Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

20170423_094047-1-1.jpgSynopsis: 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.

Cover: It is somehow both mysterious and soothing to look at the faded background of a tree against the white background and falling snow. The clothes on the embracing couple look on the old-fashioned side yet the female’s face itself looks more modern, so I’m not entirely sure what era this novel takes place just by looking at it.

Product: There is something about this book that doesn’t physically feel right. I am fairly certain the cover isn’t as thick as usual and the pages lean towards being a bit translucent. This could be due to the publisher using a new supplier or it could be this potential change was necessary in order to bind all 550-some pages (or rather 540 given there are ten leaves missing from my edition).

Format: This novel is divided into three books, each one shorter than the last, and each chapter begins with an auction item blurb (with the exception of what I’m assuming may be another error as there are two in a row for one chapter and none at all for another).

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Teaser Tuesday (RW)

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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.

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Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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.

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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.

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Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis: Lena is on a dangerous course that takes her through the unregulated “Wilds” and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.

Setting: Still in the United States, but Lena has now been invalidated. She spends some of her time at the “homestead” near Rochester, New Hampshire, and part of it in New York state.

Writing Style: This novel flips between “Now” where Lena is living in a city under a different name with forged papers and “Then” when she had first escaped into the Wilds, picking up shortly after the end of Delirium. I likely would have preferred the story to be told chronologically, but this does keep you guessing and anticipating. I will admit choosing to reveal things in this fashion keeps things interesting, suspenseful, and skipping past time in a way that a chronological telling could not as easily do.

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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.

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Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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?

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