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REVIEW-Champion by: Marie Lu

 

SUMMARY:
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.

WOW! What a ride, This book caused a HUGE amount of problems some good and some bad, but my overall it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK!

Overall Reaction:

One of the things I couldn’t stand about this book was that this book felt a bit rushed, the beginning was okay, and then things got amazing, and by the time the climactic end comes rolling around, I feel like it detracts from the greatness. An example of this is when they are meeting with The leader of the Colonies, and we get like a sentence of what he looks like. He talks quick, we never really find out what his motives are, and what really happened with the plagues. Personally, I felt like it didn’t have a HUGE effect on the ending, but it still would’ve been nice to see that fixed.

Another thing I was confused about was the lack of action. Sure, we’ll always have the ending, but even then this book is mainly focused on the politics side of things as most Dystopian novels tend to lean toward. It wasn’t necessarily something that made the story not as great as it could’ve been, it just felt like this book was becoming what every other Dystopian book is, and that bummed me out big time.

Speaking of things getting cliche at the end, the end part was SUPER cliche. I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, but when it happened I was a bit frustrated. One of the reasons I liked Legend some much was because it wasn’t like your normal Dystopian novel, it has it’s own twists and quirks that make it feel different and fresh, and to finish on that note, it felt like it was trying to become what every other Dystopian novel is. While I’m not angry at the ending, I am a bit frustrated that we had to end on that note.

When we finally finish the third act, we get a “Ten years Later” thing, This made me angry. The reason I was feeling discontent was because it felt like the author took a turn for laziness at the end, I would’ve LOVED to have seen what had happened in this ten year gap, a novella, a novel, a short description of what happened, ANYTHING! Sure, we do get a good list of events that have happened, but I want MORE! GIVE ME MORE!

Another thing that surprised me going into this book, was the depressing tone it had to everything. It felt like everything was against Day and June, and not a SINGLE thing could go right between them. I liked this because it generated this whole mystery over the ending and made you sad for the book to end, but also made you anxious to see what happens.

Overall, this book was pretty good, it played with my emotions and did a good an AMAZING job in the plot department. It struggled a bit in the  Character and Relationship department, but honestly overall it made for a very fun and entertaining read!

Star Rating: ⅘ stars

Percentage Rating: 87%

 

REVIEW- Etiquette and Espionage by: Gail Carriger

 

Summary: 

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

 

Overall Reaction:

Wow! I’m SUPER surprised. Going into this book, I had low expectations. Now that I’ve finished the first book, my expectations have been completely raised!

If you are a fan of Victorian Era novels and don’t mind a hint of Steampunk, you’ll have a pleasant experience reading this and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

The characters were a bit cliche, while I do admit this, the author added little twists to each of the characters making them different enough for it not to be boring or the same thing which caused me to overlook their dullness and continue with the plot.

The plot was only okay. While I did favor this story, The plot wasn’t AMAZING. It didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the type of Espionage I was looking for. Instead of FULL BLOWN fight scenes, we got little attack and runs.

One thing I LOVED about this story was  the finishing school that our MC goes too. I loved learning about how to be a spy, and all of the lessons were SUPER interesting, it also made for a very immersive world that kept building on itself chapter by chapter.

The writing style was GRAND! It really helped that the book was told with a voice that sounded like it was EXACTLY In the Victorian Era which totally got me into the mindset making the story more immersive and entertaining.

Overall, I’m fairly excited to read the second installment in this series, Although I’m not DYING of anticipation. It’s clean! The story is GOOD! Plus, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for readers wanting to start in genre of Steampunk but want to take things slowly at the beginning.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

 


Review-The Exiled Queen by: Cinda Williams Chima

Hey guys,

Just a disclaimer this book is a second book in a series. If you’d like to read my review for book one go here.

Anyway withought further ado let’s get into this review!

cooltext133089402245467 Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

cooltext133089343094800Yes! Finally we get to start the magic! I have found in reading this series I love two things the most about it. The politics, and the magic system. I loved how this was leading straight off after where we ended. I liked how Raisa and Han’s path’s crossed and it wasn’t just a scene. It was like a good chunk of the book. I love how characters inter-acted with each other and you were just yelling at the book to tell them this, or tell them that! This book made me eager to figure out how thing’s would turn out! This book wasn’t amazing but I still enjoyed it.

 

cooltext133089378843909 Some people say this book is slower than the first one, which I sort of have to agree with. It felt slower or, more stretched. But I still read it as fast as the other book. Some part’s I liked more than others. Some were slow, some were fast. Overall this book was an okay book.

Rating: 3/5 stars
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Fuzzy Mud By: Louis Sachar

# of pages: 192

Suggested Age: 9-13

Publisher: Random House

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Tamaya Dhilwaddi and Marshall Walsh have been walking home from school since forever. When one day Marshall leads Tamaya to a (Shortcut) There Chad (a bully in the school) finds them walking home together and grabs Marshall and trys to beat him up. Tamaya freaks out and all she can do is to grab a handful of this fuzzy mud and throw it at Chad’s face. Tamaya grabs Marshall and they run home. The next day they come to school and Chad doesn’t show up. And what’s even worse is that her hand she used to throw mud at  chad is hurting and blistering bad. The doctor thinks that it’s just an allergic reaction but Tamaya thinks otherwise. If her hand is hurting and Chad isn’t there something bad’s happened to Chad. And she is going to try to find him one way or another.

Characters: I enjoyed this read. My favorite character was Chad. Just learning about this characters life and feeling the sorrow and saddness of his life and why he is so sad was so juicy and good.

What I liked: Again I have been blown away by Louis Sachar. Kids will gobble this book up and enjoy every second of it! Just like I did. While the story is short I really liked this story and how you got to read the reports of how they judged the maker of this disaster. I really enjoyed the

What I didn’t like: This book was really short and was filled with silliness It’s the story of mutant bacteria breaking out on a town. He makes it sound more light-hearted than it really should be and made it feel like it came and was nothing and then passed. I really wanted to learn more about Tamaya’s emotional state and seeing how she reacted to the town being under quarantine.

THIS BOOK COMES OUT….  August 4th 2015

4/5 Stars

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