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Mini Mondays – Cruel Crown, Hush Hush, Zenith

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Title: Cruel Crown [Red Queen 0.5]

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Length: 208

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I both liked and didn’t like the two separate stories in this book about things that happened before Red Queen. I liked learning about queen Coriane in Queen Song. It was really interesting learning about the events that set up the whole of the series. I did feel that we rushed through lots of it though. Yes it was a short story and it wasn’t supposed to be a full length book but I think it could have been longer than it was.

Now Farley’s story in Steel Scars was a bit less interesting. It really bored me up until Shade started appearing in the story. I liked hearing about how he was spending his time while Mare was off doing her thing. I didn’t get nearly enough of it because I would have really liked to know the moment he worked out he was different. I think that would have been great. In terms of parts I really didn’t like about this part of the book though would be the letters back and forth. I don’t know if it was because I was doing the audiobook I couldn’t really keep up with who was talking to who and I tended to zone out when they did it quite a bit.

Title: Hush, Hush [Hush Hush 1]

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult

Length: 391

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

There were times in this book when I was into it. I liked some of the romance and the story was interesting enough at some parts. The thing that really killed this story for me was the writing in general.

I found myself getting really angry when the characters were speaking. The dialogue was so grating and forced and to me it was all very predictable. I was more into it at the end, but getting to the end was hard. I was posting in my bookish groups on facebook asking people what they had thought, if they had felt the same way as me, and if so is it worth continuing. Despite the fact that I was getting physically angry listening to the audiobook while driving because the writing and the dialogue, I got enough positive feedback to continue on. I did it, its done and I didn’t want to bash my brain in at the end, but right now I have no intention of ever doing the rest of the series and have infact unhauled my physical copies after listening to the first one.

Title: Zenith [The Androma Saga 1]

Author: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Length: 534

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I really wanted to do a full review on this book as I received the ARC from the publishers for my honest review, but I just can’t do it. I don’t have enough words to do a full review and I think I would be doing more damage to my review and just the book in general if I tried to push myself to do the full one so I am just going to let it be in my Mini Mondays. Thank you Harlequin Teen.

I went into this book with very mixed emotions. I was so looking forward to reading this book that one of my favourite youtubers had been working on for so long, and that I had watched work on it for so long. But then the negative reviews started just gushing in. I don’t think anyone that I really follow in the bookish community gave it a good review, and most of them just didn’t review it at all so I don’t know if they actually read it or didn’t want to hurt their friends feelings. Either way though, to me it seemed like the community in general was not impressed with what was put out. My expectations had dropped to the point where I nearly just didn’t pick it up at all.

But I did. I am glad I had seen all the negative reviews before I entered because it probably saved what there was for me to enjoy in the book because I prepared for the bits that I was just not going to like. You can tell this is Sasha’s first book. She really could have spent a lot more time editing and doing more drafts as you can see just the inexperienceness she was bringing to the table. The dialogue was just so hard to listen to at times, and the plot was at time very predictable, and some of the characters characteristics and ‘roles’ in the story were very forced. There were parts of the plot I enjoyed or got swept up in, but for the most part the main thing I enjoyed were the characters and their relationship to each other. Not all the time mind you, but the majority of the time.

I am going to pick up the next one and I look forward to seeing where it goes and just how much they may or not progress in terms of just ‘quality.’ It was not the worst thing I have ever read, but it was far from being a breakthrough debut.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Book Review – The Thousandth Floor

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Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Length: 441

Rating: 4 Star

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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

First of all I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book for review. I am just sorry it took so long to post!

The plot of this story is very slow building. You start off calm but by the end I was basically screaming about the end, even though at the very start we were told someone was going to die. At first I was really enjoying the story. It was very pleasant and nice and after finishing more serious books I wanted something light. However after the halfway point the closer I got to the end the more and more stressed I became thinking about how it was going to end.

