Nov 30, 2013

Mockingjay

The moment I finished Catching Fire I knew there was no way I would be able to read anything else. I'd have to start Mockingjay the final book in the series right away. And I did. For the conclusion of this series I feel like I was pleased with it.


 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.


Things are in an all out war as District by District rebels against the Capitol and President Snow. Soon rebels are coming together ready to be rid of The Hunger Games and set fire to the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen isn't sure if she wants to be the Mockingjay or not and she struggles to come to terms that she is the spark that started this revolution.

I really enjoy Katniss as a protagonist. Her voice is so different than from what I'm used to and I find that will each book I love her even more. She's angry and trying to make sense of everything since all that went down in Catching Fire. It's a lot to process and I understand why she felt betrayed by Haymitch. Throughout the book I felt Katniss really changed from who she was in The Hunger Games. Though essentially she still is a child I felt like she wasn't not really. She had to grow up and grow up she did. She became everyone's hope for a better life even if she didn't feel she was their hope.

Buttercup and Katniss. They have never been one to like each other. I mean Katniss shoves him in her game bag and then forgets he's in there and drags the bag down the stairs. Buttercup is a cat by the way in case you haven't read the previous books. It's never been a match made in heaven but I adored the way Katniss and Buttercup bonded at the end of this book. It was so sweet to me and something I had not been expecting. 

A lot goes down in this book but out of everything that happened there is one event I keep thinking about. It involves probably the character who quickly out shined everyone and became one of my favorites. Finnick Odair. He has gone through so much and for a moment you think he's finally going to get a good life. And then nope. I still can't process why it had to happen. Needless to say I had to reread it over and over to make sure that was really what the words were saying. I'm still in denial a bit because honestly, was that necessary? I'm gutted.



Why yes, Finnick Odair got a gif in one of my reviews. He just. Ugh. On the bright side (kind of depending on how you look at it) Suzanne Collins made Finnick and even more amazing character in Mockingjay. You really get a sense of who he is as a person. I loved the insight into his past even though it was a dark one. And his love for Annie. Sigh. 

Poor Peeta. He didn't deserve what happened to him. Not at all. But what I love most about the way Suzanne Collins portrayed Peeta's 'hijiking' is that despite all odds he was strong enough to fight it. Granted it took a long time and he'll never really be the same but he fought it. Because he loved Katniss so much.

It wouldn't be a Suzanne Collins book if characters didn't die. I mean you pretty much go into having to be prepared for it. Yet when it happens it still is somewhat shocking. A lot of good characters die throughout this series. So many. But what I loved is they aren't forgotten. What Katniss did at the end of the book with Peeta I loved. It was a perfect way to show that these people weren't ever going to be forgotten. They weren't just a piece in the games. 

I'm satisfied with how this series ended. Mockingjay like the previous two books in the series kept me hooked and thinking just one more chapter. Of course it always was a chapter or two more. Never just one. Despite feeling like Suzanne Collins concluded this series well I felt like Katniss wasn't all that happy. I don't know if she ever truly will be but the way her tone was portrayed just sounded sad to me. Which makes sense all she went through. And even though I say that I don't think it's that she's really unhappy but that she will never really be hundred percent well I suppose. She'll always have her past weigh on her even if she is satisfied with her life.

I'm giving Mockingjay 4.5 out of 5 birds. Like I said in my Catching Fire review this series is timeless and in the back of my mind I will always think about it. It's one you don't forget. Especially it's wonderful characters those still living and those who were lost. Suzanne Collins is brilliant and I hope to see more work from her in the near furture!



Nov 26, 2013

Catching Fire

After finishing The Hunger Games a few years back I immediately wanted to get my hands on the next book Catching Fire but I never did. Finally I bought the next two books in the series and started Catching Fire. I have to say I really enjoyed this one even more so than the first book.


 Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.


The moment Katniss brought out those berries she sparked something within all the districts. She may have saved their lives in the arena but she's brought on something much more dangerous than the games they survived. 

Katniss Everdeen is growing to be one of my favorite characters. She's very distant from people in the first book but in Catching Fire she finally allows herself to admit that she cares about these people Haymitch, Effie, Peeta and even Mags and Finnick once she gets into the arena. She's battling with PSTD which was something that was bound to occur. But I loved how Suzzane Collins portrayed it in Katniss. It felt really real and true. What I loved most about Katniss in this book was how much she wanted to save Peeta this time around when they are forced back into the arena. To me that spoke volumes about Katniss and her growth as a person.

The book picks up nine months after Katniss and Peeta have won the games and they are on their victory tour. I wasn't sure at first if I would find this all that interesting but in fact I did. The first half of the book takes place on this tour and then mostly in district twelve and I really enjoyed that aspect of this book. Whereas with the first one your thrust into getting ready for the games and then right into the arena.

