Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1) (Review)

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This series is one of my favorite series of all time (probably in the top 5). Though it’s short, its not light, its a read that will stay with you for a long, long time. I really enjoyed it because of the plot and the characters. HERES THE INFO: This book got a 4.15, and the summary:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

SPoiLeRs AhEAd!!!!

So this book starts out with Day. We meet day first and we very quickly find out that he is a fugitive and a wanted criminal. We find out that there is a plague circulating around and Day’s family has been infected. We also meet Tess, Days friend who runs with him in the streets, whom he saved from dying when she was younger. I liked reading about day first because it made us not be biased for the rest of the book. I think if i had read from Junes point of view first I would have thought that Day had murdered Metias, but then when I saw how much he cared about human life and how much he cared about his family, I knew that it wasn’t him.  Then we meet June. June at the beginning of the book is a really big snob. She’s cocky and arrogant because she knows that she is not expendable. She is the only person in the entire Republic of America who has ever received a perfect score on her test and she knows it. She walks around knowing that she can never get in trouble for anything because there is no one else like her. This annoyed me a little, but I got used to it when we saw the family side of her, and heard her backstory, so we see that there is more to her than just some, smart perfectly cocky teenager. I like Metias because he doesn’t seem like a brother figure and more like a father figure. I like how that is one way that Marie Lu was able to have them be orphans but still have some strong stable figure for June to rely on.

Now we get to the start of the riveting plot. Because Days family is infected with the plague, he goes and robs the hospital for the cure. The police chase him down and he gets stabbed but he makes it away without the cure because the hospital has run out. So Day just runs away trying not to be caught. Then we jump back to June, who is at home remembering how Metias was like her father figure, and she’s just about to leave the house when she runs into Thomas, who is a colleague and a close friend of Metias, and he tells her that Metias is dead, that he was killed in the hospital when Day invaded it. He tells her that Day was the one who killed her brother, and even though its been Junes dream to hunt down and capture Day once she joins the military, now she is even more determined. She will stop at nothing to get him. Then we go back to Day, who is recovering from his wounds from the hospital raid. Tess tells him that he has been unconscious for two days and that they need to run quickly because the government is looking for them by sending out people who are “offering” plague cures because they know that that is what Day was after. It was actually June who was sending the people to “offer” plague cures because she is smart and knows that that will attract Day into her little trap. Day agrees to meet with her one on one, because June has agreed to give him the cure. She is in disguise though, but it doesn’t work on Day, because he notices that she has tied her cloak in a way that only government people tie their cloaks, so he runs away, without the cure. Now June is more determined than ever. So she goes undercover as a street rat to go and find Day, who she suspects is in the lower sectors of society. She finds him, even though she doesn’t automatically know that its him. She thinks she’s just found a good looking boy who is a street rat and homeless. But Day is also skeptical, he doesn’t know who this girl is. Though they are both really attracted to each other, and even though, June finds out that he’s Day, she doesn’t flee, or arrest him right away because she’s fallen for him. And he for her too. But June is too loyal to the Republic not to say anything, so one day when Day has gone to “visit” his family, June calls Thomas and tells him about Day, then the government goes to Days house and lines up his family to shoot them and threaten Day. When Day starts attacking everyone violently, Thomas shoots Days mother in the head, and Day gets even more furious, then someone shoots him in the leg so he cant move, and they capture him. Then there is a while where Day has this deep hatred for June because of what she has done, and there is an execution scheduled for him. June continues to visit Day and continuously asks him if he killed Metias, when he always responds that he didn’t she wants to believe him, because deep down she still has feelings for him. like before when she didn’t know he was Day. Then she finds a website that her brother left her, in order to tell her about what was really going on in the country, and what really happens to the people who fail their tests. That is when she decides to help Day escape the prison, and his execution. But when Thomas tells June that Days execution was going to be sooner than expected, her plan is jeopardized. But they make it out, she helps Day escape and the book ends with them on a train escaping the city.

I really loved this book because of the plot twists, the suspense, the characters, the chemistry, Everything about this book pulled me in and I just couldn’t stop reading it. I also really loved the second book. And i will be doing a review on it soon.

Karin

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Review)

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The Selection. Where to start with this book. It was really good. Like, I loved reading it, and the plot is just sooooo awesome its like a dystopian version of the bachelor! Where the bachelor is a prince… yeah….  a hot prince mind you, but be warned, at times this book can be annoying. No wait.. i take it back… the CHARACTERS are annoying. So without further ado… the info: So the book got a 4.12 on goodreads, which is pretty awesome.  I think i would give this book a 4.5, the -0.5 points simply because of the annoyingness of the characters.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself? and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

SPOiLerS AheAd!!!!!

