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Author Interviews
February 1, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 YA Heartbreakers Day 1: Lauren Oliver

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 2014 YA Heartbreakers! I wanted to host an event that really focused on those authors that we love and those characters and books that just break our hearts in so many different ways. Today, I am so excited to feature Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium series. Lauren Oliver is the perfect author to feature for the first day of the YA Heartbreakers. Her writing and her books have broken my heart over and over again. And if you finished Requiem, then you should know what I mean. I read everything that this lady creates. I’m so honored to be featuring her for the 2014 YA Heartbreakers. Read below for a special interview with Lauren Oliver!

 

2936493About the author

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.
She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

 

Pretty much all of your books (at least the YA ones) have some sort of romance. Do you think that romance is key to a good YA book?

I think romance is a good way to raise the stakes in a story, or to make a situation personal, and I LOVE a good romance, but no, I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s very difficult to find young adult books without any romance in them, but I have no doubt that it could9593911 be done, and I would be very interested in reading it!

You have two books coming out in 2014, PANIC and ROOMS, can we expect a lot of romance in those? Or maybe some hunky guys? [;

Not only does Panic have hunky guys, one of them is the narrator! Dodge is one of two narrators of the story, the other one being a girl named Heather.

Who is your favorite YA couple from a different series/book that’s not yours?

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!

If you could marry anybody from any series, or just kidnap them and keep them with you forever, who would you choose?

Well, I wouldn’t want to marry them, but if I could kidnap Bundle from my book Liesl & Po and keep it with me forever, that would be great. Bundle is a ghost pet who is all the best parts of both cats and dogs and is basically the cutest thing ever.

Do you have any Valentines Day/February traditions?

Just to stay warm and make as many fires as possible!

Out of all of your books which one was your favorite to write?

All books have their own joys as well as their own challenges. I really enjoy writing my Middle Grade books, because they go to such fantastic worlds.

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddOut of all of your books what was the most heartbreaking scene to write?

Without too many spoilers, there was a certain character death at the end of Requiem that was heartbreaking. Liesl & Po was also a very emotional book for me.

What genres do you typically read when you’re not writing? Do you stick with contemporary for the feels or do you read more paranormal types for the thrills?

I try to read as broadly as possible. I love fiction obviously, but I also love reading books about science and math!

What YA book would you LOVE to see transformed into a movie?

I’m so excited to see Divergent, there’s so much action and exciting visuals!

What is the most heartbreaking book that you have read?

The end of The Amber Spyglass, which is the last book in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, gets me every time. It is TRAGIC.

 

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Requiem (Delirium #3) – Lauren Oliver
Dystopia
April 8, 2013 posted by Nichole

Requiem (Delirium #3) – Lauren Oliver

9593913They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

 

Requiem. The third and final book in the Delirium trilogy, and one that many have been yearning for for over a year now. The Delirium series has been an interesting journey for me. I read Delirium, and while it was interesting, it fell a little flat for me. Then I moved on to Pandemonium, and I fell head over heels in love. And finally, I read Requiem, and my overall feelings toward the Delirium series are a little mixed. Because, while I loved one book in the series with all my heart……the other two just didn’t have that wow factor.

While the first two books are told from Lena’s POV, Requiem is split equally in half between Lena and Hana’s POV. Now, I can see why some people would be curious about Hana and want to read more about her (Great, go out and read the short story dedicated about her), but there was really no need to put her in this book. The end result of including Hana’s POV in this book was that it took a LOT away from the story and the series. But here’s the kicker: Hana’s POV was the best to read about. It just really wasn’t necessary to include in the book.

Lena’s character grated. on. my. nerves! I’ve always been a fan of Lena in the previous two books, but I hated her in Requiem. You guys…she whined…Nonstop! Honestly, I cannot think of a scene where Lena wasn’t crying, moping, feeling sorry for herself, begging/yelling at one of the two guys, or throwing a tantrum because she didn’t get her way. Who IS this person? What happened to the headstrong Lena from the first two books? Lena’s character made it VERY difficult to enjoy this book.

On a positive note, there were some cool action scenes and shocker moments. On a negative note, these scenes could have been done better (and more frequently) if Hana’s POV had been left out of the book completely. There were also quite a few things in the book that were not touched on. If there was going to be a fourth book, then this wouldn’t bother be……but this is it, guys! There’s NOT going to be another book! This works out perfectly for the television show….but it sucks for the rest of us.

Ok….let’s move on to the ending of Requiem. There were quite a few people who told me that they hateeeed the ending, and there was about two people who told me they really enjoyed it. Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I’m about to give you my opinion on what happened. So,  be warned, there will be spoilers after this point! You read right….Spoilers! So go! Shoo! Don’t read after this point unless you want Requiem to be ruined for you!

 

I thought that the ending of Requiem was the perfect ending. I’ll warn you, not everyone is going to like it. Most people are going to want Lena to end up with one of the two guys, but I found it fitting that she didn’t. Now, I know. We’ve followed Lena now through 3 books. We’ve fallen in love with either Alex or Julian…maybe both. And we just know who Lena should spend the rest of her life with! But let’s look at reality. In the third book, Lena’s what? 18? 19? Maybe 20? Reality check! You don’t settle down at that age.  Hell, if you do, the odds of making the relationship work are not in your favor! But here’s a key fact that people seem to be leaving out a lot……Lena didn’t dismiss both guys from her life! She realized that all three of them are royally screwed up. She’s not the same girl from Delirium…and Alex and Julian are different too. And she’s too young to settle down! At the end of the book, both guys are still in her life! So what’s the issue? Her life continues from there. You decide who she ends up with and what else happens to her life.

