Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Legacy: Glow (Book Review & Giveaway!)

Hallo!

For my first ever giveaway here on Olivia’s Catastrophe I will be reviewing Legacy: Glow by Phillip Mcsween. This was a requested review but as always I write with the freedom of honesty for the benefit of my readers.

This sci-fi book follows Bartok and Klarvid, two brothers who live on Lyre where everyone is separated by rank. Bartok, a fourteen year old finds it hard to get by being an Eight of Diamonds in a world where Face ranks rule. But when there is an opportunity to become a Guardian, a new top ranking job, Bartok can’t wait to take it. Then he finds out the catch to his plan of fame and wealth: he has to take his six year old brother Klarvid along for the ride as well. That aside, can he make it through the Testing and become the amazing role of a Guardian?

 At the beginning of the story I found it a little bit difficult to catch on with all the slang language they were using in this new world. But then I quickly caught on because the words were similar to the English ones and just little replacements. Once I realised this I started to enjoy the book a whole lot more. I liked the idea of people trying to break out of what had been labelled their ‘rank’ and also the idea of having to work with family whether wanting to or not. As well as this, the book also briefly touches on lots of other topics as well as they go through the Testing and other difficulties. Yes, there is some action in this book, but what I enjoyed most was seeing a family come together and the idea of people breaking out of their label. I think it’s a lesson we can also learn and apply in this world too.

The characters were a bit hard for me to relate to as well, but you can really see them develop throughout the story too. I think my favourite has to be Bartok because he is really a loving guy who wouldn’t want to harm the people he loves and tries to protect them. I believe that through this aspect of him I managed to find myself as well. As for Klarvid, he’s really intelligent and also someone who really looks up to other people – as most six year olds would do. Sometimes I found that he really didn’t act like a six year old but older, which didn’t really fit.

The writing style was a little simplistic at times and there were some typos in here, but the more I read, the less it mattered because the story was really coming alive by then. The ending will definitely keep hold of you until you find out the truth about what has been happening and the story behind the mystery.

Giveaway rules: -This is open internationally
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours unless prize moves on to new winner.

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Olivia’s Question: If you had to choose between saving a loved family member or the whole world, which would you choose and why?

Olivia-Savannah x

32 comments:

  1. Ooh, I got this one for review, but I'm entering the giveaway anyway! ;)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you!

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    1. No problem Carissa! I am following you on Bloglovin now as well :3

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  2. Sounds like it could be a good sci-fi story. Hadn't heard of it. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  3. I really like the stories of science fiction, I never heard of this book so it would be great to have it and read it, it reminded me a lot about my family accustomed up together and somehow we had a great time almost every Sunday dinner ;)

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    1. I love those family moments when you can just enjoy each others company (and not argue, haha xD) They're the best.

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  4. Entered to win a copy. Looks like an interesting read.

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  5. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

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  6. I usually give up on a book if it doesn't grab me by the first couple of chapters, but it seems like with this one you have to hang on just a little bit longer before the story finds it's rhythm.

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    1. Yeah, it is a little bit like that. But it doesn't take too long :)

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  7. The wold. Although it would hurt, what is one life for millions? You did a great job with the review. The characters were hard to relate to because? They were male, lived in a different world, are completely different... Would be an interesting detail.

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  8. Don't enter me, but I think this book would be great for my son, who loves sci fi!

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    1. You could always ask him to come and check it out himself if he likes this genre a lot :)

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  9. Great review. I haven't heard of this one before but it has an interesting premise. It seems you enjoyed it quite a bit, but it wasn't an amazing read.

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    1. I think you've kind of nailed it down :)

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  10. I love when books have some slang or different, imaginary language! I'm so happy you enjoyed this one despite some mistakes. It sounds like an interesting read. Great review, Olivia :)

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    1. <3 Yes! Sometimes, it's nice to be in a world different from our normal one.

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  11. Nice honest review

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  12. I really want to read this book sounds sooooo good

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  13. Ha I love the cover of this one, it looks so cute<3 Lovely review x Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I remember this was my first review request book and giveaway I had ever hosted!

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