Bingo Square: Underrepresented This trilogy seemed to be very popular around the time I started getting into YA and dystopian novels but despite the positive reviews, I never got around to it. I think I was worried about overdoing it and burning myself out but I always meant to get around to the trilogy. It’s just other, newer books kept coming up. I finally downloaded it this year, but was trying to push myself to work through earlier downloads, so I still hadn’t started it until I saw a way to include it in Bingo. The story itself is almost […]
This collection contains lots of great horror stories. They are written by some really awesome YA authors as well. Sorry, I’m tired, so I’m going to direct you to my blog for more information. You can read my full review here.
There were two big problems with my experience reading Legend: first, I should have read it five years ago; second, I listened to the audiobook, which was so perfunctorily narrated that the cheesy-ness of the line reading just emphasized how pedestrian the prose and dialogue are. I don’t listen to a lot of audiobooks, but I had hoped to make more of a habit of it since my current job is well-suited for listening to them while I work. Unfortunately, I think there is something to the idea that reading words aloud gives them the florescent light treatment — prosaic […]
I read Marie Lu’s Legends trilogy and was largely “eh” about it. They weren’t the worst written thing I’d ever read, but they weren’t terribly creative and the characters were boring. But when I saw Ms. Lu had written the first book in a new series, I thought I would give it a go. “The Young Elites is fantasy, it could be interesting. Legends was YA dystopian, I could just be burnt out on those, they’re everywhere right now.” So I swear I went into The Young Elites with an open mind, wanting to like it. Sadly, I did not. Let’s start with […]
This was really bad. I wish this was one of those “this was so bad, it was good” things. Like that movie The Room, or anything starring Lyndsay Lohan. But this one is just plain old bad. I know, I sound like a broken record when I say that I need to stop with the bad trilogies already. A promising first novel is great, but it rarely seems to mean that the quality will continue throughout the forced trilogy. I was re-reading my reviews for the first two books in this pile of drivel (Legend, which was actually ok, and Prodigy, […]
I am exhausted from being yo-yoed around by this book. Up and down and back around. I was prepared for disappointment after Prodigy and the way the series seemed to be heading, but even so I was still disappointed even over that prior disappointment. The ending to this series has cemented my resolve not to start YA series without 1) High recommendations from people I trust, and 2) Having a pretty good idea that the series isn’t going to careen off a cliff at the last minute. I’m not even sure where to start with this review. (Spoilers for the […]
I read a quick palette cleanser, The Governess Affair (2013) by Courtney Milan, before getting into the third and final installment of my latest young-adult dystopian trilogy: Champion (2013) by Marie Lu. The Governess Affair was a little short for its own review, but I will allow myself a short diversion for this little novella: I’ve heard only good things about Courtney Milan, but for whatever reason, her stories don’t resonate with me. This one, especially, I didn’t really enjoy. The whole premise revolved around an uncomfortable rape, one where the protagonist feels guilty because she didn’t fight. Ugh, not […]
There was no question that I would be quickly moving on to the second book of my latest young adult, dystopian trilogy–Prodigy (2013) by Marie Lu. I need to read all three before our book club meeting, and the first one was more interesting than I expected. I wasn’t disappointed in this second book, either. Now, it’s always somewhat challenging to review the second book in a trilogy. You can’t say much of anything about the plot without revealing spoilers from the first book, and it’s hard to have definitive ideas about the book until you know how it all […]