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In the future the world is a hot mess. Nature went berserk and wars broke out, leaving a haven of civilization in what's left of North America called Panem. In the center is the Capitol, which is surrounded by 13 less-fortunate districts. While the districts provide the Capitol with everything they need, they are also starving to death so they rebel. The Capitol, having less man-power but more power, squashes the rebellion, completely obliterating District 13, and forcing the other 12 districts to participate in the Hunger Games.
Each year a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district to battle it out in a gynormous state-of-the-art arena which is designed differently each year and equipped with cameras for viewing pleasure. They fight to the death, the victor being wealthy for the rest of their life, and the winning district getting a variety of prizes and food.
The story centers around Katniss, a 16 year old who is the head of her family, acting as the provider since her father died in the coal mines. She's a survivor, and illegally hunts outside the borders of District 12 with her guy-friend Gale, both of them keeping their families from starvation.
During the drawing for the 74th Annual Hunger Games, the name of Katniss' 12 year old sister is drawn. Knowing her sister wouldn't stand a chance, Katniss volunteers to go in her place. The boy chosen is Peeta, a classmate who once helped her out by giving her food when her family was starving. Together they go to the Capitol, are given makeovers and paraded around before being set in the area to kill or be killed.
This book is wonderfully crafted, the world is well written, the characters are so real, the romance twist is intruiging, and the situations are woven just so that it leaves you panting for more when the book ends.
I put this book off because I didn't think it was my style but I devoured it quickly. It may be YA but it's great for adults too. 13+
I should begin this by saying, not only is this fluff, this is for fans of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones, not necessarily all Austen fans will like it. Jane compares herself to Lizzie and Emma and other Austen heroines but sadly, she's more like a mix of Jane Bennet and Mrs. Bennet - cute and accommodating just desperate for a man.
I laughed quite a bit at Jane's adventure and her plucky sidekick, enjoying the intrgue and disgruntled by the treatment of her as a lower-paying guest (which I didn't quite understand because her trip was funded by a wealthy relative - seems she could have purchased the better package for Jane).
Good fun and fluff. Oh, and WAY better than the movie. Enjoy!!
I feel like this book is summed up by Claire nicely:
"Some would argue that a foundation built on kidnapping, isolation, violence, an yes -even rape- would never stand. I must disagree. We lived through hell and came out the other side. Like the song says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I can't imagine anyone having a stronger foundation than ours."
Yeah, all that rapey stuff, and him killing your parents, etc. was all just a big misunderstanding and he's sorry so lets have warm fluffy feelings from now on.
I'm sorry. No. Just... no.
I'm astounded by the 5 star reviews. Why is that a guy who does such horrific things get's a pass because he's a millionaire? Don't get me wrong... I've read and enjoyed a few kidnapper stories (heck most Highland romances involve stealing a lass) and BDSM stuff with consenting adults but I'm horrified that everyone seems to think that the happily ever after in this book is okay. Just... no.
Tony cannot, I repeat, can not be redeemed. You're trying too hard Romig. Pinning everything on the maid. Oh, and I get it, because I suffered through all the back story. I hated Claire and her stupidity but then that hated turned to a simple meh. And Tony turning a new leaf is sweet and all, but no, I for one cannot forget what he has done. You've tortured your leading lady so much that even with this HEA, I'll be she crack within the decade and kills herself. This is not happy. You can't force it.
This whole book is a horrific trainwreck. At least I want to say it is... to be honest I checked out and just read it for closure. Other than writing a review to warn others, I really don't care. Maybe it's because I've compartmentalized it.
You have no idea who thrill I was with the first part of the book. Finally! Claire gets revenge! She even has a sexy new guy in her life and help from various sources. It made getting this book worth it. And then, Claire went back to being Claire again.
I find it odd when a woman is called courageous and strong yet shows no signs of being remotely in the same time zone. Let's put on our spoiler cap, shall we?
A man kills your parents, kidnaps you, rapes you, beats you, breaks your bones, rapes you some more, dresses you, throws your family in prison, then throws you in prison for is faked attempted murder and lets you sit there until you are miraculously freed by someone else. You finally realize he's a horrific person and set up plans to tell the world the truth. Then, all it takes is him blackmailing you, possibly drugging you to have sex (which you think is a dream), you find out your pregnant, and BOOM! You want to be with him again?
I'm sorry? What?
