This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the Delirium series.
In the final instalment of the trilogy, Lena and her friends take to the W...moreThis review contains spoilers for the previous books in the Delirium series.
In the final instalment of the trilogy, Lena and her friends take to the Wilds while Lena finds herself in a tug-of-war between her past and her present. With Alex back in the picture and Julian in love with her, things were never more confusing. Lena and Alex have both changed so much that the Alex that she had loved might just be dead. Meanwhile in Portland, Hana worries the procedure to protect her from deliria didn’t work as it should. She’s about to marry the soon to be mayor but is distracted by feelings of guilt over everything that happened with Lena. Wasn’t the procedure supposed to protect her from exactly that? As Lena moves closer to her past and the two girls find their paths crossing once more, Lena finds herself seeing all the reasons that love was declared a disease. In the end, will it be worth it?
Finishing this book, I realized that I really love Lauren Oliver. I knew I really loved her books, but it didn’t cross my mind until now that she’s one of my favourite authors. Just like the previous books in the trilogy, Requiem is beautifully written, with unique and realistic characters and a story that does the original premise justice. The narration switches between Lena and Hana, which was one of the reasons I preferred this book to Pandemonium. I’ve always loved their friendship and Hana as a character and I wanted to see things from the perspective of someone with the cure. I’ve never been a big fan of love triangles, but this was one of the few times I thought it was handled well. The story was full of suspense and unexpected turns, and it was well paced and for me it gave me the ending I felt like I needed, although I know that others would want something more definitive. However, it was final enough for me, and I never liked endings that are tied together too neatly. This book is about love and freedom, but it’s also about the suffering and unhappiness that comes with these things. I think in the end it’s worth it. For me, nothing can match how amazing Delirium was, but the final book in the series was a fitting end to the series and an amazing read.
It’s been a year since Meggie met the characters of the book Inkheart, which her father Mo magically can read out of the pages. Meggie has found that...moreIt’s been a year since Meggie met the characters of the book Inkheart, which her father Mo magically can read out of the pages. Meggie has found that she holds the same power. After ten years apart, Meggie and Mo have been reunited with Resa, Meggie’s mother, who spent nearly a decade in the Inkworld. Resa is not able to talk, but through her notebook she tells Meggie everything about her time in the world in the book. While there were many terrifying things in the Inkworld, there is also so much beauty. Meggie cannot help being enchanted with the world and craves a chance to visit it. When Dustfinger finally finds a way back to the Inkworld with the help of a man named Orpheus, Farid wishes to follow him. When he asks Meggie to send him there, Meggie decides to go with him. Meggie just wants to see the Inkworld for herself, and she knows a way to send herself back home once she’s there. Together, Farid and Meggie set out to the Inkworld to find Dustfinger and protect him from the evil Basta. When they arrive, they meet up with Fenoglio, the original writer of Inkheart who is disappointed with how things in his story have changed from his original design. Fenoglio’s words have sparked even more troubles when Mo arrives and is mistaken for a robber from one of Fenoglio’s newer tales. While the Inkworld is just as beautiful as Meggie imagined, it is also full of cruelty and the same dangers that threatened Meggie’s life a year ago. One thing is for sure: words have a power that is greater than anyone imagined.
Boy, am I thankful that this book gave character descriptions in the preface. It’s been a year since I read Inkheart and these character descriptions helped remind me of what happened. Meggie is now thirteen and is enchanted with the world in the book Inkheart, from which her father accidentally brought characters from its pages to our world. Now Meggie wants to temporarily visit the Inkworld to experience the world that Dustfinger wanted to return to so badly. Using her ability that she inherited from her father, she manages to find a way inside the book, where her adventure begins. Inkspell was fast paced and full of creative world building. I like Funke’s writing and so many parts were beautifully phrased. This book, like Inkheart, raises many interesting questions about the books we read and the fantasy worlds we love. If you had a chance to enter your favourite book, would you? This book is mainly about the power of stories, and that mixed with the fantasy elements make it original. Funke took the ability that Meggie and Mo possessed in Inkheart and expanded on it and looked at the different things that could come from it. As a sequel, there wasn’t more you could ask for, since this time we get to go into the world of Inkheart, whereas in the first book we only got to meet characters that had once lived within the book’s pages. The stakes are much higher in this book. While the characters felt realistic, at the same time there so many of them and we didn’t get to know any of them that deeply. The length of the book made it feel like it dragged on forever. At the same time, this book was well written with a well-developed plot and fantasy world. Inkspell is really about words and Funke chooses hers well.
It’s the night before Christmas and Gracetown is hit by a snowstorm. Jubilee is sent to her Grandparent’s house in Florida when her parents are arrest...moreIt’s the night before Christmas and Gracetown is hit by a snowstorm. Jubilee is sent to her Grandparent’s house in Florida when her parents are arrested at a sale for pieces of a Christmas village. When the snowstorm causes Jubilee’s train to break down, she takes refuge at a waffle house with other passengers, and ends up spending Christmas with the perfect stranger. Tobin and his friends intended to spend Christmas Eve watching James Bond movies, but instead rush to the waffle house for the chance to spend the snowstorm with some stranded cheerleaders. Meanwhile, Addie just wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend Jeb but finds herself searching town for a friend’s teacup pig. When the world becomes a winter wonderland, new love and second chances seem to be in the air.
I read this book in March and it’s still fairly fresh in my mind, so that should tell you something. I love Maureen Johnson, John Green, Christmas and snow, so I had to check out this book. The stories were sweet and light, centring around romance and new beginnings. This book is composed of three short stories by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. Johnson’s story had all of her usual charm and sense of humour, and you have to love the quirky Jubilee. I loved the mini-adventure in John Green’s story and the romance that Tobin finds was my favourite in Let it Snow. The first two stories captured what I love about the holidays and put me in the Christmas spirit (in March.) Lauren Myracle’s story was the final part of the book, and I don’t think she did a good job of tying the three story lines together. At the time, I’d never even heard of Lauren Myracle and this story made me not want to read anything by her again. However, since then I have read Shine, which was excellent. I think Myracle is a good writer, although maybe short stories aren’t her thing. Her story is called “The Patron Saint of Pigs,” and I honestly couldn’t tolerate Addie, let alone like her. The plot wasn’t engaging at all and was easily forgettable. The book ends with all the different characters meeting in a Starbucks. It felt awkward and didn’t do credit to the rest of the book. Although it ended on a bad note, I still enjoyed Let it Snow as a whole.
If I had to describe this book in two words it would be “winter fluff.” It was a quick read full of cuteness and winter romance. If you are a fan of any of these three authors and are looking for a fun read this Christmas, then it’s worth checking out. There were some flaws, but I think it’s a nice book to read on a snowy night.