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text 2018-09-11 18:50
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Does anyone else have a harder time reading ebooks that actual hardcopies? There's something about seeing my progress through the pages that helps keep me going, and you just don't get that with a Kindle. I'm feeling a slump coming on so I may grab a Book of the Month I have been wanting to read for a while. Or something off my massive TBR cart. Just something to keep me going. 

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text 2018-09-11 02:18
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Okay, this is actually not all that bad. I'm suspending credit in creativity, though, because this is a lot like Uglies or Matched. Or any other number of YA novels where society deems love/creativity/uniqueness a problem to corrected.

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review 2018-07-03 09:44
‘Broken Things’, a YA thriller, comes off as a bit....broken
Broken Things - Lauren Oliver

I’ve read a lot of great thrillers lately, and despite the fact that this has a great premise (young girls accused of murdering their best friend five years ago, reunite back in the small town that still calls them the ‘Monsters Of Brickhouse Lane’), it just falls short. Putting it another way, this was a thriller that really did end up feeling broken.

 

Five years ago, the case against Mia and Brynn is dropped, and Owen was acquitted in court, after they were accused of brutally killing their friend Summer in what looked like a ritualistic murder. Now that a memorial has brought them back together, the three of them (along with their new tag-along friend, and so-called YouTube fashion sensation Abby), plus Brynn’s second cousin Wade, are now going to solve the murder. 

 

This plot reads immediately like it has been done before and only recently (I do not like comparing to specific books so I won’t). 

I will however, point out how the girls’ obsession with the book ‘The Way Into Lovelorn’ (‘fan fic’ made me do it!), and the similarity of this obsession we see in the real life ‘Slender Man’ killings came off as all too familiar, and so it didn’t seem original or clever for me very early on. I also found myself wanting more from these passages from ‘Lovelorn’ as they gave me few answers as to why I should believe any behaviors should come from this book. As the crux of ‘Broken Things’, these passages needed to be way stronger for me to be convinced that it had anything to do with the killing, the girls’ obsession, and their friendships. 

 

Lauren Oliver is an established and fluid writer; conversations flow well, nothing really seems ‘wrong’ in terms of how the story ‘works’, but I had a hard time getting myself through this, and at times the story seemed to be meandering. Aside from the fact that Summer, the murdered ‘best friend’, seemed to be a nasty piece of work anyway, so I didn’t really care that the others may well have bumped her off, the twist and subsequent Scooby-Doo ‘unmasking’ gave me zero payoff. I felt badly that the characters hadn’t been given more action, especially with how long the book is. 

 

Many will enjoy this thriller but sadly I have to say it’s too long, and has too much jumping around between the two main characters, Brynn (who I just can’t believe would get away with ‘living’ in rehab like she did), and Mia, and the two timelines. The relationships are half way there, and the general ambiance is generally right, but this is a very full genre right now, so I had much higher expectations for this one.

 

*Plus a cat was killed. 

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-26 02:44
Before I Fall
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver,Sarah Drew

Samantha Kingston reveals a stunning thing at the start of her first-person narrative:  she has died.  Sam is a popular high-school senior in suburban Connecticut, who dies a sudden, accidental death--and then finds herself reliving her last day, February 12 (aka "Cupid Day" at her school), again and again.  She soon finds that she can live that day in any number of different ways, changing various outcomes and learning new things about classmates and teachers; her friends and even herself.  She is not sure if she can somehow undo her death, or perhaps at least discover a sequence of actions that removes her from the loop and allows her to move on to what's next (in the event that reliving that day is not her "next").  

 

I found this book addictive, listening to it any time I could (and also borrowing the Kindle version to read big chunks of it in text form).  Recommended, especially for readers who have enjoyed other books by Lauren Oliver.

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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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