Review: Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu


Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu

Champion (Legend, #3)

Title: Champion (Legend #3)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 369

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.

5 out of 5 stars


DEFINITELY the best of the trilogy!

I loved reading Champion and am SO HAPPY my brother bullied me into reading these books. Wow. All I can say is wow.

Champion follows Day and June after the events that happen in Prodigy. June takes a position as the Princeps-Elect in order to work closely with the government as she’s been trained to do her whole life. Day’s headaches are progressively getting worse, and he finally has a diagnosis. There is a plague breakout with no cure. The former United States is rivaling and the Republic needs outside help. Will they get the help they need? Who will be champion?

Guys. This series is so fricking good. This last book was the PERFECT way to end the series and I honestly don’t think I’ve read an ending that was better than this one. The way this ended was tragically sad, but also beautiful and perfect. I just have so many emotions regarding literally everything that happened in this book.

I was a little angsty about how Prodigy ended, so I knew that something had to be resolved right away at the beginning of Champion, but it took so long, but was also a perfect amount of waiting. Wow, okay this doesn’t even sound like anything lol.

Because I don’t want to spoil anything, I don’t want to go into much detail with… anything, but this was such a great ending.

I love Day. I love June. I love them together. I love Anden. I love all of the characters in this series.

So many things happened in this book and I think this book specifically, goes to show how talented Marie Lu is. I want to read more books by her because I know that I’m going to love them!

READ THIS SERIES.

Series:

Legend (Legend #1)

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Review: Prodigy (Legend #2) – Marie Lu


Prodigy (Legend #2) – Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: January 29, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 371

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?

4 out of 5 stars


THE ENDING. WHAT?!

Ugh the end of this book broke me. I almost started crying, so I’m not feeling very prepared for the ending of Champion because I’ve heard it’s so sad. Wow, okay coherent thoughts….

Prodigy is the second installment to the Legend trilogy. It follows Day and June as they escape from the Republic and join the Patriots, the rebel group. The Patriots have always wanted Day on their side because he’s the best criminal in the whole country, and June is the Republic’s prodigy. They’re wanted because they’re extremely valuable. Not to mention, they’re on the run from the Republic with no money, and Day can barely walk. They get taken in by the Patriots, and things seem too good to be true, but are they?

Wow.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because it was fairly slow during the middle 1/3. It kind of fell into the “second book syndrome,” where it was a lot of explaining and figuring out the whole world and why things are going wrong, proving that things aren’t what they seem. I think this book is *obviously* detrimental to the trilogy, but it was slower than I would have liked.

There were so many scenes that had me on the edge of my seat *while laying in bed…* that I was anxious about! Anxious in a good way because I COULDN’T STOP READING for the last 1/3. The last parts redeemed the whole book for me, but the ending was SO SAD.

SPOILERS:

If you haven’t read this book you can click off, k thanks.

Why the frick wouldn’t Day tell June the real issue at the end?!

I’m just confused, because this might just solidify that BOYS R DUMB or that he’s actually a super great guy who didn’t want to put burden on the girl that he loves. But my goodness they love each other so much why didn’t he just tell her. It just breaks my heart. You could feel June’s heart breaking in the last chapter. She didn’t know what to do, and knew that Day was hiding something, but didn’t want to push this issue and ugh.

I like June and Day, but I also kind of ship June and Anden… Is that wrong? I know that the whole idea of adding him as a romantic interest is to create the love triangle, but I’m kind of here for it. I usually am not a huge fan of love triangles, but I can he here for this one. Day and Anden are SO different from each other, so it’s almost hard to compare them, thus the love triangle is justified… in my mind.

END OF SPOILERS.

I’m really enjoying this series and am so glad that I re-read Legend before continuing on. I can’t wait to read Champion because I NEED to know how the trilogy ends. Wow I’m just kind of blown away tbh.

Also, Champion will be my first “real” read of Booktubeathon! I’m participating in Booktubeathon again and I’m so excited! I’m daily vlogging on my YouTube channel (aubreyjoybooks) so a video should be up tonight or tomorrow morning. I’m so excited to see how much I can read! My TBR is probably overly ambitious, but we’re gonna go for it.

Series:

Legend (Legend #1)

Champion (Legend #3)

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 338

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

3 out of 5 stars


I buddy read this book with Emily from her Booktube channel emibookish!

This is a dystopian novel following a girl named Juliette. She has a power that means she is unable to touch anyone without killing them, or coming close to killing them. She has never been loved. She hasn’t touched anyone or been touched in over three years. Oh, and she’s been in solitary confinement in an insane asylum for 264 days.

I loved the writing style of this book. It was beautiful and poetic and rambly, but it a wonderful way. The words flowed so perfectly that sometimes it felt like I was reading free verse poetry. I honestly think this was the easiest writing style to read!

