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?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.43 out of 5
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK, LEGEND.
When you first take off the dust cover of Prodigy, the hardcover is this happy, bright blue.
It’s almost as if they’re trying to mask the fact that tHIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY A BIG PIECE OF HEARTBREAK AND PAIN
Do not believe for a second that Marie Lu will slack off on the amount of sadness in this book.
So it picks up right where it left off in the last book, which I really liked. I love books that pick up right where the last one in the series left off.
I loved this book, but there are two things that I like specifically:
1) The plot
The plot was absolutely amazing. I really can’t imagine how Marie Lu pieced the amazing plot for this book. Everything was just so carefully planned.
2) The characters
A lot of people say that there was subtle and very little character development in this book with June and Day, but I think their inner conflicts in this book helped them grow a lot as a character.
The ending didn’t rattle me as hard as it did to other people. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not as attached to the characters anymore because I haven’t read the first book in a long time, or if I’m just kind of used to that sort of thing happening.
There’s not really much to say without spoiling anything, so I’ll get right onto the character discussions.
Day: I remember loving him as a character, and I still do, but my obsession with him has long since died down. He’s still the smooth-talking, funny, and cocky guy, but in this book you get to see a little more to his character. He got kind of moody in this book too, especially around June, but I can kind of understand why with all the confusing insanity happening all around him.
One of my favorite parts with Day is when this happens:
Kaede: “Too bad I got stuck with such an ugly sidekick.”
Day: “Too bad I got stuck with such a liar.”
AND WHEN DAY SAID “DARLING”, WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT OF LIAM FROM THE DARKEST MINDS?
I can’t be the only one.
After Day called June, “darling”, I couldn’t help but think what Liam would do in Day’s situation
I think we all could agree that he’d probably start whacking soldiers with trees and their own guns though
June: I’ll be honest here. I didn’t like her very much in Legend, but after reading this one, I really like her. She’s definitely a good female protagonist, who can fully defend herself. I really liked reading about her inner conflicts and her thoughts around Day, to be honest. She may come across as clingy in this book because she loves Day a lot and thinks about him 24/7, but honestly she has nobody left in her life and she’s never had somebody like Day.
Anden: Surprising to say, I kind of like him. He’s an interesting character, and definitely different from those evil dictators.
Tess: In the first book she was that sweet character that we like, but kind of don’t care about or pay attention to.
I can say with 100% truth that I’m paying attention to her now.
She’s kind of OOC in this book, but it doesn’t really bother me.
Kaede: Hated her in book one, but now I love her.
Rate: 10 out of 10
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.28 out of 5
this book is frEAKING FANTABULOUS OH MY GOD I JUST DLKGJSALKMG
can i please have a shirt that says “black betty gang” liKE SERIOUSLY
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS FREAKING BOOK ON THEIR DAMN SHELF
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK I CAN’T
i have lost the ability to can
BUT SERIOUSLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE BOOK, JUMP OUT OF THE CLOSEST WINDOW YOU CAN SEE AND FREAKING SPRINT ALL THE WAY TO B&N OR SOME TYPE OF BOOKSTORE AND GRAB THIS BOOK OFF THE SHELF. DON’T EVEN TAKE THE CHANGE WHEN YOU BUY THIS BOOK JUST RUN HOME AND START READING OH MY GOD
You will not regret reading this book.
From the characters to the plot to the setting to the world building to the romance to the relationship building to the character development everything was just perfect
But I’ll stop going on about how much I absolutely ADOREEEE this book though
even though it gave me so much emotional pain that I will probably never be cured and start actually reviewing this book
So you first go into this world with very little information about it.
Then as you progress through the story, the world and setting starts building up and as you continue reading, it feels as if you’ve lived there before–in their world and society. It feels like all these events and problems are actually normal, but it feels like you’re used to that way of life. You’re completely sucked into this world, and you’re now a person inside of it.
If an author can get you to be completely sucked into the setting that it feels like you’ve actually lived there, then you know they’ve got talent and that the book is good.
