**spoiler alert** First reading: December 30, 2010 to January 3, 2011
Since there are only a few more days before the showing of the Hunger Games the...more**spoiler alert** First reading: December 30, 2010 to January 3, 2011
Since there are only a few more days before the showing of the Hunger Games the Movie, I decided to rewrite my review of the book and translate it into English so that more people could understand it. However, I still like my Filipino version of my review from last year better so I’m still keeping it. If you prefer the Filipino version, you can skip the English one and just scroll down somewhere in the middle, marked by a picture.
Note: I’m going to relate my experiences here first while I was reading the book. It might be a little OTT, so be warned.
I’m always having a hard time writing a good review when I really, really like a book. It seems like there are too much emotions trying to burst out of my chest that I can’t control and I have difficulty expressing myself. That was why I waited a few days after I read the book before I wrote my original review. I let my emotions subside first.
I first got aware of this series while I was riding the LRT to school two years ago. I saw a lady reading Catching Fire and she seemed to be so engrossed with it because even if she was standing and the train was jam-packed she appeared to be unbothered and kept her nose buried in the book. I used to ignore this series whenever I was in a bookstore because I thought that it was like a complicated children’s book about dragons. Yes, dragons! I didn’t know what gave me the idea that it was about dragons when it didn’t even have a trace of dragon on its cover. But, seriously, there were no dragons involved in this book.
But I’ve heard and read lots of good comments about this book that I got curious enough to look for its synopsis and reviews here in Goodreads. Almost everyone gave it high ratings and praises. I tried reading some snippets from Google and it really did catch my attention, it was minimal only though. So I decided to put it at the end of my to-read shelf. When I finally made some friends to talk to here in GR, all of them, and I mean all of them, said that I must read THG so my interest increased again.
My original plan before was that I would buy only the first book for my birthday just to see if I would like it, and I would just buy the rest some other time. It was still in hardbound at that time so I decided to just wait for the cheaper paperback edition. But the moment I stepped inside National Bookstore the complete set of The Hunger Games series was the first thing that caught my attention. “Shit”, I thought to myself, “It’s not in my budget because I’m going to buy seven more books today. But could I let this opportunity to buy the complete set to pass? It might be sold out tomorrow.” I could sense the security guard was eyeing me already because I was standing there for a long time looking at the book set, contemplating whether to buy it or not.
And now that I’ve read THG, “Shit!” was all I could say. It was so amazing!!! Good thing I already bought the entire series or else I would’ve regretted it when I still had to wait for the next two books to be available in stores.
I admit that I fell asleep at the start of the book, but it was probably because I was already tired at that time and I was still trying to adjust to the new situation the book was offering. But when I finally was able to concentrate on reading it, I instantly got hooked with the story. I liked the way it was written and the ideas that the author was trying to deliver to the readers were clear.
Here are my comments about the book:
1. I really, really love the name Katniss. Katniss Everdeen. It was like a combination of an innocent young lady with an undeniable courage emanating from within. In fact, I’m thinking of naming my future daughter Katniss Szeyenne.
2. It was so stressful to read--- but in a good way! I tend to get so hyper while I was reading it. Every time I got to the exciting parts I couldn’t help but jump in my seat or punch my bed. I had to do that to release the adrenaline rush. I had to contain myself whenever my father was around because it would be awkward if he saw me giggling and squirming.
3. It was not just a love story with all that gooey and mushy stuff typical in most YA books. In fact, the love story here was crucial for the survival of Katniss and Peeta. They had to pretend to be in love with each other so they could get the sympathy of the Hunger Games audience and win more sponsors. But for Peeta, all he felt for Katniss was real.
4. I was so happy when the rules of the game were changed and both the tributes from the same district could be pronounced as winners if they were the only two left alive. But I really had the feeling that there would be another twist in the end. I really panicked there! I couldn’t imagine Katniss and Peeta killing each other.
5. I really felt sad when Rue died. It felt like I also lost my own younger sister. But I also wondered what if she and Katniss were the only two that was left; they would also have to kill each other.
6. I just couldn’t imagine a government such as the Capitol to exist. They were so brutal and inhumane! Who in their right mind would ever formulate a game where players are supposed to fight each other to death? This kind of game was supposed to remind the citizens of Panem that they could never defeat the power of the Capitol. But, hello! Did they think that the way they maltreat their people wouldn’t cause another rebellion?
7. I felt so bad for Peeta when Katniss confessed that she only did all those loving gestures towards him just to get sympathy from the audience to gain more sponsors, and that she was uncertain about her feelings for him. I am pro-Peeta, so I got a little heart-broken whenever Katniss thought about Gale.
8. The love story wasn’t corny. It wasn’t like most of the books I’ve read where the protagonists were hormone-driven teenagers that couldn’t control their emotions and sexual urges. Yes, there were lots of times where Peeta and Katniss kissed, but the way the author wrote it gave a different sensation to readers. If we look at the entire context of the story, all those kissing and hugging were acceptable because the characters used them as a means of survival, literally. The love scenes (no bed scenes here, okay?) here were a MUST!
9. Katniss wasn’t like most of the female protagonists from other books who were so overly-dramatic and thought that they would die when the guy left them. She was very independent and could stand on her own. Even from the early age, she already knew how to make ends meet for her family. She readily volunteered to join the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. Katniss was sharp and resourceful. She was well-aware with her surroundings and used this knowledge to plan her next moves. She was able to save herself and Peeta from further danger using her common sense and wit. Who would have guessed that everything their mentor, Haymitch, sent or didn’t send to them had a hidden message? Amazing!
10. This book didn’t just revolve around Katniss’s and Peeta’s love story. It also tackled issues about politics, economy, moral ethics, and many more social issues. It was deeper than what I expected.
If you read the summary it would appear to be violent because of the post-war setting. Well, yes, it was violent but not in a gory way. The killing parts were a little gross, but the way it was told by Ms. Collins was really beautiful. Hunger Games was a very sensible book. And now that the movie version of it will hit the theaters very soon, I expect that more people will read this.
Paalala: Nagkwento lang ako ng mga karanasan ko habang binabasa ko ang librong ito. Medyo OTT, pero mas matino na kaysa sa nauna kong review.
Nahirapan talaga akong gumawa ng isang matinong review kapag gustong-gusto ko ang isang libro. Parang napakaraming emosyon ang nagpupumiglas na lumabas sa dibdib ko at nahihirapan akong ikontrol kung ano ang uunahin kong sabihin. Kaya naman nagpalipas muna ako ng ilang araw bago ako sumulat ng isang review para humupa muna kahit kaunti ang nararamdaman ko.
Mas nuna kong nasilayan ang librong Catching Fire bago itong Hunger Games habang naksakay ako sa LRT papunta sa aking paaralan. Binabasa iyon ng isang babae na mukhang engrossed na engrossed kasi kahit nakatayo lang siya at siksikan hindi pa rin siya natitigil sa pagbabasa. Dinededma ko lang dati ito sa mga bookstore kasi akala ko parang children's book ito na may pagkaseryoso at tungkol sa dragon. Ewan ko ba kung bakit ko naisip yung dragon kahit na wala namang palatandaan na may dragon sa pabalat nito. Pero seryoso, wala talagang dragon dito sa kwento.
Ngunit napakarami ko nang naririnig at nababasa na mga papuri tungkol dito kaya na-curious tuloy ako at hinanap ang synopsis at mga review ng ibang tao dito sa GR. Halos lahat ng nakita kong review matataas at talagang pinupuri ito. Sinubukan kong basahin ang ilang sipi mula sa Google at nakuha nga nito agad ang aking atensyon, ngunit hindi nga lang ganoon pa kasidhi. Nagpasya ako na ilagay iyon sa to-read shelf ko pero sa may kaduluduluhan pa.
Noong nagkaroon ako ng mga makakausap dito sa GR, lahat sila, as in lahat talaga sila, iisa lang ang sinasabi sa akin, "Basahin mo na ang THG!!! Ang ganda nu'n, favorite ko iyon." Kaya muling nagbalik ang kagustuhan ko na basahin ito.
Ang plano ko dati ay bibilhin ko muna itong unang libro sa kaarawan ko tapos sa ibang buwan na lang ang mga susunod na libro tutal hardbound pa naman, siguradong maglalabas pa sila ng mas murang paperback. Pero noong pumasok ako sa National Bookstore nakita ko na may ibinibenta na palang isang set. "Syet!" nasabi ko sa sarili ko, "Wala ito sa budget ko dahil may pitong libro pa akong nais bilhin ngayong araw. Pero mapapalampas ko pa ba ito? Baka mawala ulit bigla ang set na ito kinabukasan." Pakiramdam ko nga tinitingnan na ako ng gwardya doon kasi ang tagal kong tinitigan yung mga libro. Ayon, binili ko nga.
