The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5) by Pittacus Lore

The Lorien Legacies is by far one of the most successful book series I’ve read.  I was in awe at the end of the fourth book when it was still going very strong.  Every book is a page turner, full of different point of view as narratives and this whole fictional alien war grows deeper as we learn more about Lorien and their fight against the Mogodarians.  The fourth book ended in quite a cliffhanger with a very scattered outlook that could go in any direction as they see fit.

Before we head into the review, if you missed my previous reviews of the first four books, which I only am missing review for the first book I am Number Four, you can find it here:

The Power of Six (#2)
The Rise of Nine (#3)
The Fall of Five (#4)

Let’s check this next installment out!

If you haven’t read the previous books and intend on reading this series, some spoilers may appear unintentionally so I strongly suggest you to stop!

 The Revenge of Seven
(Lorien Legacies #5)

by: Pittacus Lore

The Revenge of Seven

After the last attack, the group has been separated from each other.  Five is gone.  Marina, Nine and Six are dealing with the grief and self-blame that they didn’t do better to prevent it.  While, Four, Sam, Malcolm and an unexpected ally, Adam has joined forces with them after their escape.  Ella however is stuck with Setrakus Ra in his command center after she was kidnapped.  The Mogodarians are about to take over Earth and as each group learns more about it, they each go their separate way trying to find each other but hopefully to discover a way to save Earth from a doomed fate with Setrakus Ra. Will they succeed?

 Lorien Legacies has something that I truly appreciate in a book series.  It remembers what is key to a story and what readers are looking for.  Every book adds characters but while it is sad to lose characters, it still has to happen. Someone has to step down in some way in order for other characters to shine and have their spot.  There are always (at least) 3 different point of views which I love.  To make sure that readers don’t get confused, it uses different fonts to differentiate.  Every book features Four and Six’s point of view while moving to other one(s).  This one had Ella because she gives us a better idea of what is going on especially with how the last book end.  Four is more calm and calculating in his plans while Six balances it out with being strategic but aggressive in her approach.  At the same time, Ella is also in a separate location after being kidnapped by the Mogodarians.   With these few narratives, we can fully absorb the situation from different places and get to know those characters even more.  And that is one of the reasons I like Lorien Legacies so much.  We’ve gotten to know the characters more, especially Four and Six but everyone has a certain character to them and balance the decision making and each has the potential to surprise us one way or another.

This time, we also get exposed to Setrakus Ra, the enemy and villain. This also brings us to learn more about the history of Lorien and what came to be.  He brings on the other side of the spectrum and as the war starts also against his attempt to take over Earth, we see the strength of him and his army.  Their technology and just everything we’ve wondered about the other side of this battle.  While we know the Garde’s strength, even if its constantly changing, Setrakus Ra is one I’ve been curious to learn more about at the very least. That bit of reveal was really intriguing.

By the end of the book, the Garde and Mogodorians are finally at their end game.  Its time for war against world domination of aliens.  Weird part is no one would think that aliens would be fighting other alien species in the fight against world domination on Earth.  I guess that is what makes this fun to read.  Both Loric and Mogodorian sides are new and fresh and its a continuous journey to learn about them. However, that ending was pretty wow but a huge cliffhanger.

Good job, Pittacus Lore, creator of Lorien Legacies series.  I can’t wait to read the next one! Apparently its supposed to be the last one? The news for that seems so scattered.  Maybe one of you know more than I do.  I’ll just read them as they are released and have fun with it! 🙂

On second thought, while the movie I am Number Four bombed and didn’t get a chance to become a movie series. I was thinking that this totally would work as a TV series, like CW could really turn this into some great, seeing as they focus on this teen/YA genre already.

Have you read the Lorien Legacies series? 

Book Review: The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore

I love monthly book recaps.  Its been working so well until the last few months where I was focusing on the independent writers and then those deserve their own posts to share all the talent in our little blogosphere alone.

BUT, the Lorien Legacies deserve its own post.  Most book series (even movies) kind of taper off and lose the original greatness to it as the books and the story build up.  Lorien Legacies is fantastic at keeping the pace, developing the characters and I just keeping this whole Loric business in check the whole time. Even after Michael Bay took up the project and turned into a hopeless effort with his signature stamped over it, this series has such a great potential for the big screen, if not, a TV series based on this would pretty much kick-ass.

