Yeah. That was pretty much my reaction at the end.
Words can't really even express how greatful I am that I actually went in and picked this up even though it felt awkward asking at the counter for a children's book. Was it just me or did it feel like it was geared towards adults too? Maybe because in the end we could all learn a lesson.
It was cute, creative, inspirational. I'm sure nothing I say is going to top some of the reviews, infact check out some of the reviews that touched me under who recommended it to me some friend reviews that I found really wonderful. The pictures I could gush about for days on end, they are stunning. It's like when you find an old vase thats a hundred years old but gorgeous. Who knew simple could be so dashing? The story itself is also powerful. Now I know most of you are going to say "I don't like sad stories" or "I heard it will make you cry". If anything this has in a wierd way a inspirational ending.
If your afraid to read this, please don't. I waited for awhile, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. If you ever lost someone this will definately touch you. I lost my brother-in-law who was like my brother when I was 17 years old. Infact the night he got into his motorcycle accident, I was suppose to have lunch with him and my dad. My dad offered him to take his truck cause he thought it was going to rain and he refused. I refused to go over something petty vouching to stay at home watching a movie (passion of the christ ironically), because they were moving away and I was sad my sister was moving an hour away. When my dad got home though I told him to tell my brother that we'd all have dinner next week. I never saw him again. I didn't find out till 4 hours later.
He was working and couldn't make it to my nephew's 2nd birthday yesterday and was bringing home a gift for him. My nephew will never know his dad now and I suppose I always felt kinda guilty about throwing such a hissy fit about my sister moving on with her life. I was stupid.
ANYHOW, back to the point, I LOVED a monster's calls stories even though some of them I think we're kinda morbid and I think had a twisted logic. It told another truth as well. People are not always black and white. There is a grey area, whats so hard. You have to accept that you are a good person and you can be selfish too. It's okay to embrace the loneliness, grief, or whatever you are going through. To TELL the truth even if you don't want to admit it to yourself. I'm sure there is a lot that we don't want to admit to themselves.
The hardest person to tell the truth to is yourself. You can be your own worse enemy and critic. I love how it reminds me of Scrooge's three tales, I use to love that christmas story and this is a nice little twist. It's a book I'm sure is going to withstand time and become a classic. I even added this to my favorites shelf which is hard for me to do period. Even if you haven't lost someone, read this book. It really is a powerful simple tale. I'll be giving it to my sister when I go see her on thanksgiving, she reads like me and I think she will really appreciate this one.
Amazing. Honestly I can't really get very detailed with this review as far as details because I read it awhile ago, but I will say this. It definately...moreAmazing. Honestly I can't really get very detailed with this review as far as details because I read it awhile ago, but I will say this. It definately was way more entertaining then I thought it would be.
A very spiritual book I want to say. About the afterlife and what happens after death. Your soul. What it means to die and values on the belief that when you "die" your never really gone that your soul is immortal. It kind of reminded me of The Immortal series ALOT, but condensed into one book. That and it was more realistic, no making tuliups appear out of thin air or unrealistic death defying romances either.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot which means its still sitting on my shelf. That says something because there the only ones that I could read again in the top 50. It was just different, and it was a nice fresh of air from the standard books I was reading. Vampire/werewolf love stories, faeries, demon & angels get kinda old after awhile. It touched me on a personal level.
If your looking for something more on the spiritual/mystery side, pick it up. You won't be dissapointed. It was an amazing journey.(less)
Read VA first book Review. I will have summed up everything about what I feel about the entire series and each book. It's too much to go back and writ...moreRead VA first book Review. I will have summed up everything about what I feel about the entire series and each book. It's too much to go back and write a complete review about every single book in seperate reviews. Too much happens. Too many words. Fin.(less)
**spoiler alert** 4 Stars. I don't even know where to start. Everything is all jumbled up in my head and I'm still recovering from the electrical shoc...more**spoiler alert** 4 Stars. I don't even know where to start. Everything is all jumbled up in my head and I'm still recovering from the electrical shock. If you finished Mockingjay recently, then obviously you must know what I'm going through. The words everyone use describe it well. Emotional drained? Yup, sounds about right. I don't think I've ever felt this way about a book since Harry Potter. So I give you credit for actually suprising me Collins, that in itself is an amazing feat. I'll start with the pro's and con's about the whole book and then my own analysis on the whole series.
