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Friday, 1 April 2011

Review: The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy Review and GIVEAWAY!!


Author: Various
Series: Nope
Book #: 1
Pages: 194
Reading Level: For Everybody
Book Rating: .7
Published April 5th 2011 
Praised by writers from Stephen King to Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins’ New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is dark, captivating, and deeply thought-provoking. Part straight-up survivalist adventure, part rich allegory, and part political thriller, the series has become a new YA favorite.

The Girl Who Was On Fire offers even more to think about for teen readers already engrossed by the Hunger Games. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to reality television, fashion, and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games by other YA writers reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
Taschima's POV:

This kind of books are awesome, and specifically this one is amazing! The essays are so good! There are 13 essays (for 13 districts?) in total, some have to do with fashion, psychology, PSTD among the winners of The Hunger Games, Team Katniss, and so much more. Theres something for everybody.

When the people at Smart Pop contacted me about reviewing this one I was so psyched!!!  Any fan of The Hunger Games would be. I first learned about Smart Pop when I bought their essays on A New Dawn, I was soo into Twilight and this book was a life saver. I read it before I got Breaking Dawn because it wasn't out yet. Anyways this book is as good as A New Dawn was, if not better (let me think about it... definitely better). The authors talk about various parts of The Hunger Games with such insight that it make you think "holly crap how did I not see it? Why wasn't this clear to me from the get go?"

After I reads this book I immediately picked up The Hunger Games and started re reading it. Cinna is by far one of my favorite characters in the book, before reading The Girl Who Was on Fire I didn't paid much attention to him, but after reading the essay on fashion I got to say that he is one of the bravest most creative characters ever. Also after re reading The Hunger Games (and reading an essay that talked about the love triangle thing in The Girl Who Was on Fire) is hard to see where anyone got the idea that Katniss could ever end up with Gale, Peeta is such a sweet heart and clearly the right choice. Oh and also, I'm Team Katniss, she is the best. You will understand if you read The Girl Who Was on Fire, it really is an eye opener. Not to say that that all the essays will appeal to just everybody, there was one heavily on the science part that didn't interest me at all, but for the most part is so good.

Which is why I'm giving it away to a lucky Hunger Games fan!! If you love The Hunger Games as much as I did say Aye!

Rules of the Giveaway:

1. Tell me how many times you have read The Hunger Games, who is your favorite character (why?) and one unforgettable scene in one of the 3 books (don'y have to tell me all 3, I'm just curious).
2. Be a Bloody Follower.
3. Leave an email so I can contact you silly!

Extra Points:

1. Refer a friend. If a person tells me you reffered them to this blog, or to this review in particular, you get +3.
2. Link to this contest on sidebar. +2
3. Tweet it (@TaschimaCullen), Facebook it (Natascha De Marco), spread the word about this awesome book The Girl Who Was on Fire by Smart Pop Books!! (+1)

Number of winners: 1, for now!
April's first Contest of the Month will end on April 15th. Plenty of time to tell your friends.

Have fun and don't kill each other kids.

32 comments:

Bethie said...

I read the Hunger Games once and the rest only once. Katniss is my favorite. She is so brave.
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Teril said...

How many times have I not read it?! Book one received at least 6 reads since everytime a kid or their friend read it I had to keep back up, Book 2 has gotten 4 so far (a kid or two is slacking) and Book 3 received 2 reads so far.
My fav character was Katniss in books one and two and Gale throughout.
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when I saw this book a few months back I was stoked I can't wait to read them all again ;)
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RhiannonPaille said...

1. Have read it once only, but because I'm afraid to go there again. My favorite character is Peeta, because he's a lover, not a fighter. Fav scene is a hard one! Definitely the kiss in the cave between Peeta and Katniss, when she actually gets into it.
2. Yep, following you.
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Devan said...

Great giveaway! It would be a great addition for someone (me:) who wants to in the future teach The Hunger Games.

I've read the whole series once. It would be a great companion novel to Lord of the Flies or 1984!

One of my favorite scenes was in Mockingjay when Peta was planting the roses. It was just a beautiful and peaceful scene. I think it helped Katniss with moving forward. I still can't get it out of my head even though I read the book months ago.

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Melissa said...

