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Review Bully by Penelope Douglas

 

 

Review
Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

Synopsis: My name is Tate. He doesn’t
call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred
to me at all.

We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he
turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every
opportunity. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through
high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I
made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every
corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared.
Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m
hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all
about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or
turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because
neither of us wants to back down.

Rating: 5++/5 Stars

Must read! Must have! Must buy! Must fall in
love with!

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Recommended for: fans of New Adult

My opinion:

Mind.
Blown.

“Yesterday lasts
forever.
Tomorrow comes never.
Until you”

 

Bully + Me = All night spent reading
Yep,
that’s right. I pulled an all-nighter. Again. But who am I to brag if there are
these amazing books to maintain my interest? Heck, keep ’em coming cause I sure
as hell don’t mind. *innocent smile*

 

I don’t
even know what to begin with. I devoured every word from this book and right
now I could go re-read it without a problem, because it’s just that good. Tate
and Jared have been best friends in their childhood, but after the summer
before freshman year, Jared came back from spending time with his dad
completely changed. Cruel. Hateful. Angry. Tate didn’t know what was the reason
behind his behavior, only that Jared’s daily goal was to make her miserable.
Spreading awful rumors, ruining her chance at a good high school life and
always ready to embarrass her. But after a year abroad in France, Tate comes
home ready to stand her own and not let Jared messing her senior year. If only
it were that simple… *grins*

 

“You’ve already made
me cry countless times.” I raised my middle finger to him slowly, and
asked, “Do you know what this is?” I took my middle finger and patted
the corner of my eye with it. “It’s me, wiping away the last tear you’ll ever
get.”

 

God, I
loved Tate! She’s a tough chick, but nonetheless my heart just broke for her
countless times, especially for the confusion she felt over how she lost her
best friend. Tate is such a lovely and grounded person! She’s smart, ambitious,
caring, honest and all I wanted to do was give her hugs and cheer her up.

 

“There were so many
times when we were kids, growing up next door to each other, that I thought
Jared was the greatest. He was sweet, generous, and friendly. And the most
beautiful boy I’d ever seen.”

 

K.C.
turned out to be a disappointment. She was supposed to be Tate’s best friend,
but in reality she was a crappy one most of the time. I’d still feel betrayed and
abandoned if I were Tate.

 

But
really now, all of the characters were complex. Madoc, who I can’t wait to know
more about in the sequel, is a hell of a lot interesting and I can also say I
ended up liking him. Maybe even too much. Oh, and I have to mention Piper and
Nate. Someone needs to shove something up their asses. *prepares for battle*

 

A thing
I actually loved was the relationship between Tate and her Dad. It’s such a
rarely approached thing in books to experience this kind of honesty and trust
with your parents. It was really heart-warming.

 

I think
I’m forgetting something. Or avoiding a certain topic. Ah, well, screw it.
Let’s talk about the hottie.

 

Jared is
a tormented, broken boy that just pulls on your heartstrings and begs you to
love him. He has so many layers behind that cold and controlled exterior. In the
beginning, he’s a top-notch cruel asshole. But we get to see a new loving side
of him — granted, much further in the story, but I’ll take what I can get. He
has painful secrets. He’s overwhelmingly intense. Drool-worthy gorgeous. And
seriously messed-up.

 

“Are you mine?” I asked as I wiped my tears.
He kissed the corners of my mouth softly, and I felt heat
rise up my neck. “Always have been,” he whispered against my mouth.”

 

I could
go on and on about him. Jared is one of those fiction characters that capture
your heart. One of the misunderstood bad boys. Confident. Cocky. Popular.
Respected. He’ll have you fall in love with him in no time.

 

“We never lost that.
As much as I tried, I could never erase you from my heart. That’s why I was
such an asshole and kept guys away from you. You were always mine.”

 

Although
I ended up loving Jared, I still can’t forgive him that easily as Tate did. I
understand where he’s coming from, but it’s no excuse for how extreme and wrong
his methods were. I want him and Madoc to treat Tate like a princess for the
hell they’ve put her through. Also, I NEED Jared’s POV to make me trust him
completely. I have a feeling that book will be gut-wrenching.

