The Premise of New Moon is Dumb

Okay, so this is the biggest thing that grinds my gears. Now, when I was researching this topic, the only major publication that I saw that mentioned this was Seventeen. But let me tell you, I got opinions, so buckle up folks, it’s about to get real.

Like, this whole thing was months after Edward and Bella started dating. And also like a year after she moved to Forks. So you’re going to tell me that homeboy could handle months of periods but one tiny paper cut and he loses his mind? No, no, not today. And even then, he was surrounded by other students, which means he handled years of periods, years of scrapes, and years of paper cuts.

And also, as I have reread the books, HOMEBOY HANDLED BELLA IN A PUDDLE OF HER OWN BLOOD. Like really, are you kidding me? Yes, he was attacking another vampire at the time, but he sat in a car with her as she was covered in blood and didn’t do anything. Read that again, he was in A FREAKING CAR with her covered in blood and he DID NOTHING! And suddenly a paper cut and she loses his mind? Dumb. Pure dumb.

I have nothing else to say. It’s dumb.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the dates or any of the set up things I normally do in a post, so I’m just going to jump into the story. Also unlike my other posts, I am not going to give you a synopsis, simply because I gave a synopsis for Twilight in this post, so check that out if you want to know what happens. But, this is the story of Twilight from Edward’s perspective, so the overall purpose of this novel is to provide an unique viewpoint of the original series.

The beginning of this novel is a little rough mainly because Edward is trying to battle the “monster” inside of him. There is a lot of aggressive and crude descriptions of violent attacks. We had some idea of how bad these thoughts were from Twilight, but it is a completely different thing reading his plans from his head. But above all of that, I think the way that he portrays Bella in his head gave me a completely different perspective on her personality than the original Twilight books. I always looked at her as selfish, mainly because she described her feelings of Edward as simply not being able to live without him, so I never took the things she said as an act of thinking beyond herself. Having Edward piece together things I never did opened up my eyes to a completely different way of looking at the books, even if I still think there are aspects that are weird.

When it comes to their relationship, I didn’t think that his point of view enhanced the original story at all. In fact, I prefered only knowing Bella’s point of view at this part. The only part that I think really was enhanced by Edward’s thoughts was when James began his tracking in order to kill Bella. I don’t want to give a whole lot of details about this part, mainly because it is so incredibly unique to what we knew from Bella, but it completely changes how I look at New Moon in relation to the series.

So is it worth it? I think that the overall answer is yes, but that there are a lot of sections that I don’t think add anything to the series. I will also say that I truly do not think that we need Edward’s perspective on any of the other books, and that I hope she doesn’t do this to any of the other books. I even thought about whether or not we need a Jacob book for New Moon, and it boils down to no. There is nothing else that I really think Meyer will be able to add to the overall series the way that this particular book did. I realize that I never rated the series, but as an addition to the series, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you just picked up this book and had no idea what was going on, probably 2.5 out of 5 stars.

But as always, if you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Is Twilight an example of grooming?

This has been one of the bigger issues I have had with the series as a whole. For people confused about what grooming is, let me explain. Grooming in this case means that someone who is over the age of consent (usually much older, though it could be as young as 18 depending on the situation) takes time to prepare someone under the age of consent for a sexual relationship. Giving gifts, spending extra time and attention, or using manipulation and threats in order to eventually have a sexual relationship are all examples of grooming.

There is a thought piece by Dr. Leslie Kay Jones (https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/twilight-vampire-diaries-are-actually-about-very-old-men-grooming-ncna1206376) that was posted on NBC that is extremely interesting about this topic in relation to vampire fiction specifically that I hope you will read, but I will share my thoughts on the whole is this grooming thing now:

At 12 years old, I didn’t know what grooming meant. I don’t think it was at the top of anyone’s mind back before the Me-Too movement. Now that we are in a situation where we as a general public have a better understanding of what right and wrong look like, I can’t get over this situation. As an adult, I can never encourage a child to think that this type of relationship is okay.

