June Wrap Up

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It is the end of another month and I thought why not make a little wrap up post? So Monthly Wrap Up is a going to be a monthly post where I just sum up whats been happening in my life, what books I have read and what I have blogged about.

So now that June is over I have been officially back at work for a month. I work in, I guess you could call it, a hardware store. I’m back to my usual twenty three hours a week. I hate it. I’ve been there for almost five years now and I seriously, seriously hate it. I’m the only female who works there so that’s not particulalry nice. My former co-worker is currently in California too so thats not make my days there any easier. I am immensely jealous of anyone who is abroad this summer. If you’re reading this and you’re in a sunny place please put some in a jar for me.Photo on 24-06-2014 at 12.03

Being back at work has some upsides I must admit. Now that I’m getting paid again (a week late for some reason) I can afford new books and clothes!

Books I Bought:

Went on a bit of a binge this month which is unlike me but I feel as though it something I should aspire to every month. I bought thirteen books this month and you can see them here. Personally, I’m pretty pleased with them.

Books I Read:

I also read thirteen books this month and people say it’s an unlucky number!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Far From You by Tess Sharpie

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Giver by Lois Lowry

World After by Susan Ee.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Legend by Marie Lu

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

We Were Liars by E. Lockhard

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.

This summer I am also participating in two challenges: Summer of Spells and The Lord of the Rings Buddy Read.

For Summer of Spells I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling.

For The Lord of the Rings buddy read I also started reading The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time.

I loved a great deal of these books with one of two exceptions – actually I think it was just one (Inkheart) and you can check out my reviews of them here.  However there has to be one winner of them all and there was my

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Book of the Month:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

I am deeply, deeply obsessed with this series. I fear it becoming a real problem,.

I think June was a great month. The Fault in Our Stars came out and was incredible, the Delirum Pilot aired which was less incredible but hey at least we saw it. Orphan Black rocked my socks and Teen Wolf and the wonderful wittiness that is Stiles Stilinksi is back on the air. I bought some great books, read some great books. I also burned 1/4 of my body but my county colours are red and white so I’ll just say I’m being patriotic!

I hope you guys had a great month!

 

 

 

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June Book Haul

So, I started back to work this month so I had a little extra income and I may have gone a little crazy…

Here are all the books I got in June!

eBooks:

CrownOfMidnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary: From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. (Via Goodreads)

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Shatter me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Summary: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (Via Goodreads.)

uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:

 Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever. (Via Goodreads.)

cinder

Author: Marisa Meyer

Publisher: Square Fish

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (Via Goodreads.)

daughtersmoke

Author: Lani Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? (Via Goodreads.)

theassassinsblade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Summary: Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out (Via Goodreads.)

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Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Books

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. (Via Goodreads.)

Half Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight Saga

Author: Sally Green

Publisher: Penguin Books

Summary: Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy. (Via Goodreads.)

silkworm

Author: Robert Galbraith

Publisher: Sphere

Summary: Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives–meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.  (Via Goodreads.)

prodigy

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin

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? (Via Goodreads.)

teardrop

Author: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Corgi

Summary: Never, ever cry… Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense. Can everything you love be washed away? (Via Goodreads.)

we were liars

Author: We Were Liars

Publisher: Hotkey Books

Summary: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. (Via Goodreads.)

24hourbook

Author: Robin Sloan

Publisher: Atlantic Books

Summary: The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave. (Via Goodreads.)

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World After: Review

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Author: Susan Ee

Publisher: Skyscape

Summary: In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose? (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

I will admit that I was slightly disappointed by this book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, actually liked it a lot but I was still a little let down.

Now, there is nothing really wrong with this book. I enjoyed the plot points, the pacing, the characters. I truly love how Ee portrays the resistance and the survivors in this novel; fearful, not willing to help others, I think it’s a very realistic and honest portrayal of humanity in a Post Apocalyptic World and its wonderfully written.

The main characters too are a joy. Especially Penryn. I love how strong she is yet she’s so vulnerable. She knows the world is falling apart, has fallen apart, she has faced Angels, weird Scorpian monsters, the whole lot and yet what scares her most is one of her mother’s episodes and yet this is also what she draws her strength from. She’s snarky, tough, funny, dedicated and an all around BAMF. Girl stabbed an Angel in the dick. People should bow down. She is defiantly one of my favourite female characters going.

The rest of the characters; her mother, Paige, Clara, DeeDum, Obi, and Raffe, especially Raffe. I love them. They are also different and multifacated. Just beautifully written. I do really love this series!

My only real issue with this book was that there was not enough interaction between Raffe and Penryn. Their interactions were my favourite part of the first book and they don’t really meet again until the last fifty pages or so of World After. However when they do it is wonderful. They are so witty and sarcastic together and both so in love with each and unwilling to admit it. Just terrific.

If Penryn and Raffe had been together more in this book I would be rating it 4/5 but as they do not I’m giving this book 3.5 but it is a strong 3.5!  I would recommend it to everyone and I think a lot of people will enjoy it as I said I was just a tad disappointed.

3.5 Stars.

Top Five Most Anticipated July Releases

The month of June is ending and July is soon to begin which means only one thing: New Book Releases. I have been trawling through all the books due for release in July (there are some good ones!and I have narrowed down the list of all the books I want to just five. So, without further ado here are my Top Five Most Anticipated July Releases:

Only Ever Yours Author: Louise O’Neil

Publisher: Quercus

Expected Release Date: July 3rd

Summary: In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in  schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known… (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: Um, can you say, holy shit? This book sounds sensational! I can’t wait to pick this one up, not only is it one of my most anticipated books of July it is one of my most anticipated books of the summer.

conversaion Author: Katherine Howe

Publisher: Penguin

Expected Release Date: July 1st

Summary: It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . . (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: Witchcraft curses in a prep school…yeah I’m sold.

