Friday, August 27, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Will Blow Your Mind Up

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This book was more than I expected, the key word being expected. Three times in this book I was blindsided. I turned the page to the next chapter expecting something to happen and then got an eyeful of something else, stunning my conscious recognition. This is just one thing I loved about this book. I also love that this book is no fairytale. It is gut wrenchingly raw and cruel and can solicit emotions of repulsion and disgust right alongside desires of hope and happiness. There is no sugar coating to this series. It was a realistic read. Collins writes believability into a complex snare that draws you in and makes it so hard to put the books down. These books will definitely reside on my favorites shelf. For me this book was worth the wait not that I wouldn't have like to have had it sooner. Now I’m off to savor this book again and glean even more while listening to the audio.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood A nice story about choosing life.

Charlie St. CloudCharlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If I could only read faster so I could get through books before I run across spoilers. I saw one that likened this book to the sixth sense. So I more or less figured it out before I finished it. I'm kinda sad that Tess couldn't remember what she shared with Charlie but I get that it helped Charlie to allow himself to live and do over his time with Tess and live through it. I hope to see the movie and see if it does the book justice.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner- An enjoyable puzzel for the mind.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I purchased this book last November because blogs spoke highly of it. It sat in my books I want to read NOW pile (as subset of my "to be read") for about 3 months getting preempted by other books. Recently there has been a lot of praise for this book on twitter so I picked it up. It starts a little slow but very mysterious. This book was suspenseful, intriguing and thrilling. Mr. Dashner writes with a technique of purposeful confusion. The concept is not confusing but you get the confusion of the characters within the book. I really would have liked to see a map of the glade and maybe a drawing of how he pictures the grievers, to see if my imagination was even close. I did notice that some people on goodreads did not review this book with as high praise. Some said the personalities were not very developed. I think this was intentional as it is how Thomas perceives them and granted this all takes place in a matter of about a week or two. Can anyone get a true read on any one person in a group of people in that short of time. It probably in how much you read into the story. I will definitely be in line for the next installment. I will be encouraging my 12yo son to try this one. I think he will like it.

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