Currently reading. It took me a few tries to be in the right frame of mind to read this book - I've owned it for over a year and a half. I have a hardCurrently reading. It took me a few tries to be in the right frame of mind to read this book - I've owned it for over a year and a half. I have a hard time reading books based on the Holocaust, even though I've read many. I like the narrator - a sympathetic, personified version of Death - very unexpected. The story focuses on a small German family and their little town. This is the first time I've read a book set in this era in which I've been able to sympathize with the German people. The characters in this book are fear that if they don't comply with Hitler and his Nazi regime, they will be persecuted as well, even starved. It alludes to the horrors the Jewish people and many millions of others suffered in concentration camps, a nearby one is Dachau. Yet,the main conflict of the book centers around the protagonist, Liesel and her adoptive family, and their decision to help a Jewish friend by hiding him in their home. Another unusual feature of the book is that it isn't told in chronological order. "Death" tends to skip around in time as he relates the story of Liesel, the book theif. Maybe because Death is timeless. The skipping around in time may be confusing for someone who has not studied the Holocaust or the causes of it. I would suggest keeping a computer nearby to look up unfamiliar events or people; however, this book is well worth the effort. Some great companion novels:The Diary of Anne Frank, Night by Eli Wiesel, and The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen.
I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down. I liked how his dreamworld and real world interconnected. I loved the dog who followed Lena to I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down. I liked how his dreamworld and real world interconnected. I loved the dog who followed Lena to keep her safe. I loved the southern gothic setting. I did think that the magic is too quickly introduced at times especially when Ethan meets the family, and it seems confusing at times, but I loved the interchange between past and present. I didn't like who the antagonist turned out to be, but it's highly plausible given the story structure. I'm not supposed to like the antagonist and I don't like this person through the entirety of the book. I just think the Ethan would have recognized the extreme change in behavior sooner....more
I loved this series, but what is really cool about it is, I recommended these books to my students. When I introduced my classroom library, Hunger GamI loved this series, but what is really cool about it is, I recommended these books to my students. When I introduced my classroom library, Hunger Games was one of several books I showed to my classes. Boys clamored to read the book. They didn't care that the main character is a girl. In fact, they fought over who would get to read a copy of it next. I only had two copies. When I bought the second and third books, they fought over who would get to read them next. It was hilarious and awesome at the same time. Absolutely exciting, page turning and horrifying at the same time. I loved Suzanne Collins tie in with mythology of tributes being sent into a game as sacrifices for their communities, like the Minotaur of ancient Greek myth. I also loved her inclusion of reality TV and the whole Big Brother is watching with cameras. Well done!...more
Delirium is well-written and plotted throughout. The hook-up with Alex was a bit too predictable, I would have liked a little more tug of war there, sDelirium is well-written and plotted throughout. The hook-up with Alex was a bit too predictable, I would have liked a little more tug of war there, since she isn't supposed to know what love really is. I should think she would have worked a little harder at resisting him (even though he seems awesome, and he could have been more mysterious.) I loved the surprise twist near the end, which I am not giving away here. I didn't expect what she found out even though Lauren Oliver does a great job of foreshadowing the event. I'm not sure what to think of how it ended, (I loved it) and I'm hoping that Lena is wrong about Alex, but I think Oliver has more up her sleeve than she's letting Lena and the reader know about. I love how the book has excerpts from the books of Lena's world at the beginning of every chapter, which makes me wonder just how much more was written besides what we see in the book. I can't wait to read Pandemonium. I definitely recommend this book. Lauren Oliver is poetic and her writing is deeply moving as a book about falling love for the first time, especially forbidden love, should be....more
Amy, a teen from the 21st century is frozen, along with her parents, and spends 250 years, flying in the bottom of a space ship toward a new planet. HAmy, a teen from the 21st century is frozen, along with her parents, and spends 250 years, flying in the bottom of a space ship toward a new planet. Her parents are to be part of the group who helps terraform the new planet to make it habitable for more Earth colonizers. However, she is woken fifty years before the ship, Godspeed, is scheduled to land because someone unplugs her and leaves her to die.
Luckily, Elder, a young man who is being trained to become the leader of the people who inhabit the ship, finds her and helps her get medical treatment.
As Amy tries to figure out the ship and why she was unplugged along with several other people, who end up dying, Elder tries to figure out why certain information is being kept from him by Eldest, the leader of the ship.
This book reminded me of Lois Lowry's The Giver, Jonah and Elder are very similar in that they both grew up in their dystopian societies. Amy reminds me of Wanderer from Stephenie Meyer's The Host. She is like a fish out of water and is often in danger from the strange, genetically altered humans who have grown up on the ship. Like Wanderer, Amy has a strong sense of the value of human life. So does Elder, but he has been so misinformed by his society, that Amy has to inform him of the realiities of human history as much as she can remember.
Wonderfully developed characters and setting. The ship, itself, is almost a character, too. I did figure out one of the characters before Amy and Elder figure it out; however, I still wasn't sure if he/she (not revealing that) was a good person or an evil one.
