Review for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

TITLE: Mockingjay
SERIES: The Hunger Games #3
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: August 24, 2010
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc
PAGES: 390 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

Well, since I don’t know if I will finish Pride & Prejudice in time to make it my second review of the week (to meet my 2 per week quota), I will do a review on Mockingjay.

The book is so amazing that it left me speechless.


It is really beyond words, but I will try to sum it up for you.

This is the final installment in the Hunger Games series and it follows Katniss in a battle against the Capitol. At the end of Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta were separated and District 12 was destroyed. You soon learn that the rebellion saved Katniss but didn’t get to Peeta in time so he is now being held captive by the Capitol. The rebels are now using Katniss as their public figure head and make her shoot small campaign ads to encourage people to join the revolution. That is all I can really say without spoiling anything.

Now, you may be wondering why, if I think it is beyond amazing, did I only give it 4 stars?
Because this book has too much death for my liking. I get that the people in this book are at war and that means causalities but that doesn’t mean I condone killing people I love like Finnick, Cinna, Prim, and several people I liked but cannot remember their names.

I loved the character development in this. I LOVED LOVED LOVED reading more about Finnick, seeing his past and just more of him in general. <3<3 If you loved the first two books in this series then you’ll definitely love this one. Despite the excessive death, this book does have a happily ever after and Katniss ends up with the man of her choice
****SPOILER****PEETA! That’s right bitches Team Peeniss wins!****END SPOILER****

Review for Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

TITLE: Catching Fire
SERIES: The Hunger Games #2
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2009
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc
PAGES: 391 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

Can you summarize the plot?
Without spoilers? No, I cannot. But here is my best attempt: Katniss & Peeta have returned to District 12 and are about to embark on a tour of the districts. Katniss gets threatened by President Snow because apparently her “stunt” caused a rising rebellion which we all know was probably already in effect but he wants a scapegoat to blame it on. Katniss, of course, agrees to do anything to protect her family but also only makes things worse. There, that’s it. I can’t really say more without giving away spoilers.

What were your initial thoughts going into the book?
To put it simply, OMFG! Yay for The Hunger Games 2! Katniss! Stop being an idiot and just be with Peeta already!

What were your initial thoughts after finishing the novel?
Cliffhanger! Cliffhanger! Danger! Danger! Seriously, those were my initial thoughts, along with a giant urge to start the next book IMMEDIATELY. You want more than that? Um….obviously I was just as impressed with this novel as I was with the first, if not more so. If you have read The Hunger Games, expect this to be a lot like it but a little more complicated and move love triangle-y.
Gale? Peeta? Peeta? Gale? I know who I’d choose, but Katniss can’t make up her damn mind. Sorry, love triangles are a pet peeve of mine. I really don’t like girls who truthfully try to claim they are in love with 2 different guys. Sorry, but I just don’t see it. I think you can love many people as well as be attracted to a lot of people, but only be in love with one at a time. Either you really are in love with one of them and are just lusting after the other or you don’t truly love either. Maybe I am wrong, but still I hate it.

What did you like about this book?
I love the plot twists. There were several things I saw coming but there was a lot that I didn’t. I loved the character development. You can really see a lot of the characters grow.

What did you dislike about this book?
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the love triangle. I think that might have been my only issue, so bravo Ms. Collins
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Who was your favorite character?
It is still Peeta, but I fell in love with Finnick by the end. Seriously, he is awesome.

Does it have a love triangle?
I really need to just remove this question, don’t know I? Yes it does, please refer to the “what were your initial thoughts” question.
Does it have a cliffhanger ending?
Yep. A pretty bad one at that, so if you don’t like cliffhangers, I advise you to have Mockingjay on hand when you finish this so you can go ahead and start it.

Closing thoughts?
All in all, this was an amazing book. There are a lot of YA trilogies where the first book is amazing and the second one is a big disappointment, but this isn’t one of them. The story flows well and I just couldn’t put it down. I ended sneaking and reading this in school when I should have been doing classwork.

Review for The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

TITLE: The Hunger Games
SERIES: The Hunger Games #1
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: September 14, 2008
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc
PAGES: 374 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

Update
JUST A FEW MORE DAYS!
I’m going nuts with excitement!




….okay, so maybe the last one was unnecessary, but come on! It’s Robert Di Niro dancing in a corset and a dress!

Can you summarize the plot?
This book is the first in the Hunger Games series, and it follows Katniss Everdeen on her journey to try to win the hunger games. The hunger games is a contest held every year in which 2 people (a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18) is chosen to compete in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the rest of the Panem society. That’s as basic as I can put it.

What were your initial thoughts going into the book?
I was a little scared that I might hate it. Despite having read many (many, many, many, many) amazing reviews on this book and truly wanting to see the film, I was scared the writing would be too dull or horrific to hold my attention. I also have a penchant for good endings and well, with a summery like the one above, you know a lot of people are going to die and I wasn’t sure if I would be pleased with that.

What were your initial thoughts after finishing the novel?
I was a bit speechless. I loved it. Honestly, I really do like reading a bit of gore, it just makes happy endings hard to come by. I genuinely love Peeta (yeah, I am definitely team Peeta) and I wanted to see where their relationship went. This book drew me in pretty quickly and it was hard to put down.

What did you like about this book?
I liked that it was written in first person because I really liked Katniss’ no nonsense way of narrating. I loved most of the characters ::coughs:: especially Peeta ::clears thoat:: The world it is set in is so different and excited and I just needed to know more and more about it. I am a bit of an sucker for dystopian novels right now. I also really loved the gore and the way Suzanne Collins didn’t shy away from that or make it too easy on Katniss. She gets serious injuries and has to really fight to stay alive.

What did you dislike about this book?
I didn’t like the love triangle. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine because almost every YA novel right now has a love triangle and I hate it. I hate it for several reasons, but one of the main ones is that it takes a male character (because it is always one girl between two guys) that I could adore and makes me dislike him for trying to break up the main love interest which I typically like. It also makes the heroine seem…um…Bella-esque? It gives them that quality that Bella Swan had where she feels ridiculously unattractive but every guy hits on her. Stupid, I guess would be the only word coming to mind that comes close. If you have a better word, please comment and let me know. Regardless, Katniss is anything but stupid so I hate that she was given that quality.

Who was your favorite character?
Oooo…hard one….::thinks:: oh yeah, PEETA! I also really love Caesar Flickerman.

Does it have a love triangle?
…whoops, please refer to the “What do you dislike about this book” question.

Does it have a cliffhanger ending?
Yes, but not a massive one. It is one of those small cliffhangers you can deal with.

Closing thoughts?
Just one: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE! March 23 please get here faster!

::does happy dance:: yay for my very first image/gif post.