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Lorien Legacies

The Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten by Pittacus LoreThe Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars, by Lauren Mayhew

Blurb: For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan-one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love these books! As far as I can remember, I have been reading them since the first one – I am Number Four – came out, so I’ve had a lot of patient waiting to do. And guess what… It’s still not finished!

I don’t mind there being another book because I’m really not keen for this series to be over, I just can’t believe the cliffhanger that it ended on.

I think I was supposed to be a bit more upset than I was at the ending of this book, but the character that we say goodbye to just seemed to be a bit of a spare part to me. I’m more worried about the impact this is going to have on a certain other character that I love!

This book was action packed from page 1. This one didn’t swap between too many different characters either, it was only John, Six and Ella occasionally. It made it a lot easier to read because I wasn’t having to try and remember which font applied to which character! The previous books had a habit of doing this and it got really confusing.

I think the whole book takes place in about 48 hours or so and a LOT happens in that time. I really don’t want to give too much away with this one, unlike some of my other reviews.

I’m loving the development of humans getting Legacies, though I do see this backfiring at some point. Maybe I’m too sceptical.

It was interesting to see some of the back story of Setrakus Ra. And one of my favourite lines during this sequence came from Six to the big bad himself – I would write it here, but it’s a little bit rude!

Ella really grows as a character in this one and I love her to pieces. There was a heart stopping moment involving her in this one. I’m not even joking, if Ella doesn’t make it, I will not be happy. Same goes for Sam, Marina and John. Six too. And Nine. Basically, no more Garde are allowed to die – apart from Five. I still haven’t quite figured him out.

I’m eagerly awaiting book 7. Hopefully it doesn’t take longer than a year.. This is definitely going onto my all time favourite books list.


Books that all YA lovers should read

BookshelfWritten by
Lauren Mayhew

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been reading YA/ teen fiction. I have tried to read adult fiction, but I just can’t get my head around it. It sometimes seems a bit too serious.

I wanted to share a few of my favourite YA books, all of which sit on my bookshelf. Here’s a picture if you want to see. Try and ignore the boyband memorabilia dotted around!

Here are my top 5 YA book series that I think should be on everyone’s TBR pile. I apologise now if I make your list a little longer…

Counting down from 5: Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz.

These books feature a teenage spy called Alex Rider. He is unwillingly thrust into the world of MI6 and over the course of a year suffers loss, life threatening injury and has to come to terms with the fact that his life will never be the same. There are 10 books in the series which may seem a challenge to some, but I assure you they are worth it!

4: The Power of Five Series by Anthony Horowitz.

Teenagers with supernatural powers who are the only ones who can save the world from the Dark Ones whose only wish is to destroy us all. There are 5 books in this series, each one as exciting as the next. I remember the first time I read Raven’s Gate, I actually got goose bumps – it’s that good.

3: Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness.

Humans have colonised a new planet but there’s something strange – you can hear other people’s thoughts. All women seem to have died from a mysterious illness and Todd gets caught up in a life endangering adventure. Two things about this series, one, there is a fair bit of swearing and two, you’re gonna need some tissues. Seriously, don’t forget the tissues.

2: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Cassandra Clare has a lot of books and in my opinion, they’re not all that great. However, I found the first book in this series, The Clockwork Angel, in my local library and I fell in love immediately. Will Herondale… Oh, how I wish you were real! Anyway, Shadowhunters with awesome powers makes these a must read. I’ll be honest, I actually cried myself to sleep after book 3, so make sure you’re mentally prepared!

1: Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore.

I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon these books, but I am so glad I did! Every time the next book in the series comes out, I think it’s the last one, but no, there’s another cliff hanger ending. Two alien races, the people from Lorien and the Mogadorians, bring their battle to Earth with some serious consequences. 9 children from Lorien were smuggled to Earth in the hope that they could end this war once and for all. While they are apart, they can only be killed in number order. Numbers 1, and 3 have been killed already. We follow Number 4, John, as he learns about his special abilities and the fact that he may be the last hope to save the legacy of his people. I love these books, it’s that simple.

If you have read any of these books, I’d love to know what you think! If you haven’t – get reading!


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