Sunday 31 July 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title:               Delirium
Author:           Lauren Oliver
ISBN:              978-0-3409-8093-4
Publisher:       Harper Collins
Published:      2011
Age Group:    Young Adult


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 governments 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 Thoughts:

This book has been injected with so much emotion it was hard to put down. It will make you appreciate the little things that you somehow always forget to notice. 
It is a beautifully written story that captivated me almost instantly and just continued to get better as the story progressed. Just when I thought I had the plot all figured out another twist took me for a spin only to end in a way that left me breathless and hungry for more.
Overall it was and enchanting and exciting read, highly recommended. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Bookish Picspam

Saturday 30 July 2011

My "Waiting For" Wishlist

A few coming soon titles that are on my wish list.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published 03/10/11 by Random House

Incubus by Carol Goodman
Published 03/10/11 by Random House

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Published 01/10/11 by Pan Macmillan

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Published 01/10/11 by Pan Macmillan

Saturday 2 July 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title:               Shiver
Author:           Maggie Stiefvater
ISBN:              978-0-5451-2326-6
Publisher:       Scholastic
Published:      2009
Age Group:    Young Adult


the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

My Thoughts:

 An interesting twist on the werewolf/shape-shifter myth, focusing on a more realistic type wolf rather than the typical angry beast scenario. 
The romance aspect of the novel was a bit too sweet for my tastes but it was not enough to make me want to stop reading. I found Sam to be a little too sensitive although I found Grace to be easy to relate to.
The short chapters and changing perspectives made the story progress at a steady pace, keeping it fun and fresh. I enjoyed being able to read both Grace's and Sam's point of view, it gave a wonderful insight into both characters.

Overall it was a nice, easy read with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning.