Mockingjay was my most anticipated movie this year! I am a huge fan of the series and couldn't wait to go see it. It's a tradition of mine to see the movies opening night. I love the huge crowds and standing in line and just being with other passionate fans. This year I didn't think I would be able to go because typically I drive an hour to see a movie (welcome to small town America) but this year a local theater actually had Mockingjay playing opening night. I convinced my mom to go with me (which didn't take much convincing because she's a fan of the series too). There's wasn't a line or anything but there were a good amount of people especially considering the town and the fact it was a Thursday night.
Mockingjay is a good movie. Definitely not my favorite in the series but still a good movie. I was a little disappointed in Mockingjay but I think it was more from having a high expectation. I really missed Peeta in this movie. His screen time is very limited and he's probably only in it for about 10 minutes. Of course, this is something I knew going in having read the books but I was shocked by how much I missed him. One thing that I was happy about that was changed from the book to the movie was how much Effie was in this movie. I don't even remember Effie being in Mockingjay (but it has been a while since I read the book so if she was in the book please let me know in the comments, I'm curious).
Haymitch continues to be a dynamic character that you can't help but love. His lines never fail to provide comic relief. As I said, Effie was very much present in Mockingjay and I loved it! Effie is definitely one of my favorite characters. I loved how she is both different and the same in this movie. She's missing all of her material flair but she makes due with what she has.
In the books, I was always Team Peeta but when they cast Liam Hemsworth as Gale I must admit that I did consider changing sides. However, after watching the first two movies and especially Mockingjay where we see Gale more I find that the same things that made me like Peeta over Gale in the book make me like Peeta over Gale in the movie. At the end of the day, it wasn't Peeta's looks that made me like him over Gale but instead their personalities.
The action and tone of Mockingjay is very different from the first two movies. The arena is gone and the war has officially begun. Still, not a lot actually happens in Mockingjay. There's a lot of planning but not a lot of action. I think the second half will be much better and probably be the best in the series.
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: 3 Cows
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.
As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.
For someone who spends a couple hours each week browsing Goodreads, updating my TBR and other reading lists, I somehow managed to miss the first round of voting for this year’s ‘Choice Awards.’ Imagine my surprise when I saw everyone talking about it on twitter a day later! Not to be thwarted twice though, I set myself a reminder so I could give my say in the next round’s voting, and see which books made it through in each category. This year there were 20 categories with 10 books for each category in this round of voting. The categories are as follows: fantasy, mystery & thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, humor, nonfiction, memoir & autobiography, history & biography, business books, food & cookbooks, graphic novels & comics, poetry, debutgoodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science fiction, middle grade & children’s, and picture books. Despite reading more than just YA, I didn’t recognize many of the books in a majority of the categories, so I only cast my vote for young adult fiction, and young adult fantasy & science fiction. Here are the nominees for each category and which book I voted for!
1. Winter by Marissa Meyer- The 4th book in the Lunar Chronicles, which I just finished reading the first 3 of this past month! I know I’m not the only one anticipating this book! The series itself was even nominated for a goodreads award for 2014!
3. Black Heart by Holly Black- I recently did reviews on the first two in this series. Originally, I didn’t know there was a third book in the series, and I was SUPER upset! Now that I know there is though, I can’t wait to read this one!
5. The Kill Order by James Dashner-I KNOW I KNOW breaking the rules of this post again! Technically The Kill Order is a prequel to the Mazerunner series, but it came out AFTER the series, so I consider that a sequel! Am I the only one? I did this with Four by Veronica Roth as well.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls
Author: Kristy Centeno
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Rating: 5 Cows
Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.
As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.
Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...
A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!
Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
Why I'm Waiting: Well, that's a silly question! I loved the Selection series so I can't wait to read this next chapter in the series!
Whether it’s a prequel, spinoff, or just a stand alone, there are numerous characters in books and series I’ve read, that I wish would get their own book! Here are my top ten!
Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book
1. Arya Drottningu (Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini): She played a crucial role in guarding the last dragon egg until Eragon found it, and I would love to see a spinoff book of her journey before meeting Eragon.
2. Chuck (The Mazerunner by James Dashner): Since I can’t talk about why I want to see a book with Chuck starring in it without giving away spoilers, I will simply say, I loved Chuck like my own sibling.
3. Sirius Black (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling): Besides Harry Potter, Sirius Black was my FAVORITE character in the series, and I would love to see a book about his time in the Order of Phoenix, and even his school days at Hogwarts. Plus, I feel like if J.K. Rowling wrote a spinoff book with Sirius as the main character, we would get to learn more about the wizarding world at a time when the Dark Lord was just starting to rise and gain followers. Like a Harry Potter prequel!
4. Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars by John Green): He was just such a unique character, that I would love to see him star as the main character in a spinoff or even his own story. I wouldn’t even mind reading a version of The Fault in Our Stars from Gus’sPOV.
5. Mason (Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick): Same story, but from Mason’s POV would be awesome.
6. Beck (The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater): Like a prequel to Shiver, and we could see Beck set up the house and the pack. Also, we would get to see Sam as the young boy who struggled to get through his wolf transformation, after Beck let him join the pack.
7. Hanna (Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver)
8. Chiron (Percy Jackson & The Olympians): How cool would a book about Chiron be?! He helped TONS of heroes in the past, and he’s hundreds of years old! Think of all the stories he probably has to tell!
9. Alba (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger): Daughter of main character Henry, she shares the same time travelling abilities as her father. It would be fun to read a book focused on her experiences as a time traveller.
10. Peta (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins): Need I say more?
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