New Mockingjay Teaser Trailer!!!

As soon as I have seen the teaser I decided to share this very exciting moment with everyone! Until now we have got to Capitol announcements, and now a very very exciting teaser trailer.

I will not analyse every single scene because I will let you draw conclusions for yourself. However, I must say that the whistled song at the end never ceases to give me goose flesh.

I have nothing to say about this teaser. It pretty much shows what the book said. It is very well constructed and it is very convincing from a first look.

Despite the fact that I love how the teaser looks, I still cannot understand how they will replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, seeing that his character is very important in the third installment. Maybe they think that they can kill his character in the second part, which would be very convenient for them, but they better not do that because I will not be held responsible for my actions. Hehe.

Now please enjoy the new teaser trailer and the little videos from the Capitol and let me know what you thought of them.

 

 

So? What do you think? This movie has a great potential! I bet it will be a blockbuster!!

Until next time, may the odds be ever in your favor,

Lexi xoxoxoxo!

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Book review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”- NO SPOILERS!!!

The month of May has proven to be a very active one for me-reading wise. I rarely can say that I have finished four books in one month. Usually, my reading appetite is not so easily fed because most of the times I find myself in reading slumps that are horrible to get over. But I discovered that once I read a good book, I want to read more and more, it is just too bad that time isn’t so kind to allow me this luxury.

Anyway, I am writing this review exactly after I have finished the third book of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, so that the novel is fresh in my mind. As I am used to by now, I will write the review in two parts, one without spoilers and one with them, where I get to hype away. I wanted to post other two reviews before this one but I felt like I couldn’t wait anymore!

Here is the synopsis for the people that haven’t read the third book yet.

My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

*SPOILERLESS PART OF THE REVIEW*

Obviously, I cannot give too much away in this part but I can say that this book was amazing. You can figure that out by the time it took me to finish this book, which was impressively little. I just couldn’t let myself put it down. It is the one book that gripped me the most from the whole series. So I can assure every single one of you that you will enjoy this book. It is by far, my favorite from the whole series.

The writing style hasn’t changed for Suzanne Collins, however I did dislike a very important aspect in her novel. I would like to go into detail about it, but I will in the next part. However, I can say that I thought the ending was too abrupt and I was waiting for some more pages to magically appear in front of me. In this third installment of the series I fell even more in live with the characters and it was really hard for me to say goodbye to them. Collins, didn’t shy away from describing everything to the smallest detail, including the characters and everything related to them.

I am maybe one of the happiest people that the book will be split in two parts so that the directors can get more content in the movies, and maybe resolve my problem with the ending of this extraordinary novel. Also, I cannot wait to see the movies because from what the content of the book holds, I can feel that the movies will be blockbusters without any doubt. The special effects that can and will be used to create these movies will blow up everyone’s mind. Just you wait and see.

I really don’t have enough words to praise this book and series. I cannot do anything else but recommend it to everyone who loves a gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the very end.

Without question, I give this book 5 stars out of 5. I would like to give it a gazillion if I could!!!

 

