Nia’s Review: Delirium


Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

First Published: February 3rd 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Delirium #1
Page count: 441
Synopsis:  They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever, And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed.
Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Review: It took me awhile to pick up this book even though I bought it over six months ago on a whim. It took me this long because the blurb led me to believe that this book was going to be all about one girls love, but it really surprised me with a much deeper and interesting plot than I first expected. I did think it took awhile to get interesting and the beginning was rather boring, but the end really grabbed me and without giving anything away I’ll definitely be reading the next one.  
I loved both Lena and Alex they worked well as characters and you didn’t think of them as your typical YA boy meets girl, boys hot, girls awkward and the author pushes them together. I also loved Hana especially in the beginning of the novel when Lena is still a little boring. I will admit that I didn’t like Lena in the beginning mostly because I like my heroine to be strong and fearless, but the more Lauren Oliver developed her character the more I started to like her.
All in all I really enjoyed this book, it did take awhile to get into but I’m glad I carried on reading because I think this book series could become one of my favorites. 
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Review: Insurgent

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Published: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: 525
Synopsis:  One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review: It took me awhile to get around to reading this and I’m gutted I didn’t get round to it sooner. This book is just as fantastic as the last one. I thought it wasn’t as fast paced as the last one but that was mainly because there wasn’t as much information to take in, but the new developments in  this book got me really really excited for the next one.
I loved Tris in this I thought you got to see a girl who cared about people enough to die for them and sometimes she was almost to stubborn for words but I loved her for it.
Four was pretty interesting to and I loved the way their relationship developed in this book it felt a lot more real, and you got to see some different parts of Four too.
This book was amazingly good at holding my attention. To prove this I managed to sit down and  read this in one sitting after school. This is pretty amazing for me because I have a stupidly short attention span, but this book is one of the best I’ve read so far this year and if you haven’t read Insurgent or even Divergent you should definitely pick up a copy.
Recommend: Yes, Yes and Yes 
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Review: The Paladin Prophecy

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost 


Published: 25th September 2012
Publisher: Random House books for young readers 
Page Count: 560
Synopsis: Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.
Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of—physical and mental feats that should be impossible—and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.
 

Review: I absolutely loved this book, I requested it for review from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. The book has a wonderfully well written plot, and its paced very well so your always jumping from one situation to the next without the usual pile of annoying filler. One of my favorite things about the book is the fact you know as much as the main character does, you learn things as Will does which I think always makes a book more fun to read.
I didn’t think I was going to like Will, I usually don’t like the overly intelligent characters unless they’re extremely well written like Sherlock Holmes, but I enjoyed reading Will. Although he was clever I didn’t get that cocky “I’m better than everyone” feeling from him. The other characters are a bit underdeveloped because I think the main point of this book is plot development, but I could find bits in every character that I really enjoyed and a books always a better read when you enjoy the characters.
Recently i haven’t been able to get into most of the books I’ve been reading, I was honestly gutted every time I had to put this down, and that’s a serious complement because if I’m not interested in reading further after the first chapter then I find it hard to pick up that book again. 
Recommend: Hell yes I absolutely loved this.

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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Published:  January 2nd 2012
Publisher: Poppy/ Little Brown
Page Count: 236
Synopsis: “Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?” 

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. 
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? 
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it. 

Review: This book honestly shocked me I went into it thinking “Oh god I’m going to absolutely hate this” but for some reason I really didn’t. The story is pretty simple you as the reader already know the end outcome, but somehow this book just pulled me in and made me want to read. I think to be honest its a nice break from those love novels that try to be complex. The characters do have some depth and they don’t feel like your usual ditsy I’m so in love with him romance characters, although because it happens so quickly it left me a little bit skeptical.
The characters develop during the book I liked Oliver from the beginning but it took be awhile to like Hadley, but she grew on me kind of like this book. I’d give this book a read if you want something heartwarming with a little bit of angst thrown in.
Recommend: Its not a bad for a romance book you should certainly give it a little look see. 

