Hi all! In an earlier post I hinted at a new style of review that I’d be tracking out and this is it! A “Hot Take Review,” in which I give my quick impressions and thoughts on a book I’ve read.
This is in an attempt to bring more content to you, my readers, since I tend to take my time with writing reviews and the fact that I read so many books, it’s hard to keep up with them. So, I plan on only writing lengthy reviews of my ARCs, as they are the ones I think most readers will be curious to know more about. Of course, if people want further opinions from me on books that I read, feel free to chat me up in the comments!
Anyway, it’s about time to get to this review!
Hot Take on:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games Easter Eggs! I loved seeing all the little nods to events, people, aspects of the games that appear later in the series. It was a really cool part of the book that made it nice to read.
- Lucy Gray Baird and the Covey! I really liked Lucy Gray and I felt like she was one of the things that really made this book better. Her music and the connections we see between her and later aspects of the series is really cool and sad at the same time.
- The Hunger Games. So, this book is long enough to contain many different sections of Coriolanus’ life. A part of that is the 10th Hunger Games, in which he participates as a mentor. It was really interesting to see the Games in a very early state, but sadly there wasn’t a whole lot included about the Games and I would have liked to see more of it.
- Coriolanus’s Family. Though I really didn’t care that the book was about Coriolanus’s life, it was very interesting to see his family, including Tigris and the Grandma’am. Both were interesting characters and provide a little bit of a window into Coriolanus’ life. That being said, they aren’t included very much, so their contribution to the story is minimal.
- The Length. Wow, this book was surprisingly long! Mostly because we’re given a pretty large chunk of Coriolanus’ day-to-day life in a specific year of his life, including his mentoring in the Hunger Games and the immediate time after that. I think that there was quite a bit that could have been cut out, as much of the book is introspection on Coriolanus’ part. All in all, I didn’t really find a majority of the book very interesting.
- The Ending. I can’t speak too much about this particular aspect of the book, but I will say that I found it a bit rushed, as if Collins was 400 pages in and realized that oh yeah, I’m supposed to be giving examples for why Coriolanus’ sucks and how he got to be the way he was in the rest of the Hunger Games series. I’ll say that most of the book he’s just a so-so guy, mostly selfish and self-centered and very Capitol-bred. But there wasn’t a whole lot there to make you say, “Oh yeah, that totally explains why he was so bloodthirsty and cruel later.” The last hundred pages seem to try to lay down the blueprint for that speedily and rushed. It wasn’t great.
Thoughts & Thanks!
So, what did you think of my new, quick review format? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Essentially, I’m just trying to impart my general impressions, what I liked and what I didn’t, and that hopefully this will help readers make up their mind if they want to read it or not.
So, that being said, anyone planning on reading this book? No? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!