After The Hunger Games, Katniss is settling into her new life with plenty of food and confusion. She has feeling...moreOriginal review at The Little Bookworm
After The Hunger Games, Katniss is settling into her new life with plenty of food and confusion. She has feelings for both Gale and Peeta and doesn't know what to do. But soon, she has bigger problems to worry about. After defying the Capital in the last Games, they are out for revenge. Can Katniss convince them that all is what it seems and that she really loves Peeta? And if she can't, what will be the consequences?
Was this book better than The Hunger Games? I can't tell you that. In many ways, it was a different kind of book and it was the same in other ways. I found the beginning rather boring. I will admit it. I was waiting for the action. But then the action came and I was hooked. Katniss still makes me want to shake her when it comes to Peeta and Gale. It's like without an adrenaline rush, she can't think clearly. And the love triangle thing seemed a little out of place in the midst of all the craziness. I love Peeta. He is made of win in many many ways. And Haymitch is pretty awesome too. What they accomplish is unbelievable. However (not to get all braggy or anything) I saw most of the plot coming from a mile away. In fact, on page 122 (I marked it) I knew what was coming up. And I wanted to be surprised. But the only surprise I got was at the very end and it was a doozy.
Despite that, Collins can write an absorbing book. The problem with middle books in a trilogy is that they set up and move the over-all arc along and provide more questions than answers. Such is the case with Catching Fire. And I have so many questions now. I hope the next book comes out sooner rather than later and I hope to be surprised.(less)
Frankie attends Alabaster Preparatory, an elite school for both old and new money alike. She begins dating Matthew...moreOriginal post at The Little Bookworm
Frankie attends Alabaster Preparatory, an elite school for both old and new money alike. She begins dating Matthew Livingston, one of the most popular senior boys, her sophomore year. Matthew is a member of the school's most secret male society and Frankie wants in. Underestimated by the boys and tired of being "adorable," she makes it her mission to become the brains behind the brawn.
I've now read everything by E. Lockhart with the exception of Fly on the Wall. And I've enjoyed everything I've read. She writes such smart, witty, and real girls. Frankie is an amazing girl even I felt like smacking her now and then. She lives in a world of privilege but doesn't want to accept the status quo and won't let herself become regulate to being one of the girlfriends or just a cute girl. She wants to be powerful and recognized for her intelligence. I admire the way she went about getting what she wanted and recognize that ambition in myself. Not to the point of Frankie, but still that need to be the one in charge, to be the controller. The boys I recognize from school and from friends, boys who just are without needing to try. The way they effortlessly exist while the girls have to watch what they say or how they act lest someone assign a label to them. I think that is what Frankie is looking for, to be herself without being labeled.
Tanya Eby is the narrator and she does an excellent job. At first I thought that she read too quickly, but later realized it was tailored to the scence. Her voice is pleasant and she makes everything Frankie does seem natural and intelligent. (less)
Ethan lives in the sleepy southern town of Gatlin where nothing ever changes, until Lena shows up at school. The niece of the town...moreThe Little Bookworm
Ethan lives in the sleepy southern town of Gatlin where nothing ever changes, until Lena shows up at school. The niece of the town shut-in she is immediately shunned for being different, but Ethan is drawn to her anyway. What mysteries lie at her uncle's house and what is the connection between Lena and Ethan? As the weather rages in Gatlin, the two of them must figure out how to save Lena from her fate.
After suffering from some slow starters, Beautiful Creatures sucked me right in and all I wanted to do was read it. It was a real page turner. It was interesting that it was told from the boy's point of view so there is a lot he is not privy too since he is not the one dealing with the magic. Ethan is such a 16 year old boy and the emotion you get from him isn't how you expect a boy to feel. But it was funny because he would have these intense emotions and on the outside just act chill, like it was no big deal. If I was reading from Lena's POV I doubt I would have loved Ethan as much as I do. Of course, I might have liked Lena more if it was her POV. But she grew on me and, at the last, I understood more about her. Oddly enough, it was her cousin that I found the most interesting even though she is just a bit part. But I wish there had been more explanation about Ethan's abilities.
In ways, this book was the perfect book for me. Magic, romance, crazy relatives, a dog like creature wolf thing, the creepy South; all of this spells Andrea. But there was so much book involved that I kept losing details and wondering are they important and, yes they are, no they aren't, WTF, what just happened. WHY won't anyone answer a damn question? WHY!!? Everyone is so cryptic and they are all just running around not answering questions and then it is the big OMG moment at the end and I'm going well, if you had just answered one freaking question then we'd all be in a better place.
Despite that, it was well worth my time and a good read. It really moves at a great pace and makes you want to find out what happens next. And the emotion is so real. I got a little teary at the end. The visuals I got from the prose were great and I could see the entire thing. I could even hear the soundtrack. It was nice to read a good book that wasn't a series for a change. I miss standalones and this was definitely a good one.(less)
Nina and her support group are vampires. But not glamorous Hollywood vampires or anything. In fact being a vampi...moreOriginal review at The Little Bookworm
Nina and her support group are vampires. But not glamorous Hollywood vampires or anything. In fact being a vampire sucks with the nausea, the bleeding and the vomiting not to mention the physical weakness. So week after week, they meet to discuss their vampy problems and the temptations of human blood. But when one of them is slayed, Nina and her friend Dave enlist the others to find out who staked him, just in case they are coming for the rest of them.
I've tried to read Catherine Jinks before and I couldn't get into Evil Genius. But this one is so good. It is a very different kind of vampire that Jinks has invented. Sure they can be killed by the conventional methods: sunlight, stakes, beheading. But that's about all these vampires have in common with the stereotypical vampire. In this book, the vampire are weak, fragile things prone to headaches, nausea & vomiting, hemorrhaging among other things. Vampirism is a disease and when you are bitten, you become infected (much like Peeps) only there are no superpowers that come along. So Nina and her group shuffle along during the night and "sleep" during the day with nothing to do but complain. Nina writes vampire novels and her main character is more along the lines of an Edward (or rather Alice) than a Nina. As much as I like the superpowered vampire, I also like this version too. It was a funny book and I laughed out loud several times. The image of these weak vampires trying to do anything more than lift a book was funny. They whine and complain a lot, but finally become pro-active when one of them is staked. And it's not even someone they like, but they are afraid this so called "slayer" will hunt them down next.
This book is also different since all the vampires are different ages. There's Nina who was "fanged" at 15, Dave 17, Bridget who's elderly, and the rest are all middle-aged so there's no super sexy 25 year old vampire. Nina talks about looking like she's 15 forever and how that effects her and how people treat her. It would be difficult looking that young forever. I wondered too what she was going to do when her mum died. Her mother is 76 (Nina's technically 51) so she still lives with her, but what will Nina do when her mother is gone. It's not discussed in the book, but I was thinking about it considering how much her mum does for her.
So anyway, not to sound all Reading Rainbow or anything, read if you like vampires or even if you don't. I'm pretty sure it's good either way. (less)
This is not my kind of book in general. I don't like to read books about childhood abuse or anything like that. So I checked it out with every intent...moreThis is not my kind of book in general. I don't like to read books about childhood abuse or anything like that. So I checked it out with every intent of reading it, but I ended up skimming it and that was enough. It was good from what I can see, but I'm not really interested in reading in depth about a girl's self destruction and her basic mission to bring her friend down too. The topic of a child abusing another child is not one you see everyday and that was an interesting aspect of this book. I felt sorry for both the girls and it is one of those situations where both of them are lost and scare and hurt and don't understand what to do about it. There are many others who have read it and liked it. It's not that I didn't, I just wasn't interested enough to do more than skim.(less)