Book Review #93: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

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“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”

Title: Scythe
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
Author: Neal Shusterman
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Date Published: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Audible
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Personal Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ / 5

SYNOPSIS

Thou shalt kill.

In a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery,

Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

The Scythe Commandments:

1. Thou shalt kill.
2. Thou shalt kill with no bias, bigotry, or malice aforethought.
3. Thou shalt grant an annum of immunity to the beloved of those who accept your coming, and to anyone else you deem worthy.
4. Thou shalt kill the beloved of those who resist.
5. Thou shalt serve humanity for the full span of thy days, and thy family shall have immunity as recompense for as long as you live.
6. Thou shalt lead an exemplary life in word and deed, and keep a journal of each and every day.
7. Thou shalt kill no scythe beyond thyself.
8. Thou shalt claim no earthly possessions, save thy robes, ring, and journal.
9. Thou shalt have neither spouse nor spawn.
10. Thou shalt be beholden to no laws beyond these.

CHARACTERS

Citra Terranova– a young lady who is a scythe apprentice / organised / studious / fierce / family-oriented
Rowan Damisch– a young bloke who is Citra’s contender / happy-go-lucky / troubled
Honourable Scythe Faraday– Citra and Rowan’s mentor / serious / disciplined / wise

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

Woooow! Honestly, I did not expect this story to be that captivating! I’ve read positive reviews from Goodreads about it. To tell you the truth, I assumed it was just an overhyped book (given the number of times that I’ve seen it on my Bookstagram feed) plus the fact that fantasy novels these days are just the same EVERY FREAKING TIME so I did not bother getting my hopes too high. Nevertheless, I was so happy that I purchased the audiobook copy via Audible, no regrets at all. This is something fresh and unique so basically it’s worth the penny. I gave it a five-star rating because it was highly entertaining, full of shocking surprises, and undoubtedly unique and promising! The author was able to impress me in so many levels and I am so looking forward to grabbing a copy of the next book (which I’ve already purchased on Audible as well). The world building was well-done and I could not ask for more. I was satisfied and everything that I needed to know was given to me in an impeccable manner. The back story is also enough for me to understand as to why the gleanings (killings/murders/executions) need to be enforced to the immortals. The characters also spiced up my reading experience because of the way they made me laugh, smirk, rolled my eyes, and frown. All the turnout of events and mind-boggling twists gave me goosebumps. Frankly, during the first couple of chapters, I was feeling skeptic because I was already predicting the development of a love-hate relationship which I reckoned would just eventually turn into a happy ever after thing. I may have a reason to assume the worst of the characters but still, they managed to astonish me with their forbidden feelings and the urge to be better than the other. Citra and Rowan are scythe apprentices who happen to be contenders because only one of them will be given a chance to become a full-pledged SCYTHE (a Scythe is someone who has the power to glean or kill an immortal given that sufficient factors are evident in order to control the population). It was interesting because both of them tried to resist the offer and they are both firm with their principles that this kind of profession is not humane. As the story develops, I discovered that I was enjoying it and I can’t seem to stop myself from listening to it. Did I mention that the narrator also has a very masculine voice? No? Oh well, he does and it made everything perfect. I was just disappointed with how things ended up for my ship. It was sad and a total let down but I couldn’t also think of a better conclusion. In fact, I admired the author for making that one hell of an ending. It was bittersweet and my heart was shattered into tiny pieces. I can feel the character’s burden all throughout and I wish there was a better future for them. However, I was happy because the person that I was rooting for to be an honourable scythe was exactlty the appointed one and that person deserves it more than anybody else. Lastly, the narrative writing also suits me best, I hate it when the writing style being used is the descriptive manner because it is like spoon feeding me with everything on the table. Overall, I am one contended reader here and I am pretty sure that this novel will make it to my top 10 books of 2018. I highly recommend this to people who are into fantasy or science fiction books. I’m very sure that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES

1. World Building. As I mentioned above, I could not ask for more. Everything fell into place and I was able to contemplate and comprehend as to why things are happening and why the hell these characters are doing this and that.
2. Fresh Concept. I don’t know about most of you but for me the story is fresh and that’s the main reason why I enjoyed it a lot and why I gave it a perfect rating. It’s not every day that I get the chance to read and immerse myself in a new world with badass characters.
3. Bittersweet Ending. Oh! Not again. I can’t go into details regarding this point because it means I have to spoil everything. Sorry!

NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES

1. Unanswered questions. There are plenty and I can’t enumerate all of them. What happened to their families? What happened to their mentors? Where is Rowan? What will happen to Citra next? And so on and so forth.
2. Sunken ship. My one true pair almost made it. They almost made it, wtf. And I was left hanging and mourning because it could have been a happy ever after you people are so mean!
3. Methods of Killing. I was having mixed feelings with this because some gleanings are decent and provided me with good arguments but some killings and executions are just so absurd and some scythes are also total assholes and jerks. It just shows that no matter how perfect the world of immortals may seem, misuse of power is still inevitable.

LESSON

There is no such thing as perfect life. These people were already living a perfect life with no diseases and death. There is also no government and shit to tell them what they should or should not do. Despite all the things that they have, they are still craving and wanting more (be younger, and etc.). It applies to our real world, no matter how much people earn or posses, they will still fight and ask for more. So instead of wanting a perfect life, why can’t we just make our everyday lives and all the moments in it perfect for us and our loved ones?

QUOTES

“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”

“I think all young women are cursed with a streak of unrelenting foolishness, and all young men are cursed with a streak of absolute stupidity.”

“The greatest achievement of the human race was not conquering death. It was ending government.”

“Without the threat of suffering, we cannot experience true joy.”

“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”

Setting: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Characters: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Plot: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Lessons: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Cover: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5

~JaNnA

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Book Review #75: The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1) by S.J. Kincaid

20031005_1068750266589697_416498703_n“Some might call us a monstrous pair, and they would be right. Tyrus and I were both scorpions in our way, dangerous creatures crossing most treacherous of rivers together. Together we might sting- but we also would float. Perhaps Scorpions were the only ones who could save each other. Whatever lay ahead, it would always be the two of us above the rest of the universe, and woe to any who dared step in our path.”

Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Pages: 407
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format: Hardback
Date Published: November 01, 2016
Publishing House: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Personal Rating: 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

WOW! Just WOW! I can’t even start drafting my book review for this! I actually started typing ten minutes after I finished the book! Yes, that’s just how awesome it is! It may sound cliche’ but this story is actually one of my best reads for 2017. I seldom give a five-star rating these past few months because everything seems to be just the same but this one definitely made an exception! I am so impressed and I feel totally refreshed! Honestly, it took me ages to finally be able to finish it because of work, university, etc. I even had a reading slump last week because I just can’t seem to focus on the story. But when the characters finally merged and everything fell into place, OMG!, I was left breathless and in deep awe! It exceeded my expectations and I was surprised! The main character is very different from all the other characters that I have read before. Nemesis is a diabolic who is destined to kill and protect that one person that she was created for. Diabolics are ruthless but loyal creatures. They resemble the features of a normal person but they were trained to kill and be murderous if needed. Nemesis is a badass female protagonist which can sometimes be an antagonist as well. I know, you’re getting way too confused right now but all I can say is that this story is worth a shot, I wasn’t disappointed, it is indeed worthy of your time and effort! The author writes in a very interesting manner, I like how the story went on and evolved. The political thing is not my cup of tea but I was able to enjoy it being incorporated in a science fiction slash dystopian setting. Ugh! I’m running out of words right now and everything is so overwhelming. I can’t get over the fact that I misjudged this book during the first few chapters and I am completely wrong! I did not read any book review prior to commencing this book so it was really a fair shot. I loved each and every chapter, I am fascinated by how the characters were made and polished, I am overjoyed with Nemesis’ development and I am so proud of what she became in the end. It was mentioned that Diabolics does not have any emotions and that they are not created to feel anything for anyone except for their master, but the story really astonished me because who would have thought that a “Madman” like Tyrus Domitrian can change everything? The love story included is just to die for! I’ve been shipping the pair since the moment I’ve read Tyrus’ name and YAY I am so happy with how it ended. Sorry, I can’t help but be a bit spoilery. It is so good and I am so excited for the next book to come out! There are plenty of life and love lessons and it made the story even better. One badass story like this deserves some hype and appreciation. I highly recommend this for readers of all ages who enjoy reading stories about a kickass female character.  This will undeniably blow your mind! Highly entertaining and gripping, INDEED.

