2013 Reading Challenges, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Reviews by Diayll

{Audiobook Mini Reviews} Requiem by Lauren Oliver and Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter







Requiem by lauren Oliver
Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
ISBN-13: 978-0062014535
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Review Source: Audible Purchase
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They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, 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—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.





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Well, I am so sad to see this series end. Especially since I discovered it so late. I loved being inside Lena’s head. Hearing her thoughts and feeling her pain, I truly believed she was a real person and her troubles had become my hardships. She was a wonderful protagonist. Fun to watch.  Entertaining to listen to. Moreover, her story was compelling and now that she’s gone I miss her like a heartbeat.


In Requiem, we are given a taste of Lena’s continued struggle with losing Alex and the Invalids battle towards freedom. Told from dual perspectives of both Lena and Hana, we see how each girl adjusts to their new lives. Hana’s story was both sad and inspiring. Even though she’s cured, she is still fighting to find herself among people who only want her to shut up and do as she’s told. Her pair Fred, was a complete jerk (although that’s not really what I want to call him) and I loved how she learns to deal with him on the outside while secretly thinking of ways to get herself out of the situation on the inside. I think her character growth was something I didn’t see coming and it slowly became one of my favorite parts of the novel.


We also get a few surprise guests in the novel, which I won’t spoil, and a few revelations for our characters to come to terms with. The only negative I have for the overall book is that there is no resolution to the love triangle. This, I think should have been resolved. I think for readers it would have given us more closure to the entire series instead leaving us panting and wanting more. I can understand though why it ended without her choosing but I still can’t help but feel like something is missing. The whole novel is about love and the loss of love. And at the end, it should have ended with love. True love prevailing or new love winning. But that’s just my opinion.


Overall, I highly recommend this series. The audiobooks are phenomenal and the narrators’ voice engages you every second. I am thrilled this will become a TV show and I hope that Hollywood does it justice because as a trilogy, Delirium is EPIC.




My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

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Alice in Zombieland
Title: Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
ISBN-13: 9780373210589
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 9/25/2012
Review Source: Audible Purchase
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She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.





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Gena Showalter is one of my absolute favorite authors! And I can’t help but be a little bit giddy inside when she has a new series. I was skeptical of this one at first because I’ve only read her adult novels and I didn’t want to be disappointed with the lack of smexiness in her YA series. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon finishing Alice in Zombieland.  Showalter knows how to craft a freakishly unique story and throw her characters into the bowels of terror. Though I did expect it to more fairytale-ish (and it’s not), I still loved (mostly) every minute of this kick a$$ zombie novel.


Alice our protagonist has suffered a great loss and is trying to put the shambles of her life back together. Now living with her grandparents and trying to make it through school, she learns the hard way that her life before, the one she hated so badly, was more full of truth than she could have ever imagined. Enter Cole, a standoffish and sometimes evasive boy, who seems to have a connection to Alice. Their relationship, or should I say their non-relationship, is an on again off again battle to not let feelings interfere with their ultimate goal of killing zombies. He was fun to read at times and I liked learning about his group and how they all got involved with the zombies. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go next and even if they stay together.


The only things I didn’t particularly care for in to novel was some of the religious dialogue, and the fact that it’s not really a fairytale story. As with Beauty Awakened, this book had some over-the-top faith talk. Moreover, it seems to be a recurring thing with Showalter’s newer novels. I’m not fond of it because I do think it takes away from the story at times, however I don’t think it’s a reason not to read her work. For those readers who don’t like this sort of thing, just be aware that it is there and it can be a bit heavy.


Overall, I do recommend this novel. I think for some, it will be another hit or miss. The audiobook itself was very slow for me. I despised the narrator because she kept putting me to sleep. Her voice sounded 40 years old instead of 16 and I found it hard to believe I was listing to a YA novel. So maybe try picking up the actual book instead.




My Rating

4 out of 5 Controllers

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Reader Question: Have you finished the Delirium Trilogy? If so what are your thoughts on the conclusion of this epic love story? Or have you started the White Rabbit Chronicles? How did you enjoy Alice in Zombieland?