Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rooms // Lauren Oliver

Hello! I want to start by apologizing for being MIA for the last few weeks. I got a little behind, then I went our of town, and then I had strep throat, which let me do a lot of reading but not much writing. I did however stay up late one night and ended up writing a couple of chapters on a new book! I have a goal in mind and I plan on going into more detail about that at a later time. So that also put me a little behind in working on the blog. So sorry.
So let's jump right into the review for today which is about the book Rooms by Lauren Oliver.
There is nothing more thrilling to me than a good series, but honestly sometimes I have trouble with those, especially if I come into a series as it is being written. I mean it's just plain depressing. I've been reading several great series lately (which will be coming up soon to the blog) and tbh, Rooms was a wonderful way to get a way from those worlds and fall into something that was complete in the one volume. I actually read roomed via Audiobook, which I have become a huge fan of in the last several years. One thing they did really well with Rooms in particular was to have multiple narrators. I have heard stories told both ways and I like both ways, but I really think they made the right choice for this story.
When I first started the book I had no idea what it was about and was pleasantly surprised to discover that is was not Oliver's traditional YA  novel. I primarily read the YA and Fantasy genre, but I found this book had a little of everything that kept me listening (or turning pages) long past the time when I should have been asleep.
The story revolves around the the house and the people who are inhabiting it. I don't want to give away too many details, because  that was the beauty of the story for me, the mystery of the entire book. The story starts with the death of Walter, the current owner of the house, his ex-wife and children arrive to claim their inheritance and in the midst of coming to terms with their loss and their feelings they uncover secrets and mysteries about the former inhabitants of the house and about themselves.
There are also some really good quotes throughout the book that I want to share.
"People are like houses. You could open their doors, walk through their rooms and touch the objects hidden in their corners, but something, the structure, the wiring, the invisible mechanism that kept the whole thing standing remained invisible. Suggested only by the fact of it's existing at all." Lauren Olvier, Rooms
"If only bodies were like rooms and people could pass in and out of them at will." Lauren Olvier, Rooms

This is a wonderful novel from Oliver that made a wonderful change of paste from my normal reads. I really enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a little mystery and doesn't mind some adult concepts (sex, alcoholism, language, ect.).
I am not  going to do a rating today, because I am contemplating my rating system in order to change it, but I sincerely hope you will all pick up a copy of this book or any of Oliver's other works because she is a wonderful writer that keeps you thinking about the story long after you finished the final chapter.

Live Long and Prosper,