After The Hunger Games, Katniss is settling into her new life with plenty of food and confusion. She has feelingOriginal 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....more
Frankie attends Alabaster Preparatory, an elite school for both old and new money alike. She begins dating MatthewOriginal 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. ...more
Ethan lives in the sleepy southern town of Gatlin where nothing ever changes, until Lena shows up at school. The niece of the townThe 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....more