LEGEND BY MARIE LU // book review

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legend by marie lu

pages: 305

published by putnam juvenile on 29 november 2011

genres: young adult, dystopia, science fiction, romance

rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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.

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*spoiler free review*

okay first of all, why did i take so long to finally read this?? oh and guess what, i’m back to blogging for the time being until school starts again haha. i went into this book with low expectations because i thought it was going to be just another typical YA dystopian book (don’t come @ me) but i finished this feeling extra satisfied and craving for more. needless to say, almost immediately after finishing legend, i started reading prodigy. but i’m here to talk about legend so let us get on with it.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

i really enjoyed the world building and the plot in general. this dystopian setting was honestly quite cool but also at the same time really cruel haha, with the trial (which i’m assuming it’s like the SATs?? i don’t take them since i don’t live in US so idk haha) and the plague and just the republic’s tendency to killing people. i found the book to be well-paced with its fair share of action-packed scenes too. marie lu’s writing was also great and captivating, considering that i couldn’t put the book down because i needed to know what happened next hahaha. well, i did wish we got a little more information regarding the political situation like what exactly are the main motives of the republic, colonies and patriots. hopefully we’ll get to explore that further in the next installments.

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl’s fallen in love with the Republic’s most famous criminal.”

our two main characters are day and june whom i have immense admiration for because they’re so badass despite being only fifteen (fifteen!!). i gotta admit, i found myself forgetting that they’re only fifteen given their situations but i guess the environment does a great job in shaping people, in this case especially. marie lu does an amazing job with these two characters to portray the evident class system gap in legend. day and june are from two different worlds, with day struggling to keep alive in the slums whereas june has led a privileged life in the wealthy districts.

i was a little apprehensive towards june at first (obviously) because she’s after day but she has definitely gone through significant character development. i kinda disliked her for the whole betrayal thing even though i knew that would happen because it would make no sense for her to fall in love with day and abandon her desire to avenge her brother’s death. oh and what are the odds that two extremely smart and good-looking fifteen year olds cross paths and fall in love?? (not that i’m complaining haha)

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”

and then we have the side characters. i love the sibling relationships in this book because they’re just so wholesome and at times, heart-wrenching. i felt bad for day because he didn’t get enough time with his brothers 😦 john’s actions at the end of legend was so devastating askdjbh!!! june and metias’s relationship was also really nice to read about given how close they were since they had only each other to rely on.

if i had to pick one character to kill off, it would definitely be thomas. WOW. i honestly can’t stand the way he treats day and the other poor people in general. he was such a snob and rude yet he does not see how horrible and wrong he was behaving. it would probably make sense if he did grow up among the wealthy hence the prejudice, but nope. he clearly stated he was poor once so who gave him the right to look down on others. ugh. it wouldn’t be the worst if something bad does happen to him in the rest of the series.

the friendship between day and tess was so cute and wholesome too. i really enjoyed the scenes where they’re plotting crimes and overall mischief in general haha. the issue about tess’s near-sightedness though, because do glasses not exist in this dystopian society?? (okay as i’m writing this i’m realising that maybe they couldn’t afford glasses oop) but bruh how is she still able to survive without glasses because i definitely couldn’t hahah. i need her talent thank you very much.

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have you read legend? what are your thoughts about it (and the rest of the series)?

IN THE MONTH OF JUNE // aka i catch you up on things in an unnecessarily long post

hi. hello. so it’s been one year since i’ve posted anything on here. wow. well, i don’t know whether i’ll be fully back but i do know that i need somewhere to talk about the books that i’ve read this month (because this is by far the best reading month i had this year). i don’t actually remember how blogging works lmao. i’m basically writing to say i’m back (sort of)?? if anyone cares at all lol.

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i think it’s safe to say that i’m officially back on track with my goodreads reading challenge (which is 50 books if anyone is wondering). i’ve read 26 books in total this year but i didn’t count in my rereads, which i’m kinda regretting now haha (should i?).

some stats:

total: 14 books
rereads: 2
audiobooks: o
e-books: 4
library books: 4
(yes i actually went to the library this month)
average rating: 3.96⭐️


finale by stephanie garber // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // the third and final book in the caraval trilogy (damn i’m sad). a firm 5 stars on this one although my favourite is still legendary.  this book has both tella’s and scarlet’s point of views but i still preferred tella’s and found scarlett’s storyline boring at the beginning and it was only redeemed for me after a certain incident with a certain fate (lol). jacks is amazing as always.

