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Love and the Letdown: The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Howdy!

Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy had been on my TBR list for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I had about fifteen students, all in one week’s time, command that I finally read these books. So, I just do what my students tell me, mostly because these girls were a little rabid and I was honestly a bit scared Delirium by Lauren Oliverof them! haha

So, I finally read Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver in early fall. I was on a bit of a necessarily review writing hiatus (life was crazy yo) so I decided to consider these books as a whole.

Overall, I thought the whole premise behind these books was really inventive. The idea of love as a disease that future governments would strive to eradicate is pretty interesting. I mean when you think about it, it does makes sense that love would be seen as the root of all the world’s problems. So I was impressed with the first book, Delirium and how Oliver portrayed this dystopian world where love was a thing to be feared. Overall, Oliver’s world building was pretty strong. I loved the excerpts from the Book of Shhh (Lena’s society’s holy book) and the legends and myths that were retold to fit the society’s needs. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The way society was set-up in Lena’s, the main character, world reminded me a bit of the society in Westerfeld’s Uglies series. When teens turn a specific age they are to undergo massive surgery to “fix” them. In the Uglies books it is to make them “pretty”, whereas in Oliver’s books the surgery is intended to cure one’s brain of the disease of love. When we meet Lena she is prepping for her soon-to-be-scheduled “cure” when someone comes into her life forcing her to rethink everything she has been told.

I really liked the first two books, Delirium and Pandemonium. In these first two books, Lena’s world slowly unfurls until the world she knew becomes a totally different creature altogether. The momentum was building just like the rebellion….and then we got to Requiem. Really, I was enjoying the book, not as much as the first two but enjoying it, and then we got to the ending. I’m not going to give anything away here, but talk about a let down! I felt like Oliver just left us with nothing and I was Requiem by Lauren Oliversuper disappointed.

All in all, this was a fun series. In the end however, I just wanted so much more than what Oliver was willing to give, I guess. I did enjoy the books however as a whole, and would recommend them to 7th grade readers and up who are fans of the dystopian genre.

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Audiobook

Length: Delirium (11 hours and 47 minutes), Pandemonium (10 hours and 37 minutes), Requiem (10 hours and 13 minutes)

Narrator(s): Sarah Drew

Series: The Delirium trilogy

YA/MG: MG or YA

Buy the Book: Delirium Pandemonium (Delirium) Requiem (Delirium)

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Reading Queue: November

the-reading-queueHi there!

Welcome to my November Reading Queue!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi there!) and Books: A true story , where we share our reading plans  for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I love visiting the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

How I Did Last Month

Guys, I completely sucked with reading in general during October! And when I did read I didn’t keep to my Reading Queue! LAME. Plus, I didn’t even read anything in print this past month, I only listened to audiobooks, which is not a bad thing (because I love audiobooks), just odd.

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley (audiobook)
I loved this strange supernatural read. It reminded me a lot of The Gemma Doyle trilogy.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (audiobook)

Okay, so I liked parts of this book a lot, but the end left me feeling “meh”.

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu (audiobook)

My husband and I started and finished this on the drive to and from my little brother’s wedding.

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

I really enjoyed this series, but wanted more at the end.

My November Reading Queue

Again, I have high hopes for my reading this coming month. Hopefully I can actually stay on track because I REALLY want to read all the books I have listed here. I’ll be on a plane to and from the UK later this month, so that will be a big help!

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (ebook)

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)

I just started this one and I’m really liking it a lot so far!

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter (print)

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth (print)

AHHHHH!

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (print)

Some steampunk to brighten my month!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood & Starlight by Lani Taylor (audiobook)

 There you have it! What are you planning to read during November? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Do you have any suggestions on which I should start with?

If you’re interested in joining up, add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! We’re happy to have you!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should’ve Finished by Now

Welcome Back BookTasty friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we book bloggers get to highlight books based on a specific theme. This week’s theme is officially Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders, but me and this theme just weren’t meshing well, so I decided to mix it up a little.

My theme for this week is Series I Should’ve Finished by Now but Haven’t. Okay, so I read a ton of books. I usually have one print, one e-book and one audiobook all going at once so you’d think I’d have more time to complete some of my favorite series, but alas…I haven’t! The series listed below are all ones I really, really liked, but just haven’t gotten around to finishing….yet!

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverDelirium series by Lauren Oliver.  I still haven’t read Pandemonium or Requiem, but I do have the audiobooks checked out from my public library right now!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Okay so I wasn’t a huge fan of Silence (book 3), but I enjoy this series and need to read Finale.

Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. I have yet to read Supernaturally or Endlessly.

beautifulchaos1The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I’ve only read the first book, Beautiful Creatures, but there are still 3 more books to read!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterHeist Society series by Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors but I still haven’t read the third book in his series, Perfect Scoundrels.

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisAcross the Universe series by Beth Revis. I thought Across the Universe was awesome, but just can’t seem to get to A Million Suns or Shades of Earth.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanSummer trilogy by Jenny Han. I read books one and two, but still have We’ll Always Have Summer left!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreGraceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore. These first two books are amazing! I own Bitterblue but it’s so large I’m super intimidated!

Envy by Anna GodbersenLuxe books by Anna Godberson. I got stuck after book two and haven’t yet read Envy or Splendor.

Rip Tide by Kat FallsDark Life books by Kat Falls. I thought book one was great but just haven’t had the chance to read Rip Tide yet.

I can’t deny that all the series I mentioned above are awesome reads! That’s not the problem! There just literally isn’t enough time in the day for me to read all the books I lust after! I totally do want to read all the books!

Read All the Books

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Reading Queue: September

the-reading-queueHappy September!

I’ve already talked about this on the blog a little bit, but I LOVE autumn! Yes, it means school is back in session, but it also means that the weather is getting crisper and the start of college football season! Yay!

So, it’s time for the Reading Queue! This is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story , where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I was really bad at checking out other bloggers’ Reading Queues for August, but I hope to do better this month!

My Reading Queue

School has already started but I’m getting into the swing of things. Let’s see what’s on my queue for the month!

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (audio)

 

 

 

 

The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (I have it on audio, so I think I’ll FINALLY get to this one!)

 

 

 

 

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam Forster

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

 

 

 

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (e-galley)

 

 

 

 

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Chime by Franny Billingsley (audio)

 

 

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (e-galley)

 

 

 

 

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (audio)

 

 

 

 

How I Did Last Month

With the start of school I knew that I wouldn’t get as many books in as I had hoped for but 5 out of a goal of 7 still makes me feel good!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

 

 

 

 

Nantucke Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Technically I finished this one on September 1, but I only had like 10% left to read that day, so I’m counting it as an August read.



 There you have it! What tasty treats you planning to read in September? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I gobble up first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Just Had to Buy, but Are Still Sitting Unread on My Shelf

Well hello there friends!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish)!

You know that feeling when you enter a book store and you just have to buy all the books? Okay, well maybe not ALL the books, but you must absolutely no questions asked by some books? Yes, I knew you would understand. It’s such an overwhelming feeling of book lust that it cannot be denied. So, you purchase said books. You place them on your shelf all pretty-like and you can’t wait to read them. Then suddenly, months go buy and you realize you still haven’t read the books you just HAD to HAVE!

Let’s take a peek at the list of some books on my shelf that I HAD to buy, but still have yet to read.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

The Vespertine by Saundra MitchellThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Winter Town by Stephen EmondWintertown by Stephen Emond

Bluebloods by Melissa de la CruzBluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle ZinkProphecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Dead City by James PontiDead City by James Ponti

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacCollPrisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

I know! I know! How could I abandon these books to a life of loneliness on my book shelves? I don’t know! I’m obviously the worst book lover of all kinds! But let’s just say I was going to read them…which would you recommend I save first?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like to Start but Just Haven’t Yet

Hey there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme for us to create a list to. This lweek’s official theme is Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t Yet.

I have no idea why I haven’t started reading any of the following series yet, especially because I have heard nothing but good things about them! But for whatever reason I just haven’t gotten around to them yet (and I even own some of them!). So, let’s see which series I am regretfully missing out on.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa1. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Delirium by Lauren Oliver2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand3. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter4. The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

Shatter My by Tahereh Mafi5. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Gone by Michael Grant6. Gone series by Michael Grant

Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz7. Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Firelight by Sophie Jordan8. Firelight series by Sophie Jordan

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson10. The Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Okay, which of these do I need to make sure I read right away? Let me know! :)

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Tasty Treats (7)

Hi there! Happy Sunday!

Recently, I received two gift cards to Barnes and Noble as Christmas gifts!  One from my brother-in-law (thanks Ray!) and the other from my Secret Santa at school (Thanks Dep!).

