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Friday, January 7, 2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Book Two in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
Source: Purchased

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 391 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023491
ISBN-13: 978-0439023498


Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.


Sometimes when I find a series that I am enjoying so immensely, the follow up books to the first one don't seem to measure up with the wow factor.  When I finished The hunger Games, the first book in the series, the games were over and I didn't know what the author was going to be able to do to keep the momentum going for the next book.  All I can say is WOW!  She brought back the suspense, intrigue, drama and romance so hard that I didn't think it were even possible.

When Peeta and Katniss arrive back to District 12 after winning the Hunger Games, they didn't know what to expect.  They thought they were done being included in the Capitol's court of jesters called The Hunger Games.  They knew there would be some backlash after what they did in the arena, but they never expected what the officials end up doing to them in Catching Fire.  

I literally was on the edge of my seat, hands gripping the pages, the whole time reading this book.  I will even go as far to say that this book surpasses the first book in so many ways!  I enjoyed it even more than the first book and I didn't think that was even possible.  When I read about Peeta I think of bread and wedding cakes with love.  When I think of Katniss I imagine birds in flight struggling to survive.  With Gale, I imagine the rock in the family with emotions bottled up.  With Haymitch, I was still unsure of his motives, so he had me going in all sorts of directions! Then enter Finnick with his good looks, humor and sugar cubes!  I will never look at a sugar cube the same way again!

I finished this book within a matter of hours and yes, my house and family suffered for it.  They fended for themselves in the kitchen, clothes were having to be dug out of bottom of drawers since laundry ceased to be cleaned, and they even had to break down and do the dishes themselves just so I could keep reading this outstanding book. If you haven't started this series yet, you are truly missing out on amazing writing and an emotional roller coaster!  Go out, pick them up, and read them!  


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading! 5 STARS



Blogger Unknown said...

hehe Awesome review! WOW is def the best way to describe CF! hehe

cant wait to see your thoughts on Mockingjay LOL

January 7, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Chapter Chicks said...

This one is my favorite in the series. So many people disagree, and think The Hunger Games is the best. Glad to see someone else can appreciate how this book surpasses its predecessor.

You're in for an emotional ride with Mockingjay. Prepare to feel emotionally drained for at least two days.

January 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

Its one of the best in a series , and glad to hear that you are totally into the series. Almost like Twilight with the family fending for themselves ??

January 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Rowena said...

Great review! I loved this book most out of all of the books in the series. I'm a huge Team Peeta supporter but I loved me some Gale and Finnick too. All of the characters were three dimensional to me, from Katniss all the way down to Prim- just love, love, love them!

January 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger TannyP said...

Well that sure didn't take long for you to get through the second one. Glad you loved it, too! I adore this series...and since I borrowed Catching Fire, I'm going to have to buy it now for rereading!

January 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

Though the first book is still my favorite, this one is definitely second place.

January 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Naj said...

I just bought the first book and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for the review. :D

January 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Amber Skye said...

This is my favorite book of the series, although I LOVE them all. I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

January 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

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