a very large expanse of sea by tahereh mafi // ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 // i was super excited to read this book and while i wasn’t disappointed by it, i didn’t absolutely adore it. i still think that it’s a must read because of the important issues the book talks about (e.g. racism, bigotry). the protagonist, shirin, was slightly unlikable at the beginning but i understood where she was coming from after reading about the how the way people treated her was uncalled for. the romance was cute too haha (although it was kinda frustrating at times).

girl made of stars by ashley herring blake // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i finally read this after seeing it being raved about by so many people haha. i definitely enjoyed it. this book shows how victims of rape are suffering and how people often refuse to believe them, choosing to be on the side of the rapist instead. i really liked the friendships in this book (especially the support mara and hannah gave each other).

a court of wings and ruin by sarah j. maas // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // a re-read for the 28319th time hahaha. i actually started this in may but i put it down because i was more interested in other books. the acotar trilogy still remains one of my favourite books of all time but this acowar always feels so damn long. is it good? yes. is it my favourite in the trilogy? no (acomaf hands down is my favourite lol).

the fault in our stars by john green // ⭐️⭐️.5 // i have no idea why i convinced myself to read this in the middle of the night (and also finish it in one sitting) because all i gained from this re-read is the confirmation that i truly did not like this book, a slightly more appreciation for gus (none still for hazel) and of course, sleep deprivation. yay. the last time i read it was 2014 so i thought maybe my opinions towards tfios would change (for the better) but nope. end of story.

a study in charlotte by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // a sherlock holmes retelling with great characters but a lackluster mystery (as in it wasn’t mindblowing at the end when it was revealed lol). i liked charlotte and jamie very much. but still the plot felt kinda slow at the beginning. i liked the development of the relationship between jamie and his dad throughtout the book. oh and even though august moriaty was only mentioned and does not appear in the book, i actually already liked him lmao (i love a tragic backstory haha).

the last of august by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // the sequel was definitely better than the first book. august moriaty appears (!!) and the plot thickens now that more moriatys are involved. this is probably my favourite mystery out of this entire series ( i haven’t read the last book yet but still) but it still wasn’t like ‘omg-wtf-i-totally -didn’t-see-that coming-wow-just-wow’ kind of amazing. can i just say how cool would it be if i could be milo holmes?? there’s also traveling so that was fun. my only complain is that there was little to none development when it comes to charlotte and jamie’s relationship.

the case for jamie by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i loved the inclusion of charlotte’s pov. i really liked the way her chapters were written (it was in a very matter-of-fact kind of way, just like how she thinks) and it was a nice change after only having jamie’s pov (mostly) in the previous two books (not that i have anything against it lol). the so called ‘mystery’ in this book was probably the worst in this series so far, but the characters were great so it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. i wished jamie and charlotte had more time together because they weren’t for like more than half of the book and only got together towards the end (which felt very rushed by the way). but i absolutely loved their relationship ahhh.

passenger by alexandra braken // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i’m so late to this hahaha. it was a pretty meh read for me because the characters were boring and i don’t particularly care for love interest nor the romance itself. i was getting bored because of the lack of time-traveling in the beginning lol. i thought there would be more but oh wells. my favourite place etta and nicholas travelled to is london 1940 when the blitz was happening because i liked the inclusion of historical events. the ending was super rushed, leaving me extremely confused. i’m still going to read the sequel, wayfarer, though.

the afterlife of holly chase by cynthia hand // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i didn’t expect to love this book so much but i did. i knew i wanted to read it because it’s a retelling of a christmas carol (not that i read a christmas carol before lol) but it just sounded so cool. the main character, holly, is by no means a good character (i think that’s a given considering she is a scrooge haha) but! i found myself rooting for her as the book progresses. i really enjoyed the whole premise of this book and the romance was very fun to read about haha. the ending was bittersweet, to say the least. you have to read this!!!! also side note, i want to read a christmas carol now lol.

daisy jones and the six by taylor jenkins reid // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // funny story: i actually thought it was a real band when i first saw this book at the bookstore hahaha and i also didn’t realise it was told through interviews until i started reading lol. the characters felt so real and the plot was still great despite it only being told in an interview format. all i wanted to do after finishing this was to listen to the songs because they seemed so amazing (but unfortunately they weren’t real) (someone make this happen asap!!). i wasn’t the biggest fan of daisy because of reasons that i’m not going to mention because spoliers? maybe one day i’ll write a review of this haha.

stay sweet by siobhan vivian // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // this is the perfect summer contemporary, especially with the amount of ice cream in this book. amelia, the protagonist in this book, frustrates me sometimes because she was kinda boring at the beginning and felt too nice(??)/naive at times. i liked the romance more than i thought i would lol (it’s so cute eek). i especially adored the history behind the ice cream stand and molly, who started the stand. molly’s story was actually quite interesting and not gonna lie but sometimes i feel like i would rather read about molly (someone who’s already dead, mind you) than amelia whoops.

