The Hunger Games never fails to amaze me. I just read it for the second time and i could not put it down. I pretty much read it in one sitting and movThe Hunger Games never fails to amaze me. I just read it for the second time and i could not put it down. I pretty much read it in one sitting and moved directly on to the second book. I just could not get enough! Out of all the dystopian books i have read lately, THG still sits at the top. It may not be the "original" dystopian book, but its publication brought on a tidal wave of more! It set a very high standard for the genre.
We are introduced to the country of Panem, a society created after what i assume is ours messed up big time. There are 12 districts and they are all lead by the Capitol, a city filled with indulgent people who do not see the reality of what they and their government does to everyone. After the Dark Days, in which a 13th district rebelled and then was destroyed, the Capitol created The Hunger Games for which this book is named. Two tributes from each district are chosen to partake in these games and fight to the death. The victor gets to live the rest of his life in riches. The government does this in order to show the people that they can do whatever the hell they want. Katniss, our main character, volunteers to be a tribute in the 74th games when her sister is chosen (which is ridiculous, because she only had one name in the bowl... rigged, i'm sure!). In this book, we follow her through her experience in the games and the aftermath that follows.
Full of emotional and psychological ups and downs, we can't help but feel the emotions right along with her. I found myself rooting her on and get angry at the outrageous things that occurred. I could not help but despise the government and all that they do to the people. It is also written in such a way that it does not take a genius to understand and it makes it so much easier for us to visualise exactly what is going on. It was an amazing book and i will be reading it again, probably before the movie comes out next year! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Even if you hate YA books, i am pretty sure you would enjoy this one! ...more
Finally, a book that is not written in first person. After a week of dystopian novels written in first person, i am so happy to have this book as a brFinally, a book that is not written in first person. After a week of dystopian novels written in first person, i am so happy to have this book as a break! This was my second time reading it and i have to say that it is still a good book. I find the idea behind it to be very interesting, realistic and a way for me to live vicariously through the adventures of characters in books. The main character, Ginny, recieves letters for her aunt who has been dead for a couple months. These letters lead her on a trip through many countries in Europe and leads her through many odd and new experiences. It is a good teen novel and i would recommend it to anyone who likes simple chick reads with an adventurous twist and some romance! Glad i read it again!
**spoiler alert** We return to Katniss, several months after the games and not long before she is required to tour the districts. We discover that her**spoiler alert** We return to Katniss, several months after the games and not long before she is required to tour the districts. We discover that her stint during the games has cause quite a stir and that uprisings have begun to occur. She may have fueled a fire that would create a rebellion. With a threat against her family, she must prove to the country that what she did was simply an act of crazy love, not one of rebellion. However, nothing she does will work because rebel feelings have been forming for quite a while. After this, she experiences many more ups and downs and like the first book, we can't help but go with her. Let's just say i was outraged at the turn of events, quite shocked too. It made me hate the government even more than before.
The second installment of The Hunger Games did not disappoint. As i did with THG, i read Catching Fire in one day. It was so very hard to put it down because the i always wanted to know what happened next. The writing was once again easy to read and made it easy to visualise the events. The amount of action was similar, if not higher than in the first book and kept me hooked the entire way. It was fast paced and never boring. Even the emotional parts were exciting. I would definitely want everyone to read this. You can't go on with life without knowing the amazingness of THG trilogy!
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She''s training to bThe Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She''s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And-most importantly of all-she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary''s best friend, Simon, can''t help her. His mother just found out that he''s a vampire and now he''s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side-along with the power of the curse that''s wrecking his life. And they''re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he''s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls-neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
In the 4th installment of The Mortal Instruments trilogy, we are reunited with Clary, Jace, Simon and the others after the Mortal War. They have returned to New York and have adapted to all the changes in their lives. This book is a lot like the others in the way the whatever happens always seems to affect Clary and Jace's relationship. Something, or someone, is tampering with Jace's dreams and what he sees makes him pull away from Clary like never before. He is in a state of desperation that leaves him vulnerable. Clary takes this hard at first, until she finally discovers what is going on and tries to get him help. Simon has a way bigger part to play in this book. His status as a vampire becomes harder for him to conceal and he ends up leaving home. During the book, he is approached by many and most do not have good intentions. He also has relationship issues as he is dating both Isabelle and Maia at the same time, though they aren't exclusive. He meets Kyle, who turns out to be a good guy with a bad history and a secret of his own. Alec and Magnus have entered into a serious relationship and for the first part of the book, they are travelling around the world. However, Magnus is called in for help. I like that, with Magnus, she connected elements of the Clockwork Angel into the book. We learn about his history and read some familar names.
