Where She Went – Book Review

Title: Where She Went

Author: Gayle Forman

Length: 260 pages

Genre: Romance, drama, YA Fiction, Music,

Release Date: 26 April 2012

Publisher: Totally Random Books

Description: It’s been three years since Mia and Adam where in the emergency room the day that Mia’s entire family died. Adam’s band has got insanely successful and he’s now touring, doing interviews and recording albums. Mia’s at Julliard and also on the road to success. They loved each other and then it ended, but when they meet back up again three years later they realise maybe the things that happened three years ago were all a mistake, maybe they’re not ready to be without each other just yet.

My Thoughts: I was surprised when Where She Went was from Adam’s point of view, and I really liked it to be honest, I felt like it was really unique. I know that some people do books where every chapter is from a different perspective but it still changes throughout the book and this was just from Adam’s point of view and I really liked it, it was really nice getting to know Adam a bit more, I also really love books about rock stars!

I thought Gayle Forman had come up with a really great story and the way she developed the story in Where She Went from If I Stay was really good, I liked how it was three years in the future and as the story developed you learnt what happened in the past as the book went on.

I think Mia and Adam are really great characters, Gayle Forman’s characterisation is really good, Mia and Adam are so amazing as a couple and they’re great when they’re not together (but less so). One of the things – for me – that makes a book really good, and I mean like really good is when you want the characters in the book to be your friends and I felt like that when I was reading Where She Went, I wanted these people to be my best friends, I wanted to be able to say “Mia and Adam are my best friends”, I wanted to log onto Twitter and be able to follow them, and to be able to create characters that make you feel like that is honestly a gift, Gayle Forman is a really gifted writer to be able to make you feel like that towards the characters she creates and I’m just so glad she took the time to share these characters with us!

I haven’t read very many books about people who are musical and I often think it shouldn’t work because you can’t make someone imagine music by using words and it’s much better to have a film about people that are musicians rather than books because it’s just easier to imagine, in fact someone I know was surprised when they found out that the film Pitch Perfect was based on a book because she didn’t understand how you could write a book about music and I sort of see what she meant but Where She Went really worked, every chapter started with the lyrics off Shooting Star’s (Adam’s band) new album and it was really clever because it made you understand the psychology of Adam’s character a little more and the lyrics were so good, they were amazing and every time I read the lyrics I wanted to look the album up online and listen to it because it was so amazing and so emotional and I just don’t know how Gayle Forman has done it, created a book so emotional and so good and done all of the most impressive things in writing fiction and done them phenomenally well!

When I started reading If I Stay (You can read my review here) and found out there was a sequel, I though “There’s no way that there can be a sequel that will actually be good, it just won’t work – not with the storyline of this book.” and the sequel was just as good, maybe even better! I was so impressed with it! And I feel like it would still make sense if you read it without reading If I Stay which was good.

If you’ve read If I Stay or watched the film I would really suggest reading this book because it’s so great, and if you’ve missed Mia and Adam then this is definitely a way to make you not miss them anymore because it’s really amazing! I didn’t even realise how much I liked the book until I started properly thinking about it whilst writing this review…

5/5 stars

If you’ve read this book and would like to agree or disagree with what I’ve said then please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to read them!

If you’ve read If I Stay then please feel free to leave your comments on the book here.

If you’ve got your own review of Where She Went on your own blog then please feel free to leave a link to the post and I’ll make sure to read it (and if you’ve got your own review of If I Stay then go over to my review and post a link to your review there).

And if you haven’t read Where She Went but you’re planning to then remember this review and come back and leave your comment then.

Other Books In Series: If I Stay (Book one).

Other Books By The Author: You Can’t Get There From Here, Sisters In Sanity, Just One Year, Just One Day, I Was Here.

Author’s Website: http://gayleforman.com/

 

If I Stay – Book Review

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Length: 209 pages

Genre: Romance, drama, YA Fiction, music,

Release Date: 7 May 2009

Publisher: Random House

Description: Mia is seventeen, a cellist, in love and thinking about going to University. Mia has a lovely and supportive family, an amazing boyfriend and some great friends, not to mention she’s an uber talented musician.  Everything is perfect for her really, until she’s going to her parents’ friends house with the family, driving along the snowy road, Mia is and never will be prepared for what happens next.