a good girl’s guide to murder by holly jackson // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 // this is the first book in a while that i bought without looking at the ratings and reviews on goodreads lol. but it’s surprisingly really underrated?? well, if you’re looking for a really good YA mystery book, do check this out because i actually thought the mystery was very satisfying. i personally didn’t figure out the actually ending of the whole mystery but maybe that’s because i’m dumb(?). i liked that this book didn’t focus a lot on the romance but rather on the murder case instead. this isn’t important but the tittle feels kind of misleading because the mc is more smart than good in my opinion lol. this book makes you think while and after, reading and i like that.

pride and prejudice by jane austen // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // are you proud of me for finally finishing this after trying to read P&P for 2 times prior to this?? (no? okay.) i’m just so happy i finally read this. now onto more classics haha. it’s good but not my favourite, hence the 4 stars. i guess maybe it’s due to the fact that i had really high expectations after seeing how literally everyone who has ever read this book raved about it.

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i’m gonna make thus real quick because i think everyone and their mother is sick of my rambling already lmao. onto the movies i’ve watched this month!

aladdin (2019) // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i think it’s a given that disney live action movies will never beat the originals but i still think that this is pretty good (better than the live action beauty and the beast at least). i like the changes made to jasmine. and also yay for more fleshed out story for the genie. a whole new world is amazing (but the original is still the best, duh) and just so very disney (?). i just didn’t think jafar seemed evil enough (voice wise lol), compared to the 1992 version because the animated jafar sounds straight up evil haha.

x-men: apocalypse // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i got introduced to the x-men prequels in may by my friends so i started watching them lol. and i actually really like them (idk about the original ones because i haven’t watched those). if i’m being honest, james mcavoy is a big reason as to why i’m watching these hahaha. the highlight of this (and in days of future past) is definitely quicksilver’s scenes, especially because it’s in slo-mo and the music added to it just makes it so much better.

godzilla: king of the monsters // ⭐️.5 //  i don’t get the point of this movie’s existence?? other than the action scenes, i didn’t like it very much. if i remember correctly, i actually rolled my eyes once or twice at the characters’ stupidity lol.

the princess bride // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // this film is the epitome of cliche but it’s also hilarious at the same time so i’ll forgive it lol. i mean, it’s the basic fairytale plot so i didn’t really expect much of it. i do like the sword fighting scene between inigo and westley.

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  • school’s out for this month so i was supposed to get my shit together and start revision. did i? haha obviously not.
  • to rub salt in that wound, i also didn’t complete much of my homework (the amount i’ve done is pathetic) (and it’s also the day before school starts as i’m writing this lol)
  • here’s a silver lining in this super unproductive month: i read a lot more (yay)
  • i was going to blog at the beginning of the month but i was lazy (whoops). i’ll try to be more active at the end of the year once my exams (ugh) are over.
  • oo here’s a highlight: i got the chance to watch phantom of the opera (in real life!!!!). it was everything i hoped for and better. i loved the sets, the characters, the songs, just everything!! my favourite songs include: think of me, phantom of the opera, notes (this was hilarious), all i ask of you (this made me fall in love with raoul) (it’s so beautiful ahh) and more!!!
  • i ended up going to the gym to run (once) (but still) so yay. i actually went another time but the threadmill stopped working a minute into running (is this a sign for me to not exercise??).

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well, i hope june has treated yall good hehe. honestly, i’m not looking forward to july and the months following it because it’s nearer to o levels 😦 and i don’t want to go through it. help. i don’t even think anyone will be reading my blog, to be honest. haha oh wells.

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what are your favourite/ least favourite books you’ve read this month? have you read any of the books i talked about? talk to me haha

WWW WEDNESDAY // 11 july 2018

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www wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you answer three questions.

so the thing is, in this past week since my last www wednesday post, i kind of stopped reading the books i said i was currently reading and i never got to actually read the books i said i was going to read next. whoops. i think the main reason is because i’m now on the road to read all 3 contemporaries emma mills has written thus far. and once i’m done, i’ll be reading those that are on my TBR hahaha.


