Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Return to paradise

Summary:CEver since I finished reading Leaving Paradise, I've wanted to get my hands on Return to paradise as soon as possible. When it finally came out, I read it in Barnes and noble and never finished. I never buy books that I already started reading halfway because I think it's a waste of money no matter how famous the book is. Finally, our library was able to get a hold of Return to paradise but there were plenty of reserves for the copy and I only got a hold of the copy now. I’m so happy I finally got to read and finish Return to paradise after a couple of months waiting

Return to paradise grabbed me at the first page, it was really engaging especially with the raw emotions Simon Elkeles put throughout the book. It literally made my heart race and I liked that Maggie changed in this book for the better. She’s more feisty and confident than the last book. Caleb is still the same unlucky dude with fears that we met in the first book, but he was able to grow as a man in this book, and I can’t say I didn’t like that either. We also get to meet a few new unique characters and they weren't so bad either.

A few problems I had throughout this book is at one point in the middle, I almost lost my interest because Maggie and Caleb fighting, making up, and making out became really repetitive. Also, it felt like Simone is trying too hard for Caleb to seem like an actual teenage boy, it really bothered me but, I got over it and the book cover really confused me because Caleb Becker has blonde hair and blue eyes or was it green? While Maggie has light brown hair and the one on the cover didn’t have those traits.

Nonetheless, even with those few flaws, Simone Elkeles is still one of my favorite authors because she made me feel this great emotion and I did enjoy the rest of the book. I loved the humor she had especially with Lenny’s character, the lessons she taught me in this book, and the depth she put into her characters. I am truly looking forward for Simon Elkeles future works and I hope I enjoy it as much I did with this book.

I do recommend you the leaving paradise series and I’m assuring you that it will grab your heartstrings and pull it really hard.

overall rating 3.5/5

Catching Fire

Summary: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.

If Hunger games left me breathless, Catching fire left me rolling on the floor hyperventilating like a crazy woman.
I had such high hopes for this book just because the first book, Hunger games was so good, that I was a loss for words. It's really bad for me to have such high hopes because usually that leads me into becoming disappointed if my expectations are not met.
I was glad that Suzanne Collins didn't disappoint my expectations and if anything, she exceeded it.

Based on some of the book reviews I read. People didn't seem to like the twist and turns Suzanne Collins put throughout the book, I on the other hand loved them, just because it kept me off guard and it surprised me. I love when authors put unpredictable moments because it keeps me interested, wondering what's going to happen next.

I loved that the characters in catching fire didn’t have a flat character. I like the dimension Suzanne put in each and every single one of them, the flaw that made them into a realistic and relatable character. Katniss Everdeen was one of the characters I admired and at the same time I could relate to. She had characteristics that I have and wished I did.

This book taught me plenty of lessons like happiness doesn’t always come from materialistic things, how one little thing can make a big difference, and what freedom really means. I can't wait for Suzanne’s Mockingjay, especially after that cliff-hanger Suzanne put in that is keeping me on the edge because of a few uncertainties that's currently killing me. If you haven’t read Hunger games, you’re missing out on something wonderful and extraordinary. This book didn’t cause such a big hype for no reason.

rating: 5/5

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HUNGER GAMES by Suzzane Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book left me breathless...

The first time I encountered this book was in school, we were assigned a few books to read. It didn't really caught my attention because it's not really the type of book I usually read and since everyone seemed interested in it, I chose another book to read instead. Another encounter I had with this book was when my friend was carrying this book and was basically adoring it like some crazy maniac and after that I started seeing it everywhere. The cover didn't really grab my attention at first but i decided I gave it a try since it was also popular in barnes and noble (where i usually get my fantamazing books and yes that's now a word) and my crazy maniac friend was really annoying and forced me to. So, I read it...and dang! was it the best thing ever!!!! I can't believe I didn't read it any sooner! I mean SERIOUSLY! What the heck was wrong with me for ignoring this wonderful piece of art!!!! This book was so unique in it's own ways and the romance was like the topping on such a delicious book.

I love EVERYTHING!, The characters, the suspense EVERYTHING!

I can't wait to buy the next book XD

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