At the start of their relationship in the books, Edward has been in his body for over 100 years (there is an argument of “alive”, at least from his point of view, so I will be avoiding that word), while Bella has only been in her body for 17 years. The concept of the book is that Edward, whose body was frozen in time at the age of 17 years old, develops a relationship with 17 year old Bella, and from that relationship, they marry and eventually have a child.

Now, we let’s have the conversation of “is this still grooming if he appeared to be 17?” Yes. It was very clear from the beginning of the novel that he has maintained the mentality of his years on the Earth. He has learned, retained his knowledge, and experienced plenty of years, many more than Bella ever had the chance to yet. With all of that being said, he also constantly pushed for her to be older before they took things to the next step (changing her and sex).

And listen, there are always going to be people who are going to say that a relationship with someone older could also be considered grooming because he had the body of a 17 year old. I’m just saying, maybe the whole “turning vampires into sexual objects” thing for young adults isn’t the best idea.

But in case all of that is not creepy enough for you all, let’s talk about Jacob and Renesmee. Now, I already know that Meyer explained it and that it isn’t a sexual thing, but like, I’ll say it, imprinting is 100% a sexual thing. Maybe not right away, because she is a BABY, but at some point, she is going to reach adulthood, and guess what Jacob is planning on doing one day. I’ll say the statement that is controversial, yet brave, imprinting is an excuse for grooming.  To anyone who is considering reading the Twilight series, and especially anyone who is reading this who is considering letting the younger generation read this series, please teach them that lesson. These men (who are in their late teens. I believe Jacob was 17 when he imprinted on Renesmee who was born less than 30 minutes prior. I believe Quil was 16/17 when he imprinted on a 2-year-old) have given gifts, spent extra time and attention, and have used the excuses of “it’s a wolf thing” and “it’s not like that” to manipulate the adults involved and justify their relationship. Sound familiar?

I am not an expert, I’m just a concerned reader. And I don’t know everything about grooming, but there are certain things about these books that I just can’t get past. If you want to see other people’s opinions about this topic, you can check out these links as well (please note: there are a lot of links I did not add. There is a lot of information on this topic, so please do your own research if you want to know more):

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychologist-the-movies/201111/relationship-violence-in-twilight

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kellymartinez/its-time-to-admit-how-ridiculous-that-jacob-and-renesmee

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1132861-pedophilia-in-the-twilight-saga

If you or someone you know is being sexually exploited or assaulted, call 800.656.HOPE to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Or you can text 741741 to get in contact with a crisis counselor.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Well, well, well. So here’s a way to tell how old I am, the book Breaking Dawn came out while I was in middle school (my best guess is 7th or 8th grade based on memory, based on released date, I am going to guess that it was probably 7th grade), and I remember this because it was a banned book at my school. But to give you guys an idea of how long I have had these books, my Twilight book (which had to be from middle school since I distinctly remember reading it on the bus) still has the Borders barcode on the back. Yep, ladies, gents, and nonbinary folks, I’m that old.

My plan for this month is to read the original 4 novels (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), The Life and Death of Bree Tanner, Life and Death, and Midnight Sun. There are works that have come out of these novels (including the Fifty Shades of Grey series), but I will not be focusing on these this month (or really ever).

I have read the original 4, and I have seen the movies, but I have not read any of the other books. Very recently (August of 2020), Stephenie Meyer recently released Midnight Sun, which is the book Twilight, but from Edward’s perspective. It has definitely been awhile, so hopefully these are as good as I remember from when I was a young’un.

Twilight

Isabella (Bella) Swan is forced to move to Forks, WA to live with her father after her mother’s new husband is working on finding a new job.  Having moved from always sunny Pheonix, AZ, Forks is an incredibly depressing landscape. Since this is such a small town, Bella becomes the talk of every conversation, leading to teenage drama galore.

And look, this town has some weird characters. There is this family called the Cullens, and they are incredibly beautiful, they talk to no one, and there is this dude named Edward who is the sulkiest and attractive-est of them all. So, when Bella and Edward meet, obviously things take an interesting turn.

Turns out, Edward has a secret. He survives off the blood of animals. Yes, dear reader, he is a vampire. Dun, dun, dun. Now, to normal people, this probably would be a red flag. But for our dear Bella, this leads to a really toxic and uncomfortable relationship. But when a group of vampires come into town and catch Bella’s scent, we go on a wild ride trying to hide from the tracker.

