Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fabulous Ending to a Fabulous Dystopian Series: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium, #3)

Requiem (Delirium #3)
Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian Fiction
Rating 5

Wow, school is a bit overwhelming along with working and getting sick…however, I did manage to sneak in Requiem, the last book in the Delirium trilogy recently and…I LOVED it! I was a bit scared because of all the mixed reviews I’d seen.

Requiem was fast paced and well written just like the others, but got back a bit more of the depth Delirium had.  The love triangle continues, but the emotions are still raw and vivid for the reader. Placed in Lena’s situation, I would be a total wreck, however, her ability to cope provides a great strong female role model. This story flipped back and forth between Lena and Hana, which at first I absolutely detested…but then really really loved the added element of having the voice of a “cured” along with one of the “resistance”.

I feel like many people probably had a problem with the ending as it does provide some closure, but also a lot of room for reader interpretation and creativity. Typically I despise endings like these, but with this series I appreciated the opportunity to imagine the closure of my choosing.

Now on to homework and then book club planning so I can start reading The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis sent to me by the publisher 🙂 (maybe I’ll sneak in dinner at some point…who knows….)

And the Awesomeness Continues: Pandemonium #2 by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian Fiction
Rating 4.5

There was a reason for putting this book off so long…Oliver’s writing sucks you in and doesn’t let you go.  I lost my whole weekend (time I had planned on doing homework and cleaning) to finishing this book and starting the last book in this amazing trilogy.  Not that I’m complaining.  It’s a sign of a great book if you can’t put it down, but be prepared to lose your reading self-control and ignore the real world for a while once you pick up these books.

So in this second installment, Lena continues on her journey, this time in the Wilds…and dealing with what happened at the end of the Delirium.

Grief is like sinking, like being buried. I am in water the tawny color of kicked-up dirt. Every breath is full of choking. There is nothing to hold on to, no sides, no way to claw myself up.  There is nothing to do but let go.

Let go. Feel the weight all around you, feel the squeezing of your lungs, the slow, low pressure.  Let yourself go deeper.  There is nothing but bottom.  There is nothing but the taste of metal, and th echoes of old things, and days that look like darkness.

This story flips back and forth between a not so distance past and the “now” all in Lena’s perspective.  We get to meet a whole crew of new characters who I found to be marvelous.  New dangers and, dare I say, possible boy are thrown Lena’s way which she handles in a very believable way. 

The writing style is still amazing and the messages are still super important.                                                        

That is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.

It is hard and deep and angular, a system of blockades. It is everything and total.

Hatred it a high tower.

A well done dystopian!….But again, beware the ending!!! Yikes, have the 3rd one on hand…

 

Top Ten Books I’d Like to See as Perfect Movies

Top Ten Books I Would Like to See Made Into Perfect Movies

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I thought this was going to be a movie…I don’t think a movie will ever do this book justice, but if it could it would be the best movie ever 🙂

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This would be such an awesome kid’s adventure movie! It would be inspiring and fun…and hopefully encourage reading?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

If the casting was done right, these could be spectacular! Given time, I will think up my favorite cast…has anyone cast this series already?

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

These would be fun to watch…if the casting is done right, it can be a-mazing! Fast paced, action packed, with a fairy tale edge; pretty darn close to perfect.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I would love to see the Book World come to life! This could be such a cool movie…

Peter and the Starcatchers by Steve Barry and Ridley Pearson

Another awesome kid’s adventure movie. A movie about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan….it would be epic!

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage

These would be so neat to see as movies.  The books have really neat creatures and magic throughout them along with very vibrant characters.  It would be great to see it on the big screen.

Redone Books to Movies (ones that were butchered, but could be done so much better!):

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The books were full of action and are un-put-downable, however, the movie was boring to me.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m sorry, but that was not my Ethan Wate on the big screen.  My Ethan was sweeter and softer. And there was no KELTING in the movie! Ugh..I’m donating my DVD to a library sale.

IInkheart (Inkworld, #1)nkheart by Cornelia Funke

This could have been an epic movie saga…I don’t quite know what happened (or what happened to my copy, I just realized it’s missing!).

Got any ideas on casting???

5/5! Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone #1
Leigh Bardugo
YA Fiction
Rating 5

Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, you were amazing, you made me lose sleep, and cry, and make noises while I read so that people looked at me funny. I love you.  Thank you to everyone who has ever suggested I read these books! I feel ashamed it took me so long (although now I wish I would have waited until the third one was out…).

These are amazing YA fantasy reads! They have adventure, romance, a cool world, weird evil creatures, awesome Grisha (kinda like magic) abilities, and absolutely fabulous characters.  There are few stories where I fall madly in love with each and every character (usually some are just so not believable or I plain don’t like them) but I thoroughly enjoyed every character in this book.

 The main character, Alina, is a stubborn, sassy, independent female character (yes, I know, you may think “typical”, but she’s not! I promise….) who discovers she is anything but the ordinary peasant girl she thought she was. Then there is her childhood crush Mal who is super attractive and frustratingly such a … guy if ya know what I mean.  There is also the mysterious yet also handsome Darkling (I love this character!). I also love the beautiful Genya, the conniving Noya, and once you get to S&S, Sturmhond (omgosh…Sturmhond swoon).
The banter between the characters throughout these books is so wonderful. It makes me want to be friends with the author and exchange some sarcastic humor with her.Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

As for the plot…well I really don’t want to tell you. It’s a save-the-word thing, but I think you’re better off going into this story without knowing too much about what’s going to happen just that it’s going to be an amazing ride : )

Now that ending to Siege and Storm…how could you leave us hanging like that Leigh Bardugo??

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Monthly Reading Recap – August

Thank goodness August is over. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish everyday, but I LOVE fall weather…and of course kids going back to school 🙂 However, that does mean I also start school, but I’ve always been a nerd (imagine that, right?) and kind of enjoyed it.

So throughout August I managed to read 7 books and completed a bookish wall art project for myself!

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Pure (Pure, #1)

 

First off was a YA dystopian.

Pure

Julianna Baggott

Rating: 4/5

 

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

Adult Fiction/Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

 

 

 

And the Mountains Echoed

 

Finally got around to reading Hosseini’s new one…and it’s fabulous!

And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini

Adult Fiction

Rating: 4/5

 

 

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)

And then there was a new PInk Carnation novel!!!

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria  (#10)

Lauren Willig

Adult Historical Fiction/Romance

Rating: 5/5

 

 

The Son of SobekI realized I had missed the release of a Riordan short story…

The Son of Sobek

Rick Riordan

JF Fiction

Rating: 5/5

 

TThe Storytellerhe Storyteller

Jodi PIcoult

Adult Fiction

Rating: 3.75/5

 

 

 

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Read, but not yet reviewed…

Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo

YA Fiction/Fantasy

Rating; 5/5

 

Be sure to check out what some of my favorite book bloggers have been up to this past month too!

Nikki at Book Reviews by Nikki Hawkes read a ton of amazing books, so if you need reading inspiration head on over her way.

Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity participated in ARC August and read tons of great ones!

Briana and her crew over at Pages Unbound provided a bunch of great reviews too along with some blogger interviews worth checking out.

I also enjoyed Kerri at Turn the Page Reviews reviews this month. They aren’t books I would instantly gravitate towards, but that’s what I like…learning about books outside my comfort zone.

What were you up to last month?

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