Legend by Marie Lu
What was the western part of United States is now home of the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbors. Born in one of the wealthiest families of the Republic, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being trained to for success in the Republic’s military. Born in the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. From two opposite worlds, they have no reason to encounter each other until June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the main suspect. Now being hunted down by June, Day is on a race for his and his family’s lives. But then something happens, and instead it brings Day and June closer together, and they learn what a man would do just to get what he wants.
It was a good book, and let me remind you, a teen book is not a teen book without a bit of romance. Just saying. Book order:
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Serafina (Aka. Sera), princess of Miromara, the largest underwater kingdom, is coming of age. She will hold a Dokimi ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown or not. On the night before the ceremony, Sera gets a nightmare that foretells the return of ancient evil. Her nightmare is forgotten the next day when she awakes to last-minute preparations for the ceremony and her songspell practices (songspell is their kind of magic) she needs to perform during the Dokimi ceremony.
One thing Sera is looking forward to a reunion with her best friend Neela, princess of Matali. Things on her list of worries are the crown prince of Matali, Mahdi and whether his feelings towards Serafina and the betrothal have changed. On top of that, she worries about not living up to her mother, Queen Isabella of Miromara’s expectations and hopes. Then, it’s time for the Dokimi. Everything proceeds perfectly until……(drumroll) a assassins arrow hits Isabella, leaving her teetering between life and death. The whole kingdom falls into chaos, confirming Serafina’s nightmare. Now she and Neela must journey all across the mer kingdoms, on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heroines scattered across the kingdoms.
I loved this series! To me, it’s the kind that you read, reread and reread again! I would recommend it to people that like fantasy and mythology. Book order:
- Deep Blue
- Rogue Wave
- Dark Tide
- Sea Spell
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
After a year of enslavement in the salt mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is dragged out of the mines and to the service of the crown prince, Prince Dorian. Dorian offers her freedom under one condition: she must act in a competition as his champion to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men; thieves and assassins and warriors, each sponsored by a member of the king’s court. If she beats them all in a series of elimination, she becomes the king’s assassin and serves him for four years before being granted freedom. Things become interesting when a princess of another kingdom befriends her secret identity, and the crown prince starts to show ‘interest’ in her. Uuuggghh I really want to tell you more but I can’t without spoiling it!
I quite enjoyed the series, but there are language and very romance-y romance in it. I recommend it to more mature readers.
- Throne of Glass
- Crown of Midnight
- Heir of Fire
- Queen of Shadows
- Empire of Storm
- Tower of Dawn
- Kingdom of Ash (not out)
- The Assassin’s Blade (novella)
This book is about a girl named Sophie Foster, a very normal girl. Excluding her ability to read minds and being Gr.12 when she is 12. One day, during a field trip with her class to the museum, Sophie saw a boy looking at her. The boy approached her and he was surprised. Why? Because she didn’t have blue eyes. Then, Sophie got surprised. She couldn’t read his mind like she can do to other people. She slipped passed his mental shields and the boy got surprised. No one has ever gone through his mental shields. No one. The boy introduced himself as Fitz Vacker and tried to get past Sophie’s mental shields. But he couldn’t. Fitz got very surprised (I know, there are a lot of ‘surprises’ in the first book). Sophie demanded to know why they can read minds. Fitz told her that she is an elf.
At first, Sophie thought of little creatures with pointy shoes that help Santa. Fitz explained that elves have been living in secret against the humans. He’ll come back tomorrow and pick her up to take her to the Lost Cities. Will Sophie decided to join the elves of Lost Cities and leave her human family?
I loved this series! I would say it can beat Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. If you decide to read it, it’s in the children fantasy section. The reason I started reading this series is that it’s in my school’s library. Here is the series order:
- Keeper of the Lost Cities
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Nightfall
- Keeper of the Lost Cities: Flashback (Not out)
Warcross by Marie Lu
For millions of people around the world, Warcross isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. For seventeen-year-old hacker Emika Chan, it’s her daily life. She works as a bounty hunter, tracking down people who illegally bet on the game. When Emika hacks into the game, she is convinced that she’s going to be arrested. Instead, she gets a phone call from the creator of the game, Hideo Tanaka. He needs a spy inside this year’s Warcross games tournament, to uncover a security problem. And he wants Emika for the job.
I loved this book! It’s in the sci-fi section of the teen area, and I don’t usually read books that’s sci-fi. However, I’m convinced even people who don’t like reading will still love this book. I recommend it to 12-year-olds and above since there are some language and romance in it. Book order:
After you read book one you’ll understand why book two is named Wildcard.