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review 2018-06-01 20:07
#34 Replica by Lauren Oliver
Replica - Lauren Oliver

I’ve had mixed feelings about Lauren Oliver’s books in the past but I really liked the Delirium series and Replica intrigued me by its concept. If you have not heard about it, this is actually the story of two girls, Lyra and Gemma who do not know each other but who are going to meet at some point. The book is divided into two parts, you can start with Gemma’s or start with Lyra’s story, or read one chapter of each.

 

The story was a bit intriguing but I was not that much into it. I started with Gemma’s story and had difficulties staying focused; it was a bit slow and not particularly interesting at the beginning. However, I was way more into Lyra’s story and wanted to know more about the Replicas and Haven. In the end, I enjoyed the concept of the book and the plot was great, but it did not blow my mind. Still, it was a good concept and the story was cool.

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text 2018-05-11 16:06
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

This book was very interesting and thought-provoking.  I did not feel much of an attachment to any characters, but their stories fascinated me.  I was a bit disappointed by the ending because it was very inconclusive.

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review 2018-03-30 19:01
Ringer
Ringer - Lauren Oliver

This is the final book in the Replica duology and once again, Oliver created a unique reading experience. Two girls, two stories. I had such success with Replica that I decided to read Ringer the exact same way, start off with Lyra's story and flip the book over every few chapters to alternate between Gemma's story. This time, however, things didn't work out quite as pleasant for me because Oliver decided to switch things up a bit.

 

Instead of the girl's stories being very much intertwined, Lyra and Caelum are on the run while Gemma and Pete are mistaken as replicas and captured. I wasn't reading two different view points of the same story, I was reading two separate stories, which equally held my attention to the point where I would have to force myself to stop reading one side so that I wouldn't finish Lyra or Gemma's story too quickly. I didn't want to get too far ahead in either story and that was such a challenge for me.

 

Originally I was more drawn to Lyra's story and her character, this time around Gemma really captured my interest. There was enough action and suspense on her side to keep me up until 4am finishing this book. I really enjoyed how Oliver explored the controversial world of cloning and showed various view points.

 

"If it isn't the owning that makes humans, and it isn't the making, either, then maybe it's the unmaking?"

 

There were some incredibly tense and creepy scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. I am so glad that I have finally been able to get back to reading after the year I've had, and this book was the perfect start.

 

-Shey

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review 2018-02-23 00:00
Requiem
Requiem - Lauren Oliver Best book of the three. Not sure if that is legit or just that I listened as an audiobook and the reader was really good. Like seeing Hana change and resemble her old self once she see the horror that is the leading class. Like Lena's toughness and finally seeing her cousin. Did not like the wide open ending. Does she pick Alex (obviously!). What happens with Julian? They make it sound like they are taking over Portland, but wouldn't larger cities come take them over?
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review 2018-01-03 08:32
#1 - Delirium stories by Lauren Oliver
Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven - Lauren Oliver

I first read Delirium in 2014 and had wanted to read this collection of novellas ever since. I'm glad I did because it was a nice addition to the series. However, I guess I should probably have re-read the series first because I had forgotten so many things about this world. I remember really enjoying the Delirium series and I just add it to my "re-read TBR"!

 

It was refreshing to see from other characters' perspectives and I know what happened here were important events from the original series but I just did not remember a lot.

 

It was a pleasant and short first read of the year!

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