At ngayong nabasa ko na, "Syet!" ulit ang nasabi ko. Ang ganda pala!!! Buti na lang binili ko na lahat kundi abot-langit ang pagsisisi ko ngayon lalo na at mabilis ma-sold out ang mga ito sa mga bookstore.
Aaminin ko sa simula medyo inantok ako, pero siguro dahil pagod na pagod rin naman ako noong araw na iyon at saka medyo nangangapa pa ako sa sitwasyong ihinahain sa akin ng libro. Ngunit, noong gising na talaga ang diwa ko, sobrang nagustuhan ko na agad ang kwento. Maayos ang pagkakasulat at madaling maintindihan ang bawat ideyang nais iparating ng awtor.
Teka, umiiral na naman ang excitement ko kaya nahihirapan akong isulat ang lahat ng gusto kong sabihin. Mabuti pa i-enumerate ko na lang ang mga komento ko:
1. Gustong-gusto ko ang pangalan ni Katniss. Katniss Everdeen. Parang pinaghalong insoneteng babae ngunit matapang. Tamang-tama sa personalidad ng bida. Naisip ko nga, ipapangalan ko ito sa magiging anak kong babae, Katniss Szeyenne.
2. Nakaka-stress! Pero sa magandang paraan. Nakaka-hyper. Sa tuwing magbabasa ako, lalo na sa mga eksenang nakaka-excite, hindi ko maiwasang magtatatalon at palu-paluin ang kama o upuan ko. Pigil na pigil ako sa pagtili at pagtawa kasi nakikita ako ng tatay ko. Awkward yun.
3. Hindi lang basta-bastang love story ito. Katunayan, kailangan talaga, as in crucial ang love story nina Katniss at Peeta para mabuhay sila. Kailangan nilang magpanggap na sobrang mahal na mahal nila ang isa't isa para makuha ang simpatya ng mga manonood ng Hunger Games at may mag-isponsor sa kanila. Ngunit, para kay Peeta totoo ang nararamdaman niya kay Katniss.
4. Ang saya-saya ko noong binago ang rules ng palaro na idedeklara nang panalo ang dalawang tributes kung pareho sila ng distritong pinanggalingan at sila na lang ang natitirang buhay. Pero naramdaman ko na talaga na pagdating sa dulo magkakaroon na naman ng bagong twist. Syet, nag-panic talaga ako doon! Hindi ko maisip kung paano magpapatayan sina Katniss at Peeta. Masaklap talaga iyon.
5. Nalungkot talaga ako noong namatay si Rue. Pakiramdam ko siya rin ay nakababata kong kapatid. Inisip ko rin noong naging magka-alyado sila ni Katniss, paano pag silang dalawa na lang ang natira, kailangan din nilang magpatayan.
6. Grabeng gobyerno naman ang mayroon sa Capitol. Sobrang lupit nila! Sino ba namang nasa katinuan ng pag-iisip ang gagawa ng isang palaro na kailangang magpatayan ang lahat ng mga kalahok para mabuhay? Isa raw itong pagpapaalala na hindi kaya ng mga tao na talunin ang kapngyarihan ng Capitol gaya ng pagkabigo nila noong digmaan, pero, hello! Sa tingin ba nila, ang ginagawa nilang kabulstugan ay hindi magdudulot ng panibagong pag-aalsa?!
7. Naawa ako kay Peeta noong sinabi ni Katniss na ginawa lamang niya ang mga ginawa niya para mabuhay sila, at hindi talaga niya alam kung ano ang nararamdaman niya para kay Peeta. At iniisip pa rin ni Katniss si Gale.
8. Hindi korni ang love story. Hindi siya gasgas tulad ng karamihan sa nababasa kong libro na ang mga bida ay hormone-driven teenagers na hindi makapagpigil sa mga sarili nila. Siguro nga maraming panahon na naghahalikan sila, pero yung paraan ng pagkakasulat ng awtor dito ay nagbibigay ng ibang pakiramdam sa mambabasa. Kung titingnan ang konstekto ng kwento, katanggap-tanggap talaga iyon kasi kailanga nga, KAILANGAN!
