Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Goodreads Summary:

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mini Book Reviews: Winter and Oblivion


Since most of the novels I'm currently reading are sequels or end-of-series novels, I decided to clump short book reviews together to focus on specific things, namely whether I liked it and why, what I didn't like, and in the case of the final books, if I thought it concluded the series well.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#WritersLife: Finishing the first draft of NaNoWriMo 2015 novel

Amber Morrison, the Blonde Writer
 
#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

I am so excited to announce I finished the (complete) first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#WritersLife: YA Sci-Fi and un-education

#WritersLife - Amber the Blonde Writer

It's #WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

NaNoWriMo 2015 ended, and I made it in on Nov. 30th. I don't think I've ever cut it that close. I closed the contest at 50,132 words, but I'm still finishing. It's currently at 55,800 words and I expect to finish in the next 10,000. 

But I've said that before.

Monday, November 2, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day 2

 

Happy NaNoWriMo 2015!

It is Day 2 of NaNoWriMo 2015, and things are looking better after a very slow start yesterday. It took me five hours of work (and some procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter) to get 2,313 words on the page. All last week I would write about 800-1,000 words in a thirty minute session. Beginnings either take me an hour to sprint through, or weeks to trudge through.

Friday, October 16, 2015

#WritersLife: Book Marketing and NaNo 2015 Prep

#WritersLife - Amber the Blonde Writer

#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life. 

I have some awesome news to discuss and also some terror as we approach the dreaded First of November!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 Countdown!

 


It's hard to believe that in 26 days, I will be sitting down to eagerly write the beginning of an extraordinary and exhilarating story.

And in about 28 days, I'll probably be freaking out about my word count. It happens.

NaNoWriMo has been crucial for my writing because I am forced to start and end something. Most of us would be confident in starting a story because we get this gorgeous image or understandable character or hilarious dialogue and we just need to write it down right this second! And then we realize one conversation can't hold a novel and we abandon it.

I completed the 50K words in 2012 and 2014, and I reached 17K in 2013 (let's just not talk about that year, shall we?). This year, I'm doing something I've never done: I'm outlining and planning.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#WritersLife: Ways to Improve Creative Writing Programs



#WritersLife - Amber the Blonde Writer


#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

After much scheming with some of my dear writer friends this past week (Eric the Great and Donna the Magnificent), I realized that there is so much I still don't know about the publishing world. Not just the marketing and agent aspects, but also the author's life. I want to know more about revision, beta readers, critique partners, querying, and the writing community, and I wish all this information had been available during my college years.

It wouldn't take any of you long to stalk this website to see where I studied, but I'll save you the trouble and tell you. I attended UT El Paso, and below are the lists of things I wish I could have learned and would change today about its Undergraduate Creative Writing Program.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Piloting Conversations That Concern Mindless Deaths (A Story)

Approaching a large city, a pilot and co-pilot struggle to keep control of their plane. A wing is rendered unresponsive after a massive collection of geese intercept the flight path and are sucked into the fans. The pilot radios for help, but communication is down.

“We’re dropping too fast for the brakes to stop us, and the wheels will crack under the impact,” the pilot said. “There’s over a thousand people in that stadium. Most of them aren’t going to survive this blast if we don’t get control back.”

“There’s more than a thousand people,” the co-pilot said.

Friday, July 24, 2015

#WritersLife: Query Process Update and Slow Bloggers



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#WritersLife. Let's talk writing in real life.

I finally started my querying process for my YA Contemporary piece currently titled A Second Chance. I sent it in to three agents: Rachel Brooks of the L. Perkins Agency, Erin Harris of Folio Inc., and Kim Lionetti of Book Ends Literary Agency.

It was completely nerve-wracking when I sent these off on June 26, 2015, but I received much love on Twitter from other writers because let’s face it: the writing community is golden and wonderful and I am so glad I’m in this industry.

Monday, June 22, 2015

American Teenagers are Desensitized and it’s Breaking Us


In March 2013, a young man stood up in my journalism class and politely stopped our instructor from lecturing to inform her, and all of us, that a bomb threat had been made to our campus and that we were all required to leave immediately to safer ground.


