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.
This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges:
Wile reading Divergent I discovered the following:
*I'm too selfish to be an Abnegation *I'm too dumb to be an Erudite *I lie to much to be a Candor *I fi...moreWile reading Divergent I discovered the following:
*I'm too selfish to be an Abnegation *I'm too dumb to be an Erudite *I lie to much to be a Candor *I fight to much to be an Amity *I'm too chicken to be a Dauntless....
So far I'm factionless,,,
I just finish reading this, but i'm too numb to make a revoew yet. I need to think of what i've just read and try to put it in words.
Right now my face is like a mixture of this:
Reviewed on 09/09/2011
Ok, after thinking a lot, a looot, I finely wrote my review. I had soooo many things I wanted to say about this book, but 90% were spoilers and I don't like spoilers. The magic of this book is its surprises. If I reveal too much, that would ruin the book for those who hadn't read it yet. So, after a lot of writing and rewriting, I finely came to an almost non spoiler review that I think says the essential of my honest opinion about it. The summary you can read on the book description so I'll go straight to my review :
The Plot - I found it very unique. A world where people were divided in factions based on their believes. That was one of the things that made me consider my values and the way I see life and society and stuff. Really heavy stuff. LoL I loved the twists and how it kept coming back to personal questions that reflected bigger issues. How it shows us that the biggest battles can be with our selves. I think I get a little philosophic when I think about this book, but it really made me think about this stuff. Once you read it, you'll see what I'm talking about. *wink*
The Characters - I love the characters in this story. They are so easy to relate to and they feel so real. Beatrice (Tris) is a strong girl that with one single decision changes her entire world. We see her grow with the situations, discovering her strength and defeating her weakness. Four is this tuff and mysterious guy that we meet once in our lives and it makes us feel afraid and excited at the same time. Peter is the sleazy guy that we want to punch in the face. Al is , well, you guys get the point, right? Each of the characters is unique in their own way and with each of them we can learn something. I sure did LoL.
The Writing - I really like the way that she doesn't over describe the things. The first time I see someone I never go over the details and when I read a book that describe every little thing I tend to get bored. Is like, I don't know this person yet so I don't care much how many freckles it has. This author is just the way I like. First she say the overall (hair, height, things we first notice in one person in real life) and then, as the story goes, she gives the little details that makes them so unique, like when you get to know a person, little by little. This books is 1º person view and I love it because I can see trough that person eyes and feel what she feels. During my reading I often catch my self gasping and my heart sped up all the time. I'm terrified of heights and every time she had to jump (witch happens allot) I felt that hollow sensation in the pit of my stomach. Other things also made my heart jump and got me that chilling sensation in the pit of my stomach, but I'll not going to get into details. I don't like spoilers. *double wink*
Considerations - This is not my usual reading type, but I was so pleasantly surprise that I'm considering this genre in a whole new perspective. In some points it reminded me of the Ugly series, although the story is not the same, but it also had this strong girl facing all this obstacles and stuff. I like a strong main character and I'm sure going to read more of this genre after this one.
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.*
This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges:
All is bubbling in Tally's life now that she is pretty, but things are about to take a turn when her ugly past decides to emerge and crash a party wer...moreAll is bubbling in Tally's life now that she is pretty, but things are about to take a turn when her ugly past decides to emerge and crash a party were she is in. Fast passed and give us a whole different point of view about human nature. (less)
Em um futuro distante todas as pessoas são feias. Quando elas completam 16 anos passam por uma cirurgia completa e se transformam em bonitas. Parece a...moreEm um futuro distante todas as pessoas são feias. Quando elas completam 16 anos passam por uma cirurgia completa e se transformam em bonitas. Parece algo simples e o sonho de todos. Ser linda e perfeita é tudo que Tally Yongblood sempre sonhou. Ela sonha com o dia em que a levarão para a cirurgia e finalmente reencontrar seu melhor amigo, e 3 meses mais velho, Peris e serem perfeitos juntos. Esse é um sonho muito borbulhante. Mas as coisas mudam drasticamente quando Tally conhece Shay e fica sabendo de uma revolução de pessoas que querem continuar feias. Afinal quem iria querer continuar feio, cheio de doenças quando se podia ser perfeito? Tally é uma heroina corajosa e muito inteligente com uma personalidade marcante. Cada individuo tem um papel importante na trama envolvente deste livro. A estória é tão contagiante e controversa que é dificil de parar de ler. Quando eu terminei ele eu precisei começar a ler o seguinte no mesmo dia.(less)
I think this is the most perfect sentence ever, cose it says at all. Every single page of th...moreReviewed on 02/04/2012
“Katniss, the girl who was on fire.”
