I have to say that up until the last few chapters of this book, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I thought that the author tied this book...moreI have to say that up until the last few chapters of this book, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I thought that the author tied this book together really well at the end.
The whole story is set in Victorian London and has a very Gothic mood and feel to it. At the beginning of the novel, I wasn't sure how all of the individual story lines would tie together, but the author pulled it together quite well. Also, I didn't get a sense of infeasibility as I read. It really made sense to me when I tried to visualize the action scenes. Furthermore, I thought Wooding's explanation of the wych-kin and how they came to be was interesting, creative and logical all at once, because it drew on aspects of facts we know as humans and more fantasy like qualities.
As for my complaints about this book, it felt like the author saw things as very black and white, and I think I would have liked to see more depth in that respect. There were also some parts of the book or lines characters said which felt a bit sappy. Furthermore, the author would sometimes choose to structure his sentences in a way that I felt was meant to sound pretentious, but just wound up being awkward. It felt kind of over the top and out of place at times--the imagey helped me visualize what was happening, and I liked that, I just thought how it was written didn't entirely fit somehow.
I would definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy fantasy or novels with a Gothic feel to them.(less)
**spoiler alert** Wow. This is an amazing book. One thing that helpedme connect with this book and its chracters right away was the fact that Mattie l...more**spoiler alert** Wow. This is an amazing book. One thing that helpedme connect with this book and its chracters right away was the fact that Mattie loves to read and write, so I really enjoyed all of the literary allusions in the narrative. I really liked the book's plot and the sequence of the narration.
One thing I loved as I read this book was watching the characters grow and develop, especially Mattie and Weaver. I thought that considering how she developed Mattie throughout the novel, the author gave the book just the right ending. I thought about other possible endings, perhaps where Mattie stays at the Glenmore and tells everyone herself, but it just didn't feel right in my mind. I thought that the idea of writing letters to everyone really worked, and I really appreciated how Mattie sent everyone money to come to sort of resolution, because I feel like it may have gotten a bit cheesy doing it another way.
I have to say that throughout the book, my favorite character was Weaver. I thought he was one of the funniest and most honest characters in the novel. I didn't like Royal, because I was suspicious of him from the moment the author introduced him, and I'm glad that it didn't work out.
This is one of those stories that I would recommend to everyone who has a love of books, and I think that schools will be making students read this in a few years.(less)
After reading a couple of raving five star reviews of this over the summer, I knew I wanted to check it out for myself. Once I finished some major sch...moreAfter reading a couple of raving five star reviews of this over the summer, I knew I wanted to check it out for myself. Once I finished some major schoolwork I decided to buy this and sit down and read it, since the final book of the trilogy comes out in August. If you haven't heard of The Hunger Games or heard it raved about but generally consider yourself up-to-date on news regarding books, then I'm sorry, but I don't know what rock you have been living under and you should really go track it down at your preferred bookstore or library. Seriously, don't even bother finishing my review, just go. I don't consider myself a huge fan of dystopian literature, but for me, this book had it all. This is one of my favorite reads of 2010 thus far.
The premise of this story is definitely disturbing, and one which had me intrigued right away. I didn't realize how sucked into the story I would get. As the the book went on it became harder and harder to tear myself away. Collins knows to write and develop plot, leaving the reader wanting more at the end of every chapter. Furthermore, her prose is tight and concise yet still descriptive, and definitely something by which I was very impressed. I'm really glad I have Catching Fire right on hand, because I want to find out what happens ASAP.
