Synopsis: Bolshoi ballerina Nina Revskaya was a member of Stalin’s cultural elite until betrayal triggered her ingenious escape to the West. Decades later she has decided to auction her famed jewelry collection – including the rare set of amber a Boston professor and an auction house associate believe may hold the key to a long-kept secret. The mystery reaches deep: to the cost of making art and trying to live and love under circumstances of enormous repression. Continue reading “Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay”
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
Growing up, secrets had been dangerous, and as for the few secrets Nina had once been privy to – well, even now she preferred not to think of them.
Whenever you think there is nothing you can do, you need to think again.
Synopsis: Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The rebellion has ignited into an all-out revolution, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven as Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels. As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
There are more of us than you think.
I couldn’t keep hoping, and then waking up every day and finding out it wasn’t true.
Synopsis: The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and ﬂame.
In this electrifying follow-up, Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite. Continue reading “Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Welcome to the wilds.
You don’t get it do you? You can’t tell me what to feel.
The boy from a dream, from a different lifetime.
Synopsis: Love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds”. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Maybe this is the secret to talking to boys—maybe you just have to be angry all the time.
Right before the sun rises there’s a moment when the whole sky goes this pale nothing color… I’ve always really liked it because it reminds me of waiting for something good to happen.
A friend-of-a-friend told my friend who told me and I told another of my friends and… Well, eventually there was a whole slew of us checking out the sale at Chapters last week. One of the other bookaholics pointed out a dystopian novel she thought sounded good. I checked it out and knew I had to read it! Continue reading “Book Haul: Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa”