Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Legend #3)

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the p
eople 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 once again. 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 he has.

Book 1: Legend review       Book 2: Prodigy review

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*sob*

How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don’t get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neat. It’s just that.. too little time to say what should have been said, simultaneously time was too long to have the wounds and hurt be healed.

I am nitpicking, because I am so attached to the characters! So emotional with Day and June. My heart still bleeds, I tell you. The letting go broke my heart more than the giving up did.

Day is battling to stay alive every day, while protecting his brother Eden from the Republic’s dangerous intentions. When June’s life was threatened, Day was backed up against a wall with no options… I will always admire Day’s casual arrogance to masked the suffering he experienced (caused by the Republic), but I think June should be called Champion.

June is caught between serving the Elector, and staying by Day’s side because she believed he has suffered enough. When the ‘big elephant’ in the room between her and Day becomes apparent and utterly unavoidable, June must choose: break her heart, or Day’s?

Last five chapters are the bomb, with June’s last POV making me a mumbling, emotional wreck. She was so brave, I am in awe of her. *eyes shining brightly*

and that Epilogue.. while hopeful, still left me wondering: is this really how they ended??? It was really a good and realistic ending, but since I am heavily emotionally invested in this series, I am wanting more.. of Daniel and June. So very much wanting more. *sniffs*

The war is full mode in Champion. June’s involvement in the plague’s cure was a bit of a stretch for me. And that one time that June exhibited her prowess in military training, she got her *ss whipped. Understandable, since her opponent is older and more experienced, but still.

Nitpicking again. Sorry.

This conclusion was the right blend of rage, loss, and despair. I think Champion truly revealed the answer to the question: Can love ever truly forgive?

(Thank you, Marie Lu for a finale worth a good cry, for a day or two.)

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CHAMPION by Marie Lu

Paperback, 353 pages

Published November 5th 2013 by Penguin

4/5 stars

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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Divergent #3)

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Book 1: Divergent review       Book 2: Insurgent review

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*slams my brand new copy of Allegiant on the floor*

Pointless. So utterly pointless.
(and I will not contain my grief.)

Here I thought Delirium series has a disgruntling ending. Congratulations to Divergent series for having the most illogical, senseless, and f*cked up ending to date.

*throws knives instead of confetti*

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ended, I was choking with tears. When The Reapers Are the Angels ended, I was ten times inconsolable. At least the grief for these two books was warranted. The deaths were not necessary, but it somehow embodied that the loss of life will contribute more on the lives of the people they left behind.

That was so not the case for Allegiant. My buckets of tears were from anger, disbelief and outright dubiousness of a death that was obviously contrived just so this sacrifice can be as tangible as it gets for the readers.

Well, f*ck sacrifice. F*ck selflessness.

Are these two traits only measurable by death?
Heroism only identified when life is offered willingly?

I don’t think so!

I did not mind that the plot is ridden with holes, or the story is outlandishly veering off from the dystopian theme (and straight to a sci-fi one), or characters did not leave the same hard imprint that the story implied (Who is Edward again? Or Tori? I cannot even remember George Wu!). I no longer cared as much about these elements, so long as Tris and Four get the fruits of their triumphs, whatever they maybe.

But I was denied that. Fully, truly denied of that.

Without it, I asked myself: “WTF am I reading this for?!!!”

It’s been two days since I finished Allegiant, and I think it would take more days for my anger to subside. The madness brought about by its ending is nowhere near dissipating.

I remembered I hated that time when GRRM killed a main character after building him so succinctly in A Game of Thrones. I finished three books already in ASoIaF series, and I still question that death. I still question, and yet I understand more now of why it is necessary.

Veronica Roth killing one of her characters in Allegiant is a far cry from that. Not even a whimper.

The term Allegiant was just a décor. Because when Tris and her friends went outside for the first time, there is a new uprising waiting for them that they can join. But now, it is between genetically pure (GPs) or genetically damaged (GDs). The conflict between the factions and factionless is still spiking, but Roth has to introduce another set of conflict for Tris. Gah, it never ends.