So the Selection. Let me just say how perfect this base plot is. The Bachelor but for the future and with a monarchy and the cast system. Its all fun and games at the beginning. So we meet America, who was named after the the United states of America because that no longer exists any more. Now it is the Monarchy of Illea. There is a cast system and it is rated on how wealthy you are. The prince and king and queen and whatever, are one’s and the poor beggars are eights. America Singer, is a 5. They aren’t that high on the cast system level type thingy. And then we meet Aspen, her boyfriend. He’s a 6. So he’s lower than her. And her parents disapprove of this. So they’re all lovey-dovey and all that romantic stuff. But let me get one thing straight. I don’t like Aspen. I never have, and I NEVER will. Its Maxon all the way. because Aspen is a cocky hippocratic selfless guy. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about. It means that he pretends to be selfless but actually isn’t. He doesn’t like it when America brings him food or money because he cant feed himself because “He’s a man and he should be able to provide for her”….. and then he eats everything and takes the money…. Sure Aspen… suuuuuuuree…. So then we hear of the Selection and we learn about what it is. The selection, as said previously is a dating game where all the girls who want to (a.k.a every girl except America) send in their picture and sort of “resumé” to the prince and then out of all of them, the prince picks 35 that he thinks are acceptable or the prettiest or have the best connections, or whatever. So America, obviously, doesn’t want to sign up because of Aspen, also because she’s sure that she wont get picked. But then Aspen makes her sign up so that even if she doesn’t get picked, he’ll know that it wasn’t because she didn’t sign up. So anyway, America promises that she’ll go and do it. And so she goes with her mother, and her mother meets Aspens mother and her two daughters who are also signing up, and she over hears Aspens mother saying about how Aspen was planning on proposing to a girl. So now America is over the moon because she thinks that Aspen will propose. So she’s smiling like an idiot in the picture that they take for her “resumé”. And wouldn’t you know it, they pick her. Because she looked that happy in her photo, because she thought that Aspen was going to propose. So she gets picked and now she has to go. Duh, and on the sending away party she sees Aspen with another girl and now she’s crushed and doesn’t know what to do. So she goes and when all the girls meet up we meet Marlee, and Celeste, and a bunch of other girls, who aren’t all that important. So Marlee becomes America’s best friend, and they are all awesome and talk together and whatever. And then there’s Celeste. Not she’s a little… annoying. NO! NO! I cannot lie! I hated her from the bottom of my heart. She’s a cold hearted person who must be stopped. ANYWAY! To the important parts. So the first night the girls are in the castle, they don’t see Maxon yet, and they are only gonna meet him in the morning all together, so none of them have an advantage. But America gets homesick, or just regular sick, or claustrophobic or whatever, but she needs fresh air, so she runs out of her room and just runs to the garden, but oh no! theres a guard and he’s all like “Im sorry miss, you cant go outside” and then we hear the sound of angels. Maxon comes along and is just like “Let her go out” and America sprints into the garden like there’s no tomorrow and then Maxon follows her, and they talk. Well, he talks and she retorts back at him. And at one point she kicks him in the balls and runs away… leaving Maxon very confused. Then the next day, is the day that the girls are SUPPOSED TO meet Maxon and America gets really jealous when he talks to other girls and she sees him smiling and laughing. But two days ago she was all like “NO ASPEN I DONT WANT TO LEAVE YOU!” The whole book goes on about her being jealous of Maxon as he spends time with the other girls and Celeste being all horrible and Maxon being so CLEARLY in love with America and her saying “I need some time to think” and such and such and such. But its really good because there are rebel attacks. because obviously, the government system is not stable, and there are people who want to return to the United States of America. And because of that, at the end of the book , he decided that it is too dangerous to keep all of the girls here when he knows that he doesn’t see himself with some of them. And he sends all of them except 6 home. The six are not a part of the group called the Elite, which is coincidentally the name of the next book. (hint: America is in the Elite, and so is Celeste)

All in all, I really liked this book. But it was really short, and a quick read, i think i read it in a day. and then went scouring the internet for the second book and to see when it would come out.

Karin

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Review)

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The Vampire Academy series is one of my favorite series of all times. It has everything you could ever want, drama, evil, frustration, scenes that make you swoon. Its the real deal, and some people have told me that the first two books were okay, and then after that they just got better and better, but when i read the first book i was so amazed that i was just like “It gets better? AWESOME!” I really loved this series and i think that the title really doesnt do it justice. Just because it is about vampires, doesn’t mean it resembles twilight. I mean, ill just name you one stories that resembles twilight that doesnt have vampires in it *cough* obsidian *cough*. Anyway so this book got a rating of 4.19 and the summary is as follows:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
 
SPoiLErS AhEAd!!!!
 
Sooooo!!! It took me a while to get into this book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but only after the first 50 pages. The first 50 pages were just… not the strong point of this book. At the beginning, all we see is that Rose and Lissa have a really strong bond. And that they’re running from someone. And then it already gets interesting. This is where we meet god on earth. Dimitri. *cue swooning* Honestly i could just spend this entire review discussing Dimitri’s perfection, but i feel that most of you would stop reading after the first sentence. SO Here we go. I eased into the story when they arrived at St. Vladimirs academy. I liked seeing from Rose’s point of view, more than i think i would have liked seeing from Lissa’s because Lissa seems a little too perfect for my taste but i liked how Richelle Mead incorporated the bond phycic thing that let us see through lissas point of view even when she was alone. So the first bit is a little boring. We meet all of the teachers and the headmistriss and Dimitri! And we find out that rose has to have special classes with him because she is behind on all her classes since she was gone for two years and then we meet lissa’s uncle. Viktor, who has some sort of disease that causes him to age uncontrollably or whatever. But he’s worried because Lissa is the last member of her royal family and he needs to protect Lissa so that she might one day inherit the crown, because the vampires are a monarchy. So we start the school year, nicely enough, everythings going we- oh wait… no… Lissa’s got in trouble… Dead animals in her room… ooooohhh, not good. and Rose has to help her. no surprise there… So now LIssa’s suicidal. and she decides that she should go shopping with her cousin Natalie, and Viktor, and of course, she invites Rose, and then Dimitri has to come too. WHoop WHoop! SO they’re shopping and they’re in a store and Lissa notices a dress that she thinks would fit Rose and Rose is all like “Nuh uh i cant try that on im on duty!” And then Lissa’s just like “Then we’ll just buy it without trying it on. And then weg go to a jewelry store andLissa see’s a necklace with a diamond rose pendant on it and she’s like “ohh oohhh ROSE… YOO HOOO!!!” Rose I MUST GUY THIS FOR YOU!!!” But then Rose is like “NUH UH THats too expensive” nd then Lissa’s jjust like “Oh yeah that is expensive and then they leave because the necklace really was too expensive. When they get back Rose is about to go but then Dmitri finds her and is like. “I got you a present” and then he pulls out a tube of lipstick and Rose is just like “OMIGOD!!! How did you know!” And he’s just like “Guardians ecret!” and then Viktor gives her the necklace she and LIssa were looking at. I swear all this was much nicer and more dramatic in the book, but im not really in the mood . Then some crazy stuff starts happening. They go to the school dance and Rose is wearing that dress that surprise surprise FITS HER and then they run into Dmitri and he’s checking her out and Rose is all like “NAWWWW!” And then they go to the dance, and they dance, and then Rose gets this sudden urge to go and make out with Dimitri. and so she follows her instincts and goes to Dimitri’s room and starts kissing him and hes like “Whait, what?!” and she’s like “Dont you line me?!” and hes like “I do!” and then they make out. Untill its time to take off the necklace that Viktor gave her. WHATTTT?!?! The necklace has a spell on it that makes rose want to make out with Dimitri!? WHaaaat?!?!? And then it turns out Lissa needs to be saved. So her uncontrollably agin g uncle has kidnapped her because she has the ability to heal her. But she gets saved and all is well. Untill Rose goes back to DImitri the next day to confess her feelings and he’s just like! It was only the spell. I have no feelings for you! And then rose dies a little bit on the inside! As do we all. But there is that little fire of frustration that keeps burning in the deep dark pits of our hearts. Filled with both love and hatred for dimitri!
 
Sorry for this sarcastic review but i really needed to write one because i havn’t in a while.
 
Karin
 

Champion by Marie Lu, Legend #3 (Review)

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AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! SOOOO MUUUCHCCCHCH FRUSSSSTTTRRRRAAAAATTTTIIIOOONNN!!!!! If you have not read Legend and Prodigy, the first two books of this series, i highly suggest that you do, so that we can discuss it now. It got 4.45 on goodreads however I would give it a 4 stars because it was just soo frustrating. And the summary is as follows:

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. 

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything. 

