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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Expected publication: March 6th 2012 by HarperTeen

The old Lena is dead. The old Lena remains with Alex in Portland, Maine, behind a wall of smoke and flame, but the new Lena was born in the Wilds, transformed by hardship, deprivation, and loss. 

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena fights for a world in which love will no longer be considered a dangerous disease. Her inner life is as turbulent as the world around her. . . . Although consumed with grief for Alex, might she be falling in love with someone else? 

Taylor read Delirium and she’s dying to get her hands on this one. I haven’t read Delirium yet but I know I’m going to love it… I guess you can say I am waiting either way!

What about you guys? 


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by brokeandbookish and is AWESOME.

Taylor here!
I was so excited when I saw this was the top ten tuesday topic for this week. 

I have SO MANY books I want to read over winter break!
My main goal is to make a dent in my own books that have been sitting on my shelf,
however, I’m sure I will be making some trips to the library, and hopefully Santa will bring me a few new books of my own 🙂
This list goes for both Rebekah and me!

The First 5 are books that I already own and have been meaning to get to.

1. Gone by Michael Grant: I WANT TO READ THIS NOW!! everyone says this is such a good series, and hello?? dystopian!
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: Okay, so I’ve really been wanting to read these for a while. But, I’m going to be honest, I am too embarrassed to read a book entitled “Vampire Academy” while at school. So, Christmas break, I will be all over this series!
3. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare: I need to finish this and City of Fallen Angels! Oh and Clockwork Angel! I can’t wait to see where the major twist is going.
4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis:AHH why have I not read this yet!? With A Million Suns coming out soon, I need to get on this!
5. Eve by Anna Carey: Dystopian. Amazing cover. Enough said.

The next 5 are ones that I don’t own, but that I hope to soon!

6. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep: I’ve been getting really into Mythology lately, and I’m OBSESSED with books with boarding schools. So, hey, why not?!
7.Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien: To be honest, all I know is that this is dystopian and lots of bloggers are raving. So of course, I want in.
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: okay, do I even have to explain? This and the one below have been absolutely RAVED about in the blogger community!
9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: duh. same reason as above. her touch is fatal? WHAT?
10. Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon: This one just sounds so interesting! Usually, I’m not one for paranormal, but this one seems like it could really be amazing! and Ireland! I’ve been there!

Thanks so much for reading! We appreciate all of you so much and would love to hear from you in the comments. We will be sure to check out your blog or try to get to know you better!

Reviewer: Taylor
Title: Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Published: May 2007
Source: Bought
Series: No
Pages: 227
Rating: 3/5
 Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice. Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?     This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
Summary taken from Goodreads

My thoughts:
This story was very cute. It seemed like more of a middle grade read to me, which is totally fine. That just meant I flew through it even faster and was able to enjoy the simplicity of the story. The story follows a girl named Liz who dies at age 15. She wakes up to find herself on a ship on her way to “elsewhere.” She finds out that elsewhere is where you go when you die, and when you get there, you begin to age backwards. Once a baby again, you go back to earth to be reborn and become part of a new family.

I loved being able to escape to a world after death. It was so interesting to me to imagine it. It was surprisingly very similar to our world. 

One of the drawbacks to this story (which may come with it being a more middle grade book) was that there was really not too much action or plot. I mean, sure, things happened, but nothing BIG. nothing that wowed me.

Sometimes, I liked our main character- sometimes, not so much. She was stubborn and refused to accept her new life for so long. But, i mean, who can really blame her? 
Final thoughts?

While this book wasn’t action packed, it still was a fun look into a world of life after death. It definitely held my interest and was very entertaining.
Hello all!
Only one book this week 😦
I’ve been staying away from the library lately because I NEED to start making a dent in the huge stack of books on my own bookshelf! 
Anyways, got a great deal on this one this week. 
Half off at Barnes and Noble!
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare!
I’ve read City of Bones and City of Ashes so far, but I know I will be getting through City of Glass and onto this one soon!
Just finished reading Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Cute read! Review coming very soon 🙂
Thanks so much for reading!
Let me know if you stopped by so I can go check out your IMM!

Reviewer: Rebekah 
Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins
From: Bought
Series: no

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

So, I loved it.

Lola is – simply put – fabulous. She’s ridiculous yet charming. Can’t help but love her. This story is cute and funny and makes you want to be best friends with this girl.

Cricket. Need I say more? He makes the story. If he wasn’t what he was, then I wouldn’t have wanted him for her. Are you following?

I loved that Anna and St. Clair appeared in this, because I did read Anna and the French Kiss (another Perkins must-read) as well. I think I related to Anna better than Lola just because Anna is a little more down to earth, but I admired Lola. Again, she’s fabulous.

Perkins is just funny. She’ll make you giggle to yourself and then literally laugh out loud in the middle of the library. 

It’s a good read that will brighten your day.

How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven’t read before? What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision?

If my friend or my sister recommends a book, I am one HUNDRED times more likely to read it than just picking it up on a whim. What can I say? I trust the people who know me and know what I’d appreciate.

However, I also trust The New York Times. USA Today. And a variety of blogs — but only if a certain author has been mentioned a lot.

I have hard time just picking up a book on a whim if I’ve never heard of it before. I should probably get over this—there’s a LOT of great stories out there written by those we just don’t know yet.

Reviewer: Taylor
Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
From: Bought
Series: YES

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Ahhh! I FINALLY,  finally, finally read this. and truly enjoyed it. 

The book did start out a little slow for me. I feel like there were so many pages used just to set up the story. I understand we need a good set up to help us understand the story, but I just found myself not as motivated to read towards the beginning of this book.

However, that is really the only semi-bad thing I have to say about this book. The rest was so, so good. I can’t imagine living in a society where love is considered a disease. At the beginning of each chapter, Lauren Oliver would have some sort of quotation or traditional saying that referred to the harmfulness of the deliria. I loved them! They made the society seem that much more real.

Characters- I give an A+. I loved how Lena wasn’t a rule breaker at all in the beginning. Too often I think we begin the story with an already strongwilled, hard headed heroine. However, in this case, Lena was stubborn, but she was being stubborn about wanting and needing to follow the rules. She did not want to break the mold of society. And, I loved witnessing the realization and evolution that came with Lena’s character. Also, Alex. I loved Alex. Why? because he was NOT a jerk in any way, he treated Lena right, and he was handsome and brave. Ahhh.

but that ending. OH, that ending. Just wait and see if you haven’t read it. Basically, I NEED PANDEMONIUM NOW.

thanks so much for reading!