Author: Lauren Oliver

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Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)

April 10, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)Release Date: February 28, 2012
Title: Pandemoniun
Series: Delirium #2
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 375
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC Tour
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
4 Stars

Note: This is a review for the middle book in a trilogy; as such, it may contain spoilers for the first book. Proceed at your own risk.

It was different reading this one than it was listening to the audiobook for Delirium. I don’t know if the format difference is the reason, but I thought Pandemonium was better than the first one. It was a different story; it was a deeper story. In this book, Lena grew as a person and she grew into the strength she didn’t know she had in Delirium.

At first, the two timelines threw me off a bit, but as the story progressed, I found I liked the way it was written. We were able to see the new, stronger Lena – but at the same time we got to see how she got there.

I was apprehensive about a new love interest for Lena – but I also knew it was inevitable. I’m of two minds, however, when it comes to the character of Julian. He seems like a perfectly fine boy, but I feel like I didn’t see enough of him or his personality to truly feel the relationship grow; it actually seemed a bit forced and happened way too fast for me. His acceptance of who Lena was was just too tidy and convenient. People don’t change their whole ideologies overnight – even Lena wasn’t quite capable of that. And while I don’t fault Lena for trying to find happiness again, I was fully expecting the end of this book – which may have also driven my more negative feelings for Julian.

Bottom line: If you enjoyed Delirium, you’ll adore Pandemonium.

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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

January 30, 2012 Review 2 ★★★

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren OliverRelease Date: March 2, 2010
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 480
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
3 Stars

I was really excited about reading this because I loved Delirium. But I honestly had a hard time getting through this one, and it was so disappointing. Re-living the same day seven times was a little excessive. I wanted to put it down, but I soldiered through.

The ending brought tears to my eyes, so I am glad I finished it. But the nice ending wasn’t enough for me to really enjoy the book.

Sam managed to learn a lot of lessons throughout the book – about life, love, and happiness. Her character development is pretty amazing – but the other characters fall flat in comparison. And frankly, I disliked all of them for most of the book. Sam’s clique was the popular crowd – and they were mean to those who were less popular. Yes, by the end of the book Sam learns how terrible that is – but it doesn’t change the things she and her friends did – the things her friends will continue to do.

It’s just really hard for me to like a book when I dislike the characters.

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