One thing I liked about this story weaving was how simple it seemed as you were reading it but how complex it actually was. In this book we have five main characters that we get perspective from, and as you read you get their own plots or secrets and how all of these connect to one another and add up to what was the ending. However, when I tried describing this to someone who had not read the book I found it was way more difficult than I thought it was going to be.

For the most part I liked most the characters. There were a few in there that I felt if they were removed that it wouldn’t have affected the story at all, and there was a few that were a bit one dimensional whose purpose was just to move along one section of the story. But I found all the main characters at least had depth because of their own complications.

The bit of the book that struck me most though was the ending so if you don’t want SPOILERS for the ending move on! Now what the hell was that ending?! It still hurts to think about it. I wont refer to names just encase someone silly is reading on after my spoiler warning, but I liked the one I shall call Crazy at the start. She seemed lovely at the start, but as I started seeing the crazy coming out of her I started getting stressed. All the characters have huge plot things happening (one for example is in love with her stepbrother) and they all lead them to the top of the roof and the whole time I am screaming KILL CRAZY KILL CRAZY but of course that would be too great. Crazy knows all the secrets so when she pushes my possibly favourite character off the roof for something she thought she knew about her but was actually wrong about (infuriating), she manages to scare the rest of the people into not telling the police about what happened. Then it bloody ends at the funeral and the girlfriend of the person who died is swearing to find out the truth because she doesn’t believe the story that was told, and you don’t get any closure on ANY OF THE BLOODY PLOTS. None. It just ends. I both love that it got such a reaction from me, BUT I ALSO HATED THAT BLOODY ENDING. I need closure. END SPOILERS.

I think anyone who likes contemporaries with a bit of a twist, such as death and little science fiction, would really enjoy this book. Just remember the slow build and if working out who the killer is will ruin it for you, perhaps give it a miss. I actually got an audiobook of this because I wasn’t getting time sit down and read, and the audiobook was actually really good so I would 100% recommend the audio version.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Book Review – Special

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Title: Special

Author: Georgia Blain

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I am not Delia Greene. I should not be here. Why haven’t they come for me?

Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of words that cannot be unravelled, and I start to tell this story. The names are changed. So are the locations. As for the rest? It is up to you to choose what you want to believe . . .

Special is a beautifully crafted and atmospheric YA novel set in the not-too-distant future, where corporations control everyone’s lives from their DNA to their schooling and career. Where a Lotto Girl – designed from before birth to be Special in every way – can escape the slums and be given every opportunity to shine at an exclusive boarding school. Where the future is bright. Until it all goes wrong . . .

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book to review!

I don’t really know how I feel about this book.

Part of me really wants to like it. The idea of it is pretty good, and it is totally something I can see our world turning into. Children are altered to become ‘specials’ mostly by rich people, but once a year 4 families from the poor districts win ‘the lotto’ and get to genetically alter their baby girl to be and have her go off and study at the special schools for the specials. These people thrive far above the rest while those who are poor remain their and live each day at a time because they might not have a next one because they don’t get given a chance to even earn enough for the one day.

See, good idea and totally something our meddlesome ways could potentially head towards. This idea combined with the very easy to read and well flowing writing style of Georgia Blain had me charging through this book up until about two thirds of the way through where my enjoyment sort of just stopped.

It was at this point that I realised that I hadn’t really formed any kind of attachment to the characters. They start to go through some stuff and found that I didn’t really care. I actually didn’t like our main character Fern that much she took her whole ‘special’ title way too seriously and was really up herself.

Spoiler – Then when she finds out she is probably isn’t so damn special she totally freaks out which I don’t get. If anything I feel like I would like to find that out, because she was able to keep up with all the other specials even though she was normal. But no, she totally freaks out because she cannot call herself special anymore. – End Spoiler

We don’t get any world building, and nothing in the plot really gets explained or we don’t get any answers to things. I know part of the book is that you are supposed to make your own choice about how things work out or what is the truth, but I don’t think that worked. The story because nothing was really answered seemed pretty pointless to me.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone. If you have free day to fill I wouldn’t say not to read it, but there are better things. It has made me want to read more from the author though because the style was nice.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Marvellous Land Of Oz

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Title: The Marvellous Land of Oz [Oz 2]

Author: L. Frank Baum

Genre: Childrens, Science Fiction

Length: 154

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

There will be spoilers within this review.