The PRO'S What I liked in the beginning, was when they rescued Peeta. Of course he came back kinda wacko and at first I was happy because I thought Gale definately had no competition now (guilty?). Strangely I liked the wierd Peeta better then the original, go figure? It surely left him with more sympathy and he grew on me a little. There was also more Gale in it. Everything he said usually was spot on how I felt. For example, when he meets Kat in the kitchen and she kisses him, he explains that she only kisses him when they are in pain is so true. When does Kat ever kiss any of them? Usually when they have been whipped or beaten by peacekeepers or in combat right? Gale was like the voice of reason to me in that he was the only one I consider not unstable. Sure he had his temper but his mind was on the bigger picture that Kat kept forgetting. Freedom.
Boggs. I like him more in this book, he becomes a great character. Also Johanna as I quote from my status you can see she adds the elements of humor like Finnick. More action with the actual rebellion going on fighting mutations, disguises, betrayals, sickness, deaths upon deaths of loved ones, famine, etc. All that comes with war made it very real. I know many people are going to hate me for this, but I found Prim's death essential to the story. Shocking but crucial, it made for a powerful message. That war is unrelentless no matter who you are, and that humankind has a knack for their own self destruction for power. I got it. When she said yes to the hunger games I was BESIDE myself like how could you do that? And then she turned and shot Coin. Then I got it. I still question but I do believe she wanted to gain Coin's trust in some way, so that she could kill her.
When Coin sent in Peeta for him to kill her, I knew thats when Coin was going to become the new Snow. It was inevitable. I'm hoping that Katniss killed Coin because of that and not because of just her sister. Still it was one of the best parts of the whole book for me. I was finally like way to go Katniss!
The CON's In the beginning of this book, I fully expected any questions of being the mockingjay would override any conflicting feelings she feels about district 13 or Coin for the time being. I could take the self-pitying even her endless non-empathy for the two boys, but the crazy thing is it never really stopped. Katniss turned into a different version of herself, which was the scary part. The constant talks of suicide just made me want her to die in the end, and then I felt guilty for it. One thing that quirked me which I know most of you can agree on is her constant anger at Peeta even after all he suffered for her.
Haymitch was right to get mad at her for that, after she kept trying to kill him. I mean when she thought Peeta had been taken before he did she tried to kill him, now she threatens to kill him constantly. Even gives him a suicide pill thinking it might be best and then sends him off to do a distraction the most dangerous thing possible, and is pretty much like oh well. Finnick dies and I'm sadden by it, it was a loss that was pretty pointless really. Just another face to add to the death tolls though.
Then there is her playing both sides. Again, Gale states what is possibly the truest thing said in the book,
"Oh, I do know. Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can't survive without." Pg. 329
She even says herself he says it as if she will pick who can keep her alive. This brings me to the part that took me hardest to adjust, it wasn't bad but the reason why it was dissapointing was the HOW it ended felt kinda forced on Kat. But I admit personally I was hoping for a different one as well. Personal preference. I would have preferred Gale dying, Peeta dying or even Katniss dying herself. But no, it didn't happen.
The ending for me was confusing, it was like when your trying a new food for the first time and you roll it around you mouth savoring it trying to decide what you think. At first you like it, then you realize you don't its just not to your taste so you don't continue to eat it but it leaves a bitter aftertaste in your mouth. I did start to like Peeta in book two, infact I would have been happy about her getting married & running off to have children if it weren't for the simple fact that it felt again, like it was forced.
