It was my second time reading it and I still got hooked! I appreciated it more this time since I knew already why certa**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.
Wow this book is really great. No wonder there are so many HP fans. I wish I've seen the beauty of this book earlier. I tried reading this back when IWow this book is really great. No wonder there are so many HP fans. I wish I've seen the beauty of this book earlier. I tried reading this back when I was in grade 3, since most of my classmates were into it, but I didn't understand the beginning so I decided not to finish it. Well, I wasn't into books yet at that time. But now that my knowledge and understanding's broaden already, I finally discovered the magic of this book.
Now I'm just waiting till Friday so I can meet up with my friend who's going to lend me her 2nd HP book. I wanted to have my own copy but I rarely see the first three books in bookstores I frequently go to. Besides, they are a bit pricey....more
Do you know that mixed feelings of loss and pleasure upon finishing a really good book, much more an entire series? That's what I am feelJune 12, 2014
Do you know that mixed feelings of loss and pleasure upon finishing a really good book, much more an entire series? That's what I am feeling right now.
Full review to follow soon. Just let me gather my thoughts.
Fair warning: Do not look at the family tree prior to reading this book because it contains some sort of spoilers if one analyzes it thoroughly.
I have always loved that Cassandra Clare chose to write her books in third person unlike most of the young-adult books that I have read. Using this perspective allows readers to get a glimpse on different characters' thoughts. I find it really interesting to know a character's hidden thoughts and desires before the other characters discover them.
I have waited two years to read this final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. I have forgotten some parts that happened in the past two books, that was why I decided to read Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince before finally moving on to Clockwork Princess. I believed that I would get the full impact of the last book if I refresh my memory first, and I was right.
Honestly, I did not expect this book to be emotionally exhausting! I guess I should have known that already based on what I felt while reading CA and CP1. Do not get me wrong, I love this kind of emotional roller coaster-- the kind elicited by a well-written book. I was completely immersed in this series, and I praise Ms. Clare because her writing style was so effective. I grew attached to each of her characters. I felt pain when they felt pain, I felt joy when they felt joy.
Here are my random comments: (spoilers ahead!)
1. This series did not only dwell on romantic love, but it also tackled relationships between friends, siblings, parents and their children, and other companions. I admire the very strong parabatai bond between William and James. They loved each other so much that they felt so broken without the other. They were both willing to make sacrifices to ensure the happiness of the other, even if it meant living in agony for a lifetime.
On the other hand, I find Cecily and Will's relationship adorable. Cecy was just like her older brother-- headstrong, but with a soft side for those who matter to them. I enjoyed their witty banters and the way Cecily teased Will just to annoy him.
2. Magnus Bane-- Oh, what would the Shadowhunter world be like without him? He was an integral part of both TID and The Mortal Instruments.
3. Reading TID, especially CP2, was like taking a cultural trip. The entire series was mainly set in London, but two of the main characters tend to speak in their native tongues, Chinese and Welsh, from time to time. I cherished those moments, and it made romantic conversations sweeter.
4. (view spoiler)[ Before reading CP2, I already had a hunch that Jem would not die because I looked at the family tree first, and I have read in Tumblr that someone would become a Silent Brother. Although, I still felt the grief when I thought that Jem finally took his last breath. I could not believe it at first, and I kept hoping that there would be some sort of plot twist. But as the story progressed without mentioning Jem, I started to lose hope. So imagine my happiness when Brother Zacharia's hood fell back during the battle in Cadair Idris and revealed Jem's face. However, at some point, I actually wished Jem was really dead because I prefer to have the old James Carstairs imbedded in my memory rather than his strange Silent Brother persona. Thank god for the plot twist in the end! I was really glad that Jem became Jem again even if it meant he was not immortal anymore. (hide spoiler)]
5. I admired Charlotte's character. She was a model of a strong woman that could lead an entire Clave, while still having the tender heart of a mother.
6. (view spoiler)[ Even if most people looked down upon Henry and his devices, he finally managed to create one of the greatest inventions in the Shadowhunting history, with the help of Magnus Bane-- the Portal. (hide spoiler)]
7. Tessa and Will both loved books and were able to communicate with each other through literature, I could relate to that in the sense that books are also a huge part of my life, and someday I want to find a man who shares the same passion as me.