I have only read it once. My favorite character is Peeta because he has a old soul. He is the most endearing sensitive character. Favorite part would have to be when katniss kills Coin.

I'm a follower

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Katie said...

I have read the hunger games about 3 times and the other books in the series twice. My favorite character is Gale because he is cute and sort of misunderstood. The unforgettable scene for me was when Katniss's sister dies.

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Sandy said...

1.)I've read The Hunger Games twice--the first time when it came out and the second time was when everyone was going crazy with Mockingjay fever. I hadn't gotten around to reading Catching Fire and I felt it was time to reread THG! Oh man, there were sooo many good moments in those books. Let's see... obviously the part where Katniss remembers the first time Peeta helped her by throwing her the burnt bread...and then afterwards when they talk in the cave and he tells her when he first started liking her. SIGH. So much goodness!

2.) O' course I'm a follower ;)

3.) piratepenguinreads(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks for the giveaway Taschima! :)

Vivien said...

I've read the Hunger Games multiple times. My favorite character is Katniss. She is the series for me. My unforgettable scene is Katniss and Peeta threatening to eat the berries.
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TheGirlOnFire said...

Well I can't honestly say how many times I have read them. Enough that my books are very worn! And you will probably guess based on my GFC follower name that Katniss is my favorite character. She is just to hardcore not to love! I would say the most unforgettable scene for me *spoiler alert* is when the tube goes up around Katniss and Cinna is attacked. I gasped!
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Jessica said...

I have read the first two once each and finally have Mockingjay in my little hands right now. Well not now as I'm typing buy you know what I mean. I love Katniss of course who else.

I'm a bloody follower :)

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rachel said...

I have read The Hunger Games trilogy 3 times now and they have become one of my favorite books. Of course Katniss is my favorite character. She is beyond brave and all motivated by love. It all started with the love for her younger sister. The most unforgettable scene in the book for me is when she stands up to the Capitol by almost eating the night lock berries when she and Peeta couldn't both be victors of the Games. These books are UNFORGETTABLE. I'll say it again, UNFORGETTABLE.
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Ammy Belle said...

I have read them once. But the second time is coming around soon, since my goddaughter just started - so I will read with her now. My favourite character is Peeta probably, not sure if I can articulate why, but that scene where he is with the bad guys in the first book, and running around crazy, and he sees Katniss and he stops - in my head that was the meta of all scenes - the way friendship broke down, even his own safety. Such a great character and such a great scene.

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Lanes said...

I have read the first two books twice and the third book only once. I think I need to re-read that one and give it another chance. I expected too much from it and was a little disappointed. These are definitely some of my favorite books! I loved watching the relationship between Peeta and Katniss grow. I'm a follower!

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Luna Vox said...

1) I've read the entire series only once, only because I don't know if I can stomache another read.. The plotline is just so intense, all the time!
2) I'm a bloody follower :)
3) tripisu(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks so much!
-Luna

IvaliceAlliance said...

I've read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire twice. My favorite character would be Peeta. He's such a great guy and he stick with Katniss all throughout the whole trilogy and never gave her up.

I'm a gfc follower and thank you for the giveaway!

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Miss Bookiverse said...

1. I read them twice and my favourite character is probably Finnik because he's hot obviously ;D but also because he becomes such a tragic character in the last book. One unforgettable scene for me was how Katniss was attacked by those wolf mutants in book 1.

I'm a follower.
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+2: there's a link to your contest on my sidebar.

kimscarecrow said...

My favorite character is Prim. I usually go for the minor characters more than the main characters. Plus I have an older sibling so I can relate to her. My favorite scene is probably in THG when Katniss steps up for Prim, or at the end of Mockingjay. The chapter with Prim. I won't say anymore because I don't do spoilers, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. I think that chapter just takes your breath away. So surprising.

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Kulsuma said...

Count me in only if it's international.
My favourite character is Katniss, closely followed by Peeta. Katniss because we were allowed into her thoughts and Peeta because he loved Katniss, and was a GOOD person.
One of my favourite scenes is 'the cave scene'.
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Jessy said...

I've read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire twice and Mockingjay once. My favorite character would have to be Katniss. I just feel like I know her the most and I like most of her qualities. I think the most memorable scene for me would be when Rue died. It was just so sad because she was too young to have had that happen to her.