This book received a 4 star rating from me because the book was really solid. It is not the best 4 star book I have ever read, but I had a thought about what I was going to get when I went into it, and that is exactly what I got.

The land of Oz as we all know it is a little bit bonkers and not quite standard, and the writing style in this book reflects that. There are few moments I had to just go with because it was a bit weird for me. There was a moment when two of the characters had a conversation with each other about how they can’t understand each other and need an interpreter, despite the fact they clearly understand each other.

In the book the Emerald city gets taken over by a revolt of girls. Normally I would find this interesting, but I found this actually really rather insulting. The girls don’t think they could do a better job than the current person in charge, they just want to take over so that they can take all the jewels and empty out the cities treasury. They were just vain and stupid people. Made me a bit angry that that is the way the women are portrayed. But it was small annoyance I suppose… Kind of.

One thing I did find really interesting was the ending. When we find out that Ozma was in fact a boy throughout the story and her whole life and then must turn back into a girl so that she may rule Oz. We don’t really get any idea or any showing of how exactly that affects her. The brief look we get of this person after seem to have done a number of their personality, they seem more mellow to me. I would really like to know more about how that whole serious way of life thing affected them.

From certain bits of this book I think the second movie was supposed to be based on it, but it is really not the same story. Has anyone else ever seen that movie or read any of the other books? Do parts of the other books come into play?

Either way I will be reading the rest of the books because I want a better grasp of what was happening in this world. I will also be revisiting the movies.

So everyone who has seen the movie and liked it should read these books. I think people of all ages

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Book Review – Glitches, The Little Android, & The Queens Army

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Title: Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army [The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 29 Av.

Rating: 5, 2, 4 Star

Series Review: Novela’s, 1, 23, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

glitchesCinders is no memory further back than a few days – since her operation . And then came the endless journey to her new family. But it is anything but welcoming, her new stepmother would most like to get rid of her as quickly as possible. Then Cinder’s stepfather, Garan catches the Blue Plague, and she loses her main advocate … good thing she has her friend Iko , an android who sometimes forgets that she is not human.

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The Little AndroidWhen android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

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the queens armyIt is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Glitches

I LOVED this. For anyone who is planning on reading this series I strongly suggest you read this first! I agree with the comments of others, I don’t see why this was not added to the start of Cinder. This little story is the perfect opening into the series. It captured my attention and left me wanting more and many answers by the time I came to the end of its 32 page story. It introduces you to all the people who are important in Cinder’s world in the beginning. You find out who to love and who to hate pretty quickly. You also get more information about Garan which is sparse in the rest of the series. I really felt for poor Cinder the entire time, things just don’t go her way and she is just too young to understand that most the people she is with are just vile and there is nothing she can do to change that. Iko is one of my favourite creatures ever.

I have a glitch, too. Sometimes I forget that I’m not human. I don’t think that happens to most androids.

The Little Android

This one did not fill me up with such love. We get like a two second glimpse of Cinder in this book and that is it. This story has nothing at all to do with the rest of the series. I have no idea why this book is in here. The more I read about Mech6.0, the less I liked her. What started off with me thinking another Iko ended is me getting something selfish and violent. Yes, in the end Mech6.0 let those things go for the man she rescued and loved, but I found this ending to be messily written and I did not enjoy it.

