Requiem Review (SPOILERS)

lauren2boliverTo be honest, I am very disappointed with the way Lauren Oliver ended the Delirium series. I fell in love with the first book, once it started to pick up the pace. I even had the rest of the series two day shipped to my house once I finished reading because that’s how good it was and how intense the cliff-hanger was.

When I got to the second book, Pandemonium, I was sort of let down. The way the story was told was very different from the way the first book was told. It was harsher and it wasn’t in chronological order…but it worked for the actual story, it fit the way Lena had matured between the books. But, of course, Oliver had to add in another guy to Lena’s life. I felt that the addition of this new love was completely unnecessary. Given the plot line of the entire first book, and her hatred toward Julian, in the beginning, makes it almost impossible for me to believe that she’s actually fallen for him. (I would have believed that they had just become friends and that he fell for her (given the circumstances) but I just don’t think that the Lena I had come to know would have fallen for Julian.) Don’t get me wrong, though, Julian is a great guy. And then, at the very end of the book, BAM an entirely unnecessary love triangle added just for some drama and because all the popular books at the time had a love triangle. I just don’t find it possible that Alex is alive after the end of the first book. And even if he is, that he found Lena out in the vast Wilds.

After the let down of Pandemonium, I was excited to read Requiem, thinking that it would actually be better written. I was wrong. If it wasn’t for how much I loved the first book of this series, I would have given Requiem a one-star rating. I didn’t mind how Oliver told the story through both Hana’s and Lena’s point of views, I thought that it worked really well and accented the story wonderfully. And the story itself wasn’t too bad, though it wasn’t nearly as captivating as Delirium. But, for most of it, there was unnecessary drama, a vast majority of the background information wasn’t explained (because Lena, as a protagonist, was kept in the dark for most of it, which is fine; readers, though, shouldn’t be kept in the dark. That’s, like, rule number three of being an author. NEVER keep your readers in the dark, they love to know what the protagonist doesn’t.) and the ending didn’t even seem like an ending. The book just stopped, abruptly, leaving me wanting more that I wanted at the end of Delirium. Did the rebellion succeed? Is Hana alive? How will Lena break the news to Julian–who has nobody besides her–that she’s going to be with Alex? Why are you guys breaking down a wall when an entire nation wants to wipe you out? I wanted more. And the way the book just stopped made it seem to me like Oliver hadn’t even thought out an ending, or didn’t want to, and decided to call it good. I was very disappointed and almost didn’t even bother finishing the book.

Like I said earlier, if it wasn’t for the first book, I’d give Requiem a one-star rating. But it gets a three-star rating because of Delirium.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Review

Let me first say that I have a love-hate relationship with John Green because of his writing style, which I don’t really like. What I love, though, is how easily one can fall into his books and become part of them.  I thought that I should put that out there to try to ward off any bias while I write this review.

An Abundance of Kathrines is a book that I had been, for lack of a better word, nervous to read because one of my friends read it and said that she didn’t really like it. I’m glad that Amazon had it on sale for five dollars, or else I never would have bought it and read it and realized that I really really liked it.

Though it starts out kind of slow, and it is rather confusing until you get used to the way that Colin and Hassan speak to each other, once the ball gets rolling An Abundance of Katherines is easily an amazing book.  Filled with heartbreak (duh, it’s a John Green book), yearning for adventure and knowing, An Abundance of Katherines pulls at heartstrings in search of the answer for why relationships end the way that they do and why people end up where they are, doing what they’re doing.

With everything from spontaneous road trips, lynchpins that started the First World War to wild boars and pink pickup trucks, An Abundance of Katherines will spark curiosity, if not a yearning to finish the book in three days (like I did).

There really isn’t much that reminds me of this novel because it’s so unique. This could be a bad thing, because Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is usually compared to the Titanic. Or this could be a good thing, because there is nothing out there like it, which means that An Abundance of Kathrines is really, truly its own creation. I would recommend reading it, though. I really liked it, and its unique writing style, even more unique than any other John Green book.