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review 2018-11-04 17:43
Mockingjay
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) - Suzanne Collins

The 3rd and last instalment to the series sees Katniss in District 13. She is the 'Mockingjay' a symbol of the rebellion against the Capital. A group of rebel soldiers including Gale and a severely traumatised Peeta are with Katniss for a PR promo when they get pulled into the Capital and a new 'arena'.
A very fast read that I enjoyed a lot but left me thinking that Katniss is a deeply unlikeable person on so many levels. I got a little fed up of her always wanting to be the martyr, imagining that everything happened because of her or her actions, completely forgetting that people have their own agency.
That being said I still enjoyed this a lot but less so than the other books.

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text 2018-10-30 22:20
Wolf Hunger by Paige Tyler 1.99!
Wolf Hunger - Paige Tyler

When SWAT Officer Max Lowry meets Lana Mason, he falls fast and hard. He's positive she's The One. And Max's favorite part? Lana's a wolf shifter too, so they can skip the awkward reveal and head straight to the happily ever after. There's just one problem: Lana doesn't know that she's a werewolf.

 

To make matters worse, hunters with intent to kill have tracked Lana to Dallas. Max has to figure out how to keep Lana safe, show her who and what she really is—and just how much she means to him

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review 2018-10-17 12:46
Venomous Hunger (Eok Warriors #2) by Mary Auclair
Venomous Hunger (Eok Warriors #2) - Mary Auclair

Venomous Hunger is the second book in the Eok Warriors series, but it can be read as a standalone. I would recommend you do read book one first, but only because you'd be missing on a great story if you don't.

Aliena was one of the free humans living on earth, but became very sick. So when the Eoks arrived on earth, one of inhabitants of their village placed her where they knew she would be found, in the hope of getting her the medicines she needed. Kamal has been a pirate for ten years, ever since he left the Eok nation in disgrace for an action he would do again without hesitation. Working together to rescue the humans, these two face danger and betrayal.

Once again, this is an exceedingly well written story, with plenty of action, both in and out of the bedroom. A different cast of characters this time, with only a few mentioned from book one, they are nevertheless well thought out and fully rounded. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I was thoroughly engrossed with the story.

An excellent addition to the series, and I look forward to reading more. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/16/Eok-Warriors-Series-2-books-by-Mary-Auclair
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review 2018-09-25 22:35
Eat a Snickers
The Hunger - Alma Katsu

On my phone, so forgive any errors.

 

I enjoyed this one a lot! I love the take on the Donner Party Katsu took and the fact she wrote a story around them at all. I haven’t seen a ton of horror centered around the party, which is really surprising when you think about it. She took an interesting take on all the members of the party and they felt so real I could imagine them being exactly as they wrote them. The scares and tension were also great with good tension building up. I really liked the incorporation of the concept of disease and the way she wrapped everything up in the end. 

 

As far as critiques, the pacing was a little slow. It could also be difficult to keep track of characters since there were a LOT. More for me, I wish she had delved into the nature of the creatures and the hunger more.

 

Essentially, it boiled down to “the white man brought disease which made the monsters”. But there was something undeniably supernatural about them - one has its jaw shot off and it still kicked - so to reduce it to just a disease was unsatisfying. I did like that the Germans brought it over, since that drew a connection in my mind to werewolves, but she didn’t explore much of that either. Finally, I think she missed a huge opportunity for horror in regards to the nature of the condition and the myth of the Wendigo. From what I’ve heard, some versions of the Wendigo myth come from the theory that cannibalism is what creates a new one. So for the party, that creates a horrible choice: die of starvation or become the monster. I suppose that could maybe be implied in the end, that many of them are infected, but she didn’t lead for that avenue. 

(spoiler show)

 

Overall, just some opportunities missed. It was a great read though and I recommend it.

 

Final rating: 4 out of 5

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text 2018-09-22 21:23
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
The Hunger - Alma Katsu

Me when the party eats the ox: 

 

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