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The Rose Society, by Marie Lu — December 15, 2018

The Rose Society, by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele, and the Dagger Society want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

This book was a stunning chronicle of Adelina’s descent into darkness. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read The Midnight Star.

Marie’s writing was so lyrical and I loved it a lot. It was also really addicting and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I wish I had the next book on hand so that I could start reading it. Marie described the setting very well and I felt like I was in the world with Adelina and her Roses. I wish that Adelina wasn’t the only character in the first person, though. It was a bit disconcerting when the story switched POVs. I really enjoyed reading Marie’s writing and I hope that it is just as good when I’m reading The Midnight Star.

The characters were very well-written and I loved reading about them. I wish I knew all of them in real life. All of the characters were very detailed and I knew the side characters almost as well as I knew Adelina and Violetta. I really enjoyed reading about all of the character drama and Adelina’s slow descent into something less than human. I wish that there was more Adelina and Enzo time, but I understand why the book needed to be written the way it did.

The effects of the magical deterioration were really well-written. When Raffaele, found out that all of the Elites were dying, my heart stopped in my chest. I wish that all of the characters didn’t have to die, but it is logical that they should die. Adelina took a dark terrible path in this book and I just wanted to stop her and tell her that she was making a terrible choice so many times while reading this book, even though I know that her abilities were driving her insane. I appreciated the realisticness of this predicament in The Rose Society, but I wish that it didn’t have to be this way.

They were the flash of light in a stormy sky, the fleeting darkness before dawn. Never have they existed before, nor shall they ever exist again.


Lu, Marie. THE ROSE SOCIETY (#2). G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.

The plot was very well-written, but, once again, I wish that it had been different. I wish that Adelina’s mental health didn’t deteriorate, I wish that Adelina had tried to win over the Daggers, and I wish that some people hadn’t died. I really enjoyed reading about the intensity of the bond between Adelina and her Roses. I wish that the ending wasn’t written the way it was and that it was happier. I saw Adelina turn darker and darker every day and that made me decide that if I ever go down that path, I’ll talk to a therapist.

I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it dragged Adelina’s mental health through the mud. I highly recommend it, as well as the rest of Marie Lu’s books. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Wildcard, by Marie Lu — December 13, 2018

Wildcard, by Marie Lu

Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization called the Blackcoats.

This book was a wild ride!!! I loved it so much and I hoped that it would never end! Emika was so developed and we learned a lot more about all of the side characters as well. The plot was a bit slow in the first half of the book, but it picked up around the halfway point. We also learned a lot more about the setting and the Warcross game itself. I wish that I could read more about Emika and what happens next for her.

Marie’s writing style didn’t change very much but it still worked really well. I was into the book from the first page, even if it was a little slow. I was addicted to the writing and now I have to wait until another one of Marie’s books is published. I loved how well the world of Warcross was described, especially the game itself. Since such a large part of the book was situated inside the game it is a good thing that it was done well. I loved reading the descriptions of all of the objects and the world.

All of the characters were very detailed and I learned so much about them. Marie used the first half of Wildcard to talk about their backstories and explain their motives. Then, when that was done Marie made sure to challenge the characters’ motives and develop them. The characters were very well-written and I wish that some of them had their own spinoff sequels. Relationships changed drastically in this book and I really enjoyed that. We saw a lot more characters, like Ziggy Frost and Max Martin, who were mentioned in passing but now were more prominent. I would love to hear more about characters like them so a spinoff would be nice.

The coding aspect of this book seemed very realistic and I wish I was able to code like Emika, Hideo, and Zero. There was not as much technical talk in this book as I had expected, but I think that’s for the best. Many people don’t know very much about coding, so talking about it might confuse some readers and convince them to put down the book. I wish that there was a bit more technical talk, but I can live without it. I wish I knew more about what coding language Hideo and Co. used, but I can figure that out.

The plot was very well-written, even though it took half the book for it to start moving. I wish that the action in Wildcard had happened faster, but the character motives and build-up were important. So important that without them the second half of the book wouldn’t be possible. The plot twists were very unpredictable and I was always sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved reading about the final showdown (and countdown). I wish I had been able to talk to Emika, Hideo, and the Phoenix Riders to give them advice and to talk about coding and virtual reality.

