Delirium ARC Christmas Giveaway Winner!

9:36 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

And the winner is:

Joyce Farmer!

Congrats Joyce!

I've emailed her, and passed her address on to HarperCollins, so she should get her book soon.

Make sure you stay tuned for more giveaways in the month of January!
We're having a big Countdown month to celebrate the release of Delirium!

Delirium Pre-Order Giveaway!

9:24 AM Posted by Lori


I'm giving away a pre-order of Delirium as part of my Birthday Blogoversary Bash on my blog!!


The countdown to Delirium starts Saturday!! We have some fun things planned and, of course more giveaways!

If you liked Before I Fall...

6:46 AM Posted by Lori

Sadly, it has been months since the release of Before I Fall and there is still months to go before the release of Delirium. You need something to fill the time, right? Maybe some books similar to Before I Fall? Well then you are in luck! I have complied a list of books that I think you will like and maybe they will pass the time. Without further ado, here they are:


by Nina LaCour
by Anna Jarzab
by Jennifer Hubbard
by Holly Schindler
by Gayle Forman
by Jennifer Echols
by Lisa Schroeder
by Julia Hoban
by Sarah Ockler
by Holly Cupala

I hope you find a new book to love from this list! Do you have anything to add? Let us know!

Delirium ARC Christmas Giveaway! -CLOSED-

2:07 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

Can't wait till the release of Delirium? Want to win a collectible ARC? (You won't find this book anywhere else for much longer!) I love the new cover, but this one is great too, showing the intensity of Lena's feelings. Amazing!

So, if you want to win this book, just fill out this form!
One of the extra entries is from a Referral: Tell someone about the site, and get 5 extra entries! If you were referred, you get 3 extra entries. We're hoping a lot more people will join the blog, cause you'll want to be here for the January Countdown towards the release of Delirium!
Good luck! Contest ends Dec 26th.

Happy Birthday Lori!

12:49 PM Posted by Ella Preuss




Today's Lori's birthday! Everyone go wish her a happy birthday on her blog!

Where did the idea for Delirium come from?

9:50 PM Posted by Ella Preuss



It's very interesting to find out the inner workings of Lauren's mind. To me, at least.
I love the way she keeps gesturing with her hands, so funny!

xo,
Ella

Read a Goodreads Interview with Lauren

10:46 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

I just found this interview that Goodreads had with Lauren last month, where she answered fans' questions.

Here are some of my favourite answers:

[About Sam's cruelty in the early chapters of BIF]:
"I'm sure that some people were tempted to put the book down or not continue reading. I actually give credit to the blogosphere, because I would see on blogs, "I really don't like this main character, but I've seen so many other blogs telling me just to keep going, so I will." I think that had my book been published before the blogosphere existed, it would not have had the same success and reception."
I have to admit, I do that a lot, the checking to see what others think of a book I'm reading to see if I should keep going. I was no exception to this when reading BIF. It took me a while to get into it, but after a few chapters I was hooked!

[About heavy subjects dealed with in BIF]:
"Part of what is dangerous about the high school age is that you have so little perspective. It seems like high school is your whole life, and there is no escape from it. But it is, in fact, not your whole life, and it will get better. You just have to persist through that era. Reach out to people for help, try to expand your circle. That's all I can really say. It's not always going to be like this."
Living in a different country, I didn't have to go through the whole Northamerican HS drama experience. I  quite liked my Secondary School years, but couldn't wait to leave them behind. Nothing exciting ever happened where I live, that's why I'm so glad to be moving to a bigger city next year, to start uni. (I'm going to Film School, btw.) But yes, the feeling that those years are the most important ones of your life was there. And I'm happy to say that they're not. They're just a fraction of your life, and they don't determine who you'll be in the future.

[On her writing habits]:
"I do most of my own writing when I'm shuttling between meetings on the subway. I write a lot on my Blackberry. I actually wrote all of Before I Fall on my Blackberry, e-mailing it to myself so I could read it between jobs, which people think is insane."
Too bad I don't have a Blackberry! My mobile is old school, but I'm really happy with it, and won't change it until I absolutely have to.
Lauren, that is totally insane. But if it worked for you, then awesome! BIF turned out to be an amazing book.

