Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 390

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary From Cover: Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

Discussion: I actually really enjoyed Mockingjay. You’re probably thinking, what the heck?! And I know. I know. I’m weird. But I really did like this book. Why?

  • Katniss. Another weird thing. But I liked her a bit more in this last book than the ones before. Although she is…crazed at some points in the book, I feel like she makes more rational decisions in Mockingjay.

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  • The writing. I feel like Collins’s writing had a bit of development throughout the trilogy. In the beginning, I really disliked it. The sentences were short and clipped, in my opinion. In Catching Fire, the sentences loosen up and her style shifts. In the final instalment, I think her writing flows more and is fluid.

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  • The action. The first time I read Mockingjay, I didn’t fully understand where the action took place, what was happening, stuff like that. This time I paid more attention and was able to follow it better. I feel like it was depicted in a really great way; I could see every moment.

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  • Gale. Or rather, Gale!. We finally get to see more of Gale in this book, which I loved. Because Gale is WAAAAAY better than Peeta, and while it is somewhat confusing, I love his relationship with Katniss. I totally ship them.

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As you can see, I loved Mockingjay a lot. But it still had its flaws.

  • Peeta. I really don’t like him.
  • Some parts were slow. But I pushed through!
  • The writing. While it improved, I didn’t love it.
  • A death of someone. I cannot say more without spoiling.

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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 391

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary From Cover: Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Discussion: Honestly, this book is not needed. Suzanne Collins could have stopped after the first one.

I liked it, I guess, but it got a little tiring. I didn’t like Katniss much, Peeta got boring fast, and the plot wasn’t great. It seemed like Collins was trying to hard to make it work.

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Time for lists!

What I Liked:

  • The Quarter Quell
  • The ending
  • The writing wasn’t as painful
  • The rebellion

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Katniss
  • Peeta
  • Finnick
  • Johanna

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Weekly Wrap-Up #5

Note: Weekly Wrap-Ups will now be on Saturdays.

Hello, everyone! This week I didn’t post a lot, because of generally being busy and some other complications. I also have not been writing. Which I will [hopefully] fix after I write this. Anyway, let’s get on with things.

On Saturday, I stacked my shelves at a bookstore and library.

On Monday, I reviewed Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield.

On Tuesday, I shared my list of Top Ten Books That Were Hard to Read.

On Friday, I reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

That’s pretty much it.

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Also: Go to AGV to sign up for My Hero Monday. It starts this Monday and I only have two people.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 374 pages

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary From Cover: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Discussion: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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I honestly thought I would hate this all over again, throw the book across the room, and never even start Catching Fire. But I did. Sure, it wasn’t amazing, and I only gave it 3.5 stars, but I’m reading the second book and liking it more. I still think Mockingjay will be horrifically horrid. Ah, well.

So, what did I like?

  • Katniss-I mean, just a bit more. Just a smidge.
  • The plot-Honestly, I forgot how good the plot is. Very entertaining.
  • The side characters-Prim, Cinna, Effie, the prep team–those people.
  • Gale-He is one of my favorite characters.
  • Rue-I just love her! So much.
  • The political part-You know, the part of it that talks about government and stuff that only certain people debate about.

And what did I dislike?

  • The writing-I really do not like Suzanne Collins’s writing. The sentences are short and clipped and I just don’t like it!
  • Peeta-I know, fangirls will murder me for this, but I find him to be an airhead.

I surprised myself while making these lists; I guess I do like it more than I know. But the writing doesn’t do it for me. Not enough.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

Before we go: I’ve decided to push back the Weekly Wrap-Up to Saturday from now on.

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Stacking the Shelves With Many Books!

 

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So…I went to the bookstore AND the library today, and obtained 11 books in all. [If I did my math correctly.] I am so freaking excited, because–well, you’ll see below. >:)

Books I Bought

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Top to bottom:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield-I have been wanting this book ever since I saw a book blogger’s review of it. It’s already amazing.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare-Finally!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-I’m giving it a second chance.

