Book Finds: Personal Effects

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

PERSONAL EFFECTS by E. M. KOKIE
RELEASE DATE. September 12, 2012
PUBLISHER. Candlewick Press

SYNOPSIS. After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.’s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.’s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR PERSONAL EFFECTS? Finally, another contemporary book from a male perspective.

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Book Finds: The Opposite of Hallelujah

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
RELEASE DATE. October 9, 2012
PUBLISHER. Delacorte Books for Young Readers

SYNOPSIS. Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child—and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro’s parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah’s a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can’t understand why her parents cut her sister so much slack, and why they’re not pushing for answers.

Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate Caro’s new boyfriend and put her on the outs with her friends and her parents, she seeks solace from an unexpected source. And when she unearths a clue about Hannah’s past—one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her—Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH? I can’t wait what’s in store in this dark contemporary read. The cover really gives out the book an intriguing and eerie vibrance.

What are you looking forward to read? Share your thoughts below.

Book Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

SERIES. Carrier, Book One
RELEASE DATE. October 4, 2011
PUBLISHER. HarperTeen
PAGES. 342
FORMAT. Paperback
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.




THOUGHTS. Being a huge fan of elemental magic, Carrier of the Mark won my heart. It may not be obvious in the premise but little by little Carrier of the Mark sank into me. It was a totally engrossing read and never did I think that I’ll finish it in one sitting.

I totally loved Fallon’s fresh idea of elemental magic. She even combined it with Irish mythology that really set the world of Carrier of the Mark apart from other paranormal books. Though in the beginning, elemental magic remained a mystery, Fallon gradually threw the needed answers every turn of page. There weren’t any dull moments in this book. Everything was detailed and captivating. Fallon really knew how to draw a reader’s attention.

Fallon also captivated me with her style of writing. It wasn’t flowery but smooth and quick. Even as a debut author, she didn’t show simplicity when it comes to twists and turns because every once in a while there were moments that were unpredictable and left me thinking.

Almost all the characters in the story left a mark in me. I admired Megan’s character for showing developments in terms of being strong and fearless. She willed herself to protect her love for Adam from anything that could go their way. The other characters as well like Adam, Áine, and Rían also were likable. I liked how Fallon gave them elemental powers that really suited their attitudes.

Brace yourself for Carrier of the Mark. Leigh Fallon crafted an enchanting story yet so mysterious which slowly unfolds with every turn of page. Thus, this magical, romantic page-turner left me breathless for wanting more. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Cork in her twenties. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, CARRIER OF THE MARK, was conceived. She promptly abandoned her riveting career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, her manuscript hit the coveted top-five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the United States.

Blog Tour - Book Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

SERIES. Farsighted, Book One
RELEASE DATE. November 24, 2011
PUBLISHER. Blue Crown Press
PAGES. 235
FORMAT. Electronic Book
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE. Paranormal, Romance
ACQUISITION. Author
PURCHASE. AMAZON
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SYNOPSIS. Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.

EXCERPT

At Sweet Blossoms, Mom makes a huge fuss over my “becoming a ladies’ man, and with such pretty ladies too.” I keep my hands clasped on my cane to keep myself from strangling her. After making sure she’s thoroughly embarrassed me, Mom closes up shop early, swings by the pizza parlor, and delivers the three of us to an empty house.

“Dad’s out on another job interview,” Mom explains, laying out paper plates and napkins and extracting a two-liter bottle of orange pop from the fridge. “Let’s save him a couple of slices, okay?”

Shapri flips open the lid off the first pizza box. “Ick, ham and pineapple,” she says, moving on to the next box. “Now here’s what I’m talking about, pepperoni with extra cheese. Yum!”

“Pineapple and ham is Alex’s favorite,” Mom announces from the kitchen, as she pours pop into Dixie cups.

“Yes, it is,” I say, nudging Shapri out of the way, so I can plop a few slices onto my plate. I don’t care how early in the afternoon it is. I’m hungry. I shove a slice in my mouth and the grease drips down my chin.

Shapri crunches on a slice of the pepperoni and cheese.

“Are you eating the crust first?” I ask; the tip of the pizza goes in mushily, not crunchily.

“Of course,” Shapri says. Her voice is muffled since her mouth is completely full of food.

“That’s how you’re supposed to eat it, save the best for last.”

“Weird,” I say, taking another huge chomp of my pizza from the intended end.

“Do they have pizza where you come from, Simmi?” Mom asks.

“Yes,” Simmi answers curtly.

“Well, why aren’t you eating anything? Don’t you like pizza?”

“Yes, I like pizza very much. But…”

I pause before tearing into my second slice. “What’s wrong?” I ask.