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Linda said...

I think I've read The Hunger Games at least five times already now. In fact, I know the book so well that my friend played a game with me. She would say a line from the book, and I would have to say what scene that was. I never failed. XD

Here's my tweet!
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Here's my FB post!
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Your giveaway's under my blog's sidebar (under "Most Important Giveaways"). My blog is http://mostimportantletter.wordpress.com/

If anyone refers to me, they'll refer to me as Most Important Letter. That's okay, right?

Linda @ Most Important Letter
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pamela said...

i read all the books once but the first one almost twice, and i always went back to something exiting in the third when i was bored.my favorite charactor is prim. she's just like me <3. im also auditioning for the movie. an unforgetable scene is when prim dies.... IT WAS DEPRESSIG!!!! :'( my e-mail is pamelakaye101@gmail.com

Vicky said...

I've read the Hunger Games twice. My favorite characters is Katniss, of course because she's so bad ass. And one of my favorite scenes is when Katniss sees all the things Peeta has been doing for her, to make the audience like her. How he called for her and all, it was very sweet in a twisted Hunger Games way.
I am a follower.

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Kirsten said...

I've read the hunger games 3 times(when it came out, when catching fire came out and when mocking jay came out)! catching fire 2 times (when it came out and when mocking jay came out) and mocking jay only 1 time :D

my favorite character is haymitch! He's just so unique and really nice deep inside.

i am a follower :D

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olgitsa said...

I ve read the entire series once,and twice Catching fire....my favorite one is Peeta...he is my man:)
my favorite scene is when Katniss sacrificed her own freedom so that Prim won't go to the hunger games....

thank you for the giveaway!!

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Sophia said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I've read the entire series only twice. :(
My favorite character... well. If you asked me while I was still reading the series, I'd say Gale. But I've changed my mind to Haymitch, because without him, Katniss and Peeta would be dead. So.. yeah. lol.
My favorite scene has to be the one mentioned in Catching Fire. When, you know, Gale kisses Katniss for the first time! Yep, I was Team Gale. :D

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Tara said...

I've only read them one time, but I plan to read them again before the movie! My favorite character was Finnick!

I'm a follower!

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Clary said...

I've read the series only once but love it!

My fave character is Katniss and I don't really have a fave scene coz the whole series is awesome!!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Scoot said...

I have read the Hunger Games entire series just once, but I have read the first two twice in preperation for Mockingjay's release. My favorite character is Peeta. Hands down. I love his strength of character and innate goodness. Love him! One unforgettable scene (in the most heartbreaking way) was a certian death scene in the third book that I won't go into to avoid spoilers. It was shocking and sad and still stands out in my mind ages after having read the book.

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Jessica said...

I've read Hunger Games twice and the other two once. My favorite character is Peeta because he's the most compassionate and truly kind out of all of them. He had a child-like trust for everyone. A really unforgettably scene was when Peeta attacked Katniss in Mockingjay. That left me speechless because it really shows that even the best people can be torn apart by war and the world isn't a Disneyfied place. I've had people tell me they hate Mockingjay but I think that book was the best because it was so powerful that I don't believe I could have ever lived gratefully for everything I have without it.

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lisab7919 said...

dont hate me but ive just read all three once :( but i have an ecuuse. see it was so good i had to give it to my mam to read who gave it to her friend and then when i got it back i had to give it to my other friend :) trust me as soon as those books are back in my possion tho they shall be mine :)

my favourite character would proberly be peeta altohogh i loved rue as well :) they are both just so sweet and cute just like awwwh :)

and as for my favouirte scene am i dont think i have one .. spet i loved when peeta nd katness took the berries ;D

(oh and im so sorry for my realy bad spelling )

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Penelope Lolohea said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I've been super excited to read this book. I'm a follower! :)

I have read HG twice so far, but only because people keep borrowing them before I can start again!!

My favorite character is Katniss. She's not your typical YA female, who can't do anything but somehow becomes the most powerful person in the story. No, she mostly just stays alive by knowing how to survive, and trying to keep those around her safe.

Unforgettable scene? At the reaping, when Katniss takes Prim's place. I thought it was very touching, especially when no one is surprised that Peeta's brothers don't take his place; it's not something that's expected, or normally done, which made Katniss' willingness all the more important.

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