Lauren Oliver’s Requiem

Review – Requiem by Lauren Oliver

requiemThe story of Lena Holloway who was 95 days away from being cured and looking forward to it until she meets the mysterious and sweet Alex unfolds through Delirium, Pandemonium and ends in Requiem.

Requiem is the final book in the Delirium series, a trilogy about a future where love is illegal. Lena, Julian and Alex are three of a large group of Invalids, people who have not taken the cure for love and live beyond the fences of civilization.

The book is split into two perspectives: Lena and Hana, Lena’s best friend from her days as a law-abiding citizen. This can be annoying, as with Pandemonium, but it’s just something that you have to get used to. Here, it’s more fitting. As the resistance builds, it’s interesting to learn about those on both sides of the fence and particularly a character that we know of in some depth already.

Requiem could very easily have descended into a book completely about a love triangle. Fortunately, it’s not like that. I really admire the way Lauren Oliver keeps the romance subdued in this instalment. There are bigger things to deal with and I’m glad that they are the focus.

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Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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High-vis jacket, anyone?!

Who are you? What have we done to each other?

Oh gosh, this book. I’m not sure there are sufficient words to describe how fantastic it is without spoiling it.

Gone Girl is Amy and Nick Dunne’s story. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick returns to the house to find the front door wide open, the iron still on and signs of a struggle. Furthermore, his wife has disappeared. However, suspicions soon turn on Nick and from here, the book is constantly full of energy and drama.

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Glee-ful Ramble

This post is on something that I love with my whole heart, but that many people don’t. It is, of course, Glee.

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Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk’s musical comedy hit its one hundredth episode last night, with over six hundred musical performances in that time. It marks the end of the ‘choir room’ and the disbanding of New Directions, the show choir that Glee is based around. Yes, it feels completely like the end of an era and it’s kinda heart-breaking. I’ve been a fan of Glee since the very beginning, and I have been through some amazing storylines, and some admittedly not fantastic ones. Nevertheless, there’s something about this show that makes me smile, no matter what mood I’m in.

My love affair with Glee has affected my life in both positive and negative ways. I set an alarm for 3am the day it’s aired to watch the new episode before I go to school. I’ve even done this on important exam days (don’t worry, I did fine). Unsurprisingly, my Mum is very much unaware of this habit. Another (not so) negative consequence is the ridiculously talented cast that make it impossible to not get a teeny-weeny bit obsessed. Darren Criss, with his music and A Very Potter Musical roots. Chris Colfer, with his books and movie.

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Nick Hornby’s ‘A Long Way Down’

9780670888245Review  –  A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

A Long Way Down is the story of Jess, JJ, Maureen and Martin. All from totally different walks of life, they meet at the top of a tall building on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because they all want to jump off.

I understand what you’re thinking: ‘How can anyone possibly sit through 350 pages of not one, but four suicidal characters?’ Trust me, I was a little apprehensive too. But here I am, 350 pages later. For a book with a very serious main idea, it’s not like a PSA or a book of motivation for those in need. Hornby manages to create a very strong cast of characters, people who are real and very different from one another. Continue reading

Madeline Miller’s ‘The Song Of Achilles’

Review  – The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

the song of achillesAchilles, “best of all the Greeks,” is everything Patroclus is not—strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess—and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative friendship gives way to a lifelong bond.

First, a keyboard smash to express my feelings about this book…

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Right, done.

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The King’s Speech

Review – The King’s Speech (2010)

Based on the true story of King George VI’s relationship with an unorthodox speech therapist.

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Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter lead the cast of a movie about the late King George VI’s lifelong stammer and his tireless endeavors to speak. Guy Pearce plays the irritating older brother, the perfect candidate for King, until his relationship with a twice divorced woman comes to light; he abdicates, leaving the throne to ‘Bertie’, a man who is crippled by his inability to talk.

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