My Thoughts: I watched the film of If I Stay in early July last year, before I had this blog. And I remember watching it with friends and thinking that it was really bad, that it had no proper storyline and nothing was particularly happening and I just didn’t care what actually was happening. Although, in the film’s defence I did watch this film at about one in the morning so maybe my ability to accurately criticise it wasn’t at it’s best.

Anyway, I picked up this book from my shelf because I thought it was a relatively short book and it would be an easy read because I’d seen the film. It’s also always nice to give the book a shot even if the film was bad and the film a chance even if the book was bad (although less of a chance). Okay, back to the point, my point is I was really pleasantly surprised with the book.

When I saw the film I really hated Mia, I thought she was really annoying and she just didn’t seem like a real person. I couldn’t relate to her at all. When reading the book I felt completely differently, I loved Mia from the first paragraph and I could instantly relate to her, she was such an inspirational character I felt and I think she handled things really well. There were other characters that I really liked as well, I really loved Kim and Teddy they were really great characters, I don’t really remember them from the film. I think all of the characters were great to be honest, and I could relate to almost all of them and they all had great personalities and it was just really great to get to know them whilst reading the book.

I could actually see the storyline that was developing in the book whereas in the film I couldn’t really see it at all, it was kind of like a load of messy scenes just there to pass time. I thought the storyline was really good, and I liked how it jumped backwards and forwards in time and how she was thinking about her past to help her in the present and how she was always summing up the pros and cons.

I had a really detailed image of everything that was going on in the book and I really like that, I get it with most books you’re constantly imagining what’s going on but sometimes I just have a vague image of like your average kitchen or an average bedroom but this was different, when I read a book where my image of the scene I’m reading is so clear it’s almost like I’ve been there before then you know it’s a good book. Sometimes when I’m reading I know I’m basing my image on a place in my hometown or a place that features a lot in a TV programme etc. and I can place why I’m imagining those thoughts but when my brain can just come up with these completely realistic and detailed images of places that aren’t inspired by or anything like any places I’ve ever seen I can always tell the book I’ve read is a good one. That’s one of the ways I tell, I sit there and think, I have a really detailed image this book must be good.

I’m really glad I decided to give this book a chance and read it even though I didn’t like the film (although now I’m desperate to give it another go, and really pay attention to what’s going on.).

I really suggest reading the book even if you didn’t like the film because from what I remember they are both so different and I think it’s a real eye-opener of a book. And that it teaches you a lot about life and to be grateful for everything and everyone you have because you never know when they will be ripped from your hands, you never know when it’s the last time you will ever see someone laugh, smile, cry, shout, show any sign of emotion at all, hell even breathe. So I just think we should all be grateful for what we have. There’s a quote I’m quite fond of – though I don’t know who it’s by – that goes ‘Love what you have before life teaches you to love what you’ve lost’ and it’s kind of a quote I live by, whenever I’m a little bit down or I’m feeling sorry for myself or jealous of other people for whatever reason that quote always pops into my head and makes me feel better. You may feel like there are people out there that have it better than you but remember there are also people out there that probably have it worse than you, and I think this book makes you realise that just a little bit more.

5/5 stars.

If you’ve read this book (or the film) and would like to share your thoughts please leave a comment telling me what you thought (If you agree or disagree with what I’ve said, or have anything to add to it.). If you’ve written your own review of the book (or the film) please free to leave a link to your blog post in the comments section and I’ll make sure to read it! I’d love to know what you all think of If I Stay!

Other Books In The Series: Where She Went (Sequel).

Other Books By The Author: I Was Here, Just One Day, Just One Night, Just One Year,  Sisters In Sanity, You Can’t Get There From Here.

Author’s Website: http://gayleforman.com/

Looking For Alaska – Book Review

Title: Looking For Alaska

Author: John Green

Length: 262

Genre: YA Fiction, romance, comedy, drama,

Release Date: 1 April 2011

Publisher: Harper Collins

Description: Miles has a pretty boring life in his eyes, so he decides to go to boarding school in the hopes to find a bit more excitement and find some friends, as he currently doesn’t have any and it’s unlikely he will find them at his current school. Little does he know that the boarding school will change his life in more ways than one, some ways he never even considered and once he’s changed… there’s no going back.