*SPOILER FULL PART OF THE REVIEW*
I really like this part of the reviews more because I can express my feelings a lot more freely and I can get more into details about what I enjoyed the most in the book. Also, I have been taking notes whilst I was reading the book so I remember key moments that really touched me in some ways.
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Firstly, it was probably in the first few chapters where Katniss visits District 12. I didn’t think I would be so touched about that, but apparently I got pretty attached to it. Also, right at the beginning Finnick’s and Katniss’s condition. Especially Finnick’s!! I really like his character and reading/imagining him suffering was killing me! Also, the rules in District 13 remind me of what my mother used to tell me about the communism in Romania before 1989. All those strict rules and punishments from District 13 are very accurate with the stories I’ve been told.
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Right at the end of part 1 in the book, where Peeta -in a horrible condition- gives a speech with President Snow and he says “District thirteen..dead by morning”, and they beat him up, that was a moment where I thought that he won’t make it out alive!
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I liked Finnick right from the beginning. Of course, his looks in the movie helped a lot, but when he told his story in Mockingjay I fell in love. I mean, the poor soul! That crazy mofo Snow sold his body and if Finnick would not accept the person he loved the most would have died. I mean, how can you not love this extraordinary character?
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By now we all now in what condition poor Peeta is. And when Coin sends him in the “Star Squad”, I make up my mind about President Coin, she’s a bi***!! When the squad’s commander died, Boggs, I cried. He wasn’t a character from the beginning of the series but he has a huge impact in the last book and he grew on me. Before this point in the book, the story line was pretty easy to follow, but from here on, I had a bit of difficulty to imagine all those pods the Capitol had scattered around and all the locations that were described. This is why I cannot wait for the movies. Until now, the first two books were easy to imagine because I had seen the movies before reading them, but now I did find it kinda difficult to follow.
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I knew this moment would arrive. I’ve been spoiled so I wasn’t expecting any tears running down my face, even less them pouring down my face! Finnick was just killed by those freaking huge mutant reptile thingies. I swear that I was so sad about that that I had to take a short break so I could get my emotions back in check.
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Like that death wasn’t enough, Prim died as well. This was a real shock to me. I was told about Finnick’s death, but I wouldn’t have thought about Prim’s in a million years!!! I was so shocked that I had to take another break and drink a glass of water to calm myself down.
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When the time came for President Snow to die , I was pretty disappointed! I was very,very glad that Katniss decided to kill President Coin as well, but I wish she had put an arrow through Snow as well. When he laughed about Coin being shot, I honestly wanted Katniss to go get another arrow and shoot it through his eye, just how she does when she goes hunting!!! But we don’t always get what we want. *sigh*.
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Before the epilogue Katniss wanted to write about her memories, so she wrote about “Lady licking Prim’s cheek. My father‘s laugh. Peeta’s father with the cookies. The color of Finnick’s eyes. What Cinna could do with a length of silk. Boggs reprogramming the Holo. Rue poied on the toes, arms slightly extended, like a bird about to take flight.[…]the photo of Finnick and Annie’s newborn son“. That was such an emotional part. If I hadn’t cried so much at the deaths of Finnick and Prim, I would have had more tears to shed for it. Well, I had some anyway.
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I cannot wait to see the movie and see what special effects they will use to make Katniss and Peeta look burned and I just…want to see how they will manage to make them look so torn apart like the book describes them.
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When the book ended, like I said before I was expecting some more pages to appear. The epilogue was too abrupt for my taste. It felt like the author was rushing through it. It definitely didn’t feel like an appropriate ending and more like another book will be coming out. In my opinion an epilogue should be longer than two pages. I feel that the readers, or at least I didn’t get enough closure. I have so many questions unanswered and want to know so much about what happened to so many characters such as Effie, Haymitch, Annie and her child, the prep team, Gale’s family and so on.
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Also, I wanted to read more about Katniss’s and Peeta’s relationship. I know this wasn’t a romance story per se, but when they finally get together we roughly get a page of them together, which is totally unfair. Besides, their children are honestly described in one line. That’s it….of course I think it is not enough!!!
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I am definitely hoping that they will make a better ending in the movies. Because of the decision to brake the movie Mockingjay in two parts, they have more spaces and more possibilities to make a better ending with a proper closure. I am not exaggerating when I say that this novel feels unfinished.
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Besides the disappointing ending, I think that this was the best book in the series. Whilst the others took me a week to finish each, I finished Mockingjay in two days-maybe 6 hours if you cut all the breaks and the time I took to sleep. Haha! It felt amazing to read this book before I saw the movie. Even if I’m still a bit confused about the ending, I will be even more excited to see the movie now that I know what to expect. I just hope I won’t be disappointed in the movie as well, as I was with the ending.
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As I said before, I recommend this book to everyone!!! Especially people who lived The Hunger Games and Catching fire, and to everyone that loves the dystopian genre!
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May the odds be ever in you favor!!!
Many hugs,
Lexi xoxoxoxoxo!! 

Book review: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”- NO SPOILERS !

