[Book Review #24] The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

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The Garde have suffered an unbearable loss. Number Five has betrayed them. Eight is gone forever. Ella has been kidnapped. The others are now scattered.

In Chicago, John makes the unlikeliest of allies: Adam, a Mogadorian who turned his back on his people. He has invaluable information about Mog technology, battle strategies, and weaknesses. Most important, he knows where to hit them: their command base near Washington, DC. During the assault, however, John and Adam learn the unimaginable truth: it is too late. The Mogadorians have commenced their ultimate invasion plans.

With a front-row seat to the impending invasion, Ella finds herself in the hands of the enemy. For some reason she’s more valuable to them alive, and they’ll stop at nothing to turn her.

Meanwhile, Six, Nine, and Marina make their way through the Florida Everglades, hot on the trail of the traitorous Five. With the development of a new Legacy, Marina finally has the power to fight back—if her thirst for revenge doesn’t consume her first.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #5

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 416 pages

Price: 649.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The only connection I can think of about the cover and the story is the jungle (or forest), that our remaining faithful Garde found themselves in after their heartbreaking confrontation with Number Five. Although, this cover is quite eye-catching, as I said from my book review of the previous book, I still think these kinds of covers are innovative, but they have got to stop. (3 out of 5 stars)

The Story: First of all, let me just get this off of my chest. How come this book was entitled “The Revenge of Seven” when there was no POV from Marina the whole time? I don’t know how others interpreted these titles but this one was really confusing. It infuriated me knowing that it was supposed to be Marina who shall have great anger towards the story, and yet, her POV was nowhere to be found. How come was that? But then again, I might have interpreted the title wrongly. Anyways, below are some details that I loved about this book.

  • As the previous installment, The Fall of Five, came to an end, we were all extremely agitated with Ella’s capture. (I hope I’m speaking in behalf of everyone about this.) I mean, she’s the youngest, and probably the most important of all of them. And I was right with this theory. She happens to be the grand daughter of our widely hated antagonist, Setrakus Ra, thus, making her capture a priority for the Mogadorians. The story actually started with a scene from Ella’s POV, giving the readers a fast update as to where she is, and how’s she coping up in the hands of the Mogs.
  • Marina’s anguish was something that I was looking forward to witnessing and reading after I finished The Fall of Five. She loved Number Eight with all her heart in a short amount of time, only to have her heart shattered by Number Five. And, just like me, Marina turned into a, somehow, vengeful person, trying to bring back what was lost, and trying to claim something in return. However, as I have stated above, I was a little disappointed that her POV was nowhere to be found on this book.
  • Adam’s presence (and his, or should I say Number One’s legacies) seemed a little odd to me at first. I mean, I get his whole character background, and his past with his father, but I didn’t read 4 books hating Mogadorians only to have to trust one now, right? But then again, who am I to judge, right? If people can change, why can’t aliens? I’m giving him a chance.
  • Sam’s reunion with his father, and the gang was truly a heartwarming scene!!! I have waited and worried long enough for Sam, and I am totally overjoyed that he’s finally reunited with not only the Garde, but also his Dad. His cliff-hanger of an ending from the previous books was so frustrating that I had to slam the book a number of times. But now, Thank the Gods, he’s finally back, alive, and ready to fight more than ever!

All in all, I loved this 5th installment! Up until now, though, I’m still pissed off about Marina not having a point of view from the book, but I loved it nonetheless. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* The ending caught me quite off guard. I wasn’t expecting it a single bit. I was ready for the Garde to get defeated, even though I know that wasn’t possible. I was ready for the negative impacts brought about by the failed invasion planned by the remaining members of the Garde. But somehow, Sir James Frey was able to write a major plot twist. And if I am interpreting it correctly, on the next book, The Fate of Ten, scheduled to be released this fall, humans will be getting their own legacies. Considering Sam Goode’s mysterious presentation of his newly discovered powers or “legacies”. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict:  Just like the previous installment, I find this book mysteriously good and it tickled my curiosity and longing for the next book. I have high hopes for it, considering all the commendable character developments up until this book. It was worth reading. (4.33 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I am Number Seven. I will make them pay.” – Marina

“It’s okay, John. I want to be with you. I want to see that you’re okay. I want to see you win. But not every soldier can be on the front lines, you know? Some do more good when they’re away from the action.” – Sarah Hart

