Review: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Review: Broken Things by Lauren OliverTitle: Broken Things
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

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Review: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver is a book that is very mysterious as it blends fantasy and reality. The main characters are realistic, and the writing style is so suspenseful. This is the perfect read to curl up with this fall. Continue reading

Review: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Review: Ringer by Lauren OliverTitle: Ringer (Replica #2)
Series: Replica #2
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.

In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.

Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.

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Review: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Ringer by Lauren Oliver, the second instalment in the Replica series will not disappoint fans of the series. Ringer is just as eerie, and the original layout of the book is the same as the first. My favourite story was Gemma’s, but Lyra’s is still gripping. If you have yet to pick these books up, I definitely recommend that you do so this fall. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Before I Fall

 

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Book vs. Movie: Before I FallTitle: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Narrator: Sarah Drew
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Liv Hewson, Jennifer Beals
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Screenplay: Maria Maggenti
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.Instead, it turns out to be her last.Then she gets a second chance.Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Book vs. Movie: Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is an incredible book. It is a powerful story that delves deep into how our actions affect the lives of others. The movie, Before I Fall is a brilliantly adapted film that is diverse and contains wonderful acting. If you have been following along with this feature for a while, you may have noticed a theme: most movie adaptations of books are usually not as good as the original text. I am thrilled to announce that the movie adaptation of Before I Fall does not fall into this trap. Continue reading

Book Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Book Review: Replica by Lauren OliverTitle: Replica (Replica #1)
Series: Replica #1
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

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Book Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver is a book that is nothing short of amazing. This is the story of a clone and a human, both connected to a disturbing human cloning institute. I would say that the way that this book is written is one of the best parts, since there are so many options. Replica is sure to blow your mind. Continue reading

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Replica (Replica #1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. 

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Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver is one book that I highly suggest picking up. Lauren Oliver is back with what I would say is her best book yet! Vanishing Girls has a gorgeous and unique setting. This phenomenally written mystery is mind-blowing! Continue reading