New Moon

 So after the vampire adventures of the last book, Edward starts to believe that maybe he is putting Bella in too much danger. To make matters worse, Bella got a paper cut at her birthday party and ended up in stitches. Edward goes “oh that’s crazy, maybe I should leave” and he tells her in the middle of the woods and then abandoned her.

Bella went bat-poop. She became catatonic (because that’s a normal reaction), and for months, she essentially becomes unable to function. Her dad gives her an ultimatum, get yourself together, or I’m shipping you back to your mom in Florida.

At this point, Bella starts trying to get her life back in order. She begins to realize that when her life is in danger, she hears Edward’s voice, which is a totally normal thing and not a sign of overdependence. Bella ends up finding a couple of motorcycles, and goes to her childhood friend, Jacob, to rebuild them.

A lot happens and also not a lot happens, but when we break down to the exciting parts, we learn that Jacob turns into a werewolf, and that this is a part of his heritage. Also, Jacob helps pull Bella out of her depression, but their friendship leads to a weird extreme sports competition.

Anyway, Bella jumps off a cliff. Yea, it’s a thing. Anyway, Edward thinks that she died, and now he is headed to Italy to do the only type of suicide that vampires know. And of course, Bella has to save him, because this is a romance saga after all.

Eclipse

There are a lot of deaths in nearby Seattle, and that has Bella’s father, Charlie, on edge. And with Edward back and Bella on essentially house arrest, there is a lot of tension going on. Charlie decides to take Bella off her house arrest as long as she spends time with more people than just Edward and the Cullens. Due to the whole werewolves vs vampires thing, Edward doesn’t want her anywhere near Jacob.

So this becomes a whole thing, and Bella starts sneaking around so that she can get her sweet sweet Jacob fix. Anyway, so we figure out that the stuff that is going on in Seattle is caused by newborn vampires. Someone is trying to form an army in order to hurt the Cullens, the werewolves, but most importantly, Bella.

Now, on top of all of this, we spend the entire book grasping with Bella’s future change, and her upcoming graduation. Add on that a dash of potential werewolf love, and we got ourselves a book about dilemmas and the choices we make during them.

Breaking Dawn

 Okay, so Bella and Edward get married. And after people get married, they tend to go on a honeymoon, and that honeymoon includes some adult times. No one thought that a vampire could get a human pregnant, but surprise! Bella gets pregnant.

We spend the first half of the book getting to the point where Bella gives birth to her daughter, Renesmee. We then spend the second half of the book preparing the Cullens and friends for the unfortunate arrival of the Volturi when they find out that there is a child in the mix.

The series as a whole

Okay, I have a lot of opinions on this one. I was 12 when I first read these books, and I was in high school when most of the movies came out. Genuinely, the fandom related to these books is a lot of my childhood. HOWEVER, now that I am looking at these books as an adult, they aren’t as good as I used to remember. I have a lot of problems with these books, which I plan to talk about this month, but I just can’t look past those things in my head.

With all of that being said, let’s talk about what these books do right. Firstly, these are a really good baby step into the YA world. Keep in mind, these books do not have explicit language or sexual content (although there are some scenes in Breaking Dawn that imply sexual situations, Meyer doesn’t describe the actual sex like some other YA books), so they are okay for the younger end of the YA spectrum. There are some things I picked up that have slightly sexual connotations, specifically a scene in Twilight where Edward swipes a tear from Bella’s face and then sucks it off his finger, but I can guarantee that younger young adults probably wouldn’t have picked that up. Secondly, we all need a Charlie. Write this down parents, be the person who your child can’t imagine losing, even if it means that they can’t tell you everything about their choice (or lack thereof). Support your child through their sexuality, their gender identity, and/or their partner choices.

I’m going to be spending the rest of the month trashing these books, so I’m going to leave this here. But, uh…. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

December is Twilight Month!

Hear ye, hear ye! I am here to announce that the month of December, I will be reading and giving my thoughts on the books pertaining to the Twilight Saga.