~JaNnA

Book Review #57: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. (www.goodreads.com)

My Personal Thoughts
Scarlet is the 2nd installment of The Lunar Chronicles written by Marissa Meyer. It is a re-telling of the famous childhood story, “The Little Red Riding Hood”. The author did a spectacular job with this piece, and I honestly like it better than Cinder because I somehow gave the 1st book a not-so-giddy kind of review when I read it last year. I left my copy of this series in the Philippines which is why I am only reading them thru my kobo e-reader, and it saddens me because beautiful books are meant to be touched and felt. Anyway, the world building in this series continuous as the story progresses and as Cinder’s crew multiply as well. From China, the setting is now in Europe where Scarlet used to live in a farm with her grandmother and where it all started between her and Wolf (Ze’ve)! OMG! I just love and ship this pair! I like the idea of liking someone at first sight. Ofcourse it’s a cliché’ but what can I do? I am a mama who still believes with butterflies in the stomach and who fantasises about fairy tales, haha! Kidding aside, Scarlet and Wolf are both good for each other because they accept the fact that they can’t be together but did everything to be together (huh?!). I know it’s hard to understand so I suggest that you go ahead and get your hands on this series so you can catch up with me. I loved every chapter and I adored every character! A Fairytale re-telling that takes a reader into a magical world but still wants us to think how it can be related to a real life scenario. Even though it’s full of cyborgs, wolves, and other creatures, you can still feel the authenticity of the character’s feelings of love, friendship, and principles. I read this in 1 day and a half and I immediately delved on to the 3rd book which is Cress (Rapunzel), the author has a brilliant and creative mind that was able to incorporate all the fairy tale princesses into one amazing world which brought us a breathtaking story to indulge on to. I just can’t move on, not yet, it’s too good and precious. Five fabulous stars for this. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. Bravo! 👌👍👏
~JaNnA

Book Review #37: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780312641894
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling, Romance
Date of Publication: January 3, 2012
Publishing House: Feiwel & Friends
Date Read: September 12, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5
“They were beautiful. The most beautiful things she’d ever owned. But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.” 
Synopsis
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

