dark_angel_isla (dark_angel_isla) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 3-6

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, 374 pages

I had heard a lot of positive things about this book and I didn't want to immediately jump on the bandwagon because I didn't understand why it was so popular. Not until I started reading it. I was hooked and managed to finish it in less than 24 hours, a huge feat for myself. It just kept getting so intense because if you really think about it people are dying everywhere in the book. I admit there were some hard parts for me to read, especially concerning the climax of the games right before the end. But man, who thought a book about survival could be so entertaining? In a way it reminded me of Life of Pi which I also found entertaining even though it also dealt with survival. It's amazing how far people will go to stay alive and this book definitely sets it up brilliantly.

Rating: 5/5 stars

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, 391 pages

I really enjoyed this book from the very beginning. And I had a hard time putting it down because it was so engaging. I found the premise of this book very fascinating actually what with the whole rebellion starting to form around the country. I really enjoyed those aspects of rebellion in the book which the first book touched on but didn't really elaborate in this one. I definitely think I liked this one better than the first only because there was a lot more drama and the stakes were raised a lot higher this time. Also, you got to know more people this time around which I think was important. And I LOVE the ending even though it was a MAJOR cliffhanger.

Rating: 5/5 stars

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, 390 pages

As sad as parts of this book was I couldn't help but love every minute of it mostly because I wasn't sure how everything was going to end. I had to admit parts of it surprised me and reminded me of when I read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows in a lot of ways. In short, I have to say the ending was bittersweet but powerful at the same time and it really shows throughout the entire series, not just in this book. A great series as a whole!

Rating: 5/5 stars

6. Robin Of Sherwood and the Hounds of Lucifer by Robin May, 171 pages

I guess I should have expected this when I got it. Instead of proving to be a fun adventuresome book it was basically a narrative retelling of what happened in the second season of "Robin Of Sherwood". Personally I found the narrative rather bland and even though I love the episodes themselves the retelling of every single detail was annoying and made it rather boring when I realized I knew what was going to happen next.

My advice is to just watch the show because you get a lot more emotion out of watching the characters do this than reading about what happened in the episode. If these were separate stories or adventures that were different from the episodes I might have enjoyed it a bit more. As it is though, the most enjoyable moments for me were seeing how many exclamation points were on a single page.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Next up: The Paradise War: Song of Albion - Book 1
Tags: fantasy, television, young adult

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