20 December 2013

Book Review No. 80 ~ Champion


















Champion:  A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

Summary:  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.  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "Out of all the disguises I've worn, this one might be my favorite."

My Critique:  Well I wouldn't exactly call it a "stunning conclusion" but it was a nicely wrapped ending to the trilogy.  The action was present as it has been in the previous two books and all that jazz.  However (spoiler alert), I just felt that it was a bit of a let down to go the cliché retrograde-amnesia route.  Ugh.  I mean really?  Haven't we run that plot line to the ground?  Regardless, it kept me interested and I was glad to have read it.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Champion, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

02 December 2013

Book Review No. 79 ~ Let It Snow


















Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

Summary:  Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow.  A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies.  Well, kinda.  After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger.  And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend.  Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.  (taken from the Overview found on Barnes & Noble dot com)

My Critique:  My very first e-book!  I checked this book out via my library's e-book lending platform, OverDrive.  Side note:  It's awesome, you should check it out here.  You should all know of my love for John Green by this point.  I'm slowly reading my way through all his books.  I saw this one and when I noticed two other renowned young adult authors too...well, I knew I had to read it.  And I'm glad I did.  This book is broken down into three short stories...each story written by one of the authors but all intertwining together in the end.  Very pleasant and quick read.  A little holiday enjoyment.

Short Stories:  The Jubilee Express (Maureen Johnson); A Cheertastic Christmas (John Green); The Patron Saint of Pigs (Lauren Myracle)

Favorite Passages:  
"There is nothing about a bad situation that fourteen hyper cheerleaders can't worsen."  (The Jubilee Express)  hahahahahahahahahahaha

"...I had never before had a first kiss with a girl I loved."  (A Cheertastic Christmas) awwwww

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Let It Snow, are the sole views and opinions of the authors and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

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