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Scarlet… and UGH I have to WAIT for the third one?!?

Ladies and gentlemen, I may have found a new favorite series to add to my list of AWESOME books that keep me up all night reading. And that my friends, is the Lunar Chronicles.Scarlet_final_USA-Today-e1341988389106I finished Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, yesterday, immediately after reading Cinder (the first book), and now I can’t. stop. thinking. about. it.

The characters pull you in, the stories are exciting, and Meyer did an excellent job of bringing in new characters without losing sight of the ones I already cared about.

My only complaint was that, for Cinder and Iko anyway, the story is a lot of running and waiting. It didn’t really feel like a whole story, but Meyer makes up for this by introducing us to Scarlet and Wolf (Little Red anyone?), and filling their story with excitement, betrayal, and a hint of romance.

I simply love the way Meyer has taken two fabulous fairy tales, and twisted them, molded them, to create beautiful unique stories. LOVE LOVE LOVE

And now, as the rain beats down on the roof of my house (so incredibly lovely and soothing) I’m going to turn my attention to Free Four by Veronica Roth, which is a short story in the world of Divergent.

side note: I only today found out that Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series is out!! How did I miss this and when can I afford to buy it!!!!

Happy reading everybody.¬†That is all ūüėÄ

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I’ve been infected by Delirium… {spoilers!}

Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver

Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver

Imagine a world where love is a disease…

Ok, It’s not. Even in the book, love isn’t any different than it is now, just our perceptions have changed.

In Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Lena is told from day 1 of her life that love or¬†amor deliria nervosa, is a vicious disease, that everyone needs to be cured, and that it killed her mother. The cure is a surgical procedure that everyone the United States undergoes when they are eighteen to deactivate the part of the brain that is responsible for passion, pain, intense emotion…basically the components of love. People are left with attachments that are responsible, appropriate, and caring. The odd patient does suffer severe detachment and smother their children, but that’s the price you pay for a perfect world.

Or at least the government says it’s perfect. They also deny the existence of Invalids, people who live outside of society in the Wilds.

Months before her eighteenth birthday Lena meets Alex, a cured security guard who Lena sees suspiciously at the scene of an Invalid demonstration (or the official government story: a mix up in which cows were delivered to a bunch of labs in the place of medicine).

Lena begins to get to know Alex, and as her best friend Hana discovers the underground world where unapproved music is available and uncured boys and girls mingle they are both dragged down a dangerous road.

Okay enough summary. This. Was. Awesome. So awesome in fact that I finished it yesterday and have only just now gotten over the emotional trauma that was the ending enough to write this up. It was great. Read it.

Lena is a great character. I don’t relate to her all that much, because frankly, I know that in a futuristic and oppressive society I would be a sheep. I hate to admit it, I’d like to think otherwise, but I WOULD NOT have gone to the parties that Lena went to with Hana, I wouldn’t have met up with Alex, and when I found out that Alex was (shockingly) an Invalid I would have tucked my tail and ran. (I’d like to think however that when push came to shove I wouldn’t have gone through with cure…I love love.) Anyway so I didn’t relate to her, but Oliver wrote her so well I was into it anyway.

Now I want the next one please. If one of you could just have that delivered for me I would really appreciate it. In fact if you could just amazon my entire reading list and their sequels to me I would be eternally grateful. ūüėÄ

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A post I can get on board with…

So this is an awesome list of 25 books you should read if you loved the Hunger Games.¬†I’ve read 11 of them, and though I wasn’t a huge fan of The Giver at the time, I have friends who loved it, so I’m not writing it off. Birthmarked and Graceling are two of my favorite books, which I’m sure you will hear more about them later if you keep coming back. This is a hug part of my summer reading list, and if you take my advice, you’ll use this list to guide yours too.

The lovely busy brunettes didn’t get a chance to cover a few of these books, and the ones they missed just so happen to feature most of the ones I’ve read so here are my two cents:

  • Divergent (1st in series) by Veronica Roth- Futuristic, exciting, adventurous… this is an awesome series. Divergent follows Tris, a teenager who lives in a society where everyone belongs to one of five factions, Amnity, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation. Tris is from Abnegation, which values selflessness above all else, and now, at sixteen, she has to choose to either stay with her family or join another faction for the rest of her life. Did I mention this is awesome? Put it on your list. now.
  • The Secret Hour (1st in trilogy) by Scott Westerfield- pretty awesome (the first in the Midnighters trilogy I mentioned a few days ago in Because Scott Westerfeld is¬†awesome). It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember being drawn in.
  • Matched (1st in trilogy) by Ally Condie- also awesome, and the third in the series is on my ¬†The books of my¬†summer¬†reading¬†list. Romanic, futuristic, there’s a revolt…awesome.
  • The Maze Runner (1st in trilogy + a prequel) by James Dashner- I read it, and it was pretty good. It started a little slow, but I really enjoyed it. A boy gets dropped into a maze full of other boys. None of them rememeber where they are from or how they got there, all they know is they’d like to get out, and it seems to be some sort of game….
  • Birthmarked (1st in trilogy) by Caragh M. O‚ÄôBrien- My favorite book right now (and considering usually when I read a new book it becomes my favorite and it’s been months since I read this one that is high praise.) The story follows Gaia Stone, a young midwife following in her mother’s footsteps delivering babies and ‘advancing’ her monthly quota of babies into the Enclave, the rich opulent society inside the wall that surrounds the city. Gaia lives outside the wall where there is poverty and mothers have to give up their children. When her parents are detained by the Enclave for possible treason, Gaia has to decide whether to accept the Enclave’s verdicts as she always has or to fight back. Romantic, revolt, adventure, futuristic. Read it.
  • Graceling (has 2 companion books) by Kristin Cashore- SO CLOSE on Birthmarked’s heels for my favorite book. Katsa is Graced. In Cashore’s marvelous novel those with Graces have two different colored eyes, and a gift. The gift can range from swimming, to mind reading, to Katsa’s gift, killing. The story is incredible, and I’ll be amazed if you can force yourself to put it down. ¬†The compantion books Fire and Bitterblue are also awesome. Read them. Just do it.

http://2busybrunettes.com/2012/03/23/25-series-to-read-if-you-love-the-hunger-games/

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May 15, 2013 · 8:03 pm