The Queen’s Army

I did not read this book in the order that is said to in the goodreads list encase it was another little android type thing that didn’t really have much relevance. Luckily for me though I liked this one! I went in already knowing the characters within and I found it really interesting to see how they started on their journey that landed them in the path of Cinder. I think you could read this one at any time. If you read it in the order on goodreads, its not going to spoil anything about the characters you meet in Scarlet until you are a fair bit in, but if you read it later like I did you will just get some great backstory about people you know and love.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Across The Universe

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Title: Across the Universe [Across the Universe 1]

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

Length: 398

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I entered this book. I don’t normally read science fiction, its not that I don’t like it its just I think I’m fussy about which ones I read. I thought because of all the hype with this book that I would enjoy it. The idea behind the story sounded great. So when I was done I was a bit underwhlemed.

Our main characters are Elder and Amy. Amy was a fine character I suppose. I feel bad for her, the situation she has been placed is is truly awful. I know I would hate and would probably act as stupid as her at times because of the frustration. That being said that doesn’t mean I liked to read about it. Some of the things she thought and did were just painful. At one point she nearly wakes up her father because she is a selfish cow and wants him and I was basically screaming at the book all kind of horrible names and words because I couldn’t believe she was actually going to be that stupid. Thank God she didn’t go through with it at the end. I would have stopped reading the book if it had of happened because I would of hated her too much.

I don’ know how I feel about Elder. I understand he grew up in a very different world and was taught very different ways of thinking to was myself, and Amy, think, so I try to be understanding about certain things but its difficult. I like him at times but some of the things he says and does are just… bleh.

The love between these guys is really really weird. Its not great but kind of works. This I put mostly to how spastic the world Elder lives in and how he has been taught to think and do things, however it also feels very very forced at times. I was completely shocked and appalled that it was still there in the end. Elder does some things that Amy only finds out about at the end of the book, awful things, and she just forgives him straight away. I think it lost a star just because of this. I mean, it wouldn’t have killed them to have Amy hate him at the end of book and MAYBE if you were desperate to have them love each other fix things in the next one.

In terms of plot it was ok. I worked out who our bad guy was pretty much the first time he popped up in the book so I found that very sad. There wasn’t really much suspense left once I did that. I worked it out way to early in the book. The only thing that I hadn’t figured out was why he was going all the things he did.  The world was really interesting though and at times the book did have me going and I was wrapped. I was really sad when one of the characters dies, they were one of the things I really liked about the book.

So yeah. It was ok but I really don’t think its worth all the hype I have heard. Im really interested to see how they possibly fix the things I hated in this book and where things go from here.

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From Book to Movie – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally Im against books turning into movies or other such things because they just dont live up to their written counterparts, however I was please with out they turned this book into a movie.

Im not saying by any means that they did everything well, there were a number of things I did not like that they changed, but they were mainly little things, so the movie still got a 5 in my opinion.

Here are some of the changes they made:

