Real. After a few days/nights with little sleep, and not a whole lot of blinking going on, I did it. I finished the book and, sadly, the series. HEART BREAKING AS I TYPE.
I can't write as much as I want to because I don't want to spoil anything. But I will say this:
It was amazing.
But it was different. Much darker, much sadder, much more in-your-face. People die in every book, but in this one, it's people you've gotten to know already. Well developed characters you wish were real and could hang out with. It adds to the epic-ness, of course, and I think the decisions she made were necessary to the story. But that doesn't mean you won't be screaming out loud or throwing the book around while reading it. If you get half as involved as I do while reading these damn books, you will.
Having said that, you should know that it wasn't all depressing. The Capitol people are still amusingly self-centered. Haymitch is still an entertaining drunk. Finnick Odair is possibly one of my favorite characters, ever.
And I loved the little things like Peeta's "Real, or not Real?" line or the Hanging Tree song. I don't know what it sounded like to you, but in my head, it was really quite haunting.
The only thing I was slightly disappointed in was the lack of closure in the ending. The ending itself was, now that I've read it, the only ending there should have been. But I still needed more detail on certain things. Maybe I just didn't want it to be over.
I loved this book, much more than I thought I would. Now as for the character Emma... not so much. But she grew throughout the story and against my wi...moreI loved this book, much more than I thought I would. Now as for the character Emma... not so much. But she grew throughout the story and against my will I started to like her. :P
This is only my 2nd Austen book but I enjoyed it MORE than Pride & Prejudice! Really it should be 4.5 stars. The only thing that annoyed me was the amount of times she used certain words... I can't stand words that are repeated over and over again, in any book.
Here's a little analogy:
The word "disposition" is to Jane Austen novels as the word "chagrin" is to Stephenie Meyer's.
Reading this novel was a unique experience, due to it being both Gothic and modern. The result w...moreReview also on my book blog, A Tale of Two Book Nerds
Reading this novel was a unique experience, due to it being both Gothic and modern. The result was, as cheesy as this sounds, almost magical. I opened the book and was immediately transported to a dark, foggy version of Barcelona, 1945, where a young boy named Daniel was about to take his first trip to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
The Cemetery is actually a secret library, a labyrinth of shelves filled with books no longer wanted. Daniel was told to take one book and protect it for the rest of his life. His story begins when he chooses a title, Shadow of the Wind.
At that point, I was completely sucked into the story. The rest of the novel involves a blind love interest, a man who smells of burnt paper, a trip to Paris, and a deserted mansion, in case “The Cemetery” isn’t cool enough for you. The story does get a bit slow at times, when it seems like more layers are being added, more stories within stories without anything coming together. Eventually, however, the many mysteries of the novel are solved, without losing the magic of the story itself.
I've heard a lot of good things so I was worried I'd expect too much and be disappointed, but if anyth...moreBest young adult book I've read in a long time.
I've heard a lot of good things so I was worried I'd expect too much and be disappointed, but if anything I was surprised at how good it really is!!! Very well written, and finally, a female protagonist to look up to. Amazing book. (less)
One of my all-time favorite books. The style took a little getting used to in the beginning, but it definitely worked.
Also, don't be fooled by it bei...moreOne of my all-time favorite books. The style took a little getting used to in the beginning, but it definitely worked.
Also, don't be fooled by it being labeled as Young Adult. I think all young adults and adults should read it, it's amazing! The themes, the characters, everything was just incredibly well done. This is the kind of book that really pulls you in, makes you live in this world for a while, and leaves you thinking about it for a long time.(less)