Rebel by Marie Lu

Summary:

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

The Review:

As a fan of the Legend trilogy, I was very excited for this book, mainly because I was very excited to see more of the Legend universe, and also the fact that Eden was one of the POV chapters.

The book takes place about 10 years after Champion, mainly after the epilogue of Champion to be a bit more precise. Day is now more of a legend, after the events of the trilogy and now works in Antarctica, which was briefly seen in Champion, and there was aspects of the points system that they had.

Eden is now a lot older, and is sort of genius. He is also still living in his brothers shadow, and is trying to make a name for himself in Ross City. After his studies he would often go underground mainly with drone racing, and making bets. During that time he befriended Pressa who was a janitor at the school. I love Eden’s arc in this story and he had a lot more depth in this book, mainly because in the Legend trilogy he was always the support for Day.

With Day, as he works in Ross City, he still is very worried about Eden, and throughout the book, he tries to pick bits of his memory, and June, would sort of be the catalyst, and it always nice to see them working together like old times. It also tied up their story very nicely.

With Ross City as a setting it was nice to go a bit deeper in their points system and how it affected those who lived there. It was also the main plot. If I were to have a negative, it would be that the plot felt a bit short. While it was very good, and tied a lot to the point system, I honestly felt that it could have been expanded upon with another book, because I felt there was a duo-logy in there because it was such a good concept to explore.

In the end, I enjoyed Rebel, it was a very nice epilogue to the Legend series, and Eden really got a chance to shine in his own story, while also concluding the story of June and Day.

Grade: 4/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

July 26th: Series That Got Better
— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

This is an amazing topic because series that get better are always my favorite series. Also some of these on the list are series that I haven’t finished yet.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

The first book, Legend was an amazing book. Prodigy was a great sequel that upped everything to 11, and Champion ended with a bang. Everything about this series is good. It is action packed and well written.

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A read the first two books earlier this year and have loved them very much. I haven’t read A Conjuring of Light yet but I will and I have heard great things about that book, and keeping away from spoilers. But I love the characters, Kell and Lila. I love the world it is set in and the idea of different London’s.

The illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This series is not yet finished and I think its suppose to be a trilogy. Illuminae was one of the best books I read in 2016 and Gemina was one of the best books I read this year. I know the writing style is very conventional but I love it anyways, I am also disappointed that the third book comes out in 2018, and I don’t know if I could wait that long.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

I read both of these books last year and loved them. While it is a duology, Six of Crows was an amazing book, and Crooked Kingdom was a fantastic sequel. The characters are amazing and its a very good heist book with a lot of twists and turns.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I loved the first book Cinder. It was a great, it blended Sci Fi with the fairy tale genre, and the series kept getting better. With each book you are introduced to new characters and new worlds that keep expanding and the last book, Winter is basically all  the characters coming together which feels like the fairy tale avengers.

Those are the series that I think got better. What are your favorite series that got better? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

If & Then Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone, and here is another If &Then Thursday,

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

If you liked:

This is one of my favorite book trilogies, set within a dystopian world. June and Day are some of my favorite characters. It is action packed and has a lot of twist and turns. It also a someone who majored in political science, I also loved the use of politics.

Than you might like:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

Why: Both books deal with class issues, an illness that is killing the poor population and corrupt governments and corporations who may or not be responsible for the outbreak. Also see a lot of similarities between the characters of Day and Jason, who are trying to make their world better.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that would make great video games

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is,

April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games
–Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

As a gamer, of course I would love the topic and it mixes my two loves books and video games.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Okay, I know there have been video games made of the Harry Potter movies, but those games are terrible. My idea would be an RPG set in Hogwarts in which you are a student, get sorted into a house and take classes. I also want to see it as an open-world sort of like Skyrim.

Illuminae series

As a fan of the Mass Effect trilogy, I think a good space based game could work with the Illuminae setting. I could have choices that could effect the way you play the game. It could also have a few good RPG elements.

Six of Crows duology

This will most likely be one of the Tell-Tale Games, or something along the line of Until Dawn in which it is sort of like a choose your own adventure game. You could as all six of characters and the game would tailor to each character.

Percy Jackson series

Basically I want this to be like God of War, with powers. If you played God of War you would know what I am talking about. It would also be fun to play through the Percy Jackson series.

Legend trilogy

This would be like Uncharted meets Mass Effect. Full of platforming, RPG elements. You play as both June and Day, and it would switch between the characters, which would play differently.

