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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— 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!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some 🙂

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1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!

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2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p

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3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though

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4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better

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5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing

 

Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world ❤

-Luci


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T5W: Favorite polarizing books

I’m incredibly tired, since last Monday (January 16th) was my birthday and I slept for about 5 hours and then had to work half of the day and had a concert during the evening and got home at 2 am. However, I’m still alive, the concert was incredible and I had an amazing day 🙂

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

  1. Legend series by Marie Lu8f7c8bc2f2dd5effae2cf0c6ae84f30e

As far as I know, this is one that everyone just loves. The only slightly negative comments I’ve seen were about some typical YA cliches (love triangles and such), so that’s good! I absolutely loved this trilogy (I reviewed them here, here and here)

 

2. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Here, the opinions are more diverse. We have one part (that I’m with) that loved the series, and the other part just hated it. I can kind of understand them though, if you don’t like these kind of books, this is a no-go.

 

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Here, the opinions are, again, diverse. But now we have one part that loved it but though the last 3 books were unnecessary, the part that thought all 6 books were awesome, and the part that thought none of them were awesome. I personally was about to give up at the 4th book because I absolutely couldn’t get through with it, but at the end I was glad I went on. This series was quite amazing. Maybe a bit cliché at times, but hey, you can’t have everything, right?

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is the book that almost everyone loved… Almost. I read a lot of comments that said this book was far from the truth and that the writing was terrible, as were the characters and how this book shouldn’t even be ranked so high (I’m sure there will always be comments like that, which I don’t understand. Why so much hate? Why won’t you just let people enjoy something, even if you don’t like it??). I think those people thought this book would make them feel like they were reading about themselves (like a lot of people had), but that wasn’t what happened. Or it was something else I don’t know. However, I really liked this book. I reviewed it here.

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Now this book was kind of hard to read at the beginning because the writing style was completely different from what I was used to. But once I got through that, this book was really enjoyable and I liked it a lot…. And then came the end and I screamed because I had definitely not seen that coming. This is a book that you can either love or hate. There’s almost no “I did like it, but not that much” possible. I have a feeling the one side is like me, completely in shock and the other side is like “… I have no words for how much worse this book got after that plottwist” (at least, that’s what I heard and read). I reviewed it here.

 

Did you love these books or did you absolutely despite them? Please tell me, I’m really curious! 

-Luci


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Book review: Champion (Legend 3)

Ah, the finish of the series. And such a series I haven’t read in a while. For some reason I didn’t really read any dystopian books lately, but I seem to have found my way back to them again 🙂

Review of Legend can be found here

Review of Prodigy can be found here

Title: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Goodreads link: Champion

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Summary: June and Day haven’t spoken or seen each other in months. June is now a candidate Princeps-Elect, safe and well. Day has been assigned a high military position, living somewhere else with his little brother Eden. The first time they see each other again (at a fancy dinner on request of Anden, the Elector), he’s asked to give up the one thing he’s still fighting for. And then the Colonies attack, leaving them with only a few options. In the meantime, Day’s condition is getting worse and worse.

Okay the ending, oh my god the ending the ending the ending. Always the ending. But, I’ll start with the beginning. I was really curious what would happen after Prodigy ended, I mean, there were quite some mysteries solved, but the attack on the Elector wasn’t something that could be just ignored.

June had to make some really hard decisions in this book, and I think she did really well. She knew she wouldn’t be Princeps-Elect, because the other two were much better than her. She has her strong points, but ruling a country is not one. The fact that she admitted that was truly awesome.

I was really happy for Day in the beginning, he had his brother, he had a house, pretty much almost everything he needed. Except for June, but that was kind of his own fault. Throughout the book he really pushed himself to his limits, which wasn’t the smartest thing to do since he was dying already. The “fight” he had with Eden was really cool, since I was hoping Eden would make his own choice to save the country. He’s strong enough to make his own decisions. Eden is another personage I’d love to read more about.

Tess didn’t appear as much in this book as the previous ones, which is fine. She’s grown, had to deal with death and the way she now thinks about Day and June makes her even more awesome.