I loved this book so much because of the way it describes wolves. In second grade I won this wolf poster for ordering books from Scholastic Books in mI loved this book so much because of the way it describes wolves. In second grade I won this wolf poster for ordering books from Scholastic Books in my class. That poster of a lone Timber Wolf standing on a snowy incline hung in my room from 2nd grade through college. (I may still have it somewhere.) I've always felt an affinity to wolves and hated the fairy tales about them being these killer beasts. When I read Shiver, I immediately identified with Grace. Through her I was able to live out one of my childhood fantasies of befriending a wolf. I also loved her poetic language and how she split the narrative between Grace and Sam. Unlike Twilight, I loved both the protagonists from the beginning of the book to the end. (I'm a Twilight fan, but it took me a while to warm up to the cold, distant Edward.) So much so, the book had me in tears for several hours both times I read it. I had to reread the ending twice to make sure I read it correctly. I will NOT give away the end. This is another book I recommended to my students and my daughter read it too. Once again, my students, girls this time, fought over who would read it next....more
Okay, the things I loved about the book - 1) Grace and Sam are back! 2)The wolf/human switch is viral, but doesn't last very long, 3) what happens toOkay, the things I loved about the book - 1) Grace and Sam are back! 2)The wolf/human switch is viral, but doesn't last very long, 3) what happens to Grace in the end, totally logical, 4) Isobel and Cole's developing relationship, 5) I liked that Cole became a contributing member of the story and became more worthy of Isobel's affection.
Now, for the reasons I rated this a 3 instead of a 4 or 5 - 1) abrupt switches back and forth with characters got confusing - there are two more this time, 2)I didn't sympathize with Cole for most of the book and found him to be a little hard to believe at times, 3)missed the poetic quality of the first book, missed the frequency of Grace's voice, 4) missed Sam, but got to know him better, too, 5) found Grace running away from home to live with Sam a little far-fetched too, I think her parents would have had the police looking for her more, especially since they were so freaked out about everything and suddenly decided to pay attention to her.
I still highly recommend this book. You have to know what happens next and it is a good read. I just didn't enjoy it as much as Shiver....more
If you like zombie apocalypse type books, you would like this world-ending-by-the-undead kind of book. Instead of zombies, it's vampires. But definiteIf you like zombie apocalypse type books, you would like this world-ending-by-the-undead kind of book. Instead of zombies, it's vampires. But definitely NOT Vampire Diaries or Twilight. It's a combination of The Andromeda Strain, Prey (both by Michael Crichton), The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Dracula and a bunch of Tom Clancy military thrillers and Stephen King horrors I've read. Entertaining, exciting and at times, gruesome....more
This was a good quick read. I like the thriller aspect of this paranormal, and the little unexpected twist, although I knew who the mysterious antagonThis was a good quick read. I like the thriller aspect of this paranormal, and the little unexpected twist, although I knew who the mysterious antagonist was before it was revealed in the book. Loved the paranormal aspects of the book and how she got information from different senses, not just clairvoyance, but her other senses were involved to, like smells or sounds. Nice touch. Also, like that Derting included the chapters where we got the killer's point of view. Although it's creepy, it makes this a thrilling read. I'll definitely keep reading this series....more
I'm a huge Poe fan, so I had high expectations for this book, and Creagh delivered. I don't want to give too much away, but cheerleader gets paired wiI'm a huge Poe fan, so I had high expectations for this book, and Creagh delivered. I don't want to give too much away, but cheerleader gets paired with a goth guy for an English project. Poe is the author chosen. Reality and imagination and dreams intertwine in this mystery of what may have really happened to Edgar Allan Poe on the days before his death. Well-written and fantastically dark, yet not gruesome....more
Overall, the book was okay. If someone never saw pictures like those before and had never read anything about kids with superpowers before, they mightOverall, the book was okay. If someone never saw pictures like those before and had never read anything about kids with superpowers before, they might like it more than I did. The peculiar children were difficult to distinguish from one another because the characterization was so shallow. Even Ellen, who is one of the main characters did not seem to have much depth, and the fact that she falls in love with her childhood sweetheart's grandson is just in a word...creepy. I think this book would have been way more interesting from the viewpoint of the grandfather and told from the time period of when he was a boy. The main character, Jacob, was kind of hard to like. He redeems himself by trying to save everyone, but this book could have been better. A little more humor, a lot more characterization of minor characters so we can at least tell them apart, and a love interest who wasn't already in love with the main character's grandfather would have improved this book and I would have given it a higher rating. With this said, I still liked the book as something a thirteen or fourteen year old boy might read and will recommend it to those students who I think might enjoy its "peculiarities."...more
This book did not disappoint. Well-written and well-plotted. Lena changed so much in this book and really grew as a character. I really did not want hThis book did not disappoint. Well-written and well-plotted. Lena changed so much in this book and really grew as a character. I really did not want her to open her heart to another person, but Lauren Oliver did a good job with showing how a person could actually be grieving someone and falling in love with someone else at the same time, blurring the lines between who that person really loves.
The ending chilled me, but I kind of predicted this would happen. The only thing that I didn't really get was Lena's mom. That part went by a little to fast, and I didn't really feel like Lena thought about that as much as she should have. Maybe another paragraph or so, not pages. But I do like Lauren's tighter writing in this book. It moves quickly and is full of action. Sometimes that's a trade-off.
Usually book 2 is just a means to get to book 3, throwing in more complications, which ultimately don't really mean a whole lot. But this book shows Lena's growth and strength of character. At first, I didn't like the switching back and forth of Now and Then, but once I got used to the book's structure, I loved that Oliver chose to tell the story this way. One thing I did miss was her quotes from the Book of Shhh with every chapter, but maybe that's because Lena isn't really reading it anymore.
I can't wait to see what Oliver has in store for us for book 3.
If you haven't read the Delirium series, you should!!! It's one of the best series I've read, right up there for me with Shiver, Hunger Games and Twilight. ...more