The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Title: 
The Hunger Games

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published by: Scholastic

Publication Date: September 14th 2008

Pages: 374

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Science Fiction

Book Blurb:  

Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun….

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before– and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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Review:
Can’t believe I have only just read this book, even after all the teasing from my friends about how I won’t see the films till I’ve read the book, but haven’t read the book. Anyway I finished the book a few days ago and wow. It was better than I expected, even after all the dystopia’s out at the moment that seem all a little too similar, no matter how good.
I loved how the book was written in Katniss’ Point of view because she is such an interesting and brave character from a devastating background. Suzanne has developed her so well and shown that she’s not all perfect which I love in any lead because it makes them all the more relatable and lets you empathise with them and their predicaments.
The description in the games and of the dress are also so beautiful and enthralling. At some parts I felt as though I was watching like one of the Panem citizens watching it live. There were parts that actually felt quite stressful due to the pressure that was on this amazing female lead and the descriptions of the events.
I also like how, although you have the love triangle and love interests, it isn’t such a big focus like it is in some books and instead you have a strong female lead that doesn’t constantly need all the relationship dramas that some have.
Suzanne Collins should be so proud that she has written such a strong willed, independent and brave female lead that many young girls can look up to instead of the usual celebrities making young girls care about looks instead of personality.
Truly inspirational character and an amazing action packed book. A perfect read for any time.

At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


At First SightTitle: 
At First Sight

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by: Quercus Editions Ltd

Publication Date: January 1st 2015

Pages: 393

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  A girl no one can see, A boy on a mission,
A love story with a difference
What happens when an assassin falls in love with his target?
There are people in this world who are Nobodies. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make perfect assassins.
The institute finds these people when they’re young and takes then away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organisation. And threats must be eliminated. Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’re ID’ed Claire and sent seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit…

 

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Review:
This book is also known as ‘Nobody’ in the USA. At First Sight is a very original idea that I might not actually have bought if it wasn’t on offer. After reading it I sort of got slightly hooked on it. The books is written from two perspectives that were based on the main two characters. Usually I am not that into dual points if view but this was written really well and helped bring the book to life.
It is about two groups of people living in a normal world: those who love attention and people can’t help but want to listen to them however they are basically psychopathic, the other group are nobodies, people who are find it almost impossible to be noticed.
A nobody working for an organisation has been sent to kill Claire who he thinks is a killer but as soon as she looks at him, he can’t. O.K, this sounds like an average teen romance story, but something about it makes it amazing.
The only criticism I can give is that it felt like it was written for younger people yet the whole plot for YA; to bo honest, that’s not a very good one but it’s the only one I can think of that I feel is preventing me from giving it a full five stars.

Sorry

I have realised that I have been absent from this blog for a few months. I am very sorry about this and hope that I will find time to come back and carry on blogging soon.

Ze Book Geek

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

These are my New Year’s Bookish Resolutions and Have Written 12.

 

  1. Read a few more classic novels.
  2. Try not to get ‘too’ caught up in fandoms.
  3. Try to read more books and get out of book slumps quicker.
  4. Try not to let my wish list build up so much.
  5. Make sure you don’t spend all your money on books, it won’t end well. (especially when it comes to buying Christmas presents).
  6. Read some graphic novels and comics.
  7. If you do any features/memes, try to keep up with them.
  8. Read out of my ‘comfort zone’
  9. Complete the goodreads 2015 reading challenge with fifty books.
  10. Try to do a few more reviews on books I’ve read.

What are yours? Comment Below!

Book Haul #2: December 2015

Book Haul #1: December 2015

 

Image (1)So aside from the fact it was Christmas, I just sort of went on a book buying spree and bought a load of books. Let’s face it now, I’m broke. After having to buy both Christmas presents and my own books, I have no more money for anything…

But on the plus side, I have lots of books to read now!!!

So these are the books I bought this month (click on the title of each books for a link to goodreads:

 

 

1. The Baker Street Boys Box Set Collection by Anthony Read

This series came in a box set that I found after trying to find a series that was short but thrilling. I chose this series mainly because of my love for thrillers/ mysteries and a love for the BBC show Sherlock.

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know this book has been out for a while and has won two Carnegie medals. For some reason I never really looked at it but recently I did and I thought it sounded amazing. I then went on to read the first chapter of it and decided to buy it straight away. It is part of the Chaos Walking series and I look forward to reading it in the Christmas holidays in around 4 weeks time.

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo   

Wow. I bought this book on the first of November and finished it on the first of November. It was amazing and I thoroughly recommend reading it. It is so well written and I loved it. But… I don’t think I’ll ever finish the series. I think it would have worked better as a single, stand alone book but I guess that’s just my opinion.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read the first book after watching the movie *horrified gasp*. Anyway I loved it and now have the second book to read. Some people have told me that the sequel is -meh- but I might as well try it if I enjoyed the first book so much.

