Prodigy by Marie Lu Review

Publisher: Penguin (29 Jan. 2013)

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

June and Day have just escaped from the republic and they are now on the run. June is reported to be missing however she knows that the republic is only reporting her as missing to cover up that they want her dead. Along with Day they both join as rebellious group and they are given an impossible task.

Review:

It has been a while since I`ve read Legend (the first book) but when I saw this book in the library I thought that I need to finish this trilogy since I already had started it. I unfortunately had forgotten what had happened in the first book, but I was determined to finish it!

One of the reason why I was so determined to read this book is because of the characters. I loved June so much in the first book and so I wanted to read more about her and understand her. She is also quite inspirational (I would say) because she is the Republic`s darling. Although I loved the way how she felt so real and it was as if she was one of my friend because I understood why she made her decisions and I understood her as a person. You also get to see different sides of her and I would completely trust her with my life if I was in the same position.

However I didn`t enjoy reading Days perspective at first. He thoughts were very annoying and they weren`t really valid and in a way reading the story from his perspective wasn`t interesting. It took a long time for me to fall for Day and for his life. In the end I grew to like Day.

For some reason when I read this book I felt a very Hunger- Games-esque feeling and this isn`t a problem because I love the Hunger Games but I just couldn`t help but compare the setting of this book to the setting of the Hunger Games. The plot is also a bit similar but Prodigy has more of a clandestine mission and characters being slightly arcane. Read More »

T5W| Biggest Badasses

It`s Wednesday and this means that it is time for another Top Five Wednesday and today I will be telling my top 5 badass characters.   This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


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I think one the most obvious characters I could mention is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas! She is just one of the most powerful women you could ever come across in a YA book and she will do anything to get what she wants.

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Next is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. Even though Hermione is very clever and she values her education, she will do anything to make things right and defeat evil. She will even try to stop her friends from doing something bad and you will need a lot of courage to do that!

However Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy knows exactly what she needs to do in order to get justice and look after her family. She shows true skills of being a loving sister whilst fighting a life changing rebellion. Read More »

T5W | Favourite Buzz Words

Good Evening fellow bookworms and readers,

It`s Wednesday and this means that it is time for another Top Ten Five Wednesday and today I will be telling the words on the back of books that draw me straight away.   This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.

The first word is Plot Twists. 

The thing I love about plot twists are how unexpected they are. They are always placed in the most unexpected place and time and they just make you jump out of your seat. I love plot twists. I especially love them when they make the book more interesting after a few pages/chapters of boredom.

Next is Assassin. 

Hello how could I not pick up a book when it has the word assassin? Most of the best books that I have ever read include assassin like the Throne of Glass series. I just think that assassins give an excitement to a book because I personally don`t know what their world is like and so I would like to find out more!

Another eye-catching word is Retellings.

This word especially makes me want to grab the book and read it! Retelling are such interesting reads because they are essentially your favourite books that are told in a different way. One of my favourite retelling is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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Then we have now a motion picture.

If you didn`t know, most of my favourite films are actually book adaptations. I always read the book before I see the film and so this means that I am able to compare the books to the film and see which one if better.Read More »

T5W-Series I Want to Start Next Year

It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is series I want to start or finish in 2016. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Since joining the book blogging community this year I have discovered many books that I want to read. The list is also endless because new books come out every year.

I always promise myself to start the series or at least get my hands onto the books but I`ve never had the chance to. However in 2016 I will read some of these series.

First of I am going to read all the Harry Potter books. Yes I admit that I haven`t read all the books in this series. I have only read up to the Goblet of Fire and the reason for this is when I was little the size of books frightened me. Although since I am older I want to read all the book before I reach adulthood and  before my imagination ends.

Next (I feel like all of you are going to shout at me) I want to read The Percy Jackson books. I brought that whole series a few months ago to read them but I just haven`t found the time. I have also seen the two films and I quite enjoyed them. This year I read Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan and I want to read the Percy Jackson books so that I can understand the characters because I know that there are some overlap.

Thirdly I would like to read the published books of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon because I have own the first book for the longest time but I haven`t found the motivation to read it, so maybe 2015 will be the year?

Then we have of course The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I read Six of Crows this year and I quite enjoyed it. What interested me the most was the world this book is set in an the magic system. I really hope I get the chance to read this book next year.
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Top 5 Wednesday- Favourite Series Novellas

It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is favourite series novellas. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Good day,

Today I have successfully made a T5W post. Yay!

My number one for this meme is very obvious but I love it and you can`t so no to this book: The Assassin`s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I read this book in September and I didn`t realise how heartbreaking this book was. The novellas in this book follows Celaena when she is 16 and her life before the salt mines. You might think that there isn`t any action in this book but you are surely wrong. The fast pace action makes you turn pages instantly and before you know it you`re at the end of the book. Maas is such a good author because it doesn`t matter if you haven`t read the series in a long while-you`ll still understand the plot.