Katniss never really chooses. Gale abandons her I guess? They just dismiss him like he wasn't an important part of Kat's upbringing & life. I would understand if she chose Peeta willingly and Gale was so hurt he had to live elsewhere like her mother chooses to stay away. But there would be a confrontation about it, because it was so out of Gale's character to just go. Unless he felt like killing Coin was undeemable. There are so many unanwsered questions.
Such as, if he did why didnt he shoot her? Obviously you don't just not talk to or stop caring about someone who you claim is your "oldest friend". He always talked about how petty it was and he'd always be her friend. It's also wierd that the only thing she had the adasity to say is that he's probably kissing someone else now, oh well. That's the only comment given. I admit I liked Gale best because Peeta may have been her soft dandelion, but Gale was her rock. In the story, Gale made her tougher. He helped her out of the depths while Peeta just held her and gave her kisses.
Again, I would have been fine with it if the choice wasn't actually made for her. I feel like Katniss was manipulated again even if she chose Peeta out of convenience. Then when I have the courage to accept this (cry poor gale) she makes the statement while watching her children play,
"Peeta wanted them so badly. I was consumned by terror that felt as old as life itself. Only the joy of holding her in my arms could tame it. Carrying him was a little easier, but not much." PG. 389
Doesn't really make me feel secure about their future. I just feel like yes war does change you. It may make you have the nightmares. But I felt like Peeta was definately unstable and so was Kat. Gale made more sense because he was solid that she could rely on. I don't hate Peeta, I just didn't like that it seemed like most the time in the past book, she just went with whatever happened. Besides the incident with Coin, I was disapointed. I don't expect superwoman but even the Kat in Hunger games with all that trouble, didn't break down. She had already killed people.
I gave it a 4 instead of 5 due to personal reasons. It was a great series Collins, for being as shocking as it was. It's definately going on my favorites desk even after an hour of thinking it over, I still don't have half my questions anwsered. Regardless of its flaws and my OBVIOUS complete heartbreak (no joke) from the ending, have to say it was a great experience to read your series but it did leave me with an empty hollow emotional drainage feeling.(less)
Dear Goodread users, Now I want to get everything off my chest while its still fresh in my mind. O...M...G, here goes nothing.
So there was more...moreDear Goodread users, Now I want to get everything off my chest while its still fresh in my mind. O...M...G, here goes nothing.
So there was more kissing going on in this book then the first one even though a lot of it was fake. Gale actually steps up to the plate. I'm constantly torn between Peeta/Gale on an emotional roller coaster ride where I feel like I'm never going to get off with Katniss constant questions and indecisiveness about the whole "No marry or kids" deal. Gale won me over when he got whipped and she finally recognized his affections and actually kissed him back, geez its about time!? Making a decision supposedly. Just when I'm about to dawn my "GALE PWNS1!" T-Shirt, Peeta does a sneak attack. It's not that I hated Peeta ever, but I never thought I'd like him. Up until this book sad to say, when he said "one day you'll be a good mother" and gave her that locket. AWWW...curse you evil good-doing peeta. I shall never forgive you. My mind kept going to Team Gale then to Team Peeta until I felt like my brains got fried then left luke-warm in the microwave. It's true they are too likable that either one will do, although I sadly admit so far Peeta has sacrificed more for Katniss. The whole time I'm feeling my heart split down the middle and I'm thinking WHY cant the girl have them both!!?? Why choose? Enough said. More love to go around.
New characters are added to this book. Some I'm eh about and some I could gobble up like chocolate pudding. Finnick, Finnick....Finnick. Did I mention Finnick? For some reason I really like this overly cheesy merman that likes sugar cubes and shellfish. I really hope they keep him in the series for my amusement. President Snow is not new character however you get more personal interactions from him. He is evil and deliciously good at doing so which is why I adore him. A very good villain even though Katniss described him smelling of blood on his lips make you think of true blood? Hello, He's no eric northman. Johanna also was a nice addition. I like her spunk but she didn't get much in the plotline as much as I would have hoped.