9. Kahanga-hanga ang bidang babae, hindi tulad ng ibang kwento na parang ikamamatay na ng babae kung mawawala yung lalaki. Kaya niyang tumayo sa sarili niyang mga paa. Mula pagkabata alam na niya paano itaguyod ang kanyang sarili at pamilya. Handa siyang isakripisyo ang sarili niya para sa kapatid niyang nakababata noong kinuha niya ang pwesto ni Prim bilang isang tribute ng District 12. Matalino at madiskarte rin si Katniss. Ilang beses na niyang nailayo ang sarili at si Peeta sa kapahamakan dahil sa kanyang matalas na pag-iisip at common sense. Sino ba naman ang makakaisip na ang bawat ipinapadala o hindi ipinapadalang tulong ng kanilang mentor na si Haymitch ay may hidden meaning pala?
10. Hindi lang ito love story (haha... paulit-ulit!), may mga aral itong pampulitika, moralidad at kung ano-ano pa.
Marami pa akong nagustuhan sa librong ito, pero grabe, pagnagsalita pa ako, sasabog na talaga ako. O.A. ba masyado? Eh, ganoon nga talaga ang nararamdaman ko ngayon!
Mukha nga lang bayolente ang librong ito kung babasahin lang ang summary kasi parang post-war ang setting. Uh, bayolente nga, pero hindi kadiri. Well, medyo kadiri yung ilang patayan, pero maayos nga ang pagkakakwento. Basta maganda! Maganda talaga. May sense.
My earlier review (the day when I finished reading this book):
My goodness... wala bang 100 stars?!!! I still can't sort out my feelings right now so I can't make a decent review. I've never read something as gripping and as heart-pounding book as this one. I have to calm down myself first before I say anything more. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh...goodnessgoodnessgoodness...I have to stop now....woo...
4 hours after... hindi pa rin ako maka-get over! kumain ako ng marami during dinner kasi na-realize ko na kailangan ko talagang i-value ang pagkain.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book is better than the first one... well, i like the first 2 parts which was about Sita's quest to prevent her own daughter, Ka...more**spoiler alert** This book is better than the first one... well, i like the first 2 parts which was about Sita's quest to prevent her own daughter, Kalika whom she thought to be the enemy but she eventually found out that she trusted and helped the wrong person...
but i didn't like the last part because i think it was all too-gory for me. i mean, the level of gory-ness of it was a bit higher than the other stories... and i didn't like the ending... though, i think there's still Thirst 3... so i hope it's better...
but over-all, i like the series. more mature than the usual vampire books that i read, but still i think it is worth reading. :D(less)
**spoiler alert** I loooove this book!!! Especially the last two chapters where the whole circle reunited again to fight Black John. I knew that Faye...more**spoiler alert** I loooove this book!!! Especially the last two chapters where the whole circle reunited again to fight Black John. I knew that Faye would return to the circle.
I just wish Adam stayed with Diana instead of Cassie.(less)
I didn't want to read this book yet, at first, because I felt sooo exhausted after reading the first two books. Like I said on my past reviews, this s...moreI didn't want to read this book yet, at first, because I felt sooo exhausted after reading the first two books. Like I said on my past reviews, this series was so dark.
But I'm happy now that I was finally able to finish the whole series because it felt like I was really part of the story and I also fought with the characters, and finishing the series means I'm also done fighting with demons and warlocks. Haha.
I'm just glad that Nicole ended up with Eli, Jer finally accepted Holly, and Amanda and Tommy were engaged.
**spoiler alert** I love this book. I really missed reading L.J. Smith's creations. I like how she plays with my emotions through the twists and turns...more**spoiler alert** I love this book. I really missed reading L.J. Smith's creations. I like how she plays with my emotions through the twists and turns in her books.
The characters were strong and they had their own personalities that the book couldn't go on with one of them missing.
I was totally caught up with the Tom-Jenny-Julian love triangle. At the first book, The Hunter, I wanted Jenny to end up with Julian since he was mysterious and seductive. And since Tom's exposure was not that big, and I had an impression that he was kind of possessive since he tells Jenny what to or not to wear, I was hoping that he would get out of the picture. But on the second book, The Chase, I saw how much Tom loved Jenny. I think this was his moment :D. I just got irritated when he started avoiding Jenny because he thought he could never compete with Julian. But it was so sweet that he still tried to protect Jenny even from far away. He even risked his life killing the Creeper and the Lurker just to give Jenny an advantage in fighting Julian. I thought I was gonna go for Tom already, especially at the end of the second book when he went along with Jenny's plans even if he didn't really believe that it would work just so he could be with her until the end. But on the last book, The Kill, I was Team Julian again. I saw the gentle, human side of him a lot of times. It broke my heart when the fight was almost over and he let Jenny, Tom and their friends go. I felt the pain Julian was hiding. I knew he was jealous and it was very painful for him to let go of somebody you've been caring and loving for 10 years. I was so devastated when he died. Well, he didn't really die since he was never born, but the fact that he ceased to exist really broke my heat, especially now that he had changed. But at least he "died" peacefully and willingly just to save Jenny.