 

“Tate, you’re mine,
and I’m yours. Every day you’re going to realize that more and more. When you
believe it without a doubt, then I’ll have earned your trust.”

 

But Tate
and Jared together? K-BOOM! Sparks fly everywhere and there’s this delicious
tension between them that gives you goosebumps. Don’t worry: there are sexy times
ahead. Steamy, swoon-worthy, hot times that will leave you breathless and possibly
hyperventilating.

 

“I want to touch you.”
His words were against my lips now. “I want to feel what’s mine. What’s always
been mine.”

 

Oh, and
that last 50 pages or so? All gods above, I didn’t expect that. That was such a
low blow. Asdfghjkl. I got seriously angry, because I was on cloud nine, in my
personal bubble of happiness with all things Jared and Tate and then BAM! But I
have to admit, it did trigger character development, so Tate became stronger
and respected as well. Plus, their relationship got more solid based on that
event, because Tate’s insecurities about Jared were finally brought to the
surface. Her emotional break-down let loose all her feelings that piled up over
the years. Hopelessness. Fear. Embarrassment. Frustration. Anger. Loss.

 

“You were my tempest,
my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all those things, and I
loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes
drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave
scars.”

 

This
book made me mad. Happy. Sad. And then gloriously content again. It made me
feel every fiber of betrayal and it took me on a rollercoaster that had my
feelings all over the place. I guarantee it’s an emotional read that you won’t
forget very soon and a definite page-turner.

 

Penelope
Douglas managed to create a wonderful story of redemption and true love.
Friendships were tested, mysteries were uncovered and limits were crossed, but
it all came down to how much power love can give you. And how in certain
moments, it can shatter your soul. I’m definitely her fan and she’s on my
auto-buy list from now on!

 

All this
being said, I cannot recommend Bully
enough. It’s unique, original, different from everything else in the New Adult
genre. It’s a bittersweet tale about best friends turned enemies turned lovers
and it’s incredibly well-written. Abso-freaking-lutely one of my favorite books
of the year.

 

ENJOY! ©

 

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Review Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Review
Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

Synopsis: “Whoever said football and girls
don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone
Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series
ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out?
Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the
captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as
one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic
scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her
school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the
first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game
while her heart’s on the line?

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Other books in the series:

 

Recommended for: fans of Kody Keplinger and Simone Elkeles
My opinion:
“Love hurts worse than getting
slammed by a 250-pound linebacker.”
Catching Jordan was such a fun ride! Truly unputdownable, I
loved it from start to finish and I can’t wait to return to Hundred Oaks! This
is the type of book that has you grinning like an idiot, cheering for the
characters and cracking up constantly!

 

This book
centers on Jordan Woods, a senior at the Hundred Oaks High School and also
daughter of the great Donovan Woods, NFL player. She’s the starting quarterback
of the football team and its captain, too. She’s the best and she knows that.
She loves football, she loves her teammates and she has dreams of playing ball
in college. But when Ty Green comes to the same high school and gets a position
as a quarterback in the football team, threatening her place in the team, her
leadership and her dreams, suddenly things get complicated. Especially since he
makes Jordan’s tummy go wild with butterflies.
“One thing I learned a long time
ago is that even if you think you’re meant to be with someone, that doesn’t
necessarily mean you get to be with them.”
Catching Jordan could have been easily a 5-star rating for me
if it weren’t for Jordan and Ty. Let me give you the 101 on her, firstly: well,
she’s stubborn, immature, naive and when she puts her mind up, she can be
pretty annoying too. But she’s ambitious, funny and passionate so I respected
her for the most part. With baby-steps, she grew on me by the end of the novel,
courtesy of the character development kicking in, and I ended up liking her a
lot. Another problem I had with her was the language use, which I felt it was
really unrealistic taking in consideration she was really prude. But I don’t
know, maybe the environment (the team, the guys, the football…) took it’s
toll on her over the years so that could honestly be just my problem.