The Quell wow okay I didn't see that one coming. WRONG. Even though it was predictable that Kat goes back into the arena again (I mean hello it is called the hunger GAMES series right?) because what else would you write your second book about? People getting whipped and being covered in tuliups and daisies? Uhh..no. Somehow I knew Peeta & Kat were going to go back to the arena again because how else was Snow going to get rid of them? He had to do it in a way that was convient and looked like "bad luck" perfect timing aye? Besides, the reaping was what made the first book SO succesful. Why not create it again?
Then there is the issue of the revolutions going on. He thinks if he can kill them off that it will solve all his problems, I get this. What I want to ask people is this. Did any of you when Kat & Peeta were trying to save each other's lives think why didn't Haymitch take Peeta's spot, and kat's mother volunteer for her? I feel like Kat does ALL this sacrificing worrying about her whole family but its like the family doesn't do anything back. Mag volunteered for Annie because she was 80 and older. I just know that if I were a mother and my daughter got a death sentence and I WAS allowed to go instead, I'd rather it be me then her measly 17 years of life. Anyone tell me why this isnt a valid point?
Regardless of this all, I really enjoyed the Quell, the whole book. I know it was most peoples least favorite supposedly but I honestly couldn't put it down. It was nice to have the arena back even if it wasn't as much as a bloodbath as the first one. I hope in the third book however there aren't so many lies (I'm pregnant! Im married! I'm in love with XYZ! I had sex with prims goat! Ok maybe not that one..) and Kat can be more of the rebel leader and herself as she wants to be now that shes free of the capitols grasp. I can't wait to read Mockingjay for the ending was AWESOME. Simply because it was a cliffhanger and I was left there with my mouth open like "UH, WHAT?" Suzanne Collins you did not just do that!
Regardless it might have had negative points in my review, but overall it was a good book and I did enjoy it. I cant wait to read Mockingjay even though I've heard bad & good on it. Hopefully I can overcome my confusion on Peeta vs. Gale.
P.S. Peeta better not die or I will kill you write you a mean letter. Seriously, though I doubt they would kill him off. Hes too good.
5 Stars!! Alright so I just finished the book yesterday so I wanted to spit out my review while it was still fresh. I'm not going to lie I passed this...more5 Stars!! Alright so I just finished the book yesterday so I wanted to spit out my review while it was still fresh. I'm not going to lie I passed this book up many times because its cover, it never really was anything exciting looking but then you never judge a book on its cover right? So jokes on me. When I first started reading it, I did notice a lot of plotholes in the book. I know people say this is an original idea but its kind of like the movie Avatar even though the story has been done so many times, it has its own unique twist to it but Avatar was still a popular movie. I can't lie, I thoroughly enjoyed it especially when I got to the midway point.
First, the characters. I actually found some things came as a shock to me in Hunger games and if you can judge from my previous reviews that is VERY rare for me. I can usually guess the outcome of what characters are going to do. Now, if you read my status updates you'll see what I mean about Peeta. First I liked him alot, then I hated him, then I liked him again, and now I'm conflicted. WTH? I know people are probably doing the Team Peeta/Team Gale thing even though I didn't find much romance in this book. I mean (view spoiler)[Peeta & Katniss seemed liked they were putting on a show. I know Peeta supposedly loved her but he NEVER told her he meant it for real, Haymitch never really spelt it out to her. You can read her questioning peeta's real motives. (hide spoiler)]. That part really screwed with my mind having me say WHAT? HUH? It felt like it was mind games instead of any romance. All I can hope for is theres more of a love story for Katniss in book #2 simply to add a new element. The character of Rue was also one of my favorites dont know why but she just unique to me. I found the actual games my favorite part of this story.
