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LEGEND: Day and June by mree LEGEND: Day and June by mree
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This started out as a doodle but then I got carried away. :) On the left is June Iparis, the 15-year old superintelligent prodigy in Legend. On the right (of course ;) ) is Day, the 15-year old boy who is the Republic of America's most wanted criminal. June is hired to hunt Day down.

Anyway, I think they both might have turned out looking a little bit older than they're supposed to, but.....oh well. I had fun drawing their hair. Mwaha.

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Legend (book 1 of a trilogy being published by Penguin) takes place in a dark future, when the United States has split into two warring countries: the western Republic, and the eastern Colonies. It tells the story of a famous teen criminal vs. a 15-yr old girl detective prodigy, and is coming out on Nov. 29 of this year. :) You'll be able to find it in all bookstores as well as on Amazon, etc. Legend has also been optioned for film by CBS Films and Twilight's production company Temple Hill!

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Scarlet-Starlight Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student
This. Is. Amazing! I always wondered what they look like, so I'm glad you drew them! You can write, you can draw, and you have a good sense of humor. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!fangirlplz Fangirl Flailing Emote 
I'm really glad I decided to buy Legend (though my inner fangirl was a teensy bit angry at the end of Champion) I ended up finishing it in one day! On a school day too! The series is one of my favorites, and now its easier to visualize charters! Have I ever mentioned that you are amazing? 
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RainbowDeathKitty Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more june and day!!!
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Willy2537 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Hello Miss Lu :) Let me first say that I just heard of your novels today. My teacher recommended it as a book to read during our free time between classes, so I decided to give your first book, Legend, a try. After three hours of continuous reading, I'd say I didn't regret my decision at all. (Haven't been this much into books since the Percy Jackson series ^_^) I'm thankful that my teacher recommended the book to me, but even more so to you for creating this wonderful, thrilling, exciting world for all of us. I'm aspiring to be a writer myself, and your novels, even the first book only, give me inspirations to work for this dream of mine. And I love how you also draw pictures of characters in the books, and how beautiful the art style is. It certainly gives vibes of Japanese Manga arts, but still retained the western characteristics. You're an amazing drawer in addition to being a terrific writer! :)

Thank you again for a great novel series. I haven't read the two sequels yet, but definitely going to some time soon, as well as any of your subsequent works!

PS. I'd love to write my own novel soon, but my language barrier and writing experience are constant problems. If you don't mind, could you share any useful advice on how to write a good novel? It's okay if you don't want to, by the way. I might be asking a bit much. I'm sorry for any mistakes I could have made in this comment. :( Curse me and my lacking English skill...
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naseem-art12 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!!!!! I am actually reading the book right now and this looks just like what they described them in the book!!!!!
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DanceInTheirAshes Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Er mer gerd!!!! I loves it!!! And the hair is AMAZING!! if I could draw hair half as good as u, I would have fun with it too ^.^
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lizard9932 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE PUBLIC NEEDS MORE OF YOUR (and the books') AMAZINGNESS!!!!!!!!
Meow :3
 
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mitchieee27 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OH MY GOD. I just finished reading CHAMPION earlier. About 30 minutes, yeah? :D And it's so tear-stained and damp. I know that you already heard a lot of feedback from your readers and I also know that some of them are unsatisfied with how the story ended. I don't care. You can't please everyone. You write beautifully. I love your words and stories. And I am crying, shit. Legend series holds a lot of beauty and potential and it's just so beautiful. Marvelous. Fantastic. 
*** (sort of) SPOILER. Don't read beyond this if you haven't read the books yet***
The last two lines of Champion hits me so hard I sobbed. I remembered the line at Prodigy:
"You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just ... met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, 'Hi, I'm Daniel.'"

And I was . . . so . . . agh . . . I'm sorry about me fangirl-ing and rambling. Can't help it but. . . I ADORE you so much. You're one of my fave authors :)

And HEY your arts ROCK. God, you're so talented. Heart you saaw much!

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loneHarmony Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artist
I read it and LOVED it!!! I just got Prodigy and it's drawing me in like Legend. And if it's not too much trouble, are you going to do art for Prodigy? I seem to capture the story better with pictures XD
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Ali-chan2 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student
You draw very well!! I read Legend this summer and it took me only 2 days :aww: I love the book and the characters! Day is the best! :heart:
I hope you will continue writing and drawing :hug:
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SweetKittyCat Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I just finished reading that book for school. LOVED IT!!!! :squee: Now I'm so tempted to read the next books! :D

 

This drawing is so beautiful!!! :love:

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shadow-ravengirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like a sketch of thomas as well, I'm curious as to what he looks like in the authors perspective,  although it does all depend on wether or not you too busy or not, I don't think any of us would want to put a burden on you.
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SARAHKN2012 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer

If you're not to busy.

