Legacy by Ellery Kane

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Author: Ellery Kane
Publication Date: September 5th 2014 by Balboa Press
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

 

I’m very much amazed with how this novel started. I got hooked from the prologue. It got me very much excited because I haven’t read any book that got me going from the first page in a while now. The story wowed me during the start but somehow it kinda fell back and the excitement I was feeling towards the book dissipated.

I liked the protags. Lex was very strong-willed but I found her a bit stubborn somewhere towards the end of the book but I can’t blame her. Teenagers are stubborn. Quin was kind of hard to understand. I couldn’t really relate to both characters but damn, their chemistry worked for me so much. Also hurrah for the lack of love triangle!! The minor characters I loved dearly, like Elana, Edison and Max. Especially Max. He’s kind of the guy bff every girl would need.

“Love will make anyone a deer in the headlights.”

The plot was very interesting though. It kept me going, even though I mentioned that I couldn’t relate much to the main characters. The way the setting was built up in this novel is very realistic and believable. I love dystopian novels that mostly deals with the government’s faults, like how it somehow reflects how people would stand up for their rights and fight against the government. I like them better than dystopians that mostly deals with sci-fi things.

Another thing I had problems with was the way the chapters were written. Some chapters were really short. I’m kind of not a fan of that. I would have loved this more if the story unfolded with more details because it kind of seemed very rushed for me.

“He cares about you, Lex, enough to risk losing you. That’s the rarest kind of bravery.”

Overall, this book was really a great read. I would have never imagined that this was a debut novel. Also I love that this book had a closed ending even though this is a first in a trilogy.

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

prodigyTitle: Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopis

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

 

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book was! I mean seriously, this book has given me all sorts or reactions and feelings a person could have.

I love the fact that it starts right off where Legend has ended. It doesn’t make you feel lost and like, re-calibrate yourself or get your bearings with the book.

Like Legend, Prodigy gives you that feeling where you’re gripping the edge of your seat while reading it. I had to take a few chapter breaks and cool myself down because I’ve actually felt like my chest was going to explode (no kidding) while reading the book.

As usual, the chemistry between June and Day is very real and strong. I SHIP THEM SO HARD THAT I ACTUALLY FELT LIKE CRYING WHEN I THEY HAD A FIGHT. It was a dark stage. I wanted them to kiss and make-up already. Hahaha. I really like that part with the paperclip ring! It’s very sweet that I actually felt myself blush. I mean, I’m totally blushing for these two, everytime they become cheesy and stuff with each other. That is an established fact.

With the things that happened in the first book, it’s completely natural for the characters to become more mature. That is one of the best things this book has. The character developments were pretty much spot on. Every character has got enough scenes for the reader not to be left wondering, which allowed them to create a huge impact with the story.

This is an amazing follow-up to Legend and a great way to build up Champion. Seriously, I’m warning you, you need to have a copy of Champion before you finish this book because you wouldn’t be able to help yourself. You are just going to crave and crave for more. (I’m actually so pumped up right now, but exams and all that so yeah.) I’d definitely recommend you to check this one. :)

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Book Review: Enders by Lissa Price

enders lissa priceTitle: Enders
Author: Lissa Price
Publication Date: January 7, 2014 by Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life—but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

 

I was too eager to finish this book because I really enjoyed reading Starters. I had put down this book so many times, although unintentionally, because of school works. Fortunately today, I’ve finally had the chance to finish it.

With the destruction of Prime, Callie hoped to live a normal life with her brother, Tyler and friend, Michael, but The Old Man has still got a hold of her because of her chip. Determined to bring down The Old Man, she sets out a mission to bring him down for once.

It’s pretty obvious Callie wants her chip removed from her brain but there’s the risk of losing connection with her father and of course, the risk of losing her head because of the explosive incorporated to the chip. I really loved Callie’s character development. For me, she’s one of the best female leads in this genre.

