Posts Tagged ‘Lauren Oliver’

Cover Face-Off: Delirium

October 24, 2013

Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best!  Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.

Today’s competitors: two covers of Delirium, the dystopian hit by Lauren Oliver!  Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the publisher:  ”Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.”

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This is just my humble opinion, but the one on the right is SO MUCH BETTER, right?!  The design is interesting (you could easily look at it for a moment without noticing the face in the words) and the font and color fit the story really well.  That was actually the original cover, and after its initial success it was redesigned with a random girl’s face.  Don’t get me wrong, she looks like I pictured Lena, but every YA novel lately just seems to have some girl’s face on the cover, and I felt like the first cover was more unique.

Do you totally disagree with me?  Sound off in the comments!

On the NEW shelves

March 22, 2013

Our shelves are overflowing with awesome, brand new YA books!  Check out just a few of them below.  If you want to be the first to get your hands on one of these, click the cover to place a hold or stop by one of our libraries to see if the one you want is still here!

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BRR: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

April 18, 2011

BOOK READ RECENTLY:

Title:  Delirium
Author:  Lauren Oliver

Other books in series or Standalone:  First in a trilogy.  The sequels will be titled Pandemonium and Requiem, but no release dates are available yet.

First Impressions:  I read the summary and thought that it sounded really interesting; it’s a dystopian society where love is considered to be very dangerous, so people get a vaccine when they turn 18 that prevents them from ever falling in love.  Lena is anxious to get it since love caused some serious pain in her family many years back….that is, until she meets Alex….

Last Impressions:  I need the sequel to come out soon.  Like, yesterday, please.  Even though I thought that the worldbuilding was kind of weak (I’m still not totally sure of the origins of this fear of love), I thought that the love story and the feelings that Lena and Alex have for each other were quite powerful, and it really sucked me in.  I also loved seeing the transformation in Lena; she goes from being a girl who does what she is told and tries to please people to a rebel with a mind of her own.  Awesome and empowering.

Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT):  Lena and Alex fall asleep together in his roofless trailer, looking up at the stars.  Swoon.

Least Favorite Moment:  Turning to the last page and realizing that I’m facing a cliffhanger.

Thoughts on the bookcover:  I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but I totally only picked this book up because it has such a pretty cover!  I just really liked the color and design, so it made me curious to see what it was about.  I think it fits the mood of the story very well.

Dream Cast:  Alexis Bledel as Lena (true, she probably just popped into my head because that’s the name of her character in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I could totally see her in this part!), Alex Pettyfer as Alex (I think he has that rebel look down), and Amanda Seyfried as Hana.

People who should read this:  Anyone who likes a good love story, fans of dystopian lit

People who should not read this:  I don’t know if boys would identify with it as much, since it’s from the perspective of a girl and it’s all about love and whatnot, but I could be wrong, so give it a try anyway!

If you like this book, you may also like:  some other dystopian lit that involve a love story, like Matched by Ally Condie, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  After reading Delirium I also decided to try Lauren Oliver’s first book, Before I Fall, and while it’s fairly different from Delirium, it is also EXCELLENT!