I can honestly say that I loved this book. Everything about it was perfect. The characters, the plot, the pacing, everything. I was hoping for a grand...moreI can honestly say that I loved this book. Everything about it was perfect. The characters, the plot, the pacing, everything. I was hoping for a grand finale at the end of this series, and I got it. I was a little worried that the book wouldn't live up to my expectations and all the hype. I shouldn't have worried. I couldn't have asked for a better ending.
Kelley Armstrong is such a talented writer. I devoured the book, hanging on her every word. I was desperate to find out what happens next, but I was also reluctant to finish this amazing series. I have to admit, the plot threw me for a loop. I had no idea who to trust, and it seems that behind each mystery there is another secret that Chloe must deal with.
Chloe is such a wonderful female protagonist. In the first book, she is a jumpy and somewhat meek little girl who can barely deal with her own insecurities. It was fascinating to watch her mature into a strong, determined young woman. Realistic and admirable, Chloe is everything that I look for in a female character.
Oh, the romance.... *stares off into space.* Sorry. I was just thinking about how much I loved reading about Chloe's love life. In the first two books, Chloe is a little too preoccupied with her own survival to worry about her relationships. In this book, things finally heat up. I won't ruin anything, but I will say that I'm very happy with how everything works out. There were so many parts that had me melting inside.
I know that Armstrong plans to write more books in this series, but with different characters. Still, I can't help but hope that we'll see more of Derek, Simon, Tori, Chloe and Liz. A few ends were left untied, and I don't know if I can go without knowing how some things work out.
This was a rather long review. I usually try to keep my reviews shorter, but I just had so much to say about this phenomenal novel. I'll end with this: you absolutely must look into this series. Trust me, you won't regret it.(less)
I don’t even know where to begin with this review. After I finished this novel, I sat there in frozen shock. I have never, ever read a book as dark an...moreI don’t even know where to begin with this review. After I finished this novel, I sat there in frozen shock. I have never, ever read a book as dark and thought-provoking as this one. I know that the plot and characters are going to keep me up at night for a while.
While Katniss may be only seventeen, she has the mind of an adult. She’s seen horrific things and was forced to grow up in a matter of months. Seeing as the novel is in first person and told from Katniss’ point of view, I was subjected to her worst fears and nightmares. Katniss is a very different person from the girl that took her sister’s place in the barbaric Hunger Games during the first novel. She’s strong and determined, but deep down she’s also broken and lost. From the start of the series, I’d always admired her strength and passion.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I will say there is a lot of death. I was holding back tears at quite a few parts. I found myself shaking the book and telling myself, “No, that’s not right. They can’t be dead.” The violence and bloodshed is intense, as are the psychologically disturbing scenes. It’s for those reasons that I wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone under the age of fourteen.
The ending to this incredible series was very abrupt. It didn’t go where I expected it to, but I think I’m pleased with the result. To be honest, I can’t quite make up my mind. Sometimes I think it ended as well as it could have after the characters had been through so much pain. Other times I wonder if that’s really how I wanted it to end. Either way, it didn’t leave me hanging.
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire both captivated me. This riveting conclusion will leave you thinking about it long after you finish the book. I gave Mockingjay five stars, but I didn’t award five stars because I loved it. I awarded the book five stars because I was so impressed with Collins’ ability to evoke sympathy for the characters and bring a world of fire and passion to life.
All in all, I’d recommend this one to anyone that loved the first two books, but I’d say that it comes with a warning: be ready to walk around in a daze after finishing.
I read The Hunger Games about a week ago, and I was sure that this book wouldn't be as good. Regardless of how many times I was told otherwise, I coul...moreI read The Hunger Games about a week ago, and I was sure that this book wouldn't be as good. Regardless of how many times I was told otherwise, I couldn't believe that Collins could create another book of such epic proportions. Wow, was I wrong.
If anything, Collins' writing improved in the second book. I was more in tune with the plot and characters than ever before. I got lost in the words and forgot where I was. There were times in school when the bell would ring, and I didn't even notice. Collins has a rare gift- her writing can appeal to all the senses. It is absolutely beautiful.
As we all know, fans of this series usually choose a team: Team Peeta or Team Gale. I don't know how they do it! I can't possibly choose. I'm in love with all the characters. Katniss, the main character, is someone that I can really respect and admire. She's very realistic, as are all of the characters. You'd have to be quite the cold-hearted person to hate these characters.
