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“Legend” by 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.”



Wow, wow, wow!! I loved this book from start to finish! It completely blew me away!

The cover: the cover is absolutely gorgeous, puts you straight into a dramatic atmosphere.

The story: What I loved most about this story is the pacing. It’s fast, it’s precise and not one word is superfluous. 

It’s a two point of view story which perfectly suits the narrative because it allows the reader to see how similar Day and June are although everything seems to separate them.

About June: she’s a great female heroine. I disliked her a little at one part of the story because her actions hurt Day. I know, I know, she was acting out of revenge, and it is perfectly understandable. But still, I hold a mild grudge. Other than that, she’s one of the coolest female characters I’ve read about. 

Kaede is also a kick-ass character although she doesn’t appear often in this novel. I’m assuming she’ll play a more important role in the sequel, “Prodigy”.

As for Day! Aie, Aie, Aie: he’s a mixture of funny, sweet, kick-ass, intelligent , loyal and also thought-provoking. Definitely someone I want to read more about!

The dystopian premise is described just enough for the reader to feel the oppressive atmosphere. But was is interesting is that the author introduces the Patriots and Colonies, but doesn’t give too much detail in an already action-packed book. Why is this interesting? Because I’m sure those key elements will be properly developed in Prodigy. I feel like it might’ve been rushed in the first novel.  I guess “Legend” is sort of a 300-page teaser for its own sequel.

And it works because I’m dying to get my hands on Prodigy!

Of course there is romance: not so much that you want to gag, but just enough to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. So sweeeeet!

However, I don’t know if it’s just me, but for now, I don’t really get the whole governmental scheme with the viruses, what the endgame is. But I guess this will be further discussed in the sequel.

Anyway, if you didn’t know already: I loved, loved, loved this book which is why my rating is:




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“The Second Virginity of Suzy Green” Review


“Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in school. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved state. Not even her best friend would recognize her now. Gone are the Doc Martens and the attitude. All she wants is to be like Rosie – perfect. The new Suzy Green makes straight A’s, hangs with the in-crowd at her new school, and dates the hottest guy around. And since all her new friends belong to a virginity club, she joins, too. So what if she’s not technically qualified? Nobody in town knows…until Ryan, Suzy’s ex, turns up. As the past and present collide, Suzy struggles to find her own place in a world without her sister.”


Why shouldn’t we lie ? Because the truth is bound to show up in the form of your ex-boyfriend and make you feel a tad uncomfortable. Well that’s what happened the Suzy, at least.
Seriously, everybody lies. Small lies, big lies, medium-sized lies. Lying isn’t the problem, but getting caught is and this story is somewhat of a cautionary tale in a very entertaining way. I thought this story was incredibly funny.
Not only is Suzy’s point of view hilarious, but Maddie, Suzy’s best friend who knows her rebel past adds to the comic situation as well.
But best of all : Ryan.Thank God, Ryan was there ! Not only is he incredibly sweet, but he is also full of insight, honesty and is totally unpretentious. Guy, Suzi’s official crush, isn’t mean, just a tad boring.
I thought the story’s presmisses were interesting and realistic as well. The idea that the death of a sibling can bring on the desire to change radically one’s personality is perfectly plausible, and coherent. It was a solid foundation to a solid novel.
Which is why I gave this story :
3.5 stars

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“Wander Dust” by Michelle Warren


“Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.

Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.”


I thought this book was a very entertaining read. Seraphina is a strong and smart heroine one can easily get attached to. Her love interest, Max Bishop, is absolutely perfect except for one blatant flaw: his choice in women.Yes, he’s in a relationship with Perpetua. Why, you ask? I absolutely don’t know! She’s not that nice, and she’s definitely nothing compared to Sera.

Although the beginning was a little slow, the moment Sera’s shoes hit the Chicago pavements, you’re in for an adventurous ride. Between the Washington Square Academy, the Wandering mythology the author wonderfully develops, and the enemies Sera encounters, by the end of the book the reader is left breathless and wanting more.

Which is why I gave this book:

3, 5 stars


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Oxford Whispers Review

ImageMadison LeBon tried to run away from her voodoo heritage and her life in Louisiana, but to no avail. Her heritage catches up with her in Oxford through a mysterious XIXth century painting by William Shakespeare Burton.The historical and artistic aspects of this novel were thorough, solid, and what I appreciated the most.

The story was an enjoyable read with many twists. The main character is likeable, but not very confident, which is perhaps why I preferred Pippa,even though her friendship with Madison suffers later on in the book owing to their similar taste in men. At least in one man in particular: the rich and handsome Rupert Vance.

At first, I didn’t have a too good opinion of Rupert, but he proved to be quite reliable as the story progressed. On the other hand, I thought Jackson who was pretty likeable at the beginning gradually got more and more annoying.

The only drawback for me was perhaps how often the narrator expressed how much Madison is physically attracted to Rupert (every time they touch or he if he’s standing next to her, etc etc). Also, I hope Madison’s voodoo heritage and abilities will be dealt with in depth in the next installment of the series.

Otherwise, this book should be recommended to all who enjoy a delightful English setting with a voodooistic twist.

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