For the record… I do NOT recommend The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

If you enjoy mind bending, heart breaking, devious and underhanded outright evil, this may be the book for you. If not… well, then it’s not.

I will say that Suzanne’s writing was stellar in this book, just as it was in the remainder of the Hunger Games series.

It lured me in with a somewhat false sense of security

However, I will NEVER understand why authors take the time to make us fall in love with a group of characters… who they then torture and kill off one by one… and then they expect us to actually enjoy a back-story for the villain who is responsible for all of that torture and death.

If you do not have a big, soft, open heart – and you are not someone who actually wants to throw a book across the room when something horrific happens to a favorite character of yours in said book, you might actually enjoy this book.

If you are someone who obsessively must read every book that is even loosely related to a beloved series, read this book, but be forewarned. Snow is evil. Really. Just go in knowing that. I don’t consider that a spoiler. We all knew that years ago.

I am just glad that I didn’t buy the book. I borrowed it from the library. I don’t want this book in my collection. I don’t want this book in my house. If I could figure out how to get it off my borrow history, I would.

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