quarta-feira, 15 de abril de 2015

Review: Rooms, by Lauren Oliver

by Lauren Oliver 
Format: Hardback / Paperback / E-book
Nr of Pages: 352
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. 
Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Rating: 4 stars

How great is it that Lauren Oliver is actually writing books quicker than I can read them? I mean I just finished Rooms and Vanishing Girls is already out! It's every readers dream come true.
If you have been around for sometime you probably know that Lauren Oliver is actually the only writer that has a tag on our blog, we read her first break series Delirium and are major fans and we have actually interviewed her for the blog.
This means, of course, that we tend to keep tabs on what she is writing or working on at the moment, I actually follow her tumblr and I have no shame in saying so. The truth is plain and simple, I simply love the way Oliver writes. When I was reading Rooms I found myself eating every word and imagining this old house populated by ghosts. Oliver sometimes writes the way poetry sounds, it's a gift that she is mastering and makes her books art. (I really can't explain it any other way.)
In Rooms Oliver plays with more adult themes (like sex and affairs) and explores the paranormal (life after death, ghosts). I personally quite enjoyed the book with it's twists and turns. There's also a book within this book and that tends to make me happy because I like bookceptions!
The story had a good pace and it was interesting to see several points of view, this is specially true since the ghosts tend to contradict one another which adds to the whole mystery.
Ultimately I think Oliver understands people and she understands them at a deep level. Her characters tend to be round and relatable and more often than not you actually understand their motives and kind off cheer for them.
In a way and up to this moment (and think about all of her books that I have read) I have to say that the book that I am reading at the moment is my favorite Lauren Oliver book, even Panic which isn't the most loved of her books was a fantastic adventure (and power to the older sister!).
I enjoyed the end of the book, I think it was rather a blow and made me think about several things. It also shows how literature can sometimes help us cope with things and ultimately survive our own lives.
Right now I canºt wait to get my hands on Vanishing Girls!

 Cat / Ki
Known bookaholic and writer on every other weekend Cat loves books and everything that's related to them. Sometimes she has feelings and opinions about books and the world and she writes about them (mostly in her blog Encruzilhadas Literárias). She also has a personal GoodReads account and she believes the world is a better place for it (AKA no more repeated books from relatives as gifts). She lives in the UK and can often be found either in Waterstones or the Charity Shops.

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