Review: Prophecy (Legacy #2) by Ellery Kane

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Publication Date: May 29th, 2015
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

Synopsis:  Over a year has passed since Lex Knightley journeyed alone into desolate San Francisco. The Guardian Force is disbanded, emotion-altering drugs banned, and citizens allowed to return to the seemingly resurrected city.

For Lex, life is almost normal, but normal is precarious. Normal has a way of falling apart.

One rainy night changes everything. Out on parole, Quin McAllister’s father is arrested for the brutal murder of his new wife. As the Resistance resurges, claiming a conspiracy, Lex doesn’t know what-or who-to believe. When old enemies resurface in new disguises and trusted friends start keeping secrets, normal splits right down the middle, leaving Lex and Quin on opposite sides.

Prophecy-the second novel of Ellery Kane’s Legacy trilogy-continues the story of Lex and Quin, testing the strength of friendship, forgiveness, and love.

My Review:

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If you haven’t read the first book in the Legacy series, you should go check out the review for it here.  There might be some spoilers here that you might not want to read before reading the first book.

This book was as phenomenal as the first!  in the first book, we are introduced to the emotion altering medications (EAMs), Zenigenic, the Crim-X program, as well as the characters that come into play in this book.

It’s been a year since the ending of Legacy, and the story picks up right where it left off (well, with a year’s difference), and it is so easy to get lost in the story of Lex and Quin all over again.

Lex and Quin start off as the same loving couple we last left them as (seriously, Lex and Quin are definitely one of my favorite book couples.  I love them together), and their relationship seems pretty strong in the beginning of the book.  Lex is in college, and Quin is working with his dad to repair the Golden Gate Bridge.  Since Quin’s dad is out of prison now, and is now happily remarried.  It seems like he is getting his life in order, until Quin comes to see Lex to tell her that his dad has been arrested for the murder of his new wife.  Only…did he really do it?  Or was he framed?

Lex doesn’t seem to know what to believe, and this brings some pretty terrible consequences for Lex and Quin’s relationship (I’ll admit it, I was pretty sad about it).  While they try to figure out whether to repair their relationship (or if they even can), or to walk away, we have a bunch of other important stuff happening, too.

Augustus Porter is back, and he has been appointed the drug czar, and it is his mission to clear the streets of all of the EAMs that people are still using illegally.  But he can’t possibly be up to doing good deeds, can he?  He’s looking for Lex, and he’ll go to some pretty dark means to get to her.

Also, Max makes an appearance in the book as well (as do Edison and Elana, from Legacy).  Max has a new love interest, and it’s a pretty dangerous one.  Not to mention that Max is doing Eupho, an EAM, with his new boyfriend as well.

A lot of incredibly important things happen in this book that are vital to the way that the story is playing out.  Some parts of it made me pretty sad (I won’t say what, specifically), and I’m hoping that the final book in the series wraps everything up nicely.

This book was just as incredible as Legacy, and the story was just as captivating.  I cannot wait for the next book!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Legacy by Ellery Kane + Giveaway!

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Publication Date: September 5th, 2014
Publisher: BalboaPress

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.

My Review:

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The first time I read this book, I was completely in awe of how well written and amazing it is.  I just couldn’t put it down.  The setting was amazing, the plot was original, and the characters were so easy to like (or dislike, in some cases).  This is one of those rare books that made me feel like I was actually in the story.  The story itself is full of action – this is definitely not a slow paced book (and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, and then it makes you want more).

The story starts off with Lex, who is going into San Fransisco to deliver a flash drive to the Resistance, in order to help fight the Guardian Force.  Her mother has to send her alone, and while she is frightened, she knows what she has to do, and she goes right for it.  Allow me to say, while some books have female heroines that whiny and somewhat annoying, this isn’t the case with Lex.  She’s strong, she knows what she has to do and she does it, and she doesn’t spend the entire book whining and complaining because she’s in love with multiple guys (this happens way too frequently in books anymore).  While she does develop friendships with a few members of the Resistance (who also had some time serving under the Guardian Force, in some cases), she learns a lot about herself, her new friends, and her mother.

The Resistance fights the Guardian Force, who is still using these emotion altering drugs (such as Emovere) to control others and make them part of this government police force.  The things that these guys do are actually kind of scary, and the fact that they feel absolutely no fear or anxiety (thanks to these various drugs) while doing them, makes it even worse.

When Lex meets Quin (and Quin’s adorable dog, Artos), the two develop a friendship that is tested by Quin’s past and who Lex’s mother is, but at the same time, it’s one of those friendships/more than friendships that kind of makes your heart melt.  In the world of favorite character duos in books, I have to say that Lex and Quin are among my favorites.

This book is absolutely fantastic if you enjoy science fiction and dystopian reads.  Like I said, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it in less than a day.  This is definitely not one to miss!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the author, Ellery Kane, in exchange for an honest review.

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Ellery Kane, the author of the Legacy series, has been extremely generous and agreed to do a giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card, which you can use to get your own copy of Legacy, and the second book in the series, Prophecy!  The gift card will be an e-gift card, and the winner will be notified via e-mail when the giveaway ends.

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Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

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Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis: Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

My Review:
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This book is fun.

I can’t remember the last time I finished a book, sat down, and said that.  But as soon as I finished it, it’s exactly how I summed this book up.

It felt like a vacation from a lot of other books I’ve been reading lately.

The Leveller didn’t have a deep plot line, complex characters, or ridiculous twists that keep you guessing the entire way through.  It’s not so science fiction-y that you need time to digest what you’re reading before you continue, and it definitely seems somewhat juvenile in some places.  I’ll admit it, I normally hate that kind of thing, and typically lose count of the amount of eye rolls I do before tossing the book aside and starting a new one, but man, this was just…fantastic.

It starts off with Nixy Bauer, who has a job bringing kids back from the virtual reality world, the MEEP, when they have spent more than their allotted time there and don’t come back on their own.  She is paid for her services, and her motto is “Nixy Bauer, home in an hour” (like I said, it’s juvenile in some spots, but bear with it, because the book is amazing).  Her friends, Moose and Chang, spend their time creating hacks that allow kids to do things in this virtual reality world that aren’t authorized – such as staying in the world longer than the four hours they’re permitted.  So she goes into the various worlds, brings the kids out, and gets paid.  It’s a pretty cool job, if you ask me.

Her parents both work for the MEEP creator, and when his son goes missing inside the virtual reality world, and none of the people he has hired to get him back out are able to help, he comes to Nixy.  While Nixy isn’t too keen on the idea at first, she eventually agrees to it, and she goes into the virtual reality world of Wyn to try and bring him back out.

Only after making it past all the rooms that hold terrifying things (think sharks, ghosts, etc.), and the maze that will lead her to Wyn, she finds herself trapped in this world as well, and the two of them have to work together to get out.

Of course you’ll find the typical romance (I mean, it’s expected, and does not disappoint.  At least there’s no love triangle, so there’s that), but it’s actually kind of cute…the kind of cute that makes you go “Aweeee” and keep reading to see what happens between them.

The characters aren’t exactly complex, but they’re pretty well developed in my opinion, and I couldn’t help but smile at some of the things that Nixy says and does.  It’s just cute.  The way she swears in other languages instead of English is kind of amusing.

It seems like this book is going to be the first book in a new series, so I’m really excited to see where the author goes with this.  The ending wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, so I’m wondering if the same characters will be in the next one, and it will continue the story where it left off, or if it will be a completely different story than Nixy and Wyn.  I’m hoping it continues the story.  In either case, I’ll be reading this book at least a few more times!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.