Before this month begins, I would like to start with a warning. I had all of the intentions in the world to go into this month with positive thoughts. I had planned to write happy reviews, especially because these books and subsequent movies have been a part of my life since I was pre-pubescent. HOWEVER, I went in. I went so far in that I feel like I need to write an apology letter to Stephenie Meyer.

This month, I talk about a lot of really rough topics. Many of them involve abusive situations. I will always give you a warning before going into such heavy topics.

It is my intention that the week of Christmas 12/21-12/25, I will be posting reviews associated to the holiday (at this moment, I am unsure how many novels that will be). I am not sure when I will be receiving my Advent Calendar from Once Upon a Book Club, but I will be posting those gifts as a lead up to the day. I also have order the Christmas and New Year’s Eve boxes, and I am hoping to be posting those around the time of those holidays as well.

I have received invitations from many independent authors to read and highlight their novels. If you or someone you know would like their works reviewed, please feel free to email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. Or, if you have a book that you are hoping I will read, also feel free to reach out. I am always looking for new books to read!

I have been incredibly humbled by the amount of support I have been receiving this year. I am grateful to each and every one of you, and I hope you have enjoyed being a part of this adventure with me. 2020 has been rough for all of us, but I am so happy with we are heading. Thank you all, and I will see you again Friday!

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 9/28/20-9/29/20

How I Found It: Continuation of Series

This is a review for the second novel in a series. If you haven’t read the first novel, this post will contain spoilers. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book, you can see my post here, otherwise please read this review at your own discretion.

Preface: I gave the first book 5 out of 5. As someone who reread that book so I could remember what happened in the first book, I am definitely in a bad mood compared to the first time. So if this review seems really critical, I’m just in a weird book review funk (I’m hoping that I can get out of it soon).

Set after Well Met, this book focuses on Stacey. I recognize that I never talked about her in the first review, but she was a tavern wench with Emily. Stacey had been hooking up with the lead guitarist, Dex, for one of the bands at Faire for the past few years, and she is trying to figure out where she stands with him. She ended up sending him a drunken message to the band’s fan page on Facebook. Now, it is a point to make, the band manager, Daniel, is Dex’s cousin. So for a year, Stacey thinks she is talking to Dex, but really she is talking to Daniel (I don’t think that is a spoiler because I knew within two seconds of the storyline that it was Daniel, but uh… sorry if it is). So this entire story is about change and how Stacey doesn’t want to be stuck in a small town going nowhere.

And here’s the thing, I have been in a really weird reviewing mood this week. With issues at work, and having to write a really rough review at the beginning of the week, I’m just not in a good mindset to write a good review, so I’m sorry, bear with me. I know that there is going to be one more book in this series, and the relationship that it is going to focus on has already been hinted at in this book (and leaked on GoodReads). So I am very excited for the next one! And I can guarantee that next year I am going to be roasting this review.

Also, quick heads up for people who want to read books that are similar, The Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts and The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory (admittedly, I have only read the first 2 books in this series, but I currently own all of them and hopefully will be reading them soon!) all focus on love stories within the same character-verse. The Inn Boonsboro trilogy focuses on an inn located in Boonsboro, MD, and each book within the series focuses on one of the brothers that were part of the construction company. The Wedding Date series is more independent, but the characters do interact, if that makes any sense.

But back to this book. Having grown up in a small town in Maryland, I understand the feeling of wanting out. I have wanted to live on the other side of the country for years now, but I have never felt like it was a good time to leave. I connected with this book super deeply, and I encourage you to read it. This book didn’t have as much blatantly laughing at work moments for me as Well Met, but that’s not to say there wasn’t wit or humor. Putting myself in the position where I need to make a rating, I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, but keep in mind my weird book reviewing funk.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 10/10/20-10/11/20

How I Found It: Amazon

So the premise is a little weird to me, so bear with me if I describe this kinda badly. So I think that everyone has the ability to do magic, but few people take advantage (which like, why would you not use magic? I have wanted the Harry Potter windshield wiper glasses for YEARS), but there are magic conventions where high school teams compete in different categories. We focus on the magic team, called The Fascinators, as they enter into their senior year.

