3-star books, Uncategorized

Compulsion by Martina Boone

My rating: 3/5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.9/5 stars

Compulsion is the first in Martina Boone’s Heirs of Watson Island series, comprised of three novels: Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the first novel. The cover looks warm and content and a little mysterious, with a photo of two people on a tree-lined dirt road, all tinged in a golden honey color. Most of the reviews I skimmed called the book a “Southern Gothic,” which I hadn’t really heard of–at least not in application to books written in the past few decades–so I was anticipating a slow pace, references to sweet iced tea, and maybe some kind of family drama.

I got the family drama part right, anyway. Continue reading “Compulsion by Martina Boone”

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4-star Books, Uncategorized

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 stars

Delirium is a dystopian novel set in a future USA where love is regarded as a disease. All citizens are “cured” once they reach maturity through a medical procedure that prevents them from feeling love, or any other extreme emotion, for the rest of their lives. After all, love is dangerous. Love breeds unhappiness, discontentment, jealousy, even hatred. It is safer to live without it. Continue reading “Delirium by Lauren Oliver”