Champion by Marie Lu — the third book in the Legend series — comes out tomorrow and I CANNOT EVEN HANDLE IT. I just spent the weekend rereading Legend and Prodigy and PRETTY MUCH LOSING MY MIND OVER THEM. So. Good.
Also? I highly recommend the reread — made such a difference when I started Champion. That’s right — I’m reading it! Cannot wait to hear what you think when you get your hands on it too.
MEANWHILE. Sharing the Legend series love — PenguinTeen and I are giving away some Marie Lu swag: a set of tattoos (3, the logos of each of the books) and a poster. Read up about the book, then enter below to win. Good luck!
By Marie Lu
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
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 once again. 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 he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
— Goodreads.com description
By Alexandra Bracken
Publication date: Oct. 15, 2013
Disney-Hyperion, 512 pages
The gripping and highly anticipated second installment in a dark YA trilogy about teens with dangerous powers on the run from the government.
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children-and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts-has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future-and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam-and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart-she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
I’m a big fan of Alex Bracken’s in general and particularly enjoy the gritty, intense Darkest Minds series, so I was excited to pick up book two, Never Fade.
Only…I totally blanked on what happened at the end of The Darkest Minds.
Thankfully, I had a copy on hand and could reread the last few chapters. It helped MAJORLY, so if you have a copy around, I highly recommend doing the same to get back into the zone.
Once I got into Never Fade, there were a lot of highs and lows. Lows: My attention lagged in parts; I was ready to read ahead a bit. Highs: When the action came, it was CRAZY. Like, very emotionally charged. I feel so invested in these characters!
Anyway, that’s a typical reaction for me during the second book in a series, so I’m not too concerned. I’m ready for the third and final book!
Have you read this one? What do you think? If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance. Enter below to win a copy of the book, plus a fun t-shirt!
If you’re like me, you often start a series, then forget to finish it. Well, I’m here to help.
Today, I’m giving away 17 books that are each part of a series. Some of these I’ve read and loved and am simply giving away because I had multiple copies. Others are from series I — sadly — had to let go.
Some of these first books, some are second, some are third — either way, I’m sure there’s a good home out there for them somewhere!
Either way, I’m hoping to find them a good home. Check them out, then enter below (U.S. only). Be sure to fill out the field that asks which ones you are interested in! Good luck and happy reading!
Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail (If We Kiss #2)
Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton (Angelfire #3)
Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer (Nightshade Legacy #1, Nightshade spinoff)
Thumped by Megan McCafferty (Bumped #2)
Rebel Heart by Moira Young (Dust Lands #2)
A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark #2)
Underworld and Awaken by Meg Cabot (Abandon Trilogy #2 and #3)
This Side of Jealousy by Lili Peloquin (The Innocents #2)
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (Jenna Fox Chronicles #2)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden #1)
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Touch #3)
Starstruck by Lauren Conrad (Fame Game #2)
Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick (Ashes Trilogy #2)
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons #2)
Point of Origin by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #2)
Venom by Fiona Paul (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1)
By Meagan Spooner
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2013
Carolrhoda Lab, 336 pages
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice.
— Goodreads.com description
Shadowlark begins where Skylark left off and for a brief moment I thought, “Oh, crap. Where were we?” But, thankfully, Meagan Spooner does a really good job of slowly reminding us of the backstory and reintroducing us to the characters. I was caught up in no time.
You might remember that my favorite part of Skylark was a big reveal moment that left me GASPING. Like, seriously, louder than I’ve ever gasped before while reading a book. I totally didn’t see it coming!
Well, there are big reveals in Shadowlark, too, but I definitely saw them coming this time around. But the plot was so compelling (loved the overarching theme of the morality behind sacrificing a few for a good of the many) and the writing was so visual that it didn’t really phase me.
Certain bits of the ending resolved themselves a bit too prettily for me, but we’re still set up well for the third book in the series, and I can’t wait for it!
Oh, and how could I forget: Lark and Oren. OMG. I just. Favorite part of the books. Well, besides Nix. Don’t you guys love Nix?
So, friends, want to read this book? Enter the two giveaways below for a chance to win!
PS: OMG you guys. Meagan’s next book with Amie Kaufman? These Broken Stars? I just finished it and it is AMAZING. Stay tuned for that review.
My Giveaway (U.S. residents only):
Grand Prize Giveaway (U.S./Canada residents only):
Two Lies and a Spy
By Kat Carlton
Publication date: Sept. 3, 2013
Simon & Schuster, 256 pages
When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.
Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated…
Yeahhhhh spies! I love spies in books! If you do too, this is your chance to win a copy of the book…plus a macro camera phone lens so you can channel your own inner Veronica Mars. Enter below to win.
Good luck and happy reading!
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