Uglies by Scott Westerfield-I have also been wanting this forever. High hopes!

Books I’m Borrowing

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Top to bottom:

Specials by Scott Westerfield

Pretties by Scott Westerfield

Extras by Scott Westerfield

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

And just because it’s free from the library and utterly cool…

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That’s it for Stacking the Shelves. Unfortunately, the library didn’t have Mockingjay, but hopefully next time I visit they will.

What did you think of my babies books? Tell me in the comments below.

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Re-thinking My Negative Feelings and Criticisms Towards “The Hunger Games”

I know, a long title. A mouthful.

Ever since I completed The Hunger Games trilogy in the spring of 2014, I have disliked it. I didn’t like the writing style of Suzanne Collins, I thought the second and third books were unnecessary–I didn’t even like Katniss! [Notice this is all past tense.] But I recently popped over to Musings From Neville’s Navel to read Engie’s newest post about THG. It was her reaction to the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. She included the trailer in her post, so I thought, well, why don’t I watch it? I haven’t seen the first two movies, but I’d seen the first movie trailer.

This trailer, though.

As soon as it finished, I was just, OMG; I have to see this. I have been told the movies are better than the books, a rare occurrence in book-to-movie adaptations, so maybe I should just watch the movies! But then I decided to give them a second chance. Why?

Here is a Pros and Cons list for THG.

Pros:

  • Sweet little Prim.
  • The plot is unique.
  • I actually liked the first book!
  • There is [mostly] constant action.

Cons:

  • I dislike the writing.
  • Some parts are slow.
  • In Mockingjay, Katniss spends a good amount of time in a basement. Doing nothing.
  • How time passes is weird.
  • I don’t like Katniss.
  • I don’t like Peeta.
  • I don’t like the Districts.
  • The second and third books are unnecessary.
  • I was really confused in some parts!

As you can see, the cons overwhelm the pros. But I am willing to give it a second chance! I am just that type of person!

As soon as my TBR list as been…read a bit more, I’ll buy THG and reread them. Maybe I’ll get them for my birthday…? [Which, BTW, is October 24. Frankly, all I want is to celebrate with my bestest bloggy friends, but I doubt that will happen…]

Here is the trailer:

What are your reactions to the trailer? Will you be watching Mockingjay Part 1? Of so, are you going when it first comes out, the premiere, or just when you feel like it? Tell me in the comments below. [There is more of this post, BTW.]

I just realized…September is fading away! Quite fast, actually. And that means October, my absolute favorite month of the year. Because where I live, the weather gets warm-ish, but not too warm like this week, there’s Halloween [a.k.a. Fangirls Unite!], and…my birthday!!! Which I mentioned above. It’s on the 24th, exactly a week before Halloween. October is actually a pretty exciting month this year.

Oct. 6: Start of fall break!

Oct. 7: The Blood of Olympus comes out! YAAAY!!!

Oct. 13: I meet Marissa Meyer! YAAAAY!!!

Oct. 14: End of fall break, a.k.a. school, which is pretty fun. I’ll miss it by then.

Oct. 24: My birthday!

Oct. 30: My friend Celeste’s birthday!

Oct. 31: Halloween!

The Blood of Olympus comes out during fall break, I just realized. That is good and bad. Good, because I don’t have to wear my uniform and can wear orange/blue instead (!!!), but bad because we might not be at home. We might be in a cabin, camping, without WiFi. :( Better check with my parents. ‘Cuz I have to do a major fangirling post on that day.

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This post was supposed to be about THG…Oh, well. :P

And: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANYA!!! YOU ARE A TOTALLY AWESOME PERSON AND I AM SO GLAD I’M YOUR FRIEND AND THAT YOU’RE BACK FROM DENMARK.

Are you looking forward to anything in October? Tell me in the comments below.

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