8. At first, I thought Tessa only felt pity for Jem, but then I realized that she truly loved him.
9. All Will and Jem moments are heartwarming and also heartbreaking. (view spoiler)[
Chapter 21: Burning Gold, p.447 "The room was a mass of moving bodies and swinging weapons... [Jem] was aware of Will next to him, matching his stride to Jem's, matching him blow for blow. As metal rang on metal, some inner part of Jem, some part that had been lost without him even knowing it was lost, felt the pleasure of fighting together with Will one last time."
Chapter 23 was the most heartbreaking chapter for me, especially during the supposed-to be last conversation between Jem and Will as parabatai.
p.507 "Will closed his eyes. He could not hear Jem go, not anymore; he did not want to know the moment when he left and Will was alone, did not want to know when his first day as a Shadowhunter without a parabatai truly began. And if the place over his heart, where his parabatai rune had been, flared up with a sudden burning pain as the door closed behind Jem, Will told himself it was only a stray ember from the fire."
I also got teary-eyed during Will's last hours while Jem played his violin again after a long time. I do not usually cry because of books, but that moment was both sad and beautiful that I could not help it. (hide spoiler)]
10. (view spoiler)[ I felt great sadness when Will died. I knew it was inevitable because he was not immortal, and he would eventually die of old age. But when it finally happened, it was surreal because I have always pictured Will Herondale as an indestructible warrior, and death could not touch him. (hide spoiler)]
12. I loved how the story ended. Everybody finally had the chance to find peace and contentment in life. Somehow it reminded me of the ending of How I Met Your Mother.
I still stand with my earlier comment (in Clockwork Angel) that The Infernal Devices is definitely better than TMI (but I still love TMI!). I believe that these three books sufficiently wove a wonderful story that I would always remember. I cannot wait to read more Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare. I am very much looking forward to The Dark Artifices.
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I'm so glad that I decided to read this book. I was still in the Philippines when I saw a copy of it for the first time and it was newly released thenI'm so glad that I decided to read this book. I was still in the Philippines when I saw a copy of it for the first time and it was newly released then. I was somehow drawn to the short summary at the back of the book but I was having second thoughts about buying it at that time because I didn't like the cover. Ironically, it was the same cover design which attracted me to check this book out. I just didn't like the feeling I got while I looked at the cover. The longer I was staring at it the heavier I felt. I thought it would be a heavy kind of story which would make me feel stressed out as I'm reading it. But there was still also that strange pull which urged me to put it at the end of my to-read shelf. When I checked out other people's reviews about it, I got even more intrigued with the story because they gave it good ratings and comments.
Almost every assumptions I made about this book prior to the time I read it turned out to be wrong. I thought it would be another story about fallen angel who fell in love with a mortal, but it was actually about a seraphim (yes, I know it's an angel!) and a chimaera who were trapped in a thousand years war between their ancestors. I really enjoy reading stories about star-crossed lovers especially if there was a deep cause for their problem which involves history, myths and magics that also revolve around the bigger part of their society and not just the two of them. I've read a lot of crappy stories about this type of lovers and I got so fed up with it, I thought I would never be able to find another book that could satisfy me. That was why I was so happy to have read Daughter of Smoke and Bones.
Here are my comments:
1. I've only just read the first page and I instantly got hooked. It was packed with action, mystery and magic from beginning to end.
2. I like the way it was written-- telling the story in the point of view of both the two main characters, though most of it was in Karou's. I especially like the third and fourth parts because the structure of the story was not constantly in a parallel setting anymore. At one point the story was happening in the present then it traveled back to the past just like how Karou was regaining her memory of her previous life. The transition was subtle but smooth, it wasn't difficult to understand.
3. I still don't get the cover design, though. I thought the picture was supposed to describe Karou as Madrigal during the Warlord's party, but the description was very different from it. It was Karou's hair that was color blue, not her mask. That was why I kept on looking at the cover while I was reading. Hahaha!!!
4. I just felt so sad when the portals to Brimstone's office were all burned by the seraphims. I thought that the four gentle chimaeras would still be alive, just trapped in their own world and there would still be a chance for them to be saved. But I got really devastated when I finally understood what Akiva was so sorry about at the end of the book. I grew attached to Brimstone, Issa, Twiga and Yasri that I also felt alone just like Karou when she couldn't get through the magical doors anymore where her family was trapped inside.