Overall, I was pretty let down. Was it a good book? Yes. Was I blown away? Absolutely not. This series had massive potential, but I found the end of it to be a real mess. But…who am I to talk? It’s (most likely) going to be on national television. The series is obviously popular. And it was a good series to read! I’ll probably never reread it, though, and I would recommend everyone else either borrow it from a friend or get it through the library.

Pages: 391

Publication Date: March 5th, 2013

Publisher: HarperTEEN

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

Teaser Quote: “Stop!” His voice rings out sharply, hard as a slap. He releases me and I stumble backward. “Alex is dead, do you hear me? All of that—what we felt, what it meant—that’s done now, okay? Buried. Blown away.”
“Alex!”
He has started to turn away; now he whirls around. The moon lights him stark white and furious, a camera image, two-dimensional, gripped by the flash. “I don’t love you, Lena. Do you hear me? I never loved you.”
The air goes. Everything goes. “I don’t believe you.” I’m crying so hard, I can hardly speak.
He takes one step toward me. And now I don’t recognize him at all. He has transformed entirely, turned into a stranger. “It was a lie. Okay? It was all a lie. Craziness, like they always said. Just forget about it. Forget it ever happened.” 

Author Interview with Lauren Oliver
Author Interviews
March 18, 2013 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of the soon-to-be tv-show and popular book series, including Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem. She is also the author of YA book, Before I Fall. And let’s not forget Lauren’s middle grade series, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po. Here at YaReads, we adore Lauren Oliver, and we hope that all of you give her fabulous books a chance. Find out more about Lauren Oliver on her website.

 

2936493The Delirium series is finally coming to an end. How are you feeling about that? Are you sad, content, etc?

 I’m definitely a little sad. I’ve lived for four years with these characters in my head. At the same time, it’s a relief to know that I’ve brought the story to a conclusion. And I’m definitely proud of the trilogy as a whole.
What do you have planned next?
I’m currently editing my new YA standalone novel PANIC. It’s very gritty and realistic, very different from Delirium. I’m also writing my first novel for adults, Rooms. 
For those who haven’t heard the news yet, FOX has picked up the Delirium pilot. Can you believe your baby is going to be on television?!
Well one bridge at a time, the pilot has to get picked up for series first! That being said… I’m VERY EXCITED!
Some people are a little nervous that Delirium is going on television because there is specific things that happen in the book. Not to mention that there are only three books. What do you have to say about that?
All I can say is that I’ve read the script for the pilot and I’m behind it 100%. There are some really talented people working on it!
If you could choose anyone to be casted in the tv show, who would you pick?9593913
I’m terrible at fancasting! I just want the actors to be talented… and for the boys to be hot 😉
I have to ask. Team Alex or Team Julian?
I think the nice thing about NOT being Lena is that we don’t have to choose!
I’m dreading reading Requiem, because I hate to have to say goodbye. Is there anything you can tell us about the last book?
It’s told from both Lena and Hana’s point of view. :)
When you finally get some down time, what are you planning to read next?
Right now I’m reading the Age of Miracles, and loving it! 

 

Before I Fall Lands A Director!
News
July 29, 2012 posted by Nichole

Before I Fall Lands A Director!

 I am a hugeeeeeeeee fan of Lauren Oliver, which is why it is so shocking that I missed the news that Before I Fall landed a director. Now, Before I Fall is one of the ONLY books by Lauren that I have not read. If you follow up on my IMM posts, though, you know that I got this book in birthday shopping spree, so it will be read soon!

At the very end of March, Lauren Oliver announced on her website that Before I Fall will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood has worked on titles such as Felicity, Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees. Head on over to this website to find where I gathered by information.

Are you guys excited to see Before I Fall hit the big screens? Even though I have not read the book yet, I KNOW that I am going to love it. I just simply love Lauren Oliver, so there’s no way that I’m not going to love this book.

Sound off in the comments, guys!

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

 

In My Mailbox #37: Birthday Edition
In My Mailbox
July 1, 2012 posted by Nichole

In My Mailbox #37: Birthday Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren, inspired by Alea and explores the contents of our mailbox on a weekly basis

 

Welcome back!

This Tuesday (the 3rd) I am turning 22! That means I had an awesome Barnes and Nobles trip where I got to milk my dad for all his worth [; Let’s take a look at what I got.

For Review
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Until I die by Amy Plum

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Matched by Ally Condie

 

I am SO excited about all my new books! I’m also really excited to get up to date! Haha. I didn’t realize how far behind I was on all the popular books. I don’t even know where to start. I think Insurgent is next because I’m just about finished with Divergent. Where do I start after that? I have no idea!!!!

Sound off in the comments, guys!

 

What did you guys get in your mailbox this week? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Want to see what I’m currently reading? Go check out my goodreads page here or check out yareads goodreads page here. It’s the perfect place to see what we’re reading, what page we’re on, and what we’re about to read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
News
June 30, 2012 posted by Nichole

Cover Reveal: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”


After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

 

I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! Ok, now that my moments over,  let’s talk about the cover. This MIGHT be my favorite cover of all three in the series. I’m not sure because I really loved the cover for Pandemonium. I just can’t waiiiiiiit to read this!

Sound off in the comments, guys.

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

Cover of the Week #56
Cover of the Week
January 6, 2012 posted by Kiona

Cover of the Week #56

You should never judge a book by its cover.

Sure…but they never said we couldn’t admire them. Cover of the Week pays homage to the beautiful and eye catching graphics that grace the covers of our young adult titles.

This week’s cover of the week goes to Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

Release Date: March 2012