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The Night Circus Is Magical

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I am back! While I am still in the midst of reading “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld, I wanted to share my thoughts with you about another book I am nearly finishing.  I am reading “The Night Circus”  by Erin Morgenstern.  

The best way I could describe this book is by comparing it to Harry Potter meets Water For Elephants meets Hunger Games.  This book has elements of all three of those books.

I have never seen a book so openly and honestly speak  about Tarot cards that could be considered by most as dark magic.  Everything in this book is dream-like with historical elements and love.  It takes place during the turn of the 20th century and a decade before.

It involves a circus (obviously) which poses as the backdrop to a competition between a  female and male magician who for most of their “magical” training know nothing of the other until they meet through this circus and fall in love. What happens next is to be determined.

I have found this book enjoyable, I love history, so this element keeps me wanting to read more. I love the love story, but I have to admit the author keeps the love story at bay for a long time, she introduces the circus thoroughly, she introduces the cast of characters thoroughly. You almost want to tell the author, get on with it.

Most of what happens in this book is unbelievable, their love story while it is enjoyable as well, is just developing 250 something pages in. I am having trouble believing their love or connecting the dots of their love.

I also find the author isn’t clear in how the other characters are playing a clear role in this so called competition.  You need to pay attention to everything in this book closely to make the connections of why certain people and events that have happened are important.

The author does keep you guessing.  I am looking forward to finishing this book and “American Wife” and moving on forward with this blog again.

Oh! And does anyone want to take me to the circus? 🙂

Until next time..

All’s Fair In Love and War

Hello Dear Followers,

Katniss and Peeta in the movie adaptation of "The Hunger Games"

I’ve finished “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins,  and I have to say for the most part I liked it. I found however, that it dragged on a bit especially before the games began.  I want to conclude this post just to talk a little about the love story between Peeta and Katniss.

I honestly believe Katniss loves him, I think she is torn because her heart has always belonged to Gale.  While the games were dangerous, they protected her from actually having to deal with her love for Gale and Peeta at the same time.  Gale was out of sight out of mind in many ways.

Now she has to confront how she truly feels for Peeta and for Gale.  I think she loves Peeta though.  I think Gale is just someone she is comfortable with because he is familiar.

I am interested to see what happens, but I don’t know if I will continue the series at this point,  I will definitely return to it though.

What do you think? Do you think she loves him?  I love Peeta he is so cute and I don’t think he did it just for the games, he did it because he has honestly loved her since they were children.

Oh well until next time, I haven’t picked out my next book yet and I plan to see this in theaters this weekend before it goes to DVD.  🙂

Let’s Hear It for the Girl!

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Alright, alright I will admit I am beginning to really like The Hunger Games, it’s a bit intense.  It seemed the whole preparation for the games seemed to take forever and once  Katniss got in the games I grew more interested.

She is not only in battle with other tributes, but she is at battle with her surroundings and herself, survival is vital. I commend her, because I honestly I would have been dead  the first day. I am glad to see that she has gotten as far as she has, I do believe that she and Peeta will end up together at some point.  If she makes it out and gets back to the district it will be an interesting story.

I found it hard to visualize what she was doing at different times, I began trying to visualize what it must be like to have to sleep in a tree and protect yourself from other tributes, elements and whatever else. This girl thinks on her feet, she finds ways to survive in the hardest of situations.  Let’s hear it for the girl!

You know its interesting, unless I’ve missed it, they are hardly ever at battle with major animals other than the tracker jackers, but they would probably leave people alone if you left them alone.

The book is getting good, but its nearing the end, I don’t know if I would continue immediately with this series, but I would definitely return to it at some point.  Its an interesting read.

I will have my final thoughts about the book hopefully by Sunday.

Until next time…

The Beauty Games

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As I’ve continued to read “The Hunger Games” I can’t help but believe that they are getting ready for a beauty pageant. Questions they need to answer,  having to look perfect, stand out among their competition with their looks and abilities. The only difference is that there are men competing too.

While I am still at the part where they are preparing for the games to begin, I find this book to be boring.  I am not feeling this book, I am not sure if it’s all the hype that surrounds it, but I just don’t see what the big deal is. Maybe by the time I finish the book, I will think differently.

I feel Cinna is on her side in some way, I feel he has a deeper story than he relays right now.  I also feel Peeta and Katniss will develop a deeper connection than they know right now, I feel she will find that she loves him and it will be difficult to go up against him and furthermore her love for Peeta will be at odds for her love for Gale. (BTW, what is with the names?)

The next chapter I almost feel they will tell Katniss she along with other females in the competition need to wear a swimsuit to gain sponsorship.  I mean really.

Until next time…

Fight to the Death

Hello Dear Followers,

I am not quite sure where to begin with tonight’s post. I am six chapters into “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and I am not sure of my comments so far.  I think its good, but I find it strange, the names and places.

For the last few days now, I was thinking about what I would write for this post and I honestly don’t know what to make of anything I have read. I have to agree with a recent Huffington Post article  I read recently –“The True Story Behind The Hunger Games”

The author has tackled real issues  like class inequity, food shortages, insufficient education and training, population control through imports/exports, threat of nuclear war, people from other districts, or maybe we should call them ethnic groups, fighting to survive, according to the article.

The author has neatly packaged this thrilling story in the young adult genre almost making it sound magical in some strange way by using different ( and definitely strange) names of places and people.  Making the reader really think could this actually happen one day? Hundreds of years from now or even earlier?

I find it very interesting how reality television is used here. On so many of today’s reality television shows, people whether they be regular people or celebrities are fighting for something whether it be a moment in the spotlight or fighting to the death in some way or another.

I honestly don’t know what to say here, I don’t I haven’t really made any sense about what I have read. I will check back soon!

Until next time..

The Hunger Games

Hello Dear Followers,

It looks like I am joining the bandwagon of those reading “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.  I was undecided about my next book choice and so I left it up to my Facebook followers last week to tell me what they thought I should read next. (I encourage all of you to visit my Facebook page at – by the way 🙂 )

The choices were “The Hunger Games,” “The Help” or “The Grapes of Wrath” and my followers chose Ms. Collins popular young adult novel.

The book takes place in the ruins of what was once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts.  The Capitol, according to the back of the book, is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live television. Sixteen-year old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games.

I won’t go any further than I have, my followers will definitely hear more from me about the book. I hope you will enjoy my posts about this book and I look forward to finishing it in time to catch the movie before it goes to DVD.

I have to admit, I saw the preview to the movie when the Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn came out last November and truly didn’t know what to make of the movie. I didn’t even know it was based on a series of books.

I’d love to hear your feedback about these books as I am sure most of my followers on here have read this already.

Until next time..

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