                                                                   Rating:  4/5

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Review: Rivers of London

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Published: January 20th 2011 
Publisher: Gollancz 
Page count: 392
Synopsis: Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
Review: This book sounded like my cup of tea the quote on the book is “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the fuzz” and I absolutely love Harry Potter, so this for me sounded absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately though it really didn’t pull me in. I couldn’t immerse my self in this world and therefore I just couldn’t be bothered to read it. The story was okay, the characters were okay and to be honest everything about this book was just okay. There were some plot developments that made me go ooh I wonder what will happen next, but most of it had already been discovered. I like crime novels to uphold a sense of mystery until the end then slap me in the face with a shocking revelation, and this book really didn’t pull that off which I thought was a shame. It was pretty well written though it felt like I was reading something that could have been great but unfortunately fell into the good category.
Recommend: Maybe. its not a horrible book I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I  thought I would.
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Review: The Avalon Chronicles Volume 1: Once in a Blue Moon

The Avalon Chronicles: Once in a Blue Moon by Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir and Emma Vieceli

Publish Date: March 21st 2012
Publisher: Oni Press 
Page Count: 152 
Series: The Avalon Chronicles 
Synopsis: When Aeslin Finn was a little girl, her parents read to her from a magical book called The Avalon Chronicles. But that was a long time ago. Now a teenager, Aeslin is about to discover just how magical she and that book really are. Transported to the world of Avalon, she discovers a kingdom in need of a Dragon Knight – and the last dragon, Blue Moon, is waiting for her.
Review: I requested this graphic novel from NetGalley  because when I read the blurb it sounded like a good little story. The story is good and has a lot of potential to become really interesting, although the whole dragon rider thing feels a lot like Eragon.
The characters are not developed enough for you to really form any attachments, but that’s pretty understandable. You can already see a great heroin brewing she’s fiery and pretty fun to read. The other characters to me still seem pretty two dimensional but I’m hoping that with time they’ll grow to be awesome, or evil either’s fine really.
Its a fun graphic novel but I wouldn’t describe it as anything amazing, it does have potential though so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the next one. 
Recommend: Yeah sure its not a bad graphic novel I’d give it a look see if you have the time.

                                                       

 Rating: 4/5
GR
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Oni Press

Review: Unwind

Unwind by Neal Shusterman 

Published: November 6th 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster books
Page Count: 335
Series: Unwind Trilogy #1
Synopsis: The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Review: This book has now become one of my favorites because its one of those books that really makes you think. Neal Shusterman manages to make everything that happens in this book seem entirely plausible but still manages to make the reader understand that what happens to these kids is completely wrong. This book is honestly quite disturbing and left me with chills because it was so fantastic. I think one of the most disturbing things is the fact that these adults manage to convince kids like Lev that what they are doing is right, so in the beginning all Lev wants to do is be unwound.
Through the book you follow Connor, Risa and Lev’s point of view so you only really know what they know about unwinding and the other atrocities in their world. This is a wonderful way to write it because it builds up suspense by using mysterious stories that they have heard about the camps where children are taken to be unwound, it can be a little confusing at times but it really keeps you reading. You do occasionally deviate from the three main characters to look at some  more minor characters that you meet along the way. This really only adds to the story because you get to understand others experiences’s including some adults. My only real problem with this book is because it swaps point of view so many times I found it hard to become really attached to any of the characters. 
The three main characters and the friends and enemies they made along the way were all  realistic and quite relatable. All the characters have his or hers own faults but you soon realize that no one no matter how much you dislike them they should never been unwound.
This book is one that I don’t think I’ll ever forget, it really made me think and I’m sure that I’ll still be thinking about it in the future and this for me personally is what makes a really fantastic book. I honestly can’t wait to read the sequel which comes out in august this year.
Recommend: If you like YA books that are really thought provoking and just a little bit dark then this is the book for you.  

                                              Rating: 4.5/5 

                                                                              GR
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