So when the war between the factions and factionless reached its peak, the people watching from the outside (Department of Genetic Welfare) decided to act. But it was an abominable plan to Tris. But wait… in order to prevent them, Tris thought to do that same horrific deed (she abhorred) to the originators of the plan. What?! How’s that for a solution?!! The morality that Tris was asking for was so two-faced, even Four called her on that. But Tris told him, “let’s choose the lesser evil.” And Four reluctantly agreed. WTF.

Looking back, I realized that Four’s POV being present in Allegiant was a letdown. I did not see the Dauntless legend, the stern and disciplined Dauntless instructor who can whip his initiates into submission. Peter even manhandled him for a while in this finale! Four was insecure, unstable, and still reeling from hurt because he cannot have the love from either of his parents. *sigh* It was sad, really. But I love you, Four. Always have, always will.

Tris is stronger, wiser, and better equipped to deal with issues than Four. Her character was still developing, progressing into this heroine worthy from a dystopian world. The stupid twist in her fate was incomprehensible, incorrigible, un-f*cking-believable in the truest sense of these words.

The buildup of the story poorly supported the necessity of death of one of the characters. Not to mention that this character declared in this book, that s/he truly valued her life now, s/he very much wanted to live! So WTF is he/she doing sacrificing his/her life?!?!
Where is the f*cking sense in that, please tell me.

One choice death to define you – puh-lease. Divergent is not as good as The Hunger Games. Allegiant failed where Mockingjay succeeded. Success in a series finale is not always linked to a death, to any death for that matter. So I wish the comparison between these two dystopian series will stop.

Forget the Epilogue. Why write one when you already killed…?!!!!!

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ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 526 pages

Published October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen books

1/5 stars

Book Review: Fragments by Dan Wells

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Young Adult > Science Fiction > Post Apocalyptic

(Partials #2)

Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence—it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.

Book 1: Partials review

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SAMM. ❤

Recalling my experience with Partials, I started Fragments with caution that yes, this is going to be another long read for me. And I was right, for the first half at least. I struggled getting past 25%, for I felt I already read an enormous amount of words, and yet I was only at 25%! But I persevered (Ha!). Once I got past the 50% mark, I barely glanced at my progress.

I didn’t like that Marcus has a POV, for his character was not appealing enough to merit a POV. Kira was better, but the constant whining and despairing over things she could not control was a little irritating.

Heron was very interesting. The spy who is superior among all Partial models… is showing human traits! She despises, angers, even vindictive. It was very entertaining to see how she relates to Afa, Samm, and Kira. Samm‘s character was well beyond my expectations. As a Partial, he truly acted the part. But the best thing about him? His unwavering faith in Kira when she herself is in doubt. =) And oh, that little POV snippet of Samm was incredible!

How the plot progressed in the second half was like a flame building slowly into a fire. the last 10% of the book was exhilirating!

Fragments is a sequel that will leave you with questions more than ever, and yet you will be curious enough to see what happens next in Ruins.

SAMM, stay alive. I beg of you!

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FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells

Ebook, 576 pages

Published  February 16th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

4/5 stars

Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

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Young Adult > Science Fiction | Dystopia

(Reboot #1)

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

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I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren was such a bad-*ss… until she started getting confused because of Callum. Still Reboot is still worth reading because you gotta love the fighting scenes!

I liked the fact that Wren admitted that she kind of enjoyed killing people (or adult Reboots) for HARC. Because she was trained to do so, and she was really good at it. When she started to grow a conscience because of Callum’s insistent questions on morality, she began to wonder whether taking orders from HARC is really the right thing to do for a Reboot like her.

Fantastic storyline I tell you, but the ultra sappiness of Callum towards Wren just didn’t work for me. Not to mention that the ending left me wanting more violence, or even bad luck for them. Why? Because I thought the situation was too easy to get out of in the end. (Or maybe I’m just nitpicking, whatever.)

Well, I will pick up the sequel that’s for sure. I hope Wren will still be the same bad-*ss Number One Seventy Eight, and not some unmoving and helpless Reboot who freezes in the middle of a fight when Twenty Two is not even trained in combat.

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/HarperTeen for granting my galley request.

