Quote of the Day: Prodigy by Marie Lu

“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just … met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Daniel.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Love is illogical, love had consequences–I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“The first time I saw you, when you stepped into that Skiz ring against Kaede, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. I could’ve watched you forever. The first time I kiss you…” That memory overpowers me now, taking me by surprise. I remember every last detail of it, almost enough to push away the lingering images of the Elector pulling June to him. “Well, that might as well have been my first kiss ever.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“See?” she says. “tricked you. You’re always staring at your opponents eyes-but that gives you a bad peripheral view.If you want to track my arms and legs, you have to focus on my chest.”
I raise my eyebrow at that. “say no more.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Yeah, something was wrong. That was the understatement of the year.”
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I’m tired of running.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I make sure to keep a good distance between us, just in case she decides to get happy with a knife or something.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“My heart is ripped open, shredded, leaking blood. I can’t let him leave like this. We’ve been through to much to turn into strangers.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Now you’ll get to see how I can really run a building, darlin. Not even a cracked knee to hold me back, yeah? What a nice birthday present.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Even in the dark, I see hints of a smile creep onto her face.
“Yeah. You are a smooth talker.”
I give her a wounded frown.“Sweetheart, would I ever lie to you?”
“Don’t try. I’d see right through it.” I give her a low laugh. “Fair enough.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“He spins around. Before I can say anything else, he steps forward and takes my face in his hands. Then he’s kissing me one last time, overwhelming me with his warmth, breathing life and love and aching sorrow into me. I throw my arms around his neck as he wraps his around my waist. My lips part for him and his mouth moves desperately against mine, devouring me, taking every breath that I have. Don’t go, I plead wordlessly. But I can taste the good-bye on his lips, and now I can no longer hold back my tears. He’s trembling. His face is wet. I hang on to him like he’ll disappear if I let go, like I’ll be left alone in this dark room, standing in the empty air. Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart.” 
― Marie Lu, Prodigy


Do you like any of these quotes? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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A Fitting Romance: Prodigy by Marie Lu Review

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆

Hello my fellow Prodigies, we’re looking at Book #2 of the Legend Series by Marie Lu today. This series was one I fell in love with back in high school, and enjoyed thoroughly. I followed up with it till the end, and I am happy to share my thoughts with you today.

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Now it has been some time since I read this book, but there was one thing that I remember sticking out to me. I read it during the time when The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and all the other Young Adult series were really taking off, but Prodigy stood out to me.

It wasn’t as simple as an exciting book, filled with teens getting into insane action packed fights, doing death defying stunts, and saving the world.

It was characters, solving the puzzles and hardships of their environments, trying to make it a better place. It was much deeper rooted than kids with bows and arrows, its dilemmas and principles at the forefront of the conflict. It’s making that hard choice in order to do what you think is right.

That’s what makes Prodigy so brilliant.

Prodigy doesn’t fall prey to being a sequel, which too often don’t live up to expectations. Prodigy doesn’t just live at the same level of Legend, it exceeds it. Prodigy goes deeper, and doesn’t pull its punches.


There is also the very obvious romance. Sometimes romance can ruin a book. It’s forced, or poorly executed, or unnecessary.

With Prodigy, it seems more natural. It seems like it belongs. Day and June don’t fall in love because of circumstance. That is a factor, but they fall in love, because of the chemistry they have. They see the world from two sides of the same coin.

They each grew up in different worlds, but they both analyze their environments, process the information, and come to their own conclusions.

Day and June are so similar. You could probably mistake the two of them at times, but the two different worlds they lived in makes their connection that much stronger.


What did you think of Prodigy? If you haven’t read it, it’s a great YA book to read that has a bit of action and romance mixed together.
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10 Books With One Word Titles

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books with a single word title.

I’ll be limiting this too books I have on my shelves right now…so I hope you enjoy.

Remember to chat with me in the comments whether you have some of these same one word title books, or which ones you enjoy!

Steelheart/Firefight/Calamity

The reckoners series books all consist of one word. They are very important to the story in each book, and really only make sense once you’ve read them.


Inferno/Origin

Two books by Dan Brown. I love the mystery and intrigue behind them all, and I am a sucker for a good conspiracy theory.


Oathbringer

A Brandon Sanderson book, and #3 in his Stormlight Archive Series. Both a beautiful looking piece, and a great story. It is one of my favourite books of all time.


Legend/Prodigy/Champion/Rebel

A YA series by Marie Lu. I loved this series back in high school and needed to see it to the end. They’re easy reads, but full of adventure and thrilling moments.


What are some of your favourite books with one word titles? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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Top 10 Tuesdays: Newest Additions to my Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is the 10 books most recently added to my bookshelf. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m just gonna start…and these are in no particular order, just the most recent books I received/bought


The Alloy of Law

By Brandon Sanderson, and a Mistborn world book. I am excited to get to it, but I have to finish the original trilogy first.

The Dark Tower

By Stephen King. Many consider this a classic and a great book, so I wanted to see what it was all about.

Wizard’s First Rule

The first book of a large series by Terry Goodkind. I’ve heard this is the best book in the series, so I can’t wait to step into another fantasy world.

Rebel

The final book in the Marie Lu series. I started reading this series years ago, and I can say I am quite happy with the way it all ended.

Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

I’ve mentioned this book quite a bit too, but I am excited to get a chance to read it.

Sword of Destiny

A Witcher book. My brother bought the first one, and I got the second one. I’ve heard they are good and gruesome, which are both okay in my eyes.

Fahrenheit 451

A classic, and some would say a great book. My girlfriend picked it out for me at random, but I am always willing to read a classic story.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Months ago I had seen this book all over Twitter, so I thought I’d finally get a copy of my own when I saw it in my local bookstore. I honestly don’t know what it’s about, but I am excited to crack it open.

Dnd Monster Manual

For any DnD player or DM, this book is a good source of information for the game, and a good source of inspiration for any writer.

Top 10 Games to Play in your Head by Yourself

I’ve said how excited I am about this book several times, but I just want to reinforce it one more time…I am excited for this book!


What are some of your most recent Bookshelf submissions? Let me know in the comments, or on social media.
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Wednesday News: February 6

Boy oh boy am I excited for today’s news!!

A few days ago I found out that there is a book coming out  from a series that I thought had been finished years ago.

There’s this really fantastic author, Marie Lu, who writes this fantastic series, Legend, which I had assumed was concluded with the third book of the trilogy.

Little did I know, she had a book 4 planned to come out October 2019.

This is definitely on my list to read, and can’t wait to read a Marie Lu book again!

Here’s a story that does a better job of explaining things than I do.

Marie Lu: Rebel