Read the whole interview here.

Before I Fall Read-Along in Fallen Archangel!

8:09 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

The girls at Fallen Archangel have started their Read Along, but it's not too late to join. 
You can join them in the Forum, to discuss the book with them and other members, like me; or, read it on your own and mark on your calendars the Live Chat with Lauren at the end of the R-A. They haven't got a specific date for it yet, but they will soon. It'll be during the week of December 13th.

Would you be up for a Delirium Read Along here on Deliriously Falling when it comes out?

xo,
Ella

AWESOME Delirium Reviews!!!

5:04 PM Posted by ReggieWrites


Hey guys!

Here are some TOTALLY AWESOME Delirium reviews!!! They're really cool and you should go check 'em out!


From Squeaky Books:


"I LOVED all the little things in this book...I sat down to read it I couldn't move!"

From Katie's Suspiciously Apt Reviews:


"Other books are so powerful that you can't say a word. It's very pages have sunk deep into your heart and mind and will continue to sit there until it is etched into your soul. It whispers to you. There aren't any words good enough to describe what you have just experienced...DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver happens to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read."

From Anna Reads:


"BUT HOLY COW YOU HAVE GOT TO GO PREORDER THIS BOOK STAT. REALLY, NOW...By the end of this book, I was left feeling emotionally raw. I cannot stop thinking about these characters!"

From Lale on Lit:


"In short: a beautiful meshing of dystopian and romance with an edge of
science fiction thrown in for good measure-- and one of the best YA novels I’ve
read this year."

From I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read (Goodreads):


"...This book is a must-read for dystopian YA fans. It was gritty,
thoughtful, and engaging. And it begs the question is it better to feel love and
lose it than to never have loved at all?"

From Princess Bookie (Goodreads):


"Be prepared to cry and have the tissues handy...Delirium is a epic love
story full of emotion and how one choice (to be in love or not to be) could
effect the rest of your life."

From Presenting Lenore:

"And DAMN, if I may say so, Lena’s scenes with Alex sizzle, making the novel
soar to dizzying heights of emotion."

From Jess Hearts Books:

"Delirium has one of the most intense, heart wrenching endings I have ever
read. I wouldn’t have put it down if you paid me."

From Reading Teen:

"The romance is heavy, the action scenes are intense, the storyline is
in-depth, the concept, which is so unbelievable, is made believable by her
amazing writing."

From A Reader's Ramblings:

"I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Oliver's writing style. She is a
phenomanal writer, and doesn't dumb it down for the audience. Her books
challenge her readers to really think about what they are reading and what it
means, and that is refreshing."

Delirium Tote Bag Winner!

2:42 PM Posted by Lori

Deliriously Falling's very first giveaway ended last week and I'm happy to announce that the winner is.....

April X

Check your inbox, I have already emailed you!

Thanks to all the wonderful new followers and stay tuned I'm sure there will be plenty more giveaways in the future!

Delirium-Inspired Art and A Writing Challenge From Lauren!

8:38 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

Hi everyone! How's your week going? Mine's great, considering I finish school this week, and I'm already making plans to move to uni next year! :D

So, I go to this art school, and one of my subjects is Painting. I don't like Painting very much. I prefer having a camera in my hands. Long story short, I had to paint something for my final exhibition. And I'd just finished reading Delirium, the excitement it gave me still buzzing through me. I was inspired. And this is what came out of it: (Click on the images to enlarge.)




 (I dressed in red, matching with my work!)

Final display.