I also liked how Michael’s character seemed to prove himself worthy of all the actions in this book. His character was more exposed in this book compared to the first one.

Hyden’s character was a big surprise for me. I used to ship Callie with Michael but upon Hyden’s appearance, I just don’t know anymore. He’s really intriguing but amazing. His character was just this big suckerpunch hitting me square in the jaw.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s very much action-packed, thrilling and intriguing. The best part was the slight lack of romance between the characters which really emphasized the story. Although, there were some times where I found myself gushing over Hyden and Callie, or Michael sometimes. I just don’t know and I don’t really care who she ends up with because I believe that Callie is a strong character and doesn’t need a back-up character to define her strengths for her.

I loved the twists and turns in the book. It’s just an amazing conclusion but I kind of felt that the ending was a bit rushed, especially with the way Callie handled the enemy. It was freaking badass, but I really felt that it was rushed. But still, badass. Hahaha!

This book will most definitely be enjoyed by fans of science fiction and dystopia.

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Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

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Title: Starters (Starters, #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Pages: 336, Paperback
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis

You can’t get them out of your head.

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie.

Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter.

Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined.

 

I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long now and I’m pretty happy that I’ve finally picked it up (Thanks to the book signing event which will happen next month). Honestly, the book is so action-packed and truly “a bona fide page-turner”.

Callie’s parents was wiped out because of the Spore Wars, along with the others aged between twenty to sixty. Now, she’s living with her seven-year old brother, Tyler, and her friend, Michael as squatters. Looking for ways to survive, Callie desperately goes to Prime Destinations— a place run by The Old Man, where they hire teens to have their bodies rented out by Enders or senior citizens who wants to experience the joys of being young again. Callie signs up for the program but the neurochip installed in her brain had certain malfunctions which caused her life to change. Soon after, she discovers that there’s more behind Prime Destinations than it’s pretty enticing facade.

The concept of this book is freaking amazing. Honestly, I’ve never read anything like it. I’m a fan of dystopian fics and I’m very proud to say that this is one of the best dystopian books that I have read.

I loved how the book immediately switched to action mode. The thing about Prime Destinations is that it’s very intriguing and it’s one of those things that you know you’re not going to fall for their game play.

Callie is a very likeable character. She’s a strong one, a fighter. I love her willpower, her courage and her integrity. Tyler is pretty adorable and smart for a boy of his age. I liked Michael too. He’s a great friend to Callie and Tyler. The other teens in the story are either legit teens or renters so mostly I had doubts about their characters, especially with Blake. I really really liked Sara. I’m so sad because of what happened to her character. The mystery around The Old Man was really intriguing and I so did not see that one twist coming. It was written so well.

Overall, the book was really enjoyable and thrilling. It’s full of action and a bit of a romance which balances out the “dark” side of the book.

I’m so excited to buy and read the second one! I’m also thinking about attending Lissa’s book signing, together with Jennifer E. Smith, next month.

ABOUT LISSA PRICE

 

 

finalthreequarterverysm (1)Lissa Price’s debut novel STARTERS is an award-winning, international bestseller published in over thirty countries. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” The LA Times said it is “Dystopian science-fiction at its best,” and “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to ‘The Hunger Games’ will find it here.” 

STARTERS was a Barnes & Noble pick of the month and one of only four debuts on the B&N Best Teen Books of 2012. It was awarded the its Eselsohr for Best YA Book in 2012, selected by a jury of teens in Germany, and was chosen as a top ten favorite book of 2012 by both French and German readers. It won the Crimezone Award for Best YA Thriller and is one of the LAPL’s and Chicago Public Library’s Best Teen Books of 2012.

Starters was chosen for the IRA Reading List and is the only book nominated for both the Florida Teens Read List and the SSYRA Middle School List 2013-14.

In Germany, Starters launched a brand-new YA imprint of the established Piper Verlag publisher called IVI. Audiobooks have been recorded in English and German.

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