It's been more than a week since I finished this, but I've put off writing a review til now. I am sorry! :(
I want to talk all about this book, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. The reader needs to be surprised upon reading this book. The suspense really helps carry the plot. Read this review at your own risk!
This book was surprising. Unfortunately, I was already told there was going to be a second Hunger Games (some friends were discussing the series near me). I thought it would be in the third book, so I was surprised to find it happen so quickly. I had imagined Katniss and Peeta training new tributes, so I was definitely surprised about the new rules for the Quarter Quell.
Suzanne Collins is amazing with suspense. Every chapter ends with a bit of a cliff hanger. I never wanted to put the book down. She also knows how to make the reader hate the right characters. I hated President Snow right off the bat.
I did find it wasn't quite as exciting as The Hunger Games, though. My expectations were so high from reading the first book that the second book was sort of a let down. I did really enjoy the second Hunger Games. It was quite different than the first. It really allowed Katniss to shine.
If you read The Hunger Games more than likely you will read this one and you will not be disappointed. I gave it 4/5 stars and read it for pure pleasure.