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.

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.

 

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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’)

Maze Runner: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


The Maze Runner - Maze Runner Series 1Title: 
The Maze Runner

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

Author: James Dashner

Published by: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: October 6th 2009

Pages: 378

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Sci-fi/Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there \- or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything \- even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

 

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Review:
As some of you may know already, I had seen the movie before reading the book. One of the few times I have ever done it or ever will do. I hadn’t been sure about the whole story before I watched the film. After the film, it was a different story. It was amazing and absolutely thrilling. I read the book as soon as I got home. It was honestly a really, surprisingly good book. Not saying I thought it would be bad, but based on the sort of books I read, I didn’t expect to like it. I loved every second of it. I managed to read this book in around four days, two during, two after school had finished for half-term. The girl, Teresa was an amazing character who was hilarious at times and managed to bring the story to life even more than it already had. This book, though having a female in the plot, was luckily, not consumed by a romance or something. This meant that, although it is nice to have some once in a while, we actually got to see plot and more story line.
Minho is another character, aside from Tomas, the main protagonist, that I loved. He is quirky, witty and just has that sort of personality that makes you instantly think he is an awesome character.
The only criticism is that the book was a little slow during the middle,though it swiftly picked up.
For any of you who think this plot or genre isn’t for you, I seriously suggest you reconsider that opinion. I for one loved it and will most definitely be reading the nest book, Scorch Trials, hopefully soon.

Surprise Post #1

What Makes you Want to Put a Book Down?

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(even I didn’t know it was going to happen!)

O.K so I’ve just gone into year ten and am starting coursework for GCSE’s. I have been so busy that I’ve barely read at all (unless you count revision books.) so I have decided to write about something I would like your opinions on. What makes you put a book down?

We’ve all done it, just admit it. At some point, for whatever reason, however big or small, we’ve decided that we can no longer read what we’re reading and put it down. I have therefore decided to create a list of some of those points. feel free to comment any points I may have missed out.

This blog was inspired by, believe it or not, an English teacher when we were looking at what makes a good book and they kept choosing the cliched opinions, some of which actually make me want to put the book down instead. So first of all, I did some research online about this topic and here were the statistics I found which I have found an info graphic on.

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So those are the statistics and opinions from goodreads. Here are a few of my pet peeves and other quirks. Just to say that even if it is included in the info graphic, if it is one of my pet peeves then it’s going in:

  • Way too many POVs and characters. I like reading from different Points of view and a good range of characetrs is nice but sometimes a writer goes overboard with the amount of point of views. Especially if you have around fifteen main characters which all switch points pov without telling you every paragraph or so.
  • Like a snail. If you want me to read your story make sure something i happening maximum by chapter five. By chapter five I expect there to at least be a build up instead of nothingness.
  • One thing that is rather stupid but I still don’t like is when a new character is introduced that makes the main character look stupid or just I don’t like them. in the middle of books new characters are sometimes added. If this happens during the first say five chapters when there is already an established group of main characters, I get annoyed thinking that the original MCs (main characters) are being ‘over thrown’. (By the way, I am slowly trying to get out of this habit and am rereading books in which I put them down because of this.)
  • Main male characters who make the female secondary or main characters seem overly weak and fragile. This seems to happen a fair amount of times in books with male leads and sometimes even female leads. This is when the male in the book will make the female seem stupid, weak, insignificant etc. And for some reason, people seem to like this thinking it makes the male seem strong. No. No it doesn’t. This doesn not happen all the time but happens enough to be added to this list.

Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton


Title: 
Witch Finder

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

Author: Ruth Warburtoon

Published by: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: July 2nd 2014

Pages: 384

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Sworn to a loveless marriage.

Sworn to avenge the death of his parent.

sworn to kill the one you love…

London 1880.

Witches killed Luke Lexton’s parents and he is determined to avenge their death by becoming a witch hunter. But first he must prove his loyalty and pick a name from the Book of Witches to track down and kill within a month or face death himself. Luke picks Rosa Greenwood, a young witch-girl who is almost impossible to kill…

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Review:
I read this book on holiday where I was doing outdoor activities almost every hour of the day and yet couldn’t help but finish it in a few hours. This book was amazing. It is set in the Victorian era and Ruth Warburton has brought that time back to the present; Her descriptions of the streets and housing were enthralling. She made everything come to life. I loved the story line of Rosa Greenwood’s family and how even in a fantasy book it kept to the traditions of arranged marriage for money and power. How in the 1880’s women were seen lower class.
The book begins quite ominously with Luke’s first entrance to the witch hunter community. This instantly captures you into the book.
The cover is a pretty cool mix of illustration and photography though for some reason it doesn’t quite work for me. The second book has a much nicer cover with a little more flair.
Overall this book is awesome and enthralling. There were one or two moments where I thought there could be a little more going on but on the whole it was a really good summer read.