Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bookanista Review: Legend, by Marie Lu--AND A SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Wow, three Bookanista Reviews in a row--I am back on track! (Ha--we'll see how much longer I can keep this up.) And today I'm featuring a very highly anticipated book which I really, really enjoyed: LEGEND, by Marie Lu. 



Here's how the publisher describes it:

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.


I guess I should probably admit that--cool as that premise sounds--I wasn't all THAT excited about this book. Don't get me wrong--I had no legitimate reason for feeling that way. I'd heard tons of awesome things about it and Marie was so sweet when I met her. But... I've been SO burned out on Dystopian lately (no, seriously. You guys have no idea how much Dystopian I've been reading) that I picked up this book expecting to make it through about three chapters and then add it to my pile of: books-I-will-finish-someday-when-I'm-done-being-a-big-dystopian-curmudgeon. (Yes, I really do have a pile like that--and no, I will not tell you what books are in it).

But I was wrong!

I read the entire thing in one sitting. My eyes were actually a little blurry by the end and I so didn't care because I wanted to know what was going to happen. It was just so compulsively readable. I couldn't put it down.

I could say lots of things that I loved about it--but most of them would spoil the plot for you guys, and I definitely don't want to do that. Probably the only safe one is to say that I loved the way she handled the dual POVs. Not only did each character have their own story (which doesn't always happen--I can think of quite a few books where every time it switches POV I have to fight the urge to skip through the chapter because I know nothing's going to happen). But she also did a GREAT job of balancing the whole "dramatic tension" thing. So often with dual POVs, we learn something important about a character that the other character doesn't know, and the character continues to be ignorant of it for so long that I have to stop myself from shaking the book and shouting: JUST FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!!!!!!! Thankfully, that doesn't happen here. She walks a perfect line, letting the tension stretch just long enough to keep us on the edge of our seats, and then letting it go so it doesn't become frustrating.

Oh--and if you like steamy kisses? Yeah, I think you're going to like this book. But that's all I have to say about that.

I have no doubt this is going to be a VERY popular book when it releases in November--and I'm sure many of you are impatiently counting down the days until you can get your hands on a copy. Which is why I've decided to share my ARC (which I wasn't originally planning to do). And it's SIGNED! (yeah, I'm having a hard time parting with it. *sigh*)

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, September 17th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, September 18th. International entries welcome.

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Scott Tracey: Today is Witch Eyes release day – wowza!
Jessi Kirby gets inside Sean Griswold’s Head
Sarah Frances Hardy applauds Lottie Paris Lives Here
Stasia Ward Kehoe marvels at The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

86 comments:

  1. Wow, thank you so much for this giveaway!!!! I'm dying to read this! I've read so many positive reviews about this, I don't think I can wait any longer!!!! Gosh, and IT'S SIGNED?!?! *fingers crossed* maybe I'll be lucky this time :)

    shiirleyyx@gmail.com

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  2. Awesome. I know what you mean about certain genres of books. I can burnt out but that's only b/c some end up being so similar. All it takes is one good one to renew my faith. Can't wait to read this!

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  3. I so want to read this. I've heard such good things about it. Please pick me and thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. Wow - thanks for the great giveaway! This is a book that is definitely on my TBR list.

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  5. Continues with all the other awesome things I've heard about this one. Oh I want to read it so.

    GFC follower - Jessica ( frellathon )

    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. ack ack ack! I sooo want to win this!

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  7. I've heard some really great things about this one. Thanks for the review!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway!!I really want to read this!

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  9. Wow- this soudnds like a fantastic read! Glad it didn't end up into your 'someday' pile:) Thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Okay, this sounds really awesome. I hope there's not too much kissing?

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  11. "I can think of quite a few books where every time it switches POV I have to fight the urge to skip through the chapter because I know nothing's going to happen." This caught my eye, especially because my work in progress now has dual POV - I'll keep this in mind as I revise!

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  12. It must be good, if you read it in one sitting. I would love to read it.
    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
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  13. Wow, what a great giveaway! I've been excited for this book!

    GFC: sarabara081

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this.

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  15. Geez, I've been freaking out about this book for ages now lol. SOOO want to read it!

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  16. I really want to get my hands on a copy!

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  17. I so want to read this! I'm totally bummed I didn't get it at ALA. Oh, well. Read it, I will. Eventually.

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  18. LOL, Shannon you and I must be on the same wavelength or something because I wrote almost this exact same post today. ;)

    I enjoyed Legend much more than I was anticipating, too.

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  19. Want want want WANTWANT.

    This sounds so original and yet so much like the olde tyme stories of olde tyme. Must read it. Please and thank you.

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  20. I really really want this!!! It sounds like an amazing book. Thank you so much for the chance to win an ARC.

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  21. Awesome! Thanks :)

    Vivien
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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm very curious about this book.
    GFC follower as Diana

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  23. I'd love to play please.

    GFC follower.

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  24. This is so AWESOME!!! Sign me up! Thanks :)

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  25. Thanks Shannon! I love giveaways but Signed books are so incredibly...hot! THANKS!

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  26. Please enter me in contest.I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  27. I've been SO looking forward to this one. It just sounds amazing. Thanks for yet another great giveaway opportunity, #1. :-)

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  28. Oh boy! Oh boy... Please let me have Legend! Pretty please?

    I really like dystopian novels being used in Politics classes. Kinda use a story to introduce political ideologies. Sorry I just had to say that.

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  29. Please add me to this giveaway.