5. The book really defied our society's standards of beauty. Who would've thought that having wings and horns would make someone the envy of many creatures?! That was the only aspect of this story that I really couldn't imagine. My mind just refused to picture them. Hahaha!
6. There was actually no specific climax of the story. But it was a good thing, because all the exciting parts and revelations were distributed in the entire book. It was like ambush-- you'd be surprise when there was suddenly a twist in the story.
7. Oh, so that was what the smuggled teeth were for. I didn't see that one coming! And I finally understood why the book was titled that way. I won't say what or why, though, you have to read the story.
8. Weird, but I got so kilig and all-tingly inside when Thiago was looking for Karou in the crowd during the Warlord's party while the latter tried to postpone their meeting by joining the circle of dancers. They were like a young couple playing hide-and-seek, though the feeling wasn't mutual between them. I didn't know why I felt that way, really. :D
9. The story's description of angels was totally different from the stereotype. This book is really not for the really religious people who are not open to other people's perception of angels and monsters.
I could totally include this book to the list of my favorites which includes Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy, Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games series, Richelle Mead's The Vampire Academy saga, and L.J. Smith's books. I am very much looking forward to its sequel, which I hope there would be one because it says at the end, "to be continued...".
**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**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....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**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!...more
Actually, the only reason I bought this book was just to complete my Blue Bloods series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, Blue BlooActually, the only reason I bought this book was just to complete my Blue Bloods series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, Blue Bloods and Masquerade, but I kind of lost my interest in the succeeding books because I got tired of Schuyler and Jack's love story. When I saw this Misguided Angel in Powerbooks, I decided to buy it hoping that it could redeem itself to me...
...And yes, IT DID!!! Blue Bloods used to be my favorite book in the series, but now that I have read Misguided Angel, I had a change of heart.
This book was action-packed and fast-paced. Even at the start it was already heart-pounding, when Jack and Schuyler were trying to escape from the countess who "imprisoned" them. And speaking of Jack and Schuyler, I was so glad that the book didn't dwell with them too much. They had some romantic parts but those were very minimal and just right.
I was so glad that this book actually revolved with Mimi. She was my favorite character ever since due to her strong personality. Even if she used to be reckless and self-centered in the preceeding books, she proved that there was more to her in Misguided Angel. Mimi was elected as the new Reagent of the New York coven since she was the decendant of the Charles, the Regis who was still missing. She was struggling to keep her coven intact despite of the threats of exposing the vampires to the Red Bloods. Even if Mimi's soul was old, she was still trapped in her teenage shell at the moment so most of her jurisdiction didn't trust her capabilities to rule. But she did her best to gain their trust, even if it meant sacrificing her social life.
It was also nice for Mimi and Oliver to work together, setting aside their differences to find a missing vampire, and prevent the coven from disbanding. I was touched by the gesture of Oliver, secretly giving Mimi his talisman, which protected her from the Blood Spell, and in turn, Mimi lowered her pride to thank him sincerely. Who would've thought that could happen?
Bringing a new strong character to the series, in the form of Deming Chen, was like a breathe of fresh air. I've first encountered her character during the Four-Hundred Ball, but I thought she was just another useless character. It turned out that she was one of the greatest Venators in the world and she never failed to solve a crime. She was even willing to sacrifice her own life by doing the Death Walk just to seek the truth.
Sadly, Kingsley Martin was not here, but his name was mentioned a lot of times. It was a relief to know that Oliver found a possible way for Mimi to rescue Kingsley from the subvertio. I really hope that in the succeeding books, Kingsley will be rescued.
To sum it all, this book was amazing---the best in the series so far. Now I'm really looking forward to the next book.
I enjoyed reading this book. At first I had a hard time following the story because it introduced a lot o**spoiler alert** Enter the world of Casters.
I enjoyed reading this book. At first I had a hard time following the story because it introduced a lot of magical terms that I haven't encountered before or never associated to supernatural things like Natural, Cataclyst, etc. But everything was explained as the story went on.
It was my first time to read a book in the point of view of a male protagonist. But sometimes it felt like it was a girl's POV... but I expected that somehow since both authors are female.
I liked how the past seemed to repeat in the present time.
This book was so addicting. I failed to review properly for a few of my exams because I couldn't stop reading... haha!
