Since everyone knows The Hunger Games and I’m feeling peckish myself (horrible for my Squishees I know, sorry make it up to you later I promise).
The Hunger Games: Awesome. There is an intensity alive in the book that came across in the movie but not quite as powerful. So much more is explained, and you just can’t help but feel for every one of the characters. I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t wait to start the second one.
Catching Fire: Again spectacular! You can see how much the games traumatized both Peeta and Katniss. You are also able to see how conflicted she is over Peeta and Gale. It really pulls at your heart strings when she can’t make up her mind and has to go through everything all over again.
Mockingjay: I didn’t quite see this ending coming, but it really was a great ending. After surviving the Games not once but twice, and “unwillingly leading” a rebellion you think she is going to make it out with her life and loved ones intact but that just isn’t in the cards for anyone.
Recommendation: YES! Read the series!
Overview: Sofia was kidnapped on her 17th birthday by a vampire and taken to a magical place where the sun never shines, to live in a tree with the vampire Prince. Upset she tries to run away, but is caught and starts to fall for her captor. When her best friend arrives as a fellow slave she is suddenly reminded of everything she was forced to leave behind and wants to return. Then she doesn’t want to return.
Opinion: Too short first off. Sofia seems wishy-washy, and too dependent on men for my taste. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but there is something I just didn’t like about it. At the same time it was pretty good, definitely sucked me in so I can find out what happened. Has a sort of Twilight/Beauty and the Beast feel to it.
Recommendation: Conflicted yes.
Overview: Torchwood team, recently cut down to only 3 members, investigate gruesome murders of wonderful singers; where the voice box and larynx have been removed. Finding the culprit to be an inhabitant of The Silent Planet, they intend to use Ianto as bait but the plan is foiled by a young autistic boy with a miraculous singing gift that catches the alien’s attention instead. In a race against the clock the team arrives just in time to figure out why he is killing and satisfy both the boy’s and the alien’s soul.
Opinion: After the loss of the tv show, I didn’t think anything would be able to replace it. However the book series continues it very well and in ways it is a bit better for the imagination. This was not my favorite from the series but definitely good!
Overview: Judas the Betrayer, is on the run after betraying his master. The whole world is hunting him down and just when he seems to be catching a break he is taken by an angel to a flying ship to be recruited as a messenger of Chaos. We follow his training and missions, and pass his great test of “The War of 12 Messengers.” He lives over a thousand years doing work for the angels, and one of them betrays him, leading to him being cast out of the flying ship to live as a human and ultimately transformed beyond that of a simple human.
I think I said that with minimum spoilage.
What I think: Action and adventure run flawlessly through this great book. The story line is amazing and has a great concept of where it wants to go but has some issues. Some of the chapters were told out of order, which got more confusing as it went on. Towards the end of the middle, things were being rushed and there was no concept of what happened between years.
The big kicker for me was it centered a lot around religion and faith, on it’s own the story would be great but for me I just couldn’t quite get past those to truly love it. I do, however still recommend it to those who enjoy religious sci-fi crusade types of books.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Recommendation: Yes for the most part.
First- Love the man, he is a genius! Second- The book is proof of the former!
Quick overview (hopefully no spoilers…at best minimal spoilage): Edgar Freemantle is (roughly) in his early 50’s when he has a major accident that takes his right arm. The accident also causes memory loss and the inability to speak normally for a time. His therapist tells him to get away and take a break for awhile, help ease the mind and body. When he does strange things start happening that put his friends and family in mortal danger, and he has to put a stop to it. With the help of an aging mob boss’s daughter, her “companion” and Edgar’s little helper; they set off to a side of Duma Key no one had seen since 1927.
When I bought the book, I had no clue what it was about except that it was the latest from my all time favorite author. I am so glad that I had put off reading it until now, because if I had read it before my own “accident” in 2009 I don’t think I would have related to it as well as I do now. Mr. King jumps straight into the action and just when you come up for air, he drags you back down into his clutches. The imagery he sets up is spectacular, you can almost feel everything the characters are going through, as well as the work being created. In the beginning parts can be a bit confusing, but everything gets smoothed out once you realize what is going on and how Edgar is speaking two us in two different ways. Part of the reason the book was so appealing to me, and really anyone, is that we can all understand what Edgar is going through during his vacation. For me it is me and writing but for others it can be music, art, building/construction, whatever your passion; you know the itch and need to do.
Just a short list of some of the songs that I have been listening to while writing my next book. These few songs have helped spark not only the “writing bug” but also can really be seen reflected in certain parts of the book. In different areas you can truly feel the music pouring through the story.
“Awakening” by Áine Minogue
“Only Fools Rush In” by Elvis Presley
“Listen to your Heart” by Roxette
“We’re Not Gonna Take it” by Twisted Sister
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Chantal Kreviazuk
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
Just finished the second book, Insurgent, and loved it! Veronica Roth is amazing! I can’t wait to see how the movies play out.
I’m going to avoid spoilers, in case there are others who have yet to read them, but I will say it can be a bit confusing. She jumps from one spot to another spot, leaving gaps of time and the reader a tad lost for a few moments. Once the fog is lifted, a mother time gap is thrown at you.
Not complaining, it’s just a pet peeve of mine when there isn’t some type of segue to expose the time gaps. Something about not having a segue makes the writing seem rushed or sloppy. With VR the time gaps are small and numerous, but short and sweet.
Have a nice day!