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review 2019-03-05 01:57
Mockingjay Mocks my Expectations
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

2.5 Stars
Mockingjay is the final book of a trilogy I have very mixed feelings for, so it makes sense that I neither like nor dislike this book. I wish it was better, but I'm not disappointed as I learned too much about it before reading to be disappointed. The only two things I liked about the previous books, the Games and Katniss' kickbutt personality, no longer exist in this book. Mockingjay is no longer about Katniss' fight for survival in the Games; it's about war. Some people love these kinds of bleak, hopeless books. I, who would rather not read a near-400 page war account, don't.

There are much worse games to play.

Ultimately, my dissatisfaction is not the book's fault. It's my fault. Mockingjay centers around war, hopelessness, and loss. Katniss is almost unbearably depressed all the time. It's relatively slow-paced and everything happens in the last 50 pages, which leaves us with a rushed conclusion. And was that epilogue really necessary? Though I didn't exactly hate everything about this book and got rather emotional in the last few pages, I am left with a feeling of hollowness and not-caring, which is actually how Katniss felt 99% of the time. 

 

Read the full review @ my Goodreads.

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review 2019-02-16 04:22
The Hunger Games, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

There's not much to say about a book that has been reviewed, probably many here on BookLikes, that hasn't already been said. I'm mostly reading them and comparing the movies to the books and Suzanne Collins must have worked hard to get the movie really close to the book. It's been years since I've read the book and a week since I've watched the movie.

 

The Hunger Games is not my favorite YA series, that belongs to the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  The Hunger Games is probably 3rd after Artemis Fowl and then Harry Potter.  As for book series with movies, I think this will be 2nd behind the Harry Potter movies.  As for the Hunger Games as a whole, the only thing I didn't care for was Katniss's inner struggle of her love between Gale and Peeta.  But what's a YA without some first love interests.

 

As for the comparison, I've just cut and pasted what I have here and then added a little more about some of the differences.  Click here if you want to see the comparison.  Like I said reviews for all three Hunger Games books have been done many times and in many languages.  The Hunger Games book sold 4.3 million books in 2010 and jumped to 9.3 million in 2011.  In 2012 the sales tripled and now it's listed as 29 million in the U.S. alone.  The first movie in the series mad $694 million dollars, 2nd in the franchise.

 

All in all, I enjoyed both the movie and the book, Rating the book 4 stars  So now I move forward to the 2nd book, Catching Fire.

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text 2019-02-13 03:32
The Hunger Games, Again. 21%
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

When I started here at BookLikes, I started doing my blog again, LQLarry Reads, and on the books, I just probably do what a lot of people do, which is cut and paste what I post here.  I also like to compare books to movies and make some other observations.

 

The reason I'm choosing to read The Hunger Games series is that I walked into the room my wife watches TV and The Hunger Games was on so I lingered and watched about five minutes of it and left it behind.  I enjoyed all the movies and enjoyed the books by Suzanne Collins with this probably the first YA book series that I've read (make it second after Harry Potter).  So on my blog, I'll do just small comparisons and not really reviews since they're old and most everybody has read and watched both sets.

 

This will be my 3rd read of the 1st book, and last Sunday I watched the 1st 3 movies and last night I watched the 4th.  I enjoyed the movies and I'm enjoying the book, and the audiobook as well.

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review 2018-12-29 02:12
Catching Fire - Audiobook
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins,Carolyn McCormick

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.

- first sentence

 

I decided to continue my re-read with the audiobook for book two. While I enjoyed listening to the book, I was disappointed with the narrator (Carolyn McCormick). She totally missed the character, and after listening to Tatiana Maslany narrate the special edition of The Hunger Games, it was even worse. McCormick's narration was irritating and didn't fit Katniss's character at all. Her voice is breathy, whiny, overdramatic, and grating. I think she would be good in a different book, like maybe a historical drama.

 

I knocked off one star for the narration, but I loved the story and would have given it 5 stars.

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review 2018-12-29 01:59
The Hunger Games (Special Edition) - audiobook
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins,Tatiana Maslany

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.

- first sentence

 

This is a re-read for me. I watched the movies during a marathon over the holiday break and was inspired to read the books again. This time I decided to go with the audiobook.

 

I chose the new "Special Edition" and am so glad I did. The narrator is Tatiana Maslany and she did a fantastic job.

 

There isn't much I can say that hasn't been said about this book except I loved it. I will mention that this series, Harry Potter, and Twilight are the books that got me back into reading after a very long slump approximately 10 years ago. To say these books changed my life is not an understatement. :)

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