It took me a while ro read this book - i think i was just not in the right mood. But once i got into it, i could not put it down. There were many surprises that kept me on my toes and the final showdown was not something i really expected! And of course, true to her style, the author ended with a massive cliffhanger that left me on edge. I could not believe it! I am looking forward to the next book and what develops from here! I would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the series so far and to those who enjoy the supernatural and young adult fiction....more
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors opeWhen Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Starting off, I did not know if i would like this book. The plot is interesting, but it took me a couple chapters to get into it. Even then, the first half of the book seemed really slow and it was like nothing was really happening with the plot. However, once i passed the halfway mark, it picked up its pace and was finally getting somewhere! Then we hit the end, and for a moment, the reader as well as the characters is lulled into a false sense of security. Don't get your hopes up though, because with the last chapter we know that it is not over. The ending made me want to continue reading. I was intrigued.
The main character, Thomas, is a mystery. For the first half, you really have no idea what part he plays in the book other than the half-crazy ramblings of people who have gone through the changing. I feel his frustration along with him, because i want to know who he is as much as he does. He seems to be the only one there who really questions anything, or does anything different. By the end, we know who he is, what his purpose was in the whole ordeal, and we also discover what really happened to the Gladers. The other characters were all developed pretty well, considering the circumstances in the book (lack of memory). Some of them were kind of crazy though, but that was part of it. I really like Chuck, Thomas' young side kick. Even though he was annoying, it was the endearing kind. He was sweet and in the end, you were attached enough to him to feel... you'll see.
All in all, the book was pretty good, considering the mixed reviews. Of course, out of the dystopian type novels i have read lately, it definitely is not the best. It is worth the read though. I am definitely going to read the next one! ...more
**spoiler alert** So i have finally read Mockingjay and i must say, it was really good and i was pretty happy with the way it was not like the first t**spoiler alert** So i have finally read Mockingjay and i must say, it was really good and i was pretty happy with the way it was not like the first two... we did not go to the games! Yay!
So at the end of Catching Fire, Katniss gets rescued by hovercrafts after blowing out the force field that surrounds the arena for the 75th games (or the Quarter Quell). We discover (not surprisingly) that these hovercrafts belong to the once believed to be decimated district 13. Sadly, we now know that her home, district 12, was fire bombed soon after she was rescued and only 800 ish people were able to escape, thanks to Gale. Soon, we enter the worl of 13, a massive underground society that has found a way to support itself and keep its citizens healthy. Oh yeah, and most of those citizens form the army that will back the rebellion. We discover that many of the districts have begun to rebel and as soon as they are all with 13, they will be able to attack the Capitol, kill President Snow and take over Panem. Katniss reluctantly becomes the Mockingjay, the face of the rebellion. Peeta, sadly, was not rescued and well, you'll have to read it to find out what happens to him. Gale has a much bigger part to play in this book, which i am glad about. I am also super glad about the ending (well, most of it)! I totally agree with everything Katniss did because obviously, Panem would not have changed much if left to bloom without her quick decision. And I love who she picked to have a relationship. However, the amount of deaths and who actually dies... well that sucked. I was shocked, to say the least. But all in all, it was a happy ending to an amazing trilogy!
Seriously, i could not put this book down. Because it was such a change from the first two, scenery, event, etc wise, i was just sucked in. I actually stayed up until 2am in order to finish it! I loved it. I would recommend this to the same people i recommended the first two to - everyone! Happy Reading! Can't wait until the movieeee!! :)...more
**spoiler alert** Water for Elephants was recently made into a film, so i decided to read the book before i decided if i would go watch the movie. I d**spoiler alert** Water for Elephants was recently made into a film, so i decided to read the book before i decided if i would go watch the movie. I did like the book, it was pretty good and the history attached to it really attracted me to it (history major!). However, it wasn't a favorite. I'm glad i just bought the ebook.
Okay, down to business.
The plot is really good. She clearly did her research and everything is supported quite well. I really liked that she included pictures at the end of every chapter of circuses in that time period. The idea of an old man reliving his past mentally when the circus comes to town was interesting and i loved seeing both sides of him. Also, hearing about his family but not knowing for sure who he married was a good way to keep you interested. And of course, the prologue. I must have read it wrong, because i completely misjudged what happened! Oh and warning, i almost cried at the beginning when i found out what happened.
