was a rather closed minded individual at first.  Once she opened up, I liked her eagerness and her loyalty.
There were parts of the novel that were predictable, but a couple other parts that I didn’t expect with a twist or two.  I look forward to learning more about the world of this novel and see how some of the surprises pan out in the upcoming installments.  There were some spots I would have expected to have a bit more of an emotional pull, but it lacked some for me in that aspect.
I liked the cover and the colors they used, though I think the aether trails should have been a bit wavier instead of straight since it makes them look like big spotlights towards the sky.  Aria is standing in a patch of wild looking vines, which seems appropriate since she gets tossed into a wild world she doesn’t know much about.
All in all, I enjoyed it, but I think it could have been a little more, though I will definitely be reading the next book because I have to know what happens.  This novel also has a switching perspective between Aria and Perry, but it stays in third person and doesn’t become confusing.

Lacks emotion, interesting concepts, good descriptions, wanting more explanation.

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*Review* Eve – Anna Carey

 

Eve

Anna Carey

322 pages

ISBN: 9780062048509

Read 9-1-11

Release 10-4-11

    Eve is a wonderful dystopian novel about a girl by the same name as the title who lives in a fearful world full of lies and a tiny bit of truth.  The world that Eve knew when she was little is far different than the one she has grown up in for most of her life.  Now 17, she is about to graduate from a special school that has been her shelter since the plague that broke out and reduced the population to a tiny fraction of what it once was.  The night before the big day, she sneaks away to discover the truth of what really happens to the graduates.  Fear and betrayal lead her to escape the school into the wild world outside the safety of the school’s walls.  Having been told for years that men were bad and should never be trusted, she doesn’t know what to do when a boy saves her from one of the many dangers of the wild.
     I can say I was very pleased by this book and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it!  Eve is a strong character who evolves from a sheltered innocent to a teen whose eyes are more open to the truth and more willing to have a hard life in order to do what is right.  She starts out as a pristine student and ends up living in the wild, learning the ways of a much harsher place.
     None of the characters to me seemed flat; I felt that all the main characters grew.  Their relationships with one another felt natural, and I really liked the romantic relationship she developed.  The idea for the book was very interesting and serious, and could even be considered a terrifying concept with the situation for the graduates.
     The imagery is fantastic and it feels so real and emotional in all the right places.  I quickly became attached to all the characters and I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy.  The only bad thing I really have to say is it left me hungry for more.  A remarkable and riveting novel that is a can’t miss read!  Be on the lookout for this book when it is released; highly recommended for those who like dystopians and strong, fast-paced stories.

Fast-paced, memorable, heart-warming romance, heart-breaking situations, loved every minute!

4.5 stars!!

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*Review* Memento Nora Review

 

Memento Nora

Angie Shibert

192 pages

ISBN: 9780761458296

Read 7-16-11

     This is a pretty short novel about a teenage   girl, Nora, who lives in a very violent world with numerous bombings and many other bad things.  After she witnesses a horrendous event, her mother takes her to a TFC clinic where she can simply take a pill to forget the whole incident.  Upon learning what her mother has come to forget, she makes the decision not to take the pill.  She meets new friends, Micah and Winter, and together they start a comic to let people know about the things that are going on and the comic spreads like wild fire.
     The story itself was a very good concept, but I think it had a lot more potential that was not tapped into.  There wasn’t as much focus on the comic strip as I thought there would be and it was rather short lived.  The characters, however, were well written and had development, especially Nora.  I felt Nora was a very strong and mature person with the choices she made and the situations she was part of.
     I did enjoy the way the author painted Nora’s world and the chaos that was in it.  There were a few twists to the story, a few I figured out, a few I didn’t, and I really liked the way it ended.  There will be a sequel to this book, and I will be reading it to see how Nora’s world changes after everything she went through. 

Chaotic, short-lived, fast-paced, had more potential.   3 stars.

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*Review* Matched – Ally Condie

 

 

Matched

Ally Condie

384 pages

ISBN 9780525423645

Read April 2011

Format: Hardcover

Source: Own

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

I am a huge fan of young adult books, and today I am going to be reviewing Ally Condie’s Matched.  Once I got started with this book, it was so hard to put it down; I actually read most of it while I was at the airport on my way to Florida.  It was a super fast read and even after I was finished, I was starving for more.  The cover is what originally caught my eye with this book, and I thinK a girl trapped in a bubble is a great image for this story; the way this society is, I would feel trapped in a bubble, too. Continue reading

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