 

Ty was an
okay character, but I wasn’t really interested in him. He was a bit of a
control-freak and down right whiny sometimes, but overall he was cute and
totally sweet. Not exactly the best boyfriend kind of guy, but still better
than others. He deserves something with lots of sparks and emotion and FEELS.
Cause let’s be honest — Jordan and Ty? Purely physical. But I get it, the
boy’s yummy considering he’s described as Chace Crawford’s twin. *drooling*
“This must be the weirdest thing
a football coach has ever seen: two quarterbacks making out.”
Now on my
favorite character, Jordan’s best friend: Sam Henry. God, with his ballerina
crazy dances, his love for football, his good-looks, his hilarious attitude,
his racing games and his easygoing personality, Henry will steal your heart
right from the beginning. His friendship with Jordan was truly wonderful and it
pointed out what true friends should be like. I loved him to pieces and he’s
seriously too adorable for words!

 

“Sometimes friendship is just
that, just being with someone.”
The
synopsis is terribly misleading about the romance part. I mean, I expected a
sweet romance between Jordan and Ty, something along the lines enemies turned
to lovers, but we got so much more than that! Yep, we got ourselves a love
triangle! Don’t throw stones at me; I actually enjoy good love triangles, the
ones where you don’t roll your eye or scream in frustration. This one? It
involves Jordan, Ty and another guy whose identity I won’t divulge. I wasn’t
sure right from the start about the feelings coming from the third person, but
we got clues along the way, so I can say I was expecting it. And by clues, I
mean cute jealousy fits, overprotective demeanor and more touchy-feely scenes. Which
is just swoon!
“When unrequited love is the most
expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.”
Now on the
aspect that is probably the best thing from this book — at least from my
point of view. FRIENDSHIPS. Holy moly, these friendships just warmed my heart
when there was enough drama and insecurity to affect my blood pressure. The
girlfriends, the family members, the friends who are girls and the friends who
are boys… Even the cheerleader bimbos! I love them all! Henry, JJ and Carter
are just ah-mazing and seriously had me laughing my ass off! I loved seeing
Jordan make some new friends and finally fix her relationship with her father.
The end got
me all satisfied and happy. It tied all loose ends, it gave us a glimpse to the
future of the characters and it left me smiling at 3 in the morning, which
attests the fact that I couldn’t put Catching
Jordan
down for one second. This is a great debut from Miranda Kenneally
and I’ll certainly read more of her books, cause she definitely made me crave
some more Hundred Oaks boys. Really, they’re just that smexy. *smiles innocently*
Catching Jordan turned out to be quite the funny light read,
perfect for the end of summer. It’s about self-discovery, family, love and,
most importantly, friendship. I recommend this book to fans of cute YA reads
and especially to fans of The Duff by
Kody Keplinger. You won’t be disappointed!
“I kiss his forehead. “You
are a wimpy idiot. But…I still love you.”

“I love you too, Woods.”

ENJOY! ©

 

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Review The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

35506211From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

Much to my embarrassment I have not heard of this author prior to my perusal of the Edelweiss catalog in a quest for a captivating ARC, although I later came to know that plenty of his books have been well-received both by the readers as well as the critics. Noticing the theme-anticipating title The Flight Attendant was sufficient to make me take the plunge and click the ‘request’ button, considering that I have been nurturing an interest in the mystery/thriller novels focusing on the lives of those working as flight attendants or pilots as well as on a crime committed in an airplane ever since my reading experience of Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie, followed by The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve.

The Flight Attendant presents itself as a relatively straightforward and more traditional in nature mystery/thriller in that the reader is introduced to the murder scene from the very first chapter of the book. Furthermore, it does not take long to discover the identity of the culprit who assassinated the man with whom Cassandra, the main character the title refers to, had a one-night stand in Dubai. Hence, it is my opinion that the author did not attempt nor opt to write his book in the widely used ‘whodunit’ style, an aspect I personally found refreshing, but instead made the reason behind the crime the focal point of the novel along with the abounding and compelling characterization he crafted successfully. Through its protagonist, Cassie, the novel provides the reader with a detailed, thought-provoking, and credible description of the chaotic and disorganized lifestyle that results from the stewardess job. Cassandra’s life is illustrated as an amalgam of one-night stands, numerous being drunk experiences, and the faced difficulty in settling down and engaging. Bearing all this in mind, I was somewhat surprised at the end of the book as I had not foreseen the highly improbable twist the author would incorporate in the storyline in his endeavor to administer a last ounce of excitement and thrill.