*SPOILER ALERT*  
Those who've read the book will be able to imagine where my inspiration came from. I loved the scene Alex and Lena share in the little shed, escaping from the raid. Lena is hurt and she's bleeding, and Alex comes to her rescue. Call me romantic, but I just loved that he took care of her. 
The greens and reds are the woods and the blood. The little shed is the frame around the bloody, torn fabric -Alex's shirt-, and around the frame, the phrase, "I have a secret. It will kill me. And I don't care."
*END OF SPOILER* 

You can see all the photos here

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On another note, Lauren just posted a new Writing Challenge! Her trip to Japan inspired her, and this Challenge's topic is FOOD. Read the whole post on her blog

That's it from me today!
Happy Thanksgiving, whenever it is, I have no idea. 
xoxo,
Ella

Latest News

9:29 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Hello everyone! We apologise for having been sort of MIA lately, but you know how sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. 

Lauren is back in the US, and she had an awesome time in Japan!

Here's what she had to say about it:
Did you miss me?? I’m back in the good US of A (although I won’t actually be home for a while—tonight I stay in Newark, NJ, and tomorrow I’m off for the NCTE/ALAN conference in sunny Orlando!) and already missing the splendor and stateliness—and, of course, the FOOD—of Japan. My trip was too wonderful and expansive to be described in anything close to concise terms, so I will prove traitorous to the society of writers and follow the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” There will be 4,000 words below…enough for a chapters’ worth!

My experience in Japan, in a place totally foreign to me in every way (I had never been farther east than Budapest) has inspired me to generate a NEW WRITING CHALLENGE. So check back at the beginning of next week, and I’ll be kicking off a new online writing workshop.

In the meantime, I’ll be hobnobbing with fabulous authors, editors, and librarians, and lounging poolside…and maybe even seeing Mickey Mouse! Fingers crossed, peeps. Fingers crossed.
 
You can read the original post in Lauren's blog
 
On another note, the Fallen Archangel's Before I Fall Read-Along starts this next Saturday 27th! Will you be joining us? There'll be regular posts as we read the book, but you can join the discussion here.

xo,
Ella

WOW!

6:04 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

This is awesome! Deliriously Falling's been live for 10 days and it already has 70 followers! Thank you!
Maybe when we get to 100 followers we could have a contest, so tell your friends to join us!

Stay tuned for more updates from Lauren!

Where's Lauren now?

4:38 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

She's on her way to Tokyo! That's awesome, I'd love to go there someday, I'm actually learning the language.
 
We'll be posting updates about where she'll be, and what she's up to, so stay tuned!

Here's a pic Lauren shared on her blog: (you can read the full post here)

xo,
Ella

Welcome Lori, from Pure Imagination!

7:08 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

Everyone welcome Lori, our new addition to the blog! She's the third author of this blog, and I know we'll have so much fun with her.

Lori runs Pure Imagination, a YA book blog, and a few months ago she posted this awesome vlog about how crazy she is for Delirium! Watch it!

 

She has an awesome Southern accent, isn't it cute? What she says in the video pretty much sums up how I feel about Delirium

Say hi to Lori!
xo,
Ella

Before I Fall is among the Publishers Weekly Top 40 Children's Books of 2010!

8:00 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Before I Fall keeps getting chosen as a top book, and I can't say I'm surprised. 
This is BIF we're talking about.

This time it's on PW.com, who've just shared their list of the Best Books of 2010, separated into the Adult and Children Categories. 

There's no top book, it's all one big list, and every book there as awesome as the next. 

What a great birthday present to Lauren!

Check out the full list here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN!

8:43 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Today, Nov 8th, is Lauren's 28th (correct me if I'm wrong!) birthday! Reg and I thought we'd say hi to our favourite author and wish her a happy bday. :D

This is me (don't laugh at my funny accent, I haven't spoken in English in months, and I was a little nervous!)



And this is Reg, Deliriously Falling's new member!



Reg is totally right, you should buy Before I Fall if you haven't already! And Delirium IS freaking amazing! We're already brainstorming on what we're going to do for its release!

So, everyone wish Lauren a happy birthday! We'll make sure she gets the message!

Before I Fall: The Movie

9:56 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

So, back in July, Fox 2000 optioned the rights to Before I Fall, but we have no idea as to when Fox might start with its production. Might be next year, might be in 2012, 2013...

