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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel) | Suzanne Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakeswill revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.
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ReadingOver50
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The differences between the hunger games in this book vs the future books was fascinating. Truly, this version of the games was pretty boring. Hours of nothing followed by minutes of action. Snow‘s character is pretty despicable. Other than his own family, he has no real feelings for anyone else. He only acts if it will make him look good. His relationship with the tribute Lucy Gray is a joke. Snow only wants her as a captive, dependent on him.

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Julz422
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I enjoyed this one almost as much as I enjoyed the first two books. It kind of lost me at the end as I felt it moved too quickly too suddenly

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Julz422
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Loving my three day weekend! 🍷

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Julz422
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Quiet reading weekend 🙌🙏

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Julz422
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One of the perks of being a teacher…getting to check out books from our library!

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maria_collett
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Not Collin‘s best work. Lucy Grays character never truly made sense or unfolded. Provided a little more depth to Snow‘s character later in the series, but not enough to justify the addition to the series. Some things are better left as is.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Bailedbailed

My first bail of the year. I am half in and I just don't see the point. Snow is a terrible person, for no reason. There is nothing redeemable about any of these characters. I don't understand Lucy's motivation or why she is acting how she is. The way the government treats the tributes makes zero sense (even for an evil entity it just doesn't make sense to starve your entertainment??)
I can't handle being with these characters any longer.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I am about a third of the way into this books, and I am not really enjoying this, so I was curious about the reviews and here are some I am thinking are fitting 😅

Kristy_K 😂 Makes me glad I chose to skip it. 2mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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The captivating origin story of the tyrannical villain, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, unfolds amongst a richly vehement prose interspersed with a pernicious romance and subtle inclinations towards the original trilogy. I found myself spellbound from the very beginning, devouring the prequel in a few voracious days, loathing the morally grey, inevitable antagonist, yet finding the exploration of his background utterly fascinating. Truly phenomenal!

Sleepswithbooks This was better than I expected 🙂 2mo
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Kgaudiuso
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Probably my favourite book in the hunger Games series. I also loved the book way more than the movie.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! I loved the movie series, as usual, the book is better. Looking forward to the next one.

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quirkiecurls
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Even though I do prefer the original 3 books, I will admit that I greatly enjoyed this book. Without spoiling anything, I really appreciated how this book was written. It‘s a very good “bad guy” origin story because it doesn‘t make you cheer for the villain but yet it does allow you to understand and even sympathies with him without justifying his evil. I also found it interesting that there are actually no true heroes in this book. #52challenge

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Caryl
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Mehso-so

My sister and I have seen all of the Hunger Games movies together. This time, I saw the movie first, then read the book. (Sis lent me her copy.) The style was different—less momentum to the story—and I felt it needed some editing. The changes for the film version worked well. I loved Lucy Gray and her music. 💖

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Onto my next book - Starting the Hunger Games Series 😁

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Chrisogreen
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Suzanne Collins does it again! I am hooked!!!! #hungergames

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Chrissyreadit
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I‘ve been so late posting because my daughter is visiting- and for #hyggehour we are listening to Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes because she has been talking non stop about it and is positive i will love it. We are cozy cuddling on the couch. #midwintersolace #naturalitsy

Melismatic Too cute! Enjoy! 💖 3mo
Ruthiella So sweet! 🥰 3mo
Bookzombie 💗 3mo
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Gissy Beautiful photo❤️❤️👌 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
IndoorDame ♥️❤️♥️ 3mo
DebinHawaii Love it! ❤️🤍❤️ 3mo
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Pageturner1 that‘s so special. very lovely! 💕 3mo
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kspenmoll How wonderful to share this hour with your daughter! 3mo
Tamra Cute - love it! 3mo
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Lesliereadsalot You both look so happy and beautiful! 3mo
Avanders Stunning! So nice to see you both! ♥️♥️ 3mo
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SabGinesi
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I am having such a good time reading this book, I can't stop reading it! Reminds me of my childhood so much.

"You could start by thinking I can actually win." (153)

#hungergames #book #love #ballad #coriolanus #lucygray

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OutsmartYourShelf
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The prequel to The Hunger Games- disappointing or surprisingly good? For me, it's definitely the latter. This book focuses on young Coriolanus Snow who has been picked to be a mentor to one of the unfortunates selected for the 10th Hunger Games.

