Joint Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 29th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

The three of us have JUST finished the incredible Prodigy by Marie Lu, and HOLY SMOKES. It. Was. Amazing. We’ll try not to spoil anything in Prodigy, but there may be some spoilers from Legend.

Shirley here.

hey guys! Some of you may or may not know that my two favorite genres are Contemporary and Dystopian novels! ANYWAYS.
CAN I JUST WARN YOU THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE SOME SERIOUS CAPS LOCK. So. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT MARIE LU DID THIS TO US, THIS IS SO UNFAIR AND SO CRUEL OF HER I JUST; STOP.

So unlike Lacey down there, I already had HIGHH expectations on Prodigy and was SUPER excited to read it and it did NOT disappoint! Well. It disappointed but more of the ugh why did it haVE TO END LIKE THIS T_T BUT it was beautifully written and LITERALLY. THERE WAS ACTION FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END.

& FORREAL CAN TESS JUST GTFO SHE IS SO ANNOYING AND IS LIKE A WHINY LITTLE GIRL THAT JUST NEEDS TO STOP OKAY AND GET OVER HER LITTLE CRUSH ON DAY BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT DAY AND JUNE (who are MTB and my OTP) LIKE JFC PLEASE LEAVEEEEE.

So although all throughout the book there was action, THE END. LIKE THE LAST 100 OR SO PAGES IS WHERE IT’S LIKE SUPER EXTREME ACTION AND INTENSITY. NO JOKE. If you’ve read the book, YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN. But I honestly canNOT wait until Champion (Legend #3) comes out and I’m so glad that it’s coming out this year and Marie Lu isn’t making us wait another year.

I also expected to seriously hate Anden, but I didn’t! He’s actually such a sweet guy, and he’s really nice to June (& it’s totally obvious he’s into her). But I’m not FOR Anden + June you know? I’m for Day + June. I JUST CAN’T. ANDEN’S CUTE AND ALL, BUT I DON’T WANT HIM WITH JUNE LIKE I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE THE EMPEROR, BUT DON’T STEAL DAY’S GIRL.
btw, Day is SO badass omg AND JUNE AND KAEDE TOO I CAN’T BELIEVE I ALMOST FORGOT KAEDE. She was AMAZING GAHHHH. I cried so much in this book T_T

Thank the laaawwddd that there’s another book (although it’s the last one =( ) because this HAS to end well. IT HAS TO.

5-hearts

shirley

Lacey here.

OH. MY. GOD. MY HEART IS BREAKING INTO A THOUSAND PIECES RIGHT NOW AND I DON’T THINK IT’LL BE FIXED UNTIL CHAMPION (book #3) COMES OUT. I did not anticipate this. I seriously had no idea that MARIE LU WOULD END UP RIPPING MY HEART OUT OVER THE END OF PRODIGY. God. GOD. I just can’t handle this. Marie Lu, why would you do this to me???

I actually thought I wouldn’t really like Prodigy, or at least as much as I liked the first book. But, oh, silly me. I ended up LOVING it. Why do I always keep doubting second books/sequels? Marie Lu must’ve been like, HA! GOTCHA, Lacey! Okay, not really, but I’ll get to the point. Which is that Prodigy is an amazing sequel that is action-packed and seriously badass and epic. June and Day are outstanding, and I ended up loving them so much more after finishing Prodigy than I already did in Legend.

The beginning of the book though, was not as epic as the last 30% of the book. That was part of why I didn’t think Prodigy would be as good as Legend. Day and June keep having doubts about one another, about where their loyalties lie, and especially about their precarious relationship. But Day is the one who mostly has second thoughts because of evil Tess. This girl. To put it bluntly, I hate Tess. She has this annoying crush on Day and is very jealous of June. And it was SO FRUSTRATING to see Day taking in the spiteful things Tess says and almost ruining his relationship with June. Because June and Day? They’re SO MTB. Meant to be. Period.

Metias, June’s brother, is a steady part of June’s story, even though he has died. But I LOVE Metias. From June’s flashbacks and how he treated her, he seemed like the sweetest, most amazing older brother. And I was devastated when he died in Legend. In Prodigy, I never got tired of the many times June mentions Metias, because it’s understandable why she does. June looked up to him and loved him so much, and I might have gotten a little teary-eyed when June finally fully realized that her beloved older brother would never be coming back to see her and care for her again.

