Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

The highly anticipated second book in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller, LEGEND—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
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?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

RATING ~ 5 LEGENDARY STARS 😉

I bought this book the day it came out, then couldn’t put it down. It was awesome!

Day and June return in the second book of the Legend series. The book starts out on a train heading to LA, a city in the Republic. The plot in this book is pretty cool, and has a twist you’ll never see coming. >:) The main conflict this book revolves around the Elector..The new Elector.

Once again, I love Day! His life stinks though and I feel bad for him. Day is amazing in this book, especially with how he handles his life. Throughout all of Prodigy, Day’s action are influenced by his search Eden(I think I got the name right), his little brother.

June….Gah! In one part of the book, Day was being sweet to her, then she started listing what paper clips are made of! -_- Really? In the first book, June rubbed me the wrong way; I found her annoying. In this book, I basically feel the same way. She can memorize things quickly, which is neat, but she has a hard time expressing her feelings. She’s the reason that Day’s life got even more messed up. Honestly, by the end of the book, whenever I read the word ‘June’ I either thought, Oh no.., or just moved on. My point? I’m not a fan of June.

The romance in this book is a bit much, but it didn’t bother me a lot. I prefer the action, adventure, and suspense parts more than the romance parts.

The book also had humor, where I found myself grinning sometimes. One part that made me laugh out loud was this..

Yeah, something was wrong. That was the understatement of the year.

XD. That part is told from Day’s point of view, btw.

If I add up everything in the book that I liked, it’s 5 stars. Good book. Good read. I want the 3rd book…..NOW.

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I recommend to people who enjoy dystopian books. If you like something that’s post-apocalyptic and has a bit of romance, pick this book up. If you’ve read the first book in this series and liked it, then of course you need to get this one. Also, ges 13-Adult should give this amazing book a peek. 😉 Along people who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Sneak Peek: Crimson Crown (7 Realms Series) by Cinda Chima

OMG.  I cannot wait for this book!  <3 Han!

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “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.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

Paperback: 320 pages
Recommended Age: Older Teen
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)

RATING 4 STARS 

I almost walked away from this one a few times… But, I kept picking it up anyway and, eventually, it was worth it.

Anna Dressed in Blood has a great premise – and that’s what kept me from giving up on it. It’s not vampires, love triangles, and teenage angst (at least not entirely.) It’s a ghost story. A really creepy ghost story at times.

The problem, at least for me, was how slow it was to take full advantage of the premise. I was almost half-way through the book before the plot itself was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. But, during that down time there wasn’t anything to balance out the lack of excitement. Every time it felt like it was about to kick into gear, it still managed to meander of pretty quickly.

I would really have liked to see more character depth from the beginning. More relationships. More conflict. More to keep me reading, and building the suspense, while waiting for the “ghosty” parts. Heck, I really wouldn’t have been upset to see any of the characters suffer a horrible death for the better part of half the book. That’s a problem.

As the story goes on, I never really fell for the protagonist, Cas, but there was still enough there to keep me hooked. Maybe that was the problem – the bulk of the beginning was supposed to be introducing Cas… and I just never really grew to like him during that time. At times I actually disliked him. If nothing else, how do you have a “ghost hunter” who seems so weak at times.

I normally would have rated this around three stars. But, my rule is that if I’ll pick up the next book in the series it’s worth 4. And, I just may grab the next one. Maybe. This book actually ended on a note that strongly reminded me of Demon Kissed – and that’s a great series.

***Although YA, my twelve year old will have to wait for this one… Otherwise I foresee a lot of nightmares in the near future. Just an FYI – maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff. But, I was creeped out at times, and I’m old enough to know the bogeyman isn’t under the bed.

4 star book review

Recommended for people who read YA Horror, Ghost Stories, and like a good creep-out.  Need a spooky read for Halloween?  This is it.  Anna Dressed in Blood is followed by Girl of Nightmares (release date Aug 7, 2012).