[click on the book tittle to go to its goodreads page]

what are you currently reading?


first and then by emma mills // as i’ve said above, i’m binge reading emma mills’s books right now because they’re so good!!! i just started first and then a couple days back and it’s pretty good so far.

pride and prejudice by jane austen // this my 217329th time trying to read this hahaha. but well i’ve made the most progress i ever did with pride and prejudice so far so i guess that’s good??

all the bright places by jennifer niven // just an audiobook i borrowed to listen while commuting. and also because i really want to reread all the bright places lol.

so uh, i kind of unofficially DNFed soundless by richelle mead because it was somewhat boring lmao. and i also took a break from reading children of blood and bone because it felt so intimidating(??), but i’ll definitely be finishing that soon.

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what did you recently finish reading?

this adventure ends by emma mills // this was SO GOOD OMG. the humor was great and the characters were also amazing. a review will be posted soon lol.

a court of frost and starlight by sarah j. maas // i finally read this and it was great but i guess i was just expecting more??

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what do you think you’ll read next?

well, i think it’s pretty obvious that i have to get back to children of blood and bone lol. and hunting prince dracula is definitely something i’m really looking forward to read.


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do you stick to your TBR or just read whatever you’re feeling like reading? what books did you recently read?

BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2018 (SO FAR) // top ten tuesday 

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top ten tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by that artsy reader girl where you post a top ten list based on the topic of that week. this week’s topic is best books i’ve read in 2018 (so far).

while writing this post, i realised i actually reread quite a good number of books and not as many new releases as i would’ve liked. so as tempted as i may be, i’m not going to include any books that i have reread (even though i really want to hahaha). this list is in the order of when i read the books, not how much i loved them because i adore them all so much lmao.

okay, let’s just get on to the list.

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JULY TBR + some monthly goals


i’m more of a mood reader, but i want to try having a set TBR this month so i can hopefully get myself to read most of these books haha. there are not many books on this list just because school started for me (i’m so envious of yall who have summer break!!).


[click on the book title to go to it’s goodreads page]


foolish hearts by emma mills // i’m actually currently reading this as of when i’m writing this post. i’m excited to see how the plot’s going to turn out. update: i finished reading it and it’s SO FREAKING GOOD I CAN’T EVEN AHHH.

children of blood and bone by tomi adeyemi // also reading this as of now. i hope i’ll be able to finish this soon because i’ve been reading so slowly when it comes to this lmao.

hunting prince dracula by kerri maniscalco // my copy of this finally arrived after like…a month so i’m so pumped to read this! and i’m hoping that i’ll be able to read this by the time escaping from houdini is released.

soundless by richelle mead // this book has been sitting on my shelf ever since i bought it when it was released. i tried reading a couple times before but i always got bored, plus i’ve been hearing mixed reviews which kind of made me regret getting this book. okay if i’m being honest, it was mostly an impulse buy hahaha. but i’m planning to borrow the audiobook for this and listen while on the road, so hopefully i’ll finish the book?? *fingers crossed*

heartless by marissa meyer // this has been on my tbr for so long lol. i really wanted to buy this book, which is partly why i still haven’t read heartless till this day. but i decided i’m just going to borrow the e-book of it haha. (overdrive is such a lifesaver omg)

sad girls by lang leav // another impulse buy, what a surprise (not). okay but to be fair, there was a sale going on and this was much cheaper than its original price so there’s that. 

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okay now on to some things i hope i can achieve this month.

  • post at least 2(?) times a week. i know i’ll probably get into a blogging slump halfway through the school term, but i still hope i’ll be able to blog lol.
  • and that brings us to the next point: schedule my blog posts a few days beforehand!!!
  • don’t get into a reading slump. to help with this goal, i started having at least one audiobook/e-book on my phone because i’m literally on my phone all day long, so hopefully i’ll be able to read more books haha.
  • STOP PROCRASTINATING!! i really need to stop. it’s not getting me anywhere ugh.
  • okay this is really random but i need to make an effort to reply messages/emails on time. i swear i’m like the laziest person when it comes to replying my friends’ messages. the thing is, i see the messages most of the time, but i just cruelly ignore them and guess what? i completely forget about them until the next day or something lmao.

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what books are you planning to read this month? do you strictly follow your TBR or read whatever books you want?

WWW WEDNESDAY // 4 july 2018

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www wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you answer three questions.

my forgetful self actually forgotten to do this last week, so this week i’m drafting this a few days beforehand so i wouldn’t forget when wednesday arrives haha.

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JUNE WRAP UP // back to blogging + new obsessions

june’s been amazing (not including the last week because school started again for me)!! and i’m really excited to write this post, because for some reason i love writing (and reading other people’s) wrap ups lmao.

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MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES 2018 // july-december


how are yall doing? i’m super excited for the second half of the year because the sequels i’ve been waiting for are going to be released!!! but then again, this means that i’ll probably be really broke by the end of this year hahaha.

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