Those are the books that would make great video games. What books do you think would make great games? Let me know in the comments below.

Favorite Fictional Couples

Hello and Happy Valentine’s day to you all.

In order to celebrate I will be telling you my favorite fictional couples from books, movies and TV shows. As it is the day of love it will be nice to celebrate some great romances.

Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

I know there are other couples like, Cinder and Kai, Scarlett and Wolf and; Winter and Jacin. But I loved those two together because they had a great connection, especially in when Cress ad Throne were stuck in the desert trying to get rescued.

Jesper and Wylan from Six of Crows duology

Another great couple from one of my favorite series. They also had a lot of great chemistry in the book. With Wylan trying to find his place in the group with Jesper helping him through it all.

Day and June from Legend trilogy

While it did start off as little bit of insta-love. I loved Day and June as a couple. They worked really well together in the series and you actually wanted them together and to stay together till the end.

Sandy and Kirsten Cohen from The OC

One of the epitomes of relationship goals, who always know what is best for their family and each other. Plus they created Seth Cohen and that is just awesome already.

Eric and Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights

Like Sandy and Kirsten, they show that married people can be awesome and stay together. They also work really well together both in the school and at home.

Chandler and Monica from Friends

I know would say that Ross and Rachel, but I think Chandler and Monica were the better couple in Friends, mainly because it wasn’t a will they won’t they. They actually stayed together until the end of the show and had children. I especially loved it when they first started dating that they had to hid it from everyone.

Those are my favorite fictional couples. What are your favorite fictional couples? Let me know in the comments below, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villians

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic is favorite villains: While we all love our heroes, but a great villain really makes the story great.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles

Both an evil queen and a wicked step mother. She is willing to do anything and everything to get what she wants, including setting a plague on Earth and using an antidote as leverage to marry the Emperor. She also kills her sister and almost kills her niece, and keeps trying to kill her niece in order to become Queen.

Commander Jameson from Legend Trilogy

A cold hearted commander who is willing to everything to maintain the status quo and killing anyone who gets in her way. She is even willing to kill the Elector, in order to keep things how they are when he wants to change things.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl

She sets up her husband for her murder, in order to send him to jail and give him the death penalty. She manipulates everyone in order to get what she wants. Her punishments also ruins the lives of other people, including an old prep school classmate and an ex-boyfriend.

Ramsey Bolton

I was thinking of other villains from the Song of Ice and Fire; King Joffery, Tywinn Lannister and Queen Cersei. But Ramsey Bolton in another kind of evil, while King Joffrey was more drunk with power, Ramsey takes a pleasure of killing and sees it as a game. While I am mostly going by the show he kills his infant brother and its mother in order to maintain control of the North.

The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes series

She is another military leader who rules with an iron fist. It is also scary that she is mother of Elias, the main protagonist and even has an almost hatred of him. She even tries to kill him slowly and painfully by poisoning him. She also manipulates everyone and even sets up Helene in A Torch Against the Night.

Those are my favorite villains. Who are your favorite villains? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stationary Book Tag

Thank you to Cassiopeia’s Moon for the Tag!

This Tag was created by Sam @ RiverMoose-Reads

It seemed like a very interesting tag so enjoy.

 

Pencils- Favorite Children’s Book

Growing up reading, these books were my favorite. Especially Matilda, BFG and James and the Giant Peach. These books were a part of my childhood.

Pens-A Basic Staple for any reader

Of course, Harry Potter is an obvious choice for any reader. It was one of the first big series I think most of us have read and never stopped. I still re-read to this day.

Notebooks-Books you own multiple copies of.

Again, Harry Potter. My paperbacks for Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets were ripped, so I bought new copies. I hope that counts.

Markers-Books with beautiful covers

Don’t those covers look amazing.

Glue: Two Characters that work together even if they aren’t together.

Day and June worked well together all throughout the series, even when during Prodigy and Champion they spent some time apart.

Scissors: What book would you like to destroy?

I can’t!!!!!! Yes I read the first book to see what the hype was a about, finished it and kept wondering why. It was poorly written, the characters are awful and lines are cringe-worthy.

Art kit: What completed series you own?

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JR Tolkien

Six of Crows Duolgy by Leigh Bardugo

 

That is my Stationary Book Tag.

I Tag:

Teacher of YA

Nicole at Booksinked

Chelsey @ The Heart and the Page

Lilly @ Lairofbooks

Kate @ The Novelty Nerd

Have a good day!