Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
- My review:
At the beginning I didn’t like Sam, nor her friends. So I stopped reading for a while, but then I kept reading and I saw how much she changed, how much she grew up. I loved Kent, that sweet and good boy, and the way they feel for each other. At the end I finally liked her, and I almost cried.
It was a great idea, the way it’s narrated is brilliant. You know I love Lauren Oliver, and it think this book is a really good debut. I heard there’s going to be a movie. Of course I’m going to watch it.
The evolution of the main character is impressive, you don’t normally change your feelings for a character so many times. From ignoring her, to hating her, to understanding her until you love her. Sam is a complete, round and well developed character and the different ways she took each day was great.
Now the end… I closed the book with teary eyes. I confirmed that Oliver doesn’t like happy endings.
My rating: ✭✭✭✭because the beginning was slow, but once you get to the end of the fourth day and start with the fifth… everything flies.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
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.
- My review: (Spoilers alert)
Pandemonium is the second book of Delirium trilogy. I loved the first book, I really did and I was dying to read this book, so when it came out, I just had to get it. I started reading it and I couldn’t stop. With its NOW and THEN it kept you glued to the book, incapable of doing anything else!
I started this book in denial, saying: No, Alex is not dead. No, no, no! No, Lena, don’t fall for Julian, no! Alex is somewhere, I know it, I feel it!! I didn’t want to fall for Julian either, but I couldn’t help it. This boy gets under your skin, he takes over your heart and you’re lost! So I can’t blame Lena, it was impossible not to love him.
I love Lauren Oliver, I really do, she’s amazing, but she had me crying the whole book, yelling for Alex, hoping he was alive. When I’m finally accepting that he died, BOM! he appears and he seems so changed. My heart just broke with that cliffhanger and now I have to wait a YEAR for that book. I’ll die, I know that.
The book is brilliant, Lena’s evolution is even better than in Delirium, how she discovers more and more things about the people surrounding her, oh, that is just great. I love her more than before and I have so many theories for the next book and at the same time I’m so scared. I don’t know what is going to happen, I just know I’ll have a heart attack.
My rating: ✭✭✭✭✭ and if I could give it more stars, I would do it!
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa.
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I read this book a while ago and as any book of Julie Kagawa, I loved it. Ash was always my favorite character, and in this story… oh, it was sublime for me. The way he fought for what he wanted just melted my heart. It was great to be in his head for a chance. I love Meghan, but it’s different when it is a male’s POV.
The books was hilarious (it always is when Puck is around), romantic, depressive sometimes, intriguing, exciting, and so many other things. I must admit that I hated Ash for a moment, I felt betrayed! but I got over it and we love each other again ❤
It was a great way to finish with the series and I’m glad Julie wrote it, though I would’ve also liked the end with just the third book, more realistic. But I’m so happy with this happy ever after, so I’m not complaining!
Please, read The Iron Fey, it’s an incredible series. I just love it so much!
My rating: ✭✭✭✭✭
See? I’m posting reviews!! For now, just of my favorites books or those I’ve read recently. I’ll post some more later.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
- My Review
Okay, when I started this book I thought I got a bad version or something weird had happened, but then I checked on google and I realized that yes, the book thad been written that way. BRR is written with mistakes, slangs, and structures that made my head hurt at the beginning, even though I understood why Young did this (Saba is an illiterate girl, so it makes sense), it was really difficult for me to carry on with this reading. You see, I have a slight OCD and mistakes like these distract me and annoy me. But once I got over it, it was pure enjoyment.
The plot is so dynamic, so full of events that won’t let you breathe! You won’t have time to do that. It’s full with adventure in a post apocalyptic world where not everything is what it seems.
Saba is great, I believe she a badass, stubborn as hell, but I really like her. She’s a survivor who would do ANYTHING to save his brother. Jack, oh, he’s my weakness. Since his first appearance I loved him, his sense of humor, his personality and they way he treated the rest. Incredible. I loved all the characters, I loved even the monsters! I really liked the world Young created with this book and I’m dying to read Rebel Heart.
I think the ending is okay, it’s a open one and leads you to the next book, but it won’t leave you dying on the floor for the uncertainty. I appreciate Young doesn’t use a cliffhanger, my heart appreciate it.
My rating: ✭✭✭✭ because the way it was written. All the rest, I just loved it.
Wow! This place is amazing! I especially love the bookstairs and the drawer under the bed!
I’m just off to propose bookstairs to my flatmates…
Make that a year. :(
Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
- My review:
Another wonderful Dystopia. I believe this is my favorite genre.
Delirium is an incredible book, I read it last December in one afternoon. Once I started I couldn’t stop and now is one of my favorite books. The whole idea seems brilliant to me, I believe that this is so possible and it scares me how “The Power” would use our emotions (lack of emotions, in this case) to control us. The book is so well written, I just love how Oliver puts an extract of the book of SHHH at the beginning of every chapter. It made it realer. Narrated in present and first person, Delirium is a great book.
I really liked the characters, very realistic and well developed. Lena can be considered a bit Silly or even stupid at the beginning, but she’s just acting according to how she was raised. You can’t blame her for believing all that, but I love how she changes through the whole book till she opens her eyes. I believe her evolutions is just precise. Alex is another character I love. A new husband to my list!
Now, the end. Oh that bloody cliffhanger! But knowing Lauren, she likes this kind of ending for her stories. I believe she is against a happy ever after. I screamed so loud, I cried and called my friend to talk about the book immediately (we read it at the same time). The end of the book will take your blood pressure to its highest. Believe me! After Delirium you won’t be able to wait for Pandemonium. Lucky you, it’s already out. I had to wait months for that book (review coming soon) and now I’m dying for Requiem (the third and last one).
My rating: ✭✭✭✭✭ No hesitation at all! Delirium deserves them.