This is a prequel novel to the hunger games that gives is insight into the person of President Cornelius Snow. I get that he is the villain. But, the about face the end of this book does feels artificial. A lot of the book is dry so I only recommend this to avid Hunger Game fans.
Book 45 of the Boxcar Children series. This was great, a perfect amount of possibilities (red herrings) but they felt more reasonable aside from the whole, I’ll take a priceless object home with me and forget where I put it. Still was a fun read.
I love to read about why we do the things we do. This is that book. It talks about the positive and negatives. Right at the end it talks a lot about unrecognized habits and ways we can find the driver of that habit. The problem I had was when they start trying to say that culpability is offset by unconscious habit. In the case of the man that murdered his wife. I could not get behind the idea of him not being guilty. But overall there are a lot of great methods outline for creating good habits and some good overall experiments that related to this area of study. If you ever wonder why you do what you do, I would recommend this book to you.
Book 38 of the Animorphs. This was of my favorites so far. There was some great destruction, but more than that we got to deepen Ax’s character. I do wish they would have added a new character to the team, but I guess not at this point. Lots of action and an exciting ending. I still recommend the series even after 38 books.
Book 8 of The Series of Unfortunate Events takes a drastic turn in a different direction. I am so excited that the author has broken formula and moved in a much different direction. Misfortune still follows the orphans, as does the crazy luck to get them out of hairy situations and right into worse. I am very excited for the next book.
Book 7 of The Series of Unfortunate Events. This one was more tragedy for the orphans. However it feels like the series is taking a new step based on the ending of this one. The book was a great example of “group think” and the dangers that can happen with mob mentality. If the series I preferred this over most so far. Have yet to pick a favorite. Still high recommend.
Book 6 of The Series of Unfortunate Events. Another set of guardians and another Olaf plot. This book was longer than the previous ones and there were more twists and turns, but result in a net zero ending. Looks like the orphans will be off to yet another guardian soon. Still loving the series and recommending it to those tough readers.
Why to bad things happen to good people? I wrote this book as a metaphor for 13 and up on dealing with tramatuc events in our lives. There is no magic wand to take away the suffering that we all go through when something unfortunate happens in our lives. How do we find our support system? Even when unknown triggers debilitate us. The story is about learning to live after just such an event. The title hounded has a dual meaning. The main character is being hounded from and unknown assailant, while mentally being hounded as he tries to go on with every day life. This book focuses on the symptoms of childhood PTSD, but could be of comfort to anyone out there struggling with their own internal demons. Why to bad things happen to good people? https://a.co/d/fqaKQPP
Book 5 of The Series of Unfortunate Events. This was a fun boarding school focused novel. Nothing has changed in the story line, everything things are looking up, suddenly they get bad. This was fun and fast paced. The series still maintains a strong recommend.
This book was very different than what I imagined it to be. This book is more of a drama that a fantasy story. That said it is an intriguing story and keeps you engaged in the story. I do like how it is three stories that blend into one. Overall it is a recommend for those who love dramas that take place in New York. We will see how the author takes the story in book 2.