There were so many riveting, heart-gushing, emotional, painful, and bone-chilling moment that made me want to scream in delight and/or pain. I could literally feel my eyes start to water and my heart starting to hurt at some parts of the story, though I never really cried.
however i was immobile in shock at some points
The romance was FANTABULOUS too. Won’t press on details though; it’s all for you to read about.
The characters were also AMAZING. I fell in love with each one of them and I was so attached to them that I actually imagined what it would be like if I was in their little Black Betty Gang too. And you know how some books have side characters though, or main characters that aren’t as important as the person telling the story? I don’t believe for a second that there are any characters like that in this book. Every one of the characters were real and so vital to this story that without them, this book would’ve fallen down into pieces.
Ruby: Ruby is the main character of this book, and I really like her. She’s a strong female protagonist, with a lot of flaws, but that’s just what makes her seem more realistic. Her character development is absolutely stunning, and although she makes a buttload of mistakes in this book, I didn’t find much trouble liking her.
Liam: Guess who’s going on my “fictional boyfriend” list (;. The moment Liam said something, I just knew somewhere deep in my cold heart that I would love him. And I was right. I love every inch of his goodhearted and naive character. I never failed to smile whenever he called Ruby “darlin'” and whenever he said something sweet.
And did anyone get this “Noah Shaw (from the Mara Dyer series)” meets “Jamie (from the Mara Dyer series)” meets “Sam (from The Diviners)” vibe from Liam? Cause that’s definitely what I’m feeling.
Chubs: Oh dear Charles, I love you. It’s really hard for me to decide if Liam is my favorite character, because there’s Chubs to think about to. Chubs is so freaking hilarious and, even if he doesn’t show it the right way, I can tell that he really cares. And I just love his food-dreaming-sarcastic-little butt.
Zu: Not much to say here, but I think she’s real sweet.
I didn’t tab any quotes because I was so caught up in reading, so I’ll just take some out of goodreads.
“I hugged him without any kind of fear or self-consciousness, fiercely, with a rush of emotion that almost brought tears to my eyes.
“I could kiss you!” Chubs cried.
“Please don’t!” I gasp out, feeling his arms tighten around my ribs to the point of cracking them.”
“Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem.”
“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”
“It feels like we should do something,” he said. “Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory.”
Chubs raised an eyebrow. “It’s a minivan, not a Viking.”
“Never, never, never. I am never going to forget you.”
Rate: ELEVEN OUT OF TEN
i still can’t get ovER THAT ENDING OH MY GOD
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.3 (can change at any moment)
The summary doesn’t do it justice. There are much deeper things involved in this book than just a girl writing a confession to the enemy.
This book is a real heart breaker. Code Name Verity pricked at a part in my soul I never knew I had. Throughout the book you get a good look at Maddie’s and Queenie’s friendship and all of the hardships they went through together.
But I’ll be honest here.
The parts where Verity was talking about Maddie’s past
whichwasalot extremely bored me. I couldn’t care less about how Maddie learned to fly a plane and her life story.
It took me forever to read this book due to that and I wasn’t sure if I should’ve continued or not.
I am so glad I did though.
Code Name Verity taught me something that no book had ever done: the power and depths of a real friendship. This book is definitely a book that will stick to me forever.
And maybe the boring parts in the book were to prepare me for something:
the last few 80 pages of the book and the ending.
omg it was so amazing it was KILLER GOOD. i swear a shark was going to pop out of the book and snap my head off right there was totally unexpected and so heart wrenching. Just as soon as you think it’s over, it’s not. There are so many twists and turns and each one impacts you in a painful way
Queenie: I love her. She’s so funny and spunky and sarcastic and I just
I love her.
She didn’t deserve to go through all of those hardships and I just want to cradle her in my arms and just hold her even though she’s 3 years older than me.
She’s a character with real depth. I will never forget her.
Maddie: It seems really mean, but her parts were so boring that in the beginning, I hated her. I know that seems extremely unfair, but it’s true. However, when the book switched to her POV my heart just went out for her. Her emotions felt so real too me and I just
They are a sensational team
Quotes I liked:
“KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!”