 

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SARAHKN2012 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It is absolutely beautiful! I love the series Legend! Do you suppose that you could make a drawing with Thomas? If you're to busy.
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300rupees Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love u marie lu
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PrincessPixieDust Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS BOOK SERIES IS AMAZING! I honestly can't wait for the third book! Better than the hunger games! I haven't been this hooked on a series since The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, Which I'm still hooked on, and now I'm hooked on two at once! DOUBLE THE ANXIETY FOR WAITING FOR SEQUELS!!! WHYYYY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!!! WHY DO YOU WRITERS DO THIS TO ME!!!!
And is it me or does Day kind of look a bit like Inuyasha.....not that I mind...
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Wildspell Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Same here! I'm hooked on three different series!!!! So tiring to be a reader!
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PrincessPixieDust Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You get me XD
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Wildspell Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I wondered, is iparis pronounced Eye-paris or Ip-Ar-Is? I always thot it was ip-ar-is.
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Memoir91820 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I died reading the end of the second book
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Wildspell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Legend series is my absolute fave series!
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Mihayla-Moonheart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh I absolutely love this book! It's so amazing
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PastelLights Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved Legend; it was one of my favorite books ~
The drawing is so amazing ! :heart:
I can't wait until Prodigy comes out :)
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Pirate213 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is one of the best well writen books I've read since the Hunger Games!
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Tetra98 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Amazing!! I love Legend and can't wait for Prodigy!!! It's awesome drawing!
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GoldenTooth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
With all the sorrow you put your poor main characters through, they would be more mature acting than most 15- year olds. I think that is portrayed perfectly here.
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Mandelay Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Oh. My. Gosh. :excited:
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vocadystopian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So amazing! :+favlove:
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Elektra310 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
ok.... i read legend right after it came out, and I fell in love with it instantly. i cannot believe that i found you on deviant art!! this is like finding out I can comment directly to my favorite celeb!! you made my day.
and to find out you are an amazing writer as well as an artist just earned you a billion cool points:)
can't wait for Prodigy!!!... can you please do the signed book giveaway not on Facebook? i can't have a Facebook.....:(
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Banette-at-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg omg omg omg omg omg OMGEEEE i loooved that book!!!!!
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XavierFlynn Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Writer
*Grinning uncontrollably* Teehee, this just made my day. I've been trying to find the book at my Library to reread it, but somebody else has it -_-
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MustangRider2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You just made my day! i just picked up this book yesterday haha. Saw this and i love it!!
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mree Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you! :D
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MustangRider2 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome:)
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ulrich5000 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been following you since I found your Sonic Epilogue animation, you helped me find the Vladimir Tod series, got me into those books, and now you're a published author yourself. So many congratulations to you :) I read the first chapter of Legend today, sadly I couldn't buy it yet, but I'm really loving it, I'll definitely get a copy soon, you are by far my favorite Deviant. I have so many thanks to say to you, but I'll just leave it at one big thanks, lol. so...THANK YOU SO MUCH MARIE LU \(^o^)/
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mree Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Aw, thank you!! :hug:
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BookLover77 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Lol, summers-last-snow
Me too!
Arghhhhhhhhhhh
Curse my science teacher!!!!!!!
XD


~BookLovers77
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BookLover77 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
There is a blue glint in Day's eyes and a bronze-ish glint in June's eyes. The drawings are pretty.



~BookLovers77
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Princess-Moony Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Writer
Just finished reading the copy I got my hands on in a book order.
IT WAS SO STRANGE (Good way, of course.)!!!!!
I've never read a book that feels like nothing else but it's self!~ Usually the "air" to a book is similiar to something else I've read before. Sure, the characters reminded me of Leviathan a bit, but it was different. So different I feel like I might die!!!!!!!!!
And my mind made them look younger for a weird reason, but it fits! It so fits!
Oh. I forgot to do my homework. . . at least I don't and didn't have to take a Trial. I would have failed with less than a 674. >:P
But yea. I've been playing the Facebook game until I got overcovered (Is that a word? I don't think so. . . ) With school work and what not. I can't wait to see what my "mother-country" is like. The Colonies . . . Hmmm. :D
You're drawing is so pretty by the ways. :D
Is it just me, or do I see a glint of Blue in Day's eye and a glint of gold in June's?
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summers-last-snow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! When I pulled the book off of the shelf at the library, I had no idea the author was on dA! This looks amazing! The book was really good too. When is the next one coming out?

Thanks for writing such an excellent book!

P.S. I got in trouble for not paying attention in class because I was reading Legend under the table:doh:, but it was worth it. I couldn't put it down.:bookdiva:
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mree Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Writer
So glad you enjoyed it! Next one is coming out at the very end of 2012. :)
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summers-last-snow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!!! I can't wait.
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starfire800 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This looks awsome I can't wait for it to come out
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RandomAwesomeWeirdo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um. Yes. I'm definitely buying this book.
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ArianPeregrine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
I am so excited for your book! :) This picture is really great.
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GaitedSplendor Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you can write *and* draw! Amazing talent
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tatertorte Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
June's hair is amazing! Also, I think both looks are fine for 15 year olds. I could see the characters as high schoolers (or high school-aged, since the character description makes them sound much cooler than average high schoolers).
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HaruTotetsu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Haru Totetsu: I'm interested in reading this, but...I live in the United Kingdom. I hope it gains a lot of attention in the United States of America because then the companies over here will want to purchase the publishing rights. Thank heavens it’s not titled something that they'd want to change...like JK Rowling’s Philosophers Stone which the US called the Sorcerer's Stone...I don't get these companies with names? I always thought the writers were the creative genius' and they were the people that took a risk at publishing?
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mree Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Writer
LEGEND will be published simultaneously in the UK (by Penguin UK), so it'll come out there to all bookstores in late November as well. :) And yeah, publishers frequently change titles to suit whatever they feel the local audience will prefer. I personally liked Philosopher's Stone better too, but I can also kind of see why Scholastic thought Sorcerer's Stone would do better in the States...sometimes it's a tough call though! But LEGEND should be the same title in the UK! :)
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HaruTotetsu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Haru Totetsu: I just read it'll be comin gout in bookstores and screamed "YES". Good thing about the title too. ^-^
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kt-chan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It almost reminds me of an old west-type wanted poster. I really like the character designs, and about them looking older- I think they look just fine, I always tend to imagine characters looking slightly older than they are supposed to be (probably because dystopia books tend to be a bit on the dark side.)
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