  1. This one is a negative to me. They made Peeta seem weaker in spirit that what he actually was, and they downplayed all the things that he did. Right from the get go, he is supposed to grab a glass out of their mentors hand and smash it against a wall, but instead he gets a foot in his face. They also dont mention that he was wounded saving Katniss, they just show him telling her to run which you never really know is just part of her tripping out. Also at the end we dont get him being all angry because he finally works out she was acting the whole time, they dont go into that fact at all really. They also made some of the other characters which are supposed to be the strong willed and strong weak at the end. That annoyed me, someone with that kind of mentality wouldn’t change.
  2. Im going to put this change down as a plus. They made Katniss more emotional, you can tell she is actually feeling things, rather than just seeming like an ice queen the entire time. Though, because we are no longer in her head we loose alot of emotion as well and things that she is feeling. Like her thoughts on Peeta and Gale, and how in the beginning Peeta was the one rooting for them to train together and thats why it hurt so much more when he decided that they should train separately.
  3. Another negative. They removed the section were district 11 sent Katniss their bread for what she did for their girl. They replaced this with images of the district going ape shit, but that doesnt happen in the book. We dont know that that happened, and I thought that was going a bit far. The whole reason why the games are happening is because stuff like that went on back in the day and I don’t think a district would start rebelling so lightly. I did like the fact they showed bits of what was happening in other places than the arena though.
  4. I dont know where I stand on this one. The time frame was seriously altered, thusly they removed stuff like Katniss being deaf in one side for most the book is ignored because it wouldn’t work into the shorter time frame, and why exactly Katniss is able to go through a fence that says “High Voltage” on it. I understand why they did this though.
  5. Im going to say this is a good thing. They added perspectives from the Capital people. Though we have no idea in the book how these things went down in the book, if they had skipped that stuff in the movie it would have been wrong. I wanted this in the book so I’m glad I got it in the movie.
  6. Im going to go negative on this one. Though I understand why they did it, they removed alot of small character bits from the movie that were in the book. Her father was mentioned tones in the book, but we get a only a little flashback of him in the movie, to me I think it probably would have been better to just leave him out of the movie because the little flash just wasnt helpful. He was the driving force to why Katniss is the way she is in the book, and the flash doesnt do that justice. They also altered who gave Katniss the pin. She originally got it from someone (the district mayors daughter) whom she spent some time with but didnt know if she was friends with or not right before she goes off to the games. It meant something then because of the uncertainty of their relationship along with other reasons. It lost something with that whole back and forth between Katniss and Prim in the space of few hours.
  7. Another plus. I feel they chose good actors to play each character, they each embraced the role they were given and connected with that character. Images of each were not all that different in my head than they were to what actors I was given.
  8. Another negative, the blasts to tell if someone had died were completely random. Sure you didnt hear them all the time in the book but there were reasons for that that were not mentioned in the movie. It just made it seem like they were not as important as they were and it was really annoying.

As you can see a few things annoyed me with the change, but I did really enjoy the movie. I understand the need to change how some things go down so that it works in a movie setting. So with what they had and keeping that in mind they did a great job here. I actually saw the movie first before I read the book, and I thought it was a pretty good movie then, but after I read the book I liked the movie a whole lot more because they really did try to keep to the book as much as they could.

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Book Review – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 454

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

May the odd be ever in your favour.

Winning will make you famous. Loosing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelves boys and girls are forced to appear in the live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. Though some bits of it were not the most well done, I could not help but caught up in the story and the world.

Im a sucker for dystopian or post-apocalyptic worlds, and if they are done well, which it is here, its just knocks my socks off. The world of the differently struggling and functioning districts controlled by this all mighty Capitol was really interesting. There were some really good little details added to the story about them as well, like how they each had their own style of bread that represented each of them. I also liked the idea of mutated animals to serve a certain purpose.

You don’t get to really meet many characters throughout the book very well, but I liked what I did get to know about each. Of course because the book is from her perspective, you got to know Katniss pretty well. At first she is pretty much described as someone who has it all together because she had to, because she had to grow up too quickly. But you also see cracks in the shell, which I thought was a nice change. While I believe that a girl in her situation could have it all together and be an adult in a younger body, but then I can also see how a girl in her situation could appear completely with it but have moments where the teenager comes through, specially if she has pretty much been handed a death sentence. For the most part she has it all, but then there are moments where she does teenage tantrums and breaks a punch of stuff. I do however that she was a bit too much of an ice queen the rest of the time though. I didn’t really get the feeling that she cared about anything, however I think this had more to do with the writing style however than the character, she did and said a lot of the right stuff, but I just wasnt getting the feelings behind it all. I also thought that she thought too much sometimes. There were parts where I felt that too much information was given that really wasnt given.

Peeta I thought we got a really good look at the kind of person he was, and at the end when they are going home and Katniss is being really a typical confused teenager, I really got the feeling of how crushed he was that everything he thought was actually happening was just a ploy to get them through the games. And even though we did not get to spend a lot of time with Gale, I also felt I know who he is and what he wants. Really, the love triangle that I see coming is one that I dont know how I want it to end up. On one hand Peeta and Katniss share a moment from when she was little and they have had a life altering experience together. On the other we have Gale who has has grown up with and shared many a moment together, though not nearly as significant as being in the games together.