The hilarious part is I love both Gale & Peeta equally and usually I just go for the the underdog. But both characters I find are unique and somewhat likable. Hunger games is a fun adventure and you'll definately be unable to put the book down when the battle begins. It's kinda twisted and reminds me of gladiator in the fact with its brutality. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book and found out what happens after the games and where the story can possibly go after this seeing as how the game is actually over. I really do hope there is more actual romance and less confusion on that part with the lying deal it drove me nuts. That's my only complaint. No fakeness but the REAL deal, and hopefully Katniss despite the capitols control will be able to show her TRUE colors soon. But otherwise, I really loved this book and if you have passed it up you shouldn't go read it today.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really enjoyed this book more then I thought I was going too. It almost had like a moral tale to the whole storyline and how humanity is more then j...moreI really enjoyed this book more then I thought I was going too. It almost had like a moral tale to the whole storyline and how humanity is more then just preserving your life but actually living it the way you want too and that we can survive on hope. That sometimes truth can hurt but its better to know then to be just ignorant. It touched me on an intellectual level that most books can't get out of me anymore with their whos dating who drama.
I wish they could have dealt more with character development with Elder. Amys past was pretty much brought up alot and her story but Elder's didn't really go into more detail which is a shame because even so I really did like him. Harley was my favorite however, I LOVED harley's character. His sorrow and his quirky personality. Even when he (view spoiler)[commited suicide in the end. I kinda felt it fit well with the story, that he could be with kayleigh again that way (hide spoiler)]. I REALLY loved the world no matter how morbid and twisted it was. This is definately going on one of my FAVORITE books however the only reason why I gave it a 4 was because it didn't go more into detail about the past as much as I hoped. I really wish this were a series! If anyone knows if she's going to come out with another book like this let me know. It says #1 so I'm hoping?
Normally I'm not a sci-fi type of gal, but this REALLY intrigued me. Great Job. Especially the ending. The only thing that I also was waiting for was more romantic scenes in this book but overall it was pretty good. I couldn't put the book down so obviously it grabbed my attention WITHOUT the over-dramatic love triangles or obsessive mysterious going on in books you read now (shift, house of night, twilight, etc.) I loved that she kept it simple but not boring. I really hope if you read this you'll decide to make this book a series...and a book where they wake up on centauri-earth. The main story was that hope was there for something and as long as they had that, they would live and not just survive and that there is a difference between the two.
Here's my hope for book number two....=) I'll be waiting for that one for sure. Great Job Beth Revis.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
If you are reading Halo, Fallen, Hush Hush or any other crap fallen angel bull thats going around lately. STOP! Just put that book down right now and...moreIf you are reading Halo, Fallen, Hush Hush or any other crap fallen angel bull thats going around lately. STOP! Just put that book down right now and go pick up this one IMMEDIATELY. You think your done think again.
This is where Fitzpatrick failed me and Taylor succeeded. <3
So I gave it 5 stars because of that. Just go get it. Now.
Read VA first book Review. I will have summed up everything about what I feel about the entire series and each book. It's too much to go back and writ...moreRead VA first book Review. I will have summed up everything about what I feel about the entire series and each book. It's too much to go back and write a complete review about every single book in seperate reviews. Too much happens. Too many words. Fin(less)
The storyline was MUCH more detailed in this book however not as much of Ren in this story. Hoping Bloodrose will bring more ren who is by far my favo...moreThe storyline was MUCH more detailed in this book however not as much of Ren in this story. Hoping Bloodrose will bring more ren who is by far my favorite character. Maybe it will show more of his background. Really enjoyed it. (less)
I read this book when I was a senior in highschool. I adore the movie but the book was really stunning. Pumpkin by far is my favorite character in thi...moreI read this book when I was a senior in highschool. I adore the movie but the book was really stunning. Pumpkin by far is my favorite character in this storyline. It's a must read and one of my very favorites. (less)