Thursday, July 31, 2014

Legend by Marie Lu

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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. (

Here's a book you definitely need to add to your summer reading list.  It will certainly keep you on your toes as the novel follows June and Day.  Did you like Divergent? The Hunger Games? You'll love Legend. Heck, even if you didn't like either of those, you might find your niche in the Republic's war.
The only warnings I'll give are these:
a little bit of bad language
kissing and such
The violence might frighten younger readers.  It's not graphic or explicit so older readers should be fine.
I really enjoyed this book, plus it's sequel: Prodigy.  I'm about to read the third one, Champion, and I'll let you know how it goes.  :)
Happy reading!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness.  The prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.
Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can't remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron.  He's going to escape, even though most inmates don't believe that Outside even exists.  And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia.
Claudia claims to live Outside - her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she's doomed to an arranged marriage.  If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return.
But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye.  Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know.
Because Incarceron is alive.
(from inside cover)

This book is a wild ride from beginning to end.  Get ready, because you won't want to put it down once you've started.  I can't say too much - there are several astonishing plot twists I don't want to give away - but I will say:
If you like fantasy/sci-fi/adventure at all, you will enjoy Incarceron.  The Times, London, said that Incarceron is "one of the best fantasy novels written for a long time".  I must agree.  Rarely have I read such a fascinating story.
Okay, okay, Incarceron isn't perfect.  There are a few swear words like "d*mn" and "b*tch".  The violence can be somewhat disturbing to younger readers so I would recommend 13+.  There is no sexual innuendo except for a brief reference to "women" in a less-than-honorable manner.
Adventure, intrigue, suspense - Incarceron has it all!
Happy reading!