I feel like I would probably actually give this book a 2.5 star rating. It starts out pretty annoyingly, actually. The first two or three chapters I a...moreI feel like I would probably actually give this book a 2.5 star rating. It starts out pretty annoyingly, actually. The first two or three chapters I actually wanted to give up right then. It was typical Sophie Kinsella overdrive. Lottie is not likable or relatable at all in the beginning, but thankfully the book switches perspective between Lottie and her sister, Fliss, who has a tad more sense than her sister. And, come to find out, I couldn't put this book down, and had to finish it last night. It's a good, light-hearted read, and not something that is meant to be read with a critical eye. I have to remind myself of that at times, especially when reading Kinsella. She knows she's not writing the next Pulitzer, but that's not her purpose. Kinsella loves to write witty, romantic comedies that serve as the perfect beach read and escape read for just a little bit, and this book does just that. I got to "escape," and although I would never in a million years act as these two sisters acted in this book, I still enjoyed hearing their stories. And thankfully, that's why this book is fiction. :)(less)
I'm not one for creepy suspense books. I like the romantic books or the historical fiction...this one? I'm shocked I read it.
I think I liked this book...it's one of those books that makes you stop and think when you get to the end. It's a, "did that really just happen?" "Wait...what DID just happen?" kind of book. It was definitely intriguing, very mysterious, and I actually did enjoy reading it. And I still don't have a clue what really happened.
I think the reason I like this book so much is because this is the first book in a long time I've actually been sucked into. I could not put this book down, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it. I haven't gotten that way about a book in a long time. That's got to count for something, right?
The story is unique, the writing is unique, and the character herself is pretty unique. I liked it. I just had to be sure to read a happy, romantic, silly book right after. :)(less)
This is a great read if you are looking for a super quick, light, romantic chick-lit read around the holidays, which is exactly what I was looking for...moreThis is a great read if you are looking for a super quick, light, romantic chick-lit read around the holidays, which is exactly what I was looking for.
It's cute, it's Christmas-y, it's romantic, it took me about 3 hours to read, and it has a happy ending, what more do you need to know?
It's definitely not something you read for intellectual stimulation, and it doesn't have quite a lot of depth, but I don't think that's really the point in this case. I think Macomber was just writing a short, sweet, to-the-point romantic comedy. I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been made into a made-for-tv super cheesy Lifetime movie yet....those are my favorite around the holidays! ;-)(less)
That is how I felt after finishing the last book in The Hunger Games series.
For such an epic first and second book, I agree with pretty much every...moreHuh.
That is how I felt after finishing the last book in The Hunger Games series.
For such an epic first and second book, I agree with pretty much everyone I've read reviews by or talked to that Mockingjay is a pretty anticlimactic ending. I also found it a bit heavy for being a young adult book. Did everyone who ended up dying have to die in such detailed, gruesome ways?
And, I don't know, I'm still kind of sitting here scratching my head wondering what the point of all of it was? Collins doesn't really explain very well what happened to Panem after the rebellion. And the Epilogue, while very well written and a nice conclusion to what happened in Katniss' personal life, I felt was a bit rushed. Like she was trying to just get it over with and give the readers what they wanted without really exploring Katniss' relationships with Peeta and Gale.
I also felt most of the character's deaths were worthless and in vain. It's like Collins thought, alright, no one has died in the last 50 pages or so, so I'll just go ahead and mutilate this person now.
And what happened to the strong-willed girl from the Hunger Games?? Katniss becomes almost this lifeless blob at the end. I know she went through a lot but goodness, talk about a waste of such a strong character. I felt frustrated with her by the end. In the end, she acted like a victim, not a "mockingjay." She seemed to just become submissive to her life, without really living it. It would have been nice to see her do something meaningful with the rest of her life, considering half the people in the series died for her to do just that.
I don't know. It was a bit disappointing and just okay compared to the other two. Glad I read it, though.(less)
I'm not sure why this book captured my attention as much as it did. I expected it to be an easy, lazy, fun romance book read, and that it was. But for...moreI'm not sure why this book captured my attention as much as it did. I expected it to be an easy, lazy, fun romance book read, and that it was. But for some reason it hooked me in a way I haven't been hooked on a book in a while. I just had to keep reading it. I had to force myself to put it down when I knew I needed to go do something else.
Was this book amazing? Not really. Was it realistic? Good God, no. But it still did the job of a good, light, easy romance read.
I think reading Jude Deveraux's afterward about why she wrote the book and what she was trying to accomplish with it made me appreciate it a little bit more. That she wrote it with purpose, gave the characters depth and realistic personalities (besides the...ya know...sixteenth century, time-traveling hunk...) makes me respect her and her writing more. Although I was frustrated with Dougless, the main character, in the beginning, I grew to love her, because she finally came into her own, even if it did take a 16th century Earl to do so.
The only thing that bothered me with this was the "knight in shining armor" aspect. The fact that Dougless needed Nicholas to realize she was an independent woman. I felt that kind of took away from her as a strong woman. But I see how without it there would be no story. And I do respect the idea that sometimes, we don't need other people to save us, but simply to see the parts of us we can't see ourselves. That helped me to let go of my "I am woman, hear me roar" moment and enjoy the book for what it is - a good, old fashioned, romance novel.(less)
Wow amazing! I read The Hunger Games over a year ago, and although I thought it was good, I didn't really get the hype, so I googled (aka cheated, I k...moreWow amazing! I read The Hunger Games over a year ago, and although I thought it was good, I didn't really get the hype, so I googled (aka cheated, I know, so bad...) who Katniss ends up with, because that's all I really cared about. And then I saw the movie, and for some reason, that made me want to find out what happens in the rest of the series, so I went home and downloaded Catching Fire to my kindle that very night.
I easily could have finished this book in a day or two, but with work and life, it took me a few days. It's a really quick and easy read though. I haven't quite figured out what about this series has me and the rest of the first world hooked, but I can't wait to read Mockingjay! (So much so it's already downloaded ready to be read as soon as I finish this review.) I've heard it doesn't quite live up to the other two, but as long as it wraps up the story and I find out what happens, I'm good.
Suzanne Collins, you sure do know how to write a young adult series that has the ability to capture audiences of older generations too! Well done.(less)