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Book Review: On Silver Wings by Evan C. Currie

On Silver Wings by Evan C. Currie

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION “In the future, mankind has colonized other worlds, mined asteroid belts, and sent ships so far into the blackness of space that light from their drives won’t reach Earth for centuries. Through it all, life has been found in almost every system we visited and yet we’ve never encountered another intelligent species.

Until now. When the Colony on the planet known as Hayden’s World stops transmitting on their CASIMIR FTL system, a Solari Fleet Task Force is sent to investigate. When they arrive there are enough oddities in the situation that they in turn send in a special operations unit to contact the colonists and determine what happened. Only one of those operators survives to make planet fall. Sergeant Sorilla Aida finds herself against an alien force of unknown power and capability. Her only assets?

A depleted suit of power armor, her rifle, basic kit, and a few hundred Hayden born civilians looking to take back their home. Just what she was trained for.”

RATING 4 STARS

I picked this up after reading Currie’s “Into the Black: Odyssey One.” That was a great read, and I was anxious to see what else he’d done. I wasn’t disappointed.

As opposed to a lot of science fiction, here we’re given a great female protagonist. And instead of a utopian future and amazing tech, you’ll find a universe that you can easily relate to. Humanity is still the same. And so, when the protagonist is dropped into truly alien experiences, you’re along for a great ride.

The pace is quick. But character development and relationships aren’t sacrificed for plot. I wish my daughter read more action/adventure and sci-fi, because there are so few great female characters out there. Here’s one where the fact that the story centers on a female marine is simply taken for granted. It’s a non-issue, there’s no pandering, and the story tears along dragging the reader with it.

Since this isn’t a space epic, the scale is much more local – and it works. That alone would be a nice change of pace, but the fullness of the story and the great characters make it a 5-star book.

4 star book review

Recommended for Sci-fi readers and anyone who likes a solid cheap kindle book.

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Book Review: The Selection by Keria Cass

The Selection by Keira Cass

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: 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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

AWE-SOME! It’s not even just some part awesome, it’s all awesome!!! 😀

♥♥♥ed it!!! America Singer is the main character int his book and is-may I say?-AMAZING! The other main character is Prince Maxon, whom America meets when she ends up in the Selected 35 girls that the Prince will meet and converse with to see which one he will marry.

I had covered my mouth to keep from yelling, “I knew it!” when she ended up a Selected. The main conflict in this book is something like this: America thought what she wanted, but now she’s having second thought. I know it’s not a question, but that’s the main conflict, at least how I see it.

The book was a fun mix of competition, questions, and excitement! I love excitement!!! The book is not dystopian, of course, unless you count attacks (I don’t count that.). The book had lots of laughs that I loved and parts that made me go, “Oh no she didn’t!”. The moment I read about Aspen and America together, I loved it. I wanted them together. But then I met Prince Maxon and I knew they would be together a lot. When Aspen did what he did, I called him a jerk.I officially don’t like Aspen. Hmph.

The end of the book was very good (I want mooooore!!!). I. Can’t believe how long I have to wait for the next book!!!

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Recommended for readers who enjoyed Matched, Shiver, YA, Paranormal, and lighter dystopian books. Related posts: MATCHED SHIVER reviews.

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Book Review: Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1) by H.M. Ward

Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1) by H.M. Ward

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: The world as we know it is gone. The ice caps have melted and shifted south, devastating the northern territories and eradicating major cities such as New York and London, which are now under water and frozen.

Humans died off during an epidemic prior to the ice disaster, and many more died during the floods at the start of this new ice age. These events have forced vampires out of hiding. In order to ensure that their food source wouldn’t completely die off, the vampires have sequestered the remaining humans into farms and taken control of all that remains of civilization. Over time, the humans breeding on these farms became anemic. Their blood no longer sustains the master race.

But not all of the humans were captured and sent to the farms. Some of the humans evaded the hunters, hiding in safe houses across the frozen tundra. As decades passed, the free humans disappeared, died, or were captured, until all that remains is one.