    ZoeRainDasherBenji

    therainhouse17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. This does sound good! I hear you on the dystopian thing but now you sold me on another one.

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  31. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! You're amazing.
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  32. This has been on my most wanted list for ever! Thanks for the great giveaway - I don't know if I could be so generous with my signed copy! :)

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  33. I've read a couple of reviews for LEGEND and all have said that it's really good, so sign me up!

    Thanks for holding the giveaway :)and it's signed!!!!

    isamlq (sassyreads)
    isa6357(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Wow--where have I been that I haven't heard of this book. It sounds great.

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  35. Can't wait for this one! I want to win!

    lisa.aldin@gmail.com

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  36. Hi Shannon! I'm already a follower of your blog. : ) You always have such awesome giveaways and I want to say thanks! Have a wonderful day! : )

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  37. Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway :)
    sahina@hotmail.co.uk

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  38. I want to read this so badly! I was so disappointed that I wasn't able to get a copy at Comic-Con, so thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower :)

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. thanks for the giveaway - enter me please :)
    GFC: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042@csusm.edu

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  40. Thank you for this awesome giveaway :D I can't wait for this book. I would so LOVE to win an ARC of it :D <3
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  41. Awesome! Thank you so much for this excellent giveaway. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book for so long. Thank you for the chance at getting my hands on a copy :)


    GFC follower Tiffany Drew
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  42. You're my new best friend! I've been dying to read this book since I heard about it. And I believe it's being optioned for film!!

    emmanemgirl@gmail.com

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  43. wow, I can't believe you're parting with this one. you must really love us! <3

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  44. This book looks amazing!!! Thanks for this chance to win.

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  45. thanks so much for this chance :D

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  46. I love the sound of this one! Thanks for your generosity!

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  47. I have heard a lot about this book. I am glad you liked it as much as you did, I don't like when they are a let down after waiting so many months.

    After your review, I can't wait to read it. Thanks and thanks for the giveaway.

    mistyATlg2DOTcomDOTau

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  48. This book sounds awesome. It HAS to be; I heard it was already optioned for the silver screen...?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  49. Thank you for this giveaway! I follow this blog!

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  50. Man, I'm excited for this one. I think it sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  51. This sounds SO good! I haven't read many dystopian books lately so I'd love to read this :)
    Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  52. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I love dystopias. :)

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

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  53. Thank you for the amazing giveaway - I've been waiting for this one! I'm glad to hear that the POV switches are handled well =)
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  54. Thanks for the great giveaway. I am really liking dystopian novels. Really enjoying your blog as well. New follower. Hope to stay connected.

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  55. I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  56. This looks good! And I will NEVER burn out on dystopian! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. Oh my gosh I have been waiting to read this one! Thank you.

    GFC Teril

    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  58. This book sounds so freaking good! I am in love with dystopian at the moment. <3

    Sophia
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  59. I follow your blog. Thanks so much for the giveaway :) I've been hearing good stuff about Legend.

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  60. Thank you so much for the giveaway Shannon!!! :D

    peachandblue2(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. Please, please, please.

    beck(dot)nicholas(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. I know what you mean about getting burnt out on dystopian fiction. But as long as good ones keep coming out, I'll keep reading them! :-)

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  63. Thanks for the opportunity to win this! I'd love to read it!

    ham1299(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. This book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. And thanks to you for having a giveaway! Must be super hard to part with a signed copy. *pats* :)

    quailsrock23(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Totally in the same boat as you. I was interested by the premise, but I'm vaguely skeptical of all dystopians these days because there are so many. BUT I keep hearing from people who have read it and who are also burned out on dystopians, and they all say this book is great! Gah, I want to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Thanks for the giveaway

    Priya- priya.1dt@gmail.com

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  67. I've heard so much great stuff about this book! Definitely want to check it out. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I've heard amazing things about this book thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    brittanyferguson11@yahoo.com

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  69. A signed ARC of Legend? Yes, please, enter me! :))

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway and for making it international.

    Sabina
    sabina(dot)dezman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Im dying for this book. I love any dystopian YA.

    amynic1(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thanks
    Amy

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  71. Ooh! I can't wait for this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gabi ~ teddycavygal@yahoo.com

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  72. I have read a lot of good reviews for this book. Thank you for this giveaway.

    emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

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  73. OMG! I want it!

    magabygc at gmail.com

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  74. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Thanks a bunch :)

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  75. Ooh, I've heard a lot about this book and am way excited to read it!! :D

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  76. Wow, now I can't wait for this one, so thanks for the opportunity to win the ARC, and signed, too :)

    sandric.sk at gmail dot com

    I'm GFC follower!

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  77. YAY, this is international...YAY, lol. Fingers crossed and all that good stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  78. Thanks for the giveaway! :D
    dystopian <3

    rockmeamadeuus@hotmail.com

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  79. Wow! Awesome giveaway. So excited for this book.

    quailsrock23(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Thanks for having this giveaway. The book sounds so interesting. Please enter me.

    GFC Follower!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  81. I have heard wonderful things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    crystalfulcher(at)ec.rr.com

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  82. Wow, amazing giveaway!! Would love to win this, thanks for the chance

    GFC follower

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  83. I can't wait for this book! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

    madigarbs@gmail.com

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  84. Just wanted to say that this book is awesome and whomever should win should consider themselves super lucky! I loved this book and have since shared it with as many of my friends and family as I can. :) I'm so looking forward to the movie too!

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