They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.
And I’ve always believed them.
Now everything has changed.
Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Great. Time to be the bad guy. Honestly guys, I’m sorry. Because I don’t understand what the big deal is with this book. It just wasn’t for me, you know that feeling? I know a lot of people who would probably enjoy this book, but I just couldn’t. It took me long enough to actually try it, and then I didn’t like it. 1.5 stars.
“I hate skin; I hate bones and bodies. I want to curl up inside of him and be carried there forever.”
What the heck is this?
Things I liked about this book: Hana Tate–the best friend. The rebels. The prose. The concept. The plot line. Some of the quotes. Great grammar. Lauren Oliver’s voice.
Things I didn’t like about this book: LENA. Some of the quotes. Alex. The narration. The ending.
These things may seem like I’m just being a hater, but seriously, it’s hard to like a book when you don’t like anything about the narrator. It’s easier if there’s two narrators, going by that statement. That way, if you hate one narrator, than you can look forward to the other.
Example from the book: “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.”
That quote is not true. You can be happy with both narrators, believe me. I’ve read plenty of books where both narrators were absolutely fabulous.
I was actually really impressed and happy for Lauren Oliver when I first heard about this book, don’t get me wrong. I was really interested in the concept of this story, and originally I wanted to read it because I loved Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, but again with the narrator. This book had moments, moments where I genuinely enjoyed the story, but it just didn’t work for me in the end.
It seemed kind of unlikely to me, the way Lena is so scared of the deliria for a few chapters and then she just comes to accept this love with a fiery, intense burning passion. It makes no sense to me. And, adding on to that, I understand how Alex can care about Lena, but why would Lena fall in love with him so quickly? It’s like, how can you fall in love with a celebrity–someone you’ve never even met? You don’t even know anything about them, really.
Hear that there’ll probably be a TV show based on this book, for those of you who really liked this series. Anyway, sorry again guys. Just my opinion. Below are some of the YA romance I liked.
pg count for hardcover: 441
1) Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Wished there could’ve been a little bit more action/adventure themes to this, but overall it was a 4 star book and an amusing read. Interesting concept.
Synopsis: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.
pg count for the hardcover: 362
Series: Article 5
2) The Selection by Kiera Cass
Can’t wait for the sequel to come out! Super excited by this book! It was a great read, and I liked the concept a lot. It was cool, and…now I think I’ll read it again.
Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
pg count for the hardcover: 327
Series: The Selection
3) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
So, I was in a Winco and I saw these nuns while I was picking up some fruit for my mom. I got the fruit and headed over to my mom. It went a little like this:
ME: Mom, hey Mom, there’s nuns over there.
MOM: That’s great.
ME: What are they doing here?
MOM: They have to eat too, don’t they? Why do you ask?
ME: Well, the last book I read about nuns, the nuns were assassins.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
pg count for the hardcover: 549
Series: His Fair Assassin
4) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I’m eagerly anticipating to see how this movie goes! It’s gonna be really cool! Coming out August 2013.
Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
pg count for the hardcover: 442
Series: The Mortal Instruments
5) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Actually loved this book….I really liked Lauren Oliver’s voice and it was a really interesting story.
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.
pg count for the paperback: 470
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