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REBOOT by Amy Tintera

Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Published May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
3/5 stars

Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

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Young Adult > Paranormal > Post-Apocalyptic

(Blood of Eden #2)

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Book 1: The Immortal Rules review

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…Not surprising in many ways, but still gory fun. 😀

My good friend Janus tells me that she found The Eternity Cure too slow for her liking. I didn’t. It was relatively easy for me to finish this sequel. Simply put, Julie Kagawa‘s vampire series is bloodier, more menacing, and unmistakingly lethal than ever.

Allison is stronger now, because she knew that in order to save her sire from his worst nightmare (hers, too), she needs to be in her top form. She doesn’t want to think about what (and who) she left in New Eden. Or her inevitable face-off with her blood brother. Or the monster that’s waiting for her when she finds Kanin.

The predictability of certain twists was a bit sore for me, but the bloody gore made up for it. Allison was a “better” vampire, if you can call her that. I think that being a vampire made her more human than when she was a Fringer.

I really, really Zeke here. He’s struggling with Jeb’s teachings clashing with his feelings for Allie. His emotions were blatantly displayed all throughout the book, and yet this made him more compact both as a soldier and as a human.

Jackal was very magnetic. He made the gloomy situations light, even laughable at times. But I still think he’s dangerous. So here’s another one to add in my collection of bad villains that I really love. 😀

The Eternity Cure is an impressive sequel. It made me think that even if I haven’t read the Iron Fey series, with Blood of Eden series alone I would still be a Julie Kagawa fan.

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.

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THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

Kindle Edition

Published April 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

4/5 stars

Book Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

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Young Adult > Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopia

(Arclight #1)

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

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… definitely a series to watch out for. This is the debut novel you don’t want to miss! 😀

Arclight was gripping, especially for the first five chapters. I was still finding a comfortable position to read in my swivel chair when I froze. Because it is only Chapter 1, and Fade was already attacking Arclight. Talk about an aggressive start! And yes, I already got the whiff of Tobin, the grudgingly intriguing love interest. *swoon*

Marina came outside of Arclight two months prior her stay there. She knows she’s different; she can tell by the way other people look at her. She’s shunned and feared, because it was a well known fact that nobody survives outside. In the Gray, especially in the Dark, where the Fade exist. Until she appeared, and now people are suspicious of her.

I am so ready to be horrified out of my wits, and I did for a while. But when the sci-fi element was revealed, ahh. The terror dwindled. Still, the story was inarguably fun for a post-apocalyptic fan like me. Arclight was reminiscent of two of my favorite books (If I mentioned them, you might get spoiled) so the originality I once felt at the beginning was short-lived. The romance twist in the end didn’t help, either. I thought, “Hey, I think I’ve read this before..?”

Arclight was fast-paced, solidly written, and it really kept me at the edge of my seat. I actually thought this was a standalone, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed Josin L. McQuein‘s story – slightly creepy and a tad romantic. 🙂

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/Greenwillow for granting my galley request.

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ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published April 23rd 2013 by Greenwillow Books
4/5 stars

Book Review: Delirium #3: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Delirium #3)

As her country erupts in open rebellion, Lena fights for the resistance and must make a heartbreaking choice between two loves.

After saving Julian from a death sentence, Lena escapes with him and other members of the resistance. But as she embraces her love for Julian, a boy from her past returns and causes her to question everything.

In the meantime, Lena’s best friend, Hana, is engaged to Portland’s young mayor and is living a safe, proscribed, loveless life. The story is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view.

As Lena struggles to save the people she loves, everything comes to a head in this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s epic trilogy.

Book 1: Delirium review       Book 2: Pandemonium review

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Simply put, Requiem is one of the most lacking and disgruntling finales to date.

The dystopian element of this series (ever since Delirium) was inferior enough compared to other dystopian trilogies out there. So when the love triangle element went downhill and eventually became an utter letdown, there was nothing that can save Requiem from this reader’s chagrin. Not even  Lauren Oliver‘s intense and captivating writing.

As Lena‘s little Resistance group tried to survive in the Wilds, there were news that Regulators and Scavengers are infiltrating what was left of it. Add to that Lena’s drama over Alex and Julian… the pace of story became somewhat disengaging. Truly, what could a band of misfit teenagers do to make a dent on Deliria-Free America? And how come Lena’s constant fawning over Julian still gives her a right to miss and get jealous over Alex? What? Gah.