“Well, I don’t eat meat,” Simmi explains. “But it’s okay. I’ll just pick it off.”

“Oh no,” Mom groans. “I didn’t realize. I’m so sorry.” She comes over to the table and places a roll of paper towels in front of Simmi with a thud. “You can use this to blot at the pizza.” Mom comes up behind me and places her hands on my chair. “Okay, I’ll let you kids enjoy your party. I’m headed out to the garden to water the tomatoes. When Dad comes home, send him outside, okay?” Mom kisses me on the head and takes her leave.

Shapri and I continue eating our pizza like we’ve been starving our entire lives. Simmi blots politely at her slice, picking off the toppings and tearing it into small bits and placing them in her mouth. A few minutes later, Dad arrives through the front door.

“Hi, Alex,” he calls from the next room, while removing his shoes. “Hi, Alex’s friends.” He hangs up his jacket and makes his way over to the kitchen. “I hope you saved me a slice or two.” He stops walking all of a sudden, freezing as if he were a deer about to get hit by a semi-truck on a lonely country road.

“Hi, Dad,” I say. “Mom says she wants you to meet her outside in the garden.”

Dad clears his throat and walks back toward the front door. None of us say anything until he’s gone outside.

“That was weird,” Shapri says. “I wonder what his problem is.”

“Dad’s kind of been a bit unusual lately,” I say, hoping we can talk about something else.

“The way he was staring at me. Like I’m a ghost or something.”

From outside, Dad’s voice floats in and hangs above our conversation. I can’t quite make out the words, but I can tell he’s angry. Really angry.

“Um, I better be going,” Shapri says, shoving one last bite into her mouth and then brushing her hands off against each other, making a loud clapping noise.

“You don’t need to leave because of him,” I say. I guess Dad still ranks number one on the people

I don’t like list. I don’t want him acting like this around my guests, whether I invited them of my own accord or not.

“No, I have to go,” Shapri says with tons of conviction, while throwing her paper plate away under the sink and then heading toward the door. “My dad’s here to walk me home. He told me he’d pick me up, and now here he is.” Shapri throws her coat on over her shoulders and shoves her feet into her slip-on shoes. “I’ll see you both at school tomorrow. Happy birthday again, Alex. Bye.” Only about thirty seconds pass between the time Shapri decides to leave and the time she has disappeared through the front door.

Simmi takes a sip of pop, slurping loudly. “I wonder what that was all about,” she says. “No idea,” I whisper in case Dad is listening. “I wonder why her father didn’t even come in to say ‘hello.’ Strange.”

“Forget coming in. He didn’t come at all. No one was outside. Shapri just walked off by herself.”

THOUGHTS. I didn’t really have the idea on how the book would came out to be. First, the story was written from a male standpoint. Second, the character was blind. As a male reader, reading this book from a male point of view definitely drew me in but I didn't know what to expect as the main character’s blind. However, Farsighted gave me the most intriguing read ever and only then I realized I was caught up with the whole story.

What I truly love a lot about Farsighted is getting to experience the blind world. I got to see what the character sees. I got to feel what he feels. I got to hear what he hears. It’s really very, very unique and refreshing plus the added elements of psychic powers and other incredible abilities are enough for me to love Farsighted. Being blind is hard and perhaps writing it is definitely hard but Chand pulled it off as she crafted a story so vivid that even when you close your eyes, the scenes were perfectly envisioned. She greatly portrayed the story of a psychic blind person with complexity and persistence.

Hearing a male’s voice is definitely refreshing. It had been five years since I'd read from a male’s voice. Alex proved to everyone that despite his condition, he was solid and headstrong. Being blind was hard for him. He was bullied and made an outcast. But being blind, had him grab attention from Simmi and Shapri. Aside from his parents, they were the only people in the world who became his close friends. Perhaps for Simmi, it’s much closer. Thus, Alex was as romantic as a normal guy could be. Chand created characters who I never thought would be my favorites. They were a bit bland in the beginning but the thoughts of blandness washed over as I notice the story gets exciting and engaging.

Chand relates everything to Greek mythology. The characters’ names, the relationship of Alex with his father, and the psychic powers. I also noticed that most of the story were Indian origin. Thus, Chand proves to be an author who can create a book with diversity of not only of culture but also of possibilities.

A story like this should definitely be on everyone’s shelves. I could really say that most of what other readers are looking for in a book definitely could be found in Farsighted. It’s a book of rarity and individuality. Emlyn Chand delivered a debut novel with so much to offer. Mystery, suspense, magic, and romance rolled into one great promising book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb.