I loved Collins's character development. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about each character, but was still left constantly wondering who I should and shouldn't trust. She definitely had me choking up over some characters while feeling much less sympathetic towards others. I will admit that at first I wondered how realistic Katniss really was, because she seemed so adept at hunting and defending herself in the arena. However, when I really thought about it, it made sense. What other choice has she had all her life to become a skilled hunter? I liked that Katniss was humbled and expressed some awareness of her strengths and weaknesses in comparison to the other tributes. Her emotions felt real and honest to me, especially as I can't imagine having to be in her position and make some of the choices she does. Of course, in talking about characters, I can't neglect to mention Peeta and the love triangle. The romance had me bursting out laughing at points and going "Awww!" in others. It took me until near the end of the novel to trust Peeta, and I wonder how he will transform and grow in the coming books. I also noticed that Collins characterized Gale largely through Katniss's opinions of him, and I look forward to seeing more of him. I have to say that while maybe I should be better at this by now, but I'm honestly not sure who Katniss will ultimately choose, and I look forward to finding out.
The dystopian elements of this novel absolutely blew me away. Not only did I find it very original, but I also thought it was woven excellently into the story. That may sound kind of irrelevant coming from someone who hasn't read much dystopian, but I think for me the mixture of brutality and emotion is what did it. I think Collins drew some interesting comparisons to our own society and that these are excellent concepts to have readers contemplating. The back of my book jacket mentions that this is a book which "explore[s:] the effects of war and violence on those coming of age" and I think that this is a timeless concept to contemplate. I've thought about sharing a quote here, but ultimately, I want you to read it for yourself.
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did, or to have such a hard time putting it down, yet both of these things happened. If you haven't already, be sure to read it, but be sure to clear your schedule in advance. I don't think you'll be sorry.(less)
I read this book a couple of years ago as Disney made a movie out of it, and if a book has been made into a movie, I like to try and read the book fir...moreI read this book a couple of years ago as Disney made a movie out of it, and if a book has been made into a movie, I like to try and read the book first. I have mixed feelings about this book. The movie is cute, and there are some basic ideas in place which are fun, but I thought the execution was poor.
Lola was a huge challenge for me as a character in both the book and the movie. In each she came across as melodramatic and self-centered. I don't remember the ending of the book, but by the end of the film she became more selfless. However, in reading the book it just drove me utterly crazy. Although it may be a flaw as a reader, I sometimes struggle with books where the characters make the same mistake many times, yet the characters don't seem to change at all. I also remember reading this and not really enjoying Sheldon's prose, which likely added to this. I liked that Ella's character and back story are a lot more developed in this book. I felt that the author gave her some very realistic struggles, yet I don't remember feeling overly sympathetic for her. Relating to the characters in this novel was a challenge for me.
Given what I've said here, I realize it probably seems unfair of me to give this book one star. The fair thing to do would probably be to re-read and reconsider this novel. I honestly have no memories of enjoying reading this book. However, you don't necessarily have to listen to me. For me this book is a reminder that sometimes, as hard as one may try to be objective in formulating an opinion about a novel, sometimes a book and a reader just don't fit. See if this fits you better than it did me.(less)
All I remember regarding this novel is that it is about a girl who became very seriously injured in a car accident and her struggle to emotionally and...moreAll I remember regarding this novel is that it is about a girl who became very seriously injured in a car accident and her struggle to emotionally and physically recover. I think I found this book a challenging read because as a sixth grader I had little inisght into the type of emotional trauma an incident like the one here might bring about.(less)
I remember buying this book having read a few of Cooney's others and not enjoying it at all. I thought that the whole concept felt very infeasible. I...moreI remember buying this book having read a few of Cooney's others and not enjoying it at all. I thought that the whole concept felt very infeasible. I also remember thinking that the book wasn't very well written. (less)
Please note that I will write one review for all four of The Face on the Milk Carton series as I don't remember tehm all. I read these all when I was...morePlease note that I will write one review for all four of The Face on the Milk Carton series as I don't remember tehm all. I read these all when I was eleven or twelve years old. I remember that they were reasonably paced and enjoyable enough to read. However, I still remember having two criticisms of this book: although the story is interesting, I remember finding it a difficult situation to relate to. My second criticism is I remember asking myself why the author was still publishing books of this particular series. I thought it was a bit dragged out.(less)