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.
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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.

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.

New This Month – December 2014

Here is a list of new releases coming out this month so that you can plan ahead.

December 2nd

Pretty Little Liars: Vicious by Sara Shepard

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word “liar,” no one believes you’re telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear–but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she’ll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic–something that will change her friends’ lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

GOODREADS

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Blythewood: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman19523941

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school?  Her love?  Or her life?

GOODREADS

Book Haul #1: November 2014

Book Haul #1: November 2015

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O.K, I know I haven’t posted in ages but…I was in a reading slump! I know, I know, terrible, but it’s true and I am finally able to come clean. But this month it was my birthday and I got a lot of book tokens so went on a day of shopping, FOR BOOKS!!!

So this is my first ever book haul for November. Enjoy!

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

 

 

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

This book is like a biography of Magnus’ Life up to the end of Heavenly Fire. I have been waiting for this book to come out for ages and have finally gotten it. I know they were released as e-book copies but I am not keen on using e-readers. Plus, I managed to get one of the limited edition Hardback copies with exclusive content of Magnus Bane’s Voice-mail. Writing this, I have already read half the book and look forward to continuing my journey through Magnus’ Life.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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. The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan

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 Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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. The Kill Order by James Dashner

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. Day 21 by Kass Morgan

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. Of Mice and Men by John Steinback

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 Inspector Calls and Other Plays by JB Priestly

This was also bought for my GCSE English Literature and I am planning to read it before hand but even though I think Of Mice and Men might surprise me, I do not feel the same way for an Inspector Calls.

The Black Magician: The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan


Title: 
The Magician’s Guild

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

Author: Trudi Canavan

Published by: Orbit

Publication Date: March 4th 2010

Pages: 480

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild’s worst fear has been realised …There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

 

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
Before i start the review, let me just say that I’m already rereading this book while I wait for the next book to arrive. What does that say about this book, other than you amount of tea’s you have already seen. This will probably be my next book series/trilogy addiction, with the added fact that Trudi Canavan has two other trilogy’s in this world.
Apparently this author is famous for her female protagonists, which for some reason appeal to me.
Anyway, this book captured my imagination beautifully. What got me interested was the first paragraph that talks about spirits the wind, I don’t know the relevance to the book but it was quite deep I guess.
The main character, Sonea, is unlike other female main characters, for one thing, there is no actual romance at all in this book. There are people I would like her to be with due to how they act around each other, but overall, this book is based more on other aspects of a person’s life other than their love life and interests. This actually gave us more insight into the characters personalities in other events and circumstances.
Most gripping, must read next book, stories usually end in cliffhangers if I’m being stereotypical. This book did not, in my mind, leave me guessing the next event, but it was still such an amazing book I ordered the next book two minutes after finishing the book. I actually read the book in around four hours.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend reading this and I would love it if the trilogy became a TV show (as long as it was good and nothing was too badly changed ‘obviously’)

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Well It’s Halloween today so here’s you’re first post today.

Original version created on Blog Keep Booked

O.K so I have found a load of Halloween related book covers and I know you should never judge a book by its cover but it’s Halloween and all sorts of devilish things can happen. So go ahead. I have links to goodreads with each cover.

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