5. At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Don’t ask why I have this book and not The Death Cure. In a moment of hurry and panic for the waterstones closing for the day, I rushed in and picked up Scorch Trials and what I thought to be The Death Cure, but as you can see, it wasn’t. Hopefully I will enjoy Scorch Trials so that I read the next book and etc… but who knows? We’ll see…

6. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I have read the first book and I swear it finished way too soon. They are making a second series of its TV adaptation but I know the TV show is very different and am scared it might give away stuff because I’ve heard it moves much faster. Anyway I enjoyed the 100 and am now going to read the next book some time in the holidays.

7. The Death Cure

Honestly, this book was just bought for school for my GCSE English Literature. I will read it before hand as it is quite famous and well spoken of but I’m not sure, it isn’t a genre or time/era I usually read so who knows?

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have seen this book in shops many times and have stopped to pick it up, but I always then found a book I had been meaning to buy for a longer length of time. Finally I have bought it and though the movie cover, it still looks pretty cool. I am looking forward to this book mainly because though dystopian, it is different. It seems like more than just another ‘evil government’ book.

9. Sabriel by Garth Nix

This book has been around me for years but for some reason – unlike The Giver – I never thought to pick it up. Finally I did and wondered what was wrong with me to constantly miss it out, time and time again.

10. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Two Words: High Fantasy. The reason I even looked at it. Actually this book was tucked away in a box in the bookshop, not yet un-boxed. Trying to find another book to complete the 3 for 2 deal I looked through the box and found this. It is a really lucky find and I am looking forwards to getting to reading it.

Cosy Christmas Reads

Cosy Christmas Reads

As it is only 3 more days till Christmas, (that’s right, you heard me, 3 Days!!!) I have decided to compile a list of 5 books that you can snuggle up to with a mug of whatever hot beverage you desire, some novelty slippers and the Christmas dinner leftovers.

Just to let you know that, for me, ‘cosy reading’ makes me think of high fantasy or a cheesy YA romance novel. Basically I choose to go for, either super light reading or a proper bulky high fantasy book.

Links go to Goodreads

Disclaimer: I have not read all these books, instead they are recommendations friends have gi-ven me. I will not necessarily be reading all of them.

1.   Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

I have not read this series yet but I am planning to read it in 2015. It is part of my new year TBR (which I’ll be posting next year) and I cannot wait to read it. I have only heard good things about it and it is definitely right up my street. High Fantasy, female assassin, lots of mystical creatures? Perfect.

2.   Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Laura Myracle

I have not read this either but just look at the title and guess why I chose it. It’s even set around Christmas. What could be better than that?

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

If you have not read this yet then what the hell have you been doing? Pick up this book and get started. It is one of the best books of all time and I thoroughly recommend reading it as soon as possible. I might even reread it this winter it was so good and it’s high fantasy which makes me feel right at home. Don’t listen to all those haters who have something wrong with the book. They’re probably jealous of Clare’s writing style. Haters will be haters, leave them alone in their own worlds and come and read this fantastic, marvellous, awesome, epic novel!!!

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I am currently reading this and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is high fantasy (how surprising (!)) and has everything that makes you want to snuggle up as you read it by the Christmas lights at night.

5. Ruby Redfort Series by Lauren Child

I know that this is a more ‘junior school’ book but it is honestly amazing. Lauren Child is an amazing author of the books Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola. The Ruby Redfort books are meant to be the ones that Clarice Bean reads and speaks about a lot through those books. After lots of fans (including me) writing in and asking for Ruby Redfort, an announcement was made saying a contract of six books has been signed.

They are really perfect all year round but I thought, why not suggest them now? They made a great light read for those who have little time to read this Christmas!

What’s in My Stocking?

What’s in My Stocking?

Today I am going to give 5 last minute ideas of awesome presents to give to ‘book loving’ friends this winter.

So lots of people struggle to find good presents, especially when the person you’re buying for is addicted to books and nothing else. You don’t want to do the same as everyone else but you want them to like it. It needs to be original. Well Here’s a list of some ideas.

1.   Instead of buying them a book they’ve been wanting for ages, why not buy them a signed copy?

Signed books are often not much more expensive and they make for a present that will wow them into stupor. Here is a good site for signed books: seven stories

 2.   Small Items like wrist bands, badges, cups, bags, jewellery etc…

Novelty gift ideas are always a fun present to give. They range from the simple bags and wrist bands to books like ‘wreck this journal’ and cups with funny book geek quotes. Another good idea is buying them a framed print with one of their favourite book quotes on. Some good places for these are: Not on the High Street.com and The Literary Gift Company

3.   Reading Accessories

Brilliant Reading Rest - Duck Egg BlueThis sounds a little plain but are in fact very useful gifts to give. This van include thing like bookmarks, book stands to hold your book while you’re reading it and book lights so as not to disturb others at night. Good places are simply book stores like waterstones and foyles, also including online stores which will usually have a bigger range.

4.   Personal Library Kit

for postI recently found these in Waterstones. Knock, knock pads. They are hilarious and stretch further than just bookish items. These are hilarious and surprisingly useful tool for book geeks. Helps you to keep track of books you lend out witch is always useful.

5.   Bookish Quote Posters

 These are an awesome idea because what book lover doesn’t love to constantly quote from their favourite books? You can buy these from most bookshops and online places like amazon and not-on-the-high-street.com.