Thursday, June 30, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: JUNE

Book Soulmates


This was my first time participating in Random Acts of Kindness which turned out to be such an exciting month! Although I didn’t receive anything, I did send out a book. After looking at a bunch of wish lists I decided to order Beastly by Alex Flinn to Kel at Enchanted Books. She has a very cute Beauty and the Beast themed blog, so I thought it would be fitting to send her a retelling of the story.

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it.


EDIT: Kel HAD a very cute Beauty and the Beast themed blog. Of course she changed it when I posted this. Haha!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful ReadsGraceful ReadsGraceful Reads
                 None                               Mockingjay                           Graceling
                                                    Suzanne Collins                     Kristin Cashore

Monday, June 27, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: MOCKINGJAY

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Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
- From Goodreads
Title: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 390
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Mockingjay was good… really good. So good that it became my favorite in the Hunger Games trilogy. Once I started reading it I could not stop. Twice I had to force myself to put down the book (which was not an easy thing to do). The first time because it was very late and I was so sleepy I didn’t understand what I was reading anymore. The second time because my neighbors started playing a very awkward country song  at full volume and unfortunately it didn’t work very well as a soundtrack to people getting their body parts blown away (Don’t worry. It’s not a spoiler. Suzanne Collins blows up people all the time).

It was really interesting to read about District 13 and how things worked down there. The schedule everyone has to follow on their arms, the soldier system and how protective and cautious they are over food. I also liked the new bows Katniss and Gale got. Those were badass and really fired up the action in the book. I must point out that Mockingjay had a wonderful balance between action and information. Also, the characters had such a great depth and development which made me more and more attached to them every time they made a presence.

There were some deaths in this book I felt could have been avoided. Yes, I understand that there’s a reason why Suzanne Collins killed them, but still, with so much build up throughout the story for the two of them, you’d think they would have survived. They were also way too short. I actually didn’t realize that one of them was dead until I got it thrown in my face many pages later. It was also a very cruel thing to do to the other characters. Oh my… Mockingjay really broke my heart.

I would give this book 5 stars if it wasn’t for the ending. Mockingjay was SO good until chapter 25. That’s where everything started to collapse. Although I was pleased with one thing that happened, the rest I felt was just ridiculous and confusing. To be honest, the ending felt unfinished, rushed and sloppy written. It was almost as if some chapters were missing. So many things where left unanswered, especially between two of the characters. But as I just said, all this happened at the end, so everything written before chapter 25 was just amazing! Absolutely worth the read!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful ReadsGraceful ReadsGraceful Reads
             Mockingjay                          Catching Fire                         Graceling
          Suzanne Collins                      Suzanne Collins                    Kristin Cashore

Saturday, June 18, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: CATCHING FIRE

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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.
- From Goodreads
Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 391
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher:  Scholastic Press

This book made me SO angry when I read it. Many of the things that happened were really unfair, and several times I wanted to punch President Snow and the Peacemakers in their faces! I won’t go any deeper into that in case some of you haven’t read the book yet, but I’m sure you’ll feel the same at least once if you choose to read it.

In Catching Fire we learn more about the past to some of the previous victors of the Hunger Games, including Haymitch, which was really interesting. I always wondered how it was for Haymitch to be in the games. It was also nice to read more about the other characters, especially Cinna. He must be my favorite. I love all the costumes and dresses he makes, especially the last dress for Katniss. What he did with that one was so cool!

As I am a very patient reader, I don’t need a lot of action going on all the time. But in Catching Fire I felt there were parts that dragged on for too long. Several times I had to lay down the book for a few minutes and rest my head. Yes, there were a lot of interesting and important stuff that were discussed in this book, but at times it just got too much. It did have some very strong moments at times, though. Catching Fire never stopped surprising me with its twists and turns, and at the end my heart was beating so fast that I didn’t even notice when I flipped over to a new page. All in all I had a nice read, not the best, but it was still good.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES


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Winning will make you famous. 
                                 Losing means certain death. 

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event 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.
  
- From Goodreads
Title: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 374
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Wow. What an intense start this trilogy has! The Hunger Games is the type of book you should read ONLY when you know you don’t have any other plans for the day. I’m serious. I was unfortunately foolish enough to start this book in a weekend when I was very busy, which I really regret. Suzanne Collins has this way of writing that makes you want to read chapter by chapter and never stop, and every time you tell yourself “I must stop when I’m done with this chapter”, something happens that makes it impossible not to read on. And how can you stop when the creation of the places and the characters (as well as the development) are so well done it all almost feels real!

Something I noticed while reading this book was how smoothly everything went. All of a sudden I was on page 100…200…and just like that I’d reached the end.  Usually when I read this much I need to lean back and relax for a minute because I get so tired in my head. But not with this book. To be honest, I barely noticed I was reading. You know that famous expression many use after they are done with a book? The: “OH! IT WAS JUST LIKE WATCHING A MOVIE! WOOOW!”? Well, it couldn’t fit any better for The Hunger Games.  

I must admit something... Although I obviously enjoyed reading this book, it did not live up to my expectations (which disappointed me a little). I’d thought after hearing so many positive things about it, The Hunger Games would become my new one true love. But it didn’t. I think I have myself to blame for that. After all this time my expectations got a bit too high. But who knows… Maybe I will grow to like it more after I’m done reading the whole trilogy?


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #1

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In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

FINALLY they arrived! I've wanted to read this trilogy for such a long time now and now I can! *Jumps up and down in excitement* 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins