Monday, February 13, 2012

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay, the third and final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy is superb! The reader mourns the losses (I cried in spots), rallies for a happy ending, but is it possible to actually have an ending with all the tragedy? Wonderfully written, full of twists and surprises. Sorry to see this great series come to an end! 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, is just as captivating as the first installment. Filled with sadness, tenderness and horrors; Catching Fire is a compelling read full of both loveable and despicable characters. The reader is fully enveloped in the chaotic, oppressive worl of Panem and hopes for the best for our favorites and death for the adversaries. A must read series! 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I really enjoyed Delirium and am eagerly anticipating the second book in the series. A definite page turner, I really was not sure what to expect at the end of Delirium and was surprised by the turn of events. Delirium is a well written, addictive new series. A must read for dystopia fans!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Be Witched by HP Mallory

Let me start by saying I can never get enough of the amazing tales spun by HP Mallory. I go back and forth with each new release as to what my favorite series is...Dulcie or Jolie? The is a novella from Rand's perspective. I really enjoyed this novella and have re-read this installment several times. Anxiously awaiting the Sinjin novella so we the readers can get inside of his mysterious head! (hint, hint HP) 

Kissed by an Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Chandler

The Kissed by and Angel trilogy started a little slow, but quickly picked up momentum. Each book has offered surprising twists that kept me guessing. Elizabeth Chandler introduced characters that were likeable and very endearing. By the end of the first book I was hooked and tore through the next two with speed. I am very much looking forward to Everlasting, the fourth book which will be out soon!

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

I really liked the premise of The Leftovers. A rapture like event, the lives of those 'left behind'. I have to say that I feel let down by this read. I was looking for some insight, or clarity. I enjoy Tom Perrotta's work, and feel like this was lacking a special something. A different ending may have made a difference in my opinion. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games was absolutely amazing! Panem, formerly the US with its Capitol and 12 districts probably is not far off from what a future civilization could be. The horror of the games and the oppresive lifestyles in the districts on contrast with the lavish Capitol is disdainful, yet intriguing. Chocked full of endearing characters: Katniss, Rue, Peeta and Haymitch. Looking forward to Catching Fire to hopefully see some more of Gale! 

Deceived by Stephanie Nelson

Deceived by Stephanie Nelson was an excellent second installment of the Gwen Sparks series. The problems with Brew strain Gwen and Aiden's relationship, Ian is an ever present menace and Gwen learns more about her abilities with the introduction of Dorian, a mysterious newcomer who is easy to crush on. Anxiously awaiting book three to see what else is in store for Gwen!