Saturday, April 14, 2012

Heres the begging of the 1st chapter of the novel Im starting to write. Please tell me if you like it or not. I havnt really written all that much yet but here.... And i know ther are a few gramatical errors



Chapter 1

                I awake to a screech somewhere far off in the distance. The bitter cold of the drafty house burns through the useless blanket. My little sister trembles with fear as she snuggles in tighter to my body, suffocation my hand as she squeezes it. We both know exactly what the shout of pain means. Somewhere, not too far from our cold broken home another family is being torn apart. Weather they have come to take a child to the School like they do so many other children, or if they are dragging a parent away for punishment, or worse war, the family will never be complete again. Just as our mother and father were ripped from both of us. I, being only eleven at the time was forced to care for my six year old sister. No work. No food. No money. But at least we were together.

                I held my sister in my arms, so tiny for being eleven. She had never had a proper meal. Yet she is so blessed. You could barley tell she had any of the TigerGene in her at all. She was beautiful with her long blonde hair, gorgeous glowing green eyes and pale completion. She looked nothing like me, almost my polar opposite. I had never understood why people thought so low of the TigerGene. They should blame the government, not us. They’re the ones who mutated our grandparent’s genes for war so many years ago.

                I wrapped my arms tightly around Rose, my sister, as tears wild up in her eyes. Their glowing green softened to a fearful milky green. I began to sing the song my mother always had to her. The song my parents had named her after. I rocked her slowly in my arms as I began the first stanza.

“Alone in the storm

Stands the White rose

Yet tall is the white rose

Strong in the face

I see not the white rose

She is so far away

I long to protect her

But only the words can I say

So I send her my words

And all of my heart

To help her when

We are so far apart

Be strong little flower

Your heart will guide true

And as long as you want

I will always love you

                When I finish her tears have sufficed, she’s humming the soft slow melody, her death grip on me loosening. We sit up, the bitter cold of early morning nipping at us in the broken home that we sat inside.

                “Tigerlilly, what if they take you?” Rose squeaks so quietly you almost can’t hear her.

                “I’m sixteen. They won’t take me. I’m too old to train. They almost never take anybody over the age of 14, Rose.” I nudge her since her looking only at the dirt floor. I would never say but I am much more worried about her. She slowly stands up and turns around to face me. Her eyes are still wet with tears that lie just beyond the surface.

                “Come here little flower” I say as she sits back down in front of me and I tie her hair in two long pigtails. She begs to braid my long straight red hair but I refuse. Her eyes look saddened, through they always do. Her stomach growls in hunger pain.

                “Hungry?” I ask. She nods vigorously as I take out retrieve one golden coin from my shoe. Her eyes light up with excitement.

                “Were did you get that!?” she says exasperated.

                “Just sold a few things” I sputter as I quietly keep the information of me selling our mother’s wedding ring a secret. She jolts upward as fast as she can. I follow her as she runs out the door and down the street into town. Her face has the sparkle of excitement on it.

                We enter the bakery. As we had over the golden coin for a tiny loaf of bread the baker gives me a smile that is obviously hiding something. It must have been his wife’s scream this morning. Rose and I walk down the street munching on the small roll of bread, slowly savoring the extravagant flavor. But it’s not enough, when it’s gone I’m still hungry and I know Rose is too, though she doesn’t show it.

                People are already running from shop to shop in the small town square. The sun is just barley up and it can’t be any later then seven. But there are things to do, place to go, people to be with. My sister sits next to a row of white rose bushes. She always loves them, maybe because of her name, or the lullaby we always sing, but I always thought it was because it reminded her of our mother. The way she always managed to smell like roses, no matter how dirty or muddy she got. The way she would always cut off the thorns and tuck one behind her ear.

                I went to sit next to Rose, taking in the scent. She began to count the flowers that overwhelmed each bush. She always seemed to find something to do. I always thought to preoccupy her so she wouldn’t have time to think of all the things wrong with her life, and to delay her thoughts of hunger, anger and unhappiness.

                Rose and I are a lot alike in some ways; this is one we different dramatically. She hates down time while I love it, live for it even. The time where I can just sit, contemplate, and arrange my thoughts. Failings away deep in my brain the ones I know won’t help anyone. The thoughts of fear, hatred, anger and brutality. The thoughts of gruesome ends to those I know I will never be able to hurt. Specifically the man that took my mother

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Does anybody have any suggestions for what book they would like me to review?

