Lovely Blog Award

I'd like to thank Megan at A Cover Lover for this award!

To accept the awards, one has to follow some rules:

1. Thank the person who gave them to you and link back to their blog
2. Post 7 random facts about yourself
3. Pick 15 other blogs to pass the award onto

My seven facts:

 uNo: I don't like popcorn flavored Jelly Beans
dOs: Walking into a bookstore or library makes me oddly happy :)
tReS: I don't have a favorite color
cUaTrO: I have a list of things of things I want to accomplish before I die
cInCo: My favorite genre of music is Indie Rock
sEiS: If I were a fruit, I'd be a mango
sIeTe: I think snails are cute sometimes...don't ask why...

And the Award Goes To: 
(In no specific order)


From: CARINA :) @ Dystopian Desserts 


The Vespertine || by: Saundra Mitchell

Title: The Vespertine
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Pages: 293 (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: March 7th, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Source: NetGalley
Dessert: Strawberry Cake w/ Vanilla Cream Frosting- Positively pretty and sweet, a very light treat. 

Official Summary: The summer of 1889 is the one between childhood and womanhood for Amelia van den Broek-and thankfully, she's not spending it at home in rural Maine. She's been sent to Baltimore to stay with her stylish cousin, Zora, who will show her all the pleasures of city life and help her find a suitable man to marry.

Archery in the park, dazzling balls and hints of forbidden romance-Victorian Baltimore is more exciting than Amelia imagined. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset-visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. Newly dubbed "Maine's Own Mystic", Amelia is suddenly quite in demand.

However, her attraction to Nathaniel, an artist who is decidedly outside of Zora's circle, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own- still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. And while she has no trouble seeing the futures of others, she cannot predict whether Nathaniel will remain in hers.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

My Summary: Amelia can glimpse the future, but only at twilight. Her talent becomes well-known all over Maryland, and her skill is in high demand by wealthy society women. However, soon she begins to glimpse darker futures, and one by one, she fulfills her own gruesome prophecies.

My Review: As you can already tell, The Vespertine isn't even close to dystopian. In fact, I think I've backtracked a little and stepped into the historical Victorian world. As much as I like books with futuristic settings, I'm also oddly drawn to stories with a historical background: real people, real places, real culture. The Vespertine was nothing short of a wonderful historical novel. Saundra Mitchell paints a rich and classy picture of the Victorian era.

I was immediately drawn to the cover, and the story description was intriguing enough. A prophetical teenage girl diving headlong into the socially structured world of elegance and chivalry, ballgowns and romances. As descriptive and beautifully written as it was, I found that the plot was not exactly captivating. The flowery language had me spellbound at first, until I realized that by the 250th page, the plot and characters lacked ultimatum. Additionally, for a romance story, there lacked some much needed....ROMANCE! From the start, Nathaniel Witherspoon caught my eye. I found myself in love with his sharp and witty banter, and artistic way of life. He and Amelia quickly grow fond of each other, but society forbids them from publicly courting because of his lowly social status as a painter (but they still see each other anyways, so it takes away from the steamy "FORBIDDEN" romance element.) Over and over they meet, but their interactions never last long. I kept telling myself that all their flirting would lead to something romantic enough to make your heart melt, but aside from a few sweet words, their relationship did not progress substantially. Additionally, it continues to bother me that the author did not go into much detail about how Amelia can "see the future." Her (the author's) descriptions are all very unclear. In the end, although I loved the Victorian English, I felt that the author should have elaborated on some key points, and created a more elaborate romance theme.

Rate & Recommend?: Saundra Mitchell's expertise in Victorian culture is unmistakable, and it makes every teenage girl wish she were clad in silk ballgowns and being whisked away to the most tasteful event of the year. If you enjoy historical novels, then this story is perfect in the historical sense. But for the rest of us gals who are looking for an adventurous romance, The Vespertine is a bit of a let down with its 3 out of 5 rating. Hmm, although I wouldn't classify The Vespertine as a story with a  thought-provoking plot line, it is without a doubt, written beautifully.

