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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins: Book Review

Before I do the review I just want to thank Janet Murie from Scholastic for passing these on to me and getting me addicted -- Guess what I am getting my nieces for Christmas now -- Shhh don't tell em

Catching Fire (Book #2 of Hunger Games Trilogy)
by Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-439-02349-8
Ages: 12 and up (For violence and slight implication of sex)

Description: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

The Good Stuff
  • Words cannot describe how much I ADORE this series!!!
  • A fantastic second book for a series, usually the second book in a trilogy is quite weak but not in this case
  • Fascinating new characters to add to the already beloved characters from the first book
  • Katniss as always is kick ass. Her character is also being developed so beautifully
  • Fascinating setting and unusual storyline
  • Wonderful development of characters and storyline.
  • Main characters feel like family. So beautifully written you almost feel sad that they are not real
  • Intense and addictive
  • The scene near the end where Finnick and Katniss have a light moment
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I have to wait HOW long until the next book, crap anyone have an arc they want to lend me
  • My house looks like a tornado hit it since I couldn't put the book down to do my chores
What I learned
  • Government people are almost always BAD -- no never mind we already knew that (with the exception of Justin Trudeau of course)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I have people on my side? What side? Am I unwittingly the face of the hoped-for rebellion? Has the mockingjay on my pin become a symbol for resistance? If so, my side's not doing too well. You only have to look at what happened in 8 to know that"

"My prep team. My foolish, shallow, affectionate pets, with their obsession with feathers and parties, nearly break my heart with their good-bye"

"Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven't looked pretty?"  I say
"It must be. The sensation's completely new. How have you managed it all  these years? he asks."
"Just avoid mirrors. You'll forget about it," I say
"Not if I keep looking at you," he says

"But the only thing that distracts me from my current situation is fantasizing about killing President Snow.  Not very pretty daydreams for a 17 yr old girl, but very satisfying."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for sensitive younger readers
  • Other than that I think it is a great read for anyone
 5 Deweys (Go now and buy the book -- trust me I'm a Librarian)


  1. I am looking forward to reading this book!!! Thanks for the review Jen!

  2. I loved this book! Great review :) I cant wait to read the next book!