Author: Marie Lu
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.
My Review: ★★★★★ (5/5)
I’ve had Legend by Marie Lu sitting on my shelf for a good amount of time and every time I thought about starting a new book, Legend was on my mind but I kept putting it off. Probably because of the hype I already knew it had and I didn’t want to be disappointed. I am quite happy I started this series because I have already gotten really into it.
There are two prospectives, Day and June. Day is a young boy that has been living off the streets after leaving his family. He helps bring in money and eventually tries to get some medicine to cure his younger brother of the plague. Day has committed many crimes to just be able to live in the poor society and bring in some money for his family. He travels with an orphaned girl named Tess and she helps him as much as she can. he
June lives in a high class society and is the prodigy of the world. She is the only one to have a perfect score on her trial. This has made her skip grades and is in her junior year of college at the age of 15. She is known all around as the girl with the perfect score. She has a brother that is a hacker and a solider in the Republic. One day, he is killed and the prime suspect is Day. June does everything she can to find Day and bring him in to the Republic.
I quite enjoyed this book. The world and the plot was thought through pretty intensely and the characters intertwined so easily. The history of the book is interesting to learn about as the characters learn as well. You get hints on the way to them learning about the past of the Republic. The writing is also done well because both of the main characters have their own personalities in her writing. I don’t feel like I am reading the same person but their noun has just changed.
Something I really enjoyed about in the book was the differences in the text between the two main characters. Day’s perspective was gold and in a different text where June’s was black and in a different text. Throughout all three books, the color of the book is intertwined with the writing. Who ever’s decision this was made reading the book really different and you could tell who is who. Sometimes when I am really into a book I barely even pay attention to the titles of each chapter and this can be a problem when there are different perspectives. That could just be only my opinion but it did help when I needed to tell the difference between each person.
The entire story pulls you into this world that Marie Lu has created and you want to know more about it. It is interesting and inciting where you don’t want to put the book down. I think it was a good beginning to the series and I am going to get into the sequel almost immediately after finishing the first book. I would recommend this book to anyone that has enjoyed dystopian reads and wants another series to enjoy. It will pull you in and you can finish them all quickly since it is a finished trilogy!
I really like it.. going to write my Legend review soon then start Prodigy :)
Title: Dream Boy
Authors: Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
My Review: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
I would say the reason I picked this book up was because of the cover and the title. Just reading the title, I knew it was going to be about a boy that came real from someones dreams. I didn’t expect that this book be really anything more than that! It had much more of a background and story that I did not expect which made it a little different.
Dream Boy by Mary Crockett is about a girl named Annabelle that dreams about a boy named Josh. She dreams about him often and he is sort of her “dream boy” (Ha, hence the title). Annabelle is a normal girl stuck in a small town in Virginia. She has a best friend named Will and lives with her mother and brother, Nick. Annabelle’s father just left them a couple years ago to move to Alaska and they never really hear from him.
One day while at school, Annabelle lays eyes on her dream boy. Alive and in person as he walks into her chemistry class. She finds out that he is a new student named Martin who just got here from Philly. Although from other books, he actually knows of her and not because they are both real people on this Earth that just remember each other from dreams. No, Annabelle actually took him from the dream world and made him real.
[ WARNING THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ]
This book was pretty interesting. It is obvious that Will has feelings for Annabelle but now he has this wall between them that is Martin. Right away Martin and Annabelle pretty much take their dreams to real life. He is a little off though since he doesn’t really understand the real world and how he should act. It takes time to get to that level of understanding. I was on Will’s side the entire time throughout the book. I hoped Will and Annabelle would end up together.
We learn that Annabelle has been having these dreams where a girl is present. She seems to be making her dreams into nightmares and apparently wants to kill her or be her. Annabelle is worried and tries to get Martin to help her understand her dreams. He finally tells her about the nightmares in the dreaming world. This specific girl wants to become real though. She wants Annabelle to make her real like she did with Martin.
Overtime, you find out there are a lot of people in this town that are taken from the dreaming world. Including a lot of Annabelle’s friends and people she knows at her school. Annabelle finds out through a dream that this girl is going to try to come to life during Homecoming. Everyone goes to homecoming to try and get this girl to go away. During the hunt of this girl, Will finally tells Annabelle how he feels about her and she realizes that she loves him too. When getting rid of the girl, all of the dreams that Annabelle has thought of need to go away and back to where they came from. This caused some to almost get pushed back into the dream world but when Will tries to save a dog that was dreamed of.
This is when Martin finally tells Annabelle that Will was her dream. That was a twist I sort of saw coming but not really. Now Annabelle needs to get him back and the ending was kind of a closing but not really. I don’t think there is going to be another book but I would of liked an ending where Annabelle and Will actually talked after he was found. I truly enjoyed this book and actually read the entire book during one slow shift at work. I would recommend this book to someone that wants a twist on dreaming books. It was a simple read. The world wasn’t that complex but I wasn’t expecting much complexity.