Review – Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
The only way Kendra can stand out next to her brother Grayson (suffering from OCD) is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a school scandal threatens her flawless reputation. Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — maybe with enough distance she’ll be able to figure everything out.
Perfect Escape is the story of what happens when all of a sudden, everything becomes too much and driving away seems to be the only option. Kendra has been caught in the midst of a cheating scandal which threatens her college future. Her older brother Grayson suffers from debilitating OCD. He’s just released from his last stint in hospital when the book starts.
I love Jennifer Brown; I think her novels are all very well done, especially Hate List. I loved the premise of this, and it didn’t disappoint too much. Brown writes Grayson’s OCD with a realistic style that can only be applauded. Kendra’s feelings towards her brother are ever-changing but I think that’s fitting to the story itself – everything is changing around the siblings.
Review – Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The 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.