My Thoughts: I’ve read both The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns I loved both of them and I thought they were absolutely amazing! You can read my book review of Paper Towns here  and my film review here. I will hopefully review both the book and film of The Fault In Our Stars at some point. Anyway… I’m off subject. So I’ve read both of the books named above and as I said I enjoyed them both and Looking For Alaska is John Green’s first ever novel and I’ve had people telling me it’s the best one and that I should definitely read it (not that I needed their advice as I was already there).

I got Looking For Alaska for Christmas and I read it in a day (basically, I read like a chapter or two the day before), and the reason I did was because it was so damn addictive and intriguing.

At first I thought the story was kind of slow and there wasn’t really much going on and I found myself hoping it was going to get better soon, but it did and soon it became amazing and it was such a page-turner I just couldn’t put it down.

All of the characters were great characters, whether they were good or bad; annoying or interesting; I found myself loving them all and being able to relate to them, feeling like I knew them, like I too went to that boarding school and shared experiences with them. And they were all written well for the type of person they were supposed to be.

One of the thing’s I love most about John Green’s writing, in fact the one thing I love most about John Green’s writing, is how philosophical it is – the way he talks about life, death, love, friendship and all the other things in between and the thing is he always says the exact thing that I think about all the time and therefore I can relate so much more to the book, and I know I probably think what a lot of teenagers think but I just feel so much more connected to the book and to the world and society when I read John Green’s books because I know that I’m not alone in the confusing thoughts that I sometimes have, and that other people think about the confusing thing that is life too. And it’s just so inspiring to read John Green’s books and I have loved every one of them and I will love every other one that I read and I really hope he doesn’t stop writing anytime soon because his books are one of the many great joys in my life.

My only criticism, and it’s a tiny criticism that I don’t hugely care about but it was a lot like Paper Towns but I loved Paper Towns so it’s not even a criticism really just an observation. But I liked it. No, I loved it.

I really hope they make a film of this book because I can just imagine how amazing it would be (I call dibs on playing the part of Alaska!)!

I would really highly recommend going and reading this book and all other books by John Green because I promise you he won’t disappoint.

It was funny, it was sad, it was relatable, it was enjoyable, it was just great!

5/5 stars

If you have read the book Looking For Alaska then please feel free to leave a comment telling me what you thought of this book. If you were thinking of reading the book but weren’t sure and this review helped let me know in the comments. Also, if you’ve reviewed the book yourself please feel free to leave a link in the comments section and I will make sure to read it!

You can leave any comments you have on the book of Paper Towns here and any thoughts you had of the film of Paper Towns, you can leave those comments here.

Other Books By The Author: Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Co-write), Let It Snow (Co-write). 

Anna Dressed In Blood – Book Review

Title: Anna Dressed In Blood

Author: Kendare Blake

Length: 368

Release Date: 5 July 2012

Genre: Fiction, YA, romance, supernatural,

Publisher: Orchard Books

Description: Cas has been hunting dead people – ghosts – since his father died when he was a child. He’s never lived in the same place for very long and he doesn’t really have any stability in his life. Cas’ newest home is in Thunder Bay and the reason behind him moving is that there is a girl who is killing anyone and everyone if they set foot on her territory, her name is Anna – and she’s dressed in blood – and she died over sixty years ago but still has yet to complete her task of revenge.

My Thoughts: I’ve wanted to read Anna Dressed In Blood probably since it came out in 2012, which, as scary as it is was four years ago now. So I’ve wanted to read this book for four years, and the reason I never did was because I couldn’t access it. But one day last month I was in a charity shop and it was only £1.29 so I bought it because I thought it was a bargain, especially given that I’ve wanted to read it for so long.

Anyway, although it says on the back of the book (or my version anyway,) that it’s not for younger readers I don’t really know why it says this because there isn’t a lot of content in it that isn’t particularly suitable, although mind you I’ve been reading YA books since I was about nine. I personally think this book is suitable for ages 11+.

I really liked all of the characters, they were all so likeable (or not likeable), basically you felt what you were supposed to feel. There were some characters that I liked more than others but lots of the characters seemed nice and relatable.