Okay, let me just tell you that if you think the beginning of Prodigy is slow, you should keep reading. Because you will not be disappointed. The last 30% of the book is freaking unbelievably good. I was shouting my butt off and saying “Oh my god” so many times because June and Day are badass. They finally take serious action and fight for what they believe is right. And Day is on fire when he does this. Man, whew. He is SO hot, especially when he makes this speech to the people of the Republic. I fell completely in love with him then.

But. The. Ending. Fair warning if you haven’t read Prodigy: the ending will gut you. Everything is epic and amazing and uplifting and then BAM. Everything goes down the drain. I can’t say anything without spoiling, but oh my god, I was just crying inside. I was seriously screaming once I finished the book. I had to go call Shirley and Facebook message Catherine to rant about how UNFAIR the ending is. I just hope that Champion will be as incredible as the first two books and that everything will turn out fine in the very end.

5-hearts

lacey

Cathy here.

OH MY GOODNESS. I finished this book at one in the morning last Saturday (but due to school and whatnots I couldn’t write until now) AND I WAS DYING. I seriously wanted to throw this book at the wall, SCREAM MY HEART OUT, or punch something because I WAS SO DANG ANGRY. NO NOT ANGRY. I WAS FURIOUS. Like WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING TO MY EMOTIONS MARIE LU?!?! GAHHH. I wanted to bawl my eyes out because I was that depressed, and I was ranting to Shirley and Lacey like nonstop! And then Lacey and I were talking about it in our Lang class, and our teacher thought we were up to no good since we were huddling “suspiciously” in the corner, HAHA. 😉

Anyways, I LOVED this book because there was action NONSTOP. Well actually, the beginning of the book was kind of slow, but I am so glad I kept reading because the novel just got so incredibly intense. Like my heart was racing a mile a second! Anyways, back to the beginning of the book; it’s mainly about Day and June questioning their loyalties (whether to the Republic or to the Rebellion), and their relationship. And I was getting SO ANNOYED AND ANGRY BY TESS! I really liked her in the first book because I thought, “Aw she’s like Day’s little sister and she’s so incredibly cute because she always helps him and cares for him.” And then in this book all I can think is, “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING TESS?!” Okay, it wasn’t that much of a surprise when she develops romantic feelings for Day, because I mean, who wouldn’t? You’d have to be heartless not to. :\ But Tess was so jealous of June that she kept influencing Day’s thoughts about June. And then I was just thinking, “DON’T LISTEN TO HER DAY. SHE’S JUST JEALOUS!! GAHHH!” I mean, Tess shouldn’t have tried to tear Day and June apart because if it weren’t for June, Kaede would have probably killed or at least seriously hurt Tess in some way, shape, or form. And when Tess said something along the lines of (I can’t remember the exact quoting.) “June will break your heart into a million pieces,” to Day, I was just like, “NO. ME, LACEY AND SHIRLEY WILL BREAK YOU INTO A MILLION PIECES IF YOU KEEP TRYING TO TEAR ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT COUPLES EVER ON EARTH APART.” GOODNESS, she got on my nerves.

Speaking of Kaede, OH MY GOSH. I love her so much! She’s so tough, funny, sarcastic and witty. Even though we didn’t see too much of her in the first book, she plays a pretty big role here in Prodigy, so she’s pretty awesome. Another character that I love? METIAS. Oh my gosh, he’s the cutest older brother EVER. I LOVED him, and I was SO DEVASTATED when he died in Legend. But he still’s here in spirit in Prodigy, and I’m just like, Thank you, Marie Lu for keeping an incredibly awesome guy in the book even though he’s dead. And the new stuff we learn about him was MIND-BLOWING. Well apparently not for Lacey, ahem. GOSH, such a know it all, huh Lacey? HAHA, JK. But I was pretty shocked so. Just be prepared. (: It’s pretty heart-breaking too. 😥 Makes you hate Thomas even more if that’s possible. Gosh CAN HE JUST DIE ALREADY.

