"What did I think?" ...well just put down the book. Hard to say. Original, and yet not. I definitely enjoyed the old photographs throughout the book....more"What did I think?" ...well just put down the book. Hard to say. Original, and yet not. I definitely enjoyed the old photographs throughout the book. The author made some very good choices to make this book popular with young adult readers as well as adults. Riggs has taken notes on what sales books and movie rights. He chose to make the main character a male figure (males are much more likely to read books with male protagonists, but doesn't exclude the female population...Harry Potter). Appeals to huge paranormal fan base (in fact he has followed the Twilight formula...seemingly ordinary teenager discovers a new world/otherworldly/otherwise paranormal happenings, finds love interest via this paranormal happening, becomes a part of this world while fighting evil and building to the next part of the series). Also the time travel/romantic time period appeals to many readers and has a Harry Potter like quality also.
All that being said, I do look forward to the movie which I'm sure is in the works, as well as the next book in the series that I am also positive is in the works. I must say I was unable to get into the story in the beginning, but I couldn't but it down once Jacob finds Miss Peregrine and her peculiar crew. *****bonus points----set in Wales! :) And I greatly enjoyed a vicarious trip to the soggy sheep fields and pubs on the fictitious Welsh island, "Cairnholm". (less)
The Paris Wife is one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. Atmospheric, emotional, and intriguing, I was hooked from the b...moreJuly Book club
The Paris Wife is one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. Atmospheric, emotional, and intriguing, I was hooked from the beginning. McLain brought Hemingway to life through Hadley's eyes expertly. He is an incredibly interesting and complex character in the novel as it seems he was in life. I have a new found interest in his life and works after reading The Paris Wife. It makes a great novel for a book club too. (less)
Could have easily been 4 stars, but the unnecessary tangents are not my thing. Before I Fall, the author's first book, was equally wordy. I found myse...moreCould have easily been 4 stars, but the unnecessary tangents are not my thing. Before I Fall, the author's first book, was equally wordy. I found myself wishing we could just get to the point already! However, I find the concept of the book (series) interesting and thought provoking. And I must say I am excited for the future titles in the series. All in all, thumbs up and a welcome edition to the ya dystopian genre which I happen to have a crush on presently. (less)
Entertaining, although definitely not life changing or deep. I was surprised to discover that Pittacus Lore = James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and...moreEntertaining, although definitely not life changing or deep. I was surprised to discover that Pittacus Lore = James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and his merry band of hired writers. Nevertheless I have to say I enjoyed reading the book and am looking forward to the movie (!) and next book in the series, The Power of Six. Also, I must comment on the setting of Athens, Ohio about midway through the book. I was so excited when Henri and John were on Richland Ave and Court St! I am excited to see if any of this part in the book is mentioned in the movie. (less)
**spoiler alert** Oh Fabulous! I liked Pandemonium much, much better than Delirium!
As far as these YA dystopian novels go, Delirium has a well develo...more**spoiler alert** Oh Fabulous! I liked Pandemonium much, much better than Delirium!
As far as these YA dystopian novels go, Delirium has a well developed world, which I appreciate. The DFA, who attempt to eradicate 'the disease' (love) from the entire population, and preach their ideals through The Book of Shh.., is a very vivid imagine in my mind, orderly and emotionless. Lana, however, meets Alex in book 1, Delirium, who passes on the 'disease' to her. They fall in love and eventually escape to the Wilds at the end. Alex is not as lucky as Lana to make it across the border. Lana believes him to be dead, killed by the regulators, and she must make a life for herself in the Wilds. She is taken in by a rag-tag group part of the resistance. Lana meets Raven and is chosen to serve an important purpose within the boarder of the society. She attends a large demonstration led by the youth leader of the DFA, Julian Fineman. Lana is told to follow him throughout the day, no matter what happens. A group capture him and hold him captive in a dungeon, where Lana is now trapped also. Here they get to know each other, even though Julian is of the opposing viewpoint of Lana about the cure and is very upset about the 'Invalids'. The two get to know each other, and through their experiences helping each other, come to love one another. A very touching moment happens as Julian admits he would like to become infected by Lana. Of course, the next morning, a group of regulators come to arrest them. A woman (dressed as a regulator) tows Lana out to a different looking van. As readers later discover, this woman is part of the resistance and saved Lana from the regulators and prison. Julian isn't so lucky, and once returned home, is sentenced to death. Lana figures out that the whole ordeal she suffered alongside Julian was actually a set up by the resistance, a setup she was not told about. Lana is angry and leaves Raven and the rest of the members to see Julian one last time before he is put to death. Lana sneaks into the Fineman's house and discovers a thick book which lists all prisoners names from prisons who are part of the resistance movement. Of course, Lana searches for her mother's name and finds it beside a number, the same number which was tattooed on the woman who saved her from the regulators. She realizes this woman was her mother and feels abandoned and saddened that her mother wouldn't reveal herself to Lana. She then discovers the address at which Julian is being put to death and races there. Raven and other members of the resistance are also planning to go there to rescue Julian after they discover Lana's disappearance. Lana, along with other resisters are able to sneak into the hospital and kill doctors, etc and get Julian out alive. Lana and Julian are triumphant and reach the other side of the border. The extreme shocker is that ALEX! has actually been alive the whole time, in prison, as is face to face with Lana once again! Ahh! The madness! I love them both. Alas, another teenage love triangle. Who will Lana pick??!!! Of course, we will have some angst in book 3, of which I do not yet know the title. But I will be reading it.(less)