**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that...more**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that Collins created when the kids invaded the Capitol. I adored the development and the relationship between Annie and Finnick, especially the wedding and the birth of their child. I actually cried when Finnick was killed, and I haven't cried in a book since Hedwig died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was sad and really shocked when Cinna was beaten to death in front of Katniss in Catching Fire, but I didn't cry. Surprisingly, after the main character, Cinna was my favorite character in this series. I loved that he had a presence in this book, with the new uniform for the military fighter that Katniss was to become, and I love the way she spoke of him in a loving manner, like an older brother or mentor figure that he was.
I hated the love story, in fact it sickened me. I loved that Peeta was rediscovered and that it added to the mystery and uncertain air that Collins created in the book. I loved the relationship that Katniss and Peeta were forced to rebuild between them, however it never touched on loving or sickeningly happy ending. I loved that Gale was a jealous attention whore because I kind of felt he was always that way, and that her obliviousness to him as male helped add to the detatchment she held when he left.
Coin and Snow, the best villians and true politicians. I love how little Katniss trusted Coin and how much she defied her by making decisions for herself and for the safety of others. I enjoyed how she hated being the posterchild for Coin's revolution, despite being the central image of the revolution before she arrived in District 13. Coin's namesake was rather fitting as well, because the image portrayed has the exact opposite side to her actual intentions and feelings, particularly towards Katniss. I appreciated what Collins did to create District 13 as a military state with technology to survive, but not actually live. It helped to tie the Snow/Coin dichotomy tighter, stating that under the Capitol, you have no freedom, and in District 13 you have no freedom.
I totally saw Primrose dying, as did anyone else if they really thought about it. It did shock me, however the confusion of the novel and how it ended KILLED me. I loved that Katniss killed Coin instead of Snow, and I love that Snow died by choking, because the irony was sooooooooo good. That being said, I wanted to see the trial and to see how the world fared. The epilogue was CRAP and everyone knows it was, especially the author. For myself, I felt like Collins was tired and just ended the book because she needed to meet a deadline. That is the only explanation I can honestly come up with to explain why the book, which was written with so much love and dedication, just ENDED. I wanted so much more out of this story, and I really was disappointed in the ending, merely because it just ENDED.(less)
Very few books need to be taken with breaks, however, due to the magnitude and emotion behind this book, taking a break every segment is recommended t...moreVery few books need to be taken with breaks, however, due to the magnitude and emotion behind this book, taking a break every segment is recommended to digest the information you have just read. This book takes the experiences of an African journalist and mixes it with the historical information, the accounts of those involved with his writings, and the (lack of) knowledge in the West to create a vivid and captivating explanation of 6 different situations and regions of Africa. In each of the situations, the actors are presented early on and painted in a very candid and frank light, with little room for imagination and misinterpretation. Tackling the villains of Mobutu Sese Seko and Charles Taylor, as well as the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, Berkeley exposes the flaws of the African system, the problems that colonial rule created and left to be solved by a society ill equipped to handle the lure of power and the greed of money, and explains to the reader why there are so may problems within the African continent. This book tackles the history of the continent in a very light and informative way, telling the reader exactly the key points that led up to the events he chronicles. If you ever watch the movie Hotel Rwanda or The Last King of Scotland, read this book and it will help you understand just why Africa is the way it is, and how much the negligence of the West has contributed to it. (less)
Oh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t ha...moreOh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t have written this book better, because as her story of love and happiness unravels, the recipes become increasingly delicious. Truthfully, the tea she describes in the first chapter is AMAZING and any tips that she has advised on in the book, I have used with success. The evolution of her journey from an American Jew disenfranchised in London into a French-American wife residing in Paris is truly phenomenal. She leaves little to the imagination and is surprisingly honest about her own shortcomings, particularly in regards to her family. Her brutal honesty makes her relatable and her creativity and passion with regards to life make her memorable. Her Jewish background adds to the romance of both cooking and her transition into French life and into her own as a wife, French woman and a Jew. A must read if you are a fan of Julie and Julia or Eat Pray Love. On the cooking notes, her recipes are easy to follow and surprisingly simple. Paying homage to each aspect of her new and old life, she rebuilds her each recipe and tailors it so that a novice in the kitchen would be able to make the food she so deliciously describes. (less)
**spoiler alert** Poor Sookie and her magnetism for disaster. The Rhodes collapse was really interesting and helped to integrate terrorism into the su...more**spoiler alert** Poor Sookie and her magnetism for disaster. The Rhodes collapse was really interesting and helped to integrate terrorism into the supernatural world that is unraveling all around her.
The book was a fun read, and it was really interesting to watch Sookie's reaction to her life being controlled by her employers. She got to see what her life would be like if the fedral government was controlling her abilities, and Barry Bellboy was an interesting twist. Oh and while on the subject, Barry is a perv
The Sophie Anne trial was priceless, especially with the "oracle." I'm not surprised that Eric was "forced" to deepen the blood bond, and I'm honestly not that unhappy about it. Bill is still a not liked person, but it was nice to not have to read about nasty Selah.