I thought the story was kind of slow and never really did get going, I got idea from the blurb on the back of the book that it was supposed to be a love story of sorts in which Cas fell in love with Anna but it didn’t really ever properly happen and Cas didn’t hugely ever discuss his feelings about her, it was kind of like in Buffy The Vampire Slayer when Buffy loves Angel but she knows that it can never work and she tries to pretend she doesn’t have feelings for him and she knows that given she’s the vampire slayer, she should probably kill him at some point and just can’t bring herself to do it (Sorry if you’re currently watching Buffy and I’ve just ruined it for you but it was pretty obvious!). So yeah, it was a bit like that and it was kind of annoying because it wasn’t done as it’s done in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

I think this book was pretty decent for a 11+ reader but at the age I am now I kind of think it was probably a bit young for me and therefore I enjoyed it less and maybe if I’d read it four years ago when I really wanted to then I would have enjoyed it, I know people my age that did read it four years ago and enjoyed so it’s either,

  • My age
  • My experience with books

and I don’t know which one it is and it might be a mixture of both but it just wasn’t for me.

2 and a half stars/5.

Other Books In The Series: Girl Of Nightmares (sequel).

Other Books By The Author: Goddess War Series, Sleepwalk Society, Violent Ends, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys.

Paper Towns – Book Review

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Length: 305 pages

Release Date: 3 May 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Description: Q has been in love with Margo since he was ten-years-old, back then they used to be friends and neighbours, now they’re just neighbours. Q looks at Margo in the hallways at school and wishes he could be over there hearing her laugh, one night his wish comes true and he gets to spend the whole night with Margo, helping her get revenge on her cheating boyfriend and all her lying friends. By the end of the night Q hopes things will be different at school the next day, and he’s right but not the different he was expecting – Margo has gone missing and Q feels like she has left him some clues at to her whereabouts and so he drops everything, including graduation to find her. But can he solve the clues and find Margo?

My Thoughts: I bought this book a couple of weeks ago but I was too busy readying myself for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and reading overdue library books to have the time to read this as well. Although every now and then my eyes would glance up at the space on the bookcase where Paper Towns sat and look longingly at the spine of the book, so you can probably tell I was excited when I finally had the time to read it!

I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars before and it was amazing but never until this book had I read another John Green book although I was desperate to and this book definitely didn’t let me down.

I read it in about 24 hours because I was so hooked to everything that was going on, I had to know what was going to happen next and the book was just impossible to put down, it was almost like it was glued to my hands and my fingers were being robotically forced to turn the pages, my eyes forced to read the words on the page, it got to the stage where I was just so desperate to know what happened at the end that for the first time ever I very almost considered reading the very end so I knew what happened, knew if the mystery of Margo was solved but I managed to stop myself, forced myself to think rationally and that rationale was telling me that I should read the book page by page until I got the answers I wanted and so I did.

The characters were great, there was great characterisation, all the supposed to me likable characters were likeable and all the not supposed to be likeable characters were not likeable. I also felt like there was a lovely number of characters, both good and bad and the relationships they had with each other were really good, and I kind of felt like they were my friends, I kind of felt like I should be getting my phone out and texting Q, asking him how the search for Margo is going but of course I could not because he was just a work of fiction. But everything that happened felt so realistic and I could imagine everything that happened so clearly in my head, it was like it was actually happening right in front of me.

There’s this thing that John Green does where he writes in a really intelligent way and therefore you think you’re reading something really intelligent when actually they are just sentences that would appear in normal books but in John Green’s books they seem to be really intelligent sentences, and I really like that about the way he writes. And of course there’s also the fact that he writes in a really philosophical kind of way I think and you always feel like everything’s really deep and got a really important message and I like that too.

I would really suggest reading Paper Towns both if you’ve read another novel by him or if you haven’t.

I would rate this book 5/5 stars for being really suspenseful and such an amazing page-turner. It was funny, it was sad, it was everything it should be and more!

Please comment on this post and tell me your thoughts and feelings on the novel, or post a link to your own review in the comments section (it’s great promotion!), I would love to hear what you thought of Paper Towns! Also make sure to like and share this post!

Other Books By The Author: Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-write), The Fault In Our Stars, Let It Snow (co-write),

Other Information: Paper Towns was turned into a 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. The DVD is out now. And the film was rated 12A.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 438 pages

Release Date (UK): 25 August 2010 

Publisher: Scholastic

Description: Katniss now lives in District Thirteen, after being rescued from the hunger games. But she’s got even more things to fight for, her home was destroyed by the capitol and President Snow has Peeta. Katniss doesn’t like to imagine what they’re doing to him to try and get information he doesn’t have. But now more than ever the rebellion needs to succeed, the rebels need to overthrow the capitol and Katniss is determined to be the one who assassinates President Snow. Whatever the cost.

