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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Legend (Legend, #1)
Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Source: Purchased
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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.

For so long, I would hear such awesome things regarding Legend. Most people seemed to agree on its general amazingness. But, me being me, I'd never really gotten around to reading it. But, now that I have, I am completely in a agreement with these people. Legend was fantastic. The characters were gorgeous, and the world was lovely. There's pain and love, suffering and joy, and nothing is ever as it seems.

Day is fabulous. The way he's introduced does its best to make him seem like a bad boy. In many ways, he is. But more than that, Day is also really just a regular boy, and I like that. There is much that is special about him, but he doesn't have to be exceptional in every single way to be extraordinary. I also like the way he's an open book. He doesn't have a difficult time saying what he thinks, and he's very free at expressing himself.

I have a total girl crush on June. She's such a badass. Obviously, she isn't perfect, and she makes several mistakes in this novel. But once she realizes that she'll do anything to fix them. She doesn't try to forget about them. June has a difficult times expressing how she's feeling and just kind of closes off after her brother's death. It's Day that slowly opens her eyes to the world around her. I liked the realism in that.

Okay, so if I had to sum this up in one word: intense.

There was so much action. It never stopped. And there were always truths we couldn't quite discover, hidden just around the corner. Always something we didn't know, and yet something I was always eager to find out.

I really, really, liked all the secrets.

I also loved how the trust between the two characters is dynamic and changes constantly throughout the book. For a long while, the trust between them fluctuates. But eventually, it cements.

For all its action, this book also had a lot of emotion. I can't even begin to tell you how much, only that there were so many feels. It was absolutely marvelous. I haven't felt this much from a book in ages, but this one really took me on a roller coaster and made my emotions come to life.

It's crazy, really. Wild. But very, very alive.

It rang so real and true to me. I just have nothing but good things to say here, and nothing but praise to give. So. Much. Love.

Day and June are easily one of my favorite couples. I didn't think that this was instalovey at all. They form some sort of bond the moment they meet. Although it isn't love at first, somehow I think it truly grows into that. There's a level of mutual respect between them, and I love and appreciate that. Also, I think that they have excellent chemistry. Day and June take care of each other, and always do their best to keep the other safe. They're strong separately and even stronger together.

I adore Marie's writing. I especially love the alternate POV. Day and June take turns telling the story, and both sides are equally important. Save for their circumstances, Day and June are very similar people in opposing positions. June is privileged while Day is not, and that was interesting to see the gap there. They think similarly a lot of the time, but reach different results. I also adore the way the world is described, so harshly beautiful, and everything about that.

Wow. Talk about lovely. It was nothing I could see coming, that's for sure. Honestly, it was unexpected. I really was not expecting it at all. I loved it, though. There's this measure of truth that comes out, and we finally know why some things are the way they are. It also sets up the next book. It left me breathless, dying to know what was going to happen next. It was fabulous. Day and June have plans for what's next, and though they don't agree on everything, they'll stick together.

So, I loved Legend. Loved, loved, loved it. It certainly deserves the rating it got. It fascinated and thrilled me with its words, and I fell in love with the world and the wonderful, wonderful hero and heroine. I've already read and loved Prodigy and will most definitely be reading the last book of the trilogy with high hopes. I absolutely recommend that if you haven't picked up a copy of this book yet that you do so and give it a try. Chances you'll love it are high.


*****FINAL RATING:  4.75 RED ROSES*****


  1. I read Legend about a week or two ago. I was not expecting to like it but it blew me away. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Prodigy. As you, I also fell in love with the world and the hero and heroin instantly and I cannot wait to read more of them. Thanks for the great review.

  2. Your review makes me want to impulsively buy the book online. It has everything I want in a book (action, secrets, revenge, suspense). I am definitely gonna get this by hook or by crook!!!

  3. This book is really amazing! The characters, the story and the romance are so great. Now I can't wait to read Prodigy :)

  4. I've heard great things about this but I also haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm also up for some intense action with a great romance. Glad that there is a strong connection but no insta-love.

