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.

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Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books

Synopsis: In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

My Review:
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With the upcoming release of Fredrik Backman’s new novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, I thought that I would do a special review of his debut novel, A Man Called Ove.  I had originally reviewed this book on GoodReads, but since I’ll be reviewing My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry this coming week, I thought it would be a good plan to post a review on A Man Called Ove, because it truly is an amazing book.

When I first stumbled across this book, it was by accident.  I was looking at Amazon Kindle books, to find something new to read, and I saw this listed as a daily deal for only $1.99, so I decided to give it a go.  Everyone seemed to have good things to say about this book, so I figured it might end up being a really good read, and if not, well it was cheap, so it wouldn’t be a big deal.

Wow, was I really blown away by this novel.  It’s a heartwarming story about a man named Ove (and while he’s not really that old in the book, for some reason I always pictured him being much older), who is incredibly grumpy and doesn’t want to be bothered with anything or anyone.  Ove’s wife had passed away, and now that he is alone, he really doesn’t know what to do with himself.  He spends time doing his usual checks of the neighborhood, the recycling, and parking situations.   When he gets laid off from his job, he finds himself landed with more free time, in which he thinks about his wife, and gets incredibly depressed to the point that he doesn’t want to live without her any longer.  So, he does the only thing that he thinks will solve this dilemma – he plans to take his own life.  However, the doorbell rings, and Ove’s adventures with the neighbors truly begin.  They bring him cookies.  They need his help with their children.  They ask for driving lessons.  They interrupt his quiet, lonely life, and at first, Ove hates it.  He wants to be left alone to miss his wife in peace, but after a while, Ove discovers that they aren’t the only ones who need someone…but deep down, maybe Ove needs them, too.

This book is absolutely hilarious in some places, and in others it tends to be heartbreaking and meaningful.  It made me appreciate life and those that are in it, and it has a message that has stayed with me months after reading it.  At any cost, this has been one of the best books I’ve read, and I cannot recommend it enough to those who haven’t had the delightful experience of picking this one up yet.