Tag Archives: Trilogy

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireTitle: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins. It’s a continuation of the first book, The Hunger Games, and to be perfectly honest, a more intricate book that delves deeper into the human condition than even the first could have.

In the second post-apocalyptic revolution novel by Collins, Katniss Everdeen suffers the mental damage done to her in the first Hunger Games she participated in in Collins’ novel The Hunger Games, and is forced to relive everything all over again.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesTitle: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in learning when certain films will be released; this one is included. But, when I discovered it was showing at the Creston movie theater, I jumped back on the wagon I love so much and began devouring the Suzanne Collins novels.

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Book Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The JewelTitle: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: Lone City #1
Published: September 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 358
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Sometimes you come across that one book that kind of blows your mind and makes you think, what if? Well, Amy Ewing’s debut novel The Jewel did that to me.

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Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

AtlantiaTitle: Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Series: None
Published: 2014
Publisher: Dutton Penguin
Pages: 298
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

I saw the cover of Atlantia by Ally Condie one day while I perused Barnes and Noble’s website, and immediately I was hooked.

Recently, I’ve been breaking into the young adult genre for unknown reasons, even to me. I think I enjoy them because they’re easy to read and don’t require very much individual thought.

Condie’s novel Atlantia is just that: easy to read and doesn’t require much individual thought.

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Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

The Sweet Far ThingTitle: The Sweet Far Thing
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle
Published: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 819
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 10/10

American author Libba Bray’s novel The Sweet Far Thing, the third installment to her Gemma Doyle trilogy, came to me at the perfect time.

I had read the trilogy in college, when I purchased them instead of saving money for food or alcohol like most college students. But, that’s not what I mean by perfect.

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red QueenTitle: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Published: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 382
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

I have a thing for getting on Goodreads and looking at what is super popular at the time, and what will be out soon, and what of the many books are getting hype. I noticed Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, and instantly wanted to read it (mostly for the cover, but also because of the summary).

I preordered Aveyard’s book, and it came in the mail on a Thursday. I instantly decided I would read it after finishing one of the series I’m working on now, until I wanted a change of pace on Saturday, picked up Aveyard’s book and didn’t put it down until I was finished.

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Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Rebel AngelsTitle: Rebel Angels
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 2005
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 548
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

The second installment of American author Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, Rebel Angels takes on the next phase of lead character Gemma Doyle’s life in England after her mother dies in India and Gemma realizes she has supernatural abilities.

Gemma and her friends spend the Christmas holiday at home in London, attending teas and dances, and using the magic to enter the realms and try to keep everything as it was.

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Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible BeautyTitle: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 2003
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 403
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for literature that doesn’t require very much thinking. Novels like that can be exhilarating because of the entertainment value behind them, rather than the literary value.

One such novel is author Libba Bray’s novel A Great and Terrible Beauty.

Bray’s first novel, the first installment of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, centers around the main character, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle, who witnessed her mother’s death and is then sent to Spence Academy, a school created to teach girls the proper mannerisms and expectations of them during Victorian England.

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Book of LifeTitle: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 561
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

In any series, the last book stands up to the most scrutiny as it has to live up to the hype from those that came before it. Deborah HarknessThe Book of Life is no exception, and it stands up to the scrutiny well.

The last in the All Souls trilogy is a long, action-packed novel about the life Diana Bishop has made with her husband Matthew Clairmont, as well as how she’s come full circle from a historian who never used magic to one of the most powerful witches in the world.

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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

AllegiantTitle: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 544
From: Barnes and Noble

What I’ve failed to give author Veronica Roth credit for in previous reviews is her ability to delve into the human mind and seek out a person’s character, then be able to show that character to her readers.

Roth succeeded in doing just that in the third installment of her Divergent trilogy, Allegiant.

Allegiant follows characters Tris and Four as they discover there is more to their perfect world than they originally thought.

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