Now, we focus on Sam, a queer senior who is trying to understand what is going on between himself and his best friend James. Part of their group is Delia, who is incredibly talented as a magicker and is the most driven member of the group. And we have James, who is destructive and impulsive, causing the events that lead to this story. Oh, and Denver who is the new kid and who truly has the biggest crush on Sam, and who deserves SO MUCH MORE!

Anyway, James went to a party over the summer where he ended up taking part in a ritual to steal other people’s magic, as one does, and ended up stealing their big book of spells, again as one does. This group that threw the party is called True Light, and they are essentially a cult that believes their powers come directly from an angel. Now, they end up giving the book back, and Ture Light was like, alright, let’s take a bunch of people’s powers now. And throughout this whole thing, stuff gets complicated between The Fascinators, causing huge division within the group.

A lot happens, and it kinda feels like an assault of all senses, but in the best possible way. I devoured this book, but there were a lot of times where it felt like there were a million moving pieces that it was hard to keep track. I truly did enjoy this book, and I can’t wait to read anything else Eliopulos writes! I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Let’s Talk… How do the Hunger Games movies stack up to the books?

In March of 2012, Lionsgate released the movie The Hunger Games to movie theaters across the globe, thereby blowing up the already popular fandom. Quickly, people who never read the books (I had just read the books since my friends were excited for the movies) were getting into the conversation. Over the next 3 years, 3 more movies were released to the world, bringing the trilogy into a 4 movie extravaganza. Also, not sure if ya’ll know this or not, but they are turning the prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes into a movie as announced by the Hollywood Reporter.

I am always skeptical of movies adapted from books. A lot of the time, those movies just can’t really compare, so I always feel like I need to talk about the movies as separate entities. While I will always recommend you read the books before you see the movie, I also understand that there are a lot of people who don’t like to read (which like, thanks for stopping by if that’s you). So with that being said, and because I truly am an entertainment garbage heap, I am here to give you a review on both!

So I’m going to talk about the first two movies, and then I will be discussing the second two. I group them this way, because the first two follow the books almost to a t. There were many times while I was reading where I could perfectly see the movie in my head. There were very few things that were changed or added (thank you for not making us sit through hours of Cato being tortured), and they really were good adaptations.

And then we get to the last two movies. Firstly, I don’t think we really needed the last book to be two movies. And if you are looking at “was the large majority of the book represented in the movies?” the answer is yes. The problem is the amount of filler. While I understand that they wanted to show the unrest in the districts, at a certain point they just put stuff in to make the book into two movies (and I mean, Harry Potter did it, so we had to do it, right?). And unlike the first two, I couldn’t really picture scenes from the movies as I was reading.

I’m always going to have a special place in my heart. While I was really struggling with anxiety issues, I would put these movies on to help me go to sleep (which now that I’m thinking about it, is something I really should talk to a therapist about), so I could probably quote most of the movies. With that being said, read the books. Thanks for coming to my TEDtalk.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

How I Read It: Print/ Audibook

Dates Read: 8/15/20-8/27/20

How I Found It: Goodreads

Okay, so I was genuinely upset when I first started reading this book because I didn’t want to humanize such a monster as President Snow. But as I kept reading, it took all I could do to get through the whiny ramblings of the 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow. I personally don’t think that this book was as good as the trilogy and here’s why:

We flash back to the 10th annual Hunger Games. In an effort to make the Hunger Games more of a spectacle, the Capital is making a group of seniors as the mentors. Corialanus was chosen to be the mentor for District 12’s female tribute, Lucy Gray Baird. Lucy Gray was the most well-liked tribute for the year, mainly due to her ability to sing. This year is also the first year where Capitals can bet and send gifts to the tributes, two aspects of the Games that will continue for all Games to come. So Coriolanus does everything he can to get Lucy Gray in front of a spotlight in order for her to get a lot of sponsors.

