I read a lot of negative reviews about this book before I started it. I almost didn't read it at all. I'm actually glad I did, though. I've read this...moreI read a lot of negative reviews about this book before I started it. I almost didn't read it at all. I'm actually glad I did, though. I've read this is 'Twilight' with Angels instead of vampires, or that Luce and Bella could be the same character. I've read that Luce is a sorry excuse for the female gender, etc. etc. I heartily disagree.
Luce isn't exactly the most likable character, though I do prefer her to Bella. As the book starts I'm a little confused by Luce, I didn't understand anything about her, she was quiet, even internally, about anything her. When we finally learn what she did to get sent to reform school, though, it's like, 'Huh? Seriously?' Had she been into any trouble other than something that may or may not have been her fault? Because sending her to reform school for that, is completely unrealistic.
I've been to juvie and I always assumed reform school was similar, but the security in this book was a joke! Boy and girls dorms weren't separated at all, parties with booze and these kids put dead batteries in the cameras and covered the lenses with duct tape? What about security guards? What about a set bedtime? Lockdown? The entire 'reform school' wasn't the best idea. To me, it seemed like a run down boarding school, with block scheduling and no budget to hire better teachers. But the coed dorms were just not in any realm of reality I've ever heard of. Perhaps the author was thinking more along the lines of a college dorm?
I don't deny that Luce is something of a coward, and a stalker, and whatever else, she does have second thoughts about doing it though, which makes her somewhat redeemable. I like the shadows, I've read a complaint that you don't find out what they are, but I understood it by the end of the book. There are a lot of things she doesn't know, things that no one will tell her. And she just accepts it. I would have liked her pushing more, though she would have gotten nowhere.
Shortly into the book, it felt like there was this big conspiracy, and everyone was in on it but her. That was a bit aggravating. But why would she confront anyone about it? She felt as though she were being left out, obviously they didn't want her around. So she stayed away.
Now that 'stalking' thing. I don't think that is an appropriate word for her. She's a hormonal teenager, with stronger emotions than adults or children. Getting obsessed with a boy is just par for the course, no matter what her past, or past lives. She did some crazy things. But what adult hasn't done a background check on a guy or girl they liked? Not only that, but EVERYONE seemed to know her background, what's wrong with her snooping to find out someone else's? Well, there is a lot wrong with looking in someones records to find out, but who wouldn't if given the opportunity?
Treating her like crap was completely unnecessary, and her not only accepting it but coming back for more, was just wrong. And what are all of them doing in a reform school? There for the fun of it? Did they follow her hoping that she would die? And the book left me with so many questions, that even though I think this book was good and not great, I still can't wait for the next one to hopefully get some answers. (less)
I read the first and second book of this series back to back. I wanted to quit reading it but I couldn't. Poor Katniss isn't catching a break at all i...moreI read the first and second book of this series back to back. I wanted to quit reading it but I couldn't. Poor Katniss isn't catching a break at all in these books. I bet the government wishes they had never drew her sisters name out of that bowl. I'm not sure what she's doing from one moment to the next, and I think that's really great. I don't want to put spoilers in this review, or talk about the first book too much, so I'll only say I love this book, but I hate it too. It's terrible! I'm not a crier and this book had me crying more than once. I think its terrible what she is made to face, horrible what she has to go through, and the people she looses just make me bawl. It was so well written I felt like I was there in her head. As confused as she is, feeling just as helpless. Yet I'm me as well rooting for a revolution, and for her to wake up and realize her role, accept the sacrifices she'll have to make and the sacrifices everyone has made for her. I can't wait for the third book I'll be downloading it from amazon the minute its out. And if I can't get it there I will actually drive the forty miles to the closest bookstore to get it. After putting the book away, I find I'm reluctant to open another book. I feel its too soon to get lost in someone else's world; my mind is stuck with Katniss, and I'm thinking of her, not as though she's real, but as though she's part of a great story in another world, the turning point for a change and I have to wait to hear the rest.
It's rare a YA book has this kind of effect on me, as I'm in my mid-20's, and even more rare that I read a book that's not about vampires, werewolves or some other paranormal creature. And I'm glad I branched out, I'll have to check out more of these kinds of books. And that is something the author should be proud of - making those who don't typically read books like these branch out. It's a rare author who can accomplish that.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'm going to try to do this with very little to no spoilers, I just hope I can. This was a very well written book - keeping right in...more**spoiler alert** I'm going to try to do this with very little to no spoilers, I just hope I can. This was a very well written book - keeping right in line with the first two. I bawled my eyes out on this one just like the other two. It was a heartbreaking book. Dark. I'm still unsure of my complete opinion on it. In some things I'm very disappointed. Gale changes, and I don't like the changes at all. Peeta is, well, not himself. Katniss has just lost her dang mind. I just kept getting more and more depressed as I read. I kept hoping for things to get better, but they really didn't unless you count a 2 page epilogue. Definitely not a book to read if you like a book well wrapped in a beautiful happily ever after.