I just wished Macon didn't die. :(
I think and hope there will be a sequel to this....more
I still wish Finnick didn't die. I'm so emotionally attached to his character. I almost didn't want to read the third**spoiler alert** April 13, 2012
I still wish Finnick didn't die. I'm so emotionally attached to his character. I almost didn't want to read the third part because I knew what will happen to him. I kept hoping that maybe if I read this book again and again Finnick would survive somehow, which I know is impossible. *sigh*
----------------------------------------- First Reading: January 14-23, 2011
I gave this book 5 stars just like the first two books in the series, but I have a different computations for these stars... well, I'll explain furthermore later.
Complete review coming soon. Maybe this weekend. Let me just gather my thoughts :D.
So here is my complete review, written in Filipino for better expression of my feelings.
Review: MOCKINGJAY (Hunger Games # 3)
Gaya nga ng sinabi ko sa paunang review ko dati, binibigyan ko ng 5 bituin ang librong ito, subalit mas mababa kumpara sa dalawang naunang libro dito, ang Hunger Games at Catching Fire. Maganda naman ang kwento, intense pa rin gaya nga ng trade mark ng HG trilogy. Ngunit masyado nga yata itong intense at seryoso para sa panlasa ko.
Heto ang ilan sa mga komento ko:
1. Malalim ang kwentong ito at hindi nga katulad ng ibang mga babasahin na nakapokus lamang sa kwentong pag-ibig. Dito tinatalakay ang iba’t ibang aspeto sa lipunan---politika, sosyal, ekonomikal, etikal. Parang naging background lamang ang love story kaya hindi naging cheesy at gasgas.
2. Nakakaawa talaga ang kalagayan ng Panem sa pangkalahatan. Maraming mga inosente ang nadamay, lalo na ang mga bata. Bagama’t marami akong nababasang review na nagsasabing naging weakling dito si Katniss dahil masyado na raw siyang naging emosyonal, malaki pa rin ang paghanga ko sa kanya. Hindi biro ang mabuhay sa isang magulong kapaligiran at mapasubo sa isang digmaan sa murang edad. Ilang taon na ba si Katniss---16? 17? Isipin mo, sa realidad, maraming mga taong mas matanda pa kay Katniss ang nakaranas ng matinding kasawian sa buhay at nahuhulog sa anino ng depresyon at nahihirapang makabangangon. Kaya naman naiintindihan ko talaga kung may pagkakataon na nagpapadala siya sa kanyang emosyon. Dito ko talaga nakita ang pagiging “tao” ni Katniss. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na hindi siya tao sa dalawang naunang libro. Ngunit sa HG at CF, medyo parang stiff yung karakter niya in the sense na parang umaakto siya na parang laging nasa laban. Oo nga, nasa laban nga siya, pero parang masyadong naging mature ang imahe niya na paraang nakakalimutan ko na na mas bata pa siya sa akin. Dito kasi sa MJ nakita ko na ang pagiging bata niya, ang fragile side niya, na nangangailangan din siya ng kaibigan na mag-aalaga sa kanya.
3. Hindi ko maiwasang mag-reflect tungkol sa kasalukuyan at maging sa kasaysayan ng ating lipunan. Maraming ipinakitang eksena ang MJ na sumasalamin sa kung ano ba talaga ang kalagayan ng mga bansa, hindi lamang ng Pilipinas, maging sa ibang nasyon ay aplikable rin. Nariyan ang pagpapakita na madumi talaga ang politika. Mayroong naglalabang kampo, ang administrasyon at ang oposisyon. Mayroong mga tumitira sa pamahalaan at nagsasama-sama sila upang magrebelde, ngunit kapag napatalsik na ang nasa posisyon, sila-sila mismo na rin ang nagtatalo-talo. Paulit-ulit lang ang siklo--- magpapatalsik ng administrasyon, papalit ang oposisyon, hindi magkakaintindihan, magkakaroon ulit ng bagong oposisyon, away na naman. Kaya nga sa totoo lang, umpisa pa lang nagdududa na rin ako kay Pres. Coin. Naramdaman ko nang may personal na interes din siya sa rebelyong ito.
