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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Quick-Fire Review: Delirium By Lauren Oliver


Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon

Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.

At a Glance: When I found out that ReadingTeen was going to meet Lauren Oliver I just had to read this book. My mom said it was in her favorites and I should read it. So, I read it and it was amazing. And then when I found out that the Delirium TV show was coming out, I got so excited! I really excited to see how Emma Roberts and  Daren Kagasoff act as Lena and Alex!

Action: 
There was only a bit of action not a lot, but that bit of action was really fun. I'd like to see more action in this book, but I heard that Pandemonium had some more action in it, so i'm excited for that.

Romance:
Ooohhh... The romance! I just love all the romance between Lena and Alex, it was just so brilliant!

Heroine:
Lena was probably my favorite character. She was really funny and she had a great character.

Hero:
I absolutely loved Alex, and he was really fun to read about.

Favorite Supporting Character:
I really liked Hana's character she was really funny and i loved how she was so outgoing!

Something I loved:
I loved all the romance and all the different characters.

Something(s) I hated:
I just really wish that there was more action in it, but either than that it was really good, and there really was nothing I didn't like.

Cliffhanger? 
Uh. Yeah. It was a total cliffhanger, like it just stopped in the middle of the book.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would recommend it to people who really love romance.

Did my friends like it? 
Yes, they definitely loved these books, and I'm really excited to see how the other books turn out.

Will I buy/keep it?
Yes, I think I would.

Rating:

5 out-of 6
~Anna









Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater {Audiobook}

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Raven Cycle (Book 3)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.


Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

In a starred review, The Bulletin called The Dream Thieves, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater was--and typically so--a weavingly creative addition to the Raven Boys series. I can't help but wonder how Stiefvater's imagination works, able to piece thoughts and ideas together to actually make sense and have an legit plot. I am always jealous because her books are like dreams come to life.

(And in the Raven Boys, thanks to Ronan, literally so.)

The plot for Blue Lily, Lily Blue follows the same line as the last two books, essentially a hodge-podge of characters trying to find and awake an ancient magical king in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Of course, it is threaded with the dynamics of the strange relationship between the three Raven Boys and girl Blue, who belongs among the town's psychics. In addition, we found ourselves searching for Blue's mom who disappeared last time.

I felt like this book had a slow start, but maybe it was because I didn't remember a ton of the last book. I also felt like this one tied the first two together more, and as I didn't read the first, I had to go back and snag the in-depth notes to figure out what happened, which I thought would make me not feel as lost. But honestly, I wasn't missing a lot. I just wasn't prepared to jump in with the assumption I was already in the thick-of-it.

On a positive side, this was my first Maggie Stiefvater book I listened to on audio, and I was really impressed with the reader. After listening to a couple books after this one on a trip accross the country, I was about to restart Blue Lily, Lily Blue another time--just because the reader made this book so much better than the other audiobooks I had.

The new additions were undoubtedly the best characters in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. One of them is this crazy woman who literally croons her freakish madness in song and verse. The audio reader was incredible at mimicking her in a way that I got. Sort of. I didn't actually "get," because I am not mad, but it made me feel how crazy she was. Both her introduction in the novel and the way that she interacted with the characters throughout the book was totally unique. I'm not entirely too sure what her purpose is (besides bringing some more madness to the table), but her crazy train did end up revealing clarity to Blue's confusion about her personal identity.

The other characters I loved were the money behind the hitman in the last book. Greenmantle and wife Piper are some of the most selfish people I hope I will never meet. I was so entertained by the way they thought and interacted with each other that I am sure that this book is worth reading just for the humor they brought to the table through their manipulating ambition to get what they want.

Blue's huge new friend Jessie and the Raven Boy, Ronan, also made me crack-up often. Ronan I feel like I get, Adam too. But Gansey is still a mystery to me, even though we do find out more about him through his visiting mentor. Personally, he just isn't my favorite.

Blue herself I haven't ever really liked, either, but this book helped me understand her a bit more. I loved her depiction of the two types of country folk--the gossiping helpful ones who know everything about everyone, and the "red necks" who shoot people when they are drunk. (I applied this information well, when I traveled through the South for a couple weeks this summer.)

The other notables in the story were as follows:
  • Adam learning how to interact with Cabwaters
  • A lot of spectacular spelunking
  • Figuring out who was on the death list and what to do about it
  • The annoying Squash Murder Song
  • A greater depth to the connection between all four of them, as they always act like strange jealous lovers of each other
  • Late-night calls between those forever attracted members . . .
  • Blue learning how to deal with death and grief 
  • Adam's struggle with pride, loneliness and an abusive dad (if we all only had a magical connection to the land to freak out our oppressors that would rock)
  • Muscle cars (but no drag racing this time)
  • A British professor who can explain lay-lines
  • The hard work of keeping Gansey away from bees
  • Lots of psychic readings
  • Cursed caves
  • Looking for missing people we didn't even know were missing
  • Unearthing medieval burials
  • Ronan using his dreams to wake cows and frame evil people
  • Noah, our friendly ghost, going berserk

As always, Maggie Stiefvater is still a genius and continues to be one of my the top ten favorite authors, although I know her style isn't for everyone. I can't wait to read The Raven King!



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Teen (August 2, 2016)
Buy the book: Amazon
Forget the dead, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.
This book is just as much a story of a town as it is the main character Micaela. Having grown up the small town of Sleepy Hollow all of the families know each other, work together, go to school together. As well as keep secrets from one another.

Micaela moved when her parents separated but has returned after her mothers death to take care of her belongings. This turns out to be a bigger task than she expected as the town people believe her mother has stolen a sacred diary that has the secret they have all been looking for. True heir of the writer Washington Irving.

The story leads us through the people of the town and Micaela's history with it. Along with how the families grew apart and hatred and greed began to devour them. Micaela is not sure who she can really trust and is left on her own to discover the truth...but with the help from some ghosts they show her the way.

I found this story to be an interesting take on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, although ghosts are involved it focuses more on the mystery of finding the lost book. An amateur sleuth who has connections on every side of the case and does not know who to trust, even her own mother. The writing was a bit slower paced and the romance was on the lighter side. It all concludes in very exciting ending that I highly enjoyed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One Sentence Review // The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

THE DIABOLIC
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2016)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...

Ruthlessly good from the characters, to the plot, to the writing! 





Monday, November 13, 2017

One Sentence Review // Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; International ed. edition (June 6, 2017)
Buy the book: Amazon
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Dnf- Sorry, 100 pages in and just too bored to finish.