Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Pandemonium

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: 2/28/2012
Series: Delirium #2
Publisher: Harper Teen

 I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

 Wow, this was awesome. I can't tell if I liked it more than Delirium, but I think I do. From beginning to end, It hooked me. This book is filled with action and even more with emotion. I loved it!

Lena truly grows and morphs into a girl that does what she needs to survive. And not just that, but into a girl who stands for what she believes in and does what is right. She doesn't let herself get pushed around anymore. We didn't see that it the first book but in this one its all over the pages.

I really liked the characters in this book too. I loved Julian. I might even like him more than Alex, but maybe that's because he's fresher in my mind. And the group from the Wilds were very endearing. I did miss Hana though.

Like I said, I loved it! That ending though was crazy! I can't believe I have to wait till next year for the last book! Its gonna be a mess but I can't wait! If you haven't read it then do it!

Rating: 9

Review: Once

Title: Once
Author: Anna Carey
Published: 7/3/2012
Series: Eve #2
Publisher: Harper Collins  

 For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.
In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar

Well, I guess I liked it. I think that the plot got a little more interesting than it was in Eve. There are more things revealed and more plot twists. That's what made it more interesting and had me intruiged. Carey did just as awesome a job as she did in the last book with the settings. I could picture the city of sand perfectly as well as Califia. 

Carey did a good job with the characters as well. Even though the king was suppose to be this bad guy, I still sort of understood why he did some of the things he did. Not everything, just some. And I'm glad to have seen Arden again. Sadly, Eve doesn't grow much. She is still just as selfish if not worse than she was in Eve, and sometimes I just really wanted to punch her. And I didn't really care for Caleb in Eve but now I just find him foolish. He throws caution in the trash.  

The ending was good though. Carey knew how to end Once so that we would all be left anticipating the next book. And I definitely will be reading the next book to find out how things turn out.  

Rating:  7

Friday, June 29, 2012

Follow Fridays


Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

 A: I would like to have... Jace Wayland from the  Mortal Instruments Series. One, because I think he'd be the only character who'd actually enjoy poping out of a cake for someone and two, because he seems like he'd make a birthday party lots of fun.