I praise L.J. Smith for all her wonderful books, especially when they involved love triangles. Aside from this book, another convincing love triangle story for me is the Vampire Diaries. I wish I can find more of her books here in the Philippines. I am a HUGE fan!(less)
**spoiler alert** Note: Due to the lack of better things to do I decided to translate my book review of Clockwork Angel in English. If you prefer to...more**spoiler alert** Note: Due to the lack of better things to do I decided to translate my book review of Clockwork Angel in English. If you prefer to read the original Filipino version, you can just scroll down somewhere in the middle part.
If only I could choose a 10-star rating here, I would’ve given this book one! It was written beautifully. I even felt like I was part of the story—I got excited, stressed and in love while reading this.
Well, I admit that I fell asleep while I was reading the prologue, but I guess I was just tired that day. It also took me a while to finish the first chapter because I thought the pacing was slow and I wasn’t still familiar with the new characters. I kept on expecting Will or Clary to be mentioned even though I knew that this book is the prequel of The Mortal Instruments series. But when I got to the part where the Shadowhunters finally came into focus, particularly Will Herondale, I just couldn’t stop reading. Actually, I was trying to slow down my pace because I knew that I had to wait long again for the next books from The Infernal Devices series to come out.
I really missed Jace Wayland’s funny and sarcastic remarks from TMI and Will definitely reminded me of him. I have a feeling that Will plays a huge and important part in Jace’s future. I couldn’t remember the name of Jace’s real father but I know that he was a Herondale. I’m really in love with Will despite his temperament and unpredictable mood swings.
I was really shocked when I found out about Jem Carstairs’s dark secret. I really feel a deep compassion towards him even before I knew that and it only intensified when it was revealed. And when they launched an attack against the automatons and something bad happened to him, I got really worried because I thought he was going to die already. I was already prepared to mourn (yeah ;P), good thing he was still alive. It was so touching everytime there was a scene showing Will being overly-concerned for Jem.
I also felt devastated when Henry died. I didn’t realize how I grew attached to him until that unfortunate event. I really hoped that he would still appear on the succeeding books.
I just don’t like the name Tessa. I’m sorry, no offense meant. :)
I praise Cassandra Clare for her extraordinary talent in writing a great story. There were so many twists and turns that I never expected. She really knows how to make a good story conflict and build the climax properly. She’s still on the top of the list of my favorite authors, along with Suzanne Collins.
Kung may 10 stars dito, yun sana ilalagay ko. Grabe, sobrang ganda. Feeling ko kasama rin ako sa story. Na-excite, na-stress at na-inlove din ako.
Nung una nakatulog ako habang binabasa yung prologue... siguro dahil inaantok na talaga ako nun. Tapos medyo natagalan akong tapusin yung first chapter kasi parang mabagal pa yung pacing at hindi pa ako familiar dun sa mga characters. Pero nung dumating na sa eksena yung mga Shadowhunters, particularly si Will Herondale, naku di na ako matigil sa pagbabasa. Actually ayoko pa siyang matapos kasi alam kong matagal pa ang hihintayin ko para sa release ng next book, kaya pinipigilan ko yung sarili kong magbasa.
Sobrang na-miss ko yung mga funny remarks ni Jace Wayland from Mortal Instruments, at through Will Herondale nabuhay siya ulit. Feeling ko malaki ang part ni Will sa future ni Jace. Di ko na kasi maalala kung sino nga ba talaga yung tunay na tatay ni Jace, pero ang natatandaan ko Herondale siya. Kasi diba dun sa City of Ashes, isang Herondale din yung Inquisitor, tapos siya daw yung lola ni Jace. O baka mali na lang talaga yung naaalala ko. Pero basta, naaalala ko talaga si Jace kay Will. Kahit na bongga ang mood swings ni Will, crush ko pa rin siya!♥♥♥
Na-shock talaga ako nung nalaman ko yung dark secret ni Jem. Tapos nung sinugod sila ng mga automaton tapos bumulagta siya sa sahig, akala ko talaga mamamatay na siya. Malulungkot na sana ako, buti nabuhay pa. Nakaka-touch nga kapag sobrang nag-aalala si Will kay Jem.