I thought it was an interesting addition to the HG canon, & it has made me want to re-read the whole series. As we know, there is no redemption arc for Snow, (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf but it was intriguing to see him slowly become more & more the Snow of later years. I did think the ending was rather abrupt though, it came out of nowhere with a sudden 180 on what had happened just before. 4.5 🌟

TWs: violence, child death, death of a parent, blood, animal cruelty/death.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4791389946
Read 4th-8th Dec 2023

#WinterGames #HollyJollyReaders @Laughterhp
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
BookmarkTavern I‘ve heard good things about this one! 3mo
Emilymdxn I really liked this one too! 3mo
Catsandbooks I enjoyed this one too! 3mo
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randa_lasagna
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Mehso-so

While I really enjoyed this book for the world development, dialogue, and especially Snow‘s inner thoughts, it was just such a slow pace. There was so much nothing happening that it just dragged with most of my motivation to finish it my desire to watch the movie. It all came together for me at the end but I‘d give it 3.5 stars overall. I will say it made me want to reread the Hunger Games trilogy now that I have more insight into Snow.

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mrp27
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Mehso-so

#serieslove2023

I finished this last month and watched the movie over the Thanksgiving holiday and I‘m still not sure how I feel about it. The movie was enjoyable enough, I liked being back in The Hunger Games world but the book was painfully tedious and boring. Glad the movie condensed the book a bit and glad I completed the series.

TheSpineView Great job! 3mo
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CatLass007
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I‘m giving this a pick because I finished the book. I tend to bail on books if I don‘t like them. I was hesitant to get a book about Snow‘s backstory because he was such an evil man in the trilogy. I went back and forth on understanding who he was as a teenager. It‘s extremely difficult to empathize with such an unlikeable character. But I definitely see how the boy he was in this book became President Snow.

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JacintaMCarter
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SabGinesi
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I watched the movie last Friday with my sister, Serafina, and am now excited to read it! I heard a lot is different in the movie - I was so in love with the original trilogy when I was a kid!
#hungergames #book #prequel #childhood #songbirdsandsnakes

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sarahgreatlove
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Clearly reading big books in a giant hurry has been a theme of my week, because I raced to finish this before a 3.45pm movie time (clocked in at 3.08)🤣 my husband and daughter had read it ages before and I was lagging behind. Enjoyed the story, she definitely makes you sympathetic to Snow, which is worrying but well done for sure. As usual a great book to movie adaptation. IMO the hunger games are the most faithful new book to movie adaptations.

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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

The YA easy reading vibe I needed, although this villain origin story didn‘t quite land for me. There are lots of elements that made the original Hunger Games trilogy great here. This prequel is a bit looser on the edit to its detriment. Ultimately I think I needed someone to root for to really immerse myself in this story. Readable but not great.

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mrp27
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November #wrapup.

November is usually a light reading month but I really took it to new lows this year! One book, one short story and two picture books. I think I am heading into a slump.

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MegCaldwell
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The way this book looked at the good and evil in human beings was fascinating. I had a hard time putting it down!

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Christine
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I enjoyed this, perhaps buoyed by being back in the Hunger Games world/low expectations/interest in the movie. I love Santino Fontana as a narrator but this was maybe not my favorite of his performances - his portrayal of female characters didn't always hit for me, and I (unreasonably) wanted him to sing all of the song lyrics he narrated, simply bc I knew he could. 🤣 (Granted some likely didn't have melodies yet, but still.)

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RavenclawPrincess913

Anyone see the movie? I got to go tonight was so good

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Saknicole
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@Kimberlone and I went to see The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for her birthday! Honestly I loved it. I thought the movie was excellently executed. I LOVE the og Hunger Games books and movies, but this film was over all a much better film.

#hungergames #booktomovie

TrishB I went with my daughter on Friday- she loved this one, I preferred the originals 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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SconsinBookyBadger
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Onto my next -ology book series; the tetralogy 📚 From what I can tell The Hunger Games isn‘t called that yet. More of a trilogy plus prequel. I‘m using these books anyways since I already own them.

