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Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Nice little insight to Day's and June's background.

If you haven't read Legend, then this will be a *spoiler* for you.

As with Legend and Prodigy, the novella is split also between Day and June.

I enjoyed reading about life for these two characters before the events of Legend. For Day, you can see how h...
If you haven't read Legend, then this will be a *spoiler* for you.

As with Legend and Prodigy, the novella is split also between Day and June.

I enjoyed reading about life for these two characters before the events of Legend. For Day, you can see how he had to grow up a lot faster than he should've, and also why he chose to keep to himself most of the time. He really has a sensitive, yet strong, nature about him that just makes him likeable almost immediately, and apparently much too good looking for a boy his age is supposed to look if he can get older girls.

When he tries to find some kind of normalcy, tries to "settle down," he realizes that he can't. It's his nature to not let things be as corrupt as they are and he can't stop himself from fighting against those that are corrupt.

He is overall too good, and not in an annoying or bad way. And you wonder how such a boy can still be so good with all the bad that's happened to him.

In June's side, I love that we get to read more about Metias, the boy also forced to take on more than he wanted to, in that he has to take care of June. It's almost heartbreaking to see how good a brother, and a parental figure, he was to June knowing what we know in Legend.

June is definitely still a troublemaker, but often not by her fault, unless you consider her perfect score a fault. She's a spitfire, and her circumstances have obviously led her to make herself that way, to protect herself, or stick up for herself, as Metias said. Often she goes to the extreme, as having anger issues can have that effect.

It's interesting to see both of these characters in their little bubbles, how they got where they are now. Really, nothing's changed about them, but still, I loved reading Metias and this novella makes me love him more.
With all that said, this book doesn't look like it gives any insight as to what will happen in the third book. It's really just a background story for them.

posted by sdnatasha on February 22, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

WOW

I LOVED IT

posted by Anonymous on August 19, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    WOW

    I LOVED IT

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Icant find the actual book

    Why isn't Legend in the ebook store but before legend and prodigy are both on here?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Tried to down load, only got first 3 pages

    When tech support told me the only thing I could do was to buy the book, I did, and still can't read it!!!! I was on the phone for 40 minutes. Now that I have paid for it, I still can't read it!!!! Barnes and Noble tech support has really let me down!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    No book!

    I got the same 4 sample
    pages B/N. What the hey?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    I got the sample with no part of the story

    It was all publishing information. I have no idea how long it is or what im paying for. Not willing to buy a book when all i know about it is what the cover looks like.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Wtf

    I got the sample and it gave me four freaking pages! What the poop B&N. Shame on you! :(

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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