But this book does not lie. It shows humans as we are. Some are good, some are horrible, some lose their minds for awhile, and sometimes when the wrong someone gets power it goes to their heads and they'll do whatever it takes to keep that power and amass more.
As we see in this book, often making a choice isn't choosing good over evil, but rather the lesser evil. And my heart breaks for this fictional character that can only do so much. She's just a figurehead, the 'Mockingjay" and no one special after all.
2/7/11 - I have just reread the entirer series, and I haven't changed my mind, but i think it deserves another star. I've come to realize the things that made me have issues with the book are what actually makes it so good.(less)
**spoiler alert** I don't even know how to start saying how I feel about this book. It was great... It also left me confused and kind of I don't know,...more**spoiler alert** I don't even know how to start saying how I feel about this book. It was great... It also left me confused and kind of I don't know, let down. I am excited about the next book in the series, 'Final Sacrifice', I'm terrified of that title, though.
Here Rose is, ready to start her 'real' life, outside of school. She's got a super hot, rich boyfriend that all the girls want, and all she can think of is Dimitri. She's so obsessed that she breaks Victor out of jail - VICTOR, who she had to save Lissa from, on the off chance his brother MIGHT have saved a Strigoi before?! WTF?! Then she risks all those lives and feels bad about it for one chapter. That's beyond obsession.
Anyway, so Dimitri is saved and wants nothing to do with Rose. What? How? In what universe is that possible? My heart broke for Rose, but then I was like, well what about her boyfriend? And she didn't even THINK about him, until he popped up in front of her! And I'm like, yup she's still the same selfish blah blah blah, ya know?
Anyway, I felt Lissa was leaving her out of a lot of things, and being awfully insensitive toward Rose, but Lissa has always been selfish. Rose holds her up high on this pedestal like she's some kind of angel, when in reality, she just wishes she was.
I know Lissa wanted to save Dimitri and wanted to do it for Rose, but then she just pushes Rose out, not even THINKING about her after the warehouse fight. I don't understand the relationship these two have. Through all these books, I keep thinking wtf? But the whole shadow-kissed thing, I mean they have to be bffs right?
This book was well-written, I again cared about the characters, and I've loved this series so much that I'm about to begin reading her adult series. But I'll be there in December to read the next in this series.(less)
Juliette Is not a character I could really connect to. I guess her actions are supposed to show us she isn't insane, though her constant internal mono...moreJuliette Is not a character I could really connect to. I guess her actions are supposed to show us she isn't insane, though her constant internal monologue makes me wonder. I'm really unsure what has happened with her. She says at the beginning she is 17 and she hasn't talked to anyone in 264 days. However the incident that got her locked up, happened when she was 13? Maybe I missed something there. Where was she locked up before?
I got used to the writing, but I don't understand why the constant repeating and the sentences marked out was necessary. To me some of the characters felt a little empty. No one was memorable. I had to look up Juliette's name so I could write this, and I just finished the book 15 minutes ago. To me, there's a crazy/not crazy girl who is locked up, gets an offer from a bad guy, refuses, gets made to anyway. There's a guy (isn't there always) and then all the predictable stuff happens next.you can guess what it is. No one needs to tell you. Oh but wait, she gets to be like Rogue from X-Men and can't touch anyone, just a finger and she'll kill you. And like every gift or disability, what happens next? (view spoiler)[ the guy she is in love with can magically touch her, and to make it even better, so can the bad guy (hide spoiler)]
A lot of people liked the writing style once getting used to it, but the story was flat and predictable to me. I am not interested in the second book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I thought this was a really good book. It's set in the same world as the Vampire Academy Series, which I absolutely loved. The Alchemists were introdu...moreI thought this was a really good book. It's set in the same world as the Vampire Academy Series, which I absolutely loved. The Alchemists were introduced sometime in the middle of the series, namely Sydney, who is the main character in this book. Sydney is very interesting. She's brave and smart, overall a 'good' girl. But she is terrified of vampires. Moroi, and Strigoi even more so. The Alchemists job is to protect humans from vampires. But in this book she is to play roommate to a Moroi. A royal Moroi at that.
Sydney goes through a wonderful transformation in this book, though she isn't so far removed from who she was that you can't recognize her. This is a great addition to the amazing world that Richelle Mead created. I'm excited to see where the series goes, and I'll be reading every step of the way. The last lines of the book has me even more anxious to read more.
I don't feel like I should say much in this review, because things that wouldn't spoil the story could spoil the series this is spun from. (less)