My Thoughts: I’m very excited to be going to see Mockingjay – part 2 next week and as you might know I’ve been re-reading the entire Hunger Games trilogy. I loved this series ever since I first read it and I still love it now after reading it about four or five times.

Mockingjay is slightly different to the other two, as this is the only one in the trilogy where there isn’t an actual hunger games involved, I personally like the fact that the first two books both feature a hunger games and I think that makes them a bit more interesting and unique because usually you wouldn’t expect an author to do basically the exact same thing in her first two books but it really worked and it made for a great couple of books. Given that this book is different it’s unique and special in it’s own way, and I liked seeing the rebellion start and seeing what happened during and I felt like we got to know another side of all the characters and learn a bit more about them as people and it was really great.

I particularly liked that we saw more of Katniss and Gales’ relationship, because I feel that before this book you knew they had a strong friendship and Katniss’ feelings for him were unsure but I didn’t feel like we really knew him or understood his personality and in this book we got to see more of that.

I do feel like they kind of made Katniss a bit too damaged and weak in this novel, she went from being the all powerful face of the rebellion to kind of becoming a bit disorientated and pathetic. I found myself missing the old Katniss.

The start of this book is amazing and really compelling and it’s such a page-turner and I find myself constantly desperate to know what will happen next and it’s really exciting and there a things that leave me completely shocked and then you get to about halfway through and everything comes to a stop, it’s a bit like ending up in an unexpected traffic jam, everything’s going fine and then suddenly you’re at a stand still, and I feel like nothing really happened in the middle and it was kind of dull and un-motivating and I found myself just leaving it lying around for days unable to go back to it, but I pushed through and I got to the end of the book and after you get passed that small middle bit the ending is really good and really dramatic and completely action packed and I just loved it so much, there isn’t a second that goes by that you’re not on the edge of your seat, isn’t a second where there isn’t a huge amount of suspense. I know how hard it must have been to write this last book, the trilogy has been such a success and I can only imagine the amount of pressure that Suzanne Collins must have felt when trying to finish the trilogy, and I know lots of people criticize the last book and have criticized the last film but I personally am really sad it is over, and I think it had a really satisfying ending and I am very happy with it. Suzanne Collins should be really proud that she wrote such a great trilogy, one that will stay with me forever.

I would rate this 4/5 stars. And I really think you should read this book and the rest of the trilogy (obviously)!

If you have read this book and would like to share your thoughts, please leave a comment on this post or comment with a link to your own review, I would love to hear from you!

Other Books In The Trilogy: The Hunger Games (first book), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (second book).

Other Books By The Author: Year Of The Jungle, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles.

Other Information: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was turned into a two-part Lionsgate motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson… Part one of the two was released November 19th 2014 and part two was released on November 18th 2015. Both of these films were rated 12A.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 472 pages

Release Date: 2009

Publisher: Scholastic

Description: Katniss is alive, but she shouldn’t be. There can only be one victor of the hunger games but now there are two. Katniss and Peeta both won because of their love for each other, or that’s what Katniss wants people to think, but after hearing of possible uprisings in other districts she’s not so sure that they do, the districts are in rebellion against the capitol and it’s her fault. So now more than ever she’s got to really be in love with Peeta, convince not only the districts but President Snow himself. Or face the life threatening consequences.

My Thoughts: If you’ve read my review of The Hunger Games then you already know that I’ve read this trilogy a number of times, and every time this book has always been my favourite.

Catching Fire has a lot more going on than The Hunger Games did and that’s a good thing, there are also some new characters introduced that you can like which is another good factor, because in the first book there were only about four characters in total that we were supposed to care about. But in Catching Fire all of the characters develop and it’s got a stronger storyline going than just a girl that volunteers to save her sister’s life and ends up in a deadly field with a load of other children wanting to kill her, this book has much more meaning than that, and I think for that reason it’s more compelling than the first book was.

Katniss and Peeta have a much stronger relationship than I ever remember them having the other times I’ve read the books, and I feel like it’s really good that Katniss doesn’t know who she loves most; Gale or Peeta, and I think I might have said this in my review of The Hunger Games but usually I hate love triangles, they really irritate me and I always think that if you can fall in love with another person whilst being in love with someone already then you can’t love the first one very much and so I just find it ridiculous – but this love triangle, the one between Katniss, Peeta and Gale really, really works. And I think it’s clever how Suzanne makes Katniss love them both, because she has to pretend to love Peeta and she’s never thought about her and Gale as anything but friends but then after having to kiss Peeta in front of cameras and everything and knowing that Gale will see it she starts to realise that she doesn’t necessarily want him to see it, and I think because she’s forced to love Peeta whether she does or not makes her question whether she actually does or not and I think it’s a really clever way of doing it and it really works, obviously I was always on Team Peeta but I really love Gale as a character as well.

