Archive for April, 2012

Nevermore (Cover) – James Patterson

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride, #8)UPDATE! For the full review of the book, just click this little link right here. 😀

This series.

What happened?

Would you like my thoughts on this book? Because you’re not going to like them.

Ok, let’s start.

I used to really like the Maximum Ride series. The first three books were awesome. They had this fast-paced, jokey, non-stop action which is awesome. And the humour was always great.

But then came the 4th book.

And we started ALL the global warming stuff. Which, yes, is very important. It is, it’s a big issue and we could all die. But Maximum Ride? Out of everything, it’s in Maximum Ride?

Maximum Ride is about fighting big, cartoonish villains and flying around and using awesome powers to defeat bad guys. Not global warming. Global Warming is too much of a big, serious, issue that cannot be solved by badass ninja skills.

And the the 5th, which was, eh. Ok.

And then the 6th. Which, let’s be honest, was… Well, at least we know that James Patterson is also able to create crappy characters like Dylan as well as awesome characters like Max and Fang and Iggy and so on. You can hear all our thoughts on these things in future reviews.

And then in Angel, things started to pick up slightly.

And then Nevermore was announced.

NEVERMORE.

I can’t believe that that is the name. Maybe I’m being prejudiced and rude and I don’t know, maybe Nevermore has some really big meaning. But right now, it sounds like a twilight ripoff that I would see in a bookshop and laugh at.

The previous titles and covers were all really good, except the USA ones for Fang and Angel. but how did we get from stuff like this:

School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, #2)Max (Maximum Ride, #5)

To stuff like Nevermore. These covers look awesome, but Nevermore looks like it’s a romance story about a fallen angel that falls in love with a boy, which seems to be a trend lately.

So, I’m guessing it’s Max on the front, who, for some reason, has white hair. Maybe there’s a reason for that, though I doubt it. She looks like an old lady. And there’s some sort of shipwreck going on behind her, and her feathers are all white, even though  I thought she had brown wings. Maybe it’s not her at all, maybe it’s some random new character JP has introduced us to in the last book, because he’s inconsistent like that.

You can tell that I’m not particularly happy with this. It’s also been said that Nevermore is one of the shortest in the series, which makes be think that it’s going to be impossible for JP to tie up all his loose ends, like  JK Rowling did so amazingly in the last book.

And the Summary makes me so annoyed.

Summary

“One last chance…
for Max, Fang, and Dylan…
before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.”

That’s it?

I guess it’s all about the love triangle now, as none of the other flock are mentioned. When did Dylan become such a main character?

And it really doesn’t give anything away, which doesn’t help with a review, but I will say something. If Max and Fang don’t get back together by the end of this book, then I will throw it (unless it’s on my Kindle. Then, no way, José). If Max and Dylan end up together and have loads of kids and stuff, I will probably punch something.

No, I will definitely punch something.

I’m trying to be positive about this, but I’ve read the 5 chapter preview. Would you like to know what happens? Ok.

Max mopes to Dylan about Angel dying and it makes me want to punch him in the face for being so annoying. Fang watches Maya fight Ari, who is back for some reason with the rest of the Erasers who magically appeared for no reason, and then Maya dies. Or we think she does.

That’s it. It’s that random.

But one thing I do love about these books is the humour, so at least I have that to look forward to, when I’m trying not to punch Dylan in the face.

You know what I’m actually really hoping to happen, is Dylan to turn out to be gay. That would be good, because then he could go off and become a singer and marry some guy (if it turns into a Fang-Max-Dylan triangle, but with Dylan in love with Fang, I don’t think I’ll be able to not laugh), and Max and Fang can be reunited and together and the world order will be partially restored.

So, what are your thoughts on Nevermore? As annoyed as I am? Am I being too harsh on the book? Tell me, please! I need to find some redeeming quality in this book.

Ashes- Ilsa Bick

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)This book is very troubling… It really bothers me… It also really frustrates me… It should be an amazing book…but it isn’t… It’s like it is written by two separate people. I can even name the part where the book splits; after the evil bouncy hunter people came, and the chapter started with “Three days later” (at least I think it is three days…). I just don’t understand why…? Anyway, thankfully this book is part of a series, as the ending was way to broad with loads of unanswered questions to be finished. The series is called the Ashes series and I think it consists of three books… the second one being called Shadows! Oh, I forgot to mention, the author is called Ilsa Bick! (just in case you forgot/ didn’t see the title!)

