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Review: Mockingjay

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Mockingjay Book Review
4 of 5 stars to Mockingjay, the third book in the “Hunger Games” young adult trilogy published in 2010 and written by Suzanne Collins. Although I loved this book, it’s my least favorite of the three in the series, as it’s less about the actual challenge to survive against the other districts, which is what made the books so fun for me. It’s all about revolution against the government and who is really fighting for the cause. Full of commentary on the world and society in general, the book is a struggle to obtain freedom and fix the errors of the past. All the favorite characters (who are still alive) are fighting. Several perish. Katniss makes her choice among Peeta and Gale. Families are put to test. Loyalties are shaken. It paints a bleak picture, but one worth fighting for. It’s a fitting end for the series, but it also makes you want to go back to re-read all 3 books over again. Good memories. 🙂

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Review: Catching Fire

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Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins   My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every so often, I select a Young Adult book to read. After I read the Hunger Games, I had to finish the trilogy… I mean, how could you not, right?

Let’s back up a bit… I love challenges. I am totally in my element watching serial killers on TV shows. (Umm… I didn’t mean that in a sociopath-kinda way… I just mean the thrill of trying to guess who the killer is and who’s gonna go next is the fun part… make believe… not real… I’m honestly not a serial killer… wait wouldn’t a serial killer say that… oh, I’m screwed here.)

And my favorite book of all time is “And Then There Were None.” But the first thing I saw was “Battle Royale” years ago… what an amazing movie. It’s total cheesy fun, but I could watch it anytime… ok, I’m off topic. The point is… there is something about knocking people off one by one until you’re left with only 1 possible person… and the winner is… THAT is a fun book.

So I had to read The Hunger Games. But OMG, when book 2 came out and Peeta and Katniss where back in the contest, I think I died and went to… not exactly heaven, as that would be WEIRD.

She’d already been through so much. And I couldn’t take the stress of guessing which character would go and in what horrific way. My reaction was like:

OK… now that the hysterics and humor are done… I really, really liked this book. And if it wasn’t already done in the first edition, I would have given this a 5… but I wasn’t keen on the ending and so I had to go with a 4 for this one.

I am normally a fan of the bad boy/girl winning the hero’s or heroine’s heart, and as much as the movies may have tried to change my mind… Peeta seemed destined to be with Katniss in the books. And I was good with that. We all need someone to bake for us, right?

Losing Mags and Rue was awful. But the imagination in these books is incredible. And the push/pull in every direction… so good. This is is how I felt:

I recommend reading the series. It may totally be commercial young adult fiction, but if it gets you to read, it’s a good thing. And it’s full of moral lessons and a challenge to think critically about life.

All around… I think it’s a must read!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars to Suzanne Collins‘s The Hunger Games. Such a popular series, so many people have read it or watched the movies… do I really need to do a review? But since I’ve put it in my top 20 favorite books, isn’t there an obligation to review it?

YES

Let’s make it simple… it may be young adult, and it may be fantasy, but neither of those facts matter when you have a set of richly flawed characters, a plot that is an absolute play on “survival of the fittest” and imagery so vivid it jumps off the proverbial page.

You can’t not read it. You may not absolutely LOVE it, but it will capture your attention in many ways.

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