Reviews: Requiem by Lauren Oliver; The Cleaner by Paul Cleave

Posted 9 March, 2013 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Summary: 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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review:  This is the 3rd and final in the Delirium series, a book I have waited for a number of months to read. Some of my deep seated wants were granted (I won’t spoil them for you). A couple of loose ends remain, but I guess that would have made it too pat. I’m avoiding including much of the summary and digging too deep into my review because I know a lot of people haven’t read it. Suffice it to say, it is a satisfying end of series novel. Lauren did a superb job keeping the story going without it getting tiresome and repetitive and the addition of characters to keep the story going was at perfect pace. I can’t say that I was as into the love triangle as some of the younger, YA fans were, but the pull between the three involved is well written.

Now I’m curious about a character that reappears…I hadn’t planned to read the Novellas, but I just might.

Great ending to a great series.

 

 

The Cleaner: A ThrillerThe Cleaner: A Thriller by Paul Cleave

Summary: Joe is in control of everything in his simple life—both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his “night work.” He isn’t bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he’s determined to find the copycat. He’ll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It’s the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his odd, overprotective mother and Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother. Then there’s the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don’t have a place in Joe’s investigation.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: It’s no surprise that this book was in the running for Best Fiction in Cleave’s native New Zealand. The Cleaner is unpredictable at every turn. Suspenseful and yet simple, it’s a rapid, action packed, twisty read.  Fantastic. And as is my usual habit when I find a great author, I now have to read everything he’s written!

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