Book Finds: Wrecked

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

WRECKED by ANNA DAVIES
RELEASE DATE. May 1, 2012
PUBLISHER. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

SYNOPSIS. Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this.

Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.

But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway . . . and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.

Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.


WHY I'M WAITING FOR WRECKED? I’m really so intrigue by the darkness not only of the cover but also of the story. And the premise obviously caught my attention too, “Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this.” I can’t wait for this book!

What are you waiting for? Share your thoughts below.

Book Hoards (5)

Book Hoards is inspired by the In My Mailbox of The Story Siren. This feature showcases the books I’ve received, bought or borrowed.

FOR REVIEW

 
GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers
THE FOREVER GIRL by Rebecca Hamilton

WON

  
TAKING CHANCES by Loni Flowers
NIGHT SKY by Jolene Perry
OPEN MINDS by Susan Kaye Quinn


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books, Rebecca Hamilton, Loni FlowersStephanie Campbell, and Amaterasu Reads.

Book Review: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

SERIES. Children of The Gods, Book One
RELEASE DATE. February 28, 2012
PUBLISHER. ZOVA Books
PAGES. 346
FORMAT. Electronic - Advance Reading Copy
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance
ACQUISITION. Author
PURCHASE. AMAZON
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SYNOPSIS. Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.

For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.

Or so she thinks.

Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her.

Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable—except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to centuries of traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning—and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.

THOUGHTS. Being an obsessively huge fan of mythologies, Oppression was immediate and easy to love. Any book that has an inspiration or hint of any myth in it (Greek, Roman, Norse etc.), I definitely welcome it with wide open arms.

Oppression was both compelling and fascinating. It was both mythic and exciting. I love the idea that the gods and goddesses here weren't literally gods (or not even close enough to be associated as demigods or half-bloods). From the series title itself, they are Children of the Gods, human vessels whose blood inherited godly abilities and are called Descendants. There are no longer the Zeus, Poseidon or Hades we knew. They are reimagined in another personality. I love how Therrien put a new twist on our favorite gods and goddesses. She brilliantly and effortlessly incorporated their world into our world that I almost wanted to believe and live into. Even the idea of an impending war between the Descendants is simply fascinating and one of the subplots that I'm anxiously preparing for. Therrien’s great mixture of myth, urban fantasy and dystopian is enough for me to continue the Children of The God series.

Therrien created as well a fresh batch of mythic characters. I love Elyse’s character so much. For all of her life, she felt she was different. All she’d done was run and hide because of what she thought was an abnormality in her. I really felt her pain and anxiety when she had to avoid people. I felt her fear, loneliness, and sadness. But thanks to William, everything in Elyse’s life changed. And that’s when I found out that Elyse and William’s romance really drawn me to the story more. I adored William too. He wasn’t the kind of guy you have to hate first before falling on him. I could really feel his love for Elyse. He was the kind of guy where you feel secured and cared. But there is one unforgettable character that I really wished was given more attention, Kara. I loved her strong-willed personality and how she reacts to every situation. Kara is really one of the intriguing characters in the story. I wanted to see more of her, more of her incredible power, and definitely more of her story.

Oppression is a very good start for a beautifully weaved series. It left me wanting more. If you want a story with a handful of Greek mythology, a dash of infectious foretold romance, and a cup of a brewing war then Oppression is definitely for you. Jessica Therrien is a debut author that could blow you away. She forged an outstanding, refreshing tale that could top every favorite books in the mainstream publishing.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series, CHILDREN OF THE GODS. She spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband, and is currently at work on book three in her CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

SERIES. Healer, Book One
RELEASE DATE. January 6, 2012
PUBLISHER. Mira Books UK
PAGES. 400
FORMAT. Paperback
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance
ACQUISITION. Publisher
PURCHASE. AMAZON
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SYNOPSIS. They destroyed her world. But she’s their only hope . . . . Avry’s power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation.

When Avry uses forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from prison cell. His people need Avry’s magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan.

Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry—yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose—use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?

THOUGHTS. It’s been awhile since I have read a fantasy book. After finishing Touch of Power, it made me realized that I am missing a part of my life. I miss experiencing fantasy again. I miss being in another world. Thank God for Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power is an adventure that I'll treasure forever.

Snyder has a skill that could intricately put everything in their right places. She crafted a world so detailed, so clear, and so brilliant that it was easy to dwell into Snyder's creation; from the Fifteen Realms to its smallest towns, from the Nine Mountains to the lilies, she knows how to charm her readers and I’m unquestionably one of the charmed ones.

