This is the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. District 12 is gone and it's time to set up a new life in District 13 whilst training to take over the Capitol and show every other District they should do the same.
This book is darker than the previous two, which I wouldn't have thought possible. It's more like modern day warfare. I found it similar to The Deathly Hallows in that it breaks away from the usual setting of the previous books and there's a brutal ending. I was particularly upset by the deaths of Finnick and Prim. It also had an epilogue at the end showing Katniss and Peeta together with their children - similar to Harry and Ginny, Hermione and Ron. This epilogue is a lot less cheesy, however.
I was disappointed, again, with the lack of focus on Gale (but I'm glad he didn't die, that would have infuriated me) but I do not think it was "as bad" as everyone as others are making it out to be. I've seen some say some deaths were "useless", but I think that's the point. Sometimes people die for no good reason at all. Not everyone can die a hero. I also think that the human relationships and bonds should have received more attention, such as Gale and Katniss, Katniss and Peeta (after he starts recovering from being hijacked) and even Prim and Katniss, who we barely see in this book. Katniss spends a lot of time alone, which is odd for a person who spent two novels trying to save said people.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed Mockingjay and believe it was a logical ending to the trilogy.
"If we burn, you burn with us" - Katniss Everdeen
My Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5
9. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
This is typical chick lit but it was so funny. I really do love Sophie Kinsella's books - they make a nice break from politics, violence, and all the other things you just want to escape from sometimes. Sometimes you just want to laugh.
Emma Corrigan tells all her "secrets" to a stranger on a plane, who thens turns up her work as the CEO. You can probably guess what happens next. I think Jack should have been punished a little more for what he did. I'd have kicked his ass. But apart from that, a hilarious read. It only took me two days to read because I kept wanting to know what happened next...
"It’s the way he had a cup of tea waiting for me when I woke up. It’s the way he turned on his laptop especially for me to look up all my Internet horoscopes and helped me choose the best one. He knows all the crappy, embarrassing bits about me that I normally try to hide from any man for as long as possible… and he loves me anyway."
My Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5
10. Picture Pefect by Jodi Picoult
I'm not sure why this has so many negative reviews. Sure, it is not as good as her previous books (well, subsequent - seeing as this was Jodi's third book published, 15 years ago) but I did really enjoy it and found it engaging. The symbolism in Cassie being a physical rather than cultural anthropologist, and then later having to immerse herself in a different culture, a subject that she was previously uninterested in, was very interesting.
However, I was also frustrated at times, which is why I only "liked it" rather than "really liked it". I feel that Jodi thinks Cassie is a strong, independant woman whereas I feel she should have left Alex long before she actually did. I had respect for her, and understood, why she did not leave up until the point where she returned to Alex after having the baby. After that, I had lost all respect. Also, I hate Alex. I have no sympathy for him at all. I do not believe he really loves Cassie and that he "cannot help it". No sympathy. None at all.
"Torn between fear and something that resembled love, she wrestled with questions she never dreamed she would face: How could she leave? Then again, how could she stay?"
My Rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.42/5
10 / 50 books read since 1st July 2010. 20% done!
Previous reviews at my journal.