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Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore (AKA James Frey and Jobie Hughes)

Series Summary:
The series follow the story of nine human-looking aliens brought to Earth when they were six years old. Their purpose is to grow into their powers and return to their planet, Lorien, and get it back from the evil Mogadorians. The teenagers have been protected by a charm, which only allows them to be killed in a set order, and by non-gifted guardians called Cêpan. Up to the beginning of the first book, six have survived and reached 15 years. As their powers, their Legacies, start to develop they can’t stay hidden anymore.
– From Goodreads.


My Thoughts:

I’m not going to comment on James Frey, that’s for another day and another blog post. Despite any personal musings on him, I did thoroughly enjoy this series. What I liked the most was the continuity of the series, I really get annoyed when reading a series, especially lengthy ones and having to go through what I call filler books. You know what I mean, the ones that don’t offer much to the overall story, whose most memorable events could have been summed up in a couple chapters. That didn’t happen in this series! Each character’s individual story was well thought out and made an impact to the overall tale. There was a healthy mix of viewpoints, believable teen drama, and I loved that many of the books ended in huge cliffhangers; I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

My favourite character was Six, I felt that she had the hardest earth life of all the Lorien. She managed to not only take care of herself from a young age, but she didn’t let those values her Cepan taught her disappear. She is forward thinking, and did what she thought was best in any given situation. She wasn’t impulsive they way John was, and she never let anyone make her feel valueless. She stood up for herself. She was a positive role-model for Ella, and she is a fierce fighter.

This series kept me interested and pulling for its heroes to the very end. It was descriptive, at times heart-wrenching, but never boring! It’s a series I don’t hesitate to recommend at work, especially to readers looking to branch out from the bulk of YA that can be heavy on the teen-romance-drama.

I give the Lorien Legacies 5 stars.

For more on the series visit Penguin Books.

Don’t give up on hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, all is dire and bleak, there is alway hope. – Henry (I Am Number Four).




Descender Vol 1 and 2 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.

Summary from publisher:
One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera from the creators of Trillium, Sweet Tooth, and Little Gotham.

My thoughts:
Absolutely loved these graphic novels. I love stories that are told from an unlikely perspective, in this case a young android designed to be a companion not a hero. Vol. 1 picks up several years after the invasion of massive highly advanced robots that have devastated the universe. We follow Tim, a companion android and his desperate search for his “family”. The story has dept and heart, it portrays a world where survival of the fittest really is a matter of life and death. Where robots are the enemy, but nothing is what it seems and lies and decpetion are a way of life.

I love Dustin Nguyen illustrations! They are far more than pictures in a comic, they are beautiful works of art. His use of watercolour and muted tones really supplied an emotional depth beyond just the words of the story.

I give both Vol. 1 and 2 a rating of 5 stars.

For more information of the Descender series visit Image Comics

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