This is kinda like a cross between Buffy and The Mortal Instruments series.
Despite the girl on the cover, I couldn't help but picture Sarah Michelle G...moreThis is kinda like a cross between Buffy and The Mortal Instruments series.
Despite the girl on the cover, I couldn't help but picture Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role (younger though, considering Evie is just 16). Her attitude and quirks remind me very much of the early years of Buffy, though obviously nowhere near up to the genius level of Joss Whedon. No offense.
Evie is a seemingly one-of-a-kind bagger and tagger of paranormals imbued with a special ability that helps her track them down. She works for the IPCA, International Paranormal Containment Agency, who keeps tabs on all paranormal activity.
She has a weapon that she calls by a pet name, Tasey, reminiscent of Buffy's Mr Pointy. Not to mention, the love interest with an angelic face and a dark side; although, this one happens to be a faerie. Then there's the other love interest who is not quite human and the paranormal best friend.
There's also a blonde evil girl who is obsessed with "shiny" things. I always picture the key-obsessed Glory from Buffy season five.
Oh and there's also the middle aged man obsessed with medieval culture who trains her in combat skills, although he really only shows up at the beginning.
Sound familiar? Despite it's similarities to a certain previously named pop culture icon, the characters are very easy to fall for. And if you like said vampire slaying goddess, you will love Evie (who job doesn't involve slaying per se, just containment).
She also has eyebrow envy like Clary from the Mortal Instruments. It's not exactly central to the story, but it gave me a bit of Deja Vu.
This was a first novel and usually it is obvious. The story overall was a light read and mildly exciting. Not near as much so as Buffy or Mortal Instruments, but reminiscent of both (some might say copycat). Even if you aren't familiar with those, you might still enjoy this book. Especially if you're into paranormal.(less)
Yeah. So maybe Matthew Fox from Lost isn't exactly the person you had in mind when you thought about...moreOh no. You've awakened the beast. It's Jackniss!!
Yeah. So maybe Matthew Fox from Lost isn't exactly the person you had in mind when you thought about who they might cast as Katniss in The Hunger Games, but I was inspired to create that after I saw this site called Jackimals. You might want to wait to visit it, though, because it can suck you in like an unexplained time warp flash.
I was also inspired to create the Jackniss after I read a discussion that deeply disturbed me.
Somewhere, possibly on Goodreads, I read that someone thought the Lost writers should get involved in writing the Hunger Games script. What!?!? Forget the genius Suzanne Collins, let's give it to the guys who left the greatest mystery in all of TV history completely unexplained. Don't get me wrong. I love Lost and appreciate it greatly, but they really explained nothing in terms of the plot. But don't even get me started on that - Circuits overloading. Bzzzt. *sparks*
Both Lost and Hunger Games are great character stories, but Hunger Games needs plot. It cannot do without. That's obviously not going to happen since Suzanne has already written the script, but just play along for a second.
Here's how I think it would go...
Katniss is being chased by one of the mutts who suddenly turns into the smoke monster, which gobbles her up in flashes of lightning and the sound of mechanical teeth grinding while playing a flashback of her life in the District. It quickly chokes her back up realizing she's a candidate to replace Jacob but she's in such shock from the experience that she lays down and dies, with a stunning close-up of her eye closing. Roll credits.
Now, if you haven't read The Hunger Games yet, I won't even try to justify why you should. You just should. This is just one of those books that someone says "This book is AMAZING." Then, you take their word for it and read it.
And seriously, WHY haven't you read it yet?
This is the kind of book that is so awesome in a completely thrilling and demented and emotional and shocking way that it makes you want to bang your head against the wall while throwing fairy dust in joy. Two things that I have done in the past, but never before at the same time. That's how powerful this book is.
After that, it makes you want to cry. Cry like a little baby. Like a little baby in it's crib. Then scream. Scream like a frikkin banshee with a frikkin laser beam on it's forehead.
