Reviews April 2019

The best things come in 3's

Book Reviews April

Have you enjoyed a book so much you want it to go on and on? Then try these three trilogies.

There is also the Goodreads website for other series you might want to try.

Lauren Oliver

Lena Haloway 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 then, with only 95 days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable!

Lena is pushing aside the memory of her nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and her old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught her to do. Her old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. She is buried, left beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

I've started dreaming of Portland again. Like a monster from one of the ghost stories we used to tell as kids, the past has been finding its way in. It bubbles up through the cracks when I'm not paying attention, and pulls at me with greedy fingers. This is what they warned me about for all those years: the heavy weight in my chest, the nightmare-fragments that follow me even in waking life. I warned you, Aunt Carol says in my head. We told you, Rachel says. This is the final instalment of the 'Delirium' trilogy.

Patrick Ness.

The knife of never letting go
Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.

The ask and the answer
Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town?

Monsters of men
Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered?

Edna O'Brien.

The country girls
This novel tells the story of two Irish girls, Caithleen Brady and Bridget Brennan, and their escape from a life filled with countryside and convent to the allure and the crowds, lights and noise of Dublin.

Girl with green eyes
Baba roams Dublin looking for men to give her a good time, and dragging with her a reluctant Kate, worrying about her figure and wanting to talk about books. Then Kate meets Eugene, a film director, and for a while her romantic dreams are fulfilled. But Eugene is a Protestant divorcé and soon Kate's drunkard father summons a lynch mob.

Girls in their married bliss
Once Kate and Baba had great hopes of married bliss; now both women are disillusioned and compensating with flirtations and affairs. But, what to a man costs very little, to a woman can be very costly indeed.

Article posted on 4 April 2019

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