Thursday, August 23, 2012

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Blurb: Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge. 
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Review: So I loved the first Hunger Games book but I had to wait AGES for it because everyone had it on hold at the library and I'm too broke to buy it myself! But yay! It's here and I've read it and it was awesome! I didn't really know what was gonna happen now that Katniss and Peeta had won the Games but now I know what happens! I have a really bad habit of reading the back of the book before the front so I sorta-kinda spoiled it but it was still really great! And the romance between Katniss and Peeta was still there which was a relief cuz I wasn't sure how that was gonna turn out but it was really good! So read it if you haven't and I will keep reading and continue to review books and yeah, happy reading!

Rating: LOVED IT

Friday, August 17, 2012

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Blurb: Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers-known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.

Review: Okay. So Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance was the other book I borrowed out when I wanted something really romantic. I definitely wasn't expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised. Both Charlie and Aaron AKA Fielding were likable characters and I was glad that I got to read the book from both points of views. The story itself was really good, and the characters made it that much better. And I know this is a short review, but I don't think I need to say much more. It's a good book. Read it. ;)

Rating: LOVED IT

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Blurb: Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.
So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.
It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last…

Review: So once I finished The Hunger Games I had nothing to read and I was sorta in a cruddy mood because I didn't have anything to read. Stupid, I know, but who cares. So I went to the library and borrowed out a whole bunch of lovey-dovey super-romantic books that sounded alright. Bittersweet was among those books. I wasn't really expecting much, I just really wanted it to be romantic and make me go 'Aw...'. But Bittersweet blew me away! The first chapter made me get really sympathetic for Hudson and from there I loved it more and more. The characters were great and the romance was exactly what I was  hoping it would be - super romantic! The storyline was really catchy and I couldn't put it down until I'd read this chapter, then the next, until eventually I finished the book in 3 days. Which was sort of disappointing cuz it was a good book. I even took extra care to take an hour to read the last chapter (even though, really, it wasn't that long) because I didn't want to finish it. So that's what I think of this book. It was good enough that I wanted to take ages to read the last chapter. And I am really glad that I read it.

Rating: LOVED IT

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