Snyder also delivered a cast of very amazing characters. One was Avry whom I won’t consider a girl but a woman who showed no weaknesses at all—even for love. And I adored her for that. She was a perfect heroine for me. She was so strong and did what she had to do. She had a heart and a mind of her own. Yet Avry’s story wasn’t just her story. Other characters as well were creatively written with so much wit and prowess. Each one has a distinct color, appearance, and voice and what you just have to do is listen to them and let them play in your mind all at once. Even the villains were perfectly done. I got to hate them yet couldn’t help to love them at the end. Almost all the characters were so lifelike to me. Their developments as a character and their relationships with each other were also vividly told even though the story was from Avry’s standpoint.

Almost everything in this book is brilliantly told, not only the detailed world, not only the incredible characters, not only the twists I didn’t expect coming but also the romance that shocked me most. Kerrick was an insensitive, insolent man yet he gradually changed and made Avry fell in love with him. I knew from the beginning that they would end with each other but never did I thought that something pleasurable would happened to them at the end.

Behold the fantastic world of Touch of Power where everything you could imagine could happen in one sitting. It is a gripping, unpredictable read of magic, adventure, drama, treachery, deception, romance; name it, Touch of Power has it all. Snyder crafted a unique and unlikely fantasy story that I can say one of my favorites for this year so far—perhaps my top favorite of all. Even though this is my first Maria V. Snyder book I assure you that this wouldn’t be the last.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Maria V. Snyder is the acclaimed author of the YELENA ZALTANA STUDY trilogy: POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY. Maria changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Book Finds: The Darkest Minds

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

THE DARKEST MINDS by ALEXANDRA BRACKEN
SERIES. The Darkest Minds
RELEASE DATE. December 18, 2012
PUBLISHER. Disney-Hyperion

SYNOPSIS. When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have been cursed with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of teens who escaped their own camp, pursued along the way by terrifying bounty hunters. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close to him. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Before the end, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR THE DARKEST MINDS? I was so thrilled when the cover for The Darkest Mind was revealed. I’m an old fan of Alexandra Bracken since I discovered her in Tumblr. She reblogged so much good stuff and when I came to stalk her Tumblr, I saw that she’ll be publishing this book (which back then was titled Black is the Color). I immediately added The Darkest Minds to my wishlist because the premise sounds so good. It’s a dystopian novel and the characters have superpowers. I can’t wait to devour this book.

Is the book interesting? What are you waiting for? Share your thoughts below.

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

SERIES. Delirium, Book One
RELEASE DATE. August 2, 2011
PUBLISHER. HarperCollins
PAGES. 441
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE. Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction
ACQUISITION. Bookstore
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

Still, I worry.

They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.

The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

THOUGHTS. It’s frightening to know that a world without love could exist. It’s frightening to know that love could become both a disease and a crime. Yet Lauren Oliver created that world I did not expect to love.

I absolutely love the concept of Delirium. I was actually awakened with the flaws of love. Love could kill you because of envy. Love could lead to war if used in a harmful manner. Love could actually change your whole being. Oliver wrote it in a way not to fear love but to understand more about it, to see what is really happening when we fall in love and those were the things that got me lured over Delirium.

I very much admired Lena’s character. She embodied the two different beliefs of love in Delirium—or even in our world today—the one longing to be cured from love and the other one unknowingly falling in love. Oliver really showed Lena’s heart and mind contradicting each other—as what is also happening to every human being when we get to fall in love.

I also loved how Oliver used Hana and Alex as instruments for Lena’s gradual transformation as a character. In Hana’s character, Oliver used her as her best friend who was also gradually changing yet didn’t flourish; thus, giving some contradiction to Lena’s own beliefs in her society which was so much strong for her especially when she came to appraise her family’s past. Then when Alex’s character came, that was when the great change in Lena’s life came.

Another thing that sets this story apart was the forbidden romance between Lena and Alex. Their romance was natural and so much intriguing not the kind of awkwardness I feel in other books. They too are a beautiful reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet but much more.

Love is really a beautiful thing so does the words written in Delirium. It flowed endlessly like waterfall you can’t just stop and rather be carried away. Every passages in every chapters, every realizations of Lena, I can’t help myself not to forget all those things.

The story of Delirium was brilliantly and powerfully conceived. Right from the beginning, I was completely in utter amazement over Delirium. This book absolutely stole my heart include the unexpected ending that I can’t wait to find out what really happened in the following books. With every written word, with every turn of events, Delirium is a kind of tale which you can’t just let go--a masterfully crafted unlikely beautiful tale about love, friendship, and freedom.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestseller BEFORE I FALL, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. DELIRIUM is her second novel, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and was described by The Horn Book as “a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.” A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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