I’ve always been intrigued by this book, so when Emily asked me to buddy read it with her I said ABSOLUTELY. ps. I LOVE buddy reading. So much fun. Anyway, I have always wanted to read this because it sounded interesting.

But here’s the thing. I’m wonderful at avoiding spoilers/knowing anything about books before I read them. So I really had no idea what this was about, but I knew a lot of people loved it. So I was excited to pick it up, and it was absolutely NOTHING like what I thought it was going to be. Any preconceived notion was wrong.

Not bad wrong, just completely wrong. It’s actually comical how much I had no idea what this book was about.

This was so much darker at the beginning than I was expecting. The book starts out with Juliette in her solitary confinement and she’s pretty much going crazy because she hasn’t seen another human being in 264 days. Then Adam comes and becomes her roommate in her cell. She has no idea why he’s there, but she remembers him. She went to school with him and he is now with her. Alone. In her cell. Where she’s been alone. She doesn’t know how to cope, so she kind of freaks out.

But then the story progresses and Juliette gets taken away and finds out that Adam is a soldier who has been spying on her. INTENSE.

I enjoyed this book, but I do have to admit, the beginning was kind of slow. I’ve heard that the rest of the series is amazing, so I’m definitely going to continue on! I already downloaded the rest of the series onto my Nook…. oops.

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi because her writing style was GORGEOUS!

REREAD Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu


Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

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.

5 out of 5 stars


This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m so excited to actually continue on with the series now!

Here is my original review from last year.

I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time I read it, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I’m starting this thing with myself that I’m only going to try and have 2 series going at once (unless they’re not complete), just to keep myself accountable. This is my brother’s favorite book series and he asked me if I would read the whole series this time around. I told him absolutely, because he never gives me recommendations lol.

This book was so fun to read and it is SO fast paced. I feel like I flew through this! I’ve been reading it for a little less than a week, but I’ve only read it for three days… if that makes any sense.

My first review of this book has more coherent thoughts about plot and characters, but I love Day and June. I love them together and I love them individually. I completely forgot how cool it was how Metias left the message for June. I love that he knew she was smart enough to actually figure it out. So cool.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes! My brother said the last book made him cry but is the best book he’s ever read. Who knows. I’ll probably LOVE it :)

Series:

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Champion (Legend #3)

Review: Turtles All the Way Down – John Green


Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 304

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

5 out of 5 stars


I don’t know why this book took me so long to pick up because I knew that I was going to love it. I had no idea that I was going to love it this much, though!

Turtles All the Way Down follows Aza who is living with OCD and anxiety. The book opens with her sitting at her lunch table with her friends and she is obsessively thinking about the microbiome in her gut and how more than half of her is made up of bacterial cells. She keeps spiraling through questions and answers in her head until she reverts back to her nervous habit; she pokes her thumb fingernail through the callused skin on her middle finger. She removes the band-aid, washes her hands, applies hand sanitizer to the wound, then puts on a new band-aid. All this just to ensure that she won’t get infected and then get a disease.

This is just one example of how Aza is having to live with the mental illness of OCD. She obsesses over thoughts that spiral forever in her mind. She can’t stop thinking, and is constantly in her own head. News gets out about a billionaire who left his family to escape a bad business scam. Aza knows the son of said billionaire, and her best friend Daisy convinces her to let them go and talk to the boy, Davis.

Aza hasn’t talked to Davis since they attended a summer camp back in middle school, so she’s worried about how he will react. She doesn’t want him to think the only reason they’re going to talk to him is because of the money, but she doesn’t know how to make conversation, and she’s anxious about the whole concept. The two girls go, and Aza is reminded of the crush she had on Davis way back when…

Seriously this book was amazing. Anxiety was represented perfectly in this book and I could relate to so many of the scenes in this book. I don’t have OCD, but I know that this is an own voices novel as John Green has OCD, so I’m fairly positive that it was also accurately represented.

Sometimes John Green’s characters can seem a little too quirky, but I found that all the characters were unique, but not unrealistic. I loved the relationships in this book. I really enjoyed Aza and Daisy’s friendship because they were so different. I actually really enjoyed the conflict between them because it brought to light how hard being best friends with someone actually is.

My favorite relationship in this book was between Aza and Davis. The book mainly focused on their relationship, and I appreciated that it felt real. My wonderful mother has told me many times that sometimes the best friendships are only for a certain season in your life and that that is completely acceptable and great. I think that this friendship/relationship between Aza and Davis was perfectly timed for the both of them, but wasn’t destined to last. Aza needed someone in her life and Davis was extremely lonely and needed someone who could listen and understand him. This relationship was for only a season of life, but benefited both of them so much that it’s impossible to be angry at the outcome of the relationship.

