Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Review // Catching Fire & Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

If you haven't read these books, I urge you not to read the blurbs as they give a lot away!


Catching Fire - Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped to create. As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.






Mockingjay - Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans - everyone except Katniss. And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay - the symbol of rebellion - no matter what the personal cost.







Books 2 and 3 of The Hunger Games Trilogy were not a disappointment. Admittedly, it took a while for me to get interested in Catching Fire because of the love story that seemed to be the main focus. Whilst I love a good romance just like everybody else, I felt (and still do to a degree) that there was too much focus on the relationships between Katniss/Peeta/Gale. Just a few chapters in though and I was hooked once again! The Capitol and the Districts really interest me and dystopian novels are definitely right up my street just lately.
Mockingjay definitely impressed me more than Catching Fire but for different reasons. The imagery and certain scenes depicted in Mockingjay were truly disturbing and unexpected. It was hard to say goodbye to characters that i'd grown to love and feel protective of but with the release of the movie this weekend, I have a feeling that The Hunger Games are here to stay and are about to become even bigger :)


Goodreads Challenge 15/50
Debut Author Challenge 2/5
Dystopian Challenge 4/5
Paranormal Fantasy Challenge 2/5

Review // The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely re-written.






The Fault in Our Stars is the book of the year! Nerdfighter, Vlogbrother and spectacular author John Green has created a masterpiece with Hazel's story. From the first page, Green grabs your attention and the voice and character of Hazel was identifiable to me. We are told at the beginning (not a spoiler because it's in the blurb!) that Hazel has terminal cancer and so we immediately know that this story is going to be a journey of some kind. I never expected that journey to be mine though.

There are some beautiful and thought-provoking quotes within this book that I would love to share with you guys but i'm honestly one of those people who believe you should discover things like that yourself as words have different meanings to everyone. In true Green style, this heart-warming and heart-wrenching story that follows Hazel is also incredibly funny. Hazel, Augustus and Isaac have wonderful sense of humours that add to the wonderful characters that they are. They take on a life of their own and the words on the page become so much more than that. I urge all readers to experience this book and please let me know what you think of it.


Goodreads Challenge 15/50
Debut Author Challenge 2/5
Dystopian Challenge 4/5
Paranormal Fantasy Challenge 2/5

I'm back.

Apologies for the lack of posts on here. I wasn't sure if I was going to continue this blog due to other circumstances but here I am.


I have a few reviews coming up in the next few days to get myself back on track. If anyone has any suggestions of things you'd like to see here then please leave a comment!
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