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rachelsbrittain
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Pickpick

I resisted reading this for a long time. The idea of a sob story about Snow was unappealing. But Collins writes a character who is self-serving, but not wholly unlovable. I found myself rooting for him to make better choices. The pacing was slower & Lucy Gray came across 2-dimensional, but whether that's a flaw or a depiction of how Snow viewed her, I don't know. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the Games progressed into a televised spectacle.

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rachelsbrittain
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Working through an audiobook and physical book this weekend. What about you? #WeekendReads

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papascott33
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#36 of 2023! The Hunger Games Trilogy No. 4!
Started: 11/11/23
Finished: 11/27/23
17 Days

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I‘m not the audience for this novel; I listened to it for work bookclub. The dialogue & romance are YA level. Some of the action during the game itself was engaging. This leads me to my last observation, which is it felt like two separate novels bound in the same the book:
Hunger Game & Post Hunger Game. The story climaxed with the game victory and then went on to develop other (less interesting) threads. It didn‘t retain the momentum.

5feet.of.fury Yeah the ending was weak and makes the rest of the book pointless IMO 😂 4mo
Tamra @5feet.of.fury the first part would have been a good standalone! 😁 4mo
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Kboltz
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I liked this prequel more than I thought I would but it is way more gruesome and cutthroat than the Hunger Games. Does reflect on how today with less policing society does get out of hand in some situations…😳🧐 Loved the rainbow snakes.🌈🐍

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MommyOfTwo
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Time for a reread before the movie comes out.

Gissy I want to read the whole trilogy! Let‘s see if I have time. 4mo
MommyOfTwo @Gissy this takes place years before the trilogy but I love the trilogy! 4mo
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BookishTrish
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While it was the least politically nuanced of the series and the romance stretches credulity, I was still hooked. Also mutt snakes.

dabbe 🐍😱🐍 5mo
LeahBergen What a pretty snake! 5mo
quirkyreader It‘s got house colours. 5mo
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DaniJ
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At first you think you‘ll learn about the human side of Snow, but this book ultimately reveals that he‘s a monster just as we thought! Even monsters fall in love. Glad I read it before the movie comes out. Just as entertaining as the original trilogy. Worth a read for sure.

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UglyOldBat
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Pickpick

Opening up the world of the Hunger Games, this story give us the early years of President Snow. Although at points it almost made me feel for the character, the early seeds of his personality are all there, along with some interesting side players

#YA #SciFi #HungerGames

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

I was resistant to this prequel because I did‘t care about Snow as a character, but I am glad to report I was wrong. As great as the rest of the hunger games books, but with a focus on the 10th games - so different at first but fascinating to see the later version (the Katniss version) evolve. Very excited for the movie this fall!

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UglyOldBat
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Making a start on this. Has anyone read it and if so what did you think?

KaylasReadingNook It‘s such an amazing book and truly gives you depth into the early games and Snow‘s start. It brings to light some of the events in the main trilogy and really makes you think more about the lore. Honestly it‘s worth the read even if you despised President Snow. 7mo
UglyOldBat I have to agree! I wasn't sure what to expect but I was hooked 7mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#SnakeDay 🐍💛 #SummerSpecial 🏖️☀️🌻🎆🍉

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 🐍 8mo
Eggs Brilliant 💚🐍💙 8mo
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5feet.of.fury
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The origin story of the future president of Panem. following the war & loss of his parents, Coriolanus tries what he can to get ahead. it‘s understandable. He‘s young, smart & indoctrinated, at times naive but trying his best for his family. He is picked to mentor a tribute for the 10th Hunger Games & falls for her

The heel turn comes on too quick. There were options, & where Collins went with it felt anticlimactic. Ending sunk it for me.

5feet.of.fury Honestly, the more I think about this ending the more I hate it. 8mo
Writeme I disliked this book so much. He is an unredeemable character. 8mo
5feet.of.fury @Writeme I agree. I still think if there was a proper catalyst event (closer to something like what he experienced in the arena) that drove him back to the capitol… I atleast would have understood… maybe that was the point that he just sucks & doesn‘t care as long as Snow Lands On Top …but then what did we do for 450 pages? Pointless. 8mo
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