Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    Synopsis: "My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."

    Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
    It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.
    The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    There were so many expectations and so much weight on this final and closing book, I have absolutely no idea how Suzanne Collins dealt with it. I would've had some kind of meltdown. And yet, Suzanne Collins stood up strong and finished this thrilling series saying bravely that this book was no harder to write than the other two.
    But, this book was so much harder to read than the previous two. It's so brutal and bloody. Collins definitely does not spare us any detail of how gruesome war is. And then the killing! Oh my goodness, the killing. It was terrible reading about how so many characters die. I mean, how could Collins just kill off... well, I don't want to spoil anything.
    By the way, I think I turned into Team Peeta during the time between finishing Catching Fire to the release of Mockingjay. I know, unbelievable. I was strongly Team Gale throughout the first two books, but then I realized that even though Gale may be passionate and has the power to protect Katniss, it should be up to Katniss for who she wants to end up with. I mean, if Katniss loves the little baker boy... maybe she should get with him. Anyway, I'm not saying anything about who she ends up with. I think that both Team Gale and Team Peeta fans will be disappointed and feel something lacking with the ending/epilogue.
    Collins continues to write in that hypnotic style that makes you want to to glue the book to your hands. I'll admit it, I just had to put the book down at times. It was just the emotional heaviness of everything that got to everyone. The love triangle is really not the focus in this book, not that it was in the other two. But in Mockingjay for sure, the romance takes the backseat.
    The plot is non-stop action with surprises at every turn, along with heartbreak and thrills. Though I am still deeply overwhelmed at the deaths and intensity of this book, I have to say that this series is the best I've ever read.
    4 keys.


Friday, September 3, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

*ARC Review*

Synopsis: After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from being homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she's stuck as a spirit (DON'T call her a ghost) in the land of the living, with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear her (turns out he's been "blessed" with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
    Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she's supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She's not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will's not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He has only a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then.
    Can they get over their mutual distrust--and weird attraction between them--to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don't exist?

    I love ARC tour sites and my favorite is definitely We Love Ya! It was finally my turn to receive this book and I was so excited. This was actually my very first time participating in a book your site, and I have to say, I love it! I love the idea and everything.
    Anyway, in my previous post, I said I would be posting a review soon, and when I meant soon, I meant like the next day. Hehe... I got delayed.
    This book was really cute yet was lacking. I'm really not sure what it was lacking of, but it's something vital in a good YA book. I thought that the writing style was rather childish, almost a little too carefree or breezy. I wanted the book to be fun and light but not to the point where it's almost obnoxious. By the way, I'm not saying Stacey Kade writes obnoxiously. No, not at all! It just wasn't the best.
    I know everyone has said this, but I imagined Alona and Will to be like those two people on the cover. I love the cover, by the way. I think it fits the story perfectly.
    The ending was really surprising and kind of confusing, but I heard that Kade was making this into a series, so maybe everything will be explained later?
    Overall, I thought this book was only okay. I give it 3 keys.


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