On my Hunger Games’ review, I said that the book could be summarized in one sentence, well, the second book is not much differen...moreReviewed on 03/07/2012
On my Hunger Games’ review, I said that the book could be summarized in one sentence, well, the second book is not much different. The sentence is: "If you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls."
You must be thinking I’m really dumb, right? Pearls don’t come from coal.
Well, that’s not the point. I want you to take a deep breath and read this sentence aloud. Analyze every word and the meaning behind it. Nothing? Ok, since interpretation is something really relative, I’ll tell you what this sentence means to me and how I decided to see things. Coal is something that has nothing special about it on the outside. It’s not pretty, pleasant and you don’t give much tough about it. That’s Kat. She is the central character and is not very appealing if you think about her. She is cold and dry. That is who she is on normal circumstances. Coal, when under pressure, mind blowing pressure, reacts changing itself and, as we all know, becomes something shining and extremely precious, it becomes a diamond.
This also applies to Kat. Just like in the first book, Kat becomes something wonderful and magical when under extreme pressure. Ok, but what the heck the pearl has to do with everything? Ok,let me finish. *humpf* I see things like this, Kat is pressured to be what people want. To show glitter and shock everyone around her. That’s what everyone around her is aiming, but she doesn’t become a diamond like everyone expects her to; Kat stops being a simple and plain coal and changes to something that nobody would ever expect: a pearl. That’s what this sentence means, extraordinary things happens under extraordinary circumstances. At least to me, it’s what it means. Ok, now that I did my babbling, let to the main points about this wonderful book.
The Plot- Kat and Peeta are back to normal life. Yeah, right. Like there’s such a thing as “normal life” after the Hunger Games. Kat thinks that the worst is over, Peeta thinks the worst is over, I used to think that. We were all terribly wrong.
The Characters - In the first book we didn’t see much of the characters around Kat, but that’s understandable since she was focus in more important stuff like survival and lamb stew. In the second book the sight is larger and we get to know better the people behind the faces and the names. Peeta, he is trusty, loving, and charismatic and everything Kat isn’t. He is colorful while Kat is gray; he is light while Kat is shadow; he is the beautiful frosting on top of the wonderful cake while Kat is the coal that burns in silence and keeps everyone away burning even the ones she love. Gale, he is Kat’s soul hunter, her allied. She trusts him with her life, and the life of her sister. Still, her heart is something different all together. We meet President Snow and in the moment his name appears, this is the one that comes into my mind:
This is not the guy that will play him in the movie, but while I listen to the book this was the face that went with the voice in my head. With the lips a little more plump. LoL
The Writing - I love her writing. I could elaborate on that, but this is pointless. I love it cose it makes me see what the character sees, it makes me feel like the character feel and, above all, never fails to surprises me to the point of gasps taking me to the verge of tears.
The Audio Book recording - her tone, her passing, it’s all ok.
Considerations - I love this book. I love it more than the first. What a shock cose a lot of the reviews here says that the first was the best of the three. I wasn’t expecting much, but this one is really good. Here is the little spoiler, so if you haven’t read the book I don’t advise you the read this.
Ok, so the thing a love about this book and the whole series? I can never guess what’s gonna happen. What turn the plot will take and, most of all, how it always takes me by surprise and bring me to tears when I’m reading in public. Soooo embarrassing. The fact that kat and Peeta are back in the arena and all the changes that happens I feel like a deer lost in the big city. I keep getting blinded by the light and I can’t see things straight until it’s too late. But, most of all, I love how Kat says everything I’m thinking while I’m reading it and how freak out that makes me. The game in this book are really bloody, for real and I love how the things escalate, but there were 2 things that bugged me. 1- The fact that the killing was so fast that 3 days felt like 3 weeks. They were starving and thirsty all the freaking time. Hello, 3 freaking days. How’s that even possible? 2- The lame way that Haymitch won his Hunger Games. So lame. Aside from that, I was blown away by the twists and turns in this book as much or even more than the first. I want to say so much, but I can’t cose I don’t want to spoile it. Read the book and see how a Coal can become a beautiful, strong and shiny pearl.