You can imagine how excited I was upon receiving these gift cards! I immediately started dreaming out what titles I’d buy. I spent some time reviewing my Waiting on Wednesday posts and my TBR list on Goodreads to refresh my memory on books I’d been wanting for a while.  Well, I ended up purchasing four books with those gift cards and they all finally came in this week (SO EXCITED!). Shall we take a looksy?!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

I love looking at them all lined up, but let’s get a better look at each of those pretty covers!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickDelirium by Lauren Oliver

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFeversThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Man, I’m a sucker for brand new books! Is it weird that I kind of want to caress them all? You know what…just don’t answer that!

Each of these books are ones that initially drew my attention, but then I kept hearing such fabulous reviews I knew I had to read them. So yes! I think I spent my gift cards pretty wisely, don’t you?!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Requiem

Happy Wednesday! 

Every week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday, a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. What’s the purpose of Waiting on Wednesday? The goal is to highlight upcoming titles that we are having trouble waiting patiently for.

This week I’m waiting on Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver.Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Now, I have a confession to make…I haven’t read the first two books (Delirium, Pandemonium) in this series.

I know right?!

Really, really I want to read these books! The covers call to me every time I see them in the library and the store. I have no idea why I haven’t gotten my grubby little librarian fingers on these books yet! So, hopefully by March 2013, when Requiem is released, I will have had a chance to read the first two books. 

What books are you waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Enchanting Fairy Tales Retold

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to foster community among book bloggers. There is usually an official theme, and sometimes I go with it sometimes I don’t. Today is one of the times where I’m like Stevie Nicks and I go my own way!!! :p

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am a massive fan of fairy tales. Thus, I’m a massive fan of fairy tales retold. I love when authors take a well-known fairy tale, mix in their own creativity, to come out with a completely unique and new story to enjoy. Over the years, I’ve read some that I wasn’t impressed with, and then I’ve also read those that totally enchanted me.

Today’s Top Ten list is broken up into two parts. The first is Fairy Tale re-tellings I’ve already read (and enjoyed), while the second half is some titles I’ve heard are fabulous but haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Already Read:

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson HaddixJust Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgePrincess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Want to Read:

Liesl and Po by Lauren OliverLiesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierWildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (I’m currently reading this one.)

Golden by Cameron DokeyGolden: A Retelling of Rapunzel by Cameron Dokey

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon

Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry and Ridley PearsonPeter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry

Are you a fan of retold fairy tales? Can you recommend any I missed? I’d love some recommendations for future reading. :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: February New Releases

Tomorrow is the first day of February!  As always, new months bring new books, which makes me very happy! Today’s top ten tuesday is spotlighting some of the new February releases in YA/MG fiction.  Obviously, this is only ten titles out of the many that will be published this month.  Enjoy!

The Girls of No Return by Erin SaldinThe Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin (Feb 1) YA

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Island of Shadows by Erin HunterIsland of Shadows (Seekers: Return to the Wild 1) by Erin Hunter (Feb 7) MG

Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa survived the perilous mission that brought them together, and now it’s time for them to find their way home. Kallik and Lusa are ready to be among their own kinds again, but Toklo, devastated by the loss of their companion Ujurak, feels hopeless and afraid of what’s to come.

Dead to You by Lisa McMannDead to You by Lisa McMann (Feb 7) YA

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked.

In Too Deep by Amanda GraceIn Too Deep by Amanda Grace (Feb 8) YA

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Davis. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That’s how rumors of rape started.  Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone’s on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger-forcing me to make a terrible choice.

Pure by Julianna BaggottPure by Julianna Baggott (Feb 8) YA

And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Quest for te Secret Keeper by Victoria LaurieQuest for the Secret Keeper (Oracles of Delphi Keep #3) by Victoria Laurie (Feb 14) MG

The Royal Navy has taken the keep to use as a hospital and the tunnels running under the keep and the castle are ideal to set up a central communications outpost for the approaching war. The earl is happy to help the effort, but now the keep is no longer safe for the orphans and they must be evacuated to his winter residence.
Ian, Theo, and Carl know that if they’re sent away, they’ll no longer be protected. But more important than their safety is deciphering the third prophecy. All clues point to a quest. The orphans don’t know where they must go, but they know they must rescue the Secret Keeper.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCourThe Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Feb 16) YA

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa JensenThe Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (Feb 16) YA

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating?

Fever by Lauren DeStefanoFever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano  (Feb 21) YA

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.  The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous.

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver  (Feb 27) YA

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.