Summary
OK. So the plot. This electromagnetic pulse happens and it kills some people, or they survive, or they survive then die by turning into weird kinda, but not quite zombie stuff… The story follows this girl called Alex who is hiking through the mountain/ forest when the pulse happens. She is stuck with this girl called Ellie, who, in my opinion is REALLY REALLY ANNOYING… because her grand-dad died (sorry for the spoiler, but had to happen!), and then she meets Tom, who is an ex- army person. And as this is a YA novel, Tom and Alex of course fall for each other… The story is basically about them trying to find out what happened and them trying to find civilisation.

Cons
The Split
As I said, the book kinda splits in two half way through it… As in the writing style completely changes… and the characters also kinda change… SPOILER ALERT: After the split,  don’t worry, if you read the books you will know what I mean!, you don’t hear from any of the “disappeared” characters after… I literally went through the whole second half waiting for that moment when they are reunited… but IT NEVER HAPPENED….!!! I was quite disappointed… as I really liked those character and the new ones… weren’t that good. So if you do decide to read it, be prepared…

The writing style
I thought that the first half was really good! But I didn’t like the second part of it… It might be because I don’t understand it entirely… maybe it was part of the effects (or is it affects? meh…) of the monster in her brain?, But anyway, the second half of the book, the writing style completely changed… It was like that the reader suddenly became detached, and I just didn’t care as much, and I just didn’t feel as connected to the character… But meh, it might just be me!

The Split itself
By that, I mean the part where, in my opinion, everything goes wrong… The part where the bouncy hunters come, and do what they did, I didn’t really understand, I thought that it is a bit rushed, and I didn’t really understand what had actually happened until pages after… Also with the “Three days later” part, I just felt that it was a bit disappointing, and too much of an anticlimax, as everything was building up, but then it just flops…

The new characters that were introduced
THERE WAS NO NEED!!! I didn’t like what happened to the old characters… and I just didn’t understand why she just changed the characters completely… I was really happy with Alex, Tom and Ellie, although some of them were annoying at parts, they just worked together… and Ilsa Bick just didn’t had to change it… because, in my opinion, THEY JUST DIDN’T WORK TOGETHER and it was too forced…

The second half of Alex
By second half, I mean the second half of the book, what she is like… She just flops… Everything that I loved about her in the first book, just disappears… Her strength, determination, stubbornness and loyalty just disappears for some time… But at least… at the end, she finally puts it back together…

Pros
The first half
Everything worked!, I had really high hopes for this books, after reading the first few pages! The writing style was AMAZING, the characters were mostly likeable and the plot seemed good! I loved how the characters developed and how they fitted together!, It was really good!

I am afraid that, that is the only Pro… 😦

Favourite Quotes

  • “It was that stages-of-anger thing. I was shocked and then I got pissed and then I fought like hell … and then I went numb. They called it acceptance, but it wasn’t. It’s what happens when you have only two choices: live with the monster, or kill yourself”
  • “Run, she told herself. Run, you idiot, run.
    But she didn’t. She couldn’t. She just… couldn’t”
  • “Those brain-zapped kids weren’t the only – or maybe even the worst – enemy”

Overall
hm… This book is really hard to give stars to… I really want to give it 4 shuriken stars… because both halves of the story are around that standard (maybe the first half is slightly better), but when they are put together… it just doesn’t work?… It’s like taking a goldfish and putting it in melted chocolate to swim…; the end result is just a dead goldfish and chocolate which tastes fishy… IT JUST DOESN’T GO TOGETHER… (sorry about the capitals… this book just really frustrates me…) I guess I have to give it 2 and a half shuriken stars… Because although it is up to a 4 standard, in writing  (well the first half)…, fishy chocolate doesn’t taste good…

Unwholly (Cover) – Neal Shusterman

Unwholly (Unwind, #2)Is this the real cover?

I have no idea, to be honest, but I just saw it on goodreads and decided it looks legitimate. I think it’s real. Actually, I’m 99.9% sure it’s real now. So let’s review it!

It’s really obvious that someone else took a picture of the book (An ARC, i think, as it says that in the top left of the picture, not that you guys can see. You’ll just have to trust me.) and uploaded that onto the internet. And it’s got the same colour scheme and writing and so on ,as the american cover (for those of you who haven’t seen the american cover, here it is)

UnwindI think I prefer the first cover more, it’s slightly more creepy in my opinion, with the whole faceless, zombie-esque person. I have a feeling this guy is Cam on the cover, since he doesn’t look anything like Connor or Lev in my head, and hopefully is not Risa. But it’s still awesomely creepy, and just makes me so excited. I can’t help it, I love this series.