 Just this instance I have finished the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, written by Suzanne Collins, and I couldn’t wait one more day to write a review for this extraordinary novel!

Of course I am too lazy to write a synopsis for the plot again, BUT  I bet that everyone who wants to read this review has seen the movie or read the book, so I don’t really have to worry about that, do I.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

That was the synopsis you can get everywhere that does not spoil the adventure you are about to take part of.

*SPOILER LESS PART*

I’m really trying to make a decent review for those who haven’t read the book yet, so this spoiler less part won’t have as much detail and hype as the part where I get to release all my thoughts freely.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is definitely one of the best books I have read. Even if  it does not live up to my expectations. What I mean by that? Well…I was expecting the second book to be better than the first one just because the movie was.

I didn’t like this book a lot because of the first hundred pages that dragged on and on and on… I was waiting for them to get already to the games. Of course my heart and mind won’t let me give this book a mark lower than 5 stars out of 5 because the ending was excruciating and beautiful and ah…all my feels!!!

Obviously, Suzanne’s writing remained impeccable. For me it felt like she does have a unique style of writing, but who knows…that’s just what I thought. My only problem with the way she wrote this book was at some points-I will develop my idea in the spoiler part- she rushed the story.

All in all, this second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy must be read by every single one of you!! I wouldn’t be so generous by any means if I didn’t love a book so much! Really, you have to give it a try!!!

I give Hunger Games: Catching Fire 5 out of 5 stars!

Here ends the spoiler less part of my review, if you are interested in what I have to say about some details you are free to keep on reading. 🙂

*SPOILER PART* 

On this part of my review I won’t explain what I liked and what not. I will just hype about some things I read and ask some questions that left me hanging. It will look more like me taking notes whilst I read, and I did that, but I am explaining a bit more the parts that shocked and confused me the most.

When President Snow announced what would happen at the Quarter Quell, at the 75th Games I was going mad. Obviously, I knew what was going to happen because I saw the movie, but still, the book managed to make me very excited about everything that was going on.

When the reaping took place, I had to read it twice. Here is an instance where I didn’t like that the author rushed the action. I don’t know if these were her intentions to make it rushed so we would feel like Katniss or she rushed the action because she had to much content in the book…Anyways, she definitely gets a minus from me because I wanted to feel the pain and shock the characters went through, but I couldn’t because it was too short and very little described. Phew, this was a long paragraph.

The part where Katniss has to impress the Gamemakers and the sponsors, was hilarious. Well, to me anyway. I’m talking about the bit where she took a dummy and hung it and afterwards wrote Seneca Crane on it. It was funny to me because she was rebelling and still got the highest score along with Peeta that also did something as bad as that.

The moment where Katniss and Finnick fought the orange furred monkeys I remembered what a friend of mine said. She said, that she feels like Catching Fire is just a “filling” between The Hunger Games and Mockingjay. Well, at this part I couldn’t agree more. It started to drag on a bit and I felt like these parts could have been used better to describe others more rather than rush what felt like the important ones.

One of the scenes I wish were in the movie, is the one where Katniss and Finnick apply the ointment that Haymitch sent them and wake up Peeta by scarring him with their faces. I don’t think that scene was in the movie from what I remember but I wish it were. I would have lived to see Finnick a bit more relaxed and laughing, cause damnnnnnn, Sam Claflin is hot as hell!!!

There was a part where I got really confused… Johanna tends to give me that feeling…When she said she got Beetee and Wiress for Katniss. That was the part that confused me but I realized what she meant after that, but she still gives me a weird vibe, even after finishing the first book.

I sported a pretty goosebump skin when Katniss realized that Plutarch showed her the watch beforehand so he could give her a hint about the arena. I swear that was a moment that really touched me!

Again, Johanna manages to confuse me when she does not know how Beetee won the games. Like Katniss said, Johanna did nickname him Volts, how come she didn’t know. What is going on with her? Don’t spoil me people! I hope I will find out in the next book!

