I was so excited to read this last book in the Hunger Games trilogy, I even went to a book release party in Chapters. I started reading it the next moI was so excited to read this last book in the Hunger Games trilogy, I even went to a book release party in Chapters. I started reading it the next morning and didn't find myself sucked in as quickly as I was with the previous 2 books. It did improve for me about a quarter of the way through, I *HAD* to know what happened to Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
The book was full of rich imagination as the previous two books were - vivid imagery that will bring to life the movies when they come. Katniss still seemed to want to be a child although she no longer was, and hadn't been since being thrown in the arena the first time - burying her head in the sand just shouldn't have been an option (although the other characters in the book helped that along by keeping her in the dark as much as possible). The things the Capitol was doing throughout the book made me hate them even more than I did previously.
The ending, the ending...how to explain how I felt about the ending? It wasn't a BAD ending...it just seemed a bit abrupt and slightly forced. It wasn't completely pleasant, but it was wrapped up nicely as a good book should. Maybe it was just that I didn't want the trilogy to really be over.
Overall, it's a must-read if you've started the trilogy. If you haven't started the trilogy, RUN, don't walk, to get a copy of The Hunger Games and start the journey now that all three books are released and you're not left waiting for more....more
I'm not really sure what I think of this book...it's hovering somewhere around 3.5 stars, maybe, but I gave it 4 because it was mostly the charactersI'm not really sure what I think of this book...it's hovering somewhere around 3.5 stars, maybe, but I gave it 4 because it was mostly the characters I didn't like.
I enjoyed the premise of the book...popular girl, tragic accident, having to "redo" the day leading up to the accident until she gets it right.
However, I found Sam to be a totally shallow bitch and I couldn't like her. Even when she finally did the "right" things. Maybe because I was one of the (cruelly) teased when I was in school and the way she starts off in the book, like "everyone gets teased, it's just how it is", it really rubbed me the wrong way. At one point I did start to feel sorry for her, though, and she did have some redeeming qualities. Some of the days she redid were quite humorous, other days she was sweet. The ending was the only part that REALLY may have redeemed her, though...it was the ONLY day when she wasn't completely selfish and purposefully cruel to other people.
But overall, in the end, I didn't like Sam enough to care. I should have felt more, normally I *do* feel more, I should have cried like a baby thinking of her family and friends, but I found her so unlikeable that I just couldn't. But it was still a good book....more
This book was completely sweet. I was heartbroken for Lennie, who lost her sister unexpectedly, and was totally sucked in by her personality. The bestThis book was completely sweet. I was heartbroken for Lennie, who lost her sister unexpectedly, and was totally sucked in by her personality. The best part of the book are the bits of Lennie's writing that show up around town.
This book also made me smile quite often and laugh out loud a few times, I just loved Lennie's character and her sense of humor. ...more
The final book in the Kristina Snow saga...quite a sad story all around. The thought that this happens all over the world because of drug use and selfThe final book in the Kristina Snow saga...quite a sad story all around. The thought that this happens all over the world because of drug use and selfishness is heartbreaking...it's not just the addict that is affected, it's their families as well...in this case, the children.
I felt bad for the 3 teens portrayed in this book...the fact that they have to deal with residual issues because of Kristina's poor decision making and addiction just tore at me...they were innocent, brought into this world by a woman who essentially abandoned them, to have a harder life than should be allowed for a child. And every decision they make themselves is weighed on by their "mother's" choices earlier in their lives.
I loved how Hopkins wrapped it all up, and the little newspaper excerpts were a nice touch, keeping the reader filled in on details of the Kristina story without leaving the perspectives of the teenagers that were speaking. Hopefully the children that this book is based on will have a happy ending....more