I have stressed countless times that I hold in high regard the authors who put a significant amount of effort into researching those striking topics approached in their literary works and it is safe to say that Chris Bohjalian merits inclusion in this category. The Flight Attendant serves as an incontrovertible proof that he is well versed in the functioning of FBI, the life of a flight attendant, weaponry, and forensic medicine.

In terms of negatives, unfortunately, I did not consider the overall plot as addictive and engrossing as I would have expected taking into consideration the promising premise. One aspect I particularly disapproved of was the underdevelopment of the other character who was the focus of some of the chapters, because I thought that that subplot had potential and should have been more skilfully handled by the author.

That being said, I have mixed feelings for Chris Bohjalian’s upcoming publication, hence my 3.5-star rating. Considering the theme of the novel, namely the tumultuous life of a flight attendant, I believe thatThe Flight Attendant is a must-read for the mystery/thriller genres fans as well as those who have enjoyed Bohjalian’s previous works.

Special thanks go to Edelweiss and Doubleday for supplying me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:

Imagini pentru three and a half stars

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Ecouri eterne in curand la Leda Edge

În curând, volumul 2 al trilogiei Starling: Ecouri eterne de Angela Corbett, la Leda Edge!

Sneak-peek: „În dimineața următoare, un plic roșu strălucitor era lipit de ușa dormitorului meu. M-am îndreptat spre el, încă obosită de somn. Alex îmi scrisese numele cu litere prelungi, care formau unghiuri ascuțite. L-am deschis și am găsit înăuntru o carte de vizită neagră și mată cu argintiu metalizat și inimi roșii pe partea din față. Înăuntru scria:

Sǎ ai o Zi a Îndrǎgostiților cât mai fericitǎ, Evie! Vin sǎ te iau la prânz. Sǎ îmbraci ceva cǎlduros.

Cu drag,

Alex

Ziua Îndrăgostiților! Uitasem complet de ea! Acum că mă gândeam la asta, îmi aminteam că văzusem baloane în formă de inimă și decorațiuni prin campus. Cartea de vizită era drăguță și o întâlnire cu Alex ar fi fost o pauză binevenită de la toate celelalte lucruri. Chiar dacă uneori era nesimțit, Alex încă făcea lucruri drăguțe pentru mine ocazional – și câteodată fără să țipe sau să se încrunte.

Mi-am luat halatul de pe ușă și am intrat în baie să mă

pregătesc.”

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Ce se intampla cu noi ? La Epica

My life next door de Huntley Fitzpatrick, acum și în limba română.

O poveste despre familie, prietenie, prima iubire şi cum să fii sinceră faţă de o persoană pe care o iubeşti, fără s-o trădezi pe alta.

Excelentul roman al lui Fitzpatrick surprinde intensitatea primei iubiri […], manipularea oamenilor și corupţia personajelor aflate la putere… În timp ce graniţele dintre ticăloşi şi eroi se întrepătrund, cititorilor li se va aminti că alegerile ,,corecte” şi ,,greşite” sunt rareori clare şi simple. – Publishers Weekly

Între Samantha şi Jase, atracţia scoate scântei: tocmai potretul primei iubiri, tandre, stângace, pasionale, ameţite de fericire, este ceea ce dă cu adevărat aripi romanului. – Horn Book

Despre carte:

ÎNTR-O SEARĂ DE VARĂ, TOTUL SE SCHIMBĂ.

