Friday, March 25, 2011

It's Friday, Friday, Friday!

For your musical pleasure: Most obnoxious Friday song ever.

The Hunger Games
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.

So I finished Hunger Games. Yes I know I am the last one on earth. I literally went from disliking this book so much I didn't want to read the whole thing, (much less the series) to reading the whole thing in 24 hours. I just finished it and threw it across my living room because it just ends! Thank god I can go get the sequel tomorrow, but those people who had to wait, I feel for them.

I liked Katniss. She was strong, stupidly stubborn and smart. I felt like she played the martyr card a lot, but not so much so that it was annoying. Peeta was humble and kind of dreamy, understated. I wish Katniss would just open her eyes and see him. Stupid loveless girl. I have a crush on Peeta by the way.

This is a good examply of dystopian lit. I feel like I am reading only in this genre and it has a lot of competitors. They lived in a truly cruel world, in which no one is left unscathed. Children die and their parents mourn. That is scarier than big brother. Bad example of dystopian lit is XVI, I tried to read it again and just couldn't do it. I was forced into this weirdo world with nothing explained to me. 

The Goddess Test
Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
 Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
 If she fails...

I read this early courtesy of NetGalley. It will be released April 19. I absolutely loved it. I needed the break from dystopia and this was the perfect brain candy.

Kate was a very well rounded character, Henry was dreamy. And Aimee Carter wove in mythology very well. It didn't seem over done or under explained. I can't wait for the next one! (I think I liked this book too much, can barely give it a proper review!)

1 comment:

  1. I have heard so many good things about The Goddess Test! It sounds like a much more emotionally gripping/engaging story than Abandon. I'm especially glad to hear that Aimee Carter works in the mythology; I felt Meg Cabot really only briefly mentions the myths.

    - Linna Lee