“People tend to change when they find out aliens are real.” – Sam Goode

“I’m looking at it now, John, it’s – you’re amazing. But I’m a sucker for handsome aliens performing miracles.” – Sarah Hart

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[Book Review #23] The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

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The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #4

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 355 pages

Price: 625.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: I liked the metallic feel of the dust jacket for this specific book. The connection between this cover and Five’s legacy to adapt and transform into any texture he touches is quite good. But I’m beginning to tire of these kinds of “bland” covers. I like it, though. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Story: This book was all about the training and preparations made by the remaining Garde to put up a fight against the Mogadorians after escaping the Dulce Base, which we are familiar with thanks to the previous installment, The Rise of Nine. The story was mostly about the individual struggles of the remaining Garde, and their constant arguments against one another. Below are some of my comments about several scenes from the book.

  • The character developments were all quite interesting. We got to see different sides of our protagonists like Number Seven, who I didn’t quite expect to have fallen in love with Number Eight (Or am I just assuming this?) in a short amount of time. John Smith also developed into a leader, which I never thought was possible. He was, at first, always portrayed as someone who was in a constant struggle trying to find out what was the thing that made him different. I guess he found that out here in this book.
  • Ever since they met him, Number Five was extremely suspicious. He, unlike the others, really wasn’t open towards the other Garde. He was absolutely reserved, and his actions truly spoke louder than his words. He told them that he was willing to train and fight alongside them, but his actions said otherwise. He was nowhere near committed or interested with their cause which made him all the more suspicious. Hello! Your home planet was destroyed by the enemies and you can’t even be bothered to train. Ugh it’s so frustrating!
  • The last detail that I want to emphasize is Ella (Number Ten)’s issue of not being able to wake up from a dream or nightmare, and the dangerous possibility of having others join her just with a mere touch. Specifically speaking, Ella dragged John into her nightmare, allowing John a glimpse into what Ella was dreaming about. I don’t know if this is a legacy or an ailment, but I would love for this to have a development within the next few books.

Overall, I liked the story. Not as much as I like The Rise of Nine, but I still liked it. There are some scenes that felt unnecessary for me, but hey. I still liked it nonetheless. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: As I have probably mentioned on my Goodreads review of this book, I was spoiled of Number Eight’s dead and Number Five’s treachery. I knew it was coming, and I thought I was 100% ready for it. But reading the death of Number Eight in excruciatingly painful detail was like steeping into your death as well. It was so painful that I had to stop for a few minutes and try to at least fathom the situation and get myself together. I know for a fact that killing Number Eight was never Number Five’s intention. It was an accident, and he, too, was surprised by what he had done. But there was no turning back from that. He was never going to be a part of them anymore. He killed Number Eight, and he faced the wrath of a Marina scorned. It felt redeeming when I read about Marina puncturing Number Five’s eye. It felt good! And a positive thing about this ending is Marina developing a Queen Elsa Powers-like type of legacy. That was so cool, and I can’t wait for this to develop. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Again, as I have probably mentioned above, I liked this book. Not as much as I liked the previous installment, but the character and legacy development in this book was worth reading. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Revenge of Seven. (4.33 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Wow, Johnny. I send you out for reinforcements and you come back with an old man, a nerd and this little hobbit guy. Great job.” – Nine

“Hell, even I’m a little surprised by Nine–between this and our little heart-to-heart in the doorway earlier, I might have to upgrade him from total douche bag to minor tool.”

“That ugly freak has spent so much time in my head, I should be charging him rent.” – Four

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[Book Review #22] The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

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In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Timesbestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #3

Release Date: August 21, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 360 pages

Price: 625.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover featured a sandy texture with the Loric Symbol for Number Nine etched right at the center of the artwork. I love this cover with the same amount of love I gave to its predecessors “I am Number Four” and “The Power of Six”. I love how the covers tend to give some insight as to what legacies the member of the Garde possesses. For example, the cover of I Am Number Four featured a bright red artwork, which seems to feature John Smith’s Lumen legacy and the ability to create fire, and such. I’m not sure I’m pointing it out clearly, though. Here’s to hoping you guys got it! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: This 3rd book in the Lorien Legacies series tackles the obstacles that the remaining members of the Garde faces as they desperately try to put up their own army and re-group to stop the Mogadorians, once and for all, and restore their beloved home planet, Lorien. The story starts as Maren Elizabeth (Number Six) travels with Marina (Number Seven), Ella (Number Ten), and Crayton (Ella’s Cepan) to re-group once again with John Smith (Number Four) who, in the process of looking for Sam’s dad found and freed Number Nine but leaves Sam inside the Mogadorian Cave. I’m listing some points about the book as well below.