Viaţa în casa Samanthei Reed este liniştită, curată şi ordonată – plănuită cu precizie de mama ei politician. În casa de alături, însă, la familia Garrett, lucrurile sunt gălăgioase, în dezordine, dar irezistibile. Iar când chipeşul Jase Garrett urcă pe spalierul de flori de sub fereastra dormitorului şi intră în viaţa ei, Samantha se îndrăgostește pasional de el şi de tot ce îl priveşte. Singurul impediment e că trebuie să ascundă acest lucru de mama ei. Apoi se întâmplă ceva de neînchipuit, iar Samantha este deodată confruntată cu o alegere imposibilă. Pe care familie perfectă s-o salveze? Sau e timpul să se salveze pe ea însăşi?

„Jase şi Samantha trăiesc o poveste de dragoste emoţionantă, pe care toate fetele o vor invidia.” – Simone Elkeles, autoarea seriei Chimie perfectă, bestseller New York Times

„O poveste de dragoste de vară plină de idei profunde.” – The Boston Sunday Globe

De luni în librării!

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P.S.: Imi placi in curand la Leda Edge

În curând la Leda Edge: P.S.: ÎMI PLACI de Kasie West, în traducerea Iuliei Dromereschi

Oră plictisitoare de chimie. Concentrată asupra propriilor gânduri și nicidecum atentă la lecția care se predă, Lily își scrie pe bancă un vers dintr-o melodie preferată. A doua zi, surpriză! Cineva a adăugat versul următor!

În scurt timp, între Lily și corespondentul anonim începe un schimb intens de mesaje, în care ei își împărtășesc secrete, descoperă preferințe muzicale comune, își destăinuie dorințele și visează împreună. Lily se simte tot mai atrasă de cel (sau cea) care îi scrie. Despre cine să fie vorba? În timp ce eroina cărții încearcă să dezlege misterul și să jongleze cu școala, prietenii, dușmanii și ciudata ei familie, descoperă că problemele inimii sunt greu de descifrat.

O poveste de iubire emoționantă, dezvăluită de Kasie West cu mult talent, umor și sensibilitate.

„Cărțile lui Kasie West ne fac întotdeauna să ne îndrăgostim de iubire! Și această dragoste dulce-sărată, cu atracție-respingere, te duce cu gândul la Mândrie și prejudecată. Pregătește-te pentru ceva încântător.” Justine Magazine

„Lily este una dintre cele mai amuzante eroine pe care le-am întâlnit de multă vreme. Dintre cărțile lui Kasie West, aceasta este preferata mea!” Miranda Kenneally, autoarea romanului Catching Jordan

„Încă o dată, West creează un adorabil romantism care îți va aduce un zâmbet pe buze și o plăcută emoție… o poveste de iubire gingașă și atrăgătoare.” RT Book Reviews

„Inteligentă și emoționantă. P.S. Îmi place această carte, și o să-ți placă și ție!” Lisa Schroeder, autoarea romanului The Bridge from Me to You

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Review Prodigy by Marie Lu

 

Review
Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
Synopsis: 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.

 

Rating: 6/5 Stars

Must read! Must have! Must buy! Must fall in
love with! Must be obsessed with!

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Other books In the series:
Legend                                                   Champion

 

