Book Review: Rebel by Marie Lu

Hello dear readers, we have come to the end of an era. We have covered the rest of the Legend series by Marie Lu. If you want to read my reviews of those, you can find them here:
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

This was a series I started many years ago, and I knew I had to pick up this book when I found out it was going to be released.

What did you think of the Legend series? If you haven’t picked it up yet, I definitely recommend it.
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Title: Rebel
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Was this book necessary?

We got an ending to the Legend series after the third book; Champion. Whether readers liked it or not, it was an ending. Day might not have remembered a lot of what he had gone through, but that was the way his story came to an end. Eden got an end to bis story, Tess too, and June got the most developed ending of them all.

So was Rebel really needed in the series?

I’d say no, but a lot of sequels aren’t needed.

Rebel added a nice touch to it all. It gave more depth to the story, and I like the ending better than Champion.


Passing the torch

The first three books we got to see Day and June’s perspectives. Two brilliant, super athletic people from different sides of town.

With rebel, we still get Day, but we also get Eden, his younger brother.

I like Eden’s perspective, because it’s no longer Day’s story. He passes the torch to his younger brother, who finds his own story to tell.

Eden’s story is a nice relief from Day, who is quite confident and and capable. Eden is also quite capable, but he’s less confident, more passive than Day.

Plus, he doesn’t see the world as Day does, he sees it from a more scientific perspective, and it’s a nice addition to the story.


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Is it a better ending?

If I had to pick, I would choose Rebel’s ending over Champions. I was more than okay with Champion’s story when it came out, and would have had no issue if that was where the story was over.

But, when I read Rebel, it almost seemed like the intended ending. It made the rest of the world seem incomplete in a way, and without Rebel there would be an incomplete story.

Maybe deep down, I wasn’t happy with Day’s ending, and Rebel gave me one that I felt better about.

I am not sure what it is, but I think that Rebel’s ending makes the story more complete for me.


Was Rebel a nice addition to the story for you, or did you think it was unnecessary? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or shoot me a message on social media.
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Quote of the Day: Champion by Marie Lu

“Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

Tell me there is still good in this world. Tell me there is still hope for all of us.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“He loves you, really he does. He’d love you even if it destroyed him. He matches you.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“I love you,” he whispers. “Can you stay awhile?” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“We can heal. Perhaps we can return to that same place we once stood, when we were both young and innocent.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“Now, as we stand three feet apart and stare at each other, I feel the full distance that comes with spending so much time apart, a moment filled with the electricity of a first meeting and the uncertainty of strangers.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“My heart’s been torn wide open, just like I feared it would be, and I have no willpower to close it back up.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“I always knew, on some level, that I wouldn’t live long. It’s simply not written in my stars.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“Without emotion, what’s the point of being human?” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“No matter what happens in the future, no matter where our paths take us, this moment will be ours.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“Clouds suit my mood just fine.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

“I’m so tired. I don’t know if I can ever outrun how I used to be.” 
― Marie Lu, Champion

Champion by Marie Lu Book Review

Hello dearest readers, I hope you are doing well. I should leave a secret code in these opening lines one time to give people a million dollars or something and the one person who actually reads it will be happy.

We are almost at an end for our Legend series by Marie Lu. We’ve covered both Legend and Prodigy so far, and all we have left is Rebel, which will be coming next month!

This was another YA action/adventure novel, and from a series that I had read through high school and early University. It’s been a lot of fun following the story since then, and I have yet to be disappointed from it.

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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: 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. 

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

Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★.5☆☆


The End of a Trilogy

Champion: The Graphic Novel ebook by Marie Lu

It’s tough to get a complete story in one book. It’s even more difficult to create a story that spans three books and gives readers a complete and satisfactory ending.

With Champion, we see and end for Day and June, as well as all their friends. They’ve fought to bring peace to the their country, and to themselves, and we see it come to an end in this book.

They still struggle, because their lives are never easy, but together and with a bit of loss, they will push through it and find that peace they have so wanted.


The End of Their Stories?

Though we have one more book to follow Champion, this seems like an end to a lot of their stories. Day get’s a bit of happiness after all of his suffering and loss. June is serving the country she grew up loving, even through their faults and hardships. Tess goes further than we ever thought she would.

I don’t think anyone was scared of June’s story not getting the ending she wanted. I think everyone was worried about Day, and if he could push through all the obstacles being constantly thrown in his way.

Could he make it from the streets into the hearts and minds of the people he has been fighting for? Yes, yes he does.


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The Twists

The main competition isn’t who we think it might be. This book is filled with unexpected twists that we don’t expect right away, but they are a bit obvious.

I think Marie Lu does a good job of throwing the unexpected in our faces, adding a new thrill to the story, I think some of them might be too blunt and obvious.

Maybe it was something I just happened to realize too often, but it seemed like I could tell you what was going to happen before it did.

I’m not saying that it is a bad job, but a story isn’t as interesting when you can see the end of it before you’ve even made it to the middle.


What did you think of Champion, and the rest of the Legend series? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or let’s chat on social media.
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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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