Waiting on Wednesday: Batman, Nightwalker

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Summary:

The new, eagerly anticipated BATMAN YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

In this second DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer–Bruce Wayne is proof that you don’t need superpowers to be a super hero, but can he survive this game of tense intrigue, pulse-pounding action, and masterful deception?

Why I’m Excited:

Releasing January 2 is the newest release in the DC Icons series.

Forget that fact that it is about Bruce Wayne himself, BATMAN, but this one is written by Marie Lu. I always look forward to Marie’s books and a book about Batman is no exception.

I’m ready to have a look into a teen Bruce Wayne story and see more of where he came from.

Plus, we have an appearance from a character at Arkham Asylum, so this is definitely gong to be a good story if we get to see Arkham as well.

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Spotlight: The Illuminae Files- Gemina

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Quick note:

Gemina releases a week from today!

Illuminae was one of my favorite books last year, so I’ve been waiting for this one since last October.

Again, it comes out next week, but right now you can get Illuminae in ebook forms for $1.99.

Here’s more about Gemina and I’ll also link to the Illuminae kindle page to get that awesome sale price.

Gemina:

Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome,”—featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!
 
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Illuminae:

Go here for the ebook sale and get Illuminae for $1.99.

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Summary from Amazon


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

Review:

     I keep saying that I’m going to quit reading Dystopian books. They’ve been so overdone the last couple years, but I’d been wanting to read Legend for awhile, so I gave it a try and was not disappointed.

   Going in, I didn’t even know much about Legend–just that I kept hearing good things about it. 

   Legend starts out with action immediately. That’s the kind of thing I need when I’m starting a book that I don’t know anything about! The action rarely lets up and holds the reader’s attention to the fullest.

I previously wrote about the alternating point of views. I enjoyed getting to know what both Day and June were thinking and it was the perfect way to keep the story flowing. 

I’m not going to keep this long since I’d already posted a mini-review on it, but I will say that I kept enjoying it and that I do highly recommend it. Legend is currently $2.99 on kindle, so it is a great deal for an amazing story!

My next read is Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. I got this one on my kindle months ago and forgot about it until I purchased it for my library recently and got to flipping through it. That post should come soon since I’m off work for the next two weeks! …gotta love teacher/school breaks! What are you Christmas reads?

-Melanie

Thoughts on Marie Lu’s Legend

Image So this isn’t a review as much of a reflection seeing as how I’m not yet done with the book. I just have to point out a few things about Legend. 

#1: Point of View:

A certain book (that I won’t call out) recently caught flak for the way it had alternating narrators but was lacking in differences between the two voices. Legend is not like that at all! Sure, each chapter names the narrator and there are visual differences, but there are strong differences in characters to the point that I would know who is narrating even if the chapter heading did not tell me. 

#2: Setting:

I’m almost tired of dystopian novels, but this is quickly redeeming the genre for me. The world is harsh and the reader can sense the excitement and danger. 

All this said, I’m already recommending Legend to others even though I’m not yet done with the novel. Here’s the summary if anyone hasn’t heard of it:

Summary:

Publication Date: November 29, 2011
New York Times bestseller!

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.