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review 2017-07-28 13:30
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
The Midnight Star - Marie Lu

I can't believe how long it took me to start reading this series. Although, I'm kinda glad that I started it once all the books were released. I couldn't imagine how terrible it would have been to wait for the books to come out after the endings of the first and second books.While this book wasn't my favorite out of the entire series, it definitely evoked the most emotions. 

 

The pacing of this book is fairly slow for the majority of it. It's not a long book by any means, but it still did take me some time to get through it. This was mainly because a large portion of the book was almost entirely the characters sitting around and talking. Not much was going on, it was all set up for the grand finale. Yes, the ending needed to be set up, but I wish it could have been done in a way that wasn't so slow. It wasn't boring, but I also wasn't itching to pick up the book every time I had to put it down.

 

The part that made me enjoy this book is the development that all of the characters seemed to go through. All of the Young Elites are struggling with the realization that their powers are slowly killing them. They're scared of that, as well as fighting each other. I actually really enjoyed Adeline's character in this book. She's clearly going mad and her new power has definitely gone to her head, but she's also still a person. She very clearly cares for people when she's clearheaded enough to function and it's honestly kind of sad how clear it is that she's losing herself. 

 

I really loved Adelina's relationship with Magiano. At first, I didn't think that she was good enough for him and I couldn't really understand why he liked her in the first place, but once I got past that I really enjoyed them together. Magiano is so nice and sweet to her, I couldn't help but ship them. 

 

The ending was by far the best part of this book. I won't spoil it, but I'm really glad it ended how it did because I honestly couldn't see how it could end any other way. It wasn't a shocking ending and sometimes that would bother me, but it felt like it nicely tied up the story and it also left me near tears. 

 

I just really enjoy Marie Lu's books and I probably won't be hesitating to read any more of her books when they come out.

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review 2017-07-21 13:30
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
The Rose Society - Marie Lu

I knew this series would be dark based off of the first book, but wow this series went farther with that than I originally expected it to. Honestly, I'm so glad this book went there. It stands out from the numerous young adult books that feature characters with special powers.

 

The main character, Adelina, is not the typical main character you'd expect. She fully embraces darkness and feeds off of others fear. She revels in the deaths that she causes and her ambition drivers her further to being a villain. It's incredible to read about because it's such a unique story and Marie Lu artfully depicts Adeline's ambition, as well as her madness. 

 

Adelina is not the only stand out character in this book. Due to events at the end of the last book, a new set of characters becomes the main cast of the story, aside from Raffaele and Teren. Teren is very clearly crazy and dangerous and I really liked the direction his character went in. It was believable, but also chilling, especially when it's clear that his mind isn't all there. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about Raffaele though. His chapters seemed the slowest, but honestly he seems like the only one in this series with his head screwed on right.

 

The main reason that I wasn't blown away by this book was because it didn't shock or wow me in any way. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but the plot played out almost exactly as I expected it would. I was hoping that this ending would surprise me like the last one did, but I had predicted how it would end before even picking up the book.

 

The romance in the book didn't overwhelm the plot, but there is somewhat of a love triangle. There also seems to be a bit of insta love with Magiano and Adelina. Honestly, I don't know why someone full of joy would be attracted to Adelina in any way, but somehow that happened. There wasn't really a build up to the attraction and I'm kind of confused by it. I quite like Magiano, but he deserves better than Adelina, especially because she still pines for Enzo.

 

As much as I enjoy the characters and where the story has gone, I was looking for a little more from this book. The beginning was fairly slow and consisted mainly of planning and setting up for the action at the end of the book. If you can get through the slower part, then the end definitely makes up for it with plenty of action.

 

Overall, I did enjoy this book though and I will be picking up the next book. However, my need for The Midnight Star is less than the need I had to read The Rose Society. I'm not sure if it's because I feel like I know how the series will end or if it's because this book didn't end nearly as dramatically as The Young Elites.

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text 2017-07-17 12:48
11th July 2017
Legend - Marie Lu

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. 

 

Marie Lu

 

Happy birthday, Marie Lu! The young adult author of the Legend series has a "special love" for dystopian fiction, which may or may not have something to do with her being born in the year 1984.

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review 2017-06-27 12:00
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Young Elites - Marie Lu

I'm not really sure why I put off reading this book for so long. I loved Marie Lu's Legend series, but I never was really interested in this book. Probably because I never read a synopsis and I thought that this was about young children in high society (think The Luxe). Yeah I don't know why either.

 

I was not expecting the level of darkness that this book has. I was under the impression that this would be a lot like every other book I'd read about with main characters that have strange powers, but it was so much better. The main character, Adelina, struggles with a darkness inside her and this is very clear from the beginning of the novel. This immediately intrigued me. Usually main characters are good and don't feed upon fear. Her character felt almost like a villain, but a villain that was on the good side, if that makes sense. I also liked that even though she had imperfections, she wasn't obsessed with being beautiful or with her missing eye.

 

I really liked Enzo and Teren as side characters because you can see how their interactions with Adeline shape her. It is very clear that her actions have consequences with others and that their actions are critical in leading her down a certain path. I liked that both sides were manipulative to a certain extent, but Teren was by far the most dark and manipulative character. There was nothing really likeable about him as a character because he's so beyond saving, but I really liked him as the villain.

 

There was a tiny bit of romance between Enzo and Adelina, but it didn't overwhelm the plot. While it did affect Adeline it didn't consume her, which I definitely loved. It also felt there was a build up to it, so it didn't really feel like insta love. I actually quite liked the couple and thought there was some chemistry between them.

 

I thought that while the story itself wasn't very unique, the characters made it something different and intriguing. I also really loved the ending because it managed to surprise me, which seems to be very hard to do these days. I will definitely be looking at getting the next book as soon as I can.

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review 2017-06-07 04:17
Graphic novel adaptation...
Legend: The Graphic Novel - Marie Lu

 

Okay, so I'll be straight with you. I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu - a well-written story with amazing characters. I have an assignment for my graphic novel class to write a paper about a graphic novel adaptation. I chose to go with Legend because I know the story well and I loved it.

 

I wasn't disappointed. The artwork sets the right tone for the story, and Daniel & June are portrayed perfectly. Nothing important is left out. I loved this version, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. Very well done!

 

If you enjoyed the Legend series, then you should definitely give this version a shot.

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