Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: The Girl Who Was On Fire + Giveaway

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Movie Edition
Edited by Leah Wilson
Contributors: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Brent Hartinger, Adrienne Kress, Sara Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Jackson Pearce, Diana Peterfreund, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston.
252 pages
Publisher: Smart Pop Books
Publicaton Date: January 17th 2012
Source: Received from the publisher for review. Thanks Smart Pop Books!
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Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.

Calling all Hunger Games mega fans! YOU NEED THIS BOOK! Okay so maybe need is a strong word but this book is awesome. It's a fantastic compilation of essays from a bunch of wonderful authors and every last one of them is worth reading. The topic of these Hunger Games themed essays range from Cinna's Fashion to SCREW THIS I'M TEAM KATNISS! My personal favorite essays were:

Why So Hungry for the Hunger Games? by Sarah Rees Brennan
I like this essay mostly for the hilarious part that basically says that Suzanne Collins refers to Katniss and Peeta scootily pooping at the end of Mockingjay but before the epilogue. Sarah Rees Brennan goes off on this whole "No dear reader I am not the lucky recipient of The Secret Naughty Edition of The Hunger Games" (direct quote!) tangent and its freaking hilarious. This book is worth picking up JUST to read that one paragraph of the essay. And yes, Sarah Rees Brennan you are a filthy-minded creature from the gutter (her words, not mine! I assure you this is all in fun). Go read some fanfiction. :P

Gale: Knight. Cowbow. Badass. by Jackson Pearce
As you guys know my love for Gale is immense. That being said when I saw the title of this essay in the index of my new Movie Edition of The Girl Who Was on Fire I totally squealed with joy. I'm not even exaggerating. I literally squealed and then ran to my Mom so I could talk her ear off about Gale's badass knight status. In short: This essay is my favorite thing ever. Finally someone who understands Gale's awesome and yet flawed nature! Oh and Jackson Pearce? Yeah, you're my new favorite person. Just thought you should know.

Team Katniss by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
For all those people out there who hate "Team Peeta or Team Gale" then this essay is for you! It discusses Katniss as a character without talking about the Peeta/Gale dynamic and it's awesome. After all there is a lot more to Katniss then just her admittedly swoon worthy male counterparts am I right?

Not So Weird Science by Cara Lockwood
This essay is downright creepy but that's what makes it so cool. Basically it's all about The Hunger Games trilogy in relationship to science and whether or not things like the muttations are really plausible. I love examining fiction in a scientific way so I thought this was just plain cool.

All in all The Girl Who Was on Fire is a fantastic addition to any Hunger Games fan's Library. And even if you don't buy it I would still recommend picking it up from your local Library or taking the time to look through it at your local bookstore. It's worth it I assure you.


I have one copy of The Girl Who Was on Fire to giveaway! Unfortunately it isn't the movie edition so it won't have the awesome Gale essay (I know all you Gale fans are terribly disappointed) or the two other special movie edition essays. Sorry about that! It's still an amazing book without those essays though and if you want you can always access the three extra movie edition essays digitally.

The only rule for this giveaway is that you have to live in the United States! Extra entries are the general follow my blog and my twitter and you get an extra entry if you comment on this post with who your favorite character from the Hunger Games Trilogy is and why! You might even get an extra extra entry for answering with Gale. ;) Haha just kidding!

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Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Julia :)


  1. My favorite character is Cinna. I just don't think he gets enough credit for his part in the books.

  2. My favorite is Gale (pre-Mockingjay). I just adored him for some reason...

  3. My favorite is Katniss. Her tenacity is really just remarkable.

  4. My favorite is Peeta because he is a very strong character & puts up with a lot for Katniss. Plus, he's the boy with the bread (:

  5. My favorite character has to be Katniss because she has to go through all this crap and is just so strong about it. I envy her for being so cool. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Katniss is my favorite- she's interesting, brave, and gives of herself to save her sister.

  7. Go read fanfiction! Not all of it is smutty you know!

  8. I've been reading this over the past few weeks (about one essay every few days) and enjoying it too. I love the range in subjects too! Not So Weird Science is probably my favourite one so far - kind of freaky!

  9. My favorite character has to be Rue. Then Cinna. Then Gale. For all different reasons. But Rue just hit a heartstring for me, and her determination to stay alive just stroke me as awesome.

  10. I don't know that I ever actually had a favorite, but I was quite fond of Peeta because he was so sweet and loyal to Katniss.

  11. My favorite character is Katniss because has so much self-confidence and perseverance. She is such an amazing person and follows her heart and what she believes is right.

  12. My favorite character is Cinna. I just love the relationship between him and Katniss. :D

  13. My favourite character will always be Finnick because of the way that he just is. I don't know how to explain it, but I just love him.

  14. I think Haymitch since he's the funniest character! He adds some humor into a depressing world. Gale is my second favorite.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. I made a mistake. Don't enter me, I'm not from US. I done the first four entries.
      I'm so sorry!

    2. Oh no problem! I'll just delete your entries. I really need to remember to put "DON'T CLICK ENTER IF YOU'RE NOT FROM THE US" on all my non-international giveaways. :P

  15. My favorite character is Haymitch, because you can always count on him to bring you back to reality. He's always playing the game. Then my next favorites would have to be Katniss and Peeta! Thanks so much for the giveaway!


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