Legend by Marie Lu
Legend by Marie Lu – I had high hopes for Legend and was really disappointed. Although there is probably enough action and tension in the story to make it popular enough with readers new to the dystopian genre, it fell flat for me.
The story was predictable and lacked the originality needed to compete with this growing, ever popular genre.
Recommended age 13+
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: 16 April 2013 (1st Published 2011)
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
– Extract from Goodreads.com
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
AMAZING! I love this book – in fact the whole series! Okay, I know what you’re thinking – I’m biased because I am proudly South African. Well maybe a little… but this series is good!
Rachel Morgan has created captivating new Faerie world full of magic, romance, betrayal, action and adventure. You will fall in love with the characters as you are sucked further and further into a world like no other, wondering if, when the story is over, you will find your way back home…
What more could you want? Read this now..! You won’t regret it!
Recommended Age: 12+
The Faerie Guardian
Series: Creepy Hollow
Author: Rachel Morgan
Publication Date: 27 October 2012
Publisher: Rachel Morgan
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Enter a hidden world…
Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. — Extract from Goodreads.com
In anticipation of Divergent – the Movie
I began jotting down my thought for this post a few days ago and the first line was “I can’t wait for this movie! Divergent by Veronica Roth is one of my favourite books.”
While I am still looking forward to this movie and I still love the series, I am glad it is more than a month away from release. I need the time to come to terms with the dramatic ending of Allegiant, the third book of the trilogy. I was totally blown away and am not sure I can see the characters from the beginning without the thought of the ending clouding the experience.
Enough said! I hate spoilers and for those of you who have not read Divergent yet – read it now before the movie is released on 21 March 2014. You may be in for wild experience, but I promise you, you won’t regret it! Be brave…
Divergent – the Movie is due for release on 21 March 2014.
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Divergent by Veronica Roth: YA Book Review
Divergent is a powerful story which captivated me from the very first page. Believable characters I love – the edgy ‘messed-up’ kind that get under your skin and become part of you so you can’t remember a time when you didn’t know them. Brilliant!
I read this book in 2012, and it was without doubt the best book I read in that year. I am reviewing it now on my new blog in anticipation of the movie to be released this year. Co-incidentally I am about half way through the third book, Allegiant, and all I can say is WOW!
Recommended Age: 13+
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 2 February 2012 (1st published 25 May 2011)
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five
factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. — Extract from Goodreads.com
I am lucky enough to work in a school library in South Africa, not only because so many of our schools are not privileged enough to have a library. But sometimes I forget how fortunate I am. I tend to be drawn up in my dream of where I would like to take our library, only to be inhibited time and time again by financial constraints. I often look around the room just seeing the ‘if only’ and forget how far we have come in the seven years I have been working here.
This week was ‘Back to School’. In our corner of South Africa, January and February are stifling hot and humid and during these months our library is particularly popular for its ice-cold air conditioning. Add that to students returning from their six week summer holiday desperate for something new to read and you can see why my first week of the year is always busy.
I needed someone to wake me up… New to our school he arrived one lunch break, stopped in the doorway and exclaimed WOW! Wow… He went on to explain that the school he came from did not have such a big library. He asked for a particular book, one of our more popular titles and as I handed it to him he clutched it so hard to his chest I was a little concerned we may never see it again! His old school didn’t have this series, and he couldn’t wait to read it…
Needless to say this student made my week, and probably my month… I look around our library and I am thankful.