Legacy – Ellery A. Kane

  
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis – 

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours. 

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Goodreads average rating – 3,84/5 stars 

My review – 

This story had me intrigued from the first couple of chapters and the synopsis.  The story is told from Alexandra “Lex” Knightley’s POV. An eighteen year old girl living in the suburbs of San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. The story revolves around Lex leaving the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things and stand up to the corrupt government. Sounds cool right? 

I tried to like this book because I really wanted to like this book. I love dystopian novels and tied in with this are a lot of elements from popular dystopian books – a unqiue setting, interesting history, a “communist” government, mind-altering drugs, and romance. As great as all of this sounds, I just did not like the book. 

Lets start with the writing – It reminded me of a few other dystopian novels in the sense that the author gets to involved in the plot line and loses touch with the characters and character development. That had a huge impact on the book as I could not relate or connect to any of the characters. Even though the author was good at describing the horrific events and traumas that they went through, westill didn’t get to really know the characters. They all seemed paper thin, and completely unreal to me. The pacing was slow in the sense that little things happened here and there but they were not of much importance. The end was predicatable and some characters, such as Lex’s father just seemed random and out of place. 

With the characters, even though I knew they were all different and since thereweren’t  many within the book it was easy to remember who was who but I still saw them as the same people. I knew each person had a different background but they all acted the same. Distant, moody and untalkative. The dialogue at times seemed so forced because of their lack of emtion bringing us to the next point. 

The romance in this book was painful. It came out of nowhere. I could see that perhaps the author was trying to show us that in a crumbling society people may just want to be with one another, but then it isnt love so much as lust or seeking comfort. The romance was intense and awkward, and it was just random. It seemed weird because once again, the characters didnt feel real and they didn’t seem to have real emotions, but it did get better towards the end.

Overall I would recommend this to some younger readers, as an introduction to the dystopian genre, but It is is not one of my favourites. It is a really good story line, which is pretty much what I liked about the book. 

My rating 3/5 stars  

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The Wrath & The Dawn 

  
Goodreads synopsis – 

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Goodreads rating – 4,23/5 stars 

My review – SPOILER ALERT!!! 

  
As you may know this is a retelling of the Arabian Nights. This was nothing like I expected because even though I knew it would be great, it was betters ham expected! The ending left me confused and in desperate need of the second book! I have so many questions that need answering, and I need more cuteness and excitement. If you love action packed books with secrets and betrayal and awesomeness then just read it already! 

  
If you hate love triangles but love sarcastic charming guys that will do anything to protect their princesses then you will love this book. Tariq was kind of a pain and I didn’t really like him, so In my mind their was no love triangle at all, though some may say otherwise. King of Kings, Khaled on the other hand… Is perfection! 

The protagonist – Shahrzad was a great character as she stands up for what she believes in and protects the people she loves. She reminds me of Celaena  Sardothien from the Throne of glass series, as she has awesome fighting skills and is not afraid to stand up for herself. Her weird friendship with Despina (the handmaiden) was a highlight of the book as their arguements were simply hilarious. Despina referred to Shahrzad as “brat calipha”which always set me off into a fit of giggles.  

 
As I mentioned before so much happened in this book and I can’t wait to get the second one! I have so many questions, because of the cliff hangers at the end which were just not very nice! If you haven’t already, please go and get this book because it is really good! We can all impatiently wait for The Rose and The Dagger together! 

Roses were a big part of this book as they seemed to appear many times, as did a dagger which is connected in some way to Shahrzad’s father. It all seems so confusing but also extremely intriguing. Can’t wait to find out what role her father plays in all of this and where Shahrzad’s heart will lead her! What will happen to Tariq, Khaled and Jalal? 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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