Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Goodreads Summary:

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 Games. But Katniss has been 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


I am in love with this series and the writer's style. I picked this book up two days ago and couldn't put it down. I had a paperback copy, an e-book copy on my computer, phone, and kindle, as well as the audiobook to listen to. I just didn't want to miss a moment where I could finish the story.

The story starts out kind of slow, building up the background of where Katniss is from, and how much she has had to shoulder to take care of her family. But by chapter 3, it really begins to get good. By that point, I was hooked. I don't think there was a point in the book where I ever really got bored. I've already started on the sequel, Catching Fire.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Goodreads Summary:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. 
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. 

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. 

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I actually really liked this storyline so far.  The characters aren't flat; they have personalities that actually seem realistic (even if Meghan is kind of whiny).  There were times that I felt the reading was somewhat childish, especially when it came to Puck.  I mean he is this ageless character, but he came off as being really childish.  The action scenes were a little boring as well.  There was one fight between Ash and Puckk wwhere it felt like this is what h append:

"You wanna fight?"

"Yes...yes I do."

*draw swords and attempt a fight to te death but end up as allies instead*

And all the while Meghan just stood there and watched.

Other than that, I kind of liked it.  At first, I thought it was going to be as bad as Wicked Lovely, but it proved me wrong.  I doubt that I'm going to be re-reading this book, but I will be picking up the rest of the series.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Giveaway: Carrier of the Mark (offsite)

Feed Your Reading Habit is giving away a copy of Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon.  Entries are open until 5pm EST on Wednesday 30th November 2011.  The competition is open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and the UK.  The winner of the competition will be announced on Thursday 1st December 2011.  So head over to Feed Your Reading Habit to enter!

Goodreads Summary:
Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giveaway: Between the Sea and Sky

Untitled Document I'm giving away a copy of Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore.

GoodReads Summary:

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship ... and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599904349
ISBN-13: 978-1599904344

In order to enter this giveaway, you must do at least one of the items listed below.  Each action will receive an entry into the contest.  Contest ends on December 31, 2011 11:59PM PST.

One-time Entries:
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Good luck everyone!

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