Friday, January 25, 2013

Romance Madness Hop: The Hunger Games

I'm taking part in the Romance Madness hop today on both my blogs. For Rae Summers' "Why I love this book" click here.

So I'm a bit behind the times. Most of you have probably not only read the book but watched the movie, and put the freebie poster inside your cupboard door. (Or maybe that's just me and my Twilight fixation).

I started the book last Friday, while waiting in an excrutiangly long queue to renew my driver's license. As anyone following me on Twitter that day will know, I had to stop on page 24 because I didn't think crying in public would go down too well.

Then I picked the book up again on the Sunday evening, and couldn't put it down again until I'd reached The End. At 4am. With my alarm set to go off at 6am Monday morning [Shhhh - don't tell my boss!]

I now completely understand why this book became the phenomenon it did. The writing is completely under-stated and the story so engaging that you hardly realise for a moment that you're reading words on a page and not living the adventure.

The Hunger Games, for those who have yet to read it, is a combination of Highlander, Logan's Run and Survivor in which the lone survivor of a barbaric futuristic reality show gets to live.

The heroine is Katniss Everdeen, a remarkably resourceful young woman who goes from underdog to show favourite thanks to a cast of delightful secondary characters, including her blind-drunk mentor, a savvy stylist, a whole horde of villains, and (for those who, like me, adore a good love triangle) two gorgeous heroes.

It's hard to point out what I loved most about this book, as there was just so much. But I think perhaps the aspect that comes up trumps is the book's pacing. Suoerbly crafted like the best TV dramas, the book sweeps us through highs and lows, catches us unawares, twists around, reveals tantalising glimpses, and never ever gets boring. Hence the lack of sleep.

Have you read Suzanne Collins' trilogy yet? What did you think? And am I in for a similar treat with book two (once I've caught up on some sleep)?

The Romance Madness Hop is organised by The Romance Reviews and runs from 25 to 29 January, and there are loads of prizes. To follow the Hop, or to sign up to win, click on the button below.

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  1. I love this series. Catching Fire is probably my favorite book in the trilogy. I lose sleep over them too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I love the Hunger Games series. I am waiting for the next movie in the series to be release. I love to compare the book and the movie and see where the difference are.

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  3. I read the trilogy 3 years ago and loved it! I thought the movie was good but the book was definitely better.

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  4. Honestly, book 2 was my favorite. 3 was kind of a letdown. But, my best friend thinks 3 is the best in the trilogy so it's really just up to your tastes.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Haven't read these books.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. I was the same. I started the first one in the afternoon. Read it until I finished at 1 am and then couldn't handle the ending and started the second one that night lol


  7. Ok I'm bad I've watched the movie but haven't read the books at's so sad!!!
    I wanted to read the books but I swear I never got to them, then my son stole them and I haven't seen them since....they aren't lost and will never be seen again!!!
    (at least until he goes to

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  8. I did read the Hunger Games trilogy, but I must be defective - I was quite underwhelmed by the books. I didn't really care much for them. The level of kid-on-kid violence made me forbid my then 4th grader reading the books or watching the movie. That was not a popular decision, I can assure you. I have since seen the movie, which actually did a pretty good job of NOT showing all the violence and gore, but I still don't want my kids to see it.

  9. I have not read this series. It is one I plan to check out, though.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  10. I have actually read this series and I believe you'll like the last 2 books also
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  11. I tried to read it, and couldnt make it thru the first one. It just didnt hold my interest
    vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

  12. I absolutely loved the whole series =)

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  13. Thank you so much to all my Romance Madness visitors for all your comments. Now that the Hop is over, I'll put everyone's names in a hat and announce the winner later today.

    Hope you all hav a great start to the week!

  14. Haven't read this series yet, but it is on my wishlist.
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