Wait I’m getting ahead of myself…

THE FALL OF FIVE (LORIEN LEGACIES#4)

by Pittacus Lore

the fall of five

I didn’t review I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacy#1) on here but if you do happen want to check out #2 The Power of Six and #3 The Rise of Nine, you could find them HERE and HERE respectively.

Much like the rest of the series, The Fall of Five is a really fun read.  Its action-packed and with so many books, this one is where the Gardes are finally all reunited, after finally finding Five.  The Mogadorian fights are more and the creatures are bigger and badder.  There are a few additions back into the story.  This time around its narrated by John (Four), Marina (Niine) and Sam, one of the earlier characters.

The beginning of The Fall of Five took me a little while to catch again since the last time I read this series was back in January.  Its not a lack of desire to read it that I’ve waited this long but rather, I have to sit patiently and wait for paperback versions to come out.  I lug these books to and from work along with a bunch of other stuff so for the sake of my shoulders and my back, I try to choose the lighter option, that being paperback but those apparently now take forever to come out.  And with exciting books, I very much prefer having it in my  hand than on my tablet.  I’m going off topic again.

The Fall of Five is so much fun to read.  At the same time, it goes a little more personal.  Why? As much as its about saving Lorien and eventually being able to go back once they get everyone together, everyone has their own story.  There’s a few unexpected twists that really bring everything to perspective.  Thats the key to what makes these books fantastic reads.  Sure, they are for teens but I don’t really care because it does a whole lot better in pacing than a lot of more adult books that I read.

That last few chapters was like heart attack intensity. I think I held my breath through it all.  Exciting stuff, my friends.

I highly recommend it and thats why I’m avoiding revealing too much of the plot itself. Its worth your time.  Trust me! 🙂

Book Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies#2) by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six is part of the Lorien Legacies/ I am Number Four series. I haven’t quite figured out how they call this series yet.  It is the sequel to the novel I am Number Four.  I had read the first one last year following the viewing of the movie.  I’ll probably rewatch the movie soon and review it, seeing as I won’t be backtracking and reading the 1st book again yet.

the power of six book coverIf you are unfamiliar of the situation. Lorien is a planet that was destroyed many years ago by another group of aliens called the Mogadorians.  Before their planet was put to hibernation by the Elders, they sent 9 children called Gardes in a spaceship to Earth, each accompanied by a guardian called Cepan to let them hone their legacies/special abilities when they grow older and assist them in staying hidden from the Mogadorians.  These 9 children will revive the planet and this makes the Mogadorians want to kill them.

In the first book, we were revealed to Four (also called John) and Six.  Four and Six along with Sam (an ally) are trying to not only evade the FBI who are calling them terrorists but also the Mogadorians who want to kill Four.  At the same time, we are revealed to another Garde in Spain, Marina aka Seven, who struggles to make her Cepan, Adelina, teach her how to control her Legacies and to defend herself in the case that something happens and they are tracked down.  On one side, Four, Six and Sam are running with no certainty as to where to go but solving the mystery and figuring little details out on their own, forging their path ahead. While in Spain, Marina is doing the same thing as she follows the news of what has happened in United States.

Its really hard to describe this book without giving away too much.  The first book, I am Number Four was really fun to read. My issue was the it had slow parts.  There were some parts that just lingered on and on (especially the love story).  In this one, it may seem like a mess of a quest with no actual objective or knowledge of where to go  in their journey but it becomes even more entertaining because it has a lot of action in the descriptions that they show.  And the point is that they are kids that have just started learning and before they get the chance, they lose their guidance and they need to learn on their own.  The swap between the two stories that overlap and complement each other make for it being intriguing.  This sequel is more fast-paced than the first and because of that, I enjoyed it a lot more.  Knowing that the Mogadorians and their nature after the first one, the readers know to suspect characters and wonder if there are others around that are in disguise.  I know I ended up doing that with some of the characters and seeing if there was more to them.  Especially since this is written in first person narration, we only get the view of the main character in that section.

This may be a Young Adult fiction so the language is not extremely sophisticated.  However, it does bring in a fun alien invasion fiction intertwined with survival. The book makes you connect to Number Four especially a lot but also with the recurring characters and makes you want to cheer for the underdog in this one and hope that they will win every battle and be able to rise their planet again or just not die in vain.

Fun, exciting and adventurous! Its what I look for in a young adult fiction. Thats exactly the reason why I read these.  Need to head out and grab a copy of Rise of Nine soon. Plus, the next book is announced already! The title is at least 🙂