Sunday, October 3, 2010

Our Favorite Reads For September: "Mockingjay" and "The Last Song"

We read so many good books during September, it was a very difficult choice but here are the ones we finally decided on:

Gerard's:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

You know the deal about Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins--the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy! Some people were disappointed in this book, but I am not one of them. I thought this was the best of the three because it has tons of action! I never knew what was going to happen next. I like how not everyone thought Katniss was all that, the Gale-Peeta-Katniss triangle, and the surprise ending! I enjoyed Mocking jay a lot! It was hard to put down and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next! Definitely read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire first though.

Karen's thoughts on it: It's great! Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy and did not disappoint.  This book is amazing!  There is so much action, well developed interesting characters, and psychological drama that I was engrossed in it right from the start all the way to the end.  To get the most out of Mockingjay though, I highly recommend that you read the entire series.  I felt so bad for Peeta throughout the book but am satisfied with the ending.  There is a lot of suffering but loved that Prim’s cat survived and enjoyed Katniss’ relationship with it.  There is some humor in this book too which helped balance the gravity of it.  I liked Katniss throughout the series and admired her intelligence, determination, spontaneity, skill, compassion and perseverance.  At no point was I able to know how it would end for sure. 

This is a great book to end the series and I highly recommend this series to anyone 14 and older.  I also think this entire series would work great for a book club, there is just so much to discuss.  This series is a MUST READ for anyone who likes suspense, adventure, science fiction, excitement and books about relationships. 


Karen's:

The Last Song by Nicolas Sparks

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks is an amazing story about teen rebellion, love, friendship, romance, and forgiveness.  The main character is a girl named Ronnie who held a grudge against her dad because he left, but her 10-yr.-old brother, Jonah, brought out her tender side.  One summer, she has to go live with him and learns and grows into a mature woman who realizes she was not always right after all and everything is not about her.

It's a very good story and I liked it a lot! I liked the characters in this book because they were all very believable.  Parts were sad but overall, I liked the ending because it was touching and happy.  This is a must read if you enjoy books about teens and parents.

Other reviews of great books we read in September are over at "Grab A Book From Our Stack"
Cleo by Helen Brown about a special cat (Gerard's)
Flight to Heaven by Dale Black about a lone survivor of a plane crash and his amazing journey (Karen's)
Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark about a search for a missing brother (Karen's)

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5 comments:

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Glad you enjoyed Mockingjay! I think I'll have to give this series a try...

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Kate: Absolutely! It is so captivating!

cj'alhafiz said...

Hey Guys!! I'm gonna read the second book of the trilogy, Catching Fire. I hope that it will be better than the Hunger games. Am glad that you love the Mockingjay and thanks to you, now that I have reason to finish the whole series. =)

The last Song is a great story. But, the Movie make me feel a lil bit frustrated. Well, it's OK I guess. =)

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THE OLD GEEZER said...

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks sounds interesting. :-)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

CJ: I'm surprised you didn't like "The Hunger Games." I know it started out pretty slow, but I thought it got really good. Will be anxious to hear what you thought about "Catching Fire."

Old Geezer: I think you would like "The Last Song." It's more about the father-daughter relationship than it is the romance part of it.

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