Sunday, August 25, 2013

Legend by Marie Lu

Pages: 295
Goodreads rating: 4.13/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: YA/Dystopia

Summary (Goodreads):
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. 

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. 

My Review:

An action-packed, thrilling and exciting dystopian novel that will make you want to get the sequel ASAP.  Legend is truly one of the best dystopian novels ever written. 

I love the twists, the characters and how the book was printed. I love the gold lettering in Day's POV. I just can't help complimenting it. It's unpredictable and the protagonists of this book were strong in their own ways. I love them both and I am looking forward to read Prodigy.

The book has 2 POV:

Daniel "Day" Altan Wing is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. He is against the government. He did not trust them especially of what they did to him when he failed his Trial , a mandatory test to all citizens of Republic when they reach the age of 10 to determine their future. Those who will get high grades will be sent to Universities educating and training them to serve the government. On the other hand, once you failed the Trial, you will be sent to their so-called Labor Camps... He'd done acts not only  to show rebellion but as well as to help his sick brother. He doesn't kill anyone.  He was  the number one suspect of Metias's death,  a crime he was sure he didn't commit.

June Iparis, a well-known girl for having a perfect Trial score seeks avenge by hunting down Day. She was smart, brave and stubborn. Her character was a combination of Tris Prior (Divergent) and Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games). I just love her and so as Day. The anger she's feeling led her to a wrong choice when she realize that the government has been hiding something. A secret that made her turn against the government.

I would also love to see this as a film. If ever there is going to have one. I definitely recommended this to everyone. :)


See my review on Goodreads:

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Pages: 323
Goodreads rating: 3.95/ 5 stars
My rating:  4/5 stars
Genre: YA/Dystopia

Summary (Goodreads):
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

My Review:

 I finished this book last August 3,2013. Sorry if I'm posting this late because I'm a bit busy with school stuffs and I don't have time to update. I will make it up as much as I could. Thank you for dropping by on my blog!

So going back, The Elite is the second book on The Selection trilogy and I think this one is a little bit frustrating. America begins to discover the truth about Illea. The questions that remained unanswered and unclear in her mind might help her to become the next princess and bring change to Illea's ruling. 

However, her romantic life is so complicated. Her feelings towards Prince Maxon becomes more intimate but a part of her wants to be with Aspen. I'm a bit annoyed with this because SHE CAN'T CHOOSE ONE.  I want to apologize in advance because I have rants. Seriously, I'm not a fan of Aspen Leger (though he's a better kisser) I just want America to end up with Prince Maxon. Gosh. If Aspen isn't that prideful I might choose him because he's America's first love and her best friend through good and bad times. Oh well, let's just see on the last book and she really needs to make a choice. She  can't keep them both.

On the other hand, America is smart, brave and someone who doesn't give up easily. She wants freedom and equality for her people. I love her for that. :)

 I have to wait for the (#2.5) book which is The Guard and I believe it's going to be Aspen's POV (point of view), and the last book which is The One.  I can't wait for 2014. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kiera Cass book signing event

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I posted an update due to my overwhelming schedule. I just don't have time to post and most of the time I'm on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook. I'm really sorry for not updating you guys. :)

Anyways, last August 3,2013 - Saturday I went to Kiera Cass's book signing event. I looked forward to that weekend not only just to meet her but also my Goodreads friends! :D Later on, I will post my new book reviews.
Kiera Cass's book signing event
My books are ready to get signed. :)

I would say Kiera Cass is such a sweet, cool and jolly author. She was overwhelmed with the crowd screaming for her arrival. (cheering her) 600+ people attended her event and I didn't expect it. I arrived the event around 11:30 am. The line is freaking LONG! (The registration started 10 am). Massive crowd indeed. I'm 317 on the line. From 11 am to 8 pm, I waited. It's tiring but I know it will be worth it.

This was around 2 pm and it's crowded already.
Waiting for Kiera's arrival
Cheers to Kiera Cass!
When she arrived, she cried because she didn't expect such crowd. We <3 you Kiera!

By the way, before the event started this girl wearing a blue gown caught my attention. She really is a fan of The Selection because she said that her dress was inspired on its book cover. :)

America & Celeste? LOL

and more crowd. :D
 It was so much fun! I love going to book signing events and as much as possible I want to attend it because it's a once in a lifetime event. We don't know when are we going to see our favorite authors. It's really a great opportunity. Definitely worth it. :D I also met my Goodreads friends and they are awesome! I met Camille, Rhyzza, Jane, Kath and Ate Jona. (I don't have a picture w/ Kath and Ate Jona) I wasn't able to meet another friend from Goodreads, Ate Kristine. Maybe next time =) I'm looking forward to meet her in person. I saw other Goodreads members too.

w/ Camille 
(Left - Right) Rhyzza, Jane, Camille and Me :D

 See you soon Goodreads friends! :D I hope there will be more book signing events so I could see them again. (plus, I'm not alone going in book signings.) That's all folks!

Other photos are from National Bookstore. :)