But there's already a buzz about who might star this film, taking the role of Sam.

Some say Selena Gomez, others Miley Cyrus (there's an article I liked that says "Let's hope Miley stays away from this one," and I can't help but to agree).

I honestly can't see either being Sam, they just don't look like Sam to me.

I'd really like Sam to be played by someone who isn't known, someone new and fresh. But I've seen some dreamcasts and there are some very cool choices for who could play Lindsay, Ally and Elody.

One choice I liked was for Elody, and it was Ashley Rickards. She plays a really cool character in The CW's One Tree Hill, and I think she'd be a nice choice for Elody.

Do you have someone in mind for this role, or any of the other characters? Share! We'll be featuring different choices in an upcoming feature. 

xo,
Ella

Welcome Reggie, from The Undercover Book Lover!

1:34 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Everyone welcome her, she'll be a new author of this blog! 
Reggie is an awesome blogger, you must have seen her blog before, and she's a delirious fan like me! 
So now, DF will be managed by the two of us!

Welcome Reg!

xo,
Ella

Awesome Fanmade Delirium Book Trailer

12:01 AM Posted by Ella Preuss



I wanted to share the amazing trailer Readerchik12 made! It's awesome, captured the escence of the book perfectly!

I don't really like her Lena, but the rest of it is great.

xo,
Ella

A Message from Lauren! + Giveaway!

6:41 PM Posted by Ella Preuss



That was totally amazing! Thank you so much, Lauren! 
*seriously fangirling over this!*
We promise we'll stay pretty and nice. 

As a thank you, from both me and Lauren, we'll be giving away a super-awesome Delirium tote bag!
Look, isn't it cute?


You'll have three weeks to enter, the contest'll end on Nov, Friday 26th
so just leave a comment on this post saying hi to us!
For extra entries, 'cause we all love those, just share a link to this post on Twitter, Facebook, sidebar, wherever, come back here and leave the link in a comment.
Each link will give you 1 extra entry.

Edit: The contest is international. So enter away!

Keep checking back! Great things will be happening around here, and you won't want to miss them!
xo, Ella

Giveaway is now over!

Lauren says Hi to her German Fans!

1:27 PM Posted by Ella Preuss



I love her house! What little we could see, anyway! So big and bright. :)

I loved Before I Fall, and yes, Sam was a little hard to relate to at first, but I grew to love her, and in the end I cried like a baby.

I'm assuming you're mostly from the States, but you could be from someplace else, like me.

Where are you from? 

xo,
Ella
(The girl from Argentina)

News from the Community - Affiliate News #1

9:04 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Hi everyone! I am overwhelmed by the response this blog's getting, it's just been live for two days and it already has 27 followers and two Affiliates! Thank you!

Also, I nearly fell off my chair when I saw this:


(The quality is terrible, I know!) 

Lauren loves the page! We have her approval! That is more than what I was hoping for when I started this! Thanks Lauren! I hope we see you soon around here ;) 

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I'd like to talk about my new Affiliates now, I'm sure you're familiar with their sites.

The first one is Fire and Ice, a great book review blog. They post amazing reviews all the time, it's really a blog I visit quite often. You should check out all the giveaways they're holding! They always have a new one!


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The second one is Mundie Moms. We all love them! Their site is amazing as well, always something interesting's happening there. Just last night they had a Live Chat with Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade!

Go visit them both if you haven't already (I'm sure you have, but still.)

I'd love to have you as an Affiliate! Email me at deliriouslyfalling@hotmail.com!

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The next thing I wanted to talk about is the upcoming Before I Fall Read-Along over on Fallen Archangel.
BIF is their November Featured Fiction and they're having a Read-Along from Nov 27th to Dec 11th.
Here's a little video Lauren shared with them:*




I, of course, will be joining the girls at Fallen Archangel during this Read-Along, and can't wait for the Chat with Lauren! I'm sure it'll be awesome. Will you be joining them? You have plenty of time to get ready for it!