  • I absolutely love the character developments of all the characters, most especially the members of the Garde. Let’s take Numbers Four and Six as an example. When the series started, they were not the most confident and strongest warriors ever. There was even a time when they both doubted themselves. They had low knowledge of what they are capable of, and they were simply not ready to bring justice to Lorien. But as the story progressed, they grew to be such noble and brave fighters. Can we all agree on that? Marina, too, had some great development as well. You’ll know what I mean if you read the books.
  • The legacies of each and every Garde member were given developments in this book as well. John, towards the ending of the book, developed a legacy that is somewhat similar to Marina’s healing. It wasn’t quite cleared out but when Sarah and Ella was in trouble, he somehow managed to heal them.
  • Spoiler: The death of Crayton was, just like any other good-guy character deaths, simply heartbreaking. Seeing Elle completely hopeless as she watched her Cepan die without any knowledge as to how she could help was such an emotional moment. Crayton was, if my memory serves me correct, the last living Cepan. He was supposed to take care of not only Ella, but also the remaining Lorics. But he did not die in vain. He died protecting them, and that counts.
  • The remaining Garde members are slowly growing in numbers! After discovering Numbers Seven and Ten in Spain, Number Six then found Number Eight in India. Such a joy seeing almost all of the Lorics alive, well, and together. I just wanted to point that out.
  • The arrival and discovery of Number Eight just gave me joy to help me in binge reading the series. I love his character! He’s funny, witty, and he seems to be that Garde member who one would like to hang out with. I just hope that he’s given a great character development as well as the story goes on.
  • The budding romance forming between Number Seven and Eight is something I find quite cute, and endearing. Heck, I find it even cuter than the romance between John and Sarah. They are, as we book nerds call it, my OTP (One True Pairing).
  • Towards the ending of the book, I loved the part where they all re-grouped together before entering the Dulce Base to save Number Six. It was absolutely action-packed! With the intense teleportation of Number Eight together with Seven and Ten, and the resistance of Numbers Four and Nine, it was an absolute favorite scene of mine!

With all the action, small bits of romance, and historical facts present in the book, I have to say that this is by far my favorite among all the books in the Lorien Legacies series. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* This book actually has a happy ending. All of the reunited Garde members are alive. Bruised, yes. Tired, absolutely. Disappointed for not being able to stop Setrákus Ra, one big yes! BUT they are all alive, and that’s the only thing that matters to me for now. And there’s nothing to discuss, to be honest, since the story is far from over, so I’m not listing down some more details. I am, however, going to start readin The Fall of Five asap! Yipee! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: As far as I’m concerned, this book is by far my most favorite out of all the books that I’ve read in the series. It’s action-packed, filled with notable bits of history about Lorien, the Garde’s legacies, and so much more! Because of this book, I’ve finally decided to finish reading up until The Revenge of Seven before I go back to school this Tuesday. (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I know what I’m capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.” – Number Six

“A wise man once told me that only by leaving someone good can you meet someone better.” – Number Eight

“I don’t like bullies. No one has a right to take or to hurt just because they can.” – Number Nine

“We will not conquer our obstacles by running away from them. Speed does not matter, just that we do not stop.” – Number Eight’s General

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[Book Review #20] The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

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I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I’m ready to fight.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #2

Release Date: August 23, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 406 pages

Price: 625.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover displayed a blue background that looks a lot like a puddle of water with circular ripples found on the middle with the title etched with it. Again, it’s a simple cover, but I actually found a connection this time! Discovering the fact that Maren Elizabeth, a.k.a. Number Six, has the ability to control the elements for a legacy, I can relate that to the small ripples of water found on the cover! I’m digging it this time! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The book was about the lives of John Smith, Maren Elizabeth, and Sam Goode as they face different obstacles after their meeting at Paradise Ohio. The story also shed some light into the lives of both Marina, known as Number Seven, and Adelina, her Cêpan. What I love about this sequel is that James Frey really did it justice by answering some of my unanswered questions from its predecessor, I Am Number Four. Questions like “how will Sam’s family react to his missing act?”, “how will Sarah cope up with the recent separation she had with John”, and “how will the arrival of Number Six affect John?”. Reading the book was literally like finding answers, and I loved it. I’m enumerating some of my detailed insights below, and no, they won’t be spoiler free. Better read the book first if you don’t want to be spoiled.