Please Comment Below!!! :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction,

Pages: 391

ISBN: 978-0-439-02349-8

Themes: One of the main themes is survival. As is Independence verses interdependence.

Summary: Against all odds Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow district Tribute, Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss shed be relived, happy even. After all she has returned home to her sister and best Friend's Gale.Yet nothing is the way she wants it to be. Gale hold her at an icy distance. Peeta turns his back on her completely. And their are whispers of rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion she has helped create. Much to her shock, Katnisas fueled a fire she cannot stop, and not sure if she wants too. The stakes are higher then ever for Katniss Everdeen. Yet the cruel Capitol wont give her a break as shes forced into the Quarter Quell.

Review: This book was a great attachment to the 1st book in the series. The writing is fairly easy to read yet written extremely well. The detail of the surroundings is amazing. Suzzane Collins does a great job explaining whats going through Katniss's head, her survival skills, her love for Peeta and her confusion of whats going on around her. She develops the charchters even more then in the first book. Specifically Prim and Gale who were rarely seen in the first book. I would recommend this book for anybody that enjoyed the first book and was waiting for more about thee world of Panem and Katniss Everdeen.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Im sorry My Review on the book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins will be a little late going online Sorry for any inconvience :(

Title: Mockingjay

Auother: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian

Pages: 399

ISBN: 978-0-439-02351-1

Themes: Explores Loyalty in extreme circumstances, and physical hardships along with the effects of war.


Summary- The third book in the Hunger Games trilogy starts shortly after the second book ends with Katniss living in District 13 after being in the 75th Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen is convinced to becoming the "MokingJay" the face of the rebellion that has uprooted Panem. She must fight through her fears and sadness as she faces her lover Peeta who has been brainwashed to think Katniss is trying to kill him. She must fight in the war even through the deaths of loved ones and pursue what fate has in store.

Review- I don't usually like doing spoilers in my reviews but their is no other way to explain the very disappointing final book in this amazing trilogy. The first 2 books in the series were amazing and showed the themes of war and human emotions greatly. This book had a very disappointing ending and left you still wondering about many things. For one Katniss does not make her own decision once in the book. Mokingjay is nothing like either of the other books in the series were she is completely independent. The begging of the book is okay. Nothing imperticlar was great about it except for maybe Peeta being brainwashed. The last section in the book though is rushed and doesn't explain anything. The 2end book I though would be very rushed considering the actual Hunger Games did not start till the end but Suzanne Collins pulled it off. Unfortunately she could not do the same for this book. She completely disregards any human feeling Katniss would have for the deaths of her friends, such as Finnick Odair. When her sister, Prim died I was not even sure what had happened she does not explain it well enough. And then in the end she shoots the new president of Panem, gos crazy, marries Peeta without even saying a word to Gale again. This all happened in the last 20 pages of the book. It seems extremely unrealistic for Katniss to never talk to her best friend Gale again after she returns to District 12. Suzzane Collins said absolutely nothing to sum up the stories about Katniss Everdeens mother, Gale, Haymitch, or Annie. And overall it leaves you in confusion, more queshtons asked then answered. This book was a huge disappointment compared to the rest of the series and I would say its not even worth reading.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 374

ISBN: 0439023483

Themes: It tackles the issue of poverty,starvation, and the effects of war on others.

Summary: Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in the poorest district of Panem. District 12. Every year the Capitol picks one girl and one boy from each district to be in The Hunger Games. Were they are to fight to the death. When Katniss gives herself up for her sister she and Peeta Mellark are forced into the Games. But to stay alive and return home to her sister, mother, and best friend Gale she must put instinct over wants and life over love.

Review: This book has by far been one of the best books I have read in a long time. The movie has just recently come out and I am yet to see it. The book is written in First Person. The main Charchter is Katniss Everdeen a 16 year old girl that lives in the poorest district of Panem. With her hunting skills you think you know right off the bat what will happen at the end, but Suzanne Collins keeps through twists and turns at you. The book can have you crying your eyes out at one moment and then smiling and filled with joy the next. The charters are extremely realistic with there feelings of fear and longings to go home. The author does a great job describing everything that's going on around Katniss. She does a great job tying in all of Katniss`s memories and wants to how she is feeling during the Games.The people in the main charter's life play a big role in her surviving.
The writing is fairly easy to read and definitely written for teenagers but I would recommend it for anyone of any age that can read chapter books.It is a little gruesome but other then that it is a great book. It really had a deeper meaning about society and I think adults and teenagers could get a lot out of it.