In the first book, the plot was mostly action. Katniss was simply trying to survive the games. In the sequel, there is much more to the story. Mystery, passion, suspense, and more action. Collins had me hanging on her every word. Nothing in this story is predictable.
Now, I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone, but it was one of the most dramatic endings I've ever read. I'm DYING to read the next book! I don't think I can possibly wait until August.
This series is one of my absolute favorites. I am recommending it to all of my friends and fellow book bloggers. This is definitely a book that you don't want to miss out on! Catching Fire earns five well-deserved stars.(less)
I have never, ever read a book like The Hunger Games. I was completely blown away, in a good way. :) The plot, the characters, the entire world Collin...moreI have never, ever read a book like The Hunger Games. I was completely blown away, in a good way. :) The plot, the characters, the entire world Collins created is completely original and unlike anything I've ever encountered before. I'd heard that this book was good, but I had no idea that it would be this amazing. Why I let it sit on my shelf for so long before giving it a shot is beyond my comprehension.
From the very fist chapter, I felt myself bonding with the characters. They are incredibly realistic, and they bring the story to life. Katniss is a strong protagonist that I can admire and believe. Unlike some strong female characters, Katniss' tough personality is a learned skill instead of a personality trait. This helped me to understand her a lot more. The other tributes and characters are equally interesting. They all certainly added to my love of the novel.
I've always loved drama. Who doesn't like a bit of suspense in their books? Everything about The Hunger Games is dramatic- from the reaping to the games. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. This is one of the first books I've read in a long time that had me sneaking away to my room every chance I got. I was desperate to find out what happened next. While the concept of teens battling it out in an area is somewhat disturbing, it was impossible to not be fascinated.
The Hunger Games is now one of my favorite books. It was absolutely brilliant, and I will be recommending it to all of my fellow readers. I've heard awesome things about the sequel, Catching Fire, and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this captivating series. Five stars!(less)
This book is quite original in its portrayal of the dead and those who see ghosts. The main character isn't a possessed child living in a haunted mans...moreThis book is quite original in its portrayal of the dead and those who see ghosts. The main character isn't a possessed child living in a haunted mansion. Chloe is just your average, insecure, awkward fifteen year-old girl. This made the plot more realistic. It also made it easier to relate to the characters.
Chloe did begin to bother me after the first couple of chapters. To the reader, the truth is obvious; Chloe can see dead people. Chloe refuses to believe this and lives in denial for the first fifteen chapters or so. But a little after I was halfway through, everything changed. The story finally began to really pick up pace. Before I knew it, I was totally addicted to the book. I read every chance I could. I think my friends were getting annoyed with me. One of my book-lover friends actually walked around school with her nose stuck in this book!
While it does take a long time for Armstrong to set the stage, once the you reach the midway point, the story unfolds rapidly. I now realize that the author was building her characters, and that is something I can really appreciate.
Let me make a recommendation: if you should choose to give this book a try (which I highly recommend), make sure that you have the sequel on hand. There's a bit of a cliff hanger at the end. I get the feeling that the second book will be even better than the first, now that the story is rapidly unfolding. (less)
While the first book was very good, it seemed as thought it was just setting the stage for the series. This is the book where everything really speeds...moreWhile the first book was very good, it seemed as thought it was just setting the stage for the series. This is the book where everything really speeds up and gets interesting. I absolutely loved this book! It was non-stop action and the plot gets more complicated with every chapter.
The character development is absolutely incredible. I will always have a special place in my heart for Derek :) That was what really kept me reading- the story may have been wonderful, but I fell in love with all of the characters. Chloe is a very likable protagonist. She is brave and compassionate, but not to the point of absurdity. Like every teenage girl, Chloe is insecure and afraid. This makes her even more lovable. Her friends each have their individual personalities, but none of them are shallow or flat. The reader comes to know every character in a personal way.
If you want to know what the genre is, combine scifi, mystery, romance, horror, and fantasy. And there you have it! The Awakening. No matter what your favorite genre is, this book can appeal to almost anyone. I strongly recommend it! After that ending, I'm DYING to read the next book! The Reckoning comes out this April!!! *squeals*(less)