Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

12th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
Pages: 375
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
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.

*reading the last page* OMG!

*reading the last sentence* OMGOMGOMG!!!

*closing the book* Oh my God….

*staring at the closed book in my hands* Oh my GAWDDDD!!!

*on the drive home from work, 10 minutes after finishing book* Oh man…oh my GRRRR!! *attempts to shake steering wheel*

*talking to myself in the car* “BUT I KNEW IT!! HOW CAN I BE SO IN SHOCK?!?!”

And so it goes on much in the same fashion throughout that night. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. The craziest thing, really, considering I knew throughout the book that it would happen that way. I JUST KNEW IT!

I don’t think there’s another book that’s made me feel physically ill after finishing it, either. Pandemonium made me hurt! Physically! My stomach was in knots for hours after finishing it!

But enough about the ending…which we all agree was “OMG!!”

Lauren Oliver created a sequel in Pandemonium that was so different than Delirium. Different in a most amazing way. I loved Delirium. The writing was amazing. But Pandemonium kicks ass! Lena in Pandemonium kicks ass! She grows into this incredible heroine.

I must say it’s a testament to Lauren Oliver’s fabulous gift of story telling that she had me crying over Alex for a whole year after reading Delirium, and yet, like Lena, I kind of put him in the back of my mind throughout Pandemonium, and just tried to move on. I was so focused on Lena’s journey, that I didn’t really have time to dwell over Alex.

I was a little upset at how easily Lena accepted that Alex was gone. I really thought she would’ve tried to figure it out on her own instead of taking Raven’s word at face value. Raven….*sigh* My feelings toward her were always a toss up. Still not sure how I feel about her even now.

One thing I loved about this book was how it isn’t written in a linear format. The chapters alternate between “Now” and “Then”. “Now” being present day, and “Then” being when Lena first arrives in The Wilds. It built great tension for when the two finally intersect and become a linear story once again.

The final book is going to be heart-wrenching. There’s no possible way it won’t be. I look forward to the heartache and stomach knots, Ms. Oliver! Bring. It. On. :)

 

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. Before I Fall is her first published novel. She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

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Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

14th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren OliverLiesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: October 4th 2011
Pages: 307
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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4 Stars

We meet Liesl the night after the day her young father has died. That same day she is visited by a ghost, Po, an eight year old boy who lives on the other side, the territory between life and death that runs parallel to the living world. Po has come to tell her that her father is stuck on the other side, and that she is the only one who can help him cross over. A couple of wooden boxes. Some ashes. Some magic dust. A ghost, its pet, and a boy who forgot to wear a hat in the cold. From these seemingly odd, random characters Oliver weaves the enchanting story of how, with the aid of Liesl, these elements come together over the course of one week to restore love and luster to a world gone grey and heartless.

In her first middle-grade novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver magnificently blends the otherworldliness of The Graveyard Book and the bravery of The Tale of Despereaux with the emotional resonance of Charlotte's Web into a wholly new, unforgettable story that glows with its own rare magic.

Lauren Oliver takes us on a magical adventure with so much heart at its core. You can’t help but root for this young girl. Liesl is such a sweet, bright soul. The friends Liesl makes on her quest to fulfill her father’s wishes are just as endearing. Po is so funny! He is very sarcastic for a ghost. Will is just a lonely boy who needs someone to care about him. These three unlikely friends have to deal with some pretty awful people in their lives. Evil stepmothers and abusive guardians, you can’t help but hate them. I really felt like I was on this journey with them.

I loved the way the boxes kept switching hands. I looked forward to seeing who would end up with each of the boxes. The imagery I got from this book was so vivid! The illustrations throughout the book also helped in that department. They were amazing and depicted the characters and emotions really well. They helped bring the story come to life even more.

I don’t read many Middle Grade books, but I plan to get myself a finished copy of this one to keep on my shelves for my family. It was really heartfelt with a great message of love and hope.

And check out the BEAUTIFUL book trailer!! With an original song inspired by the book!!

 

Thanks to Yara from Once Upon a Twilight for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :)

 

 

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. Before I Fall is her first published novel. She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

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Music Monday: Delirium + Firework

14th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Delirium + Firework

Music Monday: Delirium + FireworkDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
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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 government 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.

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

In Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Lena has never known what it is to be in love. She’s been the quiet one, the one needing to stay under the radar…until she meets Alex. After Alex, it’s like her heart wakes up…

So I’ve had Katy Perry’s Firework in my head alllll week, and when I thought of the words, Delirium came to mind. Only problem..the original version doesn’t do justice to the feeling of this book. So…then I remembered a few weeks ago, a couple of friends of mine posted this cover all over Facebook & Twitter. It’s a stunning acoustic cover by Ren Patrick. (Awesome side-note: Ren’s from Houston, TX!!)

When I hear this version, all I picture is Lena & Alex..together…in love. I see him telling her these things. Oh, oh, oh. :)

 

 

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. Before I Fall is her first published novel. She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

5th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: February 3rd 2011
Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

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.

Delirium had me from the first sentence: “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.” I thought to myself, this is going to end badly. And I didn’t mean it as the book was going to suck, I meant that it was going to end with me in pain for these characters. That prediction was dead on.

Lena’s life has never been normal. Her family has been surrounded by controversy due to her mother committing suicide when Lena was six and her cousin’s husband being identified as a sympathizer. She now lives with her aunt Carol, tries to follow all the rules and stay under the radar. She is counting down the days to when she can receive the procedure that will forever take away all the pain and memories of everything that has haunted her all her life. For Lena, the procedure will mean a fresh start. A new, normal life. But how could she want anything different if she really doesn’t know what love, the disease, could truly bring to her life. To her, all it has brought is abandonment.

Enter Alex, with his hair the color of autumn leaves and his bright amber eyes. He is gorgeous, sweet and fun. They begin this incredible forbidden relationship full of love, trust and kisses. Lots of kisses. :D He shows her what love is really like.

So what does she do now? Go on with life as planned, get “cured” and live out her predetermined future or risk it all for love, for Alex? The ending will leave your heart racing and, I daresay, broken.

With all that being said, I absolutely loved this book! That’s the best I can do on describing how I feel about it. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, as the cliffhanger is hard to bear, but I guess I’ll have to suffer along with everyone else. It was a page turner from start to finish and I suggest you go out and read it…now!! :)

 

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. Before I Fall is her first published novel. She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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