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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins



5 Stars!
Amazon- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

To sum it up: 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 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...


Wow.

Yet again, there are no words. The sequel to The Hunger Games is the kind of novel that literally leaves you breathless. I didn't think anything could top book one, yet Suzanne Collins surprised me with Catching Fire. Everything that I loved about The Hunger Games, is present in this book- it has action, romance, and so much more. This book grabbed me from the first page, and was near impossible to put down.

Every turn of the page, I felt a different emotion... Horror. Despair. Hope. And so much more. The character development was also so very gratifying, and I truly felt like I got to know each and every character I was introduced to. And before I go on, I absolutely must take a moment and gush about Peeta. *sigh* ...oh Peeta... I literally become a blathering teenage girl when that name's mentioned! ♥

This book is INTENSE, with a capitol "I"... everything about this story was riveting, and had me on my toes throughout every turn of the page. What I loved most about Catching Fire, was that everything seemed to be felt on a much deeper and stronger level- everything is explored in much more detail, and this was so much more than just a re-hashing of book one. Suzanne Collins managed to pull off this book with refinement and fluidity, and I once again found myself in a non-stop whirlwind of constant page turning and need for more... you can just never have enough when it comes to this series. In Catching Fire, questions will be answered, and new characters will be loved.

And speaking of love... this book spends quite a bit more time looking at the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. Could it be love? ...Peeta knows exactly how he feels, while Katniss on the other hand is less certain. She knows she doesn't want to get married or have children, because let's face it- who wants to take the chance on their future children having to suffer through The Hunger Games? What she does know is, she wants to do everything in her power to keep Peeta safe- (My own personal thoughts on the matter? It's love... the kind of love you don't ever want to go through this life without having- and if Suzanne Collins doesn't agree with that, so help me...)

Once again, I know I can't do this book justice with my review- there's just too much to say, and yet not enough. I've been completely captivated with these books, and this sequel was everything that I hoped for, and much more than I expected.

...Now, I'm off to book three! *SQUEEEEEEE!*

(FYI:this book ends on a definite cliffhanger- you've been warned!)

Also... I would absolutely recommend reading this series in order- I wouldn't say these books could be read as a stand-alone at all... but come to think of it, you definitely don't want to miss out on any of the books in this series. Trust me.

And... Who wants to enjoy another picture? For all you Gale lovers out there, that's too bad... Peeta's the only one going up on this review... *sigh*



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


 5 Stars!
Amazon link-  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

To sum it up: In the ruins of a place once known as North America, lies the nation of Panem- a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen, to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead, and for her, survival is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity, and life against love...


Holy.
Freaking.
Crap.


The Hunger Games... *moment of silence* ...there are just no words. Why is it, we have such a hard time writing reviews for books that we absolutely love? I'm having a heck of a time trying to sum up my thoughts and feelings on this book, and I'm sure once I finish, I won't even begin to do this story justice. The Hunger Games was something I would have never even thought about picking up. To me, it was just against my romance fanatic rules- I just didn't read books that weren't strictly revolved around romance. It just doesn't happen with me. Which is why I'm shocked to say, that I lived and breathed this book, from the moment I read the first page. What I was most surprised to find in this novel, was that through all of the violence and sadness, there was actually a great deal of love. Love of family... love of friends... and even on a romantic level as well. I found myself caught up in such an engrossing story and world, that it was to the point where I was almost certain Panem actually existed!

The Games that took place, is fast paced with not a single dull moment! I literally found myself holding my breath on a number of occasions to see what would happen next. The description of each and every scene was unbelievable, and left me imagining them as if they were happening right before my eyes. The concept of the story is fascinating, and the characters are even more so.

Katniss is one heck of a main character, who spent most of her years growing up as a provider and protector, in such a brutal world. She truly epitomizes the word "heroine", with her courage, perseverance and resourcefulness. I absolutely marveled at her strengths and depth, which only served to make her more realistic. ...Apart from Katniss, I really connected with Peeta on such an emotional level as well... *sigh* ...he comes from a more privileged background, and as a result, doesn't have her survival skills, but his absolute best asset is his pure heart.

I envy Suzanne Collins- the way that she can take an idea completely out of the blue, and create an entirely new world is an absolute gift. She has a way of creating pictures of events that make you feel like you're actually there. The Hunger Games is a perfect mix of romance, buried in action and conflict. Collins describes it well, putting me into that world and letting me marvel in it without drowning me in needless paragraphs of description. Be warned: once you start this book, you're not going to want to stop- I literally finished it in a matter of hours. It truly is a fast-paced riveting page-turner, that will keep you guessing about the final outcome up until the last! Now, I'm off to book two, Catching Fire!


PS: I absolutely can't wait for the movie to come out in theaters on March 23rd... let the countdown begin! ...and while you're waiting, why not enjoy a sneak-peek picture of who's going to be starring as Katniss, Gale, and Peeta! (*sigh*... ohh Peeta... ♥) 




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