Join us as we're kicking off the Lonely Hearts blogtour with an excerpt from the books, lots of info, and a 5-star review, plus two chances to win!!
Not gonna lie, I put off reading this for a long, long time. Almost one year, to be precise. And the saddest thing is that I have books that have been on my shelves for a lot longer that I haven't even started on.
I remember when "Pandemonium" came out and how excited everyone got. It was so much better than Delirium! Lauren Oliver living up to the potential of her debut! Everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats for "Requiem" to come out, and for once, it was not just because of the evil cliffie in the middle book.
And then release date came, and it was remarkable... in how little the blogosphere reflected that. The few bloggers that did review it were underwhelmed.
Having finally read the book... well, I can kinda see why. But I also think it deserves a little more credit than it got.
"Requiem" picks up pretty much from where "Pandemonium" left off - Lena and co are on the run, there's tension between Lena, Alex and Julian, but there is also the added POV of Hana, Lena's friend from the first book, who has taken the Cure and is now betrothed to the future mayor of Portland. From these alternating points of view emerges a narrative about change, growing up, and, yes, love.
Full review on the Lantern (spoiler alert!)
I have found my challenge for the year. Aside from reading 90 books in 2015, that is.
I'm going to do Book Riot's 2015 Read Harder Challenge. Here are the details:
There are 24 tasks in the Read Harder Challenge (or roughly two per month). You can tackle them in any order, make any changes, do them all in a month or spread them out over the year. Make the challenge yours!
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)