Yes, it is that time of the week. The day we dread and wish would never come- Mondays. *Wipes tear* But have no fear, Memory Lane Monday is here! Every Monday, here at TheYABookworm, I'll do a special post called Memory Lane Monday. What's that you ask? Memory Lane Monday is a once-a-week post where I (or any other bloggers that wish to participate) choose one book that I've previously read to be featured on that day. From the book chosen, I will pick two of my favourite quotes and write a little blurb containing my quick thoughts on the book. The books that I choose will not be books I've reviewed- since I've read so many books, I want to share with you my opinions on ones that I won't get the chance to fully review (because seriously, rereading dozens of books would take a year...or two)! Be sure to participate by leaving your "Memory Lane Monday" in the comments, or a link to your blog post with the hash-tag #YAMemoryLaneMonday on twitter :D
Legend By: Marie Lu
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Top Two Favourite Quotes...
#1 “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."
#2 “I don't know if anyone's ever told you this", he begins. He doesn't blush, and his eyes don't dart away. Instead I find myself starring into a pair of oceans - one perfect, the other blemished by that tiny ripple. "You're very attractive."
I've been complimented on my appearance before. But never in his tone of voice. Of all the things he's said, I don't know why this catches me off guard. But it startles me so much that without thinking I blurt out, "I could say the same about you." I pause. "In case you didn't know."
A slow grin spreads across his face. "Oh, trust me. I know.”
Legend is one of those novels that have been on my TBR shelf for a while because people have been recommending it to me like crazy. When all the excitement for Champion's (book three's) release started to happen, I finally decided that it was time to dive into this world. Can I just say that after finishing it in about a day, Legend has quickly become one of my favourite Dystopian novels-- I hope the rest of the series turns out to be this good.
I'm sure by now, most of you have either read this series or have a general idea of what it's about, so I'm not going to go into too much detail. However, I will say that Legend is told in the alternating points of view of June and Day. June is our female protagonist who's tough, smart, and can interpret the smallest of details in mere seconds. Day is our male lead who is very similar to June in some ways and completely opposite in others. His protectiveness over his family combined with his own unique skills make him a male's perspective I genuinely enjoyed reading from. Together, June and Day have this intense chemistry that I absolutely devoured-- they quickly gave me something to root for.
I think one of the star-qualities of this series is how wonderfully it plays out like a movie in your head. Sometimes it's hard to create mental images of words while reading, but with Legend, I honestly forgot that I was even reading a book. The descriptions Marie Lu uses, combined with the fast pace and action scenes, created such vivid pictures in my mind!
Overall, if you haven't read Legend yet and you're looking for a really good dystopian, PICK UP LEGEND NOW! Trust me, wait no longer! I'm currently almost finished Prodigy and will be reading Champion as soon as I can-- this series has me hooked! Have you read Legend? What's your favourite part about this book or the series in general? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,