(Credit to www.goodreads.com)
My Personal Thoughts
INTRODUCTION. Cinder is the first book of The Lunar Chronicles by author Marissa Meyer. It is a retelling of the famous fairy tale story, Cinderella. You might be skeptical at first glance, but you have to believe me when I say that it contains plenty of twists and it will definitely exceed your expectations.  Honestly, when I first read the synopsis, I am hesitant to start this series as well. I left the physical copies of my books in the Philippines and they are literally sitting on my shelf for almost over a year now until I finally gave in. I decided to dive inside Cinder’s science fiction-ish slash fairytale-ish world. To my surprise, I actually liked it. No, I loved it!
SETTING. The setting is vaguely described. I did not get a hang of it because it wasn’t described thoroughly. All I’m aware of is that it took place in the human world (Commonwealth – New Beijing), away from the evil lunar Queen Levana’s kingdom. The emperor rules the Commonwealth with the help of his son, Prince Kai. Cinder, on the other hand, resides in a decent place together with her wicked stepmother and two step sisters (one is a pain in the neck while the other is pretty nice). Cinder works her ass out in her shop by being a mechanic. Everything about the scenarios is fine but I didn’t find them too appealing because I value settings so badly.
CHARACTERS. Next, let’s talk about the characters. Cinder is a young adult cyborg who finds it easy to repair malfunctioning things. She is free-spirited and enjoys being alone in her shop. She is actually the breadwinner of the family, given the fact that her adoptive father already passed away. Since then, her stepmother, Adri, became cruel to her and despises her existence. I admire her character here in the story because unlike the cliché’ trait of Cinderella, Cinder over here is a girl who will put up a fight when needed and defend herself. I hate characters who are easily intimidated by the antagonist. She’s impressive! Moving on to the next one is Prince Kai. At a very young age, he is already forced to do something that he knows nothing about. He liked Cinder right from their very first meeting. I know it may sound cheesy and common but I kind of had those butterflies in my stomach when they first met, haha! I honestly find the pair cute and lovely! But the prince, on the other hand, has a weak personality. Sorry if you’re an avid fan of this series but it’s a major turn-off. He lacked all the traits that are worthy of his title. At times, I find him boring and odd, but nevertheless, I am still fascinated with their easy-to-love tandem. I couldn’t let this review pass without commending the strong character of Queen Levana! OH MY! I just love her evil personality! She is a very effective protagonist and it’s really impressive because she is a freaking awesome bitch!
WRITING STYLE AND PLOT. This is my first Marissa Meyer book and I must admit that I am not disappointed. I expected a lot because of the hype. I joined the bandwagon because everyone’s been screaming it’s awesomeness over and over on Instagram. I did had a spectacular reading experience and enjoyed every part of it! The story is gripping and highly addictive. I love the idea that I am not able to put the book down because of the constant journey of unraveling the truth behind all the lies and secrets. Although, I expected all the twists and turn out of events. I already saw them coming, it’s very predictable, but instead of being disappointed I find myself being drowned into their world. When I read the first chapter, I already knew what’s in store for me. I guess I just miss being a kid and hearing about fairy tales and happy-ever-afters. This is a major cliff hanger, and darn, I hate it! BUT, I highly recommend it to readers of all ages. I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked as well! I couldn’t wait to read the next books.
CONCLUSION. I had three major realizations after the book. First, anyone can betray us. We should never put our 100% trust! Second, if two people really like each other, their social status will not be an issue. I know, it may sound corny but it happens. And it happens a lot. Lastly, some people will come into our life and make us realize that not all people are bad after all. Strangers can sometimes be people who are sent to help and guide us. That’s it! I hope that I am able to help you decide if you’ll read it or not.
FAVORITE QUOTES
“Even in the future, the story begins with ONCE UPON A TIME.”
“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her- Linh Cinder. A deformed cyborg with a missing foot. A lunar with a stolen identity. A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go. But they will be looking for a ghost.”
“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”
“We all have our weaknesses. Mine is shoes.”
~Janna

Book Review #36 : Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux Series #3
Pages: 382
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781620610091
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Date of Publication: December 11, 2012
Publishing House: Entangled Teen
Date Read: September 10, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Personal Rating: 3 out of 5
“You make me think before I act. You make me want to be a better person.” –Daemon Black
INTRODUCTION
Opal is the third instalment of the Lux series, which consists of five books by author Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can say that it is much better than the first two! I am still trying to adjust with her writing style though. This is my 4th JLA book read and I always find myself mesmerized by her creation. This series is about the love and misadventures of an alien-hunk and a girl-next-door book blogger. The perfect word to describe this novel is CUTE. It consists of the high-school-feels, the butterflies in the stomach, and of course, the happy ever after thingy. This is also my first alien-ish read, at first I was hesitant because I’m not into aliens and ufos and weird things at all, but once you start reading the first book (Obsidian), I promise that you will never put it down and you’ll probably ask for more.
SUMMARY
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back, even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger. And they know it…”
(Credit to http://www.goodreads.com)
“MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS”
SETTING
So, there’s nothing new or special with the setting because this is the 3rd book and they are still in the same neighbourhood and school. Although a new place was introduced where the main characters tried to save their long-lost friends and loved ones. A special place which is secured by a secret organization that works on aliens and humans. They transform them into hybrids, which in return become rabid beings that posts threat to the human race.
 
