Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

So here we are, at the end of one of the best series I have ever read. And what a wonderfully rocky, heartbreaking, beautiful road it has been.

Mockingjay was everything I was hoping for and more. Katniss is now at District 13. The rebellion has started and everyone is looking to Katniss to spearhead the movement. But Katniss is dealing with her own issues and isn't sure she can trust anyone. And the one person she trusts completely is in the hands of the Capitol.

Mockingjay was exciting, action packed, heartbreaking, suspenseful and sorrowful. After reading Catching Fire I imagined the way I wanted Mockingjay to be. Katniss would rescue Peeta in a big, daring, life threatening mission and they would take on the Capitol together. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. I can't complain though, in the big scheme of things it ended realistically and believable.

I have never read any other series like this one before. I highly recommend it anyone and everyone I can. If this series is new to you start with The Hunger Games. If you are a long time fan you will not be disappointed.

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Book Blogger Hop, August 20-23rd

It's that time of the week again!

This weeks question is...

How many blogs do you follow?

Right now I follow 23 blogs. I add to them whenever I come across a blog that interests me. That is what makes the Book Blogger Hop so amazing, everyone that participates is showcasing how wonderful their blog is. So lets get hopping bloggers!

Wait for Dusk by Jocelynn Drake

There is no sanctuary in the night . . .

Feared even by her own kind for her mastery of fire, the nightwalker Mira is summoned by the coven to take her rightful place as Elder. But with this honor comes grave responsibility—a commitment to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. For now the foul creatures walk the earth—and neither vampire nor human will survive their horrific onslaught.

A tide of blood is sweeping relentlessly across the European continent, as Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers—and falls into a well-laid trap. With the dark secrets that haunt her growing darker by the hour, she must confront the terrible truth of her past and protect her fragile sanity in the face of unanticipated treachery—a betrayal by her trusted ally, her beloved enemy, the vampire slayer Danaus.

This is book five in the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. Mira is back as narrator in this installment and I have to admit I missed her. She has such a wonderful narration voice.

This was a good addition to the series. It has all the action we as devoted fans of the series expect and character growth. This being the fifth in the series it is nice that it hasn't dwindled but kept exciting and I look forward to the next book.

Mira and Danaus's relationship continues to change and evolve and I have to say I am really looking forward to see how it grows.

If you are new to this series start by reading Nightwalker. This series needs to be read in order.

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Book Blogger Hop, August 6th-9th

This weeks question is...

Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are your favorite reading tunes?

Usually I don't listen to music while I read. I like to have it peaceful and quiet so I can focus one hundred percent on my book. But occasionally I will listen to music turned down low. I listen to anything, pop, rock, country. Whatever I am in the mood for at the time, and it also depends on what I am reading. If it is action packed and fast moving, rock. If I am reading YA then more likely pop music.

Jealousy by Lili St. Crow

It's a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn't slowing down--and he won't rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .

Dru's best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru's heart get in the way of her survival?

The Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow is one of my favorite YA series. The writing is exciting and full of action and never gets boring.

Drew is a wonderful lead character. Strong, independent and knows how to kick some ass. She is also a loyal friend and is not afraid to stand up for herself and those she cares for.

In Jealousy, Drew is at the main Schola attending classes and going to council meetings. She has to figure out who in The Order is a traitor and wants her dead.

With her she has Graves and the two other werewolves Shanks and Dibs. While the werewolves are part of her guard to keep her safe Drew also gets a guard of Dhampir that follow her every move. My favorite being Leon. He has a sense of humor and doesn't treat Drew like a doll that may break at any moment. We don't see Christophe until the last quarter of the book, but when he shows up all hell breaks loose.

We get to see a little more romance in this book. The relationship between Drew and Graves has been building up since book one. The relationship between Drew and Christophe ever confusing for Drew gets a little more interesting also. Grrr, love triangles.

Jealousy was everything I was hoping for and then some. And now the wait for Defiance, coming out Spring 2011 begins.

If this series is new to you start with Strange Angels.

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