Based on glowing reviews for this one I expected nothing short of legendary, what I got instead was - mediocrity.
I loved the writing, and the plot was decent, although painfully obvious and not that believable. The whole thing just didn't have the spark - I wasn't excited, or wanted to SOLVE the mystery, I just kept reading because it was entertaining (although man, the main character made a LOT of dumb decisions) and quick.
Also, if we can stop brining up hurtful, outdated and untrue stereotypes about certain dog breeds into the books THAT WOULD BE GREAT, thanks. It's 2019 (when the book was published) for crying out loud, educate yourself.
2.5 /5 stars
This is more of a rant than a review.
I have never imagined that I would be giving a Hunger Games book 2.5⭐️, but here I am. Well, to be honest, this is more like a 1.5⭐️, but I did read the whole 518 fucking pages of it, so that second star is for me. .
My review can be summarized in one question - WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS BOOK? Because, I honestly don’t know. I had to skim the last 80 pages I was so bored. If this book didn’t exist - nothing would change for the original (wonderful wonderful trilogy)! Did Suzanne Collins even write it??? Because, I’m almost doubting it by now. Also, what is with ALL THE SINGING?? Okay, I know the name of the book is “the ballad...” but I didn’t know it would be meant quite literally. If I wanted to read a musical, well - I wouldn’t! .
Characters - BORING. Plot - NONEXISTENT. Writing - well, writing was pretty good. Also, the names in this book - Cookie, Smiley, Highbottom - WHAT??
The Prologue was AMAZING though. It literally tells you everything you need to know about Snow. A masterpiece of a chapter! .
My saltiness aside, if you read this and enjoyed it - good for you. I’m just pissed that I wasted my time on it. And that my HIGH expectations for it have crumpled to the bottom of the deepest sea. Hunger Games prequel who?? Never heard of it. .
DNF at 34%
No rating for this one, because it's not necessarily bad, it's just that I can't a find single reason to continue reading this.
I LOVED The Dark Descend of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, I also REALLY ENJOYED the first book in her Camelot series. But it seems that her older stuff does not speak to me.
With a main character, Lada, who constantly "glares" "barks" "seethes" "scoffs" there was not much left for me to do, except roll my eyes, a lot. There's a way to make your character unlikable and angry, but there's a fine line for that character to become a parody of those things.
The only saving grace was Radu (a precious dandelion), but still not enough for me to want to read a 480 page book.
The biggest thing that put me off was how these 12 year olds talked. If I didn't constantly remind myself that they were TWELVE, I'd think that they were at least in their 30's. Also, you're supposed to be twelve - you're not supposed to care about your country's honor, chill. Sure, kids grew up way faster in those times, but it still wasn't believable, and quite comical.
The plot was slow and didn't hold my attention either. The writing was good, so there's that.
Moving on to something more tangible. And less eye-rolling.