Nalungkot din ako nung namatay si Henry. BV! Akala ko pa naman mabubuhay siya.
Ayoko lang talaga sa pangalan ni Tessa. :D
Ang galing ni Cassandra Clare gumawa ng story. Ang daming twists and turns. Marami akong unexpected scenes na nangyari. Ang galing niyang gumawa ng mga problema.
Sobrang hihintayin ko talaga yung next book. I can't wait!!!(less)
I stayed late last night, and I mean it was already 3 AM when I finished reading this book. I never thought that I would enjoy it. I used to look down...moreI stayed late last night, and I mean it was already 3 AM when I finished reading this book. I never thought that I would enjoy it. I used to look down on that series before. I wasn't really attracted to its cover design since it was a face of a female who looks so mature and promiscuous. I tried reading its summary at the back but I never felt so interested in it. I only bought it because I was pressures by the saleslady in Power Books. I was really going to buy many books that day, but buying Vampire Academy was not on my list. But the lady kept on offering me and she even opened a new copy of this book just to be sure that it was the first one in the series since I asked her which one is it. The truth is I only asked her just to be polite and tried to look like I was considering her suggestions. I never thought that she would go through all those troubles of finding the first series and even calling for a back-up salesman. I reread the summary at the back and tried to understand and appreciate it. Well, at that point I got a little interested already so I bought it along with other three more books.
I bought this book last May but I was only able to read it last week since I had a lot of books in line before. Anyway, I don't regret buying it! Thanks to that very insistent saleslady. She really did her job well with me. This is the second time I read a book that I uses to ignore before because I didn't like the summary but after reading just a few chapters I got really hooked. The first one was the Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Now I'm totally saving for their sequels.
I know every vampire books have their own versions and rules about vampirism, but this one is totally different. I never heard of a mortal vampire. The only classification I know when it comes to vampire is either they are the standard ones who feed on blood, or they are vegetarian vampires. But in this book, there are Morois (royal vampires) and Dhampirs (half vampire-half human). The Dhampirs are supposed to guard the Morois from Stigois (immortal vampires). I never heard of a vampire who needs protection. The Dhampirs undergo trainings and are willing to do whatever it takes just to save the Moroi they are guarding.
The Morois have specializations when it comes to power. Well, I've heard a lot about vampiric powers, but I not a healing power which could in turn drive the vampire crazy and depressed whenever she uses it. And then there is that shadow-kissed thing. A special bond between a vampire and a person, even an animal, whom she brought back from the dead. This bond allows the shadow-kissed one to feel and get inside the head of the vampire. It is very convenient when it comes to saving them, just like what happened between Lissa and Rose.
But because of that special bond, I couldn't help thinking that Rose has a thing for Lissa at first. If not for Rose's obsession with Dimitri I would definitely think that she's a lesbian with the way she cared so much for Lissa.
There are only two things I didn't like about this book. First, they discuss sex like it's just a normal thing and everyone in school is doing it. Rose is like a sex symbol in there school, but take note she's still a virgin. And second, I don't like Dimitri for Rose. Sure he's so manly and sexy based on Rose's description, but he's 7 years older than her. I really prefer Masen for her.
Anyway, I'm definitely going to buy the rest of the series. Good thing it's our sem break already so I have time to read.(less)
It has been three years since I have read City of Bones for the first time. I did not know how much I would get sucked in t...moreFirst reading: January 2010
It has been three years since I have read City of Bones for the first time. I did not know how much I would get sucked in the story. The main reason why I wanted to read this book then was because Stephenie Meyer, who used to be my favorite author during my Twilight days, recommended it.
Now that the movie version of City of Bones is finally out, I decided to read the book again to refresh my memory before watching the film. I couldn't believe how much details I have already forgotten. It still felt like I was reading the book for the first time. I really love Cassandra Clare's writing style, and the way she builds up her stories by incorporating intricate plot twists is really captivating.
I still have not seen the movie version even though it has been in theaters for a month now. I am kind of worried that my own imagination of the story would be distorted once I see other people's interpretation of it.
All in all, I could still say that The Mortal Instruments series is still at the top of my all-time favorite books (this includes The Infernal Devices, as well).(less)
It was my second time reading it and I still got hooked! I appreciated it more this time since I knew already why certa...more**spoiler alert** April 2, 2012
It was my second time reading it and I still got hooked! I appreciated it more this time since I knew already why certain things happened and the consequences they brought which led to the third book. Catching Fire is still my most favorite book in The Hunger Games series.