*Originally posted on fallenarchangel.com

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Lastly, I wanted to ask you something. Living in Argentina makes it kinda hard for me to attend Book Events and Author Appearances (I'd go to every single one if I had the power to fly from one country to another!). 

But maybe you've been to some, and maybe, you've met Lauren. If you have -I'm super jealous, but I don't envy you, because envy is a bad thing!-, and you were fortunate enough to have your picture taken with her, send it to me! I'll post it here on a new feature I'm planning on making.

Just email me your photo at deliriouslyfalling@hotmail.com, with a little story about it (where you were when you met her, what day it was, was it rainy, sunny, anything!) and I'll post it here for everyone to see. Even Lauren! 

Later!
Ella

Before I Fall Nominated for Best YA Paranormal/Fantasy Novel!

12:32 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

What a great piece of news! Before I Fall is nominated for Best YA Paranormal/Fantasy Novel of 2010! That is amazing! I have no doubt that it will win.

It has some great competition too! The other nominees are:
  • Radiant Shadows, by Melissa Marr, HarperCollins, (April 2010)
  • Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi, Little, Brown, (May 2010)
  • Raised by Wolves, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Egmont, (June 2010)
  • Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry, (September 2010)
    Clockwork Angel is a great book as well, but you know for which book I'll be rooting for.

    You can read the full list of Nominations here.

    Delirium (Delirium, #1), by Lauren Oliver!

    11:22 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

    You've read the summary, now here's my review/thoughts!

    This is going to be a long review!

    First of all, let me say WOW.  Second of all, I'm in love with this book! I keep tearing up every time I think about it, so this review is going to be very emotional.

    Lauren Oliver is a fantastic author, and I loved the world she created.

    Delirium is set in a dystopic USA, where love (everything about it, even saying the word) is banned. Cursed. Forbidden. The amor deliria nervosa is a disease that can seep under your skin, into your bones, and rot your brain. Or at least, that's what people are told. That's what Lena believes.

    Lena, our protagonist, can't wait for the day when she'll finally get the treatment that will cure her and make everything OK. Because everyone knows that her family's tainted by the disease. Lena's mother was infected. And she died because of it. Lena wants to show everyone that she is nothing like her mother. She really believes that the cure is the only way to be happy.

    The cure works in your brain. It makes you calmer, rationalises your thoughts, takes the pain away. There hasn't been much criminal activity in the world since the discovery of the cure. Everyone lives in harmony.

    Because, what is love, but a feeling so strong that can make you go insane, get angry for no reason, and bring nothing but pain?

    That's why Lena counts down the days until her procedure. Her, and her best friend, Hana.

    Hana is a lovable character, funny, energetic, corageous. She's from a rich family, so her friendship with Lena has always been questioned. Why would a girl like her want to be friends with someone like Lena? But, despite everything, they love each other, or rather, care deeply for the other.

    The girls run together almost every day, the run giving them a thrill and bringing them closer together. They talk about everything, but most importantly, about the cure.

    Before you can get your treatment, you have to be evaluated. You'll be asked about your hobbies, your family, your favourite colour... And be sure you answer correctly! If you don't there can be serious concecuences. Because your life depends of that single evaluation. It will determine what career you'll be able to follow, to whom you'll be married, even how many kids you'll have.

    Lena can't wait to pass the evaluation, and know what her life will be like as an adult.
    "After the procedure, [Rachel] said, it would all be coasting, all glide, every day as easy as one, two, three." Lena, page 46.
    But of course, not everyone is for the treatment. And some people even get infected before they're cured.
    Scientists say you have to wait until you're eighteen to have your procedure done. Before that it's too risky, and many things could go wrong. But there have been cases where it was imperative that infected people had the treatment early.

    And then there are those who refused to have their treatment and have escaped to live on the outside of the city, outside the safety of its walls. Those who've gone to live in the Wilds. The Invalids. The infected. You don't want to get caught talking about them. It's as bad as if you're caught talking about the deliria.
    Mama, Mama, help me get home
    I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own.
    I found me a werewolf, a nasty old mutt
    It showed me its teeth and went straight for my gut.

