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Delirium Stories – Lauren Oliver * Book Review *

9 Oct

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Format – Paperback Book

Synopsis -These four short stories are now available in one beautiful paperback edition and include an exclusive sneak peek at Lauren Oliver’s brand new novel Replica – coming soon!
All the stories expand upon and enrich the Delirium world, illuminating events and characters through different perspectives.
HANA adds nuance to the life-changing summer before best friends Lena and Hana are to be cured – a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

ANNABEL untangles the mysteries surrounding Lena’s mother, detailing her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state.

RAVEN crackles with the intensity of its title character, the fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds who plays an integral role in the resistance.

And ALEX explains what happened to Lena’s first love after the events of DELIRIUM, as well as the dark past that he has tried to forget.

My Thoughts – This book was in the box set of the Delerium Trilogy that I read last month. I really enjoyed the trilogy however the ending for me ruined it as there was so many unanswered questions and I hoped that this collection of short stories would answer some of these questions.

This book tells the story from 4 other perspectives. Hana is Lenas best friend and this really explains a lot as to the Lena and Alex story line. Annabel is Lenas mother and again this was a really good story. The Raven story. Wow. Now this is a story that I wish was continued! And Alex – oh Alex you really feel for him in his story. How he survived in the crypts and all his emotions made for a very deep story.

I did enjoy this book however it still left lots of unanswered questions. I’ve even been googling if there are more stories – there are not 😦 and I really wish that there was a better ending to this series as it could have been so much better.

I would read more books by this author thouugh as I did enjoy her writing style.

 

Rating – 3/5

Requiem – Lauren Oliver * Book Review *

24 Sep

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Format – Paperback book

Series – Delirium #3 Thoughts on Delirium #1 and Delirium #2

Synopsis – An all-out uprising has been ignited and Lena Haloway is right at its centre.

But things have changed. The Wilds are no longer a safe haven for the rebels and pockets of resistance have opened throughout the country.

And when a face from her past reappears, Lena is faced with a devastating choice that could tear her and the revolution apart.

My Thoughts – I’ve absolutely adored this series over the last couple of weeks and as this was the last book in the trilogy I was really looking forward to some of the questions being answered.  This book flits between Lena who is in the wilds and Hana who is still in Portland and has had the cure and the differences in their lives.

Then there is the triangle between Lena, Julian and Alex and how that is resolved and so much more – I was really hoping for answers in this book. unfortunately there is a lot of loose ends that don’t get tied up in this book and for that I’m quite disappointed. I wish there was another book to the series so that some of these ends were tied up.

It was still a good book and I did enjoy the conclusion to the series – I’ve just started the short stories book so I’m hoping that it will be just as good and I’m definitely going to be reading more books by this author!

Rating – 3/5

 

 

Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver Book Review

18 Sep

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Series – Delirium Trilogy #2

Format – Paperback

Synopsis – Lena Haloway’s been to the very edge. She’s questioned everything she’s ever been taught and fought for love and the life-changing and agonising emotions that come with it.

But now, while she may have escaped the tyranny of the government, she is headng into the heart of something that could be just as dangerous – a growing resistance movement where the sparks of a revolution are about to ignite…

Lena made her decision. But can she survive the consequences?

My thoughts on Delirium can her found here.

My Thoughts – I picked this up straight away after I had read the first in the Trilogy – Delirium as it ended on such a cliffhanger! This book is a bit different from the last, it jumps from the end of the last book to the present time where a while has passed and this enables the reader to really get a feel for what happened after the events of the last book.

It was very well written and really hooked me in again – I think I read 3/4 of the book in one sitting as it was just so good. It has themes of death, love, family, lies, truth all running through the pages which has made it a really good story.

This book also ended on a massive cliffhanger so I’ve already picked Requim (The final book in the trilogy) as my next read!

Rating – 4.5/5

Delirium – Lauren Oliver * Book Review *

10 Sep

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Format – Paperback Book

Synopsis -They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

But now love has been declared a dangerous disease.

Everyone who turns eighteen must be immunised with a procedure called the Cure. Lena Haloway is looking forward to being able to live the safe, predictable life the government claims the cure will bring. But meeting Alex, an enigmatic boy from the Wilds, might just make her question everything she’s been raised to believe.

My Thoughts – I picked up this whole series in The Works a couple of weeks back as its a book series that I’ve wanted to read for a while.

This book is centred on Lena, a girl who is really close to getting ‘the cure’ who has believed a system for her whole life despite the fact that it meant that she lost her mother at a young age. She also meets Alex, who challenges everything that she has been taught and believed.

This was a really good young adult book – it was full of twists and turns that I didnt expect. It was also quite easy reading – I read 3/4 of the book in one sitting.  it reminded me a little of The Hunger Games Series – in a good way! I have already started to read the second book in the series – Pandemonium.

Rating – 4/5