4. Naawa ako kay Katniss kasi para bang hindi na siya makaalis-alis sa isang laro na hindi naman niya pinangarap na pasukan. Nakalabas nga siya sa Hunger Games, ngunit napasabak naman siya sa isang mas malaking laro na mas maraming buhay ang nakataya. Hindi ko siya masisisi kung pinagdududahan na niya ang lahat ng bagay at may pagkakataon na gusto na niyang umatras. Mahirap nga naman kasing maging isang tau-tauhan lamang at wala kang kontrol sa sarili mong buhay. Bilib nga ako sa kanya kasi tinanggap pa rin niya ang responsibilidad na maging Mockingjay kahit alam niyang mas lalong malalagay sa panganib ang buhay niya. Kung ako ‘yun, hindi ko talaga gagawin.
5. Peeta--- grabeng trauma ang naranasan niya sa mga kamay ni Pres. Snow. Sa totoo lang, nasaktan din ako para kay Katniss noong hindi siya makilala ni Peeta bilang kaibigan, sa halip ay isang mutt. Naramdaman ko yung longing ni Katniss para kay Peeta, tapos noong nagkita na sila, masama na ang tingin ni Peeta sa kanya. Medyo nadismaya ako para kay Peeta dito. Na-appreciate ko naman dati ang pagiging tender-hearted niya at peace-loving, kaso iba ang ideya ko para sa karakter ni Peeta pagdating dito sa huling libro. Umasa ako na kasama siyang lumalaban at hindi na magiging pabigat kay Katniss. Teka, teka… baka sugurin na ako ng mga Peeta lovers… Hindi ko naman sinasabi na pabigat, pabigat si Peeta kay Katniss. Pero kasi diba, sa lahat ng desisyon ni Katniss isinasaalang-alang niya si Peeta. Kahit na alam nilang lahat na mas magagawa ni Katniss ang misyon niya kung wala si Peeta, mas pinili pa rin ni Katniss na isalba si Peeta. Teka, teka ulit… maka-Peeta rin naman ako… mahal na mahal ko rin siya… pero sa praktikal na dahilan lamang ang sinasabi ko. “Well, that’s love,” ika nga. Kahit alam mong delikado gagawin mo pa rin ang lahat para mailigtas ang taong mahal mo. Sa bagay kung nasa katayuan naman ako ni Katniss hindi ko rin magagawang iwan na lamang si Peeta para mamatay.
6. Gale--- Sabi ko dati wala akong pakialam kay Gale kasi parang hindi ako naka-identify sa karakter niya. Pero ngayon sa MJ, mas nagustuhan ko na siya. Kahit marami na akong nabasang kwento na nahulog ang loob ng lalaki sa best friend niya, nagustuhan ko pa rin ang karakter ni Gale. Malaki ang papel talaga niya, hindi lamang sa pamilya ni Katniss, maging sa rebolusyon.
7. Johanna--- Hindi ko naman akalain na magugustuhan ko rin ang karakter niya. Akala ko isa siyang bossy na tao… well, medyo ganoon nga siya, pero okay naman siya. Naawa ako sa kanya noong sinabi niya dati sa CF na wala nang maipapamblack-mail sa kanya ang Capitol kasi wala na siyang pamilyang natitira. Nanghinayang din ako na bumagsak siya sa pagsusulit para maging sundalo na ipapadala sa Capitol dahil hindi niya nalampasanan ang worst fear niya. Kaya pala takot siya sa tubig kas iyon ang ginamit na pang-torture sa kanya noon.
8. Finnick--- Ohmygoodness!!! Sa totoo lang parang si Finnick ang pinakagusto kong lalaki sa trilogy na ito. Sa CF pa lang nakuha na talaga niya ang lob ko. Feeling ko talaga gwapo siya. Actually, sinabi naman talaga na may looks siya kaya maraming nahuhumaling sa kanya. Kaso nga lang, ang kagwapuhan din niya ang naging dahilan kung bakit siya ibinebenta ni Pres. Snow sa mga Capitol. Na-shock din ako sa mga kwento niya tungkol kay Pres. Snow. Tumagos din talaga sa akin yung pagmamahal niya para kay Annie. Kahit na medyo unstable na ang pag-iisip ni Annie, mahal na mahal pa rin niya ito. Kaya nga sobrang saya ko noong kinasal sila. Kaso talaga, NAMATAY SI FINNICK!!! Ay nako, parang shocked na shocked talaga ako noong nabasa ko ang part na ‘yun. Grabe, hindi ko naman akalain na mamamatay siya. I mean, key player siya sa libro, tapos bigla na lang siyang namatay. Sabagay, marami naman nang key characters ang namatay. Pero sobrang na BV (bad vibes) talaga ako sa part na ito. Sabi ko pa sa sarili ko, “Syet, ayoko nang tapusin, wala na si Finnick!”. Actually, ilang araw din akong di naka-get over doon. May time na nakaupo lang ako, tapos bigla kong maiisip na namatay si Finnick. BV talaga!!! BV!!!