I pulled out my phone and sure enough the text message I had ignored said the same thing. I gathered my bags and clung to one of my friends as our professor told us to be safe. My friend and I left the building into a swarm of slow-walking students heading to the dorms. I called my roommate and she and I walked downtown to do some window-shopping.


We later heard that students who had parked in the garage spent more than 3 hours trying to get out. There was a student directing traffic because the police couldn’t get there in time. We all joked that if there really was a bomber, it would have been wise to plant it at the garage because everyone would rather wait on campus for it to blow before leaving their precious cars.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

#WritersLife: Paid Internships and Why They are Awesome


#WritersLife - Amber the Blonde Writer

#WritersLife. Let's talk writing in real life.

I recently made some changes and moved 600 miles from my alma mater back to my hometown. It was bittersweet, but very much necessary. Within two days of being back, I had an interview and a job offer. Look at me, being all productive! Seriously though, I'm going to talk about paid internships (which this job is) and give a few reasons why more student writers need to look into them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How I Lost my Connection to Dystopian Novels

How I lost my connection to dystopian novels isn't something that I thought I could pinpoint to a specific time frame or event. However, months after the aftermath of my personal apocalypse, I realize there is probably a reason I clung to dystopian novels so desperately last year and now feel as though I can and want to read other genres.


A dystopia is a world where hope is needed to survive, and I needed hope to survive. Okay, maybe not survive physically like in the wilderness with bears, mountain lions, and geese (those geese omg!), but survive emotionally. Reading Divergent, Delirium, and Legend (not to mention the dozens of others I hoarded) taught me that I needed to keep my hope alive until things got better.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Cover of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Photo courtesy here

The cover reveal for Passenger, the latest from Alexandra Bracken, has arrived, and I am so happy!!

I read and reviewed Darkest Minds late last year and adored it! I haven't been able to get a hold of the second book in the series, Never Fade, but I plan on finding it for the summer. This novel has been haunting me on Twitter, and this cover is absolutely stunning.

Monday, April 20, 2015

#WritersLife: Expanding as a Blogger and Reader


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#WritersLife highlights my writing career and ambitions (I promise I will find a tagline that sounds good before the next dystopian apocalypse). I've been dabbling in other areas of book reviews, and I want to spend some time on that to better explain why there haven't been as many reviews up on the site as there should be.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#WritersLife: Working as a (Creative) Writer


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#WritersLife follows my escapades as a writer (duh). For this installment, I wanted to share some news about one of the businesses I work for, and for you guys to better understand it I needed to share some of my writing career past with y'all. 

Amber's Career Summary in 3, 2, 1!

Working after College


I graduated in May 2014 with my Bachelor's in Creative Writing, and I imagined I would just find some little job while I worked on my latest masterpiece before I was magically picked up and lived my life in a log cabin writing. Needless to say, I still thought life was more similar to Disney than Pixar.
I had some sense knocked into me by my good friend Eric and found some work before I graduated. Over the course of the next year, I would write copy (advertisement) for a sneaker company and a wine decor business, tutor writing to students in community college, start a blog, and intern for a literary agency reading YA/MG manuscripts.

While none of these jobs involved writing fiction, they did require my creativity and willingness to share the love of writing with others. In fact, writing things other than what I love is what has allowed me to appreciate fiction writing that much more. I'm still aiming to be a bestselling YA author, but in the meantime I'm loving the marketing and publishing aspects as well.
Now, to get to the matter at hand...

Wine Decor Business Progress!


I work for a wine decor business called Beth's Wine Designs, which was founded in October 2014. We focus on up-cycling wine bottles and various other types of alcohol bottles (which are donated and not consumed entirely by us) into beautiful art pieces for homes, offices, or celebrations. My work includes writing product descriptions and managing the social media pages. 

I am very excited to announce we just got our first reviews on Etsy and it feels AWESOME!

Screenshot of Beth's Wine Designs Etsy storefront
Aren't these the most stunning reviews you've ever seen?!


We have been on Etsy for months and have made some sales in person, but these were our first official Etsy sales. We had a squeal fest when the reviews came up. 

