Is a weekly feature here at The Hopeful Heroine where I give short and sweet reviews of books I’ve read. I don’t always have the time to sit down and do a full review for every book I read, but I still want to share my thoughts! Plus, many of these reviews are of books I read prior to staring up the blog and wish to share with you!
Since Requiem and Sever are on my TBR-soon list, having just been published, I figured it was high time to catch up on the series’ reviews. Here are my thoughts on books 2 of the Delirium and Chemical Gardens trilogies. If you haven’t started the series, my thoughts on books 1 can be found here.
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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
"After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive the "cure"--and operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters. Although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love." source: Goodreads' synopsis
Review: Delirum intrigued me tremendously with it’s concept, and I really fell in love with Oliver’s writing in book 1, so needless to say, I was excited when I finally got my hands on Pandemonium. I went into the story without any hype or expectations, which was probably a good thing considering it fell into the second book syndrome for me (or as Brittany calls a slump). Oliver’s writing is definitely still mesmerizing, but the plot line somewhat bored me. I constantly wondered where she was going with the story, and as with most second books, so much of this felt like a placeholder for what was to come. I almost found myself wishing the story had been summed up in one novel.
However, the ending did throw me for a loop… and let’s just say I’m looking forward to picking up book three.
If you enjoy dystopic tales, especially the concept of love as a disease in this series, you might find yourself picking up this book. Just be warned that you’ll want book 3 handy once you finish.
Published | Publisher: February 28th, 2012 | HarperTeen
Age Group | Genre: YA | Dystopian, Romance
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
"Running away bring Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over an menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago--surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The road is long and perilous--and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price--now that she has more to lost than ever." Source: Goodreads' synopsis
Review: I was so disappointed in the first story of this trilogy–mainly because of the concept of polygamy and the amount of sex within the story lines–but I had to pick up book 2 because I’ll admit it, DeStefano hooked me with her premises. I will say that I wasn’t any happier with Fever, it’s really just not a good series fit for me. As per trilogies lately, I also found this novel to fall into the second book syndrome. The plot itself is very interesting, and I like how DeStefano took Rhine out of the house and completely changed the setting around–but it felt out of place in the arc of the story. In that instance, Fever wasn’t so much as a placeholder for the 3rd book but just out of place. However, I will pick up book 3 because I want to finish the series, and I am very curious as to how this novel is going to tie into the ending. I have a feeling that everything that happened in Fever will have meaning in Sever. I’m just not sure how.
If you enjoyed the first novel, you’ll most likely enjoy this one as well–just be prepared for major changes and big shifts. I suppose “keep an open mind” applies here. Which is exactly how I’ll be thinking when I finally pick up book three.
Published | Publisher: February 21st, 2012 | Simon & Schuster Children’s
Age Group | Genre: YA | Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi