School, exams, and more…

At the moment, I’m not even able to read books. I’m so busy! In about three hours I have my first test: biology is gonna kick-off my last exam week of this year. And as you can see, I’m not even studying.

I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on the books that are being released this summer (or just have been released and should be really fun to read in your summer!) that you HAVE to read! So here we go:

1. Unbreakable (Legion #1) by Kami Garcia.

 When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

2. Icons (Icons #1) by Margaret Stohl

Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid. She’s different. She survived. Why? When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy. Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths. Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.

3. The Goddess Inheritance (Goddes Test #3) by Aimee Carter

Love or life. Henry or their child. The end of her family or the end of the world. Kate must choose. During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal. In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead. With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything. Even if it costs her eternity.

4. A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone. ~ Release date is set for July 23rd by HarperTeen.

 

I can tell you there are many more books I wanna read in my summer vacation, but I left my list at home, I’ll post it after my exam week 🙂 I’m reading Alex Cross (by James Patterson) at the moment [First published as Cross]. It’s been turned into a movie, which I haven’t seen yet. It’s going really slow, because I’m studying at the same time… But the moment I’ve finished the book I’ll let you know!

And I would LOVE to know what books you guys are reading this summer, so PLEASE let me know by leaving a comment on this page! 🙂

Review: “Legend” (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

If you have ever read my blog before, you’d know that I need more than 24 hours per day to do all the things I want to do. (See:https://dutchbookchick.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/update-on-my-to-read-list/) And that includes reading books. I was, and am, really busy with school. I wanted to take a break from my maths, bio and chemistry books, so I decided to start reading the book that was on top of my ‘To Read’ list.

And here’s the thing: I was planning on not reading this book within 24 hours. But I did it, accidentally. I started last night around 11 p.m. and 2 hours ago I already finished it. I know it is stupid, since I have two test coming up this Friday, but I did it anyway (don’t bother to tell me how wrong it is, people have tried to tell me that before, didn’t work).

My friend who works at a bookshop, had already read this book way before I did. She also read the sequel (Legend #2 is called Prodigy) and even though she’s not always enthusiastic about telling people she loves reading, she told me anyway. I got so excited and bought Legend and Prodigy.

So, last night, I started reading. The book is set in a future California. There’s been a flood and the Republic is in war with the Colonies. The Republic is corrupt and you are either very poor or very rich. At the age of 10, children must take a trial to determine whether they are worthy to the Replublic or not. The highest score you can get is 1500/1500. That’s very rare.

The story revolves around both Day (the most wanted criminal in the Republic) and June (the perfect rich girl with a score of 1500/1500). Things work out really strange and Day and June become enemies, without knowing each other. They meet but have never seen one another before so it takes a while to realize that Day actually is the criminal that June is looking for (to avenge her borther’s death) and that June works for the government that Day is trying so hard to avoid.

I don’t know what it is in these stories but I always find myself hoping that things doesn’t turn out the way they do. I keep hoping for a happy ending. But Marie Lu isn’t one for happy endings, that’s for sure. At the end of the first book, June en Day are a live, but they face an even bigger danger than they ever did. Will their love be strong enough?

I’m not gonna spoil anything more. I must admit that the characters are a bit superficial and everything is happening super fast, but the story is so exciting, emotional and overwhelming, I found myself reading every free (and non-free) second I had today. The book kept hunting me while I was at school and when I got home I had no other choice but to finish this thrilling book.

The book has twists and turns I didn’t see coming and I found myself crying at the last pages of the book. All the emotions coming out. (Yes, I cry over books. A lot). This book has it all: a future America, two teenagers falling in love and an impossible world to live in. The book contains things we can all recognize: love, fear and hope. Desperation, happiness and above all strength.

So, since I’m a good girl, I want curse or anything. But if you’re not jumping out of your chair to get your lazy ass over to the book store to buy Legend (and Prodigy): I WILL JUDGE YOU.

Since I’m an obsessive reader, you’ll see my next review about the sequel “Prodigy” online without a couple of days (I guess that’ll be Sunday). To tell you the truth: I’m afraid to read the second book, because the third (trilogy) book isn’t released yet. I can tell you guys by experience, the second book always has the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER.

GO GO! Read this book!

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