Delirium

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Delirium is a great book. It’s one of my favorites. Delirium is a dystopian novel. A dystopia is a flawed, dark and damaged world. Some examples of books that are placed in a dystopian setting are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

So, let’s get back to DeliriumDelirium is set in an alternate United States of America. Love is forbidden in this world because the government has said that it is a disease. Instead, men and women are placed in arranged marriages. Government officials decide on everyone’s future wife or husband after an interview process.

The main character from the book, Lena, is a serious girl who does not want to disobey the law. She goes to her interview resolute to do what she must do.

But things change drastically. She meets a boy. Then something unexpected happens… She falls in love.

The boy is named Alex. He is not a part of Lena’s stringent community. He’s from out there somewhere… he’s from The Wilds.

Lena falls in love with Alex despite the laws and despite everything she has known. That puts Lena into danger. But she faces the danger for love.

Like I said, I loved this book. Lena is painted as an anxious girl in the beginning of the book (there is a reason why she is anxious), but that changes. Once she falls in love she does everything to hold onto it. She faces dangers head-on–with bravery, strength and determination. She does not give up.

This book ends in a cliff-hanger. I was on the edge of my seat when I got to the last page.

This is the first book in a series by the author, Lauren Oliver. The second book is titled, Pandemonium, and the third book is titled, Requiem. I definitely plan to read both of them to learn what happens.

This book is a great teen book. It’s filled with drama. It’s romantic. It has a great story. My verdict? I give it a 5/5 rating.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Books that I want to read

There are tons of books you can read out there. Entering a bookstore is like entering a jungle of words… all you have to do is to browse around and pick the best, ripest fruit. So what books (or fruit) am I interested in plucking from the nearby tree? Here it goes…

1. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand

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2. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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3. Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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5. All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

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I’ll update you when I have read some of these. I hope they are as good as I hope.

See you next week.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

The Lightening Thief

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This book was a really fun one to read. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan is a fun, easy, exciting young adult book for anyone interested in the fantasy genre. The Lightening Thief is about a young boy named Percy Jackson. Percy comes from a single parent home–his mom is the only true parent figure in his life. Percy deals with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities. Things are not easy for him in his everyday life… and things get even crazier when Percy discovers his true identity and destiny.

Percy is a demi-god, a son of the Greek and Roman god, Poseidon. After discovering his true identity and after he encounters his first monsters, Percy is swept away to a place called Camp-Half Blood. Camp Half-Blood is a camp filled with other children of the Greek gods and godesses… other demi-gods. The demi-gods learn, train and fight to get a-hold of their special abilities at Camp. Percy is nervous when he reaches the strange new place but things get better when he meets two friends, the satyr, Grover, and the smart blonde, Annabeth, who join Percy on his adventures.

Destiny comes calling quickly. The Camp’s prophet dictates a prophecy to Percy about his role in future turbulent events. Percy immediately sets out on a quest to find a missing artifact that is so important that its loss can mean the start of World War III. Will Percy achieve what he sets out to do? Well, pick up the book to find out more.

The Lightening Thief is a fun kid’s book about overcoming your obstacles, friendship and facing your destiny head-on. It is a great adventure book that young boys and girls will both enjoy. I highly suggest picking it up for your son or your daughter.

Just Ella

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What ever happened to Cinderella? What happened to Cinderella after the ball? Did she get her happily-ever-after? In Just Ella, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, what we expect is far from what happened. Ella, or Cinder-ella, is the princess-to-be in a castle where everything is decided for her. Her minder, Madame Bisset, tells her what to do all day. She has no outlet for her ideas or opinions. She does not dictate her own schedule. She is always watched.

What about Ella and the Prince? Someone watches the two of them during their meetings. Ella does not speak to the Prince and she does not share intimate moments with him. What does that mean? They are not in love. Happily-ever-after turns into misery-ever-after. What does Ella do? She takes destiny into her own hands.

Ella is not a princess from the fairy-tales. She does not wait for someone to rescue her. She makes her own destiny. But something unexpected happens to Ella in the beginning of the book, and events unfold that are out of her grasp. The shocking event is never discussed or explored. The reader is left hanging. You are left wanting to know more. That is not something a reader should feel.

How did I like Just Ella? What is the honest truth? I did not like it. I thought it was a boring book. It reminded me of a bad version of The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I love Meg Cabot’s book). The writer does not delve deeply into Ella’s psyche or Ella’s world. The same could be said about the other characters in the novel. You never understand the other characters’s motivations.

The book also lacks imagery and description. It was written in a simple way. It feels like a mere shadow of a good book.

This was a horrible review, but I want to be honest with you, Reader. Hopefully, next week’s book will be better.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

The Marrying Game

the_marrying_gameI loved the book, The Marrying Game, by Kate Saunders. The Marrying Game is about four sisters–Rufa, Nancy, Lydia and Selena. In the beginning of the book, the four women deal with the suicide of their father, an eccentric man known as “The Zed.” The Zed was a strong character that shaped the girls’s lives. He went through a number of marital affairs, yet the four loved him dearly. His death leaves the girls bereft and their lives change forever. The four are at risk of losing their home, an old, well-loved building that was passed down to them through the generations. The two oldest girls, Rufa and Nancy, come up with a scheme to save the house. What is it? To marry up. They believe that is the only way to save their house. Rufa meets Berry, a rich, chubby man who helplessly falls in love with her. Nancy meets Ran, a poor but nice guy that seems better than she expected. Lydia and Selena are dealing with their own boy troubles, too. But are they the guys for them?

The Marrying Game is a fun, romantic-comedy. It is funny, smart and irreverent. It is a deconstruction of the well-loved books, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen and, Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The book explores the social-political landscape that young women face when they are on the prowl for a husband.

Rufa, Nancy, Lydia and Selena’s plan to “marry up” to save their house is not optimal and leads the girls through various misadventures. You root for the girls… and you cringe at the same time. The book talks about the Game of Life–finding the right guy–and it talks about the truth behind-the-scenes–that love is the true foundation of a happy life and a happy marriage.

The Marrying Game is about four bold, vivacious women trying to figure it out. It is about familial love and what we would do for each other. It is about looking beyond appearances and following your heart.

The book is a great read. I suggest you pick it up if you want something sensational to read on the beach. I hope you have the chance to read it.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

The Pretty Little Liars Book #1

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Teens everywhere watched the television show, The Pretty Little Liars. But did you know The Pretty Little Liars started out as a book series by Sara Shepard? So what is the book about? Why should you read the book?

The Pretty Little Liars is about five girls: Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna… and, finally, Alison. Alison is the Queen Bee of their clique. The five girls spend all their time together and share their deep, dark secrets. But one day Alison disappears. The girls are sad and distraught over her disappearance. The girls’s close friendship is destroyed when Alison is gone. The girls grow apart and move on.

They are drawn back together years later in high school. The four receive text messages from an unknown entity–a stranger known as “A.” The texts are dark and scary. The girls are terrified that the secrets they told Alison years ago will be exposed by “A.”

This book is a mystery. Who is “A”? What are these text messages about? Those are some of the questions that are left unanswered by the end of the book. I plan to read the rest of the series to learn more.

Try the first The Pretty Little Liars book. I loved it. I can not wait to read the rest.

Signing off…

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter