The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Ahhhh alas The Hunger Games~~ I ordered the trilogy online and FINALLY got them in the mail. I’ve been dying to read this book for forever, but I never really got around to it. This book was a 4.8/5. Those of you who read the book might be wondering why, because the book was really good, but then I think of Harry Potter.. now those are some 5/5 books.

This book was a bit of a longer read for me not because it’s a big book, but because I was reading it very intently. The book is set in a very different place with very different ways of living, and I felt like I had to adapt to it even though I wasn’t living in it.

I think what made this book so popular/good is that it is so different. The storyline and plot is not something I would have ever thought of. And everything felt possible, like their way of living could actually exist in the future.

What I didn’t really like about the book was all the deaths. So many people died and everyone was under 20 yrs old. I don’t know why but I was always pretty shocked when someone died, even though it was pretty obvious they would all eventually die.. except one.. ;)

**Spoiler** I was actually freaking ecstatic when the announcer person said that 2 people from the same district could win, I literally like jumped out of my chair… =_= anyway..

The book itself was very well written and I love how Collins kind of incorporates all of the characters in a way that you can recognize them. What I mean is that everyone kind of made an impact on me in some way.. for example, when Thresh spared Katniss because of what she did for Rue guhh so touching. There was always so much going on during the game because whenever things got boring the programmers would do things to herd them together to kill each other, and Katniss had so many encounters where she got hurt, and then there was Peeta that was like MIA for a good portion of the book, and you find out why later, but just so much was always going on and it felt like it could go on for soo long because everyone is just trying to survive.

Recap on a few of the parts

Oh my goodness, when Katniss found Peeta in the mud I was.. I mean I don’t even know, all I could think was oh my god, how long had he been there? Has he eaten? Did he not move all this time? Is he ok?!?! And then I was just super relieved he found a way to stay hidden and alive.

I think Collins gave Rue a good death.. I was sad none-the-less that she died, but I think how she died in Katniss’ arms while she was singing to her was a much better way than the way it could have been and so that made me feel not so depressed about her dying…

I really like Haymitch, as much as they describe him as a drunk and sloppy person, I think he was just pretty traumatized after the Hunger Games, and having to train kids from the district only to see them all die.. But I think he gives really good advice and I feel like he’s a good person.

I felt so bad for Peeta at the end when Katniss told him that all the romance between them was a ‘show’ for the most part because the capitol was pissed that they were going to kill themselves. He had been doing all the cuddling and sweet talking because he thought it was real and him and Katniss were really together, and then when she told him what Haymitch told her to do it was like everything came crashing down. Shakes head… I did really like how they were called ‘star-crossed lovers’ hahaha mainly because I love the story of Romeo and Juliet :)

So now they’re making a movie which is filming right now. Jennifer Lawrence is supposed to play Katniss, and I really don’t know how I feel about that… for one thing I guess she’s better than the other actresses that were considered.. Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Emily Browning, Saoirse Ronan… because she looks kind of.. rough? Like I cannot see little miss Emma Roberts playing someone as independent and tough as Katniss. Nor can I see Abigail Breslin or Emily Browning shooting arrows and killing people and animals..  even though Emily Browning was pretty good in “Sucker Punch”.. Saoirse Ronan, I feel like she could play Katniss especially after her recent film “Hanna” but she looks too.. foreign? Like too Russian. And, when I look at Jennifer Lawrence she LOOKS like she would be a good Katniss, has that rough edge, looks independent, and looks like she has the ability to act all in love with Peeta… BUT. I read an interview with her and some magazine, I can’t remember, but as she was leaving she said something along the lines of.. I’m sorry I have to go do this Hunger Games thing. And the interviewer said “Hunger Games thing?” I mean there are some die-hard fans of this book. This book is an excellent book and there are obviously a lot of people that want to be in the movie in any way, and more that DREAM to play Katniss. I feel like maybe she doesn’t want to be Katniss as bad as other people might want to be… So I was very disappointed about that…

And Liam Hemsworth playing Gale?? Wait what? He can act? Cause last I saw, he did really badly in a really bad movie with equally bad Miley Cyrus that was based on a pretty good book. I mean he just looks like someone meant for cheesy romance movies where he’s the cheesy lover boy.. Gale is supposed to be the main supporter of his family, hunting, gathering, and fishing daily… Maybe I’m just picky but The Hunger Games deserves a really good cast.. And I do think that casting unknowns is a really good idea, I mean look at Harry Potter! Great cast. And the Hunger Games should have an equally great cast.

This book is a must read, I highly recommend it to everyone, even though it’s considered a ‘young adult’ book, I think everyone should read it. However, it is a little bit violent, or at least I thought it was, so just keep that in mind if you plan on reading it.