CHARACTERS
Katy – There are major changes in her character. This time, her powers are more impressive. She’s trying her best to get a hang on it with the help of Daemon and the rest of the gang. I love how she resists Daemon, it’s cute, and unbelievable! Considering the fact that the latter is hot as hell! At times I get so annoyed because she acts dumb and clueless. She is so stubborn; she always has this urge to be included in suicide missions, which in return causes accidental harm to other people. So that’s really crappy.
Daemon – I like how from being an arrogant son of a bitch, he transformed into a hopeless romantic for Katy, way to go DAEMON! Thank you, dear author, for the major add-ons, I love it!
PLOT AND WRITING STYLE
The plot is okay-okay.  I wasn’t too impressed with it. It is better and bolder than the first two books, but I got bored. It doesn’t have he surprise factor; I wasn’t even shocked with the turnout of events. It’s good for starters, for those who haven’t read other Science Fiction books yet, because you will not expect too much. But in my case, I’ve already read a lot of books and I just find it plain, odd and simple. It’s recommended for young adult readers who like cute stories. The writing style on the other hand is fine with me, I find it fast paced and it’s really a fast read, I finished it in two days. But don’t expect too much just because the male protagonist is swoon-and-drool-worthy to the nth level.
 
FAVORITE LINES
“KILLING isn’t hard. It’s what comes afterward – the guilt.”
“I learned that sometime when someone says something so devastatingly perfect, there isn’t a need for a response. The words said it all.”
“Never trusts the one who excels.”
“What’s the risk if you know everything?”
“There is nothing wrong with protecting those you love.”
CONCLUSION AND REALIZATIONS 
It may be a simple novel but I honestly learned a lot. First, when you are with the person you trust and brings out the best in you, you’ll be able to overcome all life’s obstacles together. Second, trusting someone for the second time even thought they betrayed you before is okay because everyone deserves second chances. But be very careful and vigilant, because people like them will not hesitate to betray you once again. Third, friendship is one of the most precious things in the world. Once broken, you just have to try so hard to win it back. If not, you’ll have what ifs and only ifs in the end.
That’s it! I hope I helped some of you to decide whether to go on with this series or not. LOL. I like it, seriously, it’s just that it isn’t that great enough. SORRY 😦
 
~JaNnA~
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PS. You can read my review of OBSIDIAN.

 

Book Review #31 : Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

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SERIES: The Hunger Games
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PAGES: 391
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2009
ISBN13: 9780439023498
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
DATE READ: May 15, 2016
GOODREADS RATING: 4.30
PERSONAL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

“But deciding not to run away is a crucial first step…”

📚 Synopsis 📚

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.

©Goodreads

📖 M Y T H O U G H T S 📖

📚 Setting 📚

The setting is astonishing like the first book (book review of The Hunger Games here)! The arena once again made me cringe over and over! This time, it contains a lot of surprises which is absent in The Hunger Games. I am very much pleased with the second installment because all my rants regarding the previous book finally vanished! The Capitol is always a symbol of royalty and class, and it is even more fabulous and luxurious this time. A lot of improvements are made and I am a very satisfied reader here! Showing how gruesome the situation among all the district in Panem is just so creative and brilliant! And the author’s ability to execute all the scenarios with justice is very commendable!

📚 Characters 📚

Katniss Everdeen never ceases to amaze me! Her feistiness is spontaneous! She is always the savior of her loved ones. She is the perfect symbol of rebellion, as mentioned in the book. Courage, bravery and ability all in one! I love how almost everyone saw her as the beacon of hope and future! She served as an inspiration among all the people. Her existence made them realize that all together they can make a difference. One thing I loathe her for is the unreciprocated love of Peetah. I don’t know if she is just in denial or stupid but Peetah is always there beside her unlike Gale. I have been and will always ship for Peeta and Katniss!