I like that President Snow becomes a fully established bad guy in this book, in the first book we know he’s evil because he’s the president and the lives they live are horrible and it’s his doing but once he singles out Katniss and tries to make her life a living hell and threatens her family and everything I feel like then he’s properly evil, he’s a proper baddy and it makes the book more interesting knowing that the president is out to get Katniss unless she does everything he asks.

This is by far the best book out of the series and one of my favourite books ever, if you haven’t read it then why the hell not? If you have read it then please leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think! And if you think, ‘oh I don’t have to read the books because I’ve read the film.’ you are so wrong! There is so much more that happens in the books! And all the bits that don’t make sense in the film make sense when you read the books. I know so many people that get confused over Katniss’ feelings and emotions and that’s because they’re not properly shown in the films but they are in the books, just remember the films wouldn’t exist if the books didn’t so why would you avoid the thing that brought the films existence?

5/5 stars!

Other Books In The Trilogy: The Hunger Games (Book 1), Mockingjay (Book 3).

Other Books By The Author: When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Year Of The Jungle, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: Catching Fire was turned into Lionsgate film in 2013 starring Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Elizabeth Banks (Effie)… to see a trailer and for full details on the film click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/?ref_=nv_sr_4

The Hunger Games – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 454 pages

Release Date: 2009

Description: Katniss Everdeen is sixteen-years-old, sister to twelve-year-old Prim and daughter to a father who is now dead and a mother who would have let both herself, Prim and Katniss starve if Katniss hadn’t taken it upon herself at a young age to feed and provide for them all. But Katniss has never had to fight so hard for survival, until now. The time has come for the Hunger Games contestants to be chosen, contestants who will get put into an arena and have to fight to the death, there can only be one survivor. Twenty-four children all fighting not to starve, freeze and be murdered. Katniss, after a heroic act of taking her sister’s place is now one of those contestants but despite her ability to hunt and provide for a family of three can she protect herself when it matters most?

My Thoughts: Now I know there are hundreds of reviews of this book and all the others already out there, but the release of Mockingjay Part 2 is tomorrow and although I probably won’t see it tomorrow, I will see it soon and every new film release I re-read all the books and re-watch all the films and I thought, this is the last film, after this film The Hunger Games is officially over, no more books, no more films so why not review them all while people are still mourning over the end of The Hunger Games? Why not review all of it during this massive event? So that’s what I’m going to do, over the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing all the books and all the films, finishing with Mockingjay Part 2 and then I will curl up in my bed and cry (Okay, I’m joking about that part, but it will be pretty sad, the end of another great book/film trilogy.)

Anyway, the book. So, this is about the fourth or fifth time I’ve read this book but the good thing about it is, it never gets boring and somehow there are always bits I’ve forgotten or bits I’ve remembered in the wrong order and therefore everything that happens in the book is still kind of a surprise and it’s great! I love it! I also think it’s a great skill to create a book that you can read over and over, but we’ve probably already established that Suzanne Collins is a skilful writer.

I think the characterization in The Hunger Games is really good, there’s enough characterization that you kind of get a feeling of who each character is and what role they’ve got to play in the story but yet you still know there’s got to be some development before you can really start picking favourites or before you can really know who the character is, and personally I don’t feel like Katniss is a very likeable character in this book, but who can blame her? She’s been starving all her life, she has no money, she lives in a terrible world where everyone is controlled by richer, more powerful people that have the ability to kill them whenever they like, she doesn’t have time to think about her likeability. I feel like we know we’re supposed to like Peeta but at the same time he’s just kind of soppy and annoying but we still love him anyway, it’s pretty hard not to right? And you know that in the next book and the book after that the characters are going to develop and you’re going to know who you like and who you don’t. I think there’s quite a bit of character develop just in this book to be honest, and by the end of it I already had some favourites and people that I thought could turn into some really great characters. I also thing the relationship between all the characters is really good, there’s kind of a bit of every kind of relationship in this book and I really like it.