Here’s the thing about Coriolanus, his family is broke. While he had standing before the war, most of their money was in District 13, which means that he is now the only male heir and the only person who can try and salvage his life into something worthy in the Capital. The mentor to the winner of the Games gets a scholarship to University, so Coriolanus is pushing for Lucy Gray to win. And at some point he claims to “fall in love” or whatever dumb bs he says, but really he is just a horny 18-year-old who has power over this girl and therefore thinks that since she is dependent on him to succeed, he has ownership of her (can you tell I don’t like him?).

While all this is going on, Coriolanus is in a special class where he gets to work alongside the Head Gamemaker (sorta). He spent a lot of time with her, learning about the Games and making suggestions along the way, and this puts him in a position where he knows too much about how the Games work, thereby giving him the power to cheat. Oh, there is a guy, Sejanus, who grew up in the Districts, but became the heir to an ammunitions dynasty after the war. He thinks the Games are stupid, especially when one of his childhood friends is reaped as a tribute. And Coriolanus ends up having to clean up Sejanus’ messes, including when he sneaks into the Games, Coriolanus finds himself dealing with a lot more than he could bargain for.

In comparison to the series, I think that this book is the worst one. I personally don’t think that we needed another Hunger Games novel, and the prequel didn’t do much for the series as a whole. And while I am being really negative, I also think that the writing for this book was incredible. I understand why she wrote this book, but I personally was not a huge fan. I would, however, love a history of the Games book, where she described each of the Games as the victor for each, I think that would be really cool. But she made Coriolanus so unlikable in the trilogy that I couldn’t even try to get into this book.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Let’s Talk… Team Peeta or Team Gale?

Heads up: this post includes spoilers. If you still haven’t read the series or watched the movies, I truly encourage you to read/watch before reading this post.

Here’s the thing about being old, I remember this question as a huge topic of conversation when I was in high school. But now that I have a blog where I can actually talk about this question without having a bunch of teenage girls telling me I’m wrong (at least for now), I am finally going to say my thoughts on this important fandom decision.

I have always said that I am Team Peeta, which I think at the ripe old age of 16 was a good place to align yourself. But I’m almost 25, and it is time that I reeducated myself and made a more informed decision. So having just reread the books, here are my new thoughts on the matter:

So let’s start in the first book. Initially, I am Team Gale. Gale is her hunting partner, he agrees to take care of her family, and throughout most of the first book, Gale is the first person Katniss is thinking of. Obviously, compared to the relationship with Peeta which is more or less fake, it is easy to jump on the Gale bandwagon. And before people come at me, every single second that Katniss was having her romantic moments with Peeta while in the cave, she continued to think “what would I need to do in order for Haymitch to send us stuff?” and that’s why she did it. That’s why she told the story of the goat, that’s why she kissed him, and that’s why we have two victors in the 74th annual Hunger Games.

When it comes to the second book, that’s when we start thinking that maybe there is a choice to be made. While we spend a lot of time thinking about Gale before the games, but there is a huge drop-off once we are in the Game with Peeta. The first moment when we all kinda think “okay, maybe this thing going on between Katniss and Peeta is real” is when Peeta hits the force field and Katniss loses her mind as Finnick saves his life. And while should more or less be up in the air, at this point, I am exclusively on Team Peeta.

The third book cements those feelings for me. With Peeta stuck in the Capital, it is no wonder that Katniss can’t get him out of her mind. But even in District 13 with Gale, she doesn’t really cling to him as much as we would expect. In fact, I think she had more romance with Finnick than she did with Gale. But once Peeta is back, the immediate reaction to seeing him is tampered by his torture from the Capital. But even when Katniss is saying that she is not interested, that she hates him, whatever, she still thinks about him all the time. By the time we reach the end of the book, Katniss is forced to make her decision. Even if Gale wasn’t the brainchild that killed Prim, I still think that Katniss would have chosen Peeta. Every second that she kept him alive, even after he tried to kill her, even after he begged for death, I am sure that she was always going to choose him.

I think if you based it off the movies, you could be Team Gale because A) Liam Hemsworth aka Thor, God of Thunder,’s brother and B) the movies don’t give you as much access into Katniss’s thoughts. But, based solely on the books, I think the ultimate winner is Peeta. I said it, I meant it.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!