9. So akala ko talaga simbolo na ng hope ang District 13. Siguro nga naging refuge ito ng mga taong nawalan ng matutuluyan. Pero noong nalaman ko na nakipag-deal sila sa Capitol na hindi na sila titirahin basta magpapangap sila na natalo na ang district nila… ay!
10. Nagdalawang-isip din ako noong tinanong ni Pres. Coin ang mga natitirang victors kung papayag sila na magkaroon ulit ng Hunger Games para pagbayarin ang mga pamilya ng mga taong naging involved sa pagkakatatag ng HG. Nagulat lang ako na pumayag si Katniss na magkaroon ng isa pang HG. Pakiramdam ko kasi hindi na siya papayag dahil alam niya kung gaano kahirap iyon. Pero, may point din naman yung iba na tamang ipadanas din sa mga taga-Capitol ang HG. Actually, ang una at ang pinaninindigan kong opinion talaga ay ang hindi na magkaroon pa ng bagong HG, kahit na para sa game makers pa yan. Kasi kapag naulit ulit ito, parang wala na rin silang kaibahan sa mga game makers na ang layunin lang ay pumatay. Hindi ba ang original na dahilan ng pagkakabuo ng HG ay para ipaalala sa mga tao na hindi nila kayang pataubin ang Capitol? Eh, kung natuloy ang HG ni Coin, parang ag aim din nila ay magpaalala. Kaya mas nagustuhan ko nga na hindi na tuloy ito, at namatay si Coin.
11. Ang dami talagang namatay na hindi ko inaasahang mamatay, maliban pa kay Dear Finnick. Nalungkot din ako noong namatay na si Boggs kasi naging attached na rin ako sa kanya kahit papaano. At si Prim! Akala ko naman safe na si Prim. Sana nabuhay na lang siya. Bilib din ako sa kanya kasi buti pa siya kahit bata pa lang may pangarap nang maging manggagamot, samantalang ako kumukuha na ng pre-med pero di ko pa rin sigurado kung gusto ko ba talaga ang ginagawa ko. Sayang talaga siya. Si Cinna naman, kahit na alam kong noong CF pa lang ay patay na siya, nalulungkot pa rin ako sa pagkawala niya. Nakaka-touch naman nab ago siya mapatay ay naisipan na niyang gumawa ng mga damit para kay Katniss sakaling pumayag siyang maging Mockingjay. Amazing kung paano niya na-anticipate ang pwedeng magyari, tulad ng maliit na bulsa sa balikat ng uniform ni Katniss na pwedeng paglagyan ng nightlock.
12. Medyo nabitin lang ako sa ending. Nasanay kasi ako sa bonggang happy ending. Well, happy ending nga naman itong MJ, kaso parang may trace pa rin ng kalungkutan. Naiintindihan ko naman ‘yun dahil ganoon talaga ang tema ng buong trilogy. Nakakatuwang malaman na nagkaroon pala ng anak sina Annie and Finnick, pero nakakapanghinayang din kasi di na nakita ‘yun ni Finnick. Nagkaroon din ng anak sina Peeta and Katniss. Hindi ko ine-expect ‘yun dahil lagging sinasabi dati ni Katniss na ayaw niyang magkaanak. Pero since wala na ngang Hunger Games, siguro okay na nga na bumuo na sila ng pamilya. Actually, noon pa ako nagwi-wish na magkaroon sila ng anak, mula pa noong nagpanggap sila na buntis si Katniss sa CF. Pero ngayon na may anak na sila, parang hindi ako na-satisfy. Ewan ko kung bakit. Hindi rin ako natuwa na parang wala nang konklusyon para kay Gale. Siguro nga may pahapyaw nasinabi kung nasaan na si Gale, pero ganoon na lang ba iyon? Weird din na bigla na lang bumalik sa ending si Effie. Akala ko namatay na siya.
