Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: July 2010
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Format: Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 44
  • Age Range: Young Adult


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

My Thoughts

So it has taken me a while to get to read this book, but I am so glad that I did.  I loved this book and cannot wait to read the other two!  Suzanne Collins build a dynamic world in the nation of Panem with clearly defined and interesting characters!  The book is well written and there is never any drag in the story.
The story start on reaping day – Katniss and her best friend Gale spend the morning in the woods hunting before they both have to prepare for the reaping ceremony in their district, 12.   Every young person between the age of 12 and 18 are required to participate in the Hunger Games (a fight to the death with only one winner) – one male and one female child are chosen from each of the 12 districts.  For each year they age, an additional ticket with their name is added to the large glass bowls where the name is drawn from each year.  In addition, each child can make the decision to take additional entries in order to get food for their families.  Both Katniss and Gale have taken additional entries to feed their families after their father’s died in coal mining accidents.  Katniss has needed to take over the care of her mother and her sister, Prim.  So it come time for the names to be drawn and her younger sister’s name is drawn in her very first year, she is but 12 years old.  Katniss responds immediately and takes her sisters place.  The male drawn is Peetra, the boy that save her when her family was starving with bread from his family’s bakery.  The two are able to say goodbye to their families and off they are taken to the Capital where they meet a whole group of people who will advise them and make them look good for the opening cerebration.  What happens from here is wilder than anyone could ever imagine.  Who will win?  How do they fair against the other districts?

This story is written in amazing detail.  It almost feels as though it is a movie playing in your head when you read the story.  The plot is well thought out and works extremely well! All in all, this book made a lasting impression on me!

My Rating

For sure 5 of 5 stars!  Well done Suzanne Collins!

Review:Skipping A Beat

Skipping a Beat: A Novel

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback , 327pp
  • Sales Rank: 620



My Thoughts

I loved this book!  It was one that I just could not put down.  I very easily connected with Julia and where she was in life.  She has a successful business and is married to a go-getter, Michael.  There were able to escape West Virginia and the pain of having a father who has a gambling problem.  All seems wonderful in their world from the outside looking in, but they are living two different lives.  Julia has given up most of her dreams, including having a family, for Micheal and his business. Life just keeps moving around them until he suffers a sudden heart attack and dies for 4 minutes.  Once revived, Micheal gives up everything he has – all of his millions – yet wants to rekindle his relationship with his wife.  Julia is very upset about losing this life and begins to work out if she can survive on her own.  Now, it seems that the prenuptial agreement they signed will save her.  Michael begs her for just 3 weeks to try to understand his decision.  Along the way, he tells her he is going to die again.
This is a very touching story about what is important in life and what we think is.  I cried numerous times in the story.  The story development is great.  There is just enough mystery to make to you want to sit and read this book in one sitting.  There is great character development – I felt as though I really knew these people and could feel where they were in life.  Ms. Pekkanen take us on an amazing journey and inside look at marriage, heartbreak, and the healing power of love!

My Rating

I highly recommend this book!  I give it 5 stars – it quickly became one of my favorites this year.

Early Review: Stir Until Thoroughly Confused

Cover for 'Stir Until Thoroughly Confused'
This book is especially enjoyable for me since it includes some of my favorite past characters: Candice and Ian and Larissa from “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo”, Jen and Forrest and Tess from “Go Small or Go Home”, and the one who generates the most “I want to know what happens next” email: sexy but occasionally impossible Kegan Underwood from both of these books.
If you’d like to read more about Kegan, and find out what the others have been up to, this is your book!
Mary’s given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss.
They’re soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can’t work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man?

My Thoughts:

I know that I have read a lot from Heather Wardell in the last month and that is because I can’t tell you how much I enjoy her writing, not just the style but how she pulls me into the story and leaves me begging for more!  I was even more excited about this because it meant that I got to meet up with my favorite characters from Life Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo and Go Small or Go Home.  I love that Heather starts these books with the climax or huge turning point in the story and then walks you through the story leading to that point so that you are constantly guessing about what was going to happen.

The Characters-

Mary –  I was able to connect with Mary right away.  She has left everything behind and moved to Toronto to fulfill her dreams of being a chef.  Things are not going as she had hoped they would.  Mary has the interview of a lifetime only to be told that she should come back in 3 months and things might change.  I love that Mary is so determined that she parks herself on Kegan’s flower box until he hires her.  I love that she is a strong willed woman who goes after what she wants….will she get it in the end?

Kegan – When we first meet Kegan in Life Love and the Polar Bear Tattoo I thought that he was a bit of a jerk.  Don’t get me wrong, he was an attractive jerk, but a jerk none the less.  He holds true to his stubbornness in this book, but he has had some changes in his life and he is trying to change how he reacts to people.  I loved getting to know him better and decided that he isn’t the jerk I thought that he was.

It was also great to get to see what was happening in the lives of Tess, Forrest, Jen, Candice, Ian and Larissa.  I like when an author was bring people back into a story without them taking the story over.  I really hope that there are going to be more books coming!  I want to know what happens with all of them!

The Plot –

Another great story line!  The diversity that Heather Wardell writes in is amazing.  This story is about opening and rebuilding two restaurants, Steel and Magma.  I would have have had the first clue on how to make a reader feel connected to this but Heather does a great job of it.  As in the previous books, there are a couple of sub story lines that help us get to know Megan and Kegan even better.  The story is completely believable and the time line makes total sense.  This book made me laugh and it made me cry.  I couldn’t ask for more from a book.

My Rating:

I loved this book as much as I loved the other two.  I highly recommend that you check these books out.  You can find then on Heather’s website for just $0.99 each.  You couldn’t find them for a better deal.  Check them out and let me know what you thing.

5 of 5 stars

*This e-book was provided to me free of charge from the author for review.  All opinion are my own.