Can’t-Wait Wednesday:”Wildcard” by Marie Lu

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Today’s CWW feature is a book I’ve been nervously awaiting, especially after the way its predecessor ended.

29386918Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Who’s excited for Wildcard? This girl! 🙋‍♀️ I plan to re-read Warcross just before this one releases just to review things a bit. Hopefully, September isn’t too crazy so I can go about re-reading and reading as planned.

Wildcard releases September 18.

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Rachel

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What book/s are you excited for this week?

Music Mondays: “Control” by Halsey

 

 

Music Mondays

Music Monday is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


This Monday’s MM song feature is inspired by one of my (problematic) faves, Adelina Amouteru from Marie Lu‘s The Young Elites trilogy.

My favorite characters are usually the conflicted ones – those who have to fight their own internal battles in addition to the battles they have to wage outside themselves. But usually, no matter how flawed those characters are, in the end, they chose what’s right. Positive character development, you could call it.

Adelina’s different.

Succumbing to the darkness inside her and fueled by her need to avenge herself, she becomes worse as the Young Elites trilogy progressed. And somehow, in the middle of her negative character development, I saw a part of myself in her.

She still ends up doing the right thing though, so her story is still one of hope.

Anyway, the song I picked for today is by Halsey. Control is from her first album Badlands.

Hope you enjoyed my song pick for today. And, here’s me hoping we all have a good week ahead of us.

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Rachel

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Let me know what songs or artists you’re listening to. 

November 2013 Releases

Well, I only have two on my list right for this month, and I already bought one while the other I’ve read a year ago but, because I’m OC with book covers, did not buy the physical copy. Anyway, here are the two books I’ve been waiting for this November.

Champion cover

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

Summary from Amazon.com

If you want to read the first chapter, Amazon has it. Check it out from this link. Champion has been released last November 5.

Reached

It’s not really new. The harcover has been out for nearly a year but for the sake of my OC tendencies when it comes to book covers, I am including Reached, the third and last book in Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. The paperback version is set to be released November 19.

That’s about it. I think most of the books on my Most Anticipated Reads list for this year has been released.

Book Review: Marie Lu’s “Prodigy”

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Following the events of Legend, Prodigy starts off with June and Day making a run for Vegas in the hopes of allying with the rebel Patriot group when the unexpected happens – the Primo Elector dies and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic on shaky grounds, the Patriots want to seize the opportunity to strike back and ignite a rebellion. They take in June and Day and bargain with the two – Eden’s, Day’s younger brother, rescue and assistance with their escape to the nearby Colonies in exchange for the new elector’s assassination. June and Day, for lack of options, accept the rebel group’s conditions but as they set the plan in motion they uncover information, things that may just derail their plans.

Prodigy is just as fast-paced and thrilling as Legend. Marie Lu writes action scenes very well. Her version of the near-future world – the strict Republic and the commercially-fueled Colonies – is believable. I can actually imagine a country being divided that way, but let’s rather hope it doesn’t happen.

It still follows the original plot set up in Legend so readers won’t get lost or, at the very least, not too much. I actually put off reading Prodigy for a few months because I’ve been told that it ends with a killer cliffhanger and I already have Insurgent’s own cliffhanger of an ending to haunt me. I didn’t wish to add more to that but as always when it comes to books, I caved in. And here I am, not as much of a mess as when I finished Divergent’s sequel but still a mess nonetheless.

I am happy that we got a glimpse of the Colonies in this installment. It serves as a great point of comparison against the Republic. We are given two different worlds that are both good and evil at the same time.

Marie Lu’s characters grew and became more mature in Prodigy and for me it was the best thing in this book. June and Day both learned to look at their situation from different perspectives and not just through their own biased ones.

It was Tess, however, who made the biggest jump in this story. She’s no longer the little, vulnerable girl we were introduced to in Legend. Tess became self-sufficient and confident, even confident enough to make tough decisions of her own.

The author also gave her readers more insight on some of the other characters like Thomas, Kaede, Metias and most especially Anden. He was only mentioned once in the first book during that celebratory ball for June’s capture of Day but he took on a bigger role in this second book. I guess it is safe to say that Anden will still play an important role in the next book Champion, which is due out this November 5th.

Probably the only thing that I didn’t like much in Prodigy are the love complications. Somehow I felt like throwing Anden with June and Tess with Day was only done to rock the main’s already established connection. But that’s just me. I’m not that big on love triangles, let alone a square.

Overall, Prodigy satisfies. It is a good follow-up to Legend. I definitely recommend it especially if you’ve already read Legend. I can’t wait to get my hands on Champion and see what happens to this trilogy.

Rating: 3.5/5