  5. I read and absolutely fell in love with Legend!! Loved everything about it and Im impatiently awaiting Prodigy!!! Great review :)

  6. I completely agree!! I only just read Legend this summer and I felt exactly the same way. It was everything I Hoped it would be! So intense and full of action and I just wanted MORE MORE MORE! Now give us Prodigy!

  7. I'm always passing by the book and I won't even take time reading about the blurb and it's the first time that I read a review about it. I don't have any idea that it's that good. Well, I should add this to my TBR list and hopefully read it soon! Thanks to your great review! :)

  8. Wow, so glad to hear you liked it so much. I have this on my shelf now and hope to read it very soon! Thanks for your thoughts! It sounds like a book that would be very exciting to read!

  9. I love the sound of this, I just feel that I'm the only person who hasn't read it yet. Dystopians are one of my favourite genres, so I'll have to change that. Thanks for the review! :)

  10. Oh! Dystopia!!

    This book is in my list, your review is so good! thanks!

  11. I know lots of people have enjoyed Legend but I myself have yet to get round to, in fact, I was sure if I wanted to even read it. I think I will give it a go though, it sounds like a great read.

    Great review :)

  12. Fantastic review! I've also read Legend, and I can't wait for Prodigy!

  13. I loved this book, so glad you did too! I read it right after it came out though so I have been waiting forever for Prodigy... I can't wait!! I totally agree that intense is a good description of the plot. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. And I really liked that it was not insta-love as well!

  14. This book looks so original and interesting! I like that you said it was "intense" and had a lot of action! I think having it written with alternate points of view makes it more fun to read because then you get to know how each character thinks. All that plus a great ending makes this a book I can't wait to read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  15. I feel terrible because I've had this book sitting on my shelf for months! Every time I see it I feel guilty for not picking it up, and I don't know why I can't bring myself to read it, I've heard so many great things and read many positive reviews. I guess I just have to take it and read it and see for myself. Thanks for the review.

  16. Ha! A badass heroine. no need to say anything else, this book sure looks awesome.

  17. I loved this book though I bought the book when it first came out I never got a chance sit down and read it because something else came up or another more anticipated book came out from TBR list. I know the author from devianart I'm huge fan of her art (and p.s. look her up on there to see character designs from Legend). I finally read/hear the book on audio and fell in love with it, I love June's voice on the audio it's perfect. Thanks for your honest review on such a awesome book!! :)

  18. I can't believe I haven't gotten around to reading this yet! I really enjoyed your review. I like that there's a badass heroine!! :)

  19. Great review!! I LOVED this book! It's easily one of my favourite books. :) It was simply amazing! I can't wait for the release of Prodigy! :)

  20. So glad you enjoyed Legend, it was one of my favorite reads this year :D And I can't wait to read Prodigy... days can't pass fast enough!

  21. I loved Legend! It was an awesome dystopian read. One of my favorites, actually. So glad you liked it! I'm kinda sorta dying to read Prodigy!

  22. I really want to read this book. I am completely obsessed with dystopia. And now that Prodigy is coming out soon I need to read it!

    Jennifer k

  23. Thanks for the review! I'm really excited to read this now. I'm glad we get to see the romance grow, and I love dual POVs.

  24. I've read quite a few reviews saying how great this book was, but I never really wanted to read it. However, you love have made me want to read it. I'll pick it up. Promise!
    xoxo Em

  25. Okay so, this basically meets all the requirements on my mental book list. Kickass heroine, lots of action, good non-instalove romance etc. I know it's a favourite for a lot of people so I'm really excited to read it.

  26. EEEKKK!!! I love this book! Legend has an adequate amount of romance, but doesn't totally overwhelm the plot. The two PoVs were amazingly done, and I totally have a girl crush on June as well d: So glad you enjoyed it!

    Lust For Stories

  27. I agree, this is a great book and so I need to read it again! I enjoyed your glowing review and want to say thank you for re-exciting me! Glad you loved it too!


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