Before I read this, I had a friend who told me that this book was 100 times better than Twilight. (I'd say that it's actually more like a gorgonzolazillion times better and don't ask me the exact amount that represents. Let's just call it "To infinity and beyond.") She also said that it was going to be an even bigger phenomenon than Twilight. I was like "Hah!" Let's face it, it can get ridiculous with the Fangirl mobbing and the crying. But I concur. I think this WILL be bigger than Twilight and obviously better. Maybe even Oscar worthy. I certainly hope so, anyway.
I know that I said I wouldn't try and talk you into reading this book but I honestly can't help it. I'm not sure that I'm doing a great job at it, though. Let's try a little visual aid.
Here is an artist's rendering of our heroine, Katniss Everdeen:
And here's the gorgeous young lady who has been cast. Jennifer Lawrence.
She may not seem like the spitting image of the girl from the book, but there is such a thing as hair dye and dirt. And and there is Photoshop, of course. So here is a pic that someone made and posted online of Jennifer as Katniss. It may change your mind.
And this side by side.
All right, besides the oversized cartoon eye, she is pretty damn close. Well, I'm convinced. How bout you?
As if that wasn't enough, you can see some examples of what Jennifer would look like in the many outfits of Katniss: HERE
Also, here's the artists version of Peeta, our hero.
I know that a lot of people would disagree but, to me, this guy is Peeta.
And just so everyone knows - The Hunger Games is currently on sale for just 5 dollars on Kindle.
I'm not sure how long the sale will last, though. I already own the book but I am seriously considering buying the Kindle edition just for the hell of it. This is absolutely one of my all time favorite books!!(less)
You know how with some books, every few words you're like,"Ooooh, ostentatious, that's a good word. Oh, guttersnipe, that's another good word."
Well, t...moreYou know how with some books, every few words you're like,"Ooooh, ostentatious, that's a good word. Oh, guttersnipe, that's another good word."
Well, this isn't one of those books.
Not like that's a bad thing. I just mean that it's a very quick and easy read. Prose that's not exactly lyrical, but also not anywhere near boring.
"Into every generation she is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness reapers; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number capture of human souls. She is the Slayer Preliator."
Chosen One who battles darkness with the help of her "Angelic" love interest and nerdy friends. Does the plot of Angelfire sound familiar at all? It should.
Fire - Bad. Angel - Preeeeetty.
Now just throw some angels and some stuff about Heaven and Hell and battling the forces of Hell.
New rule. You steal my storyline, you get punched!
Oh, that sounds familiar too?
This seems to be heavily influenced by Buffy, which in my case... well, I just can't freaking help it: I love it. I drink it up like chocolate from a chocolate fountain. If there is a chosen one and beastie fighting, I am all over it. Yet, Angelfire lacks the humor and refinement of Buffy, so it ends up being more similar to Mortal Instruments in tone and maturity.
With the exception of my absolute love of the show Supernatural, I've never really gotten into the whole heaven-vs-hell thing. Luckily, this one appears to be easy on the preach. I know some people zone out when God and Lucifer get brought out, but I felt this on was lighter on that aspect than most. It focused much more on the angels and the Fallen, instead of "Heaven, blah, blah, blah. God, blah, blah, blah."
Very cliched, very typical YA. Yes, our main character, named Ellie, is a bit of a Mary Sue and her guardian Will has a major Hero complex, but (God help me) maybe that isn't always the worst thing in the world. Especially when you just want to escape for a while.
Will, whom Ellie looks at with "a certain fondness deep in her heart," is older than most YA hero types as an early twenty-something. Being in my mid-twenties, this was much appreciated and made me feel like less of a Pedobear than usual.
If you weren't a fan of Twilight or the original Mortal Instruments, then you may not like this either. But if you loved those (and I know many of you do), then you'll probably love this series too. In the end, I liked it but wasn't overly impressed.
It's a zombie page-turner. The kind where you zone out and can't believe how little time seemed to go by in so many pages. But maybe that's just me. Any mention of a "chosen one" and I'm gone. Simple language, simple story but it's all simply fun. I was underwhelmed by the character development but overwhelmed with enjoyment for this world that feels so familiar.
My not-very-reliable theory about how this book came into existance: Buffy and Supernatural had a baby who ended up being raised by Seventh Heaven after it's parents were killed by demons. Sounds believable, right?