Tag Archives: YA Dystopian

Series Review: “Legend” Trilogy

I’m here to do my first ever series review on this blog! 🙂 I recently binged the “Legend” trilogy and so I thought legend trilogythat this would be the best and concise way to share my thoughts on the trilogy as a whole! I have been wanting to read Marie Lu’s books for quite some time now, so I thought that this was a great place to start and it definitely was!

I’ve recently done a quick take review on the first book in this trilogy, “Legend”, here on the blog…so check it out before continuing to read on! 🙂 Now, I am going to share my star reviews for each of the next two books and then my overall series rating!

Prodigy (#2)
Champion (#3)
“Legend” trilogy

Since this is a full series review, there are definitely going to be spoilers…so do not read on if you haven’t read this trilogy! Go read them and come back to enjoy the review! 🙂 And I’ll definitely be checking out more of Marie Lu’s book and most specifically, I am super stoked for her newest book coming out in September!!! 🙂

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Alien…or Not?

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

the last star(3.5) This was my most highly anticipated read of the year and believe you me, I was pumped for it! I started it almost immediately and finished it a little while ago, which I must apologize for my delay in posting this review. With this being my most highly anticipated book of the year, I definitely had to take a little bit of time to mull over what I had read and how I really felt about it amidst the anticipation.

Now that I’ve taken the time to really think about what I’d read and the trilogy in full, I unfortunately did not feel that this book lived up to the anticipation and expectations that I had for this trilogy. I loved the first book so much and felt that Rick Yancey was setting us up for a most epic finale, that I just felt slightly let down by this last book. With this being the last book in the trilogy, I cannot go into much detail without spoiling anything, so all I’ll say in my non-spoiler section is that this book was still full of fast action, creepy imagery, and still totally messed with my mind. Despite feeling slightly let down, Rick Yancey can still write an absolutely mesmerizing book. Now, time for the spoiler section of the review – proceed with caution!

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Happy Book Birthday to The Last Star!!



The Last Star by Rick Yancey came out yesterday, May 24, 2016 and I am so pumped!!! I was so excited to have it day of, since I pre-ordered it. This is my most highly anticipated book of the year and I am already a bit into it and LOVING IT!!!

This is the third and final book in The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey. I have a dual review of the first two books on this blog – check them out! 🙂 This trilogy is a YA dystopian book following the events after an alien invasion and the mass destruction that that brought to the Earth. The trilogy follows a young girl living in the aftermath of these events and it is so intense!!! It is so badass!! It definitely is more than what it sounds like and I highly recommend picking this trilogy up!

Yay for book birthdays!! Thank you Rick Yancey!! I am bracing my heart for some major heartbreak thanks to this book, haha! 🙂

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October Book Haul

I never really felt the need to do a book haul blog post because I don’t really buy that many books.

I…I don’t know what happened. There are so many books. My bank account is crying. And October isn’t even technically over.

Well…here’s the damage.

And a breakdown of the damage:

  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini — it’s got a high rating on Goodreads, and it’s been on my to-read list for forever
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago  — also on my to-read list for forever. Also the premise sounds terrifying.
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett — you guessed it: on my to-read list for forever.
  • The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor — a sweet birthday gift from a sweet friend of mine, who understands the value of beautiful covers.
  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor — absolutely love their weird podcast, so I had to go out and buy the book!
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich — one of my favorites. I must’ve lent this out to someone since I haven’t seen it in a while, so when I found it for two bucks I had to replace that one.
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson — because I think I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book. Continue reading
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Danger Level: PG

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

81jbgvo-5slIf you’ve ever read Game of Thrones (or watched an episode of the show), you know that it does not pull punches. Things are crazy and gory and borderline offensive practically all the time. But it works, because that is the world the characters live in, so you understand it and go with it. I wish The Young Elites took a page out of their book. I think the story could’ve worked very well, but frankly it felt a little too PG for my tastes.

That feels weird to say, because there are a lot of things about this book that aren’t PG whatsoever. There are some gruesome deaths. Some cruel characters. A good amount of the story takes place in a brothel. And even with all that, it still felt like it was meant for the younger spectrum of Young Adult.

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They’re Here…

The 5th Wave – 4.5/5; The Infinite Sea – 4/5

the 5th wave

the infinite sea

Due to being so behind in my reviews and having a weird sprint in my readings, I am here to do another dual review of The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I hope y’all don’t mind – I figured since they were the first two in this trilogy, that it would make for a reasonably seamless review of the two books. Spoiler: I loved them both!!! Yep, you heard me – I loved them! For a while, I was super off of reading anything dystopian-related, but I am very glad that I picked these up. These were a very fresh take on the YA dystopian genre and I cannot believe how much I loved an alien story – definitely something very new for me. I am not going to lie – I definitely picked up The 5th Wave because I saw that it was being adapted to film and felt intrigued after the trailer. I know – shame…shame… So – the first part of this review is going to be spoiler-free and a bit more focused on The 5th Wave and then when I head into The Infinite Sea, there will be a few more spoilers. This is also mainly because it’s the second book in the trilogy.

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October TBR


Happy October!! 

I got my reading stride a bit back in September – 3 books read! 🙂 I didn’t really stick with my TBR, but I loved everything that I read in September. Now, onto October! I don’t do themed reading very often, but October is one of those months that I like to read books that a bit creepier in nature. I am absolutely not a reader of the horror genre, at all…but, I can dig some creepy books that I can curl up with on a cooler and gloomier Fall afternoon 🙂

Currently reading: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (This is going to be adapted to film in 2016, I might as well jump on this bandwagon now!)

October TBR:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I am keeping my “official TBR” list short because there are a few other books that I might want to read this month, but I’m not entirely sure. These are the books that I’m most excited to read, though, this month! Ranie, I’m finally reading “The Girl on the Train”!!!! 🙂

What is on your October TBR? Any spooky reads coming up for y’all? 

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