And the summary looks awesome! It’s pretty long, just to warn you, but read it anyway.

Summary

“In a society where unwanted and troublesome teens are salvaged for their body parts, Connor, Risa and Lev continue to fight against the system that would ‘unwind’ them. Thanks to their high-profile revolt at the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of so-called troublesome teens might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question and a new law passed. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests, not to mention the illegal ‘Parts Pirates’, that want to see it not only continue, but expand.
Connor, Risa and Lev each struggle to rescue as many AWOL teens as possible and offer them sanctuary. But life at the Graveyard is hard, rivalries bubble under the surface and the cracks are beginning to show.
And then there is Cam, a teen who does not exist. Made entirely out of parts from one hundred other ‘unwinds’, Cam is a 21st century Frankenstein, a rewound, struggling to find a true identity and meaning, and a place in society. But when a sadistic bounty hunter who takes “trophies” from all the ‘unwinds’ he captures starts to pursue Connor, Lev and Risa, Cam finds his own fate inextricably bound with theirs…”

Final Thoughts?

Well, I’m freaking excited about this book, my only worry is that it won’t be as good as the mindblowing first book. But I was worried in the same way for Everwild, and that proved to be awesome. And again with Everfound. I guess I just have to trust Neal Shusterman in being the awesome writer he is and making this awesome. Urgh! I want to read it so bad!

And if you came here and just read through all this and don’t know whether to read Uwind or not? GO READ IT! NOW! GO! GO GO GO GO GO!

Also, did any of you see the short film MainstayPro made for Unwind? I loved it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and look them up. They made a ton of videos for the Hunger Games before the movie came out as well.

Sorry, that was really random, but I guess I’m a pretty random person. Ah well.

🙂

Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

I would do a review on Clockwork Angel, but I’ve got to be honest. I read that last year, I can’t remember much, but just to start this review off, here’s a mini review. A meview, if you like (actually, no, don’t call it that. That’s a terrible name).

Clockwork Angel
Plot – good
Characters – Exactly like the Mortal Instrument characters, but more annoying.
Writing style – Old timey, but ok.
Overall – 3 Shuriken Stars.

So those were my initial thoughts going into this book. And what did I think?

Eh, it was pretty good. Definitely better than the first one, but still not amazing.

So, let’s summarise this thing, and if you don’t understand what the hell I’m talking about, then oh well. You should probably read the first book.

Summary
So, Benedict Lightwood is being annoying as always, and because of him Charlotte has to go find out all this evil stuff that I can’t really remember, otherwise she’ll lose the institute. And then the whole Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle (which let’s be honest. In the first book was WillxTessa and Jem being nice), being all complicated and annoying. But in a good way. Plus, we find out Will’s secret and a bunch of other stuff I also can’t remember. Wow, this isn’t starting out to be a great review, is it?

Cons
I don’t really know how to…. Urgh. I don’t know how to do the cons, because Cassandra Clare has me really torn. Ok, let’s see what we can do.

How do I…

OK, let’s put it this way. What I hated about the first book was that the characters were so alike the characters from the Mortal Instruments. Please tell me you saw this too. Because:

Will = Jace (yes, I know their related. That still gives her no excuse to make them exactly the same person. Not with the same backstory and stuff, but with the exact same humour and personality and getting the girl and being amazingly beautiful like an angel…)

Tessa = Clary (Except Tessa likes books. Clary likes drawing. And Tessa talks all ‘Olde English’ and seems more intelligent in my eyes. All her choices seem so much smarter and logical.)

Jem = Alek, but less gay, and more annoying. I’m sorry if you like Jem, I don’t really. I find the way he likes Tessa really annoying, though it’s probably just  me being heartless and cynical. Sorry.

Jessamine = Isabelle, but again more annoying. Whereas Isabelle was likeable, Jessamine is just downright snobby and annoying.

But you know what, I think Cassandra Clare kind of improved on this in this book. Kinda. I found them slightly more different to their original characters. I liked Jessamine more. I liked Jem less. I loved Will for a few chapters, found him really angsty and annoying in others, even though I now understand why. Wait a second, this really doesn’t sound like a Con anymore, does it. But it’s certainly not a Pro. Oh, whatever, let’s just keep it here.

Oh yeah, I have a legitimate Con now. Charlotte and Henry’s conversation at the end.

God.

