Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katniss Everdeen is just a regular teenage girl. Yeah, right, pffft. Instead of living a carefress life, Katniss is the one that is relied on to bring food and other essentials into the family home. Her mother is distant and aloof since the death of her father leaving Katniss to care for her and her younger sister Prim.

Katniss lives in District 12 of the nation Panem. It is the furthest district away from the Capitol where decisions are made and wealth is accrued. Leaving District 12 and it’s citizens poverty stricken.

We meet Katniss on the morning of the reaping. The reaping is the first stage in an extraordinary competition devised by the Capitol. It is designed to show all citizens of Panem that the Capitol is in control and it is also designed to remind the citizens of past sacrifices and atrocities. In the reaping one boy and one girl are chosen to represent their district. 24 “tributes” travel to the Capitol and enter “The Hunger Games” – Only one will leave the competition.

On the morning of the reaping, a name is chosen to represent district twelve that shocks Katniss to the core and puts her life on an entirely different path than she hoped.

Comments:

Violent, Bloody, Creepy dystopian with heart-warming, endearing characters that you will fall in love with straight away.

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Review: The Blonde

The Blonde
The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

edit : Dec 15th 2013
Holy Schmokes look at that COVER! #LOVE

New Anna Godbersen book???? YES PLEASE!

March 2014???

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Review: Allegiant

Allegiant
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Edit: Nov 3rd 2013

I am so disappointed with the final installment in the Divergent series. It is not just as a result of what happened to one of the characters towards the end of the book that irked me. It was the whole thing.  The arc of the story changed drastically. There was a lot of focus put on genes and genetics that had never been previously mentioned in the series. At first it almost seemed as though this was a standalone and not the final novel of a trilogy.

The story started off incredibly slow and at times nothing was holding my interest. I hated the narration in the novel as it was extremely difficult to know whether it was Tris or Four speaking as there were very little to distinguish the two. As a result of the two narrators in the novel some chapters were too short and there was also some jumping in the timeline that confused me.

However the one thing that really annoyed me was the end to the conflict in Chicago. There was no war, no armies, no major epic battles of will and blood and guts and gore. No, Four went and had a chat with his Mother and all was well and good in the world again because they love each other and all that Jazz. This is not Harry Potter Ms. Roth! The Mothers love and care deal didn’t work here.

#disappointed

EDIT: October 27 2013, 37%
Trying to read this slowly because (a) Its Allegiant (b) The multiple POV between Tris & Four is slightly on the confusing side & (c) I accidentally read a spoiler that I am not looking forward to getting to

october? arghhhhh

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Review: Dark Places

Dark Places
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Flynns critically acclaimed novel Gone Girl I knew that Dark Places was entirely likely to be a dark creepy mystery novel. I wasn’t wrong.

Libby Day is a victim of a horrendous childhood. One dark night her Mother and her two older sisters were brutally murdered in a so-called ” Satanic Devil worshipping attack” their home on their farm. Libby escaped out a window and endured such a cold environment outside she had to have parts of her fingers and toes removed as a result of frostbite. Libby’s surly teenage brother was accused, charged and later jailed for the murders as a result of Libbys account of the night.

Years later and Libby hasn’t made much of her life. She finds it hard to get out of bed in the morning. She has been living for over 20 years on the donations given to her as a child victim of crime but her bank account has dwindled to less than 1000 dollars.

Out of the blue Libby receives a letter from Lyle. He is highly interested in the Day case and is involved in a Kill Club where enthusiasts share theories about serial killers, murders and unsolved crime cases. In exchange for payments – to supplement her miniscule bank account – Libby agrees to placate Lyles theory that Ben Day did not kill his siblings and mother that night. However what occurs isn’t exactly what Libby signed up for.

A slow burning eerie murder mystery that is a must read for crime, mystery, thriller fiction readers.

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‘The One’ by Keira Cass Cover Reveal

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! Today the cover for The One, the Third installment in The Selection series by Kiera Cass was revealed. And Holy Schmoly is that a wedding dress my eyes can see??

Maxon or Aspen??? Aspen? Maxon? Prince? Soldier?

Maybe she picks neither and just happens to wear a white dress to some random royal selection engagement.

The possibilities are endless.

This cover is such a tease.

What are you doing to us?

I can’t deal.

My feels are hurting.

the one cover reveal

‘The One’ EXCLUSIVE Cover Reveal: Look Who’s Wearing White!.

Review: Billy and Me

Billy and Me
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My initial thoughts before reading:
Before reading this book I had little or no expectations as the book is the debut offering from author Giovanna Fletcher. In the beginning I fell in love with the story for many different reasons. Part 1 of the novel was probably one of the cutest things I have ever read. However from part 2 onwards certain elements of the novel – in particular numerous characters began to grate on me. Also I felt that Sophie Mays big personal conflict was slightly anti-climactic. It was built up so big for so long that all I could think was, “Oh, that’s it?”

The rest of my review consists of a series of gifs and pictures:

Sophie May :

Billy Buskin :

In my head this is Molly trying to get Sophie May to talk to Billy:

The shop, omg the Shop:

 

*Drools about cakes and biscuits, and muffins, and scones and loads of tea, tea and more tea*

What I wanted to do to Paul every damn time he spoke

Me Listening to Sophie May whining in part 2 & 3 & 4

Me at the ending:

 

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