Next we have Four by Veronica Roth. Surprisingly, if you didn`t know this, I don`t like the Divergent books, I prefer the films but I feel like many people are hating the Hunger Games and liking Divergent instead. When I first read Four I read it disliking the Divergent series, although when I found myself liking the book. I think the reason for this is because I don`t like Tris and I prefer Four over her. Four`s side of the story is much more better and (I know this is weird but) I like the way he thinks.

I haven`t read many novellas so to finish this post I want to list a few novellas that I want or are planning to read:

  • My true love gave to me by  Stephanie Perkins and other authors- I want to read this book because I think it will be the perfect Christmas read and I need to read some Christmas books since Christmas is coming. 
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare- yes I haven`t read this book and the reason is because I`m quite apprehensive and I didn`t like Magnus, but I still need to read!

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T5W- Banned books I`ve read

It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is banned books I`ve read. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Before Joining the book blogging community on WordPress I never thought that books would be banned and I`ve never heard of a banned book. This shocked me because books can`t be banned not matter what. They`re my soul and heart put together and without them I don`t where I would be toady. Anyway surprisingly when I looked at the list of banned books I realised that I have actually read some. Lets get to the books…

1. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Now I had to actually read this for school as part of an English course and before I went into it I thought it would be one of those hard classics that are boring. However when I got into the book I found it was quite easy to read and I know that many people didn`t like the ending and it caused a few tears, but for me I didn`t really feel anything. Although it is a good book and many people should read it.

2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Now I really liked this book because it was a different dystopian book to those I have read.I found the society the book was set in was really interesting, I also didn`t have any difficulties when reading the book. I really recommend this book to book lovers who love dystopian and are looking for a another read.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Many people love this book because of the themes of the book and the way certain things are portrayed in the book. However I read this book for my own pleasure reading, so I didn`t studied it and bled the book dry to analyse the language, but I still enjoyed it. This book is actually one I need to read again so that I can understand the law part of the book and the real meaning.

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T5W – Top Books with Mental Health/Illness

It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is books with mental health/illness. Now this subject isn`t something to take on lightly and I really appreciate it when an author has done the book justice.

So to start off we have All the Bright Places by Jenifer Niven. If you haven`t read or heard of this book you have been living under a rock. There, I said it. The book deserves all the hype it gets because it`s a real eye opener to this topic and I realised when I read it that you need to value every moment you have because time doesn`t wait for anyone.

Then we have We were liars by E. Lockhart. This was one of my most favourite book of 2014 because it not only deals with having a mental illness well but it deals with the past and the present and most books don`t talk about the past much. It`s mainly just very brief.

The fault in our stars by John Green. What else can I say about this book other than the fact that everyone much have heard about it and it`s pretty much a YA book that everyone should read. I think that with this book the metaphors really get you going and everyone who reads it normally loves it. This is actually my most favourite John Green book.

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T5W- Book series I wished had more books

Today is Wednesday and this means it`s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Book series are just my favourite books to read because the story continues and when a book is left on a cliff hanger you get to read more. If someone gave me a choice to read stand-alone boos or book series, I think the answer is obvious: series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- Yes Clockwork Princess did break my heart and I was left crying for days after I finished the book but I just want to know more about Tessa and Jem`s life after Will died and see what happens to them. I would also love to know more about Will`s life, I mean we all do don`t we?

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Harry Potter– I need more Hogwarts adventures to keep me going through the school year. I feel that Harry`s story hasn`t ended yet and there still more to be explored. I would also love it if there was a Harry Potter book with Hermione as the main character, I wonder what would happen…

To All The Boys I`ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- the second book of this trilogy was left on a cliff-hanger, how could you Jenny Han! Laura and Peter`s story hasn`t finished yet and I want to know whether their relationship will work for them.

Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter- I really love this series and it was my first YA series that I read so it lies very deep in my heart. The action and spies in this book is to die for, also the character development was perfect. Just one more book, please…

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Top 5 Wednesday| Tropes you hate

This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group. Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is Tropes you hate.


Believe it or not by I have to research what “tropes” actually mean because I`ve never heard of that term before. Anyway I found out what it meant and have collected a list of them to share with you today. 🙂


1)Instant love

I cannot express how much this annoys me. Instant love isn`t realistic and has no purpose. Do people actually fall in love with each other when they bump into each other and accidentally pour coffee over someone? No! They get angry and curse that person for ruining such a wonderful day they had so far. 😛 Instant love is a very typical theme in YA and while it was effective, it`s overused and not anymore.

2) Female characters who doubt themselves

Why are so many female characters insecure? They always look at other female characters who seem to have perfect skin and teeth and compare themselves. This isn`t a good example to show to readers and they need to know that they are beautiful, not the opposite.

3) The absent parent

A lot of parents seem to be missing. Where are they? Why aren`t they doing their jobs as parents.

4) The bad boy

This is overused a lot and now therefore boring. There are good guys you know.

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