If I thought I liked Peeta in The Hunger Games I grew to love him in Catching Fire. He wasn't just the boy with the bread anymore. My favorite part was when he tossed out Haymitch's booze and told them how things we're going to go. That made me love him for putting Haymitch and Katniss in gear. I felt like Peeta grew into a stronger character in this book. He's sarcastic, sweet, and unbelievably caring.

I'd heard a little bit about Finnick Odair. Mostly just people fangirling over him. I figured there was a reason for this but boy do I get it now. Finnick and his sugar cubes. You think he's this cocky pretty faced guy and in fact he is that. But beneath that person is someone who's caring and loyal. I adore this character. And I loved how he pushed Katniss buttons in the beginning. And the more of Finnick there was in the arena the more I loved him. Can I demand a book with nothing and anything involving Finnick?

The arena is very different in this book than it was in the first. It's much more intense and the moment Katniss was in the arena I couldn't stop turning the page. There was always something happening whether it be the jabber jays or a fog that you sure as heck don't want to touch. And of course a lot of characters die but the thing about this book is I was attached to a lot of them. Whereas with the first book that wasn't the case. So many feelings while reading this book!

Catching Fire was an amazing sequel that I couldn't put down once I really sat down to read it. I'm giving Catching Fire 5 out of 5 birds. It was just so good with so many new additions of characters that I couldn't get enough of. I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves an amazing series.





Nov 25, 2013

The Hunger Games

I read The Hunger Games a couple years back before I started this blog. It was such a different book for me because at the time I hadn't read anything like it. And to this day I haven't read many books like it. I doubt I ever will. There's something really unique about this book and the second time around reading it I am just as engrossed.


In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature


Set in the future kids are pitted agaisnt each other in The Hunger Games where only one can come out alive. For Katniss fighting to live everyday is her life. But surviving The Hunger Games is a whole other way of struggling to survive. 

Katniss Everdeen is a very depressing yet strong character. Normally I don't think I would like a character like Katniss but oddly enough I really like her. She's very aloof and indifferent a lot of the time and yet she's also very caring and loving. But I think she has to keep herself unattached from people otherwise it will only bring pain. Gale and her sister Prim are the only two people you really know she cares about in the beginning but as the book progress and Katniss has to survive in the games she becomes stronger than she was and more caring. Not only does she care for Rue but deep down she cares for Peeta as well. She says it's all for the games and most of the time it is but there are moments when Katniss genunily does care for him.

Speaking of Peeta he is an interesting character. I really liked him from the beginning. He's quiet sarcastic yet genuine at the same time. Like Katniss I was a bit unsure of him at the beginning. I wasn't sure if his motives were pure or not. But he does turn out to be a really great guy which he was from the very beginning. I mean he is the boy with the bread after all. Always helping Katniss even when she doesn't even realize it.

All though Gale is a great friend to Katniss I never could decide if I like him or not. Even now after reading the book a second time around I'm still not sure how I feel about him. He's the guy who always puts himself at risk to keep his family fed. That is something great but at the same time I felt like I couldn't really get a feel of who Gale really was. He had fire in him of course but I just didn't feel like I really got to know him which I feel is why I'm so unsure of his character.

The Hungers Games is one of those timeless books. No matter how many times you read it it will always be just as good if not better. I'm giving The Hunger Games 5 out of 5 birds. Suzanne Collins has created a world like no other and I'm excited to see where she takes things with the next two books. Because after the way The Hunger Games ended I need my hands on Catching Fire.  I'd recommend anyone read this book! I'm not one who easily falls into Dystopian books but boy did I get caught up in this one right away.


Nov 9, 2013

Cover Reveal

I am so excited to get to share a cover reveal today for The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. I've been eager to read this book ever since reading the summary and um hello that title? Totally intriguing! And the fact that Lindsay is so nice makes me even more excited. So without further ado here is the amazing, awesome, fabulous cover!



What do you guys think? Go let Lindsay know how much you love the cover on her twitter account @lindsaycwrites and make sure to use the hastag #booknerdigans! I don't know about you guys but I really love this cover. It's unique and different. And because of that I know if I was in a book store it would draw my attention.I love the red! Can't wait for Spring when it's released!


How I Live Now

Ever since seeing the movie trailer for How I Live Now starring Soairse Ronan and George Mackay I have been dying to see it. I'd always check IMDB seeing if they updated when and where it would premier in the United States. And finally after waiting for what seems like ages it came out yesterday and of course I rented it on I-tunes and waited and waited as it download. Seriously I-tunes why so slow on the movie downloads?


But anyways I won't rant about how slow it takes for I-tunes to download a movie...I find that I always love the movies that movie critics pick at and hate. And I had read many reviews that weren't very fond of this movie when trying to find out more about the film. The verdict? I loved it of course. Those movie critics obviously don't know a good movie when they see it. I watched it twice before it expired and then re-watched some of my favorite scenes which a lot of them had George Mackay in... I mean can you blame me?