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 steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Fames. But Katniss has been so close to dead before–and survival, for her, 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 agains humanity and life against love.

Cross My Heart – Carly Phillips

I picked this book up on a whim from my local library. It was a decent book, with a good amount of suspense and unexpected turns. Overall I rate it…. 3/5.

I give it a 3.8 because it was definitely better than “Lock and Key” by Sarah Dessen, but I don’t think it’s good enough for a 4. Because a 4 is pretty high right? It’s like almost a 5.

This book is basically about a girl that used to be abused by her uncle so eventually faked her death and ran away under a different name. An old childhood friend shows up and tells her she needs to come home and claim her parent’s inheritance that her uncle is apparently trying to steal. She goes back and finds out he’s been living in her old mansion with a new family. And if it isn’t obvious enough it’s not easy getting her rightful inheritance back.

This was also a quick and easy read. I finished it in one sitting without trouble. It’s definitely more of an adult-ish book because it does have some sex scenes. What I liked about this book is that it’s not told in the perspective of one person, but rather all the people involved throughout the book, and transitions very well between each character. They all kind of lead off of another.

I have to say this book was pretty enjoyable and I found myself smiling throughout the book. It’s not the most striking book but it does have a good dose of intensity that kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked the combo of a love story and a mystery. There were a few unexpected turns and you couldn’t really know who to trust until around the end of the book. For example I never thought Marc would end up being ‘good’ and I actually got kind of touched by some of his actions, and a little sad when he ‘died’, thank god he didn’t… that would have been sad…

I think this was a good read, and I do recommend it. It’s an easy read so its a good break if you’re reading more intense books.

Lacey Kincaid is a classic New York sucess story. As the owner of Odd Jobs, she’s gone from rags to riches…sort of. Because Lacey’s harboring a secret – she was born Lillian Dumont, and spent her childhood with a silver spoon in her mouth, until the deaths of her wealthy parents and the evil schemes of an abusive uncle forced her to take drastic measures. She’d never planned to return to her former life or her abandoned identity – but when her childhood sweetheart, Ty, resurfaces and urges her to claim her rightul inheritance, she decides that maybe being the Dumont heiress wouldn’t be so bad. Lacey’s uncle doesn’t see it that way, though – and he’s willing to do anything to stop her.
Now, it’s up to Ty to protect Lacey before that silver spoon becomes a silver bullet. But if they live through this, the future’s looking bright for this downtown guy and his brand-new uptown girl!

Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key took me one night, and 2 hours at work. It’s fair to say that this book was an easy read. It moved pretty quickly and had a decent plot. Overall, I rate it… 3.5/5.

I picked up this book because I saw a lot of good reviews for it online saying it was touching, and all Sarah Dessen books are amazing. But I have to say this book didn’t really appeal to me that much. It just wasn’t that good. I do have to give it credz for being pretty fast paced, but I think the book could have gone a lot further.

This book is about a girl that’s lived a pretty crappy life until she moves in with her sister. And basically she feels herself getting comfortable with having people around caring for her and starts to see a future for herself. All the while she gets to know this guy that lives next to her, who is ‘keeping her at a distance’.

I have to say, I freaking loved Jaime, and I wish I was Cora so I was married to him. He is the cutest thing ever. For example, how he goes all out for the holidays, dressing as Santa, having matching family outfits for photos. And I thought it was pretty hot when he yelled at Ruby for staying out for so long and worrying them. I just thought it was a good manly touch to his character.

On to the whole of the book. The good thing about this book is that they don’t dwell on the whole, get to know the main character’s friends, everyday activities, and past happenings. Obviously they have the few introductory paragraphs, but other than that, they weaved what happened in the past throughout the book corresponding with the events that were happening in the moment. But other than that, this book was just kind of boring. The whole idea of a girl living a bad life and things changing, could be a good idea, like the  Korean drama “Cinderella’s Sister”, but I feel like Ruby just kind of “opened up” too easily? I don’t know if that makes sense, but the book kept giving me the idea that she was some closed off person that didn’t care, but she seems pretty comfortable sharing her life story to me. And I guess a lot of people ‘felt’ something, like a life lesson or something, which obviously I didn’t ‘feel’.

 

There was nothing really memorable in the book that makes me want to read it again, which in return doesn’t give me much to blog/review about. It wasn’t unbearable and non-the-less an easy read. I guess I recommend it, but since it’s just an easy, no-need-to-think kind of book.

Ruby can take care of herself. She’s used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cora. Now Ruby’s got her own room in a fabulous new house, she’s going to private school, and–for the first time–feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there’s an adorable and sweet boy next dorr, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.