Monday, July 28, 2014

Countdown Survey

I saw this awesome Countdown Survey on Christy's Book Addiction and I thought, "Why not?" And so this is what came out of it. Alright now.

10 - Books already released on your wishlist

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  3. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  7. Slammed by Colleen Hoell
  8. Breakable by Tammara Webber
  9. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  10. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

9 - Favorite Covers


8 - Not yet released books that you can't wait for

  1. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  2. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
  3. Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  4. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  5. Invaded by Melissa Landers
  6. Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
  7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  8. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

7 - Auto-buy Authors

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout
  2. John Green
  3. Rick Riordan
  4. Cassandra Clare
Sorry, my list is pretty exclusive. But for these guys, I don't even need a blurb. I just buy it as soon as I see their names on the cover.

6 - Book Boyfriends

  1. Draco Malfoy - Harry Potter 
  2. William Herondale - The Infernal Devices
  3. Daemon Black - Lux Series
  4. Kaidan Rowe - The Sweet Trilogy
  5. Jackson Deveaux - The Arcana Chronicles
  6. Raffe - Angelfall
To be honest, while my #7 was a hard list to crack into, for #6 I'm pretty much a book whore. So yeah.

5 - Books you recommend the most

  1. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  4. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  5. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

4 - Books you thought you'd like but didn't

  1. Matched by Allie Condie
  2. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  3. Fury by Elizabeth Miles
  4. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

3 - Books that made you cry

  1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (For days. Cried while reading, before I slept, in the shower. No joke.)
  2. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (I don't think I'll recover.)
  3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (So good. So much of everything good.)

2 - Books you never plan on reading

  1. House of Night Series by P. C. and Kristin Cast (Read the first four 'cause I bought 'em and didn't want to waste my money, but after that, no more. They should have stopped after zero.)
  2. Four by Veronica Roth (Sorry, but after Insurgent and Allegiant, I thought he was whiny and annoying. Don't want to deal with that again. Plus, who knows how much further Veronica Roth will manage to break my heart after the freaking end of the series?)

1 - Favorite genre at the moment

  1. YA Paranormal Romance... always and forever. Hopefully.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Four Houses Release Day! (with giveaway)

The amazing, spectacular, and unbelievable Victoria Scott has released her new book Four Houses today! And personally, I'm EXTREMELY excited about it. And not only this, but she also has a giveaway up, which I've linked to down at the bottom for digital copies of Four Houses and also an autographed copy of The Warrior from her Dante Walker series (which, let me just say, is fantastic and you should give it a shot if you haven't already). It's international for all you peeps outside of the US.

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Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

441 pages
Rating: 3/5
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.

I'd been meaning to read this book for a while, but when I saw that there was a pilot TV episode made for it, I was like, It's time. There was absolutely no way I was going to watch it without having read the book first. So naturally, my first instinct was to go to the bookstore.

Basically, this girl named Lena grows up in a society where the very idea of love is horrifying and wrong. It's considered a disease and the root of many kinds of mental illnesses. She meets this guy and finds that the more she hangs out with him, the more she questions her no-love mindset. She learns to appreciate things she never knew about and embrace the emotions that she has.

Delirium was chock-full of amazing, philosophical ideas that made me think deeper about the relationships that I have in my own life. Of course, the premise of the book sounded so intriguing and I had a feeling that I'd really love it, but I wasn't sure how well the world would be built (because not everyone can make something as fantastic as the Wizarding World, if you know what I mean). But putting that aside, I knew from the start that I loved the writing style. Lauren Oliver blew me away with some of the descriptions she wrote. The way she described poetry just knocked me off my feet. Just the smallest things, she made seem so much more.

All of the characters in Delirium, save Lena, Alex (love interest), Hanna (best friend), and a few others, were basically unfeeling zombies. They had responsibilities and family, but they never really felt anything more toward these things than a knowledge that they would have to go through the motions and do what was expected of them. And while these zombies were off doing their business, Lena and Hana were basically learning to be rebellious and experience things, although really, Lena was just going along for the ride at first.

But if I'm being honest with myself, I couldn't bring myself to like anyone. I hated Hana from nearly the start, I thought Lena was terribly annoying, and I don't remember when I stopped liking Alex, but it happened somewhere around the middle-end of the book. Now, don't get me wrong, the romance was great, but it left me feeling a little bit meh. There was nothing that really popped out at me that made them seem special as a YA couple. The book was focused on meaning and depth of relationships that I actually felt it lacked spark.

Like I mentioned before, I thought the world-building would be quite a challenge to pull off. Love is so deeply ingrained into our society that I couldn't really grasp much of the world until a couple chapters in. There were some slip-ups too. I noticed once in the beginning that Lena said she loved children, but wouldn't even saying the word "love" be so stigmatized that it would basically be wiped out of their appropriate-for-conversation words? And then, around the middle, she says that she's never said the word before which I already knew was false. The inconsistencies really made the Delirium world seem iffy to me. One thing I will give though, was that the epigraphs before each chapter were really insightful.

Yes, I would recommend this book, but to people who liked Dystopian and aren't likely to notice contradictions. Because once I saw one thing wrong, I started questioning everything. But yeah, give it a shot.

Oh, also. The ending! AHHHHH.

That was spoilery.

Rating: 3/5
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