When I read about Annie, the girl Finnick loves, I remember that I was spoiled about him. *MOCKINGJAY SPOILER* I know that somehow I found out that he will die in the next book, thankfully I don’t know how, but it still hurts to know that he will be gone :(. *END OF MOCKINGJAY SPOILER*

At the very end, the tears started pouring. When she was picked up in the aircraft and woke up with Beetee before her. Oh my god, my heart started beating wildly! The conversation between her, Finnick, Haymitch and Plutarch managed to touch a soft spot in my heart! And then, when Gale was in the aircraft talking to her and telling her that there isn’t a Twelfth District I lost it. I was reading the last few rows with a blurry vision and it just wasn’t nice.

If you got to this part I want to congratulate you! This was a ramble that I am proud of!

All in all, this book has its ups and downs, and I felt like I should take down from its stars for rushing some important scenes and dragging on some that felt useless, but I won’t just for the fact that it managed to greatly play with my emotions. I really did love this book and I wish everyone would have the chance to read it, just like I had. Once again, I have to thank my dear friend Carol for recommending it to me and obviously for giving me the opportunity to read it . Love you lots, thank you!!!!

Well this was all folks, I hope I didn’t really bore you with my review, but I was really excited about it, as you can clearly see :).  This was a true ramble, if you weren’t sure how a real one looks, this is it. Haha!

Until next time, keep safe!

Much love,

Lexi xoxoxoxoxo! 🙂

 

Book review: “The Hunger Games” -NO SPOILERS!

To be completely honest, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  was one of my favorite books that I have read for a really long time.

My lazy ass won’t allow me to write a short retelling of the plot, but I have attached one that I have found online.

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.
– Written by Suzanne Collins

To begin with, the plot was extremely well developed and narrated. It has been a long time since I have read such a well written story. And you can’t imagine how happy and sad that makes me. It makes me happy that such great works of art exist and it makes me extremely sad that there aren’t more such books as this.The author managed to tell the story so well that it gave me so many emotions that I thought had a problem. Honestly, it is one of those books that will give you chills and be happy at the same time, and probably will make you question your sanity.

The characters were extremely well put on the paper. Reading their description felt like looking at a picture of them in detail; obviously the fact that I had seen the movie helped as well, but it didn’t really mater because they were really well described.

I took the book everywhere with me and took it out at every time I had a spare moment to read. It doesn’t matter where you are, when you listen to some good music and you read The Hunger Games I sear it will give you chills. I know it gave me. 

We arrived to that part where I have to recommend this book. Well…I really don’t know who to recommend it to. I could recommend it to everyone really!! Child, middle aged or elder it doesn’t even matter, I am sure you will 100% love it if you love dystopian books, but I am sure that you have read it already if you love the genre. If you have not read it yet, you are either insane or don’t like the genre, either way you should give it a try and I can assure you that you will like it even if it is just a bit.

I am really sorry if you didn’t like my sorry ass of a review. I am not really good at it but I really liked this book and I felt like sharing.

And, before I forget, I have to thank my lovely friend overseas, Carol, who made it possible for me to read this great book. So, thaaaaaank youuuu Carol, love you!!!

Until next time, take care,
Lexi!!! xxxxx

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Another star has fallen. In the second of February we were introduced to the shocking news that the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away.

He’s been a great actor that won many awards, one of those being an Oscar.

I wasn’t a big fan, but I have seen Philip Seymour Hoffman in many movies, but the ones that I really knew him for were Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

And this is where you will understand why I wrote this post!

When I first heard of the news, the next 2 movies from The Hunger Games Saga: Mockingjay part 1 and 2 flashed before my eyes. I knew that he had a pretty important-in my opinion- role in the movies, and I first thought “Who are they gonna cast now”.

And I know that with this I make myself look like a horrible person, and I am for thinking of myself first before the tragedy his family and friends are going through.

What I am trying to say is, please, when you are in a situation like this, think of what I wrote here, and just be a better person! I feel so bad for thinking of the movies between I even thought of him and his family. Sometimes, we are selfish and even superficial that we only think of ourselves, even if we are not like that in real life.

I would like to say my condoleances to the family and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Until next time, with lighter subjects and more positive thoughts,

Lexi! xx