Peeta Mellark surprised me this time! In the first book, you will notice that I have tons of rant regarding his existence. Yes he is swoon-worthy that time but he lacks the personality to be worthy of Katniss’s love. But not this time! Peeta did everything he can to show Katniss what he truly feels. I loved him on the first book and I even loved him more on the 2nd one. He is the epitome of pure and selfless love. The one wherein you respect the other person’s feelings and just be happy for them even if they don’t feel the same way for you. I fell for him all over again.❤️

📚 Writing Style and Plot 📚

I am fascinated as always! Miss Collins once again took me somewhere that is full of action-packed scenes and jaw-dropping turn out of events! Her writing style is one of a kind! You will never put the book down, literally. She caught my full and undivided attention! The story is fast-paced and it’s obvious to the fact that I finished it in less than 24 hours. I like the first person narration, I was able to put on Katniss’s shoes and understand all her decisions. It wasn’t easy being her. You have to make a stand. You have to trust your guts. But the cliff-hanger though! How could you do this to me dear author? I rolled my eyes and smirked for a couple of times after reading that last line from Gale. Yes. It’s killing me! I need to start reading the 3rd book now in order for me to have the freaking closure. The twists! All of them are mind-blowing! I almost died after all those freaking revelations from Haymitch. Wow! I was caught off-guard! This is definitely one of my best reads this year.

📚 Overall Rating 📚

I am giving it a 4.5/5. I highly recommend this to readers of all ages. I know almost all of you out there have already enjoyed this trilogy a long time ago. I am a late bloomer, I know. Lol. This book is very addictive and you will keep on asking and wanting for more. It definitely deserves all the hype!

📚 Conclusion 📚

Things I learned from the story:

1. No man is an island. No matter how much Katniss refuses to build a relationship or alliance with the other tributes, she can’t escape the fact that sometimes we all need some help.
2. Peeta’s feelings towards Katniss is so pure and unconditional. I admire his perseverance and the fact that he is not insisting that she should choose him over Gale.
3. Some people may seem pathetic like Haymitch but don’t judge them. Who knows? Maybe there’s a reason behind their attitude. Give chances. People may surprise you.

📚 Favorite Lines 📚

🔖 “Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as a weakness.”

🔖 “We are not just beautiful, we are dark and powerful. We star-crossed lovers from District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek the fans’ favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving. And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”

🔖 “As coal pressured into pearls by our weighty existence. Beauty that arose out of pain.”

🔖 “The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”

🔖 “I give up. Stop speaking, responding, refuse food and water. They can pump whatever they want into my arm, but it takes more than that to keep a person going once she’s lost the will to live.”

🌸 xoxo, Janna 🌸

Janna’s Book Review #25 : The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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“IT ISN’T MY NATURE TO GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT, EVEN WHEN THINGS SEEM INSURMOUNTABLE.…” -Katniss