This is the other part of being a writer that is just as rewarding as seeing your work published. I may not be weaving stories, but my work has allowed my boss to see her work "published" in the sense of it being posted, seen, and adored by her customers. Writing has always been about bringing people together, and marketing is no exception. 

Working as a creative writer doesn't mean you're writing fiction or poetry; sometimes, it means you're working writing jobs in a way that still show off your creativity. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cover Reveal: Winter by Marissa Meyer

I know I'm about three weeks late on this game, but I still want to give my thoughts on the cover of the final installment of the Lunar Chronicles Series, Winter, by Marissa Meyer.


This series has been one of my all-time favorites (I have a review of Fairest here), and the covers are one of the reasons that I love to take out my copies of Cinder and Scarlet to hold them close and show them love! This cover is definitely brighter than its predecessors, and I think that's why it didn't make me as pumped as some of the other fans.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#WritersLife: Graduate School and New Projects


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It's been exactly a month since my last blog post, but I had good reasons (and partial exhaustion)! I need to get back into the swing of things in terms of book reviews, but with my new internship at a literary agency it's difficult to balance as many novels as I was reading before with an additional two manuscripts a week and my current writing projects. Not only that, but I was accepted into graduate school! :D

MFA Program at Hamline University

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers.

Books Finished Last Week:

Unhinged by A.G. Howard
The Union by T.H. Hernandez
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review - Unhinged

Title: Unhinged (Splintered #2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Supernatural
Release Date: January 2014

Goodreads' Summary:

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

My review:

At this point, I don't know if it's even fair for me to review an A.G. Howard novel. I had minor reservations about Splintered, but Unhinged had no problems because Morpheus plays a larger, if possible a more seductive role. I don't care what happens in this series: Morpheus is my muse.

I mean, have you seen that cover?! He's perfection on a book.

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers.

Books Finished Last Week:
Champion by Marie Lu

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: January 2013

Goodreads Summary:


Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

My review:


Marie Lu's Legend Trilogy keeps getting better. The politics get messier, the love gets more passionate (as if that was possible), and the plot grows more intense with each battle. I hate being the first of my friends to read this series because otherwise I would have started years ago!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Sara Raasch and Epic Reads has finally released the cover for the Snow Like Ashes sequel, Ice Like Fire!


IT'S PERFECT.

Raasch is turning into an author like Marissa Meyer: nothing she does can disappoint me. This cover looks stunning! I love the return of the circular design and showing us glimpses of the seasons. Not to mention I need to find out what happens after they all return to Winter! Ice Like Fire could either mean Winter invading Summer or Summer invading Winter. Either way, things look hot! (Too puny? Yeah, I thought so). And Theron! I'll soon be reunited with him! *swoon*

Okay, enough of my aimless fangirling. What do you think of the cover? Do you love it? I love it, but you knew that already. 

Also check out Epic Reads for the full scoop! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Fairest

Title: Fairest: Levana's Story
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: January 2015

                                                        Goodreads' Summary:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?


Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book Review: Legend

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Marie Lu: Legend Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: November 2011

Goodreads Summary:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Monday, February 2, 2015

#WritersLife: New Internship and Sold Out Tickets



#WritersLife - Amber the Blonde Writer


#WritersLife is where I update on all my adventures in the writing/publishing world. For a detailed history, check out the About Me tab at the top of the page. Otherwise, onward to February updates!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers. 

Books Finished Last Week:
Legend by Marie Lu

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers. 

Books Finished Last Week:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Atlantia by Ally Condie
The Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent by Lori Perkins

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes + 2nd Book Release Date

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2014

                        Goodreads Summary:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #7


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question: Where do you post your reviews besides your blogs? Where else do you post your reviews? - Via A Great Read

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1)

Title: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Book #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 2014



Goodreads' Summary:


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers. 

Books Finished Last Week:
Graduation Day (Testing Series #3) by Joelle Charbonneau
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Friday, January 16, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #6


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: Do you own any doubles of your books? What led to getting that second, third, or fourth copy? - Suggested via A Great Read

Mini Book Review: How to Kill Your Senator

I was asked by the authors to provide an honest review in anticipation of the upcoming release of this short story. I was not compensated for this review in any way. 

