narfna’s #CBR5 Review #33: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

requiemNote: In order to prevent myself from devolving into a sputtering pile of incoherent verbiage when I inevitably attempted to review this book (which I went into honestly hoping to like, but more realistically believing I would end up — to us a mild turn of phrase — disliking), I decided to bust out the good old reading journal format in order to more carefully document my thoughts as I read. Be warned: apart from a brief synopsis at the beginning of this review, spoilers ahoy! Oh boy, are they ahoy.

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Requiem is the third and final book in the Delirium trilogy (soon to be a TV show starring Emma Roberts! Sadly, yes, I will be watching — I am morbidly curious). Lauren Oliver’s story takes place in a dystopia in some alternate world (or perhaps near future world, who knows, it’s really vague) where love has been declared a disease. Amor deliria nervosa, they call it. Also: the deliria.

Book three picks up right where we left off in Pandemonium. Alex, Lena’s former boy toy, has joined their group of Invalids. Hana, Lena’s former best friend, is living in Portland and about to marry the almost-mayor, Fred Hargrove. The Resistance is planning its first big offensive, attempting to take back their freedom. All of these plotlines will presumably converge at the end, and we will find out: Who is Lena going to choose, Julian or Alex? What will happen to Hana? Will the Resistance succeed in bringing back the old way of life, before the Cure became mandatory?

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Malin’s #CBR Reviews #15-16: The Assassin prequels and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Total page count: 773

Prequel novella 1: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – 3 stars
Prequel novella 2: The Assassin and the Desert – 4 stars
Prequel novella 3: The Assassin and the Underworld – 3.5 stars
Prequel novella 4: The Assassin and the Empire – 3.5 stars
The actual novel: Throne of Glass – 3.5 stars

WARNING! It’s actually impossible to review the book without some of the stuff in the prequel novellas being spoiled – hence if you want to go in completely blank as to what’s going to happen in these stories, you may want to read the review after you’ve read the various stories.

Celeana Sardothien is the world’s most notorious assassin at the tender age of 18. She’s also been a slave in the salt mines of Endovier for a year, after being captured by the ruthless king of Adarlan. The prequel novellas give the back story of how Celeana was found orphaned at the age of 8 and trained as the heir to the King of the Assassins in Rifthold, how she realised that her best interests were no longer in being a member of his guild and went on to buy her freedom and that of her fellow assassin Sam, and how she was set up and betrayed, losing her freedom, while Sam lost his life.

After a year of grueling work in the mines, Celeana is given an offer she cannot refuse. The King is holding a competition to find a new Champion, and Crown Prince Dorian, in an attempt to piss off his dear old dad, picks the most famous assassin in the country. If Celeana beats the other 21 candidates and wins, she will receive a full pardon, serve as King’s Champion for four years, and then be completely free, to do as she wishes. More on my blog.