SPOILERS:

I loved the ending of this book because it was so beautifully crafted. I loved that Aza and Davis didn’t end up trying to make the relationship work even though he was moving away. I love that they let it end naturally and on great terms. The last two pages made my heart MELT because they were so perfectly written. The fact that he left her the painting that she loved and even though they weren’t together she kept it with her and became a fully functioning adult it was just so cute. The ending was beautiful and I may or may not have read the last two pages a few times :)

END OF SPOILERS

I really loved this book and I think anyone who hasn’t read it really should. The way that John Green portrayed the stream of consciousness was perfect and made you really feel like you were in the mind of Aza. This REALLY makes me want to read all the rest of his books *that I haven’t read.*

I love that the book is called Turtles All the Way Down and that the reason is because Daisy tells Aza the story her mom used to tell her. I like the story of it just being turtles all the way down.

Great book. Highly recommend. I pretty much read it in a day :)

Review: The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew #38) – Carolyn Keene


The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew #38) – Carolyn Keene

The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #38)

Title: The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew #38)

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: 1961

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 182

Eloise Drew asks her niece to investigate the disappearance of her neighbor, a young university student. In New York, Nancy, Bess and George are drawn into the intrigue and danger of a smuggling ring. Nancy plans a clever ruse: George is disguised as the missing Chinese girl! The girl detective is also suspicious of an unpleasant bookstore owner and his loud, overbearing female customer. A series of clues lead the girls to Hong Kong. Ned, who is studying in Hong Kong, joins them. The amateur detectives follow more clues to the international smuggling ring. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

3 out of 5 stars


Just a typical Nancy Drew mystery. In a good way. :)

I love Nancy Drew, and I have ever since I read my first ones SUPER out of order back in middle school. I think I just wanted to read them in the order they were on the shelf, which for some reason wasn’t in series order, but I remember starting with 40-something lol.

The Mystery of the Fire Dragon follows Nancy, Bess, and George as they help Nancy’s aunt and her Chinese neighbors to find the girl Chi Che. Chi Che is the niece of Aunt Eloise’s neighbor. They find themselves faking identities, sneaking through bookstores, and traveling abroad.

It’s kind of hard to review some of the Nancy Drew books because this was written more than 50 years ago and is considered children’s fiction. Some of the things said in reference to ethnicity would not be okay today. The whole time, the Chinese families and students were called Orientals. So that wouldn’t be okay, but at the time it was written it was a more acceptable term.

Like I said above, this was just a typical Nancy Drew mystery. I don’t think that it’s really possible to figure out ‘whodunnit’ because you’re never given enough information to make inferences, but it was still a fun read. It was super fast and I read it in one day.

I will forever recommend this series to young readers!

Series:

Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11)

Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13)

Currently Reading (1)


College is really hindering my reading progress…

I’m currently 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal.

I haven’t read that much for fun because I have to read SO MUCH FOR SCHOOL. That English Publishing major life.

I sometimes don’t feel like reading for fun *tragic* because of all the reading for class. Vicious cycle.


Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein

I’m currently reading Frankenstein for my Foundations of the English Major class. We’ve been having to speed through it because my professor spent too long on Middle English texts. Love the organization skills in college.

I’m actually enjoying this book! I’m currently 65% of the way through this, but have to be done by Wednesday and write a 4 page paper about it by Friday. A lot of work to do still but it’s an interesting story. I’m kind of confused because the creature that Frankenstein creates can speak well. He was never taught but can hold conversations and can read. That seems a little far fetched to me. I mean any more far fetched than creating life? Maybe not, but I think he should be explained a little bit more.

 

Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Ivy Introspective  (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)

I got sent this book by the author and it is the second book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. I think I gave the first book three stars, review here. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book but decided to give the second book a try.

I feel like I’ve read this already! It’s so weird. I don’t know if I started this and just forgot I did, but I feel like I’ve read some of the sentences before. Not just, ‘wow this seems familiar’ but more like ‘I’ve literally read this before did I finish it or did I just stop I’m so confused why do I know what’s happening?’ I’m 20% of the way through this book but it’s gone quickly so far. I just haven’t had any time to read it…. oops.

 

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

I read some of the sonnets from this book a few weeks ago for my Foundations of the English Major class and really liked sorting through the wording and annotating. Obviously am in the right major lol. I started reading the super boring introduction and they’re not real page numbers so I can’t technically track it, but I’ve probably read 20 pages of this. I really like the few sonnets I read, so am excited to continue on with this. I have NO idea when I’ll actually pick it up, but it’s on my currently reading shelf sooo.


Side note:

I’m so excited for summer. I love school and being at school, but I can’t wait until I’m done with these classes for the semester. I’m in some pretty rough classes and taking dance on top of all my classes is very taxing.

*English Publishing and Dance double major*

I am so excited to wear swimsuits everyday. I am pumped for my Chaco tan lines. Gonna be a receptionist at a local hair salon. Going to eat snow cones as often as possible. Taking two online classes over the summer, but we’re just going to pretend it’s not really a thing. It’s fine.

Hope everyone is doing well and thank you so much for reading my posts :) I hope you’re not as far behind on your Goodreads goal as I am lol.