“Oh my jeebus.” This was essentially the phrase that echoed throughout my head while reading Delirium. I am SUCH a huge fan of dystopians and with so many coming out lately, there are lots and lots for me to read. But Delirium? Was good on epic levels. Seriously.
I looveeeeed Delirium. I loved Lena and Alex and Hana. Seriously, almost all of the characters in Delirium probably made it to my top favourite literary characters ever. They all had such varying personalities and they all progressed and grew up throughout the course of just ONE of the books in this trilogy, which is what characters should do, and I just fell in love with them.
Lena, especially. I love how she was raised so strictly to believe that love was a disease, and she even had past events to back up her beliefs, rather than just being told. She’s seen the harm love can cause people. But she grows and she learns and she experiences and it’s just…great.
And – hello! What a genius idea for a book, by the way. Love being a disease? Being treated for it at the age of 18, thereby rendering it harmless? It’s like every other dystopian book in that, at a certain age, everyone conforms to the same idea, same system, etc, except in Delirium, Lauren Oliver used love as the central focus point. Freaking brilliant.
The writing in Delirium is just…I don’t have any words for how well Lauren Oliver was able to describe each character, each thought, each conversation, the beach, the evaluation room…I just thought the writing was absolutely phenomenal.
Seriously, pick up Delirium. It’s an absolutely fantastic dystopian by an absolutely fantastic writer. The storyline, the characters, the writing – it all just combines into one awesome book that sucks you in and you won’t want to put it down. I’m so glad it’s a trilogy, because I am really, really looking forward to reading more by Lauren Oliver....more
I had super high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved The Luxe series AND I love reading about the time of Prohibition and speakeasies and all thatI had super high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved The Luxe series AND I love reading about the time of Prohibition and speakeasies and all that, so this book sounded perfect to me. And it was! It is! It’s so good – Bright Young Things didn’t disappoint me at all.
The descriptions inspire just as extravagant images as The Luxe series did, if not more so. I loved how the story effortlessly switched from point of view to point of view. I thought I would get at least a little bit confused, but it was really well-done and obvious who’s story we were hearing from.
The three leading ladies – Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty – were all very unique characters and I loved how none of them really resembled each other. They all had their own personalities, and their own faults. I couldn’t pick a favourite. Letty and Cordelia’s friendship really hurt me and made me want to shake them both, but I’m glad that they each had their own story line. It made for a more exciting book than the alternative would have.
I didn’t really like any of the guys introduced in Bright Young Things. No, that’s not true. I liked Thom. And Charlie, kind of… I don’t know. You’ll just have to see for yourself! I definitely liked the guys in The Luxe series more, but these guys were just as handsome, but also infuriating. But it makes sense, because of the time period I guess. In The Luxe series, everyone was more uptight and proper, but in Bright Young Things, it’s a period of more freedom. So I get it, really. But I still love my Luxe men!
The plot of Bright Young Things was awesomeeeeee. I didn’t get bored at all while reading this book. Like I said, I love the time of Prohibition and Bright Young Things was an excellent look on the social and political ongoings of the time period. I loved having the three different views on New York City. And, agh! The last couple of chapters are seriously intense. I need the second book in the series now, please!
This book truly had it all – an interesting beginning, beautiful girls and handsome men, bright lights and a big city, romance, mystery, drama, temptation of the forbidden, secret tunnels, and an explosive ending....more
I was pleasantly surprised by Mostly Good Girls. I picked it up expecting a light, humorous read, which it definitely is. But it’s also so much more tI was pleasantly surprised by Mostly Good Girls. I picked it up expecting a light, humorous read, which it definitely is. But it’s also so much more than that. There’s an undercurrent of teenage angst and confusion and all the stress that goes along with being sixteen years old.
Violet is a hilarious and witty character. There were plenty of moments during the course of the book where I literally burst out laughing at what she said or thought. She’s brilliant and lovable and she’s so…sixteen. Which is perfect because I can easily remember myself three years ago when I was sixteen and think, yeah, wow, I felt exactly like that. And Katie – I can easily see where she was coming from too, because my best friend went down the same path Katie did.
Leila Sales did a brilliant job at creating her characters and the world they existed in. I went to a small private school when I was in middle school, and I can see the similarities between my school and Westfield. Her writing style was effortless to get into. Her writing is amusing and real, much like her characters.