Recommended for: fans of The
Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me, Cinder
My opinion:
I want to
start by saying that if you loved Legend,
then don’t waste any more time and delve deeper into this fascinating world
with Prodigy! If you didn’t like the
first book, then I suggest giving it another shot with this sequel: it might
actually be better than its previous volume. I read it in one sitting and it
left me breathless with anticipation — I never wanted it to end.
This book
picks up the events where we’ve let our main characters at the end of Legend. They’re on their way to find the
Patriots, a group of rebels, to make sure Tess is safe and then they’ll go
straight to the Colonies. But as you often now, things rarely happen according
to plan. For example, the Elector (the Republic’s leader) dies and the new
leader is his son, Anden. So with the Republic close on their feet, they’re
forced to make a decision to ensure Day’s health: join the Patriots in their
mission to kill the new Elector.
I often
forget how young Day and June are. They’re so capable and independent, aged
before their time with the weight of living on their own. June was an amazing
heroine. I grew up to adore her in Legend, but in Prodigy she just blossoms
under pressure. She’s clever and ambitious, but my heart hurt for her internal
battle: is a good or bad thing to go against the Republic and the system you
were ready to defend at any costs just a little while ago? Well, loyalty can be
a tricky business.
And Day.
Oh, man. I love that boy with such fierceness! He’s so incredibly good. He’s
honest, fair, selfless and kind. And young. He lost so much that my heart aches
for him. Plus, a 15-years old boy shouldn’t be described so breathtaking,
because I get yummy visuals most of the time I think of Day. Couple that with
his charismatic personality, easygoing yet still constantly caring demeanor and
you got yourself a kick-ass boyfriend. Sigh. If only he’d be real.
“The Republic’s most wanted
criminal is just a boy, sitting before me, suddenly vulnerable, laying all his
weaknesses out for me to see.”
There is
also a potential love square, not as powerful as the love between Day and June,
but they both get another love interest that complicates the already growing
tension and that proves to be a challenge quite hard to overcome.
There are
also complex secondary characters. I loved Anden, for example. He was a
pleasant surprise and I’m glad we got a lot more of him. But I disliked Tess
and Thomas, although we learn more about their feelings and motives. And there
is a certain Patriot that has quite the crush on our hero, but he’s funny and
dedicated. Oh, and Kaede was badass as always, but now we finally get to see
some compassion behind her strong facade.

All gods
above, this book was so full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns.
Jaw-dropping information, declarations that can change the side you were
initially on and painful reminders that there are so many victims in this war.
Enemies lurking right in front of you, earning your trust and then BAM! Pieces
of a literary puzzle come into place to reveal a gruesome bigger picture. Day
and June must also face their insecurities about each other, putting their relationship
on the brink of collapse. But they struggle through all their internal and
exterior conflicts with everything they’ve got and that just made me so damn
proud of them. *wipes happy tears*
“We’re
in this together, right?” he whispers. “You and me? You want to be
here, yeah?” There’s guilt in his questions.
“Yes,”
I reply. “I chose this.”
Day
pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. “I love you.”

 

The world
building is a key element that is explored more thoroughly than in the first
book. We learn meaningful background about how the Republic became this awful
system, about the Trial’s original purpose and about the Colonies’ true face.
Prodigy ended on a hopeful tone, one that promises
good changes in the Republic. But one little and extremely painful revelation
— or HUGE, depending on your
perspective — managed to shatter the relative peace. And I nearly burst into
sobs. Champion (Book 3) better fix
this situation, or I’ll be damn mad at Marie Lu. That last chapter broke my
heart into pieces, stomped on the remains and threw them into a scorching hot
fire. And here I am now, cursing the writing Gods and begging for mercy so that
two great, complex characters I deeply love can find their HEA. I want that
happy end so badly!
Scratch that: I NEED that happy end like oxygen.

 

“He is beauty, inside and out.

He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.

He is my light.”

I keep
oscillating between being angry for the fact that I started this awesome series
so late and being happy that the final book will be released just in a couple
of months. Nonetheless, I’m just grateful it comes out earlier than planned so
I can dive right in. Yippee!
“See?” she says. “Tricked
you. You’re always staring at your opponents eyes — but that gives you a bad
peripheral view. If you want to track my arms and legs, you have to focus on my
chest.”

I raise my eyebrow at that. “Say no more.”

Marie Lu
masters her words effortlessly, creating an enthralling story. It’s one of the
best dystopian worlds, no questions asked, and this second book only brings the
universe to an upper level. The alternative POVs are a genius method to unveil
secrets and information and that also gives the reader wonderful insight into
our main characters’ minds. I love that about these books. 🙂
I read Prodigy right after Legend and it certainly continued in the same thrilling, fast-paced
manner. The stakes are higher, the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat and
the writing style is so damn addictive! All these elements and many others make
the second installment of this dystopian series a gorgeous must-read! All in
all, I loved this book and I highly recommend it to every YA literature lover!
ENJOY! ©