^ I cried so hard when I read this part. It’s not even romance related.
“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, You stupid ass, just wait a minute and she’ll open her eyes! Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time! But they always do.”
“I AM A COWARD.”
^ you are not queenie
you are not
If you like crying, by all means read it.
EVERYTHING. CHANGES. NOW.
Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. That’s what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Whisty. They went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. Accused of holding incredible powers they’d never dreamed possible. And now, just how different they are-special, even-if just beginning to be revealed in a strange new world.
AVG GOODREADS RATING: 3.50 out of 5 (can change at any moment)
So I literally just finished the book 6 minutes ago, and since it’s still so fresh in my mind, I decided to write a little review for you guys.
I’ll be honest here.
I have a lot of bad things to say.
Before I get to them though, I’ll talk about the good things.
The main characters’ names.
I love the names.
I’m a sucker for unique names and these are no exception.
I MEAN THEIR NAMES ARE WHIT AND WHISTY.
It was fast-paced and wasn’t slow at all. I dont know about you guys, but I absolutely hate slow-paced books. They make me want to rip my hair out and scream.
Unfortunately, those were the only two things I liked about the book..
It’s time to move onto the things I didn’t like
First off, the writing.
It’s so childish and simple. I don’t know if he was trying to talk like a teenager or if his writing is just that simple. It honestly seemed like I could describe and write better sentences than that, and I suck at writing.
The words that came out of Whit’s and Wisty’s mouth were unnatural too. They weren’t really things normal teenagers would say.
The character development was also really weird. There was close to zero character development and the characters that did develop in some way just suddenly changed.
I also felt like Wisty got most of the spotlight. She was the one doing all these big things with these cool powers while Whit just practically stayed in the background the entire time cheering for her like a cheerleader.
I’m not even sure who the antagonist is. I’d say it’s The One Who is The One, but he doesn’t really seem to be evil to me. He randomly pops up out of no where to talk to them then magically disappears again. What kind of villain does that?
Enough of my ranting though; lets get on with character discussions.
Wisty: A spotlight hogger, in my opinion. Why does she get all of the cool moves? She’s also that sarcastic, spunky, feisty, and badass type of girl that I usually love, but for some reason I just don’t like her.
Whit: He’s described as “the hunks of all hunks”, but i don’t buy it. He’s really responsible though. I enjoyed his POV more than Wisty’s. I kept waiting for his POV LOL.
didn’t tab the book so no quotes this time!
Rate: 7 out of 10
Unfortunately, I won’t be reading the next installment, unless someone convinces me otherwise.
Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
AVG goodreads rating: 4.13 out of 5
So first off, I just want to say that the summary doesn’t do it justice.
The Diviners is so much more than a girl with special powers trying to find a murderer.
There are multiple perspectives in this book (the main heroine is Evie, though) and you get to read about each character’s life and beliefs. At first you kind of think, what’s the point to reading about all these people? how does this affect the story in any way?, but as you progress throughout the book you see how each person’s life, beliefs, past, and actions are interwoven with the other characters and affect the storyline and plot, which I think is pretty cool.
The plot is really interesting and at first glance, it’s not what it seems. You get bits and pieces of what the story really is about as you read and at the end everything kind of fits together like a puzzle. t
here’s also a ton of action, gore, violence, betrayal, revenge, and dark magic going on i advise you to not read at night if you’re easily scared
And in the beginning I really liked how the romance involving Evie was going, even though it was kind of slow, but then it took a drastic turn later on and my heart dropped to my stomach and I just— oh god, Sam.
The romance involving Theta was just fab though.
Evie: SHE’S A BUBBLY PIECE OF AWESOME AND I LOVE HER. I thought she was really annoying at first and I hated her, but when I progressed through the book she grew on me and she just…felt real.
Sam: I love Sam’s personality. He’s so charming and funny, but can get serious when he wants to. He’s the character that nobody really gets and is just misunderstood.
Theta: I have mixed feelings about her. I dislike her personality, pity her, but agree with her choices.