    Mama, Mama, help me get home
    I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own.
    I was stopped by a vampire, a rotting old wreck
    It showed me its teeth and went straight for my neck.

    Mama, Mama, put me to bed
    I won't make it home, I'm already half-dead
    I met an Invalid, and fell for his art
    He showed me his smile and went straight for my heart.

    -From "A Child's Walk Home," Nursery Rhymes and Folk Tales, edited by Cory Levinson. 
    Page 56.
    It is on the day of her evaluation that Lena meets the boy that will change her life forever. Up on the Observation Deck, she sees a boy looking down at her, and thinks she can see him smiling. A few days later, she sees him again. 

    Alex is a guard at the Labs where the evaluations and procedures take place. Lena and Hana run into him when they make a detour in their running track. From that point on, Lena's life takes a 360 degree turn. 

    But she can see his marks, the ones the procedure gives you. So that means he's cured, that means he's safe. Isn't he?

    Lena is thrown off balance by all the things Alex tells her, all the things he makes her feel. 

    Could it be possible that everything she knew was a lie? That everything she thought was great is actually the most terrible thing humanity has ever created? She thought getting infected with the deliria was the worse thing that could happen to you, but what if it's not? What if it's the best thing that could ever happen to someone? 
    "As I head home, I keep feeling paranoid, like someone [...] will be able to tell just from seeing my face that I've crossed over. [...] But no one ever glances in my direction. It's a little before nine o'clock, and most people are just rushing to get to work on time. An endless blur of normal people doing normal things, eyes straight ahead of them, paying no attention to the short, nondescript girl with a lumpy backpack pushing past them. 
    The short, nondescript girl with a secret burning inside of her like a fire." Lena, page 213.
    Lena finally learns the truth about things, and she also knows that the scientists weren't that wrong.

    The deliria can change your appetite, your mood, your sleeping habits. It can make you feel happy, but it can make you very, very miserable. It might even kill you. 

    But maybe, death isn't so bad. Because, after you've been infected, life cannot get worse. And you'd rather die on your own terms that live on theirs

    Delirium's ending had me crying like crazy (much like Before I Fall's ending) and left a hollow feeling in my chest. But now that I know there are two more books to come, I'm filled with hope! You'll need a box of tissues to read this. Mark my words.
    "I love you. Remember. They cannot take it." Page 31.
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    That phrase right there makes me teary eyed. I love Delirium even more than BIF.
    *You read the whole thing? YAY! You're awesome!
    ***I love that Lena's name is Magdalena Ella Haloway. We have the same name!

    ***I'm already thinking of what we can do to celebrate Delirium's release in February!
    I love that I was able to read it early on, but now I have to wait even longer for the release of Pandemonium, book #2 in the series, which comes out in 2012. 2012! An eternity from now!

    Have you read Delirium? Did you know you can? Go to NetGalley, register and read!

    Welcome!

    10:10 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

    Hi everyone! I'm Ella, a teen book blogger and avid reader.

    I had the idea to start a fan page for the awesome Miss Lauren Oliver a while back, after finishing reading Before I Fall, one of my favourite books ever. But I thought it was too soon, and that I'd have to give it a little more time, and read more of this author.

    Well, I waited. And it was worth it. I finished Delirium just yesterday, and I'm still moping because of it. (Thank God I was home alone, otherwise I would have scared my mum with my crying!)

    Both books have shocked me in a way no other book has (with a few exceptions) and what better way to honour them than to create a fan page just for them and their author!

    I hope this page continues to grow, and that more people become a part of it, because that's one of the reasons I started this blog, to meet others who are as passionate about Lauren's work as me!

    Please read the About DL page to learn more about what will be happening around here, and leave comments, ideas! Everyone is more than welcome to participate!

    I'd love to have Affiliates! If you want to become my affiliate, email me! You can find my email in the About page as well.

    I'll be reviewing Delirium and sharing my Before I Fall review with you later this week!