Title: "How to Kill Your Senator"
Authors: James Courtney and Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 10
Release: January 16, 2015


Authors' Summary:

In City-State, politics can be deadly...

Jackson Cartwright has murdered the entire City-State Senate. In the aftermath, Jackson meets a mysterious creature named Jinn. Jinn attempts to show Jackson the root of City-State's political corruption, but Jackson fails to comprehend the clear message that Jinn displays and represents.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

End of Revision Round 1 for NaNo 2014 Novel

Sure, I wrote the novel, but do you know how tough rewrites are?

FINALLY. The edits and rewrites for the first revision of my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel (titled A Second Chance as of this moment) have come to an end. Two of my three beta readers for this period have confirmed they have the manuscript in their hands and I'm waiting (impatiently) for the third to get back to me.

I have decided to not touch the novel until I get feedback from my readers, which means I can focus on my dream dystopian novel! I wanted to write it for NaNo, but I realized this kind of story needed to be written over a longer period of time. Dystopia worlds are not something that should be breezed through.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: Graduation Day (The Testing #3)

Your time is almost up.


Goodreads' summary:


In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

My review: 


The Testing Series has been a roller coaster for me. Cia Vale has been a strong character and the politics have been well placed and developed. Unfortunately, the second book and the first half of the third novel were the best parts. The ending didn't quite hit it for me.

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. Most bloggers have adorable original blog photos, but because I'm a newbie to the game, I'm using the image straight from Book Journey (so no photo design credit to me).

Books Finished This Week:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review: Independent Study (Testing Series #2)

"What can the United Commonwealth Government do for you?"


Summary on Goodreads: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

My review:

Joelle Charbonneau's Independent Study evolved in the ways The Testing did not. There was more political intrigue, more character development, and much less focus on romance than on potential allies and killers. Overall, a much more satisfying read in the installment!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #5


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: Do you have any fun collections other than books? - Suggested via Peace Love Books


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: Requiem (Delirium #3)

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.


Summary from Goodreads:

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


My review:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver is the shocking ending to the Delirium Trilogy. In a world where love has been cured and eradicated in the cities, Lena and her band of Invalids are on a mission to break down the barriers. Meanwhile, Hana's POV intercepts in a way I've been waiting for since Delirium. Finally, I got to see the world through Hana's eyes and it's just as bad as Lena's.

The novel was phenomenal. The switching points of view allow the reader to understand life in the Wilds and life in Portland during the start of the war. Even though I had to crawl along with Hana (her chapters felt shorter than Lena's even though they probably weren't), it provided a blindingly bright light on the evils and manipulations of the government, something we saw only briefly with Julian Fineman in Pandemonium.

The love triangle. Oh. My. It was intense. I imagined who Lena would choose and I was wrong. For the first time in quite a while, the romance was just as thrilling as the political demises and they flowed together seamlessly. Granted, the plot focuses on the idea that love is a disease, so love should have been a main plot line, but we also see love between family and friends that is pushed and strained in a way that will make you question whether love is such a great thing after all.

And Hana. Hana, how could you?! I have never felt to betrayed and then redeemed by a character since Peter in Divergent. Not only that, but Lena never annoyed me, not even once. She matured into the kind of character this series deserved, especially after all the deaths. Oh, the deaths. They're still wounding to think about.

Overall, Requiem was phenomenal (did I say that already? Too bad. Phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal!) At first, I was worried it would be too open an ending, but Oliver patched everything up in the final two pages. Two pages. I would have liked to be told something about my biggest question before then, but at least she gave me something. Read this series if you haven't. You need this in your life.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

If you haven't read (and you need to), you can get a physical copy here or a digital copy here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. Most bloggers have adorable original blog photos, but because I'm a newbie to the game, I'm using the image straight from Book Journey (so no photo design credit to me).

Books Finished This Week:
Avoidables: Series 1 (Hope's Awakening) by Rachel Medhurst

Friday, January 2, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #4


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: What was your favorite book (or books) of 2014? - suggested via Alison Can Read