Thursday, 8 March 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

 Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Other title in series: Delirium
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: February 28th 2012
Rating: 5/5

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.

*May contain spoilers*

Pandemonium the sequel to Delirium is even better than the first one. The jaw dropping cliffhanger at the end of Delirium had me sobbing into my pillow and I was dying to know what happens once Lena escapes Portland. In a world where Love is a disease just months before her procedure that will cure her from the disease called Amor Deliria Nervosa (Love) Lena Halloway falls in love with Alex. Lena manages to escape to the wilds but Alex is shot and she has to leave him behind.

Pandemonium continues from where Delirium left off and Lena finds herself in the wilds under the care of a girl named Raven, she finds it hard to adapt to their way of life eventually but slowly manages to adapt and make new friends. The story is divided into chapters called Then and Now. Then refers to Lena's time in the wilds and Now refers to Lena's fake life where she is working undercover as part of the resistance. The resistance is working to bring down the current government and eliminate the cure. Soon enough Lena is kidnapped alongside Julian the son of The DFA( disease free america) leader. 

Lena escapes with Julian and slowly finds herself falling in love again, because by now she is convinced Alex is dead. Julian is all for the cure in the beginning but once he meets Lena his viewpoint changes and he falls in love with her too.
Lauren Oliver is the queen of cliffhangers, but even before I started the book I was waiting for the ending and I was kind of expecting it and what a ending it is I was screaming for joy and jumping around.

While I love the characters of Tack and Raven I couldn't really connect with Julian's character as Alex is just the one for me.
Lauren Oliver writes in beautiful prose and the world she has created is amazing, I honestly cannot wait for Requiem.

Click here to buy Pandemonium

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever (Chemical Garden #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Other books in series: Wither (Chemical Garden #1)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster children's
Date Published: February 21st 2012
Rating: 5/5

Good Reads Synopsis:
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. 

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 - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary. 

I was highly anticipating the sequel to Wither, I really enjoyed reading the first book and was looking forward to how Rhine and Gabriel's lives change as they leave the mansion. I enjoyed reading this book even more than Wither it was that good.  In Lauren DeStefano's dystopian due to a genetic cause men die at the age of 25 and woman die at the age of 20.

Fever starts where Wither left off, Rhine and Gabriel finally escape the mansion away from the cruel Master Vaughn (Linden's father).  Immediately they are trapped in a carnival where the ring mistress uses Rhine and Gabriel in a show, just when Rhine thought she had left a horrible environment she is in yet another bleak and terrifying place. Rhine and Gabriel manage to escape and go an a search for Rhine's twin brother Rowan. Rhine begins to fall sick and thinks the disease is catching up with her or worse has Master Vaughn done something to her similar to what he did to her sister wife Jenna?

As Rhine continues on her search for her brother she finds terrifying truths, discover's her relationship with Gabriel more and tries to escape more terrors coming her way. 
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because there was so much happening all the time. The ending was great and I am scared for what will happen in Book three, but I love Rhine's character she is strong, determined and brave while Gabriel is a sweetheart and supports her throughout.

Lauren DeStefano creates an amazing dystopian world, and writes beautifully.

I cannot wait for book three and would recommend this book to everyone.

Click here to buy Fever

In My Mailbox

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The story siren where you post about the books you got this week.

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
3. Aricle 5 by Kristen Simmons
4. The Way we Fall by Megan Crewe
5. Legend by Marie Lu
6. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
7. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
8. Fracture by Megan Miranda
9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Which books are you reading this week?

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