Memphis: I pity him so much. HIS LIFE IS SO HARD HE DOESN’T DESERVE THIS
Jericho: 5 words- the quiet giant who cares
Will: he’s a sexy old guy that deals with supernatural shiz what more can i really say?
Quotes I liked:
“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.
Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”
“Evie replied with an eye-roll. “Do you think you can manage to not steal anything while I’m gone?”
“The only thing I’m trying to steal is your heart, doll.” Sam smirked.
“You’re not that talented a thief, Sam Lloyd.”
“Cash or check?” he said cheekily. Even the dullest Ohio girls knew that bit of lingo: Kiss now or kiss later?
“Bank’s closed, pal.”
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he’s right.”
“I am starting a collection of only right-hand gloves. It’s ever so bourgeois to have two.”
“There were few things worse than being ordinary, in Evie’s opinion. Ordinary was for suckers.”
“He wanted to hit something or someone. He wanted to burn up the whole world, heal it, and burn it down again.”
“You have a steady fella?” Sam asked after a bit.
“No fella can hold me for long.”
Sam gave her a sideways glance. “That a challenge?”
“No. A statement of fact.”
Rate: 9.6 out of 10
did i mention that this book is set in the 1920s?
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
AVG goodreads rating: 4.14 out of 5
To be honest, I expected the book to be better, but it was still good. There were some parts that were boring though.
The relationships weren’t as well developed as I wanted–it kind of seemed like they suddenly magically became really good friends
or maybe I just happened to flip the page on all the parts where they were hanging out
I really like Charlie as a character. He rubbed off on me a little, so the way I talk is sometimes like his speech. If a character can do that to you, you know it’s good.
Throughout the whole entire book he’s writing letters to an anonymous person, who may or may not know he exists, and we never find out who the person is.
The book is pretty much about his freshman year at high school and about growing up though.
Rate: 8 out of 10
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
AVG goodreads rating: 4.3 out of 5
Now I know what you’re thinking.
Why make a mini review of the last book of a trilogy you adore?
but if you honestly don’t know what I’m talking about then you are now banned from this blog NOT KNOWING THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY IS A SIN
Well the answer is, you guys already know how much I love this trilogy and everything I would say in the review about the trilogy would just be repetitive.
So this is the last book of the Chaos Walking trilogy and it breaks my heart that I’m finally done with the trilogy.
Reading this book is like trying not to procrastinate. It’s that painful.
It pulled at my heart strings and I think it took a portion of my voice too because I kept screaming throughout the entire book.
It wasn’t as great as the first book, in my opinion, but it was still amazing.
The book has 3 POVs:
Todd, Viola, and 1017.
nobody likes you, 1017, go away
To be honest I kind of skimmed through 1017’s POVs because I wanted to read what was happening with Todd and Viola instead of 1017’s tragic back story and feelings.
There’s amazing character development from book one to this book. Viola and Todd grow as characters and they aren’t the same people as they were in book one.
Viola kind of annoyed me at some parts because she kept saying how “Todd was different”.
And I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending because I’m not entirely sure what happened.
Rate: 10 out of 10
Paper Towns by John Green
My friend made me read this
My really bad summary:
This book is about a guy named Quentin, but everybody calls him Q, I don’t know why, and one day he gets a surprise night visit from the girl of his dreams–Margo.
Margo, this crazy, lively girl, asks for Q’s help and that night they go on a little night adventure, but the next day Margo is gone. She leaves a bunch of clues to let Q know where she is, but the clues are extremely hard to figure out.
This whole book is pretty much Q trying to find out where Margo is, and Q questioning if he really knew the real Margo after all.
This book is pretty good.
It was kind of boring at parts, but it was still good.
I was really confused thoughout the entire book because the clues Margo left were really confusing. If it were me trying to solve this, I’d probably give up.
The characters are fabulous though and the book is really funny.
but that cannot make up the really sad/bad ending
Rate: 8.6 out of 10
P.S. I hate Margo; she isn’t a honeybunny (haha see what I did there?)