I loved Wildcard and I highly recommend it, just like I recommend any of Marie Lu’s books. I got the summary for the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

The Young Elites, by Marie Lu — September 11, 2018

The Young Elites, by Marie Lu

downloadAdelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many but left others with strange markings and supernatural abilities. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

This book was amazing!!! I was really shocked that Ms. Lu could switch so easily from dystopian to fantasy. It was so well-written and I was addicted from page one. I loved the characters, plot, and writing style just as well as I loved the rest of her books. My opinion is my own and has not been affected in any way.

The writing style was genius!!! As always, Ms. Lu manages to take me by storm and get me hooked on the book from page one. The writing style was smooth and very experienced. I wish that I have the rest of the series but I don’t. If you’re going to read this series be prepared, it’s addictive.

The characters were brilliant!!! Adelina and the rest of the Young Elites were so well-written that I half expected to see one of them walking around when I had to put down the book. The Dagger Society was an epic squad and I hope that there is more of them in the next book. All of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book and I loved them all so much by the end of the book. That made the ending so much worse, though.

Adelina was amazing!!! She was one of the best morally grey characters that I’ve ever read (she’s tied for first place with Kaz Brekker). I cannot wait to see where her journey takes her and I hope that she eventually claims the throne and runs the world with her sister, Victoria.

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Also, the sister love in this book was phenomenal!!! The girls were actually looking out for each other and helping each other out. I wish that we had more sister love like this in contemporaries and fantasies. It would send the message to girls that we’re supposed to build each other up, not tear each other down. I am surprised that The Young Elites isn’t more popular just for this reason alone.

The plot was also very well written and it also ripped my heart into small little pieces. By the end of the book, I was just staring off into space blankly, trying to figure out what just happened. I wanted to cry and throw the book at the wall sometimes (not because it was bad but because I was overrun with emotion) but I couldn’t because the book was signed. I loved everything about the book and the plot twists were genius. I didn’t predict any of them. I wish I did, but I didn’t. If you read books for the plot then this is the book for you.

All in all, I really loved this book and I highly recommend it, just like the rest of Ms. Lu’s books. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu — June 12, 2018

Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu

downloadThe Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list…. Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

This book was INTENSE!!!! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about Batman (because I know next to nothing about him). I liked Bruce Wayne a lot, although if I’m being honest I wish that he didn’t make so many stupid choices. The plot and the setting were very well done and I enjoyed exploring them with Bruce Wayne. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read on.

The characters were amazingly detailed and complicated. I wanted to know everything about everyone but that never happened. I still don’t know lots of things about everyone and the book is over. That is a problem. I need to know these things. I hope that Mrs. Lu writes a sequel, even though we all know that she won’t. I really enjoyed learning about Bruce Wayne as a teenager and deciding that he was more likable in Mrs. Lu’s book than in the DC movies (sorry DC movies and fans). All of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book and I wish that I could see more of them.

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My favorite character was Madeline. She was so strong and I felt so bad for her. I enjoyed learning about the way she figured things out. She was like a young, girl version of Sherlock Holmes. She was also really sweet and intelligent. I loved how she was a hacker and could do whatever what she wanted. She is such a talented and independent character and it broke my heart when the plot twist came. Madeline was the epitome of female empowerment, except for the fact that she was working for the wrong side.

The plot was very good. I was seeing Bruce Wayne, not Batman, which made me sort of upset. At least because of other bloggers, I knew this and went in prepared. There was lots of talking and quite a bit of action. So there were equal bits of scheming and action. The pacing was not as fast as I had hoped but it was okay. There were a lot of plot twists and I got exactly none of them. I was ashamed of myself and proud of Mrs. Lu for making it so complicated.

The setting was not as good as I’d hoped. It wasn’t as descriptive as I wanted, which means it wasn’t as descriptive as Warcross. I enjoyed the way that Arkham Asylum was set up, but that was the most descriptive place in the book. Somehow, I think that everywhere else should be as descriptive as the asylum. I’m not saying that the setting was terrible. It just… didn’t meet my expectations. On the other hand, the backstory was amazing. I am now proud to say that I know quite a lot about Bruce Wayne’s history. And everybody else’s backstory as well.

