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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 Books I'd Buy NOW If Somebody Got Me a Gift Card - feat. Cyn Balog, Lauren Oliver, Danielle Vega & more | Top Ten Tuesday

This is totally not a (not very) subtle hint that I wouldn't mind a gift card. 10 books I'd totally buy right now:

Twins waking up 400 years in the future! Hell yeah! I love books that involve travelling to the future, bring it on!

GEMINI by Sonya Muheerje
I'm still bitter that I got declined for this on Netgalley. Two words: conjoined twins. Gimme.

A LONG LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan
Sci-Fi and fairytales! This is about a "sleeping beauty" waking up in the future. I need a physical copy of this masterpiece!

REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
I've read BEFORE I FALL and DELIRIUM by her and I've been meaning to give her other books a shot. BEFORE I FALL was the bomb and this is a flip book. I need this. Desperately.

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega
I'm physically upset that I haven't read this yet. The book's ridiculously expensive in my country, twice the price of a regular paperback. But exorcisms!

THE BLESSED by Tonya Hurley
This is about a boy who thinks he's a saint chosen by a God. I need.

MARY: THE SUMMONING by Hillary Monahan
This is a bloody mary retelling and y'all know how much I love scary novels. I'm ready!

FURIOUS by Jill Wolfson
I love my Greek mythology retellings and I adore everything related to the furies. This retelling especially caught my eye because there are poc cover models. Hell yeah!

SLEEPLESS by Cyn Balog
Balog convinced me of her incredible writing skills when I read her most recent release, UNNATURAL DEEDS. Though that one missed the mark slightly, I want to give her another shot. I definitely think she could become one of my favorite authors. This is a story featuring the sandman, by the way.

I'm reading an ecopy right now and I already know I need a physical copy. Oh April, you're so fab.

Which books would you buy if you were given a gift card?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Prequels and Sequels for a Finished Series: When Is It Beating a Dead Horse? | YA Talk

As you might know, I'm absolutely crazy for Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux Series. 

When I found out about OBLIVION, the first book OBSIDIAN from the point of view of the alien love interest Daemon, I wasn't so ecstatic.

With five books and a prequel novella, the series is already pretty long, too long for my taste if you consider the lack of actual story.

Unfortunately it seems to be common right now in the YA market to release additional content, usually novellas that aren't necessary to really understand the story.

Prequels: New Trend in YA?

Kiera Cass, Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Lauren Oliver - almost every YA author that celebrated success with a book series within the last years seems to have published at least one novella, collection of short stories, or (unnecessary) prequel that doesn't really add any additional value to the series.

Why I'm against Additional Prequels/Sequels in General

If you're a hardcore fan of something, obviously you'll be happy for every bit of extra content you get. But is it really necessary to keep on releasing content even long after your original story is done?

Whenever I read novella reviews the common reaction is "it's okay but you don't have to read it". I mean, if you don't have to read it, does it have a right to exist? Why should I pay money for something that doesn't show me a mind-blowing new perspective of things? Only because I'm so emotionally invested in the characters that I cannot refuse?

It's easy to say "if you don't like it, don't read it", but really - why should anyone support an author that doesn't seem to care about the quality of their content as long as it brings in more money?

Please Just Do It Like JK

Spin-offs that I think actually make sense are things like FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, one of the text books from the Harry Potter Universe that J.K. Rowling released in 2001. As a fan, this is a nice touch of authenticity. Unfortunately, not all prequels and sequels on the market serve that purpose.

Riddle me this:
  • In what way is a prequel consisting only of an alternating POV to an already published book a treat for the reader? It's not like you could possibly get any groundbreaking new info, the series is already finished. 
  • If an already successful author loves their characters so much that they decide to continue writing in that series, why don't they do it like Cassandra Clare and turn their passion towards writing multiple new series in that universe? 
  • Why half-ass it and cram out the stuff that didn't make it into the first book in a "collection of short stories", that are actually just the things your editor cut out of the first draft? 
True story, there is a highly popular author who admitted to doing that

A book series ends where it's supposed to end. Publishers, editors, and marketing specialists make sure of that. Any additional content provided should only be a treat for the reader. 

How Do You Feel About Sequels and Prequels for a Finished Series?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Lena lives in a post-apocalpytic world where love is a recognized disease and everyone gets scheduled to have the capability to love removed at age 18. She has no doubts that this is the right thing to do until she meets - surprise, surprise - a boy. 

What intrigued me: The fact that everyone loves this book. I liked BEFORE I FALL by her and was hoping for something similarly interesting.

Innovation? Not Found.

The idea isn't anything new, banning emotions was already a big thing in the 90s/00s, think of movies like Equilibrium, heck scratch that, this is basically a bad version of BRAVE NEW WORLD.

I know that Lauren Oliver is a great writer, but in DELIRIUM she seems to have forgotten all the basic rules of how to keep the reader’s attention. Every single chapter begins with pages and pages of reflective paragraphs about some kind of childhood memory or relationship to another character, that I as a reader, could not care less about. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just every other chapter, if there was action that would justify these passages. But due to her talking and talking and talking I zoned out after a while. 

The big question is how Oliver is able to fill 400+ pages with nothing. Honestly, nothing happens in this novel. Lena meets Alex, they get caught, they find a place to make out, they get caught, they take daytrips into the Wilds, they get caught.

Unlikable Heroine

The protagonist Lena has such a weird way of thinking, it made my head hurt. If you're brought up in a society that stigmatizes and makes you fear a certain thing so much that it is said to KILL you, why would you then look out for it?

Because the boy is pretty? Because the boy is pretty. Sigh.

There are not many characters that I have left to rate, nobody is paid attention to besides Hana, her best friend, and Alex, her love interest. The entire world of Delirium seems to revolve around them. I liked her friend Hana, because she actually had a personality and opinions. Lena sucks up controversial topics like a sponge and copies the way of thinking of other people, she is a very flat character and absolutely not worth having her own story dedicated to. I’d rather have read about Hana. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had such high hopes and expectations. I wouldn’t recommend it, if you’re looking for a good dystopia. Lack of world-building, lack of plot, lack of character-depth.

Additional Info

Published: February 7th 2012
Pages: 441
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA / Dystopia
ISBN: 9780061726835

"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
(Source: Goodreads)

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