Nakakalungkot mang isipin, pero tapos na nga ang Hunger Games trilogy. Sobrang naging attached ako sa kwentong ito, at gaya ng ng sinabi ko sa review ko ng CF, mahihirapan akong makahanap ng ibang libro na makakatapat sa lakas ng impak na naidulot sa akin ng series na ito. Sa pangkalahatan, ang Catching Fire ang pinakanagustuhan ko---tamang timpla lang para sa panlasa ko.
Hay, sabi ko pa naman kaunti lang ang masasabi ko dahil pakiramdam ko nasabi ko na lahat sa CF review ko. Hindi ko naman akalain na marami pa akong komento. Anong magagawa ko, maganda nga talaga ang series na ito kaya hindi ko papalampasin ang pagkakataon na gumawa ng review para dito. Hindi ko talaga pinagsisisihan na binili ko nang isang bagsakan ang trilogy na ito kahit na wala talaga ito sa original budget ko.
Paalam Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Prim, Haymitch, Finnick Dear, at sa lahat ng karakter na nag-iwan ng matinding marka sa pagkatao ko. ...more
My goodness, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! I stayed up late last night (well, itABDJAHSFLSDMV;XCMVPDFGJKER;G,;DFB,MH;RTKW;MD;AM!!!!!!!!!!!!
My goodness, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! I stayed up late last night (well, it was 4 AM actually) just to finish this book. I told myself that I would reserve three more chapters to read when I wake up, but I couldn't resist I finished it! I've seen the movie version of this first before I read the book and I thought it was awesome. In fact, I've watched it thrice already, the last time was yesterday. But when I read the book, oh boy, the movie was nothing compared to it. I realized how much of the book was changed and a lot of exciting scenes were not included. It was amazing how many adventures were jam-packed in just one book. It was like I've read three different stories in one book. I was so hooked with this book I even dreamt some parts of it. The last time I felt like this was when I read the Hunger Games trilogy last January. I missed the feeling of being so attached with a book that I couldn't wait to go to my room early in the evening to read (I prefer reading at night because there are less distractions).
1. I got excited whenever Sirius was mentioned. I felt like I was seeing my father for the first time after years of being away from each other. Mind you, I still live with my real parents and I see them everyday, but that was what I felt while reading the story.
2. I was so touched at the part where the champions were supposed to meet their family before the third task and Harry thought nobody would visit him, but it turned out Mrs. Weasley and Bill came to see him. I was like, "aaawww..." :). I really love the Weasleys.
3. I liked Viktor Krum. Hahaha!!!
4. Of course, I also liked Cedric Diggory! :D
5. J.K. Rowling loves the word "reckon". I've encountered it a lot of times in the series. Now, that's my favorite word. Hahaha :).
Oh, well, my review was probably useless since a lot of people have read the entire series before me. I just wanted to vent my thoughts because I might burst any minute now. Hahaha :)! I had various comments while I was reading the book but I was so elated I couldn't put them into words. I couldn't wait to buy the fifth book. I wish it's still available in bookstores. :) ...more
I really love this book! I saw this in National Bookstore Trinoma, and it was on sale so I bought it.
The first time I saw this book, I was doubtful tI really love this book! I saw this in National Bookstore Trinoma, and it was on sale so I bought it.
The first time I saw this book, I was doubtful to buy it because I didn't like the summary at the back. I thought the story would be so shallow, and I don't like main characters who wear baggy outfits. It was stated there that Schuyler wears baggy clothes, unlike most of the children in her school. I thought it would be another mushy and vain story where the setting is on a high-end city like New York. But I was wrong! I liked how the story was written. There were a lot of revelations and back stories. And I also liked how the story revolved not just with only one person, but it showed the different sides of different characters--- their struggles, their thoughts, etc.
It was so funny that I couldn't pronounce Schuyler's name properly at first. At thought it was "Shuyler", andw then I read the book, and saw that Oliver called her "Sky", so now I assume that it's supposed to be read as "Sky-ler". Oh, well, I hope I'm right.
I love this book so I'm going to buy all the other books in the series. :D
Well, is it true that Melissa de la Cruz is a Filipina? It was written in the book that she lived in Manila... well, I hope. You go, girl!...more