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I feel like its been a while since I’ve been able to read a series consecutively without other books in between.  Although there WAS a gap between Legend and Prodigy, I was able to pick up Champion to finish off the series right away.  What a difference – coming fresh off the high of a great book and straight into another!

Champion is the third (and final) Legend novel by Marie Lu and it was a fantastic ending to the series – in keeping with the suspense of the last book that’s for sure!

Day and June are back in the Republic and each doing their part to bolster the new Elector and the country.  June is working as Princeps-Elect, which keeps her busy, while Day accompanies his brother to San Francisco for their excellent doctors.

A peace treaty between the Colonies and the Republic looks promising – until an outbreak of the plague in the Colonies brings war back to the borders.  Day has already sacrificed so much, and the key to the cure may be one sacrifice Day is not willing to make.

Can the Republic find a cure in time – before the Colonies win the war, once and for all?

I really appreciate the shifting perspective in these books – one chapter will be of Day and the next of June.  I feel like you see them grow as people as they struggle with both the demons of their pasts and with their uncertain future.

June is one of those kick-ass strong female characters.  Sure, she’s got some flaws, and she has some very real feelings but I love that’s she’s smart, tough, and ultimately selfless.

Day is also a great character.  He’s dealing with so many conflicting emotions – fear, passion, love, anger.  Yes he’s a bit cocky, but you don’t grudge him for it. He’s noble and moral and maybe a little bit selfish in a totally understandable way.

I didn’t really expect the direction the book took, and although I was surprised that the ending turned out the way it did I was SO GLAD.

YES I am a fan of happy endings.  Even though it didn’t necessarily fit with the rest of the book, I loved it anyway!!!


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From Goodreads:

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?


So good.

So much anxiety and action and unexpected twists.

So much emotion and character depth.

So excited to read the last one!!


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Across a Star Swept Sea

across a star swept sea

Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund is the sequel or companion book to For Darkness Shows The Stars. It is based in the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy, which is one of my all-time favorite books. I loved this adaptation – set in a dystopian world where humanity was ravaged by both the horrible consequences of genetic manipulation gone wrong (the reduction) and a subsequent world war, the book introduces a whole new cast of characters. Gender-bending the cast of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the book is predictable yet original. I was swept up by the story and characters. Love, love, love!! It’s so great to find a great book!

New Pacifica consists of two nations – Albion and Galatea. Galatea is in the midst of a revolution, and the revolutionaries are using new Reduction Pills as their guillotine. The Wild Poppy is an Albion spy who is determined to save as many Aristos and Regs against the revolution as possible, in the face of incredible danger.


  • Such a compelling setting! So different from For Darkness Shows The Stars but the same world (just another aspect of it).
  • The technology is creative and fascinating.
  • The characters are well rounded and believable. I loved Persis and Justen! I also thought the secondary characters were fantastic supports, if less focused on.
  • I LOVED the appearance of a few familiar faces.

No complaints! 5/5!

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Here’s another book that has been on my “to-read” list for a while and holy-moly was it worth reading!!  I love finding great books, and Legend by Marie Lu definitely falls into that category!

The Republic consists of what was once the western United States.  At war with its neighbor, the Colonies, the Republic is a stratified society ruled by the Elector (now on his 11th term).  A Trial at age Ten determines your future, and provides a way for the “bad” genes to be weeded out of the population.  There has only been one perfect score in the Trial, and June Iparis is a prodigy being groomed for success.  Coming from a wealthy, elite background, June is only fifteen but she’s ready to take on military duty. The opportunity arises when June’s brother, Metias, is murdered.  The notorious criminal, Day, is the prime suspect and June’s new mission.

Day is only fifteen but he’s the Republic’s most-wanted criminal.  Born in the slums, Day failed his Trial and has been evading the Republic’s grasp for years, all the while targeting Republic military operations as often as he can.

Day is racing to ensure his family’s survival, while June is racing to avenge her brother’s death.

Together, they uncover some uncomfortable truths about the Republic, and discover how dangerous those secrets can be.

AMAZING!  Full of suspense, just enough romance, action, family love and dystopian drama, this book is fantastic.  The plot moves quickly, with lots of action, but the story was sprinkled with memories and introspection which balanced it out.  The characters were so interesting – even the ones you ultimately end up hating.

I love how Day and June are both moral, decent people fighting for what they believe in but also willing to change their opinions when confronted with new facts/information. Day and June are like two sides of the same coin, and that dichotomy makes their interactions dynamic.  I loved how the chapters alternated between the two, and how despite their very different backgrounds they are so similar in temperament and character.  I also thought their voices were pretty distinct, despite those similarities in character.

If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed dystopian teen fiction, give this a try!

I can’t wait to find out what happens!!!  I’m so glad this is the first in a series!


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For Darkness Shows the Stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars

Sometimes, words on a page do not seem to adequately express one’s feelings.  I write this post with tears still in my eyes  – good tears – because this book was AMAZING.

And now, because it was apparently based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion I am going to have to add Persuasion to my reading list. (Yes, Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favourite books. I liked Sense and Sensibility but hated Emma and that was as far as my reading of Austen got, to my eternal shame).  I have also just discovered (thanks goodreads) that this is not the only book by Diana Peterfreund set in this world, and I am thrilled. 

For Darkness Shows the Stars follows Elliot North, a young woman who is desperately trying to hold herself and her Estate together – despite the casual cruelty of her father (who – in title – runs the Estate) and her own heartbreak.   Elliot is a Luddite – one of the ruling class, who shunned technology in times past.  The Luddites hid as the world around them descended into chaos when genetic manipulation went wrong.  The Luddites emerged from hiding and took charge, saving the Reduced by employing and providing for them – protecting them. Now, generations later, children are being born to Reduced parents.  These children, Post-reductionists (or, as Luddites call them, Children of the Reduction) are not like their parents, and resent being treated like them.  Elliot North knows her duty as a Luddite only too well and she is doing her best to protect her people, even if it means going against the Protocols and perhaps risking everything.

Elliot rents land to the Cloud Fleet, in an attempt to ensure she will be able to feed her people.  This brings her face-to-face with her childhood sweetheart, Kai.  In the four years Kai’s been gone, much has changed.  Elliot is forced to choose between tradition and secrecy – to protect what she has been taught is the only way, or to protect her heart.

This book definitely swept me up, pretty immediately.  Elliot is such a powerful character – pretending strength while hiding her own heartbreak and sacrificing her own desires for her responsibilities.  I felt so much with her while reading this book.  You really understand why Dee and others have staunchly stood by Elliot, despite the difficulties and dangers of being a servant on the North estate.  You feel the raging internal conflict that Elliot is struggling with, as she works for her people, secretly and blasphemously.  You respect the balancing act that Elliot lives every day.  She makes the story.

I would definitely recommend this book, with the highest praise. LOVED it. So so much. What else is there to say? 5 / 5!!


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