Kahli is the last wild human. BANE is her story.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 306 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (June 14, 2012)

RATING – 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

I GOT TO GET AN ARC {Advanced Reserved Copy} AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D

Bane is the most awesome vampire book I’ve read. The main character is Kahli, a six-teen-year old girl who is wicked awesome and is super cool!!!!!!!

This book’s main conflict is; How will Kahli escape? (Hehe, doesn’t make sense to you guys huh? Well….READ THE BOOK!)

The story line is amazing, I love the character (*cough, cough* KAHLI!). I like the action in the book and, again, I ♥ Kahli. 😉 There’s a character named Will, where at first I would like to punch him….Well, read the book.

The ending was a cliffhanger, a good one. That’s why I WANT THE SECOND BOOK TO BE FREAKING OUT NOW!!!!!!!! Hehe, uhhh, sorry about that outburst.

Anyways, it takes place in the world, but the whole things is covered in snow. Some cities are buried under ice, impossible to get to.

This book is on my ‘Awesomest Books Ever Read’ shelf because it truly is an awesome book. I love the characters (Except for some), the plot, the conflicts, all of it basically. Hehe 😀

ME WANT BOOK 2!!!!!!!!!!! (I sound like Cookie Monster when I’m really excited!!!! :D)

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Recommended for readers who like vampires, action/ adventure books, Twilight, Hunger Games, romance, and edgy paranormal stories with kickin’ heroines.

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Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

Description: “One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 1, 2012)

4 STARS – YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent triology by Veronica Roth.  You know how middle books can feel like a bridge to get to the final showdown at the end of the third book in a triology?  Insurgent wasn’t like that.  It stood on it’s own, offering the reader more insight into Tris’ world.

This wasn’t a light happy read.  There was a lot of Tris grappling with her parent’s sacrifice that lead her to be suicidal for a good chunk of the book.  It wasn’t just that she was moving through life as a fearless Dauntless/ Divergent, and the author made that very clear.  For a good portion of the book Tris had a death wish.

There is more death, deciete, and trust issues in Insurgent.  Tris’ problems are growing, partly because she can’t let go of what happened to her in the previous book (and honestly, I wouldn’t expect her to).  Her past is haunting her, altering her actions.  That compenent of the book was well executed.

I have mixed feelings about the bad guy and am interested to see what happens in the next book.  It’ll be a kick in the teeth if Jeanine was really a good guy, and no one could tell because she was heartless.  That’s my prediction.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m a little bipolar when it comes to Four and Tris’ relationship.  I don’t want to like it, but I do.  It seems like she’s screwing it up on purpose, but both of them seem to have trust issues.  While it’s annoying, it’s also more believable.  They’ve both been through a lot and I don’t think we know as much about Tobias to really get a good glimpse into his head.  I was surprised Tris allowed him to kiss her at the end.  I think I would have punched him, if he did that to me.  Major Tobias points lost.  And oddly, I’m starting to route for Peter.  I know I’m not supposed to, and I totally hated him in Divergent, but now he’s all rogue and unpredictable.  But Tobias… Tobias, you poor bastard. Tris is becoming a nutcase, and it seems like you already are.

The reason why I gave Insurgent 4 stars was because it felt like the book didn’t have a powerful climax.  We went through a lot to get to the ending, and that scene felt about as intense as the rest.  It was only the last few pages that really started to build, but the book ends.  Major shocker at the end.

Yes, Insurgent ended on a cliffhanger.  Yes, I like cliffhangers and this one was well done.  It made me a Veronica Roth fan and I can’t wait for the next book.

4 star book review

Recommended for: Hunger Games fans, dystopian fans, Shatter Me fans, readers of dystopian lit, YA survival stories.

The kindle edition of INSURGENT (Divergent #2) is on sale for $9.99 right now, which is great.  Go get it!

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