Book Review

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Review

Synopsis:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Ka6148028tniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review:  (May Contain Spoilers)

When I first read the first book in this series called “The Hunger Games”. I didn’t own the rest of the series so I didn’t continue on right away. Let’s say a couple of years later I finally picked up the second and third book in the series. “Catching Fire,” as most people know is the second book in the series. It continues on where the first book ended. As Katniss, is enjoying her life in the Victory village, she gets a surprise from the government, by having to participate in the “Quarter Quell.” This is another hunger games competition accept is involves the two victors from each district of the all the prior Hunger Games.  As you may have guessed Katniss and Peeta go back for a second round.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars. This book gave me so much feels. I absolutely loved the friendship that was growing between Peeta and Katniss. I also enjoyed the complexity of Katniss’s situation as you saw the way Katniss was torn with her relationship with Gale and Peeta. I really like Peeta more in this book, mainly because he was very protective of Katniss and that was a nice side to see of him. Also, I really enjoyed how Katniss and Peeta worked a lot like a team to get through the struggles that they faced in this book. Once again Katniss was a really strong character, but in this book you also see a lot of growth within Peeta’s character as well. He was constantly thinking of Katniss and he was trying to do anything in his power to keep them both safe. This was a nice change from constantly seeing Katniss protecting them in the games.

If you are wondering if you should pick up this book after you read “Hunger Games”. The answer is absolutely yes. The story and writing was just as amazing as the first book. This book didn’t have the sequel burn out as many sequels have. Another thing that I liked was that it was a really fast read and you get sucked into the story to the point that you feel that you are actually in the story yourself. This book still had all the thrills, the twists and turns that the first book had, with a lot more chemistry between the characters. I didn’t want the book to end and I felt that it ended on a complete cliff-hanger. I can not wait to pick up the next book to find out the conclusion to this amazing series.


Book Review

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:  The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruHunger Gamesction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. (Goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a dystopian novel, and revolves around 12 districts, once a year each districts has a boy and a girl tribute chosen from them to fight in the hunger games. The hunger games are staged in a huge arena, where game makers can control the living conditions.

This was a re-read for me. “Hunger Games,” was on the first young adult books that I ever read. I remember the first time I read it I was absolutely head-over heals in love with Peeta. But, having reread the book at a older age I have come to find that I wasn’t as excited about reading about Peeta, as I was when I was younger. This time around Katnis, really stood out to me. She was just an absolutely strong and independent female character. I enjoyed seeing how she took on the duty as a “guardian”, to not only her little sister Prim, but to Rue in the arena, with Peeta and even at times with Haymitch. I noticed that she really spoke her mind and didn’t sensor her feelings and emotions.

Even though, Peeta didn’t move me as much as he did the first time I read the book. I still very much respected him for looking out for Katniss and making decisions that would protect her and I thought that it was a very powerful point through out the book.

And wait we can’t forget the handsome best friend Gale. I loved Gale, he would always make me feel that no matter what happens that everything will be okay. It broke my heart when promises to look after Katniss little sister Prim, because it is truly rare that a person/ character is willing to look after someone other than themselves. The other thing that made me really enjoy Gale, is his relatable best friend dynamic with Katniss. He is defiantly the boy that every girl wants for a best friend. But, is it just friendship that is between Katniss and Gale or can other deeper feelings develop?

I think that if you are just getting into YA, this is definitely a book you will want to check out. It is so raw with emotion and adventure, that when you start reading it seems that this is actually happening to you. There were quite a few times that I couldn’t put the book down and would make an excuse as to why I need to read yet another chapter. I gave this book a 4/5  stars and I will highly recommend this to people that like adventure or dystopian worlds.

Friday Reads

Friday Reads 5/22/2015

This weekend I am working on catching up on my books that I have recently started reading or listening too before leaving for my trip to Isreal. I don’t want to have any open books when I leave because I want to be solely focused on reading books from my kindle because it would not only lighten my baggage weight and I won’t have to worry about my books being damaged while I am on my trip.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic8755776 has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its Hunger Games destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Note: This is a reread for me. I started listening to the audio book because I want to read the rest of the series and because it is a reread I allowed myself to have the freedom to listen or read the book. For the most part I have been listening to the audio book while driving because it has been very easy to follow along and I found myself engaged in the novel.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis:  Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the IroIronn Throne has begun.

As Warden of the A Game of Thronesnorth, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the  Throne.

Note: I have been slowly making my way through this book. I am enjoying it but, I have found that there are parts that are very confusing at times and the books is really so that it makes me want to pick up other books while reading/ listening to the audiobook. The audio book I am listening to is very hard to understand because it is narrated in an accent so there are times that I have found I had to listen to the chapter all over again. But, it has also made me make a lot of progress in the book. The narrator that narrated my specific copy is Roy Dotrice.