Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Authors on my Auto-Read List

Hey, everyone! This week's Top Ten Tuesday is "Top Ten Authors on my Auto-Buy List". But since I so rarely buy books (Lies: I bought three books last Friday) and it is no longer Tuesday, I thought I would talk about my favorite authors whose books I actively look forward to coming out.

1. John Green
John Green is probably my favorite modern American author. I have all his novels he's written singularly. He is the best. You should read his books. You will love him.
Recommended books: Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars

2. Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is a hilarious author who has written a variety of novels. There's a lot of humor and a little romance and they are delightful.
Recommended books: The Name of the Star, 13 Little Blue Envelopes 

3. Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is one of the few Middle Grade Authors I really like.  His books are full of action and yet there is still character development, which isn't always usual for plot driven books.
Recommended books: The Percy Jackson series. Start with The Lightning Thief and read for the next couple weeks. Then cry. 

4. Ally Carter
I adore Ally Carter's books! What I really like about them is that they have a lot of strong female characters who kick butt and take names, but they still act like typical teenage girls. It's an awesome balance.
Recommended Books: Start either the Gallagher Girls series or the Heist Society trilogy. Then read the other one. 

5. Stephanie Perkins
It's no secret I love romantic contemporaries, but Stephanie Perkins is the best of the best. Her novels are realistic and though the characters are very much in love, they have lives outside of each other, which is good and healthy.
Recommended books: Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door 

And those are the authors whose books I actively look forward to! Who are some of your favorite authors? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Delirium Book Review

Delirium (Delirium, #1)
photo from Goodreads
Title: Delirum
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: February 1st, 2011 by HarperTeen

Plot Summary from Goodreads:
THEY SAY that the cure for Love will make me happy and safeforever. And I've always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Fiona's Grade: A- 
Delirium kinda falls into a trap that happens to young adult dystopians  You need to build the world that this book is set in, so there may be some sections where that world building is happening and then some action. Sort of a slow-fast, slow-fast pattern. For example, this books starts slow and you're just sitting here reading about this ordinary girl in Portland waiting to be cured of love or the deliria  as it is referred to. However, once you get through the entire book, you realize that it starts slow to emphasize that Lena, our protagonist is not born inherently special, as can be the case in ya fiction. Rather, it is the choices she makes that make her extraordinary.

Truthfully, Lena annoyed me towards the beginning of the novel. She was just so bland.  But then I realized she was trying to keep herself that way because of her rather colorful past. And she feels plain and ordinary throughout the book and she doesn't like it. That's why the love story blossoms so well. Because Alex makes her feel extraordinary. Which is important, because we as people like to feel special and loved, exactly what the government in this novel is trying to get rid of.

Truthfully, I did not see the end coming. This novel really ends on a cliffhanger, leading you wondering how the series is going to continue. I'm really wanting to pick up the next one because I want to know like how it continues, though I think I have an idea. I guarantee that this ending will not be what you expect going into the book.

Overall, if you like young adult dystopian fiction with just the right amount of romance, this is the one for you.

Have you read Delirium? What did you think of the ending? Have you read the next one? Do you think you could live in a world without love? Let me know in the comments. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

New Releases: February

Hey, guys! I am at a conference right now, but here are the February new releases I'm super excited for!

Blaze (Or Love in the Time of Supervillans) by Laurie Boyle Crompton Feb. 1st
This looks like an interesting take on a contemporary romance. I mean when was the last time you read a book about a girl drawing comics? Sounds awesome to me.

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter Feb. 5th 
I am super excited for this book! I enjoy both of Ally Carter's series and can't wait to see what happens next for Kat and Hale.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Feb . 5th 
I've been excited for this book since I found out about it in December. It's seems to me it will be like Gallagher Girls but different and I'm really excited!

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Foster Feb. 5th
I saw this book a lot on people's Top 10 Debuts. I'm really intrigued by this city. Plus there is a cat. Cats are awesome.

Pivot Point by Kasia West February 12th
The more I look at this book, the more I am intrigued by its premise. I mean, I would love to see into the future when it comes to my choices.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Feb. 12th
I'm really intrigued by the setting of the French Quarter in this one. Plus it's a historical fiction with a paranormal twist. What's not to love?

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson Feb. 26th
I read The Name of the Star in 2011 and loved it! I've been  looking forward to this one for a long time too!

What books are you looking forward to in February? Let me know in the comments!