NEWS: Saundra Mitchell's THE SPRINGSWEET, a companion to THE VESPERTINE, sees a woman mourning the passing of her fiancé heading to Oklahoma to start a new life in the Victorian-era wild west. Coming Spring 2012 from Harcourt Children's Books


Win Your Dream Gown with The Vespertine


The season for formals is fast approaching, and if it's one thing that we have in common with the 19th century, it's the search for the perfect gown. In THE VESPERTINE, both Amelia and her best friend Zora get brand new gowns for their whirlwind summer.

We don't want to leave you out, so we're offering you a chance to win your dream gown.
Or, more accurately, this Visa Gift Card, worth $300.00:  

 All genders welcome, open internationally! You must be 13 or older to enter, or have a parent enter for you.  
Second and third place winners will receive a schwag pack that includes a signed copy of THE VESPERTINE.  


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Delirium || by: L. Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 440
Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting- A rich, sweet, and dark texture that leaves you craving more.

My Summary: Welcome to a world where love is an unwanted disease. 17 year-old Lena Holoway is counting down the days until she undergoes the standard operation to eradicate the potential of developing amor deliria nervosa- love. No love means no pain, and everything and everybody will be content and predictable. But it's day number ninety-five, and Lena catches a glimpse of someone who will send her life spiraling out of control. He takes her breath away. Could this be love? And is it worth her life? The summer days are ticking away, and it's time she followed her heart.

My Review: OHMYGOSH! I dove headlong into this book only vaguely knowing that it was about a girl who was anxiously awaiting for an operation of some sort. To my pleasant surprise, it was SO much more. Humor me for loving this book even more since it's dystopian. I'm madly attracted to this epic genre (though some people argue that the futuristic/defying-the-government love scenario is getting old.)

Moving on... Lauren Oliver has succeeded in weaving a world filled with star-crossed love and sacrifice. There's something innocent about your shorter-than-average 5'2" teenager who's scared of love. She's ordinary, average-looking, and doesn't even believe someone will fall in love with her. She's lived her entire life thinking it's a deadly disease that only surgery can cure. The government has spent decades spreading and reinforcing lies. But the glimpse of one boy, Alex, completely uproots every rule Lena was raised to obey. His honey-colored eyes and brunette crown are striking, and his voice: cajoling and gentle. He is undoubtedly the epitome of a perfect lover and firmly sincere in his intentions and beliefs. Through a series of coincidental meetings, they fall in love. Quickly, beautifully, and painfully.

At first, Alex and Lena's romance seemed trivial and shallow. Two inexperienced and cautious lovers who were navigating the waters of emotional infatuation for the first time. But as the story progressed, and the pages began to fly by, I could almost feel the sweet thickness of their raw emotions flooding over me. The story is moderately paced, with a hooking plot and drawn out middle. The ending, however, was deeply instigating and heartbreaking. One girl, one boy, secrets, and a love that is forced to endure the injustice hurled at them by society. Some books are interesting, while others are entertaining. But once I read the very last sentence, on the very last page, I realized, Delirium, is beautiful.

As for the negative side, there wasn't much that struck me as odd or bothersome. The middle is a little slow, and Oliver gives away telltale signs of her inexperience as an author writing "suspense". She has a magical way with words, however her portrayal of many characters are stereotypical, although, that might be intentional.

Rate & Recommend?:  Yes! DEFINITELY! Delirium is a story that makes you bubbly with every detail and frantic to share every memorable quote with the person sitting next to you. It easily scored a 4.5 out of 5. As I inhaled the ending, so many emotions came crashing down on me, and I couldn't believe the adventure was already over when I flipped the book close. Luckily, I've been informed that Delirium is to be a trilogy! I'd like to end on the note that Lauren Oliver has painted a lyrical masterpiece. It is a MUST read.

In honor of the http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/ Dystopian February Kick-Off!