Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Genre: YA, dystopian
Pages: 369
Series: Legend #3
1. Legend (review)
2. Prodigy
3. Champion
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

I’m sad I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous two. I just found it slow and felt like there wasn’t a whole lot happening, until the climax of the story. That being said, I absolutely loved the way it ended (which I won’t share because, spoilers!).

Much of the story focused on Day, and the health issues he was experiencing due to the Republic experimenting on him when he was younger. I understand that one of the biggest driving factors of the story is that Day is losing who he is (his strength, his stealth) because of his tumor, but I didn’t enjoy reading about him because he wasn’t the Day that I came to love in the last two books. I guess it was kind of the point, but he just changed too much for me.

Like I said, the story seemed a bit slow, and definitely more political. Instead of running and scheming and fighting, there was a lot of discussing and thinking and planning. Not that there wasn’t any action, there was, it was just less than I was hoping for or expecting.

What I did love in this story was that Eden was in it and we got to know him as a character, through Day’s eyes as well. He is so different from the Eden that Day once knew because he’s been through a lot and he is older and more capable of understanding what’s happening in the world around him. He’s not just Day’s little brother anymore.

As I mentioned, I also loved the ending, but I won’t share any details on that. But it was a great way to end the series. Although Champion fell a bit flat for me, I still love Marie’s writing and I can’t wait to read her new book Warcross.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday (67)

I haven't done a Teaser Tuesday in a long time! It used to be a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading, but she's moved on to different things, so I don't know if there's a host anymore. Let me know if you do!

Here's how it works:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two sentences from somewhere on that page
Share the title and author
Try not to include spoilers!

My teaser this week comes from Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu.

How can two countries with such radically different philosophies ever reunite? What hope do we possible have of transforming the Republic and the Colonies into what they once were?
page 172

If you don't know the story of the Legend series, it's set in a dystopian United States of America that has been divided into the Republic and the Colonies. In this third book in the series, the two sides are on the brink of war.

Feel free to share links to your Teaser Tuesday if you're still participating!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: My September Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews and Marlene at Reading Reality.

To start off, I'm only going to do a monthly Stacking the Shelves post, unless it gets too overwhelming because I'm getting too many books. Considering I just got a part time job at Chapters/Indigo, that is a very large possibility!

Better late than never! It's a new month! And that means we've gotta look at all the books I got in the last month!

Clicking the title will bring you to Goodreads.


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2017 Releases

Holy wow, September went flying! It has been such a busy month for me, with my sister getting married at the end of September, and teaching work starting up again. I did not expect to get much work in September, and yet here I am! More good news is I also got a part-time job at my local Chapters/Indigo! Although I don't start until October, it's gonna be super exciting working in a bookstore.

In the book world, October has a LOT of awesome books coming out. Keep reading to see which ones I'm looking forward to.

Links will take you to Goodreads.

October 3, 2017

October 10, 2017

October 24, 2017

October 31, 2017

THOSE COVERS THOUGH. There's so much pretty I can't even right now. October is gonna friggen rock, my shelf is gonna look soooo pretty and my bank account is gonna hate me.

My top pick is Maggie Stiefvater's All the Crooked Saints.

Which October releases are you looking forward to the most?