💜 AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins 💜
💜 PAGES: 374 💜
💜 FORMAT: Paperback 💜
💜 PUBLICATION DATE: September 14, 2008 💜
💜 ISBN13: 9780439023481 💜
💜 GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia 💜
💜 SETTING: District 12 (Panem), The Arena 💜
💜 CHARACTERS: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark 💜
💜 DATE READ: March 19, 2016 💜
💜 GOODREADS RATING: 4.37 💜
💜 PERSONAL RATING: 4.5 (☆☆☆☆.5/5) 💜
💖 S Y N O P S I S 💖
The story is about Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from District 12 who volunteered to become their district’s tribute to the 74th Hunger Games. Each year, one male and one female will be chosen via draw lots to represent their respective sector and fight to the death in honor of the departed who sacrificed their lives for their freedom. Her partner is Peeta Mellark, a boy who has no experience when it comes to survival. He is the son of the town’s bread maker. Katniss is a hunter; at a very young age her father taught her all the strategies and techniques in order to survive hunting at the forest. And that became her edge among the other tributes.
Is Katniss strong enough to withstand all the obstacles and hardships inside the arena?
Is Peeta putting up a show for the audience or is he actually in love with Katniss?
How will they be able to make it alive if only one tribute will be crowned as the winner?
💖 M Y   T H O U G H T S 💖
💖 S E T T I N G 💖
District 12 is known for mining coal industry. It is not a wealthy sector of the government. Many people are poor and struggling really hard to live and survive. The place is well-described and wonderfully created in the book, which is what I liked most about dystopian themed books. When a place is oppressed, you can really feel the pain and suffering of the people.
The arena is the place where the annual Hunger Games take place.  It is a forest that contains plenty of crucial tests and unidentifiable threats. I liked it but I find it somewhat plain and odd, I expected a lot of mind-blowing adventures and creatures that will make the game more interesting. I thought monstrous beings will be present that will add some spice. Instead, tributes who are determined to kill each other are the only ones who are present.
💖 C H A R A C T E R S 💖
Katniss is now my favorite female antagonist next to Celaena Sardothien  (from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series)! I am always amazed with a fictional character who knows how to use a bow and arrow (or crossbow). She is one hell of a kick ass female lead and in terms of her personality, I can easily relate with her. We both find it very hard to connect with people. Yes, we do care for some, but it is impossible to like and be nice to everyone we meet. Her determination and bravery is very admirable and remarkable!
Peeta on the other hand is a lame character! Ugh! He is obviously gorgeous and has the potential but I find his character so needy and incapable. He hasn’t helped Katniss that much except to lure the opponents and redirect them away from her path. He is kind of weak. If it’s not for Katniss’ existence, he could’ve died already right from the start. But there is this one thing that I admire most about him; he shows his feelings for Katniss instead of saying it. He is true gentleman.
💖 W R I T I N G    S T Y L E  A N D    P L O T 💖
The author’s writing style is fantastic! So so so FANTASTIC! I love how I managed to finish it in a few days. It’s a real page-turner! BUT! Honestly, I wasn’t that mind-blown but I like how it was written. Maybe I expected a lot of jaw-dropping scenes inside the arena. I never thought that it would be easy for Katniss and it seems that things turned out in her favor most of the time. Based on the title, I looked and craved for more! Yes, MORE! I expected a lot but I was kind of dismayed. Don’t get me wrong PLEASE, I adored it, every page and chapter of it actually but something went missing and the author failed to give me that satisfaction. The WOW factor! But I have no regrets; Katniss is now the apple of my eye! She’s fierce and feisty! Kudos to the author for creating a character who is unforgettable! For the plot twist, I don’t know, I’m having a mixed emotions right now. There wasn’t much that was offered. Maybe I need to read the next book to finally get hold of it. There were tons of action-packed scenes but a remarkable twist was not noted. Is it just me? Ugh.
💖 O V E R A L L   R A T I N G 💖
Despite all my rant the book still and will always deserve a 4.5 for me! I can’t give it a four or less because it’s dystopian! And I freakin’ love DYSTOPIAN! It is definitely my cup of tea. Really! Always have and always will! I don’t know why I’ve waited for a long time to finally get my hands on this masterpiece! What have I been thinking all along? Seriously? Anyway, I want to thank my sister-in-law @avy_reads for giving me the copy of The Hunger Games boxed set in foil edition as a birthday gift last year. Gosh! I so love my copy! So so so much! (☆☆☆☆.5/5)
💖 C O N C L U S I O N 💖
I think, no matter how unprepared or unarmed we are, we still and should always put up a fight. Just like what the character did in the story, she is not a PRO but she tried, she did it! I admire her determination and optimism. Her selfless love for her sister, Prim, is so heroic and a tear-jerker! She is a bona fide hero and deserves all the fame and wealth in the end.
xoxo,
Janna