And ANDEN?! WOW. Like  BACK OFF, OKAY ANDEN? GET AWAY FROM JUNE BECAUSE SHE IS WITH DAY. Anden is actually pretty nice, and much different in terms of his ideals, and actually just his overall personality, from his corrupt father. So I think he’d make a pretty good Leader of the Republic, but he was so UGHH. Like STOP MAKING A MOVE ON JUNE. But then, both Day and June had to deal with people who liked them in that way. (Day-Tess, June-Anden) So I was mad at both of them. I was angry throughout so much of this book! I even called Lacey at one point and I was just telling her I kind of didn’t want to keep reading because I was getting so mad at the both of them and I was so darn scared of what was going to come next! But she persuaded me to keep reading, so I did!

AND WELL. I read until the very end. AND MY HEART DIED. LIKE WHAT THE?! AGH, I wanted to burst into tears and curl up into a ball and just cry my eyes out. Trust me, when you read the ending, you’ll want to hurl the book at the wall because it’s SO UNFAIR. Like, why did Marie Lu have to do this to us?! Even her recent tumblr status said, “life ruiner.” YES, Marie Lu, you are a life ruiner, because you CRUSHED. OUR. SOULS. 😥

Lacey, Shirley and I came up with all sorts of possibilities as to how the series would pan out, and you know me with my love for “happily ever afters,” so that’s what I’m hoping for! But we also came up with some pretty sad stuff so we’re hoping that doesn’t happen. Yet as we all pointed out, there’s still hope that all will end well in Champion! I can’t wait! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER. ❤

5-hearts

Cathy

Reading Order: Legend series

Life Before Legend by Marie Lu Legend by Marie Lu Prodigy by Marie Lu Champion by Marie Lu

#0.5 ~ Life Before Legend: Ebook • Goodreads
#1 ~ Legend: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Prodigy: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Champion: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads

Joint Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

This Girl by Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Paperback

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. 

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

Lacey here.

So I have finally, FINALLY finished This Girl by the amazing Colleen Hoover.

And I am just in awe right now because Colleen Hoover did it. Again. She has made me into complete mush thanks to a certain Will Cooper and I can’t even deal with life anymore. I had NO apprehensions before reading This Girl. I knew I would love every word from beginning to end, and Colleen did not disappoint. Everything about this book, the new slams, the way Will loves Layken, the angst, Will’s hardships, the EPILOGUE(!!!!), was SO SO incredibly emotional and touching. And at the end, I wanted nothing more than to keep reading about Will and Layken and their brothers and their story. I don’t think I can ever get enough of them. ESPECIALLY Will.

And speaking of the heart-melting Will Cooper. OH HO HO. Oh my. He is one FINE specimen if I do say so myself. Reading Will’s POV from what happened in Slammed was so wonderful, because Will is probably the sweetest, most selfless, self-sacrificing boy I’ve read. He gave up his whole life for his younger brother, even at the loss of his beloved parents. Probably one of my favorite scenes to read was when Will finally tells Layken the story of when his parents died. Will completely broke my heart when I read it, because it was so heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. And I literally teared up when Will was so happy that his little brother, Caulder, had survived. I B U T T E R F L Y I N G  L O V E this book (hehe This book, get it?). Actually, this entire series. This Girl was just an incredible end to one of the most amazing series I have ever read. The entire book is written in the most beautiful way that you can’t help but fall more in love with Will with every word he says.

Will. Butterflying. Cooper. I just swoon SO HARD because of him. (And Naughty Will was so sexy yet hilarious at the same time! I have no idea why!)

*wails because why isn’t Will Cooper real everything about this series is so beautiful*

 

I will never get tired of this series. I could read it over and over again. And I’m pretty sure I will, too. I’ve come to love and care so much for Will and Layken and everyone else, laughing and tearing up and smiling while reading this series. And when a book has that kind of power, you know that it’s an incredible book.

Absolutely positively 6 hearts!

6 hearts
lacey

Cathy here.

