Review: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Review: Broken Things by Lauren OliverTitle: Broken Things
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 2, 2018

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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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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

As a longtime fan of Lauren Oliver, I was very excited for her latest thriller, Broken Things. This book 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

ARC Review: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

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I received an e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Ringer
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Stars: 4/5

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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I have been awaiting this second instalment in the Replica series for a year now, and I was not at all disappointed with the outcome. 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.

This sequel to Replica tells the story of human clones and mistaken identity. What is interesting about this story in particular is that Lyra and Gemma’s positions are now swapped. Gemma is mistaken for a Replica and imprisoned while Lyra is on the hunt for a cure for her illness. I can’t say too much because of spoilers, but I really enjoyed the scientific aspects of the book and the well-thought out plot twists. Ringer is full of intrigue and is the perfect conclusion to the Replica duology.

What is so unique about the way Ringer is written is the multitude of reading options provided. Gemma and Lyra’s stories are separate, yet they connect. Because of this, the reader can either read each perspective separately or alternate after every chapter. Because I read the ebook edition of this book, it was hard to alternate, but it is interesting how both stories are so synced. I love the setup of the Replica books, and I would definitely like to see more books with this format.

Of the two stories, I personally enjoyed Gemma’s better. I liked her more as a character, and her experiences contained more action and suspense. There are also more sci-fi aspects in her story, which I preferred to Lyra’s more contemporary story. Lyra’s story is still enjoyable, but compared to Gemma’s I just found it to be a bit lacking.

Ringer is the action-packed sequel to Replica in which Gemma and Lyra’s positions are switched. I enjoyed the originality of the plot and the creative layout of the book itself. I personally preferred Gemma’s side of the story, but both stories are still thrilling.

Audiobook to Movie Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

 

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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 cover for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

 

I attended an advanced screening of this film on February 19, 2017 in Toronto, ON.

Author: Lauren Oliver
Narrator: Sarah Drew
Publisher: Harper Audio
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Liv Hewson, Jennifer Beals
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Screenplay: Maria Maggenti

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. Continue reading

Tidbit Tuesday #7: Before I Fall Special Screening at TIFF Next Wave Festival

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

 

I was very fortunate last week to have stumbled upon this really amazing Film Festival that has been happening at the Toronto International Film Festival for the past few years, the Next Wave Film Festival. Essentially, this is a teen film festival entirely put on and curated by teens. There are workshops, challenges and a ton of exciting films to watch that are mostly free of charge to anyone under 25 years of age. How cool is that? Continue reading