Saoirse Ronan is becoming one of my favorite actresses. Which is kind of funny because the very first movie I ever saw her in was Atonement and I never liked her because she played such a terrible character. Her acting was wonderful it was the character that was horrible. But as she got older and she began to take on all these different movies like The Host, The Lovely Bones, and Hanna I began to really like her. Saoirse does an amazing job in How I Live Now. At the beginning she's a totally OCD bitch.


And even throughout when her and Piper are trying to survive the war she isn't this loving caring cousin. She's still cold at times trying to survive. But she definitely grows on you because you know there's a reason she's so messed up. I really loved her performance and holy crap does she do a good job hiding her Irish accent! It's amazing how she can do that because she has a pretty strong accent you'd think would be difficult to hide.

George Mackay is an actor I'm not familiar with at all. He's been in Peter Pan as one of lost boys but I was too busy crushing on the guy playing Peter Pan back in the days to even remember him really. But from the moment of seeing him in the trailer I was so intrigued. Okay I was already crushing. But hey he's got that whole mysterious quiet thing going on. I was really impressed with this actor. I thought he did a good job and it wasn't just because I liked looking at him and listening to him talk which he didn't do all that often but when he did OH MY.


The other two kids in this movie did a really wonderful job as well. The young girl who played Piper was so adorable and for not being in anything before she did such a good job! And the boy who played Issac did a really good job as well. I was really sad about a certain scene involving him. Got really chocked up.


I love indie movies because they always seem to boil right down to the raw and heart of the story. It's one of my new favorites and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can add it to my collection. I probably should have read the book first before I saw the movie. That's like the biggest rule of being a book nerd but I couldn't help myself! I plan to read the book though. I'm curious how the book is because from what I've read the authors writing style is different but really interesting.


Anyways, this was pretty much me just raving about a movie which just happens to be a book. Watch the trailer and see if maybe it's something you might like to see!




Nov 5, 2013

Daylighters

It's always really hard to let go a of a series that you love especially one that always seemed to get better with each book. The Morganville Vampire series has been and always will be one of my favorites. And to think that it's come to an end makes me sad. But Rachel Caine did the series justice with this final Morganville book.


 While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end


Claire Danvers left Morganville only to find that life outside of Morganville wasn't what she wanted. Despite how crazy Morganville is it's her home. But the home she left isn't the same when her and her friends come back. 

Claire Danvers is one of the strongest, selfless, stubborn, caring all around amazing character. Looking back at who she was when she first came to Morganville to who she is now at the end of this book is amazing. She has grown so much and the great thing about this series is you never missed that growth. You always got to watch it happen. I can not be happier with how Claire's life turned out. She went from this terrified young girl to a strong young woman.

Morganville isn't the town that Claire and her friends left behind. Amelia is no longer in charge the Daylight Foundation have taken over. A group determined to 'cure' the vampires. The feel of this book was very different from the rest. Which makes sense considering things are so different. With all of the vampires trapped in Fallon's 'enclave' and people no longer living in fear you'd expect the feel of the town to be different.

It's funny how the one thing that they all thought they wanted isn't actually what is best for Morganville. I loved that about this book. It brought back the roots of the characters original feelings. Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael they all hated the vampires--with good reason. They even often wished that they didn't run the town or that they were gone completely. But without the vampires in Morganville it isn't the same. And it's those four housemates who save the vampires they originally hated so much. It was so great getting to see each of them feel differently about the vampires with each book and with this final one I loved how their greatest enemies ended up being their greatest allies.

I love the relationships in this book. Eve and Michael are such an odd yet perfect couple. I love how though Eve is fragile looking she can kick ass. And Michael! I never saw that coming. I mean, who would have thought? Shane and Claire of course are on my list of favorite book couples. They have grown so much since Glass Houses. Their love is true and genuine and lets just say I am very pleased with how Rachel Caine tied things up for Shane and Claire--and Eve and Michael of course!

There is no doubt that Myrnin cares about Claire and the same about Claire towards Myrnin. It's very hard not to feel some sort of affection towards Myrnin. Sure he's insane but he also can be the sweetest. I've never been Team Myrnin but that doesn't mean I never wondered what if they did get together? I adore how Rachel Caine clarified Claire and Myrnin's relationship. That scene when they are dancing? Perfection. Couldn't have been better.

Oliver who I often want to punch but secretly kind of like has got to be one of my favorites in this series. He's such a jerk most of the time but you know deep down despite how indifferent he is towards Claire and her friends you know he likes them. He'd never admit it but his actions speak louder than words. Basically by the end of this book I wanted to hug Oliver.

So many characters to talk about. So many I'm going to miss. I really am going to miss this series. Daylighters is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me. It has been one of my favorites and the fact Rachel Caine was able to keep it so amazing with fifteen books total says it all about her writing craft. She's talented and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. It may be the end to Claire's story but the best part about it is Rachel Caine may not be writing more books in Morganville but she leaves us readers to think about all the possibilities, all the chaos and banter that will always go on in Morganville. And that is the best part. We can keep the story going wondering what the gang got themselves into because of course Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael can not stay out of trouble...

~~Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!~~