I think this is the most perfect sentence ever, cose it says at all. Every single page of this book can be summarized in this single and most unique sentence. I’m sensing by the look on your face that I’ll have to elaborate on that. Ok, so elaborate I will :D, sorry, my Yoda side comes up sometimes :P So, lets get started. First things first.
The Plot - Here’s the central idea of it all. A dystopian future. World (EUA) is divided in 13 sections (13º was blown up cose they didn’t behave). Every year each section “gives away” a boy and a girl to “play” in a game called Hunger Games. 24 comes in and only 1 comes out. Glory and fortune for the winner and all that. The story centers on Katniss, a really poor girl that gives herself as sacrifice in the place of her little sister. How can you resist a plot like that? Come on. This one got me on the synopses. LoL Love this plot.
The Characters - There’s a lot of them and each one is unique and as real as any great character can be. Since I can’t talk about aaaall of them without making this review longer than the book itself, I’ll talk a little about the essential ones and how they came across in my opinion :D Katniss,
she is a tuff cookie. A fighter that had to take care of her family when she was really young. She hunts and is so detached of real feelings that sometimes she feels cold.
kind as a lamb.
golden boy with a heart of gold.
strong, a hunter, take care of his whole family.
old drunk that God only knows how, won the Hunger Games and now is responsible for kipping Katniss and Peeta alive in the games. Tricky thing to do while being drunk 24/7.
a typical Capitol girl, shallow as can be, but very polite. Oh, and I luv her hair. *-*
best styler EVAH.
best TV host EVAH.
Well, that’s about it. I love some and some I hate, but any character that can make me feel something has my respect.
The Audio Book Recording - Not the best, but it’s hearable. She reads ok. Nothing much to say about that.
Considerations - As I was reading this I couldn’t stop comparing this story to the old ones about the poor village that had a lottery and in this lottery they pick a virgin young lady that was to be given away to the big bad dragon. It’s something really frighten to be part of. What made me more scare was the fact that I could easily see myself as a Capital girl watching those games. I get why they find it so entertaining and that is the main reason most people like to read the book. We have the view from inside and it’s so exciting. I know what you’re thinking: “No way I’m as bad as those Capitol pigs.” Well, guess again cose if you are reading this book you are enjoying yourself with the Hunger Games and being entertained on the cost of the deaths that are being displayed on it. Don’t beat yourself up about it. This is human nature after all. I really like the fact that Katniss is cold when she talks about feelings. She actually thinks with her head and have her survival as the main focus. She is fire that rises among the dark and depressing coal. She is a fighter and I felt strong inside her head. There were so many emotions and action in this book, I mean, in the reaping I was so sad and angry. My heart was in my hands, but just like every other important moment in this book, it had its porpoise. Every decision, every step, every action defines what is up ahead. The reaping, the prep, the game. I found it all very exciting, but there were a few points that felt dry or not really there. Like Peeta for instance, he is there, but not really there, if you know what I mean. I wish he were marked as a stronger character than he were shown in this book. I mean, there were less stuff about Gale and I felt that I know more about him than Peeta. Don’t get me wrong, I like him, but I don’t know enough to actually care about him. The Games, this part is actually a little spoiler so I don’t advice you to read unless you already read the book. So, they keep saying all the scary stuff and how the Games are bloody and merciless. They turned out to be really bloody, but for some reason Katniss and Peeta got off with their hands almost clean. I mean, Kat’s kills were so bland and is not like she actually went and became a murderer for the game, aside for the fact that she kept thinking about killing a lot of the time. Peeta, yep he killed too, if you can call that a real kill. In the body count they were spared pretty good . Oh, what the freaking problem with the food in this book? I know Katniss is like starving all the time, but for a book called Hunger Games, there are a lot of freaking food talking all the freaking time. Water is another thing. She was 5min in the arena and started feeling the thirst. Oh, come on. I spend more time without water and you don’t see me babbling about it all the freaking time. The end. I love how exciting it was. The tension, the danger. Oh, really good stuff, but I felt like something is missing. It was a void. Is like you just spend the last hour fighting for your life and your main concern became a boy’s feelings. I don’t know. It just felt weird. Other than that, the story is wonderful and I can’t wait to watch the movie