Champion by Marie Lu

Boy, oh boy. It took me nearly a month to write this review. In that time, I finished several other books and still found myself reeling over this one. This particular book in the Legend trilogy REALLY hits a soft spot with me. I’ll explain why soon but let’s start with everything else first.

AuthorMarie Lu
SeriesLegend, Book 03
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionJune and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I had several misguided speculations on how Champion would go and, with the exception of one, was very wrong about all of them. Marie Lu proves just how hardcore and unpredictable she is as she brings June and Day together for a brilliantly poised ending. Though the characters have led very different lives until the events of Legend bring them together, they are now irrevocably intertwined forever.

June is probably one of my favorite female leads of all time. She’s smart, fun, and leads with her heart AND mind, not as two separate entities. She really cares for a lot of things that people normally wouldn’t believe her capable of due to her past. In her story, she’s got to help Anden discover himself and lead a nation that half hates him, half respects him. She’s got to be able to lead herself and protect the people she’s come to care for. And she’s also got to learn how to let go of the person she loves.

Day fights his own battles in this too as he tries to let his younger brother, whom he’s very protective of, make a decision to help the very same government who experimented on him; he has to become a leader of a group of rebels known as the Patriots, who need him just as badly as he needs them; and he’s also got to fight off the sickness in his brain that’s slowly destroying him and the memories he holds dear.

There’s so much beautiful writing as this story comes to a close. I’ll admit this is one of the few books that has ever come close to making me want to cry. And it’s not because I’m emotional when it comes to books because I’m really not (to be honest, it’s EXTREMELY hard to get me to cry when reading a book). It’s just like I said – this book in particular, especially the ending, tugs at a very deep spot in my own past. Like June, I have had someone dear to me lose his entire memory – our friendship, love, and all that encompassed who we are, gone in just one moment. But unlike her, I wasn’t brave enough to let go. I stayed where she did not. I think that’s why I love her so much because she expressed to me another option I couldn’t envision and a rougher route I might have taken, but wasn’t courageous enough to go down.

badge5v5Champion is a phenomenal end to this series.

Our reviews in this series…

Cover Reveal for The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen

One Book Two is proud to be part of the cover reveal for The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen. See the info below for the cover and description of this prequel to the Malediction Trilogy, in addition to a giveaway by Angry Robot books! I’ll be hosting a read-along of the Malediction Trilogy starting February 23. Be sure to join the One Book Two Goodreads Read-Along group to join us for that.


TitleThe Broken Ones
AuthorDanielle L. Jensen
SeriesMalediction Trilogy, Book 0.6
Publish Date: June 6, 2017, Angry Robot
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Cover: Steve Stone

Publisher’s DescriptionA prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angoulême. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.

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View More: L. Jensen was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous, and it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glasser

As a reader, we live in books. But what if we could actually go into the book world, communicate with characters, and interact with their world?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

the-book-jumperTitleThe Book Jumper
AuthorMechthild Glässer
Series: stand-alone
Publish Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionAmy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: While this story reminds me a little bit of Inkheart, it is an original story in its own right. My favorite parts actually took place in the book world. I love the idea of the Margins—a place where characters go when they aren’t featured in their story!

Dislikes: It was the “real” world that disappointed me in this story. Amy is presented with a mystery to solve. Usually, you get an element to throw you off the trail to what is really happening. But in this case, it falls flat. I feel like it got in the way more than adding to the story.

badge3v4At times the characters were odd and didn’t seem to fit into this story well. A prime example of this is Amy’s mother. I understand she is a new age mother, but she drops a bombshell on her daughter like it is no big deal.

Because of the disappointing mystery and the lack of thrills in the “real world”, I give this book three pages.

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great reads! The Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke, the Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo, and the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

I’m quite shocked to discover that I have not reviewed all the books in the Rivers of London series here on the site.  I adore this series and will have to rectify that error soon.  In the meantime, let me tell you about the newest book in the series that treats magic as just another tool in the arsenal of police-procedural crime solving.

