It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I thought it was good.
The characters were likeable and interesting, but the plot really didn't need the amount of...moreIt wasn't really my cup of tea, but I thought it was good.
The characters were likeable and interesting, but the plot really didn't need the amount of pages it was given. The fast pace kept me somewhat interested, but I just couldn't get into it like I'd hoped. I'm unsure whether that had to do the genre, the twists that just kept on coming until I was thinking "can we just get this over with?" or some unrelated reason that just didn't put me in the right mood.
I felt that I liked the beginning much more than the end, as the antagonists were sort of annoying, yet the protagonists quite likeable. Despite all of my negativity, I'll say that I did actually like the writing and the story was good, it just wasn't for me. I'd probably recommend it to fans of the genre but unfortunately I don't think I fit in that category.(less)
This was not really what I was expecting. Do not misunderstand me though, I did love it. I just thought it would be played out differently, I'm not su...moreThis was not really what I was expecting. Do not misunderstand me though, I did love it. I just thought it would be played out differently, I'm not sure why.
Firstly, I was so happy that there were actually no hunger games in this one. After two with them, I was looking forward to seeing the major conflict in a different context. I was very happy with it.
I do have a negative though. I thought that the pacing was a bit strange. I would have rathered to have more emotion and sadness in how it was written when certain things happened, because although I should have been sad I just don't think I felt it that much. But on the whole, I've always thought that this series' themes spoke for themselves and gave enough emotion on their own. Definitely needed more Haymitch though, he's one of my favourites and he was missing in a lot of parts.
Regardless though, I am VERY satisfied with the actual story and finally some character development with Peeta and Gale. I won't say who I wanted her to end up with so as not to spoil anything, but she did end up with who I'd been hoping for the entire series. I'm so glad. What happened with Peeta really tore me up, and the whole Gale situation towards the end. Ugh.
It was rather wonderful. Definitely a great read. And the themes and questions raised just beg for some school english analysis essay. It was fantastic.(less)
Okay, I'll start off with not as good as Harry Potter, but, that said, if there was no such thing as Harry Potter, this book would have got 5 stars an...moreOkay, I'll start off with not as good as Harry Potter, but, that said, if there was no such thing as Harry Potter, this book would have got 5 stars and I'd have said it was excellent.
Yes, it was a fun (and very quick) read, but you can't help making comparisons with HP. I mean, a child/young adult male with a 2-syllable-5-letter-first-name thinks he's a normal boy until -low and behold, he finds out he has magical powers/magical parents, and has to go on quests because others' lives are at risk. Yes, yes, he's a hero alright.
The first thing I heard about the Percy Jackson series? Harry Potter on steroids. But to be honest, it was a great story, and the Greek Mythology/god system is really quite fascinating. I wish I didn't keep making comparisons and just review this book as its own story, but really, they're too similar to ignore.
In conclusion, if you liked HP, you'd probably like this (maybe not?), but try not to think too much about Harry when reading this, because it should really be left on its own to give it it's best chance at being the most enjoyed. (less)