The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

 Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdee steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Why have I been putting off reading these books for so long?  Everyone has been telling me how good they were but I kept putting it off.  Well in the beginning it was because the books were so expensive on iBooks.  I’ve had my kindle reader on my new phone for a while, but had managed to build up quite a backlog of books to read.  I’m very pleased I did though; The Hunger Games trilogy is amazing.  Suzanne Collins is such an excellent author, she tells quite a disturbing tale which touches communism and reminds me of The Running Man.  Although this is quite a unique story so cannot be compared in any way to the film. 

Collins is very clever she has so many characters – which is good seeing many get killed off.  But I’m amazed at how she keeps track of them all without confusing the reader.  No point throughout the books did I stop to think “Who the hell is he?”.  I felt myself drawn into the story, it’s so realistic, very fast paced.  It took me a while to get used to the chapter formatting, normally the end of the chapter would signal the end for that section and move onto something else.  Sometimes ending at a mini cliff hanger which gets resolved later on in the book.  But these books are so linear that it flows from chapter to chapter which creates the fast pace.  This is a good thing mainly as the story is so intense I don’t think I would have been able to handle the content as well as cliff hangers which get resolved later on – I would be just too confused!

It’s great to finally have a trilogy where the leading lady isn’t a dithering coward – Katniss has a conscious, might not make the right decisions, but she’s also a strong character.  I can’t wait to watch the film – I’ve been putting it off as I like to read the book before watching films. 

I’m rating this as a must read – but be warned you’ll be sucked in and it’ll leave you questioning things you’ve never questioned before!

 
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Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

 Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining… And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

I must have been brought up in some cave or something as I don’t think I’ve seen this on TV.  But having read and enjoyed the book I’ve brought the DVD of the TV series to watch.  Hope I’m not disappointed.  I love Neil’s writing style, the descriptions are so good it’s like I’m walking through London Below with them.  At the beginning I was a bit WTF as I didn’t really know what this book was about, but I’m pleased that I kept going and I did enjoy it.  It’s also funny.  Neil has an imagination I’m envious of, even if you’re not too familiar with London you’ll enjoy this book.  The book is so wonderfully written; the way he writes things without putting the reader off or making them feel like they’re wading through wordy descriptions is so refreshing. I’m making this my August book of the month.  Thoroughly recommend!

I was going to read Summon by Penelope Fletcher next but it isn’t available on kindle 😦 so I’m going to read the Freya North classic, Sally.

The Demon Girl – Penelope Fletcher

Rae Wilder has problems. Supernatural creatures swarm the earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Stalked by a handsome fairy who claims she is like him, demonkind, Rae thinks maybe it was a mistake breaking the rules by going over the Wall into demon territory. Plunged into a world of dark magics, fierce creatures, and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. The changes to her mind and body are startling, but rather than accept her purpose she struggles against who she is destined to be. Throw in a big lust for a vampire who can’t keep his hands off her, and life starts to get complicated. Rae is forced to make the ultimate choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.

Oh Em Gee! This book is like pure perfection.  From the first page you’re transported into a parallel earth where the make believe is believable.  I’m not your classic fantasy lover.  But this book has a romance storyline which makes it like Twilight but with fairies!  You think of fantasy and I’m sure you’re visualising internet gaming geeks planning their next World of Warcraft convention.  But no this book is something I cannot put into words enough how good it is.  You’ll have to find out for yourself!

This book is the first book since Twilight that I’m actually addicted to.  I couldn’t function until I’d finished the book.  I couldn’t focus at work and I rushed home just so I could get my next fix.  I dreamt about the book and I sure as hell wished I could live the book.  It has everything; danger, romance and also that important hidden message which gets you thinking outside the storyline.  And best of all its a series.

I went straight onto Demon Day and then Demon Dark.  The next book is expected out this year, I cant wait.  I’m at a point where I wish I was Rae.

I’m rating this as a Must Read

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