I have lost all respect for this woman. I didn't care about her enough in the first book and the revenge I hoped for was taken... I won't say I'm not a little intrigued by the author's ability to pull the rug out from beneath me but to what end? At what cost? By making her leading lady an even bigger idiot? Is it worth it?
Lord help me I may just have to finish this series. Why? Maybe I have Stockholm Syndrome too but surely this is leading somewhere.
Slightly spoiler-y review here.
So it appears that all novels these days are trilogies that expect you to read all the way to the end of the third book before you feel any sense of closure. This book is not romantic, nor is it sexy, it's a horrific account of a woman who falls in love with a kidnapping racist. I understand the idea of Stockholm Syndrome, but how does one get there? This woman wakes up battered in a fancy room, held captive, visited and raped by a sick multimillionaire and barely attempts to get away. I lost all respect for the story when the maid simply went along with it like everything was fine and kept telling the victim how awesome the guy was.
I have no respect for this woman, no empathy for the character, and simply stuck with it to the end hoping to have something happen. And boy did it happen. My immediate reaction was "Well that's what you get, you idiot." And I shouldn't feel this way, not for a woman who has been through so much, but without anything prompting me to connect with the character, that's what she got. Judgement. And that, writers, is not what you want from your audience.
This book could do with some editing as well. How much did we talk about food or shopping, and how many times were details left out? Reference to a beating? Something happened in a room? What happened? I don't know.. something bad obviously but nothing that makes me care.
I'll be honest. I got the next book just because I hoped something would happen. Surely the guy would get his comeuppance. Without spoiling more, let me just say, if what you have read so far seems unappealing, skip this series and move on. If however your taste lends itself to horror of this kind, by all means, enjoy.
Apparently there are a lot of rich guys out there with emotional issues who meet a mousy by accident and immediately fall in love despite a horrible outlook on dating. I admittedly listened to it all but it was like a train wreck you couldn't look away from. I almost didn't review it but there are too many people giving it 5 stars and that's just... wrong.
Perhaps this will get a bit spoilery.
How many fights can be had? And why are they all nuclear explosions? Why does either person need to run away the minute they have a fight?
And, I'm sorry, you have cancer? What kind? Just cancer? As someone who has been with people during a battle of cancer this whole line was a bit insulting. And I so wish there was a miracle drug out there that just cures it as simply. This happily ever after was just too... I don't even know... so HEA it's unbelievable.
I honestly wanted to rant for my review but I took a breath and listened to a few other series. This book still haunts me as time wasted. If you're looking for a Crossfire or 50 Shades this is a striped-down bare-bones mockery (and that's saying something).
I find myself at a loss for words... interesting.. yeah... and... hot, yes, but there's just something about the book that made me cringe. I like the idea of a government testing facility creating a New Species, and in a sense, this is kindof like a werewolf story. You get the whole MINE possession thing and the scenes are steamy, but with a weird mixture of melodrama that had me wincing a little. I mean, how many times do people burst in on this couple?
I'm also curious about the world created. With all the vampire and werewolf stories out there you would think that the discovery of a testing facility that created big hulking animal-like people would fascinate people. Instead, we only get to see the protesters that are instant haters. Not that this wouldn't happen, but their desire to kill the New Species seems unfounded, considering that these are kids that were cruelly transformed and simply trying to live a new life. The threat seems generic and we don't get the whole picture.
The narrator is a bit childish and some of the male's voices are strangely read. I suppose this is a spoiler but it gets worse in the second book. I suggest this story be read instead.
I don't often comment on narration and in most cases of awkward voice-overs it's an older woman reading for someone younger and it just doesn't work. This is the opposite. I can't believe that the leading lady, a doctor, sounds like a teenage valley girl. What's worse, the big hulking man that's oh-so-tempting sounds like a valley... guy? Completely ruins the mood.
The story itself is a bit shallow. On the run from killers on the hunt, exhausted, can't go any further.... hmm... sex? I'm sorry, what? And in the world of erotica, the bar isn't really that high. More happens but the sake of not spoiling anything I'll just say that this story falls flat and most things are a bit predictable or unbelievable (in a bad way).
I see that the narrator continues to read this series, so I'll leave it here. Perhaps read the book instead if you want to continue.
I guess I should start out with how much I love this series. While in the world of what I consider fluff reading, the world-building is awesome and I have come back to Nalini Singh's books more than once. To gear up for this new book I re-listened to the entire 12 books that came before it.