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

hanging-treeTitleThe Hanging Tree
AuthorBen Aaronovitch
SeriesRivers of London, Book 06
Publish Date: Jan 31, 2017, DAW
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher’s Description: Another gripping and hilarious adventure through the secret streets of London. A tour of what remains and an insight into what once was with a liberal sprinkling of folklore, myth and violent crime. Each of Ben Aaronovitch’s previous Peter Grant novels have been Sunday Times Top Ten HB bestsellers and The Hanging Tree looks set to repeat the feat.

The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Somethings don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.

Peter Grant is back as are Nightingale et. al. at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested Ivana says…

The Hanging Tree is the newest book in the PC Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. More than any other book in the series, The Hanging Tree feels like the very first book—very much like a police procedural—and yet it keeps the metaplot going with new and interesting tidbits.  I love it!

One thing I’ve found particularly interesting about this series is how Aaronovitch plays up the “procedural” side of police procedural. The Met has a method and it will be followed. Notes and incidents are logged in. Investigative actions are assigned by higher-ranked officers to lower ones. It’s all very neat and tidy, with no room for the cowboy detectives American movies seem to favor. It’s a fun counterpoint to the craziness of magic.

I’m really enjoying PC Guleed, the female, hijab-wearing constable that frequently gets stuck as Peter’s partner. I’m really hoping she eventually becomes a permanent part of the Folly.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

The Rivers of London series is pretty unique, but you might check out the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka for a different perspective on magic in London.

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Spinster and the Rake by Anne Stuart

Not your normal cookie cutter regency romance.  The hero is most assuredly a rake of the most outrageous variety and the heroine had the bravery and courage to stand up for herself even when her family wouldn’t.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

spinster-and-the-rakeTitle: Spinster and the Rake
Author: Anne Stuart
Publish Date: republished August 15, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: The Spinster: As a maiden aunt, Gillian Redfern lives as an unpaid servant to her demanding family. Little wonder she finds the attentions of a rake distracting, and even less wonder that her usual good sense begins to unravel when Lord Marlow takes her in his arms.

The Rake: Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlow, is a man of great charm and little moral character, a gambler, a womanizer, and handsome as sin to boot. He has no qualms about placing a wager on the virtue of one small, shy spinster.

But Lord Marlow is about to discover that Miss Redfern is more siren than spinster. She amuses him, arouses him, and, much to his dismay, makes him a better man. Gillian will discover, in turn, that Lord Marlow possesses the power to turn her into a very wicked woman. The rake and the spinster are poised to find a love that neither could have imagined.

If only someone weren’t out to destroy them both . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*

Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

This was a re-publish from a 1982 regency romance.  Regency romances never go out of style because their style was the 1800’s in England.

There was no serious grit in this book, but it wasn’t exactly sweet either.  The heroine had a feisty, wanton side to her that made me like her.  She did belabor the fact that she was firmly and irrevocably ‘on the shelf’ which at some times annoyed me and at other times made me hate the situation she was in. She was being used by her family as a built in baby sitter.  She was made to feel meek and submissive. All of which, Ronan Blakely proved to Gillian Redfern that she was not.

badge4v5This story had a few different elements between the regular spinster/rake story line.  Gillian’s family didn’t protect her- didn’t particularly care what happened to her.  Ronan, while intrigued by the elder Redfern sister, did not act the gentleman at all.  In fact, he was somewhat callous toward Gillian which did not look good on a hero.  That in itself was a defining feature for me.

It’s not my intention to turn anyone off from this book.  Quite the contrary.  This story was off the beaten path from normal regencies and though there was an awful, hurtful truth exposed, Gillian was the perfect lady and I was proud to call her my heroine book friend.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Amy Corwin’s books Fencing For Ladies or The Bricklayer’s Helper.  You might also want to look into Alexandra Hawkins Lords of Vice series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.