Okay, so I said before that I would wait until August to read this for the first time in paperback…WELL, I caved pretty early. AHH, I COULDN’T RESIST!! It was so amazing, and I’m going to miss Will, Layken, Caulder, Kel, Gavin, Eddie, and Kiersten so much! When I first started reading This Girl, I was so excited because I couldn’t wait to get to hear Slammed from Will’s POV, but when I finished the book, it felt so bittersweet. I was devastated when the story ended, only because I still want to know what’s going on in Will and Layken’s lives! BUT, on the bright side, there were some NEW SLAM POEMS!! WOO HOO!! (= I fell in love with Will even more, if that’s even humanly possible! He’s probably the CUTEST guy in the universe. honeymoon (YAY! SO HAPPY THEY’RE MARRIED! MR. AND MRS. COOPER!! ❤) So the flashbacks were WONDERFUL, since we get to see everything from Will and Vaughn’s breakup to Will and Layken’s wedding night! ^_^ There were some ups and downs, but Lake and Will are so cute together as husband and wife (YIPPEE!). They’re the best couple ever! Their conversations and interactions with each other made my heart melt, and I was so happy for them since they were finally together forever (!) after going through more tragedies than most people encounter in a lifetime! Not only that, but reading from Will’s POV helped me understand his thought process and why he made the decisions he did during Slammed better. And I also love Will for loving Lake so much, and how it was absolutely killing him every single day that they were apart. HE’S SO ADORABLE. I’m glad that we got to see Eddie, Gavin, Kel, Caulder, and Kiersten one more time before the series ended. It was great to see them all together as one big, happy family one last time! EPILOGUE? ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!Since I knew there was an epilogue, I kind of predicted the ending (and I was right!), but it was a butterflying amazing ending, nonetheless! I’m so sad that the series ended, but incredibly happy that I was able to see MR. AND MRS. COOPER’S happily ever after.

6 hearts!! (Because what other rating could we possibly give this book?)

6 hearts
Cathy

Reading Order: Slammed series

Slammed by Colleen Hoover Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover This Girl by Colleen Hoover

#1 ~ Slammed: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Point of Retreat: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ This Girl: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

Joint Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir-this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

Lacey here.

Ally Carter is one of my favorite authors ever, because I love her Heist Society and Gallagher Girls series. I remember, a couple of years back, I saw a copy of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You at Target, and desperately wanting to read it. I mean, c’mon. Spies? Girl spies? And cute boys? There was no way I wasn’t going to read it. And lo and behold, the next time I went to the library, it was there! So I immediately borrowed a copy, and there began my love for Ally Carter. Mind you, I was a young’un then, so Ally Carter’s books perfectly matched my little girly heart, and expanded my love for reading even more. That’s not to say, of course, that you have to be a young, preteen girl to enjoy Ally’s books! No siree. It’s been around 6 years since I first started reading Ally’s books, and I enjoy them today just as much as I did back then. The second book in the Gallagher Girls series, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, is probably one of the books I’ve read the most number of times. If you want light, fun, exciting, and unique books, then what are you waiting for? GO READ SOME ALLY CARTER BOOKS.

Alright, well, I was actually supposed to write my review, but I got a little sidetracked. So. ANYWAYS. I finished Perfect Scoundrels a week ago, and it was a perfect, light read. I finished pretty quickly, because there’s just something about Ally Carter’s books that make you unable to stop reading! (Although there’s also the slight problem of not remembering much from previous books too, unfortunately). Once you start one of Ally’s books, though, you get sucked in immediately into her world of thieves and/or spies.

I loved that the first chapter finally shows us the scene where Kat first meets Hale. It was so adorable and sweet, and you just know that they’re amazing together. The only bad part of the book was when Kat and Hale had their fight. I, of course, knew that THERE WAS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT HALE AND KATE WOULD BREAK UP FOREVER, so I wasn’t too worried. Hale is as incredible as ever, but now, he has tons of pressure put onto him once he is labeled the sole heir to the multi-billion dollar Hale family company. It’s in this book that we finally get to see the side of Hale he tries so hard to hide from Kat, the world of the rich, the glamorous, and the heartless. Even Hale turns a bit cold towards Kat when he is reintegrated with the rich. I got so mad at Hale for this, and Kat gets so depressed by this, but she has a new mystery to solve (which involves a heist, naturally).

