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review 2018-03-30 19:01
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.



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review 2018-02-23 00:00
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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text 2017-12-02 01:53
16 Festive Tasks - Square 7 - International Human Rights Day
Ringer - Lauren Oliver

The plot of Ringer involves bringing to light the deeds of a group that has been doing illegal medical experiments on unwanted children they bought from parents and on clones of those children. The kids are treated like dumb creatures. They are physically, mentally, and sexually abused. So the story is about their rights being abused, but also, eventually, about the people who are trying to defend them.



Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).

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review 2017-08-31 12:41
Panic - A. Intelisano,Lauren Oliver

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Oliver's Delirium trilogy.  The two main characters in this book were likable though.  I listened to this book in the audio version and wasn't crazy about the different voices the person used.  I may have liked the book better had I read it in text form.  The relationship struggles felt realistic.  The book discussed difficult issues including homelessness, drug addiction, neglect, trauma, and high-risk behaviors.  I was pleased with the ending of the book.

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