So, everyone knows The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a massive hit when they did the film series adaptation. I read the books shortly after I’d watched all the films and it surprisingly was actually very well adapted – which as we all know after watching so many of our favourite books get mangled (Golden Compass) by film adaptations was a nice surprise.
I usually like to do it the other way around and read the books before the films but I think I hadn’t realised at the time that it was based on books so ended up doing it the ‘wrong’ way around for a change. It was a long time ago or seems like it now. I just remember having a nice day out with a friend at the cinema doing a double film day just because we could.
The release of a new prequel book – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – from The Hunger Games series recently, which I immediately scooped up from the shelves of the Sainsbury’s I saw it in and insta-buyed, (yeah I just said that) and then commenting about it to a fellow blogger who said I should write about it when I’d read it, inspired my muse to come back to my blog after a hiatus. That was a couple of days ago and as I’m in the middle of a re-read binge read of the Templeverse by Shayne Silvers I haven’t started it yet – but I will!
So back to my favourite fantasy survival stories. There has been an uptake in a fair amount of authors doing their own proper fantastical take on it and I’m going to first mention a series I already blogged about around this time last year as an easy way to ease back into this blogging lark.
The Faerie Race by Claire Luana and J. A. Armitage.
The Fantastic Faerie Race is the TV show in the story in which faerie and human contestants compete against and with each other over a series of trials. It happens to officially introduce the humans to the faerie world of Faerwild. Which is over ‘The Hedge’ which is the magical barrier cutting off the Faerwild from Earth which was created in the past by magicians and the faeries to separate the two worlds.
Despite the faerie King Vale Obanstone and TV producers assuring them otherwise it turns out to be extremely dangerous with a sub plot of malevolent intentions making it lethal for some of the players. Some romance and lots of pretty intriguing games of puzzles both physical and mentally and games of fortitude, made this series one heck of an action packed ride to read with a lovely HEA (happily ever after.)
Some beautifully designed covers for this urban fantasy series and unlike when I first wrote about it – the whole trilogy is now out for your reading pleasure.
If you think this sounds like your cup of tea why not join J. A. Armitage in her facebook reader group here and Claire Luana on her facebook page here.
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