Quickie Review: Legend by Marie Lu (Legend Trilogy #1)

Legend | Marie Lu | Putnam Juvenile | Legend #1 | 305 pages | Young Adult | Dystopia | 5 Stars | Source: Bought
Release Date: November 29th 2011
ISBN13: 9780399256752
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“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.”

Review:

I had huge expectations when it came to this novel. I have followed its hype for over two years and Marie Lu is a sweetheart on social media. A combination of high expectations and a genuine want to enjoy Legend ended up playing out well for me!

Legend follows the story of June, a 15 year old prodigy born to one of the wealthiest families in what used to be the United States and now is the Republic.  After the death of a brother, she is reeling and with Day as suspect number one she is finding the best way to execute her revenge.

This turned out to be one of my favourite dystopias! I think the market is so saturated with them at the moment and this really is a diamond among the rough. The world building is on point. On the one hand we have June’s perspective from a privileged lifestyle and on the other hand we have Day’s who is on the receiving end of a man hunt living hour to hour.

I am not the biggest fan of a dual POV. I usually end up getting lost and having to skip back to the start of the chapter. This, however, was not the case with Legend. I found myself being able to distinguish the dual POV with ease.  June and Day are so well developed. They both have very distinct voices with absolutely no danger of confusion!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I think it is a very strong start to a trilogy and I can’t wait to get to the other books and see what is next from Marie Lu!

Goodreads Average: 4.18/5 (out of 149,043 ratings) <– A very strong one!

 

Graphic Novel Review: Marvel Adaptations – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice | Original work by Jane Austen | Adapted by Nancy Butler & Illustrated by Hugo Petrus | Marvel Comics | 4 Stars | Source: Bought | 114 pages | Collects Issues #1-#5
Classics | Romance
Release Date: October 28th, 2009
ISBN13: 9780785139157
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“An adaptation of the original by Jane Austen that tells of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable, eccentric family as they navigate through tricky British social circles.”

Review:

As some of you may know, I have just recently got in to graphic novels. I was told by a few friends that the best way to get in to them is to check out adaptations of books you have already read instead of original works. With that in mind, I went to Goodreads and found this!

This is a review of the adaptation more than P&P since I would not know where to start reviewing that since I loved it so much!

This graphic novel sits at just over 100 pages has just under 300 so a considerable amount of the books has had to be taken out. Some of the descriptions have obviously been thrown and Mrs. Bennett’s nerves aren’t mentioned as much. In terms of maintaining the original story arc, I think it does this perfectly. In the same week I read this, I listened to the audiobook, watched the miniseries and watched the film so I had most of the book to memory.

If there is anything I remember Pride and Prejudice for, it is for how genuinely funny and witty it is. This adaptation definitely maintains that. I still laughed at Lizzy’s commentary and Mrs Bennetts hysteria.

Small note on the illustrations. For the most part, they are beautiful. The cover is kind of deceiving since the inside is not like that.  The only thing I found of putting was the fact that characters facial expressions were incredibly harsh. This works perfect for characters like Mr. Darcy or Lady Catharine, but when it came to the Bennett sisters (arguably apart from Mary!) It didn’t suit them at all. This only happens a few times in the comic so it is not too bad!

All in all, I think this is a great adaptation. I think it is good for lovers of P&P and also for those who have yet to read it and find the whole classic thing daunting like I do sometimes. I wish I had this back when I was studying the novel in school. The small overview would have been nice! I will definitely check out the rest of the Marvel Classics adaptations!

Goodreads Average: 3.76/5 (out of 2,720 ratings)

EXTRAS:

This originally came out in 5 separate volumes and in the back of this bindup of there were the covers for all of them. Here are two of my favourites.

#currentread: Marvel Classics Illustrated: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (adapted by Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus)

 

 

Comic Newb – Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume #1

15704307Saga Volume #1 | Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples | Image Comics 5 Stars | Source: Bought | 160 pages | Collects issues #1-#6 | Science Fiction | Fantasy
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
ISBN13: 9781607066019
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Goodreads Synopsis: 

“When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.”

Review:

To say I am a comic newb would be a huge understatement. I love looking at comics, I have probably sniffed a couple in my time, but I have never actually read one.

Up until a couple of months ago, I had never heard of this comic book series. High fantasy mixed with sci-fi are usually not my thing at all. However, after seeing this around so much I decided to take the plunge and buy it.

Saga was the perfect intro and start for me when it came to the world of comics. The rumour that comics lack in plot is blown out of the water. We have a strong female heroine in the form of Alana and Marco who a loving and caring father to their child who has just come in to the world. A world that is falling apart that is.

When reviewers were saying this series was funny, they were not wrong. Saga is hysterical from start to finish. I genuinely found them funny and the characters had whit all the way through.

A small commentary on the illustrations. They were absolutely beautiful. You can already tell you are in for a treat by the cover but they are still breath taking.

I wholeheartedly recommend Saga Volume #1. I think this is perfect for both newbs and people who have always loved comics. I will definitely be carrying on with this series and I can’t wait to get a hold of volumes 2 & 3

Goodreads Average: 4.37/5 (out of 28,289 ratings)

Small warning: See where it says for adults in the synopsis? It means it! Places in this graphic  novel are explicit and there is cursing so proceed with caution!