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

SOOOOO!!! I’ve gotta admit, I was hoping that we were gonna see some of Day and June together at the beginning, since at the end of Prodigy, they were so madly in love that they were all over each other, and then in the beginning with Champion… ITS BEEN EIGHT MONTHS!!!!! or however many months… but no they aren’t, they aren’t in love anymore!!!! NO! Well, they are, but they aren’t because they dont make any attempts at communicating. URGGGGGHHH!!!! And the tone of the book was really depressing… i mean, Day was dying, June was depressed. I was really sad and especially at the end of the book, which frustrated me soooo much! WHY??!?!?! WHY?!?!?! WHY!?!?!?! I just wanted a happy ending, just ONE happy ending! But i couldnt even get that. I mean, really Marie Lu, why you gotta do this to me, you had to end it when they meet again, and why couldnt June say that, yes, they had met before and that they were actually together, because if he was still day, he would still love her, he was not someone else. And I thought that the doctor said that his memory could be fixed with therapy? WELL ITS TEN YEARS LATER!!! Im only assuming that because he was in New Antarctica, where they have the best hospitals, that he had that therapy! THE DOCTOR SAID THAT HE WOULD HAVE HIS MEMORY BACK!!!! DAMN YOU DOCTOR!!! YOU LIED TO US!!!! WHY CANT DAY REMEMBER JUNE!!! And why does the book have to end there, i mean, why cant there be another epilogue where they tell us that they actually did get back together and had amazing smart, good looking, athletic babies together!!!!! UGH!!!!! You asked for this Marie Lu, when you decided to write the ending that way, you asked for lots of angry reviews and opinions. You wouldnt have this problem if you just gave us a happy ending!!! BUT NO!!!! And can we just talk about how amazing New Antarctica is!!! I would totally live there! The game thing sounds so awesome, since I love playing games and I am a competitive person, i would need to live there! OMIGOD!!! I cant breath! Im typing so fast i think my fingers will fall off, but once i get on a role i just cant stop writing. I need to get my feelings out. So dont mind me if i start ranting. OKAY! Lets talk about June, why  oh why oh why did she go after Anden! WHO IS NOTHING COMPARED TO DAY!!!! Anden is so boring and not fun and.. NO JUNE NO!!!! Did you have a sudden lapse of judgement because thats the ONLY reasonal explanation!!!! I WAITED MORE THAN HALF THE BOOK FOR JUNE AND DAY TO GET TOGETHER!!! HALF OF THE LAST BOOK AND IN THE END THEY DONT EVEN GET TOGETHER!!!! Or maybe they do but we just dont know because SOMEONE decided that it would be best to just END the book when they MEET AGAIN because SOMEBODY decided that Day had to LOSE  HIS MEMORY!!! SO MUCH FRUSTRATION!!!!! I better stop before i give myself a heart attack. I think i may be over reacting… but… noo. noooo. nooooo. JUNE AND DAY MUST BE TOGETHER!!!!!

I cant even….

no….

bye….

Karin

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review)

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Lola and the boy next door was so amazingly adorable, and fluffy and just… NAWWWWWW :3 It got a 3.98 out of 5 stars on goodreads, however, in my opinion it should have gotten 4.5 stars because it was JUST that adorable. So… summary:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Spoilers AHEAD!

SO… Lola and the boy next door. At first i was really confused when she called Nathan and Andy by their first names, and then I was like “Oh! Wait, if she just called them dad and dad that would be even more confusing. So that problem was solved even though it was still strange to have adult figures being called by their first names, anyway, we start out the book at sunday brunch with Lola, Andy, Nathan, aaaaaand Max, the rocker boyfriend. Was I the only one who had a problem with his bleached hair? I mean, I dont mind when boys have blond hair but when its done really badly so that you  an see the dark roots…. UGHTW$OTHEWDSVMNVJKBSDV! NO! If you’re gonna bleach, your hair, do it well. Also when Lola said bleached hair I, for whatever reason, imagined his hair almost perfectly white. So EW! Now can we get to Cricket Bell and the other twin. So Since this book was a contemporary so there was no major like SCENES! that would need to be discussed. um, I just liked the characters and I LOVED how Stephanie Perkins included Anna and St. Clair in this book because most authors don’t do that, and then i just feel left out with those characters because i need more *cough cough* Richelle Mead *cough cough* Dimitri *cough cough* but anyway. I really liked this book, even though i felt as though Lola over reacted about the whole “I never want to see either of the bell twins again” type thing. First of all, The thing Caliope did was not so bad, she kind of just stopped being friends with her, and even though Crickets thing was a little more severe, it still wasn’t all that bad. No reason to just never want to see them again. And i liked Cricket as the main love interest, because he was TALL!!! YAAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!! And he was quiet and nerdy and funny and had a sense of style and pretty much an awesome guy who was really nice and caring and considerate, where as Max, though he cared about Lola, was acting like a total a** during the breakup. I mean “You are nothing to me!”???? WHAT THE HELL?!?!?! I mean… what… why… who.. what kind of a person says that after like… a summer of dating? MAX THATS WHO! But my perception of time was altered during this book. I mean, one school week passed by in five seconds. which was cool because that wasn’t pages wasted, and time saved. So There isnt much else to say about this book except that i really liked it and loved it. The characters were great, the way that the romance was set up was great, not too cheezy, and… ITS JUST SOO GREAT!!!!

I Would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and its really amazing, and i think you should pick it up and read it, and come back and comment what your favorite part was and if you liked the same things i did, or what you didnt like.

Till next time,

Karin