I can't even begin to explain how I feel about this book. I could not stop reading. I was completely drawn it from the first, to the last word of thisI can't even begin to explain how I feel about this book. I could not stop reading. I was completely drawn it from the first, to the last word of this book. It was unputdownable, if that's even a word! I have zero criticism. It was absolute perfection. I was a bit worried at first with the cast of characters, but smart smart idea to have each chapter indicating which kingdom we were in. I wasn't lost or confused one bit. LOVED the world development, the author was fantastic at creating vivid imagery in my mind. And I loved most characters. Magnus is such an enigma, absolutely adore him. I also really liked Lucia and Jonas. I didn't care for Cleo much at first but man, she grew a backbone by the end of the book, she evolved brilliantly and can't wait to see how she keeps growing as the series progress. The side characters were brilliant too, Theon, Sabine, King of Blood... Great plot and... OMG you are still reading this?!?! What the hell, get out of here and go start this book!!! =)...more
Anyone can betray anyone. If you decide to read this book, and you should, try and remember that motto.
This beautifully written story will bring you oAnyone can betray anyone. If you decide to read this book, and you should, try and remember that motto.
This beautifully written story will bring you on quite the journey. A journey of betrayal and deception. A power seeking journey. You will ask yourself who to trust and try to figure out who's the villain the entire way through. I was hooked and pulled into this novel after the first 5 sentences. It's pretty close to perfection if I'm being 100% honest... Wow.
In the end, everything makes total sense. Every questions you might have are answered. And it's twisted. Oh so freakin' twisted. And I absolutely ADORE IT. My only regret is that I read it too soon... I rarely start reading a series before all the books are out. Because I'm one of the least patient person I know. I want to read book #2 NOW. Someone send me a manuscript!!
What did I just read?! Wow. I can't. Even. Begin with a proper sentence. This book was just perfection. Yeah, the beginning was quite slow. I didn't qWhat did I just read?! Wow. I can't. Even. Begin with a proper sentence. This book was just perfection. Yeah, the beginning was quite slow. I didn't quite understand the Scribe nor Grigori stuff. I had no clue where this was going. But it was brilliant. A perfect way to get this story going. It built up and up and up and then. BOOM. That ending. Left me speechless. Angry. Sad. Excited. Everything that I am looking for in a book all packed in this little piece of work. I can not WAIT to get my hands on book #2. As a matter of fact, I'm going to buy it as soon as am I done writing this.
It was also my first book from this author. And I'm going to hunt down her work. I need more. It was beautifully written. Incredibly sexy, in the most sensual way. She brought me back to Istanbul, bringing back to life the memories I have of this beautiful and enchanting city. Thank you Elizabeth....more
This is my first ever werewolf book. And gosh, it did NOT disappoint! Where to start... This book was FANTABULOUS. That's right. I said it. FantabulouThis is my first ever werewolf book. And gosh, it did NOT disappoint! Where to start... This book was FANTABULOUS. That's right. I said it. Fantabulous. I fell in love with Loftis's story and her characters. Jacque, Fane, Sally, Jen... Even the 'less' important characters were all so interesting! It was full of humor, I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times. I had a smile on my face almost the entire way through this book. It was just so damn GOOD. Perfection, really.
It's hard for me to stay constructive here, because I just loved it so much and I don't really have any negatives to point out. I really enjoyed my experience the entire way through. I would have read this book in one sitting, if I hadn't started reading it a 2AM. I sadly needed to sleep at one point! This story captivated me from start to finish. There is not a singular thing that I would change about this book. And I hate to say that, because I really don't think a book can be perfect. There can always be improvement.
So what to improve in this book?! I'm not even quite sure there is anything to be improved. I mean, the writing was pretty simple. But then again, it is a YA book. I liked how she kept the dialogues so interesting. She wrote as the characters would speak the entire way through, without taking it over the top like other YA books(ie House of Night, which the writing and language was horrific...). It was still beautifully written and the author managed to keep it CLEAN. Yet, it was still believable and people can still relate to the way they spoke. And I loved how she incorporated some Romanian phrases in there, it made it just that more believable and added to Fane's charm (like he hadn't enough charm already!).
All in all, I can EASILY say that this book is going on my Favorites shelf. I loved this and it totally deserves the 5* I give it. I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! =)...more
I was completely mesmerized by this book. I have read quite a few reviews about it, and like most others, it took me a little bit of time to get adjusI was completely mesmerized by this book. I have read quite a few reviews about it, and like most others, it took me a little bit of time to get adjusted to the author's writing style. But it didn't took me long to realize that the writing style was what made this book so special for me. I was unique. Different. Mesmerizing. Simply beautiful. The author made a wonderful job at keeping the mystery around. She wouldn't give too much details at first and that seems to keep building up the interest I had for this book.
The story is absolutely fantastic. Expect the unexpected was the first thing that came to my mind once I finished reading. There are a lot of twists and the author brought her readers somewhere that was completely unexpected. I'm really being careful with the words I am using in this review, because I really don't want to spoil the book and its surprises to anyone.
I really liked Juliette and Adam. I felt that their connection was deeper than what the eyes could see. However, to me, it is unlikely that a relationship can grow as rapidly as theirs did. It threw me off and it's possibly the only thing I'd change about this story. I would have liked for their relationship to grow much slower. To let every emotions sink in before advancing to the 'next step'. But all in all, I still love these two together.