It was so cheesy. And I mean really cheesy. The book was really good, I felt, then suddenly that conversation with bland dialogue and it’s cheesiness. I don’t know why it annoyed me so much, but it really did. Especially when Cassandra Clare could have done it so much better. She’s a great writer, and I was so surprised at that part.

Pros

Plot = pretty good.

Character developement = pretty good.

Amount Magnus Bane was in the book (he’s one of my favourite parts of the Infernal Devices series) = pretty good.

Dialogue = Awesome. But that’s one of the things I love about Cassandra Clare. Her dialogue is always funny and sarcastic and awesome.

Also, that ending. Oh, geez. That ending.

Ok. MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT HERE. MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT. SKIP TO THE END WITH ALL THE QUOTES AND STUFF. SPOILER-O ALERT-O. L’ALERT DE SPOILERS. (my amazing Spanish and French skills right there)

You know the end, did anyone else want to punch Jem in the face? I mean, I understand what he’s going through and so on, but right at the moment, I wanted to hit him. So bad. You know, the bit after Will’s proclaimed his love for Tessa and he knows that they can’t be together because of Jem and he’s basically like:

Jem: I know why you put your life on the line to save Tessa and risked dying and got all that stuff in your back and made it a bloody mess just for this girl.
Will: you do? 😀
Jem: Yeah, it’s because you know HOW IN LOVE ME AND TESSA ARE! AND WE’RE GONNA GET MARRIED AND STUFF!
Will: Oh… Yeah… Totally… 😦
Jem: Parabatai HIGH FIVE!

(That may have been slightly out of context and exxagerated, but that was basically the point. Jem ripped out Will’s hope and threw it on the floor, and Will just had to smile and nod.)

END OF SPOILER. FIN DE LA SPOILERS. NO MORE SPOILERS. NO SPOILERS. KEEP READING. READ MOI. IT’S SAFE NOW THERE ARE NO MORE SPOILERS.

Quotes: 

  • “Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
    “It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”
  • “Reparations,” said Jem very suddenly, setting down the pen he was holding.
    Will looked at him in puzzlement. “Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine is ‘genuphobia’. It means an unreasonable fear of knees.”
    “What’s the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots?” inquired Jessamine.”
  • “If you do not help me,” Tessa said to Jem, “I swear, I will change into you, and I will lift him myself. And then everyone here will see what you look like in a dress.” She fixed him with a look. “Do you understand?”
  • “Oh, leave it,” said Jem, kicking Will, not without affection, lightly on the ankle.
    “She’s annexed my plan!”
    “Will,” Tessa said firmly. “Do you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?”
    Will pointed a finger at her.
    “That,” he said. “The second one.”
  •  “Patriotic?” Will looked smug. “I’ll tell you what’s patriotic,” he said. “In honor of my birthplace, I’ve the dragon of Wales tattooed on my—”

Overall
3 1/2 shuriken stars. Read it if you want to. Don’t read it if you don’t. Also, if you have read it, tell me if I’m the only one who is worried and torn about Cassandra Clare making this a 12 book series. Because she seems to be dragging this out so much. But maybe it’ll be awesome. But maybe it’ll be unnecessary and boring. I might do a post on my thoughts on this. I might not. Who knows.

Legend- Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)This book is good. Actually it’s better! It is AMAZING! The plot was amazing, and so were the characters, and the writing was amazing! This book is for all dystopia fans!!! It is a MUST read!!! This book is by Marie Lu, and it is one of the first books she has written (I think…), which is really impressive, as it is such a good book!!! 😀 It is the first book in a series, called the Legend series, but I’m not entirely sure how many there will be… :D, however I do know that the next one is called Patriot, and it is going to be released sometime in September this year (hopefully)!!! I can’t wait!!! 😀 It isn’t one of those books that rambles for a long time, before finally getting into the story.

Summary
The story is told in two parts; one part by June, who is 15 and the only person known to have scored a perfect 1500 in her trial. And the other half is told by Day, who is a criminal who lives in the slums of the Republic. I just read what I had written, and realised that it may not make sense to those of you who haven’t read this book… Lets start from the beginning! In the future, what used to be western America, is now the Republic, which is at war with it’s  neighbours and with the rebels. Every child, at the age of 10 has to take this test, called “The Trial”. The trial is scored with a maximum of 1500 points,which only one person has every achieved; June. The trial basically determines the rest of the child’s life; if they score well, they get to go to school, and therefore uni; if they score bad, then they get sent to labour camps…;and if they score in the middle, they just go to a bad school… June and Day meet by accident, and they both reveal nothing about their own past, as Day is a criminal and June is undercover. Oh! I forgot to mention. June is hunting Day because she thinks HE KILLED HER BROTHER. (don’t worry, that isn’t a spoiler, as it was on the blurb of the copy that I had!)

