Book Worm — May 2011 (Part 2)

Part two in the last couple of days before May ends.. LOL! XD

Note: I’m showing the cover of the most recent book I’ve read in the series but I’m only going to talk about the series in general/first book. I don’t want to spoil parts for people or else there’s no point in reading it haha :P Be aware that I do mention tiny points at the start of the book just like in my movie reviews so you know the premises of the book. I do not reveal major plots in the book though.

The book that made Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps readers from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas, plunging into the world of the Santangelo crime family. The book introduces street kid Gino Santangelo, who makes it all the way to the top, and his beautiful and daring daughter, Lucky.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Chances by Jackie Collins (Book 1 in the The Santangelo Novels)

Before I started reading this book I actually didn’t know about Jackie Collins.. LOL. I actually saw Poor Little Bitch Girl on the shelf at my local bookstore and thought the cover & title looked intriguing. I went onto Kindle on my ipod touch and got a preview of PLBG and thought it sounded like it would be a good book to read so I put it it onto my “Plan to Read” list on Shelfari. From there I found out it was part of a “series” and saw that Chances was the first book.

The description of the book made it sound like she’s really well known. I was rewatching an episode of That 70s Show (one of the best shows ever >_>) and her name was also mentioned. After I read Chances I’m guessing she’s known for her trashy novels? LOL I don’t know if trashy actually is the right word… racy? LOL.

Chances takes us on an adventure into Gino Santangelo’s past and lets the reader see how he transformed from a kid in a bad home and not well to do, to one of the most successful crime boss in New York. Gino’s childhood wasn’t all bad at the start. When his mother passed away, however, his father slowly transformed into a drunk and an abusive man. Gino was left to fend for himself. We also meet Carrie Berkley and her rough childhood. Born from a young mother moments from her death, Carrie was taken into an adoptive family to be raised with love. Things quickly went down hill when her grandmother came to take her away and throw her life into a turmoil when forced to find money for her grandmother any way possible.

For some reason I never thought of downloading the preview for Chances before buying too haha. I read PLBG and thought it wasn’t too raunchy and thought Chances would be okay too. Reviews on Goodreads said it’s trashy too and it really is. However, it kept me reading too so I don’t know if that’s good or bad? LOL. Could I have done without reading some of the things that were happening to the characters? Sure. All in all though, I thought the book gave us a good view of the characters and how they came to be who they are. All of them have reached a successful spot in their lives but not without their hardships. By the end of the novel I think most readers heart will go out to them.

I did have to take a couple breaks from the novel though because I couldn’t read so much bad situations happening at once. If you don’t mind some rape/sex scenes in your book and crude situations overall, I think it’s a nice book to pass the time. My friend keeps making fun of me saying I read/watch things with those things in it =_=. I never intended to.. LOL. PLBG wasn’t even in the romance section of my bookstore :(


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Book 2 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Oops haha put Mockingjay because I’m reading that one right now. I don’t think there’s anything I should summarize since the summary for this one pretty much says it all :3 I thought it sounded a lot like Battle Royale, like I’ve mentioned in a past entry, even though I’ve never watched it before haha!

They’re coming out with a movie for this trilogy and I’m rather nervous. I don’t know if there’s any novel that I’ve read beforehand and I like the movie that’s based off it.

I feel like I should’ve read other books in between because I’m just reading all three in a row and on this 3rd book I just needed to put it down and have a break. I think I get too annoyed at girl characters who are constantly oblivious to male lead’s feelings. So I’m not sure if that affected how I feel about the book.

For some reason I felt like it could’ve been more exciting. I read a preview of the book when Katniss was selected as one of the contestants and thought it was getting very exciting. When I started reading though I thought it fell a little short of my expectations. Maybe I my expectations for it were way too high. Maybe I was hoping for more goring details?

It’s still a good book though since I’ve never really read one with this sort of plot although I know there are others out there like this. I think book two didn’t really do it for me though. The excitement didn’t start up till probably the middle of the book? I think my friends felt the same way. I have yet to read the third one, but I really hope that it’ll pick up the pace and give me something that will get me going again XD.


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