Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 441pp
  • Sales Rank: 43
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking.” Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

My Thoughts

This was another books that I had heard a lot about and was not sure how I was going to feel about it.  Sure is an appropriate time of the year to be reading this book being about love and all.  I enjoyed this book and it was a very interesting concept that love is a disease and one can be cured of it by having a procedure done.  I love the relationship between Hana and Lena in the beginning of the books and how it transforms as Lena breaks all the rules and falls in love.  Alex is a very interested person, he is marked as though he is cured but really isn’t and he changes Lena, sometimes for the better and some times not.  This is another books where the government is controlling everything.  It worries me that this is where we think our society is going.  Overall, a really good books with an interesting twist at the end.  It is a book that you don’t want to put down at time just because the story keeps you guess as what will happen next and who is the strong brave girl in the story.

My Rating

4 of 5 stars

*Thank you to NetGalley  for the opportunity to review this book.  The only compensation provided was a copy of this ebook for my honest review.  All opinion are mine.

Early Review: My One and Only

My One and Only (Hqn)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp

Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out…
Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.

My Review:

Well, I am on my third time writing this review.  I am not sure what is going on but it does not seem to want to save so I hope that I can remember what I said the first two times around.  I love a romance books that has ups and downs and twists all around.  This book totally met my expectations as far as this goes!  There were times that I laughed out loud and times that I actually teared up.  I really did not like Harper in the beginning of this book.  I disliked her treatment of those in her life including her boyfriend, Dennis.  In the middle of her basically putting the line in the sand and proposing to Dennis, Harper gets a call from her step-sister telling her that she is engaged and getting married in Montana in just two weeks.  Harper, a divorce attorney, is up happy about this match as her sister has not made wise choices in the past and has only know this man less than a month.  Harper is even more upset when she finds out that the fiance is her ex-husband, Nick’s, half-brother.  While in Montana for the wedding, Harper realizes that there is still odd tension between her and Nick.  As Dennis is leaving to head back home, they break off their relationship as he is not ready for marriage just the fun they were having.  In an odd turn of events due to an airport computer problem, Harper and Nick end up driving most of the way back to the East Coast.  Along the way they realize that the still have feelings for each other.  I really enjoyed this part of the book.  There were a lot of highs and lows during this section.  What happens when they get back to the East Coast caught me off guard and I didn’t expect what was going to happen.  Overall, this was a easy to read, fun romance.

My rating:
4 of 5 stars

*Thank you to NetGalley and HQN Books for the opportunity to review this book.  The only compensation provided was a copy of this ebook for my honest review.  All opinion are mine.

Review: Audiobook Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • Sales Rank: 386,720

Synopsis

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. He tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14….

My Thoughts

This was the first Dean Koontz book I have read or listened to so I did not know what to expect really.  This was a good story.  As a matter of fact, I had to sit in my car at work yesterday morning so that I could finish the last 15 minutes of the story.  I just had to know what happened.  I like that this was written from a first person point of view of Odd Thomas’ memory of what happen between August 14 and 15.  It is written in a manner that at time is confusing.  The tenses change and Odd reminds himself that he should be telling this story lightly.  I loved that I could not guess what was going to come next until it actually happened.  I get very frustrated when I can tell the story without reading it.  Until I started writing this review, I was unaware that this is part of a series.  I am going to have to find out what happens to Odd Thomas next.  The reader on this book was very strong – different inflections used from different characters.  This I enjoy, it makes them come to life for me.

My Rating

4 of 5 stars  I will be checking out the other books in this series