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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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LunaAubry
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Mehso-so

This prequel is about President Snow when he was young. It‘s a decent book but it‘s nowhere near as good as the first three Hunger Games books. Parts of it seem a little too aligned with the trilogy to make sense. The writing was good, though, and Collins still leaves some mystery to the readers‘ imagination.

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The.Great.Catsby
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Mehso-so

We all knew that Snow was trash. But this. There is not a single redeeming thing about that man.
The book was just okay. Riding the high of the first 3 books, I was very excited about this one. But it was nowhere near as good. I'm happy I read it, but don't feel that I really would have missed out if I hadn't.
⭐️⭐️⭐️

05.24.2023

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vanslibanan
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Currently 🎧📖👓

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Mgruidae
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Mehso-so

Just finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Didn‘t hate it, didn‘t love it. An awfully long book to explain how teenage Coriolanus becomes President Snow, even though it seems kind of obvious as soon as you get insight into his thoughts. But there were a few parts that were interesting.

Also, here‘s a giant happy leaf person from our walk this morning.

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EmRo
Pickpick

This book was intense from start to finish. Any fan of the original series should pick it up immediately. It gives you such incredibly insight into the villain origin story of a character who turns into a horrible person.

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Anya91

“There‘s a point to everything or nothing at all depending on your world view.”

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nitalibrarian
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My May #BookSpin list is all set!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Susanita
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In which we see that the abuse of power and corruption started long before the events of the Hunger Games trilogy. #themedthursday

dabbe I had not heard of the prequels! I'll have to check them out! Thanks! 💙🤗💚 1mo
Susanita @dabbe I think it‘s just the one? However, I just learned a few minutes ago that there‘s a movie, starring a scary looking Viola Davis among others. 1mo
dabbe @Susanita Interesting. Now, when you say movie, is that an I-have-to-to-to-the-cinema movie or is it an I-can-sit-on-the-couch-in-my-pjs movie? 🤣 1mo
Susanita @dabbe Not sure. It‘s coming out in November but maybe it‘ll stream too? 1mo
dabbe @Susanita I'll be on the lookout! 🤩 1mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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Tucking in my bed waaaay early with this gem from @Deblovestoread - it‘s almost Friday!!!!

#Litsylove #bedandabook #readajourney #booksniffer #booklover #HungerGamesFan

Gissy Beautiful cute stickers 😍☘️🍀 2mo
KathyWheeler I‘m in bed early too and I‘m also reading — nothing so fun though, instead, I‘m reading 2mo
thereadingreference I liked this one 😍 good early bedtime decision! 2mo
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bree.v08
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️.5/5

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elliebaade
Pickpick

I enjoyed the first three quarters of this book so much. i liked being able to see Snows mindset and how that developed his character in the hunger games trilogy. the ending however i was not a fan of i think that it was too many unanswered questions.

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 168

The prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy is the backstory of Snow, a student mentor during the tenth Hunger Games. It's difficult to experience moments of empathy for him. Most of the story is set outside of the games, but, the part that is during the games is told from Snow's perspective, outside of the arena. The novel was lackluster, not compelling, and had flat characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MolFitz2
Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the plot even though I do not like Snow in the original Hunger Games series. I liked how I was able to learn about the different songs, and I liked that his hatred for Katniss was explained. The story was very well told and very interesting.

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Ravenpuff
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Mehso-so

This is a prequel to The Hunger Games narrated by Coriolanus Snow. Coriolanus is a new mentor for District 12 female in the 10th annual hunger games. While he helps her in prepping for the games, they grow feelings for each other. What could go wrong?

This one was okay. It was interesting to know more about Snow, but it was slow and boring up until the end. If I hadn‘t listened to it as an audiobook, I would‘ve bailed.

#dystopianbooks

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CRR
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading this book and got drawn in rather quickly. It was pretty long but covered a lot of different events. I liked the middle more but followed the story to the end. Interesting to think about the timeline and overall character development of the larger series.

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Katies_always_booked
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New book smell 👃 #middleschoollibrarian

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kellyannprz
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Hurricane Fiona already has us with no electricity. Days for reading and staying safe✨

Bookwormjillk Thinking of you all in the path 8mo
Bookwomble Hoping the storm passes over you safely 💖 8mo
Meshell1313 Oh no. Stay safe! 8mo
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kellyannprz
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Audiobook + book = 💛

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kellyannprz
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Another one my best friend lend me. Let‘s begin✨

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persephone1408

Did you guys see?? There is a teaser trailer on YouTube. Supposed to come out some time in 2023.

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Skyrimir
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I started this one when it came out and didn‘t get far. Figured I‘d give the audiobook a try. I would have loved to know more about Finnick, a young Haymitch, Mags. I‘m not sure why Collins chose to write about Snow, of all people. I don‘t really care about all these capitol characters.

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catrionataylor
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Mehso-so

I loved the hunger games books so thought I‘d give the prequel a try! Overall, I loved learning more about the world of Panem and how the games came about, but some of the story felt a bit rushed and confused. However, I do always find it impressive when I want to keep reading even when I don‘t like the main character!

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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨I loved the hunger games series so may have been looking for more. There was not as much adventure and danger. It does give you the prequel background that is helpful. I didn‘t hate it, but I was hoping for more which obviously it can‘t really do because there is three other books with the more.

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Roary47
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Already finished two books today. Started the tagged audiobook hoping to continue audio cleaning today while the kids are playing outside with the door open. 😊 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1y
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Alexx.Harperr
Mehso-so

I was excited to read this as it offered a much more nuanced and 'historical' view of the lesser-developed hunger games period. I enjoy this book 85% of the time, sometimes it felt as though the author tried too hard to make Lucy 'the mysterious quirky girl' and some parts seemed unfortunately rushed, plus I honestly didn't like the ending, but it's a quality read that I say people should give a go.

