Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Rating: 4.8/5
SummaryI’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.
My Thoughts: ________!!!!(insert exclamatory phrase of your choice) I don't know what to do with myself but write a review right away. This series is amazing, beautiful, heart breaking, incredible, and nerve wrecking. 
Pandemonium is an amazing follow up to Delirium. The book takes place in alternating chapters of "now" and "then".
Then: Lena wakes up dazed, weak, and confused. Having made it over the fence, Lena is now in the Wilds....without Alex. As she gains her strength and forms bonds with other Wilders Lena learnes the spirit behind the revolution.
Now: It's March in NY and Lena is an undercover agent for the wild. She joins the governmental organization (DFA) that supports the surgery to remove the feeling of love. 
We also meet Julian, the president's son, and (SPOILER) Lena's roommate in the "prison" they are held captive in. 
Julian is INCREDIBLY sweet and treats Lena right, but there is no comparison to Alex (I LOVE YOU)
My reaction to the end of Pandemonium.
The book takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, you will laugh, cry, and go crazy!
As for the ending, this was my reaction:

All in all, Pandemonium is my FAVORITE book of the year!

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Title: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Rating: 4.5/5
SummaryRhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. 

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a 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 two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there 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. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary. 

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

My Thoughts: To make this review as simple as possible, Fever was better than Whither. A LOT BETTER. Like OMG-I-WISH-I-COULD-WRITE-LIKE-THAT! better.  
Fever began exactly where Whither finished off. We follow the journey of Rhine and Gabriel on the quest of their lives. However, on the way Rhine and Gabriel are trapped at Madame Soleski's carnival of amour. 
Madame Soleski's is pretty much a pimp. She has boys and girls that she prostitutes out, and now she wants Rhine to work for her. In order to save their lives, Rhine complies, creating a "lovebird"show with  Gabriel, where creeps can watch them. Eww. Insert Lilac: a child prostitute who has a malformed daughter named Maddie. Rhine decides that they need to escape and find her brother Rowan. And then the story continues.
Oh Lauren DeStefano why do you hurt us like that?!  A perfect cliffhanger. Other then that, the book was great. I liked all the detail that went into the descriptions of everything. I liked how secrets came to the surface. I do hope we hear more about Maddie and Lilac.  Can't wait for the last book!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg 

Rating: 3.5/5
SummaryDying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. 

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

My Thoughts: Brie's heart broke in half the minute her boyfriend said he didn't love her. And I don't mean that figuratively, it literally snapped in two. Death by heartbreak. Could your life end anymore tragically? It probably could, but the whole concept of death by heartbreak was intriguing and original. 
Brie dies after her boyfriends breaks up with her, and is then free to roam the earth, along with the other countless dead souls. While roaming, Brie meets a guy named Patrick. He's from the eighties(well, he died in the eighties) and he helps her deal with her death. He helps her get revenge on the boy who broke her heart and watches as Brie discovers horrible things about the people in her life. 
Oh gosh, Patrick. I LOVED HIM.  With his leather pilot jacket and smooth 80's charm, he claimed territory in my heart almost instantly. I don't care if some of his lines were totally corny, he's the type of character who can hold them with dignity and woo the pants off you. His 'cheesy' nicknames for Brie (and I mean this in the Cheescake, Chedster, Cheeto kind of 'cheesy') could have become annoying, but that boy made every one of them endearing. 
The writing is brilliant, and if I didn't know this was a first time author I'd swear she'd been writing for years. The characters couldn't get more believable and lovable. I seriously liked every character--even the dog! I hated the boyfriend, Jacob, and the best friend, Sadie for a while, but soon I got over it and I think I can honestly say that I did enjoy their characters. 
I loved how each chapter is headed by a lyric/title of a very good song. Reminds me of another awesome novel, Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway!. Kudos! 
This novel is hilarious, beautiful, heartbreaking and healing. I loved it so much, I think I may go read it again.


ForbiddenTitle: Forbidden
Author: Syie James and Ryan M. James
Rating: 3.8/5
SummaryShe should not exist.
He should not love her.
Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she's desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there's no way she's going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she's been having or the creepy warnings that she's in danger.
Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn't factored Claire into his plans. . . .
Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire's unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her? 
My ThoughtsSyrie & Ryan James’ Forbidden was an interesting take on the Angel genre. It is the story of Claire Brennan, a scholarship student at Emerson Academy. The book begins with a new school year, and Claire is determined to gather up the confidence to speak to Neil, the boy of her dreams. *CUE ALEC* However, Claire finds herself getting more than she bargained for after becoming friends with the new student, Alec MacKenzie. 
Alec can't believe his luck when he meets a girl like Claire, and can't wait to find out more about her. But the thing is, he's a Grigori, an angel watcher, who protects humans, but has also gone AWOL from his job, because he can no longer stand the strict laws of the Grigori ways. But no one can find out who he really is, not even Claire, for they would be put in danger. 
Although the dialogue was a little to dramatic, the book was still an addictive read. I will definitely be waiting for a sequel!