For the first half of the book, I kind of felt like not a lot was happening. There were a lot of hilarious moments and events, but the main story arc didn’t really occur until about halfway through. The beginning was mostly backstory, I guess? It was all build up to the main story arc. But that was okay because the first half of the book was really, truly funny. It was more of fly-on-the-wall view of Violet’s world and all the things that happen to her and how she feels about it. The second half that starts to get more serious and delve into the more deeper issues of being a teen. There was still the hilarity of the first half of the book, but it began to focus more on how people grow up and grow apart.
I really enjoyed Mostly Good Girls. It was extremely easy for me to relate to nearly everything that happened to Violet and around Violet. I had silly crushes on boys, I stil fail at cooking, I had issues with friends and their choices, and so it goes. The ending wrapped up a little too neatly in my opinion, but I think nearly anyone can read this book and be able to identify with the situations.
So yes! Definitely pick up a copy of this book. I really enjoyed it – it’s a great young adult debut, and I can’t wait to see more books from Leila Sales :)...more
What, you need more? Seriously, though. I was a bit wary of this book – angels, right? Borrrring – except for a few (Unearthly! Mercy! etc). But Suzanne Young’s “angels” aka the Forgotten – seriously badass and original concept.
Most angel books have main characters that are supposed to be extraordinarily beautiful, jaw-dropping, etc – but Suzanne Young isn’t satisfied with that. No, in A Need So Beautiful, what is UNDER the skin (literally) is the extraordinarily beautiful bit about about Charlotte. And the concept of the Forgotten? It hurts my head and my heart.
I wish I could say I was enamored with Harlin, but I didn’t really fall head-over-heels for him. Also, I don’t understand HOW anyone could put up with Charlotte disappearing as much as she did with no explanation. I appreciated him though – through the eyes of Charlotte, but I don’t know I want him to come to life and be my boyfriend or anything. Although I have spent more time talking about him than anything else in this review, so I don’t know what that says.
But I certainly like Charlotte a lot, and I really empathized with her indecision about fulfilling her destiny or choosing the people she loved. Definitely broke my heart towards the end. Like, legit cried.
Overally – I LOVED A Need So Beautiful. Suzanne Young singlehandedly renewed my faith in books about angels (haha no pun intended). Such an original and awesome concept and I loved the characters and I need to know what happens next like ASAP. You NEED (hah pun) to pick up this book. It’s a quick read and it really sucks you in....more
Eeeeekkk. What a great young adult debut! I’ve don’t think I’ve ever read any books about dragons (or descendants of dragons) before, so this was certEeeeekkk. What a great young adult debut! I’ve don’t think I’ve ever read any books about dragons (or descendants of dragons) before, so this was certainly new to me. And also really cool! I love reading books that are unlike anything I’ve read before and Firelight definitely fit the bill! And the cover? Gorgeous! I think it fits very well with Jacinda’s description and I love, love the scales.
Firelight was interesting from the get go. It drew me in from the very first chapter – there was action right away and it really set the mood for the rest of the story and the danger that followed Jacinda wherever she went, whether it was from humans or her own kind.
I loved Jacinda as a protagonist. I felt like her feelings really flip flopped between who she was mad at more and if she did or didn’t want to be with Will, etc. It was kind of annoying at the beginning, but it got more tolerable once the main story arc was set into action. Her flip flopping was actually really easy to relate too, even though it made me want to slap her and tell her to make up her mind. I think it’s just one of those things that happens to all of us, but watching another person do it is irritating.
Will is amaaaazinnggg! I love him so much. One of my top 10 favourite fictional males. Seriously. I love all the backstory that went into him and his family. I can’t imagine it was easy to create so many secondary characters with that much dimension, but his family and story really fit his character. In fact, I feel like all the characters were very dimensional and well characterized. Even if we didn’t get anything from their point of view, Tamra and Jacinda’s mother felt very real and not flat at all.
I thought the world Sophie Jordan built for the draki was really well done. There were a lot of little details that went into the descriptions and stories of the draki that really made them more real. There’s lots of stories about vampires and werewolves and such, but nothing much about draki/dragons so I thought everything the author came up with was really original and interesting. I loved that their blood was a different colour and there are different types of dragon specialties – that contrary to most dragon stories, very rarely can they breathe fire.
The ending was really, really, really good and cliffhangery and definitely left me wanting more. Lots more. I was pleasantly surprised with Firelight and it’s a book I will for sure read again! If you don’t already have a copy, get one! You won’t regret it. Book Two in the Firelight series – called Vanish, as it was announced today, I believe – comes out sometime in late 2011, and I absolutely cannot wait....more
Oh my, Between Shades of Gray is an absolutely stunning book. It left me so utterly drained. It’s not an easy book to read, but one that’s certainly worthwhile.
Lita’s story broke my heart. She went through so much and it kept piling on. One thing after another. And she was so brave and tried so hard to stick to her convictions, no matter what. It’s hard for me to even imagine, but I’m not sure that I could have done the same thing in her place. And her poor brother! To be forced to grow up like that. And don’t even get me started on her parents. It just hurt so much. But it was so powerful.
At first, the writing style grated on me. It was very brief, wasn’t overly descriptive. The sentences were very short and to the point. But as the book moved on, I started to think less about how the sentences were constructed and more about what they were saying. And the words were very powerful.
Whenever we learned about this time period in history class, we’d always sort of gloss over Stalin and focus on Hitler, which really goes to prove the overall point of the book. It wasn’t a book meant to make you cry and then be set aside. Lita herself may have not been real, but her story is the true story of thousands of people.
I highly recommend Between Shades of Gray. It’s such a powerful and emotional book, and even if you hate books that make you cry, Between Shades of Gray is a very, very worthwhile read....more
Forbidden was so freaking amazing, it’s even hard for me to write this review.
Straight off, let me just say – this book deals with a very, very controversial subject and I don’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t think they’ll be able to keep an open mind.
The subject matter of this book is not easy to swallow. But the author does it in such a way that I was completely engrossed in the story and the characters and none of the controversy mattered to me. I wasn’t reading it as an outsider looking in, I was really there.
These characters were so real and I ached for them. They all went through horrible things – the whole family, not just Maya and Lochan – and I loved them. I loved Willa and Tiffin, the two younger siblings who were raised almost entirely by Maya and Lochan. I loved Kit, who is at the age where everything already sucks and to have a terrible family atmosphere on top of it, how else could he behave that how he did? And of course I loved Maya and Lochie, who relied on each other so much for so many years. All of these characters were flawed and weak and that’s what made them such beautiful and wonderfully real characters.
This story absolutely, 100% broke my heart. Forbidden was beautifully written. The ending was so unexpected to me and so fast and I just wanted
Please pick it up if you want to read a wonderfully sad book by a fantastic author. I will definitely be reading more from her in the future....more
Witches kick ass. They’re seriously my favourite “paranormal” creature. Who doesn’t love magic and spells and what not? So when I first read Hex Hall, I loved it immensely. As such, I had very, very high hopes for Demonglass. Rachel Hawkins did not let me down.
All of my favourite characters were there in all their glory. Sophie was just as snarky and badass as she was in the first book, but her character grows. She’s starting to care about her responsibilities and the importance of self sacrifice. Archer, despite all the controversy surrounding him and his involvement with the Eye, totally stole my heart. Cal did try very hard to worm his way in, though.
I loved getting to know Sophie’s father more. We didn’t get much from in the first book, but he was featured more in Demonglass. Jenna wasn’t as prominent, but I enjoyed the bits she was part of very much.
Another thing I really liked about Demonglass was that it took place during the summer time. When you look at stories and shows that feature schools (think Gilmore Girls and several series by Tamora Pierce), they always take place during the school year and then the next installment picks up at the beginning of the following school year. But not Rachel Hawkins. She wrote the entire book set during the summer. That’s pretty awesome.
And of course, I can’t forget the storyline itself. I really only have two words for it – freaking awesome. There is way less world building in this one and it just keeps hitting you with twist after twist. I was not expecting more than half the things that occurred during Demonglass.
Overall, Demonglass just plain out rocked. Not even the ending was flawed. Rachel Hawkins produced a wonderfully exciting sequel to Hex Hall. I have no doubt it will leave many readers begging for the next book, as it did me....more
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley was one of those books where I was just being plain stupid before reading it. Because SO many people were reading it and loving it and I had a moment of rebellion and decided not to read Graffiti Moon.
