Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie LuHardcover, 320 pages
Published November 29th 2011

Legend is definitely one of the better YA Dystopian novels. There’s tons of action, a corrupt government, and a romance that doesn’t take over the story. Another plus, the romance isn’t a love triangle. Thank God for that! The best thing about this novel is that a character that is meant to be smart, actually does smart things. I know, I know, that I shouldn’t be impressed by this, but considering the amount of characters I’ve read that are supposed to be smart but are actually stupid, I’m happy.

I’m really happy.

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What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse

What have I done? by Amanda Prowse Hardcover, 323 pages
Published February 5th 2013

What Have I Done? is one of the most frustrating novels I’ve ever read. That doesn’t mean it’s the worse, because there a plenty worse, but it does make this review a bit complicated.

The first chapter of this book starts off well enough; Kate (Kathryn Brooker) just killed her husband and called the cops on herself. From here on out, we learn of the abuse she endured throughout the years and her struggles in and out of prison as a result of her actions. Due to this, the chapters switch from before the killing aka 10 years ago, to after the killing.

Everything before the killing was well written. I gobbled up those pages and really felt for Kate who wasn’t only emotionally and physically abused, but also had her kids manipulated into thinking she was nothing. I’m not a mother, but to see your kids acting like that would hurt no matter what. Her kids walked all over her and her husband enjoyed this. Anything to make her look low to everyone was a source of enjoyment to him. It was sick.

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Teaser Tuesday pt.1

tteTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


New blog, so I guess this means that I also should also start on some book memes.  A much hyped book as my first teaser seems fitting, so here goes nothing:

Tess and the boy sit at the top of the building, several stories above me, safely out of hearing range. I look back at the horizon, click my tongue, and turn on my microphone.

~ Legend by Marie Lu

I’ve heard some great things about this novel, so I’m excited to read this. I haven’t started yet, but I’m going to assume that this boy and the girl with the microphone are going to hook up.

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Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein

Premeditated by Josin L. McQueinHardcover, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013

You know when you read a synopsis and see a gorgeous and you instantly know that this is a book that you’ll love, but then you read it and realize that it’s not as great as you originally thought it would be. That’s how I feel here.

Premeditated started off with a bang! I mean, when the first chapter starts with this:

Killing someone’s easier than you think. All it takes is decision, aim, and follow-through. Like basketball, only you shouldn’t expect people to leap to their feet and cheer if you hit the free throw.

The whole thing’s a done deal in a matter of seconds.

Revenge, on the other hand, and I mean real, calculated, make-him-sorry-he-was-ever-born vengeance, takes time and planning and patience. You have to smile when you want to scream. You have to look your target in the eye when you’d rather claw his eyes out. And you have to ignore the slow-spreading burn in your gut until it turns to ice and sets your resolve so completely you can’t turn away without splintering.

You are expecting some next level revenge plot that will have you staying up at night trying to find out what happens next. And when I first started Premeditated I felt all those things and then some.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiant-book-cover-high-resPaperback, 531 pages
Published October 22nd 2013

It’s hard to put this review into words. Unlike some of the diehard fans who have loved the series from the beginning, I didn’t. Due to this, I think that the ending affected me differently. For some, it was a betrayal. To me, it didn’t make sense for a different reason, but it still made sense after what happened in Insurgent.

Before I get to that, I should talk about the book first.

Allegiant is the final book in Veronica Roth’s best selling Divergent series. It’s been a long hard road for our heroine Tris Prior. She found out that she’s a Divergent. She left her former faction, Abnegation, and joined Dauntless. She became a tough fighter. She found love. She killed her friend. Her parents died. Her former faction was almost killed. An uprising happened. Her brother betrayed her. And she found out that her entire world was a lie.

And a bunch of other things have happened all in the span of a few months? I think? Maybe it’s actually been less. In any case, lots of things happen to our heroine and this book is no different.

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When fans roar – Allegiant


So, Allegiant by Veronica Roth came out today. It’s the final book in the Divergent trilogy and it’s already making waves on the review sites. Apparently, something major happens in the ending. I don’t know what, but it’s something that’s divided the people.

As someone who isn’t that big of a fan of the series, in fact I don’t think you could call me a fan to begin with, I’m trying hard not to get my hopes up but all of this noise about the ending has me kind of excited. Unlike the Hunger Games, where I felt like each book in the series was worse than it’s predecessor, I kind of thought the opposite was true here. Divergent was horrible, but Insurgent actually made me interested.

Not by much, but it was there.

Now that I have the book, I’m hoping that some of my questions will be answered. For example:

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

7692967It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.

But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.

Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.

Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.


When someone tells you that a certain author is someone to watch, I always feel a bit wary. I want to experience the same sort of love that they felt, but I always end up disappointed.

Which is why, I’m pleasantly surprised that I loved this book so much. Helen Grant really brought forth an amazing debut and I can’t wait to read more from her. If she continues writing excellent novels like this, then I agree with my fellow reader who says she is one to watch.

But enough about her, what about her book?

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