13 Following

Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/1466 (4/10/12)Note: This is a review for the middle book in a trilogy; as such, it may contain spoilers for the first book. Proceed at your own risk.It was different reading this one than it was listening to the audiobook for Delirium. I don’t know if the format difference is the reason, but I thought Pandemonium was better than the first one. It was a different story; it was a deeper story. In this book, Lena grew as a person and she grew into the strength she didn’t know she had in Delirium.At first, the two timelines threw me off a bit, but as the story progressed, I found I liked the way it was written. We were able to see the new, stronger Lena – but at the same time we got to see how she got there.I was apprehensive about a new love interest for Lena – but I also knew it was inevitable. I’m of two minds, however, when it comes to the character of Julian. He seems like a perfectly fine boy, but I feel like I didn’t see enough of him or his personality to truly feel the relationship grow; it actually seemed a bit forced and happened way too fast for me. His acceptance of who Lena was was just too tidy and convenient. People don’t change their whole ideologies overnight – even Lena wasn’t quite capable of that. And while I don’t fault Lena for trying to find happiness again, I was fully expecting the end of this book – which may have also driven my more negative feelings for Julian.Bottom line: If you enjoyed Delirium, you’ll adore Pandemonium.