Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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”

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown is the bind-up of Queensong and Steel Scars, two novellas by Victoria Aveyard that take place in the Red Queen world. As companion novellas tend to do, both tell the stories of secondary or behind-the-scenes characters and events that readers are introduced to in the books but never get to know very well.

Before I continue, I’d like to include two warnings. First: I listened to this bind-up on audiobook, which is useful for passing time in my car, but I have to admit audio books are not my favorite, primarily because A.) I can’t see how things are spelled, and B.) The reader’s voice becomes an intrinsic influence to the story that I will never be able to unassociate. I will try to be as objective as possible here, but there are some things that I might think a little differently about by virtue of having “read” these books via CD. Second: If you have not yet read Glass Sword, there are some spoilers in this article! Continue reading “Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard”

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I would love to be able to say something cheesy about this story like, “The Jewel is a shining gem in my treasury of novels!” Unfortunately, though, this jewel is not a glittering diamond, not a geode that’s better once you crack it open (the cover is one of the best things about it, actually–and don’t you all pretend you don’t judge books by their covers, too!), not even a fun pebble that a little kid might find in somebody’s flower garden and decide to keep. Honestly, it’s more like a rock that you try to skip across the water but that only succeeds in sinking to the bottom. Continue reading “The Jewel by Amy Ewing”