Quinn does care about Sookie, but his sister is a spoiled brat. You can see that he'll pick the family over Sookie, even if he did stake Sophie Anne's vampire henchman.(less)
**spoiler alert** Ok, this book was really good. I was surprised how much I loved it and how much I actually enjoyed it, simply because it wasn't a bo...more**spoiler alert** Ok, this book was really good. I was surprised how much I loved it and how much I actually enjoyed it, simply because it wasn't a book that provoked too much thought AND that it wasn't a linear story (it is, but it isn't...explanation to follow)
This book, as a whole, was an interesting approach to a story that spans 20 years. The snapshot of one day each year in their lives initially turned me off from reading it, but the story was just begging to be read. I honestly appreciated the annual reflection of their year. It made the story flow in a way I wasn't expecting. It also helped to condense their histories into a managed time table for the reader without compromising the story and the flow of the story.
Emma ROCKS! I loved how she evolved and I honestly could relate to her exasperation for working in the service industry after college, as well as her disappointment with life and it's direction it took based on her degree and her intelligence. Dex...oh dex, how many guys like you have I dated? (minus the tv presenter aspect) Fame aside, Dexter's behavior mirrors the actions of a number of the guys I know very well, and even attempted to help into a better life than their own. His acceptance of his own flaws and ability to brush them off in front of everyone with his liberal self medicating...oh the times I have met people like him in that exact mental state.
The "it's only chemical" mantra....oh, so great and fitting considering...the level of philosophical analysis is soooo priceless :)
Didn't expect the ending, still crept up on me and made me all teary eyed, but I am so glad I read it. It was a book that could be read quickly and enjoyed despite your age.(less)
**spoiler alert** Heh heh heh....ok i'm HOOKED. Harris is awesome and her books are the kind of fun reading I remember loving. I love the characters a...more**spoiler alert** Heh heh heh....ok i'm HOOKED. Harris is awesome and her books are the kind of fun reading I remember loving. I love the characters and I love the crap that Lily somehow always gets involved in.
I also loved the racial tones that the book had. I enjoy reading novels that can be related to social issues that still occur. I think it's more potent and that literature helps to show a side of society and life that most people choose to ignore. The storyline helps to develop and illustrate how much the world around us isn't any better in 2011 as it was in 1951, which is a point to be made when novels that discuss this issue take place in the South. The bombing of the church after the beating to death and killing of a black man, it really hits home that in the 21st century, people and society are still deeply embroiled in this problem.
Seriousness aside, this novel was much more dark and violent than the first. I still had fun reading it, but it was a lot darker than I anticipated it would be. I also like the introduction of Jack as Lily's partner. He is honestly a great foil for her and he seems to be a character like Claude and Carrie. All three characters understand Lily and get her on a level that Marshall never seemed to, as well as all the other characters around her did. Jack works for Lily and Carrie works for Claude, happiness is settled.
I also loved the ending of the book, and how Lily faked irrational behavior to explain the help that she got from Mookie. The book works, it ties together, and it doesn't end in cliffhangers. The book ends as if the series won't continue. LOVE IT!(less)
Ok, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to b...moreOk, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to be an actual mystery novel, but rather more like the television show. I knew the plot and the eventual ending, but I couldn't put the book down! The first person perspective of the book adds sooo much depth and understanding, and the focus on sookie helps to eliminate the "white noise" I sense in the show.
Vampire Bill seems more realistic and less idealized, which I appreciate because the character sickens me, and the commentary Sookie gives on her life and the world around her is pretty frank and honest. Despite writing a book that makes you believe the characters are real, Harris does a phenomenal job of making the book easy to relate to.
I honestly couldn't put the book down and the series is pretty much ensuring that I won't put one down anytime soon.(less)
This book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that Tru...moreThis book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that True Blood has. While I loved the relationship between Jason and the wife Sarah when he got involved with the Fellowship of the Sun, it was a much better story when it was told exclusively from Sookie's point of view. Her toughness is really highlighted in this book and helps develop her more than the TV show does.
I hate Vampire Bill, I honestly do. I never liked him in the TV show and the books are making him less idealized, which won him points with me, but I still hate him. I LOVE that Andy is a raging idiot in both the books and the TV show, and I was sad to see the death of Lafayette, but c'est la vie.(less)
This book rocks. I read it in the 3rd grade and just reread it with my cousin's kids this week when I was in DC. I can't get over how much I remembere...moreThis book rocks. I read it in the 3rd grade and just reread it with my cousin's kids this week when I was in DC. I can't get over how much I remembered from the book. The best part was when my cousin, his wife and my stepfather all discussed the book and it's more prominent points.
My favorite part is the little things that Henry and Ribsy get themselves into. The classic dog and boy adventures are so greatly expressed in these books, and I honestly didn't realize the book was written prior to WWII. Though as I got older and reread the book, I understood that there were little things that gave away the book's date, but the stories seem so timeless....honestly they do.
This book is a great read for children, both genders between the ages of 8 and 10 and probably are a good start for first chapter books. I remember reading them with the class in 3rd grade aloud, and if your child hasn't read them by the age of 12, I highly encourage them to do so.(less)
So, I totally loved this book. Anyone who loved the original Traveling Pants series should read this book. The three main characters are a few years y...moreSo, I totally loved this book. Anyone who loved the original Traveling Pants series should read this book. The three main characters are a few years younger than Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bee; however some of the main characters from the original Pants series do make a small appearace.
I related to Jo the most, and I loved how she had to deal with "friends" and popularity, alongside family issues and relationship issues. Her search for identity reminded me of my own personal struggles, whereas Alma and Polly's growth was substantial but not ones I could relate to as readily as Jo's.
Oh, and then there's Effie, my LEAST favorite character from the first series....who yet again proves that she is a henious brat who reminds me why I hate other women.(less)