While I’m talking about relationships I would like to quickly touch on Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, it has been about a year since I read this book last and I always forget how much of a relationship Katniss and Peeta have in the arena and how important I think that is to the story, although in some places it can get a tiny bit cheesy I feel like they’re relationship in the arena is one of the most important parts of the whole book, I feel like when they’re with each other they’re learning a bit more about themselves and we’re learning with them, they’re developing their own character by being with the other character and I think it’s really clever.

One of the things I like best about this book is the awareness of society that it brings, reading this book I realised how we – in some ways – live almost exactly like they do (although luckily children aren’t being thrown into arenas and killed viciously by each other. But how long is it until that starts happening?) what I mean by this is, in The Hunger Games everything that they do is basically based on other people, everything they do in the arena to get help from their mentors and sponsors is based on how other people will be watching and viewing it on their television. Everything is about how other people see you, and I think there is a truth in that for everybody, definitely for me, my life is basically controlled by thinking about how other people are going to view me, inside or outside of the house. What I wear in the morning, what I wear at night, is all about how other people will see me and what people will think if they see me in the street or in a shop or wherever. I feel like living in the society I live in, and many other people live in, it partially takes away your ability to be yourself, I try my very best to be myself but there’s only so far you can go being yourself before society creeps up on you. And in that aspect I feel like we are very much in our own version of The Hunger Games.

It’s really hard to know how to review a book basically everyone has already read.

I feel like if you really think about The Hunger Games and try to analyse everything that happens in it and all the characters there are you can probably relate yourself to at least one of them, even though you may not want to because maybe you’re one of the rich horrible people, but maybe you’re not. As well as being a good book I think The Hunger Games has really strong messages about society and politics, and how we all behaviour towards each other and how it’s viewed by other people and I just feel like this book is a real eye-opener to some things and I think Suzanne Collins has done a really good job writing a book like The Hunger Games and as a writer myself I really wish I was the one who came up with this idea.

If you’re one of the people that hasn’t read The Hunger Games I suggest you go and read it now because it’s a really good book and hey, maybe you’ll learn something! If you’re one of the people that has already read it then, good job! Why not read it again? And if you want to let me know what you thought of the book please let me know in the comments!

4 and a half stars/5

Other Books In The Trilogy: Catching Fire (Book 2) Mockingjay (Book 3)

Other Books By The Author: Year Of The Jungle, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: The Hunger Games got turned into a Lionsgate film in 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, rated 12. For full details and a trailer click the link: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/

Terminal – Book Review

Title: Terminal

Author: Kathy Reichs

Length: 402 pages

Release Date: 26 March 2015

Description: Tory Brennan and her pack have a new member – Chance Claybourne, but he’s different, he infected himself with a different version of the virus and now he’s stronger and better than them, and his eyes glow red and not gold.

But Chance didn’t only infect himself he infected his ex-lab tech Will Speckman. And now there’s another pack sharing the same land and The Trinity want Tory and her friends gone, for good.

But there’s one more thing to worry about Covert government agents and hunting them all down, wanting to lock them up and test all their powers, get into the mind of a Viral.

Can Tory and her pack trust Chance? Can they defeat The Trinity? Can they escape from the government agents? Or will they be played, pushed out of their home and locked up?

My Thoughts: I have read every single Virals book, even the short ebook ones and every single book gets you wanting more and when I found out Terminal was coming out I was so excited! Unfortunately it’s only been fairly recently that I’ve had the opportunity to read it.

Anyway, it was amazing! I couldn’t put it down, every page made you desperate to read the next! It was so compelling and because it had multiple story-lines going on at the same time you could never predict what was going to happen and there was never a dull moment.

I think Kathy Reichs’ Virals books are pure genius they are so good! Obviously credit to Brendan Reichs as well.

The Virals series is one of my favorite series of books ever and I always think once I finish one of them that Kathy and Brendan have out done themselves, that they couldn’t write a better book than this and I always think it’s sad because when the next one comes out it won’t be as good as the previous one and it always, always is! Kathy and Brendan have a way of keeping the main story-line going as well as all the books having their own little story-line within.

Usually in books I hate the whole love triangle thing but in Terminal the love triangle between Tory, Ben and Chance really worked. It was really great! And instead of thinking how ridiculous it was I found myself praying that she would end up with the guy I wanted her to end up with – Chance.

