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Marie Lu

China (b.1984)

Marie Lu writes young adult novels and has a special love for dystopian books. During the day, she is an Art Director at a video game company and enjoys discussing Facebook game apps with her co-workers, hearing amusing insider stories about World of Warcraft bugs, and delighting in cute 3D renditions of buildings--all via Skype. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she spends much of her time lost on the freeways.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction
   0.5. Life Before Legend (2013)
   1. Legend (2011)
   2. Prodigy (2013)
   3. Champion (2013)
   4. Rebel (2019)
   1. Warcross (2017)
   2. Wildcard (2018)
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The Burning Sky (2013)
(Elemental Trilogy, book 1)
Sherry Thomas
"Thomas weaves a lush, intricate fantasy world around a gorgeous romance that kept me riveted until the very last page. What a breathtaking journey!"
These Broken Stars (2013)
(Starbound, book 1)
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
"One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I've ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you'll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!"
Warrior (2013)
(Dragon King Chronicles, book 2)
Ellen Oh
"What an adventure! When i finished my journey with Kira, all i wanted was more. Spectacular!"
Defy (2014)
(Defy, book 1)
Sara B Larson
"A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!"
Strange and Ever After (2014)
(Something Strange and Deadly, book 3)
Susan Dennard
"Thrilling, charming, and dark. If you enjoyed CLOCKWORK ANGEL, you'll love this."
Until the Beginning (2015)
(After the End, book 2)
Amy Plum
"Wonderfully riveting. A fascinating twist on the apocalypse, and a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem."
The Wrath and the Dawn (2015)
(Wrath and the Dawn, book 1)
Renée Ahdieh
"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."
Court of Fives (2015)
(Court of Fives, book 1)
Kate Elliott
"Kate Elliott's magic and mastery is better than ever. Court of Fives enchanted me from start to finish, with characters and worlds that lingered long after I turned the final page."
Hexomancy (2015)
(Ree Reyes, book 4)
Michael R Underwood
"If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their love child. In other words, GEEKOMANCY is full of epic win."
Furthermore (2016)
(Furthermore, book 1)
Tahereh Mafi
"Tahereh Mafi is a maestro of words, and Furthermore the most magical painting that ever existed, bursting with color and heart and humanity. I wanted to stay inside this masterpiece forever."
Sacrifice (2016)
(Kingdom of Xia 2, book 2)
Cindy Pon
"Serpentine's world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you'll want to lose yourself in."
Something in Between (2016)
Melissa De La Cruz
"Wow. Something Inbetween hit me right in the heart, challenging what we understand of love, law, identity, ambition, and the American Dream. Both heartbreaking and bursting with hope, this is the book we all need."
Replica (2016)
(Replica , book 1)
Lauren Oliver
"A searing pair of intertwined stories about the line between science and humanity, told with Oliver's signature grace, uniqueness, and precision. It's a new story every way you turn it - but always gorgeous, always haunting."
Wintersong (2017)
(Wintersong, book 1)
S Jae-Jones
"A maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things...This is a world you will want to stay lost in."
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (2017)
(Rise of the Empress, book 1)
Julie C Dao
"A richly developed fantasy world . . . Julie C. Dao is a talent to watch."
Invictus (2017)
Ryan Graudin
"Graudin weaves the past and future seamlessly together into an epic canvas spanning generations. An incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."
Nyxia (2017)
(Nyxia Triad, book 1)
Scott Reintgen
"A high-octane thriller...Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go."
The Belles (2018)
(Belles , book 1)
Dhonielle Clayton
"Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling."
Tempests and Slaughter (2018)
(Numair Chronicles, book 1)
Tamora Pierce
"Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words."
Life L1K3 (2018)
(LIFEL1K3, book 1)
Jay Kristoff
"Kristoff's vivid world of grit, metal, and technology evokes all the senses, and his character' every emotion. This is a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means."
Sherwood (2019)
Meagan Spooner
"A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom."
Frankly in Love (2019)
David Yoon
"Frankly in Love shines with an incredible voice and a searing, honest, and deeply human story about what it means to love someone. David Yoon isn't afraid to confront every angle, both the beautiful and the ugly, but he tackles it all with great care. This is a classic in the making."
Infinity Son (2020)
(Infinity Cycle, book 1)
Adam Silvera
"Adam Silvera has crafted an urban fantasy so intricate, so woven into our hyperconnected modern world and everyday issues, you'll swear the Spell Walkers of New York are real. A magical joyride with a cast full of heart."

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