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Title: The Frog Prince
Author: Jane Porter
Quick Synopsis: Holly Bishop thought she had married her Prince Charming and found her “happily ever after.” Sadly, reality comes crashing down on her during their honeymoon, when her husband tells her that he doesn’t love her. Now newly divorced and living in San Francisco, Holly gets a new job and tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered fairytale.
My Opinion: After my last two reads, I was craving something light and uplifting. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite find that with this novel.
One major issue that I had was the main character’s incessant whine sessions. She rarely had anything positive to say, and I grew increasingly frustrated with her negative attitude.
This leads to my second rant: the plot development. Personally, I felt like things happened too quickly. For example, the novel opens with Holly’s boss, Olivia, trying to bring her back to the land of the living. Halfway through the novel, things drastically change: they suddenly become enemies. The overall change in Holly’s attitude also comes too quickly for my taste. For almost three-quarters of the book, she is depressed and lonely. Then BAM…she’s cured!! The lack of plot development in sections of the book left me…wanting.
On a positive note, the minor characters shine brightly! I feel like they could have been developed a bit more (such as Josh, Katie, and Tessa), but they definitely added to the novel as a whole.
Posted by carolinabookworm
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Brief Synopsis: In a country named Panem, there are twelve districts surrounding the Capitol. Each year, two tributes (a boy and a girl) are randomly selected from each district to compete in the Hunger Games. It’s kind of like Survivor, but instead of voting, there’s killing. Katniss Everdeen is the narrator and main protagonist, and you can’t help but root for her to win. This is the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy.
My Opinion: I read this book in two days. It’s not very thick, but it’s still an amazing feat for me. I stayed up until 11:30 on a school night because it was THAT GOOD! I will definitely be seeing the movie.
The imagery was amazing! I felt like I was right beside Katniss throughout the entire book. The author kept my focus the entire time; the perfect amount of colorful description, suspenseful action, and witty dialogue. I loved the names of things (mockingjays and tracker jackers, to name a few). I laughed when Peeta compared each district to a type of bread, and I cried when certain events took place. I would recommend this book to anybody and everybody!