Cons
er… no cons?

Pros
The two viewpoints!
I love both of the characters! They are amazing in their own way! I loved that we got to meet both of them separately before we met them together. That way we could see them properly, rather than seeing how they act when they aren’t properly in their comfort zone.

The funny scene (Well I found it funny)- spoilers may follow
LOL! I found the scene so awkward and so funny… 😀 Note. spoiler to follow…, but you could see it coming…, it is a YA distopia novel…; some people have to end up falling for each other…, etc… I just found the scene when Thomas was confronting June about kissing Day so funny! It was just… YOU WEIRDO… (to Thomas) for listening to them kissing… ew…. lol…. 😀

The relationships between the characters
There are too many relationships to go into detail… I’ll just write about the main ones!
Day and his brothers: They are just so sweet!!! They care so much for each other… I just love how they would risk everything for each other…
June and Day: At first, I admit, it was extremely hurried… I think Marie Lu just wanted to get straight to the part, rather than let it build up. I actually really liked that method. Although it makes it seem less real, it, for me, made the book faster in pace, and just skipped all the boring parts like “Oh my god!  He winked at me! What ever next?” Which would have made it more like a romantic novel, than the action novel it is! (note. I’m not one for romantic novels.!)

Favourite Quotes

  • “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. ” *One of my favourite quotes. Ever.
  • “The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his words.”
  • “I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”
  • “Well…can’t be any more dangerous than your crazy hospital break-in yeah?”

Overall
As there are no cons…, you can tell that this book is a MUST READ! It is amazing! I very strongly suggest you read it! I found say that it probably is a 4 and a half shuriken star? Because although I can’t find any cons about it, it isn’t one of those books that are mind boggling, and stick in your mind forever and you want to read over and over again… But those books are rare… and this book is still AMAZING!

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

I love the plot. I love (most of) the characters. I love the author. I love the book. It is one of the best series I have ever read! It is just AMAZING! …<— trying to calm myself, as I am hyperventilating just thinking about it! (so, I may ramble a lot in this review… :D). *Taking a deep breath* This book is the first in a trilogy, by James Dashner, called the Maze Runner trilogy (such imagination(!)). The books that follow it are the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure, which are equally as good, apart from the ending of the Death Cure, as it just leaves too many unanswered questions.. URG… I HATE THE ENDING… sorry… rambling again…. This trilogy also has a prequel, called the Kill Order, but that isn’t out yet…, unfortunately …

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Summary!
The main character of the book is this guy called Thomas, and kinda also this girl. The book starts with Thomas going up the shaft, into the maze, and being surrounded by kids around his age. Also, all he can remember is his name, nothing, not anything else… (how creepy would that be?, if I were him, at that point, I would have teared my head apart…). Then the plot THICKENS! The next day a girl is sent up, who is the first girl to have EVER arrived in the Glade (aka the maze)!!! dum dum dum! The plot is basically about them trying to get out of the maze!

Cons
How James Dashner writes off so many characters…
He killed so many of my favourite character… At the end of the book, I was emotionally traumatized…  and I was so close to tears… ;( I just hate how, with some characters, he doesn’t give them the proper noble death and funeral they deserve… It was just like “Bang. You’re dead. Bye!” I just wish that James Dashner had made their deaths longer, so it would give the characters a proper closure that they deserved…

I guess that’s the only con I have!

Pros!!!
The plot
IT IS AMAZING!!! And that is about the only thing that I can say without giving away too much of the plot!

The twists!
I DID NOT SEE THEM COMING! The plot was just so fast paced, and the twists came one after another, it was just breath taking and then it left me speechless.

The Ending
I can’t say much,apart from it was an amazing ending! It was left on an amazing cliffhanger. I really shouldn’t say any more.

The Characters
I just felt that I connected with them immediately. Especially Minho. He is so cool! I found myself in their situation, and I couldn’t help feeling sad, when they felt sad, and happy when they were happy! I know. It sounds really cliché…  but IT’S TRUE!!!

The front cover
I know, this is a minor point, and that “you should never judge a book by its cover”… But the cover of this book looks awesome!!! And it is exactly how I imagined it!!!!!!!!

