Catching Fire

*Contains some spoilers for both Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Read at your own risk if you haven't read them yet.*

So, I finally read Suzanne Collins' sequel to Hunger Games, Catching Fire. I saw that like I've been putting it off. I haven't really. I didn't buy Catching Fire so I've been on the wait list at the library since before it was released. But as I've mentioned elsewhere I was wary of reading Catching Fire. I've read too many sequels that just didn't stand up to the first book in the series. And second books in a trilogy aren't always great. Basically, I was worried it wasn't going to be good. I know, all y'all that got advance copies loved it but well, I can be... finicky. But I shouldn't have worried. It was a solid second book.

I have to say, Peeta grew on me. I really didn't want to say that when I started the book. I know I've shocked a bunch of you by declaring on Twitter that simply did not like Peeta. At all. I didn't, and I still don't love Peeta but he's grown on me quite a bit. I liked him way more in this book than I did in the first one. He still kind of irks me a little. I've been trying to put my finger on what bugged me about him and I think it's just that he's well, a bit soft. I'm not saying he's not strong in his own ways, he is completely, but when it comes to Katniss he's beyond soft. He's mush. I do not like mush. Marshmallowy I can do but he's mush. (And out of the woodwork will come all the teenage Peeta lovers to tell me how stupid I am because Peeta rocks. Meh.) Ok, maybe not total mush but he's nice. I never really was much of one for nice boys. I like my guys with a bit of an edge.

Which I'm sure makes some of you think that I'm #teamgale. Um, sorry. So not. Gale is...I don't know what Gale is but I don't particularly like him. After Hunger Games I knew I wasn't #teampeeta but I was also pretty sure that I wasn't #teamgale either. I just knew I was #teamkatnisskicksass and I still am but...

The girl is dense. I'm sorry, I like Katniss a lot and she generally kicks ass but she practically needs to be hit on the head by a two-by-four (or you know, blown up) before she figures out anything. To be honest, it surprised me because she's smart and she's pretty good at figuring out what Haymitch wants to her do but yet in the big scheme of things? DENSE. I know, plenty of other people were actually in on it but how many clues (some pretty blatant) did she need? And the way she acted in the last few pages? So. Not. Kick. Ass.

And the whole "let's all run away together" plot she had earlier in the book? As a friend of mine said, she was a bit Bella-like. I don't know if you can get any further from kick ass than Bella caught between Jacob and Edward in Eclipse. I never thought I'd have the urge to tell Katniss to grow up but in this book I did. That surprised me, and not in a good way.

This isn't all to say that I didn't like the book. I did. Quite a bit. Like I said above it was a solid second book in a trilogy and I'm looking forward to the third book. So long as Katniss kicks some serious ass in it.

(And yes, I know it's unlike me to say anything spoilery in a post but I figured there was no way to really talk about this one without spoiling something.  Plus it's been a few months. I figure all you die-hards have read it by now.)