  • The slow introduction for Marina and Adelina felt required, and seeing that the first few chapters were indeed about them delighted me. I envisioned Marina to be the strong and independent member of the Garde as she already was on the book. At first, I thought, just like John and Maren, Marina already lost her guardian to the Mogadorians. But as I found out, that was not the case. Her Cêpan was alive, but she grew tired believing in the planet, Lorien, their cause, and the things they need to endure to succeed their war against Mogadore. Seeing the things that they’ve been through, I feel both sorry and understanding for them. It must have been extremely hard asking for help and no one want’s to.
  • When I attended the James Frey book signing last February, I was devastated to find out that some of my book friends hate Sarah Hart. As I read the first book, I can’t seem to fathom why they hate her so much, but after reading this sequel, I’m irritated with her as well. Now, I get it. Sarah, being the spoiled bitch she is, betrayed John and told the FBI she’ll be meeting him. My God! Why would you do that, huh? WHY!!! I can’t even think about her right now!
  • Ella, also known as Number Ten (Yes! She’s the tenth member of the Garde!!!), happens to be a great addition to the Loric Team. She might not have developed any Legacies yet, but her ability to transform into a different age is kinda rad and phenomenal. Don’t you think so? I mean, immortality might as well be her ability.
  • I actually thought Hector might be Marina’s love interest. Being her only guy friend in Santa Teresa, Spain, Hector was the only masculine figure that Marina has ever had the chance to get to know, thus, leading me to my conclusion that he might be Marina’s love interest at the time.
  • Henri’s letter to John, which he read as they left Florida after being ambushed by Mogadorians, was educational, emotional, and extremely painful on John’s part. Other than the shocking news about Malcolm Goode, Sam’s father, who’s death is now I’m beginning to question, a lot of information regarding John’s past, up to his Loric past, was revealed. And I felt like I got to know John more all because of that letter. It was also reminiscent of Henri, though. 😦

I liked this book more than I loved the first, which, to my surprise, isn’t something that occurs often. For me, I have to absolutely love the beginning of a series for me to able to read on, but that was not the case. Although I liked how the Lorien Legacies started, I loved this way better. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.*  I don’t think I can gather and sum up all the details about this and incorporate it into one specific paragraph, so instead, I’m typing this part in bullet form as well.

  • The deaths were all painful and, as I’m ashamed to admit, predictable. Adelina, for one. She was extremely passive, not to mention annoying, during the first few chapters and she remained like that up until the moment Marina broke down in front of her. And her death was predictable. Seeing her personality shift as the story slowly closed, I had it planted in my mind that she won’t be able to train and guard Marina any further. The same goes for Hector. He was a good friend, and his whole life seemed kinda like it revolved on Marina (other than his intense concern for her mother, Carlotta.) Their deaths felt right, not because I want them dead, but because it felt like it was needed for Marina to grow a lot more stronger.
  • The uncertain loss of Sam Goode in the Mogadorian caves is giving me undecided thoughts. First of all, just like John, I’m frightened of the thought that Sam might be tortured and interrogated for information leading to the Loriens and their cause. I agree with John that he’s better off dead than be tortured and battered. I don’t to think about him being slaughtered when all he did was help the Loriens win the war against the Mogadores. But I also can’t help but feel like he brought this on himself. He knew the dangerous consequences while they were all inside the caves. But still, he chose to find his dad amidst the chaos and destruction, leaving him alone and helpless, without the help of his allies, John, and Number Nine. Poor Sam.
  • I loved the fact that other than their retrieval of the Loric chests, they were also able to free another member of the Garde: Number Nine. The thought of Number Nine being locked up for more than year within the cave is interesting. I’m intrigued by him and his origins, legacies, and other information. He seem like a badass kind of guy, and I want to know more about him, seeing that the next book is entitled “The Rise of Nine”, there might be some more background story about Nine there.