Favourite Quotes

  • “You’re the shuckiest shuck-faced shuck there ever was”
  • “shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby.
    “Go ahead” Newt replied.
    Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly.
    “Don’t die.” *I LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!
  • “You’re disgusting when you eat,” Chuck said, sitting on the bench next to him. “It’s like watching a starving pig eat his own klunk.”
  • “I’ve been shucked and gone to heaven.”

Overall
Overall, this book is amazing! It is definitely a must read! Easily 5 shuriken stars!!!

Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)PROBABLY CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOK!!!
I read this book a while ago… So I’m sorry if there are any mistakes… This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. The first one is called The Hunger Games, and is about Katniss and Peeta trying to survive the hunger games. The third one is called Mockingjay, which, in my opinion isn’t a very good book. Overall, throughout the series, I would say that the books get progressively worse… Imagine a ship! Imagine the ship at the start going to it’s destination (that’s the level that the first book is at). Then imagine it crashing into whale (that’s the level that the second book is at). Finally, imagine it sinking (that’s the level that the last book is at…) Sorry to be all pessimistic, but I thought that you should be warned!!!

Cons
It was too much like the first book…
As I said above…<—I can’t be bothered to type it all out…. I just thought that at times, I was reading the same book twice… And now,after about a year, I get confused between the two. I mean literally, in the movie I got really annoyed at them missing a bit. Then when I got outside and started ranting about it…, my friend told me it happened in the second book… +_+

What Katniss and Peeta end up doing…
Now that I have typed it out… I realise that it sounds really wrong… I didn’t mean it in that way I swear! But I can’t say anything without spoiling the book… I just thought that what they did, wasn’t necessaries… and just wrong… They are only teenagers….!!!

The romance
I strongly dislike how Suzanne Collins wrote the romance stuff… Because it wasn’t even romantic… It was just like “Peeta! They don’t think we love each other [well… duh… Katniss doesn’t…]. Lets make out in front of them. That will convince them!” No. Just no. There were way too many scenes like that… And Peeta is such an idiot…, I mean, I guess I feel sorry for him, because Katniss is an idiot… but he was just too much over the top… And he didn’t respect all of Katniss’ ideas.

The old characters
Katniss: SHE MADE ME WANT TO TEAR UP THE BOOK!!!!!! She was just so ungrateful… she just completely dismissed Gale and Peeta, when they are both in love with her… And then she goes off moaning about how everybody hates her and how she has no friends… and generally feeling sorry for herself… The reason why she is like that is because of HER OWN STUPID FAULT
Peeta: He was just over the top. I didn’t like it. I don’t like him. Even in the first book. He was just so weak… He did whatever Katniss told him to do… I don’t like him
Gale: I’m actually quite surprised that I decided to put him in the cons section… but anyway… here he is… in the cons section… I guess it is that he wouldn’t man up and believe Katniss when she said that she was pretending… I just hate how he got all jealous over Peeta, and didn’t respect the fact that he was the reason why Katniss got out of the Hunger Games alive… But even so, Gale is so much cooler than Peeta; but that is probably because we see so much more of Peeta in the books, so I have more faults to pick out about him…

Pros
I love the new characters
I love all the new characters who are introduced!!! Such as Finnik and Annie!!! Or Johanna- who is so cool!!!!!! And I also love Mags!!!!

The action
I love the action… but it did frustrate me that it only happened in the second half of the book… But even though it was a slow start to the book, the action does get better…., and once it finally got there, it was pretty good!

The cover?
I’m kinda running out of positive things to say… So lets talk about the cover!!! It’s not the worst cover I’ve seen… But is definitely isn’t the worst either! I like how it has the “tick tock” thing under the mockingjay pin! And I love the colour of the cover; it is like FIRE <– just like the title, if you didn’t quite get it! 😀

Favourite quotes!

  • “So it’s you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans”
  • “I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself”
  • “At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”
  • “I guess this is a bad time to mention I hung a dummy and painted Seneca Crane’s name on it…”
  • “That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I’m free to act as desperately as I wish.”

Overall
Hm… This book is very tricky… I want to give it a four shuriken stars… but… that would be saying that it is as good as the other 4 shuriken stars… So maybe I’ll go just one below; how about three and a half shuriken stars…, but that seems very harsh… but oh well… Three and a half shuriken stars it is! Although I have written a lot of cons… I would still recommend you to read this book, if you have read the first one!, but just a word of warning. You may be disappointed…!