As for Hana, her POV was mildly absorbing. But her defiance despite being cured is what I liked about her. Her cured life that was supposed to quietly manage her existence only succeeded in questioning the emotions she recalled when she sees things that reminded her of Lena.

Lena and her friends were looking for the nearest Resistance group they can find, then try to instill as much damage as they can; Hana was looking for redemption for some guilt that she cannot fathom why she even had it. That’s the gist of Requiem.

It bored me really. Then it frustrated me until the bitter end. The love story that I thrived on before was the only thing I hope for. The only thing that can salvage the inadequacy of Pandemonium. And it failed me big time. I still love you, Alex.

Requiem‘s made me irritated and displeased. It was not the finale that will make waves, that I can tell.

#20 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

#9 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 391 pages

Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins

2/5 stars

Book Review: Shatter Me #2: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Shatter Me #2)

Juliette’s world is beginning to unravel.
Everything is falling apart changing.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point-the headquarters of the rebel resistance. There she discovers other people with abilities. Abilities they have learned to control. And for the first time in her life, Juliette has hope. Hope that she can have a life with Adam. Hope that her touch can be used to save instead of destroy.

But Juliette is only just beginning to understand the depth of her power, and she’s struggling to fight the desire to use it. She’s still haunted by her past, terrified by her future, and too tempted by Warner, who still wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart-and Adam’s life.

Book 1: Shatter Me review

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Almost made me a convert.. to Team Warner. I prefer pyschotic guys. 😀

…as for Chapter 62? I’ve read hotter scenes than that. So imagine my disappointment when my wild anticipation was not met properly. *huffs*

Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. Sometimes it just won’t let go.

Shatter Me was alright. Didn’t get me that excited over Unravel Me. But after reading Destroy Me, I was psyched to see where this sequel will lead me.

So, my verdict: while Unravel Me was unputdownable and relentless with emotions, I still wasn’t satisfied with its ending. I’m thinking, while Tahereh Mafi can write eloquently, I’m not sure if she has the talent to wrap up stories as intensely as she started them..? I’m having problems on how she closes each installment. :/

But sometimes I think – sometimes I wonder – if I were a monster, surely, I would feel it by now?

I want to be clear that I only like Juliette when she went Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to someone who’s close to her at that time of her change. She was such a cold-hearted bad-*ss! Did you see how she manhandled Kenji? or how she blatantly damaged Warner’s father? It was awesome! But when Juliette went dramatic over Adam/Warner, forget it. I wanted to throttle her every time.

But I mean, why even a love affair? I never understood that kind of crap. If you’re not happy, just leave. Don’t cheat. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that shit out.

I get it, that Kenji will be the sidekick guy. But he did have his strong points. And every time he bombarded Juliette with the hard truths, I applauded him. I believe he’s the most consistent character in this series.

I know who I am. That’s enough for me.

I have to give Warner some credit. Because he’s really… immovable, self-willed, unbending. I heard whispers that Unravel Me was all about Warner. Halfway through the book, and Warner is still a no-show… but when he did… Oh golly, he rocked the chapters! His character was just that potent. He’s not a good guy, but his transformation from a cruel monster to a somewhat resembling a human being, it was worth watching out for. Man, Warner. *sigh*

That thing that bugged me the most about this sequel: the love triangle was distorted, I might even go as far as biased. I mean, I’m not even Team Warner (and not that a solid Team Adam, either), but I saw that Warner’s character was heavily favored than Adam’s. C’mon! Love triangles are okay, but for goodness’ sake let there be a fair fight among rivaly teams! Warner was unmistakably strong in character, but Adam was unbalanced, crumbling, left to deteriorate. =( It was sad, really. The unhealthy love triangle here took out the challenge in rooting for the right guy. And Juliette didn’t help, either.

Unravel Me is a bit better than Shatter Me. But only a bit. The ending more or less showed me who will be winning Juliette in book 3.

#16 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

#8 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

Paperback, 461 pages

Published February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins

3/5 stars

Book Review: Legend #2: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Legend #2)

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Book 1: Legend review

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The Elector put a hand under June’s chin and brings her face towards his own. He is taking something from me that I thought was just for me, and I feel a sudden, shattering sense of loss.