Overall this book was amazing, this was just one of those series where it gets better with each book. As for the ending, oh god I hated it, but on the other hand, I could’ve expected it too. I would love to read what happens after Champion, but the ending of the series was also perfect and I don’t want another book to ruin it haha.

And how do you feel about this book? And the entire series? Let me know!

-Luci


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Book review: Prodigy (Legend 2)

Back again with another review! I had originally intended to review this as a whole series (like I did with Vampire Academy, which you can read here), but since I only decided I’d read two series in December, that would turn out as a total of 2 blog posts, and yeah.. that’s not so much. Also, I’ve found that I feel less rushed to read the books when I review them separately and I remember a lot more if I write my review as soon as I finished the book. So, here’s my review for Prodigy!

Review of Legend can be found here

Title: Prodigy

Author: Marie Lu

Goodreads link: Prodigy

After reading the first book, I got really curious as for what happens in the next one, and I must say, I am not disappointed.

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Summary: It’s been 7 days since June and Day (barely) escaped the Republic. y days since Day’s brother was executed instead of Day, making everyone believe he died. with nowhere to go, they turn to the rebellions of the Republic, the Patriots. They join, but only on one condition: to help the Patriots bring down the Republic. But will it work when June and Day hear how the Patriots are planning it?

This book was even better than the first one! Even though the love triangle was still there, with Tess and June and Day, it somehow had more plot than the first. At some points I just wanted June and Day to be able to communicate -especially after what June had heard from Anden about Day’s little brother. And sometimes, I loved it when they were away from each other, making their own decisions.

Where in the first book June was obviously spoiled, she sometimes still acts like it in the second book, but not as much. I think she’s finally realizing life isn’t always perfect for everyone. Day kept being awesome, except I think it’s a little too early to tell June he loves her. Unless people actually know that after a month already. Except for the ending of the book he was regularly cool. I mean yeah I understand that when you know you’re gonna die you want people to care as little about you as possible, but still, it hurt.

As for Tess, I don’t know what to think about her. She was still awesome, because she’s Tess, but on the other hand her jealousy kind of bothered me. I mean, sure, I understand it’s annoying when the guy you’ve been with for so long suddenly has eyes for another girl, but they weren’t even together together. I really hope she and Day won’t become a couple in the third book because then I’m really going to murder someone haha

The cover is still not really something that stands out, however this one kind of reminds me of the mocking jay from the Hunger Games. Which is ironic, because both books end with forced peace.

Overall I loved this book, it follows up to the first book really well and I can’t wait till I finish the third one!

And what do you think? Do you like this series so far? 

-Luci


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Book review: Legend (Legend 1)

Second series I wanted to finish in December, and I must say, it’s going quite well. Maybe it’s because I just loved this book, making me curious what happens in the next one.

Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Goodreads link: Legend

 

I have read this book before, I just didn’t read the next two. And, much like other series I’ve started and never ended, I didn’t even remember what happened, so that called for a reread!

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Summary: What used to be the west of the United States of America is now called the Republic. June is a 15-year-old girl, and a prodigy, She’s the Republic’s favorite, and she knows she is. Day, on the other hand, is also 15, and the most-wanted criminal of the Republic. When he gets accused for the murder on June’s brother, June promises she’ll find him and kill him for what he did.

I thought this was a great book. I know it is a dystopian book, and, to be really honest, almost all dystopian books are the same. The same plot, the same love triangle, the same everything. However, somehow this one was slightly different. The love at the first sight was there (which I actually can’t really stand because who falls in love when just seeing someone??), but Day did have his own (very good) reasons for doing what he did.

June was a little bit too spoiled sometimes, which kind of bothered me. Even with her life as prodigy, she didn’t have her parents when she grew up. But that could be just me.

I would love to read more about Tess though, she is a lovely character and the way she handles things makes me want to know more about her! Day and she are the best together, and even though they’re living on the streets, they seem to get out the best in everyone.

As for the cover, it doesn’t really bring out much in my opinion. It isn’t as bad as some other covers, but it’s something I’d look at and think wow I need to read that!

Overall, it was a pretty awesome book and I’m definitely reading the second one!

And what do you think? Do you like this series?

-Luci


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