Sunday, August 10, 2014

Champion by Marie Lu

Pages: 369
Goodreads rating: 4.41/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Summary (goodreads):

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.

My Review:

What a conclusion. 
Oh my goodness gracious.


I am beyond speechless. I don't know how will I gather all my thoughts after all this emotional roller coaster. I swear there are tears in my eyes. This is definitely one of the best dystopian novels ever written. EVER. I am going to miss June and Day so much. They are truly an unforgettable kick-ass protagonists. The story is consistent, unpredictable and its twist keeps getting better. It's one trilogy that will keep you awake at night because of its heart-pounding-adrenaline-rush action scenes and romance. 

A part of me still remains broken and satisfied at the same time. It's very hard to let go these two. My lovely Day and Junebug. Everything about them is just heart-achingly beautiful. Do they have a final novella? geez. I'm still curious about them. I'm looking forward for more of Marie Lu's future novels. She is a fantastic writer. Kudos to the Legend trilogy!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dark Days by Kate Ormand

Pages: 256
Goodreads rating: 3.52 / 5 stars
My rating: 5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Summary (goodreads):

The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. 

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

My review:

What will you do if you only have 15 days to live? 

A world divided according to sectors, but few are chosen to live in the New World. Sia Morgan got 15 days to live. She wants to spend that number of days wisely until she met Mace. A mysterious, attractive boy who teaches her to be brave and fight back against the New World with the rest of the rebels in their sector.

Chances are very minimal since they don't have enough weapons to stand against their opponents: Cyborgs. These machines are beyond ruthless than what she imagined. Is 15 days enough to trained themselves against these machines? Sia's Dark Days have only just begun.

I heard this book from Megan Olivier's channel on YouTube and it piqued my interest. The book isn't available here yet in my place and decided to get an ebook instead. The book was unimaginable, scary and uniquely written. I love the characters and its plot twist. It may be a short read, but it's worth reading. I really enjoy it. Kudos to Kate Ormand for writing this book. I will be looking forward on her future novels.

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Pages: 371
Goodreads rating: 4.31/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia 

Summary (goodreads):

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

My review:

what an EPIC sequel! 

I purposely took my time on reading this because I don't have a the final book yet and it was a HUGE cliffhanger. I don't know what I feel right now after all these action-packed scenes and revelations about the Republic. Overwhelming, but amazing. Everything was good but that ENDING just made me want to get CHAMPION. RIGHT.NOW (*waves an imaginary wand * Accio Champion!) It made me cry, telling myself it was a joke and it was a mistake. that ending DAMN HURTS.  Oh my goodness!!! 

I would never get tired of loving Day and June. Best kickass couple ever! I love its unpredictable twist, romance and characters. Marie Lu's writing style was amazing and addictive. Definitely one of the best dystopia trilogies ever written. I'm excited and nervous on the final book. I hope it's worth it. Don't spoil me though. haha

Delirium (pilot episode) Review

Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite trilogies. A society where love is considered as a disease. The only way to prevent it is to get a cure from it to prevent from being infected. I am excited to see its pilot episode since I was curious why it has been cancelled for a TV Show. 

 My review:

I didn't like it. I'm disappointed how it turned out since it has a great potential to become a movie instead of a TV show since the book series wasn't that long.  I am going to SPOIL you guys because there are changes in this pilot episode. Julian Fineman appears too early and his love interest (I'm guessing) is Hana (Lena's best friend) seems interesting but yeah, just to make the story longer I guess. 

The first half of the pilot episode was alright and I got bored at the last half of it. I was surprised of how it lacked conversations, since in the book they were a lot of it. Details and all that, they missed it. ugghh. Sorry for my book OCD. I know sometimes changes are important to make the scenes better but it just bothered me particularly the first time Lena met Alex. blah blah blah.

Overall, everything was RUSHED. It was a combination of Delirium and Pandemonium. Seriously. It will be over really fast. MOVIE > TV SHOW. Nuff said.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

Pages: 358
Goodreads rating: 3.86/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary (goodreads):

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. 

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. 

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. 

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

My review:

One thing is for sure:

I'm going to get the sequel ASAP and finish this trilogy.

I had a reading slump at first, but I tried to pick this up again and I am impressed on how its story goes, quite cliche but still an enjoyable read. It was an easy read and indeed fast paced. I absolutely love it! 

Karma is a bitch. 

This book is all about friendship and revenge. Three girls with different pasts & personalities bonded to plot their own revenge to those people who hurt their feelings. It seems a bit childish but I did enjoyed their pranks. Good girls gone bad (except for Kat, because she's already a kick-ass one). Out of the three, I think Mary stood out the most. Her story was a huge impact and quite sad that you just want to hug her for real. 

I'm also a fan of Kat, whom I considered the strongest and the bitchiest. Her personality is really striking and she is the motivator in the group. I loved her for that. I love Lillia, for being a protective sister and being the smartest but she needs to be more confident about herself that she isn't afraid to face her fears. 

What a good start. I can't wait to see more. :)