The best part of the book for me (besides Kat+Hale of course!) is Kat’s family and the relationships within her family. Her heist crew is hilarious and lovable, with the Bagshaw brothers being as crazy as ever, Gabrielle being her gorgeous self, and Simon being his dorky, nerdy self. Her father, Bobby Bishop, and her Uncle Eddie, are quite possibly my favorite secondary characters in this series. The love they have for Kat is just so heartwarming, and Uncle Eddie saying “I’ll be here when you get back” just exemplifies everything about the love they share. Kat’s family is her support, her foundation, and without them, she wouldn’t be the strong, tough, clever girl we know her as.

The end of the book is SO. INTENSE. We get this big buildup and then Kat does her thang and everything turns out brilliantly. BUT we still don’t know what Hale’s initials stand for! So I’m really hoping the there’s another book in the series. I don’t want to say more without spoiling, so I’ll just let Cathy and Shirley say what they think of the book!

5 hearts
lacey

Shirley here.

Ally Carter is legitimately one of my favorite authors of all time!  I mean come on, cute boys, spies, mystery and drama?! How can you not fall in love with books like that?

Like most of her books, I was quite excited to read Perfect Scoundrels! It started with the story of how Kat and Hale met, and it was the cutest story ever! I’d love to become a thief if that meant picking up (literally) cute boys…This entire book revolves around Hale’s grandmother’s will, which put Hale as the new owner of the million dollar company. But this book was action all the way! Just when it seemed like there was going to be a conclusion, I would still have over 100 pages to read.

AND THE END. GIRL. That was probably the most mind blowing part of the entire book. I tend to spoil things without intending to, so I’m just going to leave it at that. Sorry for a short review, but I don’t want this post to be too long! Basically, read it.

5 hearts
shirley

Cathy here.

Reiterating what both Lacey and Shirley have said, I absolutely love, love LOVE Ally Carter’s books! I first read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You when I was in middle school, I believe. And I thought it was pretty interesting, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Josh. But as I kept reading the books, they kept getting better and better! I finally read Heist Society after my friend Cindy showed me it in eighth grade (?) , and I was so excited to read it because I was thinking, “Another Ally Carter book?! AHHHH!!”

So onto Perfect Scoundrels, which is the third book in the Heist Society series. I could not put this book down. Which is quite awful really, since I had a somewhat large amount of homework this weekend, and I delayed all of it until today (Sunday) just so I could finish the book! But that’s the sign of a good book right? Anyways, this book had a whole lot of HALE in it, which is probably why I loved it so much. Like Shirley said, there was action all throughout the book, and never a dull moment! I had to make sure to slow down a bit, because I think it’s important to try to pay attention to the details especially in Ally Carter’s books, since you never know which detail is crucial. And the Hale and Kat moments?! Oh my goodness, I was incredibly happy whenever they were in a scene together! The first chapter got the book off to a spectacular start. “Why?” do you ask? BECAUSE, we finally got to see how Kat and Hale met!! ❤ Whenever Hale referred to Kat as his girlfriend, I was SCREAMING “YES, YES, YES FINALLY!!” So you can imagine my heart shattering when they got into an argument, and Hale said, “No. Wait. It proves I don’t have a girlfriend anymore.” Like what the heck are you doing Hale?! I HATE YOU! But I really don’t, I love Hale; he’s the cutest guy ever, besides Zach of course. (=

And I’m so glad we finally got to meet the rest of Kat’s family! They’re hilarious, and all so lovable. I really wish I could be part of Kat’s crazy family! And when Hale finally met Kat’s family as her boyfriend, those were some of the funniest/cutest scenes in the book, in my opinion. (=

AND THE ENDING?! MY MIND WAS BLOWN. I can’t really say anything without spoiling it, and I’m really bad at keeping it secret when I get super excited about certain parts. BUT the ending? I actually had to do a double take, because in my rush to find out what happened, I was kind of confused. So yes, READ CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY.

YAY FOR ALLY CARTER AND HER AWESOME HEROINES WHO ARE SUPER SMART AND INDEPENDENT! And her incredibly cute guys!! ❤

SO READ THIS BOOK. (= And make sure you’ve read the Heist Society and the Cleopatra Emerald first. Bye! (=

5 hearts
Cathy

Reading Order: Heist Society series

Heist Society by Ally Carter Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

#1 ~ Heist Society: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Uncommon Criminals: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Perfect Soundrels: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads