Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl’s fallen in love with the Republic’s most famous criminal.”

Hey Book Nation!

Have you heard/ seen/ read the Legend series by Marie Lu? I recently read the first book, in under 24 hours – including time to sleep and go to school, i’d say that is incredible (and not just because the main characters of this book put me into a really competitive mood).


Pages: 305

My Rating: 4/5

Release date: 29th November 2011

Series: First book in the Legend series by Marie Lu

Issue: paperback, borrowed

my thought:

As far as I’m led to believe, Legend is Marie Lu’s first published novel (and by that I mean, I read it at the beginning of the book so I’m around 98% sure that it was). And considering the fact this was a first novel, this book was fantastic!

Like most authors, I’m assuming the writing and stories can only become more and more amazing, so I cannot wait to see what happens in the books to come, Prodigy and Champion as well as her other series, The Young Elites.

I was sort of stuck between a 3 and a 4 but then I took into account this was her first novel and so I bumped it up. Don’t get me wrong, this book was amazing and does deserve a high star rating, that fact just helped a little in the decision.

As for the book itself.

The writing was really good and it always held my attention. It’s didn’t necessarily have me racing for the next page, but with that said, I did stay up until midnight to read this book. I just seemed to fly through the pages, it did take around the same time it takes me to read other books this size, but it didn’t feel like it. It felt much shorter (in a good way).

I’m interested to see where this trilogy goes and I’m not entirely sure at all what will come, who will live or who will die. But I do know that I am in love with one of the main characters, Day to be more precise. He reminds me of Kaz. Well… actually…. because this was published first, I guess Kaz reminds me a lot like Day. Either way, I love him and desperately need him to live throughout this series.

June, the other main character, on the other hand, is alright. I prefer Day, but she comes in second.

Although, to be fair, I do actually like everyone in this book. I do feel like the characters could have been just a tinge more developed but I’m sure that will happen over time in the next few books.

The only issue I had with this book was that there was no map. I’m not from America, nor have I ever learnt what state is where (probably never will) so I did find it hard to understand where these people where and how far away they were travelling. When characters said they were going to Las Vegas, for example, I didn’t know whether this was a day or two away, or months on the road.

However, the second book does have a map of sorts, so I’m sure it will all make sense soon. Plus it wasn’t really that big of an issue, they pretty much stayed in the same area the entire book.

In conclusion, this book was fast pacing with pretty cool characters and a mystery which I cannot wait to see uncovered in books to come.

as always, my goodread’s review (this review is different and a lot shorter.)

Until next time,



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