------- First Reading: January 5-14, 2011
Warning: I won’t even bother making a decent review since I can’t even contain my excitement right now. I don’t care if I sound like an obsessed and crazy fan girl, and I become inconsistent with my grammar or even with the language I use. Basta, all I care is about letting my barely containable emotions flow.
Oh my goodness, this book was AH-MEY-ZING!!! Amazing to the highest level. Grabe, bihira lang talaga ako makabasa ng mga sequels na talaga namang na-surpass niya yung kagadahan ng 1st book. Kung sa Hunger Games pa nga lang, I went crazy na because it was so great, dito pa kaya sa Catching Fire na sobrang awesome! Usually kasi yung mga book sequels na nababasa ko ay nagiging less interesting na habang padami ng padami. Para bang nagsusulat na lang yung mga authors ng mga sequels para makabenta pero nane-neglect na nila yung beauty ng story. Pero, pero, pero, dito talaga sa Catching Fire, ay sus! WHAPAK!!! Sobrang daming twists na hindi mo akalaing mangyayari. Well actually, marami dun na medyo na-predict ko na… pero hindi talaga yung predict na predict na as in sobrang certain na talaga ako na ganun yung mangyayari. Ang sinasabi kong prediction ay actually wishful thinking lang. As in ganun yung gusto kong mangyari, yung parang umaasa talaga ako ng may twist na something. So nangyari nga yung iniisip ko, pero na-surpass pa ng author yung wish ko. Ayun, wish pala ang tawag doon, hindi prediction. Wish.
Hay, mabuti pa mag-enumerate na lang ako ng mga opinion ko while I was reading this book:
1. Actually, habang binabasa ko yung 1st book, iniisip ko kung babalik kaya ulit sina Katniss at Peeta sa Hunger Games. Kasi, diba, may dalawang libro pa ngang kasunod. So ini-imagine ko kung saan kaya iikot yung mga kwento ng sequels kung hindi na magkakaroon ng Hunger Games ulit. Pero pilit ko talagang kinakalimutan yung thought na yun, kasi ayaw ko na talagang bumalik pa sila sa Hunger Games. My goodness, stress talaga yung larong iyon. Stress to the maximum level! So inisip ko baka magiging mentor na lang sina Katniss at Peeta gaya ni Haymitch. Pampalubag–loob lang bale.
2. So imagine my shock na babalik nga talaga sila sa Hunger Games para sa Quarter Quell. Grabe talaga, akala ko safe na sila. Feel a feel ko yung naramdaman ni Katniss noong nalaman niya yung balitang iyon. Na-depress talaga ako doon for a moment. Alam niyo yung feeling na akala mo tapos na, yung hindi ka na babalik pa sa nakaraang pilit mong tinatakasan, tapos all of a sudden malalaman mo na you’re about to experience that same tragic moment---ay, hindi, mas tragic pa sa tragic?! Hindi ko rin talaga ma-place yung nararamdaman ko noong mga panahon na yun, kung matutuwa ba ako dahil tama yung hula ko o maloloka ba ako kasi stress na naman ito. That was why I had to stop reading for a few minutes para makahinga naman muna ako.
3. Sa katunayan maski sa loob ng banyo ito lang ang iniisip ko. Ang bagal-bagal kong maligo pag umaga kasi ini-imagine ko pa yung story. Sobrang attached ko sa kwento, napapanaginipan ko pa. Hindi nga lang ganoon ka detailed, pero may sensation na alam kong Catching Fire talaga yung panaginip ko. Ayoko nga sanang mapanaginipan kasi nakaka-stress, pero pati ang subconscious mind ko ini-invade na rin. Nice, ang galing talaga ni Suzanne Collins.
4. Who would’ve thought that behind that drunk man façade, matalino pala talaga itong si Haymitch? Magaling siyang gumawa ng strategy, no wonder siya ang nanalo sa Quarter Quell noong panahon niya. So tama nga lang na si Peeta ang pumasok ulit sa arena at hindi si Haymitch, dahil naniniwala ako na mas magiging kapaki-pakinabang si Haymitch kung nasa outside world siya (PBB ba ito? Haha :D). Isa nga siyang tunay na mentor. Ang galing nga kasi nakayanan niyang i-manipulate ang mga bagay-bagay to their advantage at nagawan niya ng paraan para makipag-alyado si Katniss sa ibang tributes. At sobrang crucial pala talaga ng mga bagay-bagay na iyon.