The other characters I felt I met them well enough, but I would have been happier if I had gotten to know a few of them better. I also would have liked to be given other perspectives at some points. Like for the Capitol, what the hell was going on there, what were they thinking? I kind of felt that I was in a black box and new nothing about the people who put me in there or what was on the other side. Im hoping for more information in the next two books.

So all in all I thought the theme, plot and the character were all well done, however the writing style was a bit flat and lacking depth at times.

(On a side note, it has been too long since I have done a review. I had serious issues writing this so I am sorry if its not really up to standards.)

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Book Review – Among the Nameless Stars

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Title: Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #.05)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: 54

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but it didn’t really meet it.

I was confused the entire way through. From what I gather their are three levels of people, the high class, the middle class (each have their own names but they arent important), and the lower class called The Reduced. Why they are called this is not explained, though I think they may be on the stupid side. Nothing really is explained, not how the world ended up the way it is, why the ever so strange rules exist, not even half the the words that are used are explained.

I also found it a bit on the repetitive side. This girl Elliot is mentioned many many times throughout at first I thought this was good way to get to know the main character Kai better, know his thoughts and emotions and why he may do things that he does. But its done just way too much. If I knew who Elliot was, had actually met her, maybe this wouldn’t have bothered me so much, but for someone who didn’t even make an appearance in the story it became really frustrating.  The characters are developed well enough despite the confusion though and I would be interested in reading the actual story. I want to read the actual story more to get some answers though.

As for it being a prequel, I don’t really know if you can call it that. I haven’t read the proper story but this one doesn’t really feel like it would have much relevance to anything at all. The whole story could really be told in a couple of paragraphs if he didn’t go into some of the lesser details or some of the people. I would suggest this book to fans of the actual series if they are need for just another little taste of the story.

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From Book to Movie – The Host

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Title: The Host

Genre: Post-Apoctalipctic Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Rating: 2 (maybe 3) Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t remember much of what happened in this movie. This is not because it has been about 2 weeks since I saw the movie (I saw it the night it came out), but thats the way the movie was. I didn’t really remember anything the second I stepped out of the cinema. It was hysterically terribly and completely forgettable.

So why the maybe 3 star? Well if its not so bad that you have been scared for life because of it, then its borderline right? I dunno either… There were seconds in there where I grew really quite angry at the changes they made, despite the fact that I was trying really hard to not take what was happening seriously. When I succeeded in the not taking it seriously, It was hysterical just h0w poorly some things were done.

My friend and I were probably the loudest people in the cinema. We laughed our butts off, and so did other people there who obviously read the book too. I felt a bit sorry for the guy a row in front of me who was obviously taking it seriously and hand’t read the book.. but there was no stopping the hysteria.

It was done better than Twilight I feel, ans this I mainly chalk up to the actors being better than those in Twilight, though I don’t feel that they were well chosen for the characters they were supposed to portray.

For lack of a better word, from the bits that I do remember, the love scenes were a bit… rapey. Everything was over dramatic and most the time it just seemed like it was being forced and at least one of the people apart of the scene was not enjoying themselves. Though this kinda happened in the book, you get info about why and what not which is not offered here. Really they just didnt do the depth of the love issues at all. It was looked over, but I suppose they couldnt do a 600+ book which is pretty much just complete development of the love between everyone they just couldn’t get it in there and tried to cover it up with over dramatic lines that never happened like “Sleep with me!”

I think the most ridiculous thing that happened though was at the end. They are in the desert and Mel and Jared finally get to be together and they go outside to have a happy ‘yay us’ kiss, and it suddenly starts to rain so they can kiss in the rain. All, if there was much, respect for the movie was lost at this point. You already had them kiss in poorly constructed rain scene earlier, the rain didn’t sudden need to happen for this last kiss… completely unbelievable.