I love how the book ended. Although there are questions in me that’s dying to come out, I’m going to be patient. I’m loving how the series is building up, and how somehow, the mambers of the Garde are slowly reuniting. I love that! And I can’t wait to read the next installment.(5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: As I’ve concluded, I loved this book. I loved the slow introduction of Marina, the downfall of Sarah (bitch), and the budding love interest between John and Maren Elizabeth where Sam is also involved. Haha! I can’t wait to read the next book! (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today.” – Marina

“The key to change is letting go of the fear.” – Hector

“If you ever know a man who tries to drown his sorrows, kindly inform him his sorrows know how to swim.” – Hector

“I swear, Six is going to kill us, or worse, maybe she’s about to be killed by a swarm of Mogs and we’re here lying in the grass about to go through a scene from Romeo and Juliet.” – Sam Goode

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[Book Review #18] I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #1

Release Date: August 3, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 440 pages

Price: 639.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover featured a plain background incorporating colors of red, orange, an white. The title is also etched across said background in quite a little gruesome font. This cover is simple and may (or may not) have a little connection to what’s inside the book. I would’ve expected more from this cover, considering it’s a work of Science Fiction work from THE James Frey. I still liked it, though. (4 out of 5 stars)

CONFESSIONI’ll be honest. Once again, my decision of reading this book and starting the Lorien Legacies series is all because of the good recommendations of quite a few of my book friends. After attending the book signing event of James Frey (You may view my event recap here.), and after reading Endgame (Here’s a book review.), I actually got hooked up with James Frey and his writing style. For some reason, his fascination with aliens and other extra-terrestrial forms also seemed to have influenced me in some profound way. Thus, my reading of this book. I’m finding it cool, actually.

The Story: The story was about Number Four, an alien from the planet Lorien, and his growth, life, and adventures as a member of the Lorien Six who remains in hiding from the Mogadorians who are sent out to hunt and kill them. (That’s basically my whole synopsis for this book. It’s kinda cool that I was able to sum up the 440 pages of the book and shorten it to a sentence! Haha!) Following the life, growth, and character development of John Smith was quite a thrilling ride. I loved seeing him and his powers, or should I call them Legacies, slowly come to him and develop. I mean, come on! Telekinesis people! And not to mention the handy Lumen he has! Ugh, it’s so cool, you guys! (Behold the inner nerd that’s in me!) Oh, and to add to that, I don’t know if you’re a fan of Sarah Hart and her romance with our protagonist, John, but I know I am! I’m in love with their sweet budding romance, the same way I fell in love and admired Sarah and Jago’s love team from Endgame. And if ever you’re wondering, there IS a back story as to why several of James Frey’s books contains characters named Sarah, which I think is kinda cool and it makes his books unique. I love it! Oh, and the brief introduction to Number Six is absolutely the bomb! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* The death of John’s Cêpan, Brandon a.k.a. Henri, is just as heartbreaking as any break-up there is in this damned world. I mean, yes, I watched the movie way before I read the book, and I anticipated this death, but reading it in words is heart-achingly painful. Henri was the best (and only) dad that John ever had. He was the sweetest Dad I have came to read about, to be honest, and so his death is really painful for me. In addition to that, the uncertainty between John and Sarah’s relationship was painful for me as well. Seeing Sarah, fully invested with her romance with John, as the truck that took her love, Number Six and Sam drove on was just too much. I might be acting a little too dramatic here but seeing their relationship grow into something they’ll be proud of and then eventually getting separated was, again, heart-breaking. No. Just, no. But don’t get me wrong. I loved that ending! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Reading this book and starting this series might be one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Action-packed, and filled with the right amounts of swoon, mystery, and thrill, I Am Number Four and the Lorien Legacies will indeed allure dozens of thousands of readers worldwide. No doubt about it. Oh, and I hope that someone would produce the sequel to the movie already! Looking forward to reading it as well. (4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I miss you.” I say.
“You miss me? But I’m right here.”
“That’s the worst way to miss somebody. When they’re right beside you and you miss them anyway.” – John Smith to Sarah Hart

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” – Henri

“We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.” – Henri

“Those things that are the most obvious are the very things we’ve most likely to overlook.”

“The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.”

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