Second Chance Sunday – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Second Chance Sunday – Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: August 24, 2010
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My name is Katniss Everdeen.Why am I not dead?I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.


What to say about Mockingjay? Mockingjay was completely different than the other two but just as fantastic.

In Mockingjay, you learn what was truly going on in Catching Fire and how it was all set in motion by the Head Gamemaker to stage a rebellion by the people of District 13, the long assumed dead district. District 12 has been destroyed, Katniss and her family and friends, including Gale, are now living underground in 13 with Finnick, Beetee and a whole new cast of characters. Peeta is a prisoner of the Capitol and President Snow and Katniss’s world is completely upside down. Her emotions are all over the place. She feels guilty for what she has put people through, she feels hatred for what Snow has put her and everyone else through, angry at what the people of 13 expect her to do(including her mentor Haymitch) and she feels complete agony over the fact that Peeta isn’t there with her through anything.

Slowly she begins to gain her strength and make the decisions that set her apart from everyone else in the other two books and the strong Katniss we all know and adore arrives. but she arrives not without consequences. Her life is even more peril then it was in the other parts of the story and it is from two opposing forces: one that will stab you in the front and one that will stab you in the back. And while all this is going on, Peeta now seems to hate her since Snow turned him on the one thing he said he would always love.

There are so many twists and turns you have no idea who to trust and what side is the side you should be rooting for to conquer all.

In the end, Mockingjay will rip your heart out into tiny pieces and leave you in tears at parts. The things that Katniss has to survive yet again are just unbearable. The change of her best friend, the loss of the Peeta she has come to rely on, the death of Prim, her world completely changing for her. And through all that, she comes out on top. She may be a little more broken then when the series started, but like she was once told, they had all been changed forever.

The Hunger Games series is one of the best I have ever read. Everyone needs to pick these books up.

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Second Chance Sunday – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Second Chance Sunday – Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: September 1st 2009
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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Catching Fire was absolutely amazing. If I could give it 6 stars I would! Poor Katniss just can’t catch a break. She survives the first Hunger Games which is barbaric at best and is then sent home to resume a “normal” life. only her life is anything but normal. She is tormented by her thoughts and memories, by the nights she lived in the arena with little hope of survival for both her and the boy that had become so important to her. And to top it all off everyone she knows and loves is put into danger because of a choice she made that at the time wasn’t a big deal, but ended up being seen as a major act of defiance for a government that was trying to control its people with a very short leash. She does everything in her power to try to make things right but what she slowly realizes is that it’s too late. She has no say anymore in what will unfold because it has already been decided. She will enter the Hunger Games one more time and she will enter with 23 other victors including her love Peeta.

It’s a story about what you really can survive when your back is against the wall and what becomes important to a person that has everything on the line. Lives are lost, friendships severed, secrets explode. You can feel everything Katniss feels, see everything she sees and understand all the decisions she makes. The end will leave you gaping in shock as you try to piece together exactly what was happening and who was behind it all.

Peeta and Katniss broke my heart in this book as they tried so very hard to keep the other alive even if it meant the loss of their own life.

A definite must read. This book will stay with me for a long long time.

 

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Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: August 1, 2009
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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Honestly I’m not really into the vampire/werewolf/supernatural kind of books, but this was suggested to me so I took a leap of faith and read it. Thank god I did! How could I not have fallen in love with this story?!? Between the amazingly creative descriptions that made you feel you were in Mercy Falls and the love story of Grace and Sam I was immediately sold. Stiefvater has created such great characters with such an amazing lanuage it was easy to forget it was a supernatural book. Sam was just so sweet and innocent not wanting to hurt Grace at all. And Grace was witty, charming and strong. She knew what she wanted and really wouldn’t let anyone stop her. Add in Jack, Beck and Isabel(who completely grew on me by the end) and you have a perfect Romeo and Juliette-esq story with a modern twist. Can’t wait to get lost in Stiefvater’s world again. Simply put…amazing!

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 13, 2010
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the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

I must start this review with saying again that for the record I am not a fan of “supernatural” books. I was never into the Twilight books or any of the other million vampire and werewolf books that can be found on any shelf at the bookstore. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it is a good subject to write. I’m more of the kind of person that likes realistic stories about love, friendship and romance. With that being said I have tried to broaden my horizons and step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve read books I never would have picked up in a million years and in all honesty, thank god I did.

I have never read a book that has such imagery as the imagery that Stiefvater creates in Linger with her words. You feel every single thing these characters are feeling, smell everything they are smelling and see everything they are seeing. The simplest thing as a leave on the ground is transformed into a work of art that should be on a museum wall. It truly is unbelievably refreshing to read an author with so much power that she can transform a “supernatural” book into a love story of beauty.

A definite must read in the unfolding and ever changing love story of Sam and Grace. The growth of Isabel and the addition of Cole(hotter then hot!) are welcome pieces to this story that just left me wanting more. You will not be disappointed if you take a chance on this book. I wasn’t. Can’t wait to read the last and final part of the series.

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterForever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 12, 2011
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then.When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment--a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

Wow. How do you put into words the amazingness of The Wolves of Mercy Falls and give it the same justice that Stiefvater has? Truth is, you can’t. The story of Grace, Sam, Isabel and Cole is told in such a way that no review can actually convey what you think and feel about the books as a whole. Each book I found myself falling more and more in love with these characters and that is all thanks to Stiefvater’s amazing way with words. The way she described all the action packed adventure in Forever honestly made me feel like I was living the scenes myself. Every turn of the page made my heart pound faster. She turned what could have been an annoying trilogy about wolves into a masterpiece of art. By the time I finished Forever the story was more about the emotions, feelings and love then about the wolves of Mercy Falls. The trilogy became a love story of the greatest kind and I’m very thankful that I stepped out of my norm and read a truly phenomenal tale. The series as a whole gets 10 stars in my book.

 

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