I thought Warner and Castle are also very interesting characters. I can't wait to find out how this story is going to be built around them. I'm sure we haven't seen half of what these two will bring to the series.
I'm really looking forward to the sequel. I think this book is very close of being perfect and I can easily say that it completely deserves the 5* I am giving it! =)...more
Where do I begin with this review. Wow. I guess that is the first word that came to my mind once I finished readind Insurgent. I can easily say that IWhere do I begin with this review. Wow. I guess that is the first word that came to my mind once I finished readind Insurgent. I can easily say that I liked this book MUCH better than it's predecessor, Divergent. I wasn't a big fan of Divergent, there was something missing from it and it kinda fell flat for me. Perhaps my expectations were too high, I am not sure. But one thing that I am sure of is that Insurgent was definitely better. In every single way.
One of the first thing I thought when I started reading it was that the author really did a wonderful job at getting into the action. Seriously though, she did not waste any time to get this book started. As soon as it started, I knew I was in for a ride. I hate when authors write a sequel to a series and feel the need to repeat stuff over and over again. I mean, if I'm reading book 2 of a series, chances are that I already know what happened in book 1. There really isn't need to repeat it all. Roth didn't do that. She really jumped right into it, no messing around. Love it. The story had lots of unexpected twists. And the ending. I mean, wowzer. It couldn't have a better ending. I really like where this series is going, and I really can not wait to read what comes up next.
On another note, I thought that we were able to learn about the characters on such a deeper level than we did in book 1. I loved how the author managed to keep me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I read this book so quickly, I really didn't want to put it down. And I'm starting to appreciate Tris more and more. Oh and one of the thing I enjoyed the most in this book was her relationship with Tobias. Why do I like their relationship that much?! Because they fight! It isn't perfect, like any relationship, and I feel that in most YA books, every single relationship the characters have with each other is always so perfect. They never fight, they're always all over eachother, always crazy for one another but they never disagree on anything. Seems like authors are afraid to give a realistic portrait of a relationship and it pisses me off sometimes. In Insurgent, Tris & Tobias don't agree on everything. As a matter of fact, they barely agree on anything at all. It made their relationship that much more interesting in my eyes. It felt real, with no sugar coating.
I was about to give this book a 4 stars. But when I was writing my review, I was trying to think of something negative to say about this book. And I couldn't. I have no dislikes whatsoever about it. So I just had to bump my rating to a 5 stars.
All in all, I think this series is growing on me. The first book didn't quite reach my expectations, but Insurgent exceeded them. And I am glad it did. If, like me, you weren't a fan of the first book, and decided not to continue with this series, I strongly recommend that you give it another try. Insurgent might surprises you, just like it surprised me! =) ...more
Have you ever pictured a life without love?! Well, you don't have to think about it anymore. Just go ahead and read Delirium, because this is what itHave you ever pictured a life without love?! Well, you don't have to think about it anymore. Just go ahead and read Delirium, because this is what it is: a population living without love. At the age of 18, all kids need to get 'cured' against love. Yes, love is a disease. It makes you go completely mad. It will affect you physically and mentally and will eventually lead you to your death. At least, that's what people in Portland seems to think. They have been raised and educated to think that love is a deathly disease. And for Lena, it is even more believable considering the fact that her mother died from the so called illness. It drove her mad and she ended up comitting suicide. Lena lives in fear of that disease. It is constantly on her mind and she really can't wait for her 18th birthday so she can finally get cured. And what does getting cured mean exactly? You get the procedure, which will give you immunity against love. You will be incapable of love. Any type of love. But it seems that once you get the procedure and get cured, you are incapable of any sort of emotions. People in Portland are completely asleep and terrorized by the authorities. Brainwashed. Total brainwash. They don't know it though, because this is normality. This is happiness. But what will happen to Lena, when she accidentally meet Alex? What is it about this boy that turns Lena's world upside down? Alex is trouble, he is temptation. And has many secrets...
Delirium is a brilliant dystopian novel which will make you think about what love is and its effect you. I have to agree that love occasionnally seems like a disease. The author did a beautiful job making her readers think. This book is a masterpiece to me, because I was questioning myself the entire time about what love really meant in our world. It made me realize that yes, love is kinda dangerous and it has many 'side effects' on you. Love can be a deathly disease. However, what would we be without it?! How could we possibly live without love?! Love is the foundation of life itself and to imagine a world without it is simply scary. I think this is what Lauren Oliver wanted to showcase. Well, that is my point of view anyways!
The book isn't perfect though... There were some times that I felt there was way too many useless details, it was dragging on. Gosh, even in the middle of an important confession from Alex, the author would stop and make Lena think about a bunch of other stuff. Let's cut the crap and get to it already!! This is really what bothered me the most, and maybe the only thing that bothered me. The storyline was perfection, the characters were pretty well developped. I felt like I completely understood Lena and her insecurities, her doubts, her questioning; everything that was going on in her head was justified and made total sense.
I would have given this book a 4, because of a slow beginning, and all the long and useless details and descriptions. But just for the very last page of the book... I give it a 5. It was beatufiul. Powerful. It was strong. Inspiring. What an ending... I'm really looking forward to the sequel, I really need more of this story!...more