Read for a Cause

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Better World Books is an awesome company that started with three guys who love books, and turned into a book-loving cycle.  When you buy a book from them, you are supporting literacy and a love for the written word on an international level.  The books are cheap, and shipping is always free.  And green and all earth-friendly-like.

I came across their website while searching for some used books.  I found out that not only does a good portion of the profit of each sale go toward non-profit literacy causes, but they also have dropboxes all across the eastern U.S. and in Texas where you can drop off unwanted books so they can find a new home.  It’s the idea that books are meant to be loved and read put into practice to help others.

I love this website, I love their selection.  I hope that they will continue to expand because….well the more books the better!  And because I have a lot of books I would drop off if they were anywhere near my location.  They take part in college and library book drives and large-scale donations and use the money they make to support a wide range of literacy organizations.  The average price for good used books that I’ve seen is under $4 and like I said, shipping is always free.

Check out these stats:

  • 6,801,997 books have been donated
  • 95,699,749 books have been reused or recycled
  • $13,204,413.39 has been raised for literacy and libraries.

Not only are these numbers staggering, they are always increasing.  So go check them out, buy and donate books, and take advantage of what this great organization has to offer while supporting literacy worldwide.  Click the link below to visit!

Better World Books

Readdicted Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Readdicted Reviewers book review

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction

Goodreads Book Summary:

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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Rating: 5 Stars

Who were the Characters?

Main Characters:
June Iparis — loved her.  She was an awesome main character, totally fleshed out and full of life, while still having reservations and lots of normal thoughts instead of stupid selfish lovey dovey thoughts.  She is logical, calculating, but not hard.  She is also very loving, and values her relationship with her brother.  A strong sense of right and wrong over loyalty, unlike many soldiers.  She is a prodigy, and 15, but seems older.
Day — Day is a wanted criminal who is constantly plotting his next move to thwart the Republic’s war effort.  He is incredibly agile and also very calculating.  The point of view switches from June to Day throughout the book, in first person, and you get to see what they are thinking.  I like the switching, it gives me more insight into the characters.

Supporting Characters:
Metias Iparis — June’s brother
Thomas — Metias’s best friend and fellow soldier
Comander Jameson — the commander of the unit Metias and Thomas are in
John, Eden, and Day’s mother — Day’s family, who the story kind of centers around
Tess — Day’s companion, a 13 year old orphan

What’s different?

The story has a lot of great detail and action, I didn’t feel like it followed a formulaic outline.  Things just happened.  And the characters didn’t see things coming, and I didn’t either.  A welcome reprieve from recent books I’ve read.  I hate seeing things coming.  GRRR.  This book was simply wonderful.  The characters voices were distinct, the details overlapped in really cool ways and I was surprised at different points throughout the book.  Awesome.  Seriously.

What’s similar?

The setting is somewhat similar to Neil Shusterman’s Unwind.  The story takes place in the future, on the west coast in California and the western part of the old U.S. is now called The Republic.  It is also slightly similar to other dystopian books, mostly because of the elements required of a dystopian novel.  Set in the future, controlling government, unhappy people, lots of lying…..

I did not feel like any of the similarities were distracting.  This story was different enough to set itself apart.

Where is the setting?

Los Angeles in the future after multiple catastrophes.  War, floods, hurricanes….you name it.  The Republic is at war with the Colonies.  Probably the only thing that nagged my brain was that there was no map, and I wanted a map.

When does this story take place?

It takes place in the future.

Why do I like/dislike it?

I loved this book.  Loved it.  I read it very quickly.  I felt like it had EVERYTHING a good book needs.  The romance was not overdone, just enough to get me interested.  That was probably still my least favorite aspect.  The action was described well, and I always felt like I could see what was happening and where the characters were.  I was a little confused at times when the characters would think about where they were….such as the different sectors or buildings.  Which is why I would have loved a map.  I tried to find one online…but no such luck.

I’m sad because the next book, Prodigy, doesn’t come out until January 2013.  I will be waiting anxiously for it!

{katie}

Here’s your Just For Fun: This book is well on its way to becoming a movie, and here’s a link for more info y’all: http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/06/07/legend-marie-lu-movie-script/?xrs=share_twitter