Midnight thief

Author: Livia Blackburne

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Expected Release Date: July 8th

Summary: Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: * Takes deep breath, screams from top of lungs* LADY ASSASSINS.

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 Author: Stacey Jay

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Expected Release Date: July 9th

Summary: Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: Sleeping Beauty’s daughter…warrior princess…ogre queen…This is everything I never knew I wanted.

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Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Expected Release Date: July 15th

 Summary: When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: It’s X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven. I don’t need anymore.

Inkheart: Review

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Author: Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Chicken House

Summary: Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: 

This book should have been magical and it really wasn’t.

Inkheart is a strange book for me in that it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. If I’m totally honest I feel quite indifferent to it. There is no real love or there is no real hate, there’s just a “meh” feeling.

For me the language in the book felt very stilted, maybe thats down to the fact that this book is translated from it’s original German, but you can tell by the choice of phrase that this book was supposed to leap from the page. It didn’t, not for me. It felt very flat and laboured. It just didn’t do anything for me. That being said there are some beautiful passages and quotes in this book, namely

“Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.”

But even that’s not enough to save it for me. It was just a difficult read.

The pacing too was not helpful. While Funke kept the plot moving well the book felt so very slow. Especially the first hundred pages, which I originally out down to the presence of Elinor who is without a doubt the most annoying character ever. I never thought I could hate a character that I know is played by Helen Mirren in a film but I did and I do. I mean, her nephew has just been kidnapped and she’s concerned over dust on her books? Seriously? The pacing of the book did pick up temporarily and I got very excited but once again it lulled and grew limp until it actually felt like a chore to keep reading.

The characters too didn’t appeal to me. They felt very flat, very dull, like they had no real emotions. It was all very blah.

I know a lot of people like this book, and will like this book but it just didn’t do anything for me. It should have been magical, it should have ensnared me, left me gagging for the next too books but it didn’t. It didn’t leave me feeling anything.

I didn’t hate this book, although it probably sounds like I did, I just didn’t feel anything for it.

2.5 Stars.

Waiting on Wednesday (June 25)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are excited for.

My pick is:

heir of fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Expected Publication Date: September 2nd 2014

Summary: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: I am quite obsessed with this series. I am so, so, so, so, so excited for this book, honest to god I’d push my own mother down the stairs to get a copy of this book right now. I am so jealous of all the people who got an advanced copy! Can’t wait for this to come out!

Requiem: Review

 

 

 

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

 

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper Collins

Summary: 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. (Via Goodreads.)

 

Review:

I am not sure how to feel.

I was a big fan of the first Delirium book and I enjoyed the second one, missed Alex quite a lot so when he re-appeared at the end of the Pandemonium I immediately bought the ebook of Requiem aaaand it sort of sat, untouched and unread on my kindle for a few months – maybe a year! But, finally, I have read it and as I said, I’m not sure how to feel.

I had heard a lot of things about the ending of Requiem – mainly that is not an ending that you would expect for the final instalment in a series so I was slightly worried as I was getting to the last few pages and nothing was really, truly, resolved. This book definitely doesn’t have a final full stop ending. There is no big victory, no peace agreements or legitimate opt-out schemes developed or whatever so I was slightly disappointed by it but at the same time I liked it.

I do think it was a very fitting end because in fights like Lena’s you don’t always see an immediate resolution. Battles for change are long, arduous and can’t always be achieve in one fell swoop. The ending of Requiem is very reminiscent of the Berlin Wall so I imagine if you take a look at that period in history you can take a pretty good guess at what happens for Lena’s world.

Reqiuem also had alternating chapters between Lena and Hana. It did sort of worry me because I was never Hana’s biggest fan and I thought I’d be bored by her life in the moderated world but I found her story to be so interesting and I think it mixed really well with Lenas. If you split their stories into to separate three hundred page books I would have read them both.

However, Hana finds a lot out about her world and her people in this book and I thought she would do more with the information than what she did. I imagined her joining the sympathisers and letting the Resistance know the truth about Fred Hargrove and the DFA, leading to a great revelation to the people but that didn’t happen. Hana said nothing and just went on with her life, terrified but going through the motions and that left me a little cold. So even though I enjoyed Hana’s story I did expect more and as such was left disappointed by what I got.

I was also disappointed by the interactions between Alex and Lena or lack thereof I should say. I wanted to see more of their relationship, how it would change and grow after the crypts, after Julian but again, didn’t happen. I think they only interacted with each other about four times? So, I was very disappointed by that.

In addition: Fuck Julian.

In my opinion there was a lot missing from this book. I understand leaving the ending the way it is but a bit of closure between the characters would have been nice. I would have liked to see Lena end things with Julian, introduce Alex to her mom, see Raven be mourned – Raven definitely deserved better that what she got, maybe look for the rest of her family. Character-wise the ending felt very bare and impersonal.

These books are supposed to be about choosing to love and about the people we love and that sort of got skipped over in this book. It focused more on rebellion instead which again, totally understandable, but it would have been nice to see the thing they were fighting for included a bit more.

Overall, this book was my least favourite of the trilogy. I did enjoy it, It had some good aspects but it also had a lot of faults that are hard to ignore.

3 Stars.