Which is probably why Angela Dawe fell a little flat this time around.
I think Jim Dale (of the Harry Potter audiobooks) has proved that you can not only create a huge number of voices, but that you can carry them throughout an entire series. The moment Hawk and Lucas started talking through Dawe's performance in this book, I was immediately taken out of the story: she changed them. You just can't do that. It's like breaking a Cardinal Rule (punpun). If you don't have a range of male voices, which I don't think is true because I've always commended Dawe on her male voices, then don't suddenly lower one just to create a difference. It's bizarre for someone you know to suddenly drop into a lower scratchy octave.
As for the story, there was just something about it that seemed disjointed. At this point, the pool of singletons in Singh's book world are starting to dwindle so we're jumping out of the realm of the better-known characters into the life of the mysterious arrow Vasic and newcomer Ivy. The natural progression was there but while the former novels had a fluidity to the overall plotline, there was just something about this story that made me want to say "get on with it" in some areas and "wait, I want more detail" in others. And Ming... that whole line in the story needs to be revisited - he showed up as a blip comment then a quickly-over skirmish where he wasn't even present - he seemed more like a forgotten menace than an actual threat. Also, the new empaths seemed to start out strong as characters then pretty much faded into a general group occasionally mentioned near the end. The main problem/sickness/darkness in the book arrived so sudden, with really no hint at trouble until the previous book, that it seemed to be more of an excuse for something (other than Ming) to battle... I think I would have liked to see it stick around for a few books more rather than escalating and being resolved in one novel out of 13.
Still, as with any series we adore, even this tasty morsel of a story is welcome. It's not the best story of the series... trying to beat the original Lucas/Sasha story, the thrilling Judd/Brenna pairing, the steamy Riley/Mercy book, the long anticipated Hawke/Sienna novel, or the revelation/super hero saga that was Caleb/Sahara is pretty tough and I don't think this one succeeded. However I do think it beats some of the others and was yummy on its own. Vasic is a fun one to move on to and I was excitedly anticipating this book's release. I like Ivy and her little dog too, and was curious at how the couple would come together.
Though Dawe failed to deliver her usual stellar performance when it came to past characters, and the book had a few issues, my joy at listening to is couldn't let me give it the 3 that is the overall average of my score... 4 stars.
This is a great conclusion to a wild ride for the characters, but the narrator is WAY too young. I'm not sure what happened to the previous vocal talent but Ginger Cornish SHOULD NOT be reading something the likes of this. Her voice is entirely too young and it was creepy and gave Nora a 20-year-old voice rather than the experienced woman she is. That and the accents were just bad. Let this girl narrate the likes of Twilight or 50 Shades, not a Tiffany Reisz book.
The story itself is smoldering. Nora has been kidnapped and the main men in her life are scrambling to her rescue. In the meantime we get to hear some of the loose ends tied up and a lot of fun kinky stories. LOVE Soren, who is just yummy, even more so that he's just so unattainable as your normal love interest. Kingsley is brought into more detail and we get to see Wesley's transition post-virginity.
Part of me says get is asap, the other wants to recommend you get the paper version to avoid the narration - either way, this is a great end to a series.
I have listened to a few of AJ Jacob's books now and this is yet another experiment of his that is a bit out there - which is what makes his books sell. Jacobs uses his life as his catalyst for his writing, which makes this a rather blog-like book. So it has a bit of a documentary type feel too it which is perfect for a long drive.
I was going on a road trip with my parents and didn't think they'd exactly be into listening to Game of Thrones or my audible obsession with Molly Harper. I was not about to listen to a crime novel - my parents love them but they're just not my thing. As Christians who grew up with all these Bible stories I thought they'd get a kick out of Jacobs' attempt to live by God's rules set down on paper.
My mother thoroughly enjoyed this, laughing out loud and my dad chuckled occasionally and found Jacobs amusing. This book was definitely a good choice. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a Jewish and/or Christian background because you'll get the jokes, and for anyone of any other religion you get the chance to see a guy put himself out there and follow some really ridiculous rules.
As for the narration, I think it would have been better to have someone else read this. While it is about his life, so it makes sense for him to read it, Jacobs has an "oh the cleverness of me" tone to his voice that can get on your nerves. After a while you realize this guy is totally smitten with his ideas and thinks he's awesome. I'm all about self-confidence but listening to someone go one in that fashion for 6 hours can get to be a bit too much. We'd get around this if it were read by someone else.
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