The characterization is really good and I feel like I know them, I feel like they’re my friends. And they’ve got such big personalities and it’s impossible not to love them and have a favorite. My favorite character is Chance Claybourne, I think he’s a really great character. He’s got so much story and history in the books but this is the first time he’s properly in it as a character and I’m so glad he was because I’ve been hoping that he will become a more main character ever since the series started and when it did happen I was so pleased! I think he’s an open book at the same time as not being an open book, you think you know loads about him but then there is always that one thing that you find out that you didn’t know before.

The book had an absolutely great ending! It was really satisfying and the book had been so great so far and so much had happened and then it ended, but I felt like it was the ending, ending like the story had come to a conclusion and there isn’t going to be anymore books and I became really worried because there has to be another one! It can’t be over! They’re so good! Someone please tell me there’s going to be another! Although, I really, really do think Kathy and Brendan have out done themselves, I just can’t imagine a way in which anyone could write a book that could top Terminal!

I totally want someone to make a TV series of these books and if they do I want them to hire me to be in it, it would be so amazing! And even if I wasn’t in it, it would be like my favorite show of all time, I would be sat there waiting for the first episode to air like two hours before it was supposed to air. I really hope it gets turned into a TV series or films. I’ve already got every season of Bones sat on my shelve so why not add Kathy Reichs other books to it?

It was one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life! I suggest, if you haven’t read the series, you go and buy the first book in the series (Virals) or reserve it at the library right now! Don’t even finish reading this review, I don’t even care just read the series because you won’t regret it! It will be one of the best decisions you’ve made in your whole life! (Although I’m not giving you a decision I’m telling you to go and buy/reserve the series!)

7/5 stars!

Other Books In The Series: Virals (Book 1), Seizure (Book 2), Code (Book 3), Exposure (Book 4), Shift (e-book short story), Swipe (e-book short story), Shock (e-book short story)

Other Books By The Author: The Temperance Brennan Books – http://kathyreichs.com/category/books-by-kathy-reichs/

Made For You – Book Review

Title: Made For You

Author: Melissa Marr

Length: 356 pages

Genre: YA Fiction, Thriller, Mystery,

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: 2014

Description: Eva Tilling is your normal high school student, until she gets hit by a car. She wakes up in Hospital and the police inform her they’re not sure what happened was an accident. Eva can’t imagine who in the small town of Jessup would want to hurt her, but soon the driver starts killing off Eva’s friends and leaving messages for her in their skin. Eva soon discovers that after her accident when she touches people she see’s visions of their deaths. Can Eva discover who the murderer is with her new found power?

My Thoughts: I recently went into the library to return some books and I felt so good about myself because I was returning some books (And I have loads!) but of course you can never go into the library without getting more books out, I decided to go for some YA Fiction books and got out about ten. Made For You was the first one I read.

When I started reading it I thought it was quite good but as it went on I didn’t really feel that attached to anything that was going on in the story. I didn’t feel like we knew enough about the characters and I didn’t really care about them, and I wish I did because obviously they were being murdered but even when Eva got sad I didn’t, I didn’t feel like emotion was written into the story very well.

It wasn’t like a normal thriller either because you found out who the murderer was before the end of the book and then the story kind of stopped being interesting because the whole point of thrillers is you don’t know who’s doing the killing and you don’t know who they’re going to kill next but once you did it was kind of like ‘Okay, the story kind of needs to end now.’ but it didn’t.

I felt like the book needed to be longer because it wasn’t long enough to A) make you care about the characters and B) properly get the story going.

I thought Eva’s power was what was going to make this more unique than other YA Thrillers but it didn’t because the power was never explained and there wasn’t enough detail about the power and it was kind of a pointless aspect that could have worked but it didn’t.

It was good for just a casual read and it might be your sort of thing it just wasn’t mine. I think it was a unique story, that had an idea I’d never read before and it had the potential to be much better than it was.

2 and a half stars/5

Important Notice: All the things I say in my reviews are my own thoughts, no one else has told me to publish them and I understand that my opinion may be different from others, so if you like this book (it could be your favorite book in the world!) that’s fine, it’s more than fine, it’s great! Please feel free to disagree with me and I fully accept that some people might love this book it’s just not for me.

Warning: This book contains alcohol consumption, acts of violence, and a few scenes of kissing.

Other Books By The Author: http://www.melissamarrbooks.com/home.html