The characters are really good too - pretty realistic. The main character Jacob is a redheaded polack who is studying to be a vet at an ivy league school. He gets hit with tragedy and soon runs off to... the circus, of course! He is a pretty strong character and i admire him for a lot of things. Then there is August - he is very realistic and i hated him. I know he has a problem, but really? What a jerk. He deserved it. Uncle Al is nearly up there with him when it comes to my hatred. Alright, so then there is Marlena, a performer and August's wife. Liked her quite a bit and i felt really bad for her most of the time. Walter (aka Kinko) is Jacob's testy dwarf 'roommate'. I liked him - he was hilarious and caring and... just great. The poor guy... Umm, then Camel. He brought out some good in Walter and helped Jacob out in the beginning. He was a good guy. (I legit nearly cried when that shit went down... you know what i mean...)
Over all, good book. I liked the endings (yes, plural. The circus ending and the book ending).The first was ridiculous and i finally caught my mistake from when i read the prologue. It was gruesome and happy at the same time. The second was kind of cliché and really cute and put a good ending to a crazy book. I would definitely recommend this to people, but be forwarned - if you want to watch the movie/have seen the movie, i am sure there are many differences! ...more
**spoiler alert** Like the majority of Dessen's books, What Happened to Goodbye follows a pattern. Her books are always about a girl who goes through**spoiler alert** Like the majority of Dessen's books, What Happened to Goodbye follows a pattern. Her books are always about a girl who goes through issues/events and has a love story as a sub-plot. Some people may get bored of this kind of things, and yes, some of her books are not all that good, but i have a weakness for young adult romances. I always seem to get involved with the characters! I can relate to many of them, or instead, i live vicariously through them because even though aspects of their lives are complete shit, there are always good parts. Parts that involve gorgeous boys with great personalities. I myself have gone through the shitty parts and i have had some good parts, but i have yet to discover the good part that involves a boy. I know, it is sad. But that is why these books appeal to me.
What Happened to Goodbye centers around Mclean Sweet, a girl who has witnessed betrayal and a rought divorce, along with many other court battles. She has moved many times because of her father's job in the restaurant business and in each place, she reinvented herself and went by a different name. However, in Lakeview, she finds it very difficult to use a new name and ends up just being herself, whoever that is. Here, she unintentionally finds herself accepted into a group of friends and also befriends the waitstaff at her dad's new restaurant, Luna Blu. She finds herself making bonds and getting involved, something she tried to avoid in other places. Another thing that is different is that she meets a boy that is not her type - not short term. But she finds herself falling for him anyways and he makes her rethink her usual strategies. During the books, we go along with her as she redefines who she - Mclean - really is and as her world comes crashing down.
I really liked this book. Dessen may have a predictable pattern, but she does it well. Her writing is very good and her characters are developed enough for us to get a picture of who they are. I also like how she connects all of her books by having other characters appear from time to time. I thought it was good and i enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed her previous books or people looking for a summer read! ...more
You know you like a book when you read it in one sitting and stay up until 2 am to finish it without being aware of time passing! I was consumed by thYou know you like a book when you read it in one sitting and stay up until 2 am to finish it without being aware of time passing! I was consumed by this book - i could not put it down! It has definitely made it onto my list of favorite books!
Divergent is about a new type of society (like all dystopian novels), but it is different from the ones i have read. Instead of being shaped around love and relationships, it is shaped around personalities and ways of life. There are five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dautless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The factions were created because society was trying to find a way to prevent war and so the people were separated into these groups based on what they believed was the cause. This story circles around Beatrice "Tris" Prior, an Abnegation girl who has to choose which faction she will spend the rest of her life in. The one she chooses comes as a shock to most people. She then goes through initiation, a rough period of time in which she is tested in ways she has never been before. She also starts to have problems and has a huge secret she must keep quiet.
So as stated previously, i really really liked this book. I was glued to it basically from start to finish. The characters are great, the setting is great, the grammar is great... It is hard to think that this book was written by a 21 year old! The author did a really good job. The ending, wow... You start to read about a conflict going on between the factions quite early on, the the extent of it does not become clear until later on. The end just shows how much the factions just weren't working and the way of life was starting to fail. There were some very sad and some incredibly romantic parts, as well as some surprises.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels and also anyone who just likes a good read! ...more