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The man crouches down in front of the little girl and look at her with concern in his eyes. “Daddy.” Says the little girl. “Where’...more Reviewed on 5/06/2012
The man crouches down in front of the little girl and look at her with concern in his eyes. “Daddy.” Says the little girl. “Where’s Bob?” “Baby,” The man says with a heavy sigh. “He is gone.” “When he is coming back?” Asks the little girl with a confuse expression. “He’ll never come back.” The man gently runs his fingers over her chick in a comforting gesture. “You killed him.” The little girl gasps and shakes her head. “No.” “Baby, you took him out of his home and he is not like us. He was too fragile. You are much stronger than he was.” “But I love him. He is my best friend and I wanted to hold him and keep him with me forever.” “You can’t honey. Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can keep it. Sometimes the best way to protect the ones we love is to stay away.” “I just wanted to hug him.” She says with trembling chin. “It’s ok, he is in a better place and he will always love you.” He holds her and she cries for the loss of her friend, Bob the goldfish.
Talk about crosstar lovers, right? A human and a goldfish. That’s like the modern Romeo&Juliet. LoL Just kidding.
Ok, so, the point of this was to show a few things I think that’s important about this book: The acknowledge of death and having to deal with the loss of someone very dear to you in early age; dealing with the fact that you were the one to blame even if you had no intentions of harming them; and also the fact that sometimes you need to walk away the ones you love.
Can you tell how much I loved this book? LoL
I know I’m babbling, but before I start this review I need to show you guys something.
This is what a kick ass Asian girl with a katana looks like:
Don’t be fooled by the cover. That is misleading. My Allie is this girl and I refuse to change my image of her, so don’t need to try to convince otherwise.
Now, lets get to the review.
The Plot - I’ll keep it short cause the synopsis says at all. Dystopian future, rule by the vamps and the humans are snacks. Allie is an unregistered (registered are the people that give blood in exchange for food and stuff) so she is like a ghost to the society. She runs into trouble and becomes what she hates the most: a blood sucking monster. Ok, that’s not that original, but it has all the things I love in a book: dystopian society + vamps + swords + kick ass lead character + crosstar lovers +internal struggle + desperate plans to save human kind + hopeless hope = me happy as a clam.
The Characters - They are not perfect and that’s just the way I like them. Flowed people that do bad stuff, back stabbers, liars, rats fighting for survival. I respect that, but I respect even more the ones that stay honest and strong besides the adversity. I’m not saying names, but I’ll say E is number one in my list.
The Writing - Oh, I love Julie’s writing. The main reason I wanted to read this book was the fact that I love her Iron Fey series. She has magic in the tip of her fingers. I’m bound to believe in every single thing she writes. Ice cream makes me lose weight? Ok, Julie, I believe you. Give me more chunky monkey, please. I need to lose five pounds. LoL
Considerations - So, I’ve read some reviews before I read it and was a little wary that I may cry like a baby in some parts of the book. I need to say that this book is not perfect and it does have some flaws, but the good parts are so magic and wonderful that it made me forget the not so good parts. This book has action and, even though some said it was a little slow, I don’t felt like that. It had some calm parts, but I found that good, cause the fast parts were furious. If the whole book was that fast passed my heart wouldn’t resist its intensity. For realz. The thing that amazed me the most while reading is how Julie made me feel inside Allie’s head. I mean, there were some pretty strong parts and killing, but I felt detached and was thinking: Wow, I’m so bad ass, I didn’t cry once. But that was my mistake, cause when I least expected *BOOM* It hit me so hard I felt the pain in my gut.
I cried and stayed zombie like for a few minutes before coming to my senses again. So, be warned. If you are a crier like me, keep the handkerchief by your side at all times.
I really love this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out. Yeyyyyy…
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.*
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