I really enjoyed this book, I just wish that a few tweaks had been made. I recommend it to any superhero fan. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Champion, by Marie Lu — April 28, 2018

Champion, by Marie Lu

download (1)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. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities.

Disclaimer: This isn’t the cover that I have. I just like it better than the one that I have. Sorry normal cover!! This book was amazing and it shattered my heart into a million pieces. Yet, I loved it. The characters were awesome and the plot was action-packed and intense. If this interests you then read on.

The characters are amazing and complex and so so human!!!! It was amazing and I’m in love with some of them. Except none of them would be into me. And I would probably be dead by the time this story takes place. But that’s not the point. The characters all grow as people and by the end of the story turn into people that you really care about and would give your life for. They are too pure for this world. I also enjoyed the sibling dynamics, mainly Day and Eden’s, because Day has assumed the parental role and Eden (like all 10 & 11-year-olds) has started to rebel against their parents. It was just so engaging and enthralling!!!!

My favorite character was June. She was so strong and empowering and she wasn’t afraid to get what she wanted. But she put her country above herself, which I thought was really brave of her. I think that I would have made all of the same decisions that she did if I was in her situation (even though I wish that she read more books). I think that she would have made a wonderful Elector someday. She might be one of my favorite characters of all time, and she would definitely have won the Hunger Games.

The plot was intense and the ending. Killed. Me. It was so sad and it left me broken inside. I will fight anyone who says that Marie can’t write stories with sad endings because they are wrong. I hope that I will have the guts and the ability to write an ending like that. But let’s not talk about the ending anymore. The action was intense with some breaks between the fighting and the planning. I think that was much needed and I wished that there were more of those. 

The setting was very detailed. I could imagine myself there with the characters adventuring and exploring and fighting. My favorite scene was Antarctica. It reminded me a lot of Warcross. Maybe Marie based Warcross off of this scene. If she did I think that I would die. This book is just so empowering and it will change your life. Just read it. I don’t know what else I can say to you to get you to read it. Just please do. I promise that you will love it and it will change the way you see the world.

As you can probably see from the rest of the review, I loved this book and it changed the way that I see the world. I highly recommend it. The book’s summmary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Prodigy, by Marie Lu — April 25, 2018

Prodigy, by Marie Lu

download (1)June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic.

Okay, people, I don’t actually have this exact book cover I just like it more than my book cover so I decided to post this. Sorry not sorry. But I did really enjoy this book. It was very well written and we got to see June and Days relationship progress in this book which was amazing. Throw an assassination in there and I’m all set.

The characters from the last book changed a lot and we also introduced some new characters. It made me wonder about the arcs in the books to come. Because there will be arcs and they will be big and I will not be expecting any of them. Note to future Annalee: Don’t cry too much because this is a new book and I don’t want to ruin it. But the characters change a lot and learn to accept each other for who they are and they also learn that not everything is as it seems. It was amazing to watch them grow as people and I can’t wait to do that in the next book as well.

My favorite character in this is Anden. Or Ollie but I can’t say Ollie because he was really just a minor character. But Anden, he was a great leader and I was just so proud of him and the way he treated everyone, even the servants. He was nothing like his father and you never knew everything about him and his past. I hope that you learn that in future books because I need to know. I hope that he and Day become friends and help each other out. I don’t know why. I just need it to happen.

The plot was very interesting. The ending broke me though!!!! I needed the third (and final) book that instant which was bad because I was at school and Champion was at home. But all is well now and I can read Champion in peace. This was not a very action-packed book, except for the moments when it was full of action and adventure. Otherwise, it was filled with dinners and conversations. But I thought that was good because this book was about the characters, not the action and adventure.

The setting moved around a lot and I loved how we got to explore all of the different places in the Republic and even a city in the Colonies (I would choose the Republic any day). My favorite place was Denver mainly because of the Armor. I wanted more information on that, which I hope that we’ll get in the next book. I hope that we explore even more new places in the next book, like some foreign countries.

So, as you can see, this book was very well written and I enjoyed it a lot. I suggest it to everyone. The book’s summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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