Prodigy

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Written By: Marie Lu

Published By: Putnam Juvenile

Read: June 28- July 11, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

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 am in a terrible reading slump. I have had a lot going on at work, the awesomeness that was the fourth of July and a beautiful wedding that I was lucky enough to attend. All of this lead to me having zero motivation to read. Then I started panicking that it had been so long since I had posted a review, which somehow made me want to read less. It made it feel like homework instead of reading for enjoyment. Not that I don’t love blogging, it just temporarily stressed me out. So I stepped away for a few days and just enjoyed some of the other parts of my life. I am glad that I did. I decided to read last night, finished Prodigy and can’t wait to finish this post so that I can start Champion. That all being said, let’s actually get to the review.

I rated Prodigy three out of five. In reality, the first half is a two and the second half is a four. The first half seemed so slow to me. There was a lot of time spent planning and discussing strategy that I found myself pretty bored. They discussed action taking place elsewhere or action that would happen in the future but there was actually very little action happening. I know that it was all building up towards the second half, but I was still disappointed.

The second half was more what I was expecting. There was more character development, especially in terms of relationships with other characters. There were great twists and turns in the plot, I was kept guessing for quite a while. And of course, heartbreak. Marie Lu can’t write a book without making you start loving a character and then taking that character away! She is just too good at it.

I preferred Legend to Prodigy, but in the end it was good enough to want to finish the series. Champion here I come.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Trilogy

Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Science Fiction

Suggested to Read Next: Champion

June Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-UpI can’t believe June is already over, it flew by. It was a busy month, but every month seems to be these days.

At work I have been settling into my new position. I enjoy the work and it keeps me busy during the summer months. (My primary position at work is considered seasonal and summer is our off season.) At the end of June my co-workers and I went to Baltimore for a work conference and we had a blast! If you want to hear more about Baltimore you can read my post here.

If you read my May Wrap-Up then you know that my best friend’s mom had a health scare last month. We had another little scare that resulted in an overnight hospital stay but since then she has been recovering nicely. In lighter news, I cut ten inches off of my hair. It was actually twice as much as I asked for and I may or may not have cried like a baby but I am slowly getting used to it.

Speaking of babies, two of my favorite ladies are pregnant! My favorite cousin is almost 23 weeks pregnant and earlier this month we found out that she is having a boy! One of my best friends is almost 20 weeks pregnant and she finds out what she is having tomorrow! Did I mention that I work with both of them? It is going to be crazy at work when they both go on maternity leave!

As far as reading goes, it was a slow month. During my work trip I only managed to read one book in an entire week, which put quite a damper on the number of books that I read this month. I only managed to read thirteen books. Below are the books that I read in June. If you want to read the review just click on the cover image.

among ten thousand things Lady Susan charlie and the chocolate factory The Little Prince confessions of a queen b As White As Snow As Black As Ebony Despite the Best Intentions loving day Everything Everything Every Day Another Day Legend_Marie_Lu_Book_cover

If you are interested in purchasing any of the books that I read in June click on the title below. 

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Lady Susan

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Little Prince

Confessions of a Queen B*

As White as Snow

As Black as Ebony

Despite the Best Intentions

Loving Day

Everything, Everything

Every Day

Another Day

Legend

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What books did you read in June? Do you have any goals set for July? Let us know in the comments!

Legend

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Written By: Marie Lu

Published By: Putnam Juvenile

Read: June 27-28, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

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.


I know what you are thinking, Legend came out four years ago, where have you been?! You are totally right, what was I thinking taking so long to start this series? I have actually owned the series for about a year or so, I have just never been in the mood to read it.

Going on my work conference actually put me in a little bit of a reading slump. I managed to read only one book in the past week, which is terrible for me. (I usually read a book ever day or two.) I decided that I needed a good series to jump start my reading. I had to talk myself out of rereading a couple of my favorites. I currently own about 150 books that I have yet to read and if I keep rereading my favorites I am never going to make it through my never ending TBR list.

So I decided to start the Legend series and I am so mad at myself for taking so long to do it. Legend definitely did the job of pulling me out of my reading slump. I am trying to hurry and finish this review so that I can go start Prodigy. As excited as I am to start the rest of the series I do have mixed feelings about this book. My actual rating is 3.5/5.

There were a lot of things that I liked. It was fast paced and exciting. I enjoyed the story and flew through it. The characters were well developed and I loved that the POV changed between June and Day in each chapter. Marie Lu did a great job with world building. I am excited to read the rest of the series and see how the rest of the story unfolds.

That being said, there are a few things that I didn’t really like. Legend was a good story, but it wasn’t new. There wasn’t anything extremely unique or different from every other dystopian novel. It was fairly predictable. I wasn’t very far into before I knew how it would end. I may not have known the exact details but I had a general idea of where the story was going to take me. I also felt that there was something lacking in the relationship building between June and Day. I can’t put my finger on it but it was missing something. Legend didn’t have any major flaws, it just didn’t blow me out of the water.

I do recommend that you add this to your summer TBR list if you haven’t already read it. It may not be the most original story, but it is still a good read. I plan to finish the rest of the series and I will let you know what I think of them, so keep an eye out for the reviews.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Trilogy

Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Science Fiction

Suggested to Read Next: Prodigy

Another Day

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Written By: David Levithan

Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: June 20-24, 2015

Rating: ♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.


David Levithan wrote Another Day as a “twin” novel to Every Day. It is supposed to be able to be read as a stand alone novel or as a companion novel to Every Day. I recently read Every Day and I absolutely adored it. It was such an amazing book. So I can only do a review based on the fact that I read this as a companion to Every Day. My thoughts on this book may have been much different if I had read it as a stand alone. 

I loved Every Day and was very excited to read Another Day. I was really hoping that it might be a continuation of A’s story. I was a little disappointed when I found out that it was actually the same story but from Rhiannon’s POV. I still expected great things though. I hate to say this, but I was so disappointed. This was literally the less interesting version of Every Day. At least half of the book was word for word the exact same as Every Day. I understand that this is obviously going to happen with it being a “twin” novel but it made it hard to read. The parts of the book that were different were not great. It was impossible to connect to Rhiannon in the same way that I connected to A. Like I said earlier, I may have felt differently about this book if I had not already read Every Day, but I did. I read it and it was awesome and this one just wasn’t.

Recommended for Fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Winger