Emotional. Wreck. Right. Now.
*screams at the top of my lungs* Dammit!

Three days after I closed my copy of Prodigy, and I am still crestfallen over its ending. Why does Marie Lu have to take that road? 😦

In the ending of Legend, June went with Day and now she’s a fugitive. Their plan is to get to the Colonies after they manage to retrieve Tess and Eden from wherever they are. As with everything in a dystopian world, nothing comes free. So at the cost of transportation to reach the Colonies, June and Day accepted Patriots’ offer to assassinate the new Elector Primo, Anden.

So Day stayed with the Patriots, and June went back tot he Republic  to be the inside “man” for the job. And because of this separation, several issues emerged. There’s Day doubting June’s feelings for her, Day being dubious on June’s loyalty (is she still a soldier of a Republic or a rebel with the Patriots?). These insecurities of Day made his character somewhat limp and uncoordinated with the Day I met in Legend. So, what a startling contrast from June, whose character was far more superior and intelligent than what was portrayed of her in book 1. =)

I did not see the confidence in Day, but the arrogance is still there. He was bordering on pathetic, what with his gullibility with Tess‘ poisonous thoughts (I hate you, b*tch) and his incapacity to understand what June was going through. To think that he wasn’t the only one who lost a brother. Right?

Now, it seemed fitting that Prodigy is the title of this sequel, because June‘s character was quietly powerful and she was the focus of it all. For every decision she makes, she not only considers Day (although he’s the biggest factor) but also, she questions whether her actions will change anything to the Republic, for the better. She’s matured and level-headed when dealing with Day, brilliant and devious when dealing with the Republic. I just love her for it!

I have no problems with the story flow. It was far better than I anticipated in dystopian sequels nowadays. But the way that Day’s and June’s destinies played out in the end? Not nice. That is not very nice of you, Marie Lu!

Prodigy was a solid follow up to Legend. If I wasn’t too attached with Day and June, I’d say it was a kick-*ss sequel. Unfortunately, I feel too much for these two, who has lost their loved ones to the cruelty of the Republic.

F*ck that ending. I’m so sad still. *sob*

#12 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

#7 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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PRODIGY by Marie Lu

Paperback, 356 pages

Published January 29th 2013 by Penguin

3.5/5 stars

Mini Book Reviews: As They Slip Away, Destroy Me

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Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopia

(Across the Univers #0.5)

Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest’s reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends–fellow “loons” in the Hospital–start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be.

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed.

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…poor Selene. Although this e-novella proved just how deranged Luthor is.

And I did learn something about Victria, Bartie, Kayleigh, and Harley. Why they acted the way they did in Across the Universe and A Million Suns. It made me realized how Elder’s friends are still human regardless of the effects of Godspeed and Eldest’s rule among them.

I saw how their friendships were before it fell apart, through Selene’s eyes, who felt like an outsider among them. I miss Harley. 😦 I kind of liked Kayleigh. And Bartie is not that bad, he’s actually cool back then. Victria is a little bit complicated. Luthor… what a waste of talent and friendship, but deranged is deranged.

Now I’m excited on how Shades of Earth will be after reading this. I hope it will be phenomenal. 😀

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AS THEY SLIP AWAY by Beth Revis

Kindle Edition, 48 pages

Published January 13th 2013

4/5 stars

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Shatter Me #1.5)

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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…there’s something psychotic about Warner… that I really, really like. 😀

If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mind, I really liked Destroy Me. Calling him twisted is almost an exaggeration, because Warner really is in love with Juliette. So maybe he’s just misunderstood..? Hahaha.

And I strongly felt Warner’s utter dislike (hatred?) to Adam! Well yeah, Adam’s the one, but I can’t help but be amused with Warner’s destructive imagination on what he will do to Adam once he get his hands on him. *gleeful*

I will say it again. Warner is a formidable enemy, an even likeable one for my taste. Ooh, I cannot wait for Warner-Adam throw-down!

She put my hand in the fire once.
Just to see if it would burn, she said. Just to check if it was a regular hand, she said.
I was 6 years old then.
I remember because it was my birthday.

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DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi

Ebook , 103 pages

Published October 2nd 2012  by Harper

4/5 stars