Champion

Marie Lu’s Champion is the final book in the intense and amazing Legend trilogy.  June and Day have both decided to go their separate ways after risking everything to establish a peaceful co-existence between the Republic, the Patriots, and the Colonies.  June is training to become an adviser to the Elector and Day has been given all of the luxuries that he never had before.  Just as the final treaty is being drawn up between the Republic and the Colonies a plague is released in the Colonies’ cities convincing them that a treaty is unacceptable.  Now June and Day are again asked to sacrifice everything dear to them in order to keep their country safe.

Lu has such an amazing talent for drawing you right into her stories with suspense, drama, and action.  Her writing is  so descriptive that you feel like you are right in the thick of it all, which is great as long as you have nothing else planned for the day.  I have become so attached to June and Day.  Lu really knows how to create lifelike and engaging characters.  You feel every emotion that they go through and find yourself cheering them on.  I am always sad to reach the end of Lu’s books, I need more time with Day and June!   Several of us in the store are in denial that this is the end of the series since we love the characters so much.  I realize that dystopians are all the rage these days, and that perhaps many of us are starting to burn out on them, but this is a must read series.  It is easily one of my top five favorite dystopians.  And even better, now that all three are out you can read them all at once – which you will want to do as soon as you finish book one.

November’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of November:

1  The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo (autographed copies available)

2  Moonday by Adam Rex (autographed copies available)

3  Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

4  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

5  The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

6  Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

7  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

8  Legend by Marie Lu

9  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

10  Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

If you would like an autographed copy please call or stop in the store.

November Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of November:

1  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (autographed copies available)

2  Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

3  The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

4  We are Water by Wally Lamb

5  Champion by Marie Lu

6  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

7  Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

8  Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

9  The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

10  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Please call or stop in the store for autographed copies.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (This is book 8 in the series)  Mr. Kinney will be having a book signing here on Friday November 8th at 10:30 AM.  This is a ticketed event, please call or stop in the store to receive your ticket.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (We have signed first editions in the store)

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (We have signed first editions in the store)

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (This is the latest novel featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyn)

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (paperback)

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Champion by Marie Lu (This is the latest novel in the Legend series)

Royal Rangers by John Flanagan (This is book 12 in the Ranger’s Apprentice series)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Prodigy by Marie Lu (the 2nd installment in the Legend Trilogy-as a side note, Legend as been re-released with a new cover)

The Hour of Peril:  The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

In One Person by John Irving (paperback)

Legend

Marie Lu’s novel Legend is a captivating debut that will grab your attention and not let go till the very end.  June is the Republic’s prodigy child, even if she is a bit willful and independent.  Day is the Republic’s most sought after criminal, not the most dangerous but definitely the most problematic.  When June learns that Day killed her brother her only emotions are anger and the desire for revenge.  Thus begins the hunt for Day, but what June doesn’t expect is what she learns from him about her beloved Republic.

This was a fantastic young adult dystopian read, and frankly the closest book that I have found to The Hunger Games.  I thought Lu’s writing style of telling the story from both characters’ point of view to be an excellent way to grab the readers attention and to have you cheering for both of the characters.  Her  style also ensured that her story was rich with details  since you are leaning about things from multiple perspectives.   Lu captured the military mind so well with her writings about June and likewise the street smarts when writing about Day.   You couldn’t help but think these two are a nice balance and could make an excellent team.  The characters were both well developed and it was easy to tell who was speaking, even had Lu not changed the color of her text between them.  The writing is wonderful but so is the story.  We are just beginning to learn about the flawed Republic at the end of the book and I am anxiously awaiting  Prodigy (book two due out in January 2013) to find out where the story goes.  I think the corruption is going to be much worse than we initially anticipate.  Legend is a compelling beginning to what is sure to be an amazing series.