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thewallflower0707
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Mehso-so

This would have been better if we got multiple perspectives (e.g Tigris and Lucy Gray) or maybe even different timelines (e.g Snow at 18, when he rises to power and when he is president). What didn‘t help the book is the change in YA, nobody wants to read Dystopias anymore.

I would have loved a small chapter with Katniss & Peeta after the end of Mockingjay.

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#HungerGames

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Donna1980
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Pickpick

I love a good origin story and was curious as to how Collins would portray a young Snow. Surely the arch villain was always evil, right? Well yes but also no, at times I found myself feeling some sympathy towards him but ultimately his choices made it hard to feel this for long. The book lost its way in places but I enjoyed it for the most part & I loved the ending which hinted at just what the future Snow would become. Snow lands on top!

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JacintaMCarter
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Pickpick

#2021Book93
We didn‘t need a book about the boy who became President Snow, but I'll read anything Suzanne Collins writes, especially if it's in the Panem universe. I loved all of the small details that nod to elements from the original trilogy, and the main heroine of this book was almost as compelling as Katniss Everdeen. The thing I liked most about this book, though, is that Collins didn't try to make the reader root for or feel bad for Snow.

Texreader Brilliant review. I was on the fence about reading this one but you‘ve convinced me. 2y
GondorGirl Honestly, I liked this one a lot more than the trilogy (though I loved those books too). This did such a great job of showing off an incredibly dysfunctional human, without giving a dramatic story for how he became evil. He was just a horrible person regardless of what happened. 2y
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Linsy
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The #13 always makes me think of District 13. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but if you're a Hunger Games super fan, you'll definitely enjoy this President Snow backstory! 🐍🐦

#triskaidekaphobia #littensdressedinblood
@MidnightBookGirl

Libby1 I liked this one. 2y
Linsy @Libby1 I did too! I just got bogged down between sections and would put it down for large stretches of time in between. I just didn't feel the same addictive pull as the original trilogy. 2y
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Dallin
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Pickpick

I found this book long and boring at times but I did enjoy it. I love how much more it adds to the hunger game‘s. I love the development of Snow‘s character.

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persephone1408
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#falltreasures @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Day 26: Bird on Cover
The first one I think of is the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, but there are so many books with birds on the cover 🐦

Eggs Well played !! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐦📚🙌🏻 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Bailedbailed

I really liked The Hunger Games trilogy, but couldn‘t get through this one. Oh well.

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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

While I think there were other prequels that I would have liked to read more, I did really enjoy the story of young president Snow.

I loved the story and Lucy Gray. I also found it interesting to see how the hunger games changed during the course of the book, into something resembling what we see in the original hunger games book. And while it isn‘t stated, I like to think that Lucy Gray is a relative of Katniss!

This is my #BookSpin for July

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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TheSpineView
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Pickpick

I liked but didn't love. Just not the same caliber as the original series. I did enjoy learning about Snow. Now I know how he ended up being the person he was. 4 stars for the book. However, the narration was terrible. It lacked emotion. A computer could have done just as well. 2 stars for the narrator.

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imabusybee
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Pickpick

It only took me a year to finish. I recommend the audio

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ladybean0814
Bailedbailed

My only DNF of 2021 so far

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MeJeMiller
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t need this book. Yes it‘s a good background book for the main trilogy but I‘d rather had a book about Katniss‘ parents. Did a lot of skimming the second half of the book

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LaraS
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A friend of mine pointed out how Collins totally name dropped a few times with old poets and songs in Songbirds & Snakes, cementing the fact that the HG is, in fact, our world in the “near future“, and not some alternate universe. I didn't pick up on that first time I read it.

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LaraS
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Re-reading this as a buddy read! 💚 💙 💛 💜

Gorgeous artwork from here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCT3JcahQ62/?epik=dj0yJnU9SC1SZlhLQlRYWTVpUlAxVUNLQ2...

AkashaVampie Beautiful artwork!!! 2y
LaraS @AkashaVampie Right? I love searching for fan art whenever I start or finish a book, people are so creative! 2y
AkashaVampie @LaraS they are!!! 2y
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Tera66
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#Maycharacters
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Manipulates
This made me think of Coriolanus Snow A.K.A President Snow from The Hunger Games. The ultimate manipulator from the beginning. The tagged book is the prequel to the Hunger Games where we learn his story and how he came to be the monster he is.

Eggs Fascinating character/prequel!! 2y
Tera66 @Eggs Agreed! 2y
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Bibliophile004
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Pickpick

This is Suzanne Collin‘s prequel to the Hunger Games series. It gives a background on President Snow. Not only was the book very well written, it ties in elements you learn about again in future hunger games books. The evaluation of future President Snow is fascinating. Must read for any Hunger Games fans !!

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passionliv22
Mehso-so

The pacing in the beginning was perfect! But after that it was downhill from there with question upon question. Don‘t get me wrong, it definitely made me like Snow more but I just don‘t think we needed this book in the series!

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Jovy
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Panpan

Another one of those books that didn‘t need to be written. It took forever to finish and didn‘t really make me appreciate why Snow is the way he is. Can I just get Finnick‘s story? Or Haymitch. Either one would be lovely.

#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView That's a bummer! 2y
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Anoukeboek
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Mehso-so

I didn't know I could hate Snow more! In that way, it was a good book. We really learn how Snow became the way he was in The Hunger Games saga. Although it was nice to have more insight in how the Games and Panem came to be, I did find this book to be too long. Tigris was a nice add though, especially her bond with Snow. A lot of things fell into place, but I wouldn't read it again.
(🎧 - audiobook)