Boy, was I an idiot. I am so sorry that I put off reading Graffiti Moon because I was just in shock at how much I loved it. And I’m such a contemp fan. Someone, please make me feel better and tell me you’ve felt rebellious too!
Anyway, The writing in Graffiti Moon was phenomenal. I really liked switching between Lucy and Ed’s point of view and how it overlapped with one another, rather than just giving one side to the story. I thought the poetry in Poet’s chapters was very well written, but didn’t interest me as much as Lucy and Ed’s stories.
And guys – the way Ed and Lucy interact, and their history, is hysterical and so freaking real. Cath Crowley got it. I loved the building romance in Graffiti Moon. It’s not a Bam! They meet and they’re into each other kind of book. It’s gradual – well, as gradual as over the course of one night can be, but I swear it feels much longer than that.
The descriptions of all the art in Graffiti Moon made me want to go find all my stuff from high school and start drawing and painting again. Also Lucy does GLASSBLOWING guys if I ever took up an artistic profession, it would be glassblowing because it is so so so amazing and if I had known she did it, I would have read Graffiti Moon immediately.
I’m not sure how well written this review really is, but it doesn’t matter, because Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley does all the explaining itself. Just pick it up. You’ll see....more
I picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and literally could not stop reading it all day unless I absolutely had to go do something else. Throne of Glass is an amazing, engrossing fantasy that captured me from the early pages.
I’m a huge fantasy fan. I admitted a few days ago that I liked Tamora Pierce’s books more than the Harry Potter books. So Throne of Glass was right up my alley. There’s swordfighting, knives, assassins, princes, soldiers, magic, castles, foreign lands, and more! Everything about the world Sarah J Maas created appealed to me and she built it splendidly. I’ve never seen a castle made out of glass, but it was so easy for me to picture in my mind because she’s definitely a fantastic world builder.
Celaena was ballsy and brave with a biting wit, but she also had a soft, girly side that wanted to look pretty and I can see her appealing to many readers because of how complex of a character she is. I really admired her and a lot of decisions she made throughout Throne of Glass – which is kind of rare cause usually I’m reading a book and shaking it like I can actually shake the protagonist.
Throne of Glass does have a love triangle, but it wasn’t annoying to me. We got bits and pieces of information from the point of view of Dorian and Chaol that kind of showed us how each of the guys felt about Celaena and allowed us to see their developing feelings and that was an added bonus. But the relationship with Dorian just didn’t really work for me – and I was definitely rooting for Chaol from the beginning – so I’m interested to see where the romance subplot goes in the next book.
The story in Throne of Glass was typical enough to remind me of all my favourite fantasy books, but at the same time was an original and engaging – and complex, with all its subplots – story that essentially kept me trapped until I finished the story. I loved the idea of all these assassins competing for the title and a lot of things were hinted at that I think will become very interesting in the next book.
I can definitely see Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas being a series that I reread time and time again, just like I’ve done with all of Tamora Pierce’s books. If you’re looking for a fantasy with a complex characters, not to mention a complex story – and fantastic world-building – do not miss Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas....more
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick was absolutely FANTASTIC. It was all kinds of creepy and gruesome and horrifying and utterly riveting, and even a bit romantic in certain parts.
You might look at the 480 page count of Ashes and be deterred. But let me just say – they flew by. I’d be on page 90 and then all the sudden on page 202 and I could not believe I’d already read that much. The pacing of Ashes is absolutely brilliant and the story really, really sucks you in.
I loved the variety of characters. Alex was brave and yet terrified at the same time, and I really admired her for her actions throughout the book. There is a bit of a love triangle but not really? It’s hard to explain. And I really loved the character of Ellie, although she was (at times) a bit too mature for an 8 year old girl.
Just a fair warning to animal lovers like me – there are about 2 pages in Ashes that contains some pretty graphic dog attacking/dog death, but the rest of the book is SO worth it, so if you can stomach it or skip over it, I highly recommend reading Ashes despite it.
Overall, I freaking loved Ashes. I loved the pacing and the tone and the characters. Ashes has such an interesting concept – zombies but not zombies, and they’re not even really the whole focus of the book. And the ending was like whaaaaat! I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Shadows, which releases some time next year....more