5. Sabi ko na eh, sabi ko na nga ba at may significance talaga ang pakikipag-usap ni Plutarch kay Katniss during their tour sa Capitol at noong pinakita niya yung clock niya at sinabing “It starts at midnight.” Na-feel ko na talaga na kakampi pala siya. Ang hindi ko lang talaga ine-expect na magiging kaalyado nina Katniss at Peeta ay Johanna at Finnick. Feeling ko nga gwapo si Finnick… haha… at macho!
6. Ang amazing nga ng twist na kaya nila binubuhay si Peeta ay para mabuhay si Katniss. Na-feel ko na rin yun, pero mababaw lang ang analyzation ko doon. Aba, malay ko ba naman na nakaplano na pala talaga ang lahat ng bagay bago pa magsimula ang Games. Parang sa Heroes na, “Save the cheerleader, save the world” ang dating. So dito, “Save Peeta, save the MockingJay, save Panem.”
7. Nakakabaliw din yung mga kilig parts. Hindi nga kasi siya typical na love story na korni. Nakakatawa yung mga times na nagpapanggap lang sila na in love sila, pero actually in love naman talaga sila, well si Peeta, pero “getting there” na rin naman si Katniss. Tawa ako ng tawa noong in-announce ni Peeta na buntis daw si Katniss. Mukhang lang talagang weekling si Peeta dahil sa kanyang physical limitations at parang ngayon pa lang siya namumulat sa harshness ng mundo, pero wais rin si Gwapo eh. Marami siyang teknik na nagagawa para makuha ng loob ng mga tao, which was very important talaga para mabuhay din sila.
8. Nakaka-touch yung eksena na nag-tour sila sa District 11. Ay grabe, naiiyak nga rin ako doon lalo na nung nag-offer yung mga tao ng sign of something, parang “we’re with you”, basta something positive, yung mga tao.
9. Nakakaawa talaga na sobrang daming namatay. Brutal talaga kung brutal ang mga taga-Capitol. Pumito ka lang, dedo ka na. Konting maling hakbang, goodbye world ka na. Scary talaga yung dumating yung maraming Peacekeapers sa District 12 tapos naghasik na sila ng lagim. Tapos nalaman ko pang wala na palang District 12! Napahamak pa si Cinna, at feeling ko talaga pinatay na rin siya. Si Darius naging Avox pa. BTW, astig talaga ng dress na ginawa ni Cinna na nagmukhang Mockingjay si Katniss sa interview. Amazing talaga!
10. District 13!!! Existent pala talaga iyon. Wow, hope na ito. Pero gets ko naman yung feelings ni Katniss na para bang siya lang ang hindi nakakaalam sa mga plano ng “allies” niya, na para bang isa lang siyang player ulit sa isang game na hindi niya nalalaman. Pero, go! Go! Go! ka lang Katniss, it’s for the greater good.
11. Weird yung mga names ng mga characters, like Finnick, Beetee at Wiress. Pero ang unique nga eh. Nalilito lang talaga ako kung sino ang galing sa aling district. Hanggang ngayon confused pa rin ako. Hahaha :D
12. Amazing, code pala yung bread rolls na pinapadala sa kanila. Ang galing-galing! Hindi ko naisip yun. Kaya pala sa tuwing dumarating yun parang precious na precious yun para kay Finnick. Napansin nga yun ni Katniss pero akala niya parang gutom lang talaga si Finnick. Tapos yung wire na hawak-hawak ni Beetee, siya pala nag-invent noon kaya alam niya ang gagawin doon. Astig talaga!
Haaaaay!!! Amazing talaga ang librong ito. Ano na ang gagawin ko pag natapos ko na ang series na ito? Well, syempre magbabasa pa rin ako ng ibang libro, pero feeling ko mahihirapan pa akong maghanap ng makakatumbas sa kagandahan nito. Parang lalong tumaas yung standards ko sa pagbabasa. Sobrang layo talaga ng Hunger Games trilogy sa usually fantasy books na binabasa ko, pero sobrang amazing nito, natalbugan pa niya yung mga used-to-be favorite series ko. Sana lang talaga yung movie version nito ay maganda rin at hindi disappointing.
Kung yung Hunger Games ay binigyan ko ng 5 star at nabitin pa ako sa stars na available, lalo naman dito. Isipin na lang natin na ang bawat star ay nagkakahalaga ng 10 points. Sapat na kaya yun? Amazing nga kasi itong Catching Fire.