So incredibly powerful, moving, and with such a powerful message as well. I can't say enough good things ab...more**spoiler alert** This series...just...wow.
So incredibly powerful, moving, and with such a powerful message as well. I can't say enough good things about it.
The violence is handled honestly, painfully, and realistically. The emotions are real. The "love triangle" (I use quotes because there IS no love triangle, this isn't stupid Twilight, but that's what people call it anyway) is done perfectly. The writing is beautiful. The end is lovely and perfect.
These are some of the best books I've read lately, children's or not.(less)
**spoiler alert** I read this one even faster than the first one!
These books are incredible, and I'm REALLY enjoying reading them. I'm really sad tha...more**spoiler alert** I read this one even faster than the first one!
These books are incredible, and I'm REALLY enjoying reading them. I'm really sad that there's only one left. But that doesn't mean I'm going to read it any slower.
The one thing that really bothers me in the books is Gale. I don't know why. He bothers the crap out of me. I want him to go away so that Katniss can see how absolutely awesome Peeta is. Of course, Peeta is...omg, they better not kill him. Poor Peeta. Poor everybody. And there IS no District 12, omg.
And I love the whole revolutionary undercurrent of this, and how the tributes (at least some of them) worked together to get out of there instead of fighting to the death. I'm so happy something like that happened, I was really hoping it would...
Anyway, awesome awesome awesome. Now I have to go start Mockingjay. ;)(less)
I had tried to read it before, a few months ago, and just couldn't get into it, but this time around, I absolute...more**spoiler alert** I loved this book!!!
I had tried to read it before, a few months ago, and just couldn't get into it, but this time around, I absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down.
I really liked how the gender roles were reversed in this book. It was Katniss who was the strong hunter/gatherer, Peeta the weak romantic one who needed saving. That's a good thing for young girls to read - that girls can be tough fighters as well, and that boys aren't always absolutely strong.
I really liked the whole feel of the book - the action was really well written, and kept me really interested in what was going on. And the whole book seemed infused with a tension that grabbed you emotionally.
And I also really liked that while in a lot of ways the book had a happy ending, Katniss didn't just suddenly declare herself in love with Peeta. It wouldn't have felt real, and it really would have cheapened things if she had. You don't fall in love that quickly, especially in a time when so many emotional things are going on to you. I love that she's honest with him, even if it does leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth.
This book is just so good in so many ways. I'm so glad I read it, and I've already downloaded the second one to my kindle. :)(less)
This was a very interesting book, full of interesting primary documents on the life and politics of Eamonn de Valera. It's also a bit outstanding beca...moreThis was a very interesting book, full of interesting primary documents on the life and politics of Eamonn de Valera. It's also a bit outstanding because of the fact that it is, ultimately, a pro-de Valera book, which seem to be in short supply in the field of Irish history.
My only regret is that Ferriter didn't write more analysis and history, as opposed to simply publishing the documents - I would have liked to hear more background and what he had to say about them. A very interesting book, nonetheless.(less)