12 Ways to Gear-up for a Catching Fire (Hunger Games) Party!

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Who is excited for the release of Catching Fire this November? I know I am and I’ve been thinking about some party ideas for the big night. What’s so great about Hunger Games is, that like Harry Potter, there is a lot of inspiration to pull from the books. Here’s what I’ve come up with for a fabulous night you won’t soon forget:

  1. 12 Trials Obstacle Course – Catching Fire features an arena with rotating trials that appear hourly, around the clock. I propose for the big event that you gear-up and prepare a timed race with 12 trials. The person with the best time could win a prize (popcorn at the movies?). I have eight ready for you based on the book (these are not in the order of the appearance on the clock dial):
    • Blood Rain (CF, pg. 332) – Dodge a hail storm of red water balloons. They could be filled with colored water.
    • Mutated Monkeys (CF, pg. 332) – Climb something… a tree?
    • Acid Fog (CF, pg. 332) – Cover your eyes with something then attempt to run through a blanket maze.
    • Jabber Jays (CF, pg. 348) – Mimic someone convincingly. Just don’t be mean! I would try imitating the characters first.
    • Big Wave (CF, pg. 325) – Jump in the pool and make the biggest splash! All pool safety rules apply.
    • Beast (CF, pg. 348) – Face down a vicious beast (somebody’s pet dog) and make it play dead.
    • Pincher Insects (CF, pg. 364) – Crab walk around an obstacle.
    • Lighting/Electricity Surge (CF, pg. 332) – Race from Point A to Point B as fast as you can. Timed, of course.
  2. Lawn Sports – Any good Hunger Games or Catching Fire party should host lawn sports. Include archery, corn hole, lasso golf, and egg tosses (or water balloon tosses). The more adventurous could include… skeet shooting.
  3. Party on the Water – The arena for Catching Fire begins on the water, so why not start your partying there too? Rent a boat and cruise for a bit before locating a great area to anchor. Bring swim suits and fishing gear. You can even practice your archery with bowfishing!
  4. Rock Climbing Gym – Host your Catching Fire party at a rock climbing gym. Challenge each other to do more and more difficult routes, timed climbs, and then chomp down on pizza when you get ravenous.
  5. Go Capitol – Plan a Capitol-size makeover party. Buy the fun spray-on hair color (that washes out) and get white face paint or white powder foundation and see who can look the most Capitol. (Super cool parents might allow you to buy the permanent version of the hair colors, but get permission first!) Host a runway show and model your Capitol look. Take lots of photos! A prize could go to the best costume.
  6. Capitol Feast – Make your Catching Fire Capitol party a potluck, and encourage your friends to bring their most scrumptious dishes (just don’t go to the vomitorium to make room for it all, okay, that’s not cool.)
  7. Camp Out – Plan your Hunger Games party in the woods. Camp out in style or rough it. I think Peeta (and Katniss) would appreciate the s’mores don’t you? Make your camping party even more fun by combining it with different ideas on this list!
  8. Play Survivor Games – You can go wrong with classics like Manhunt, flashlight/freeze tag, Nerf war, hide and go seek in the dark, etc.
  9. Paintball Party – Plan a paintball party with your friends, either on teams or every-man for himself. Who’s got the best aim? Go to the movies in your war paint – it’s an almost Capitol look, don’t you think? See number five more ideas to complete the ensemble.
  10. Scavenger Hunt – Whether you have to hunt and scavenge for your campsite (see idea 7) or simply find Hunger Games and Catching Fire related clues on your way to the movies, this would be a great idea for a large party. You can break up into teams and have a blast running around! Who knows the most about the book series?
  11. Laser Tag – Go to a local thrill park and play a round of laser tag (perfect for that high-tech fancy look the movies go for with the tributes’ outfits). It’s way less messy (and painful) then paintball. But just as fun!
  12. Fencing/Mock-fighting – Duel it out, mano-a-mano. Get 24 tributes, I mean friends, together and plan a fencing championship. See just who will rise to the top and be the Champion! En Garde!

Most of all, just have fun getting ready for the next Hunger Games movie! See you at the movies!

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44 Books to Read if You Love Twilight

by First Mate Keira

If you haven’t yet read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, you should. All 4 books are out. This is their order:

Plus there’s a companion piece to Eclipse entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Wondering who is Bree Tanner and why does she get a novella? There’s also a guide to the world, The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide.

Meyer was working on Edward’s version of Twilight called Midnight Sun until it was leaked. That’s pretty good too. Who doesn’t love getting inside Edward’s head?

If you’re a Twilight fan…

And are itching for more books to read that give off a similar flavor check out these trilogies, series, classics, and stand alone novels. There are 40 books in all!

The recommendations are in no particular order.

Blueblood Series by Melissa de la Cruz:

Love Triangle. Check. Vampires. Check.

Five books are published so far. Ten are predicted. The next is coming out later this year. Here is the reading order:

  1. Blue Bloods
  2. Masquerade
  3. Revelations
  4. The Van Alen Legacy
  5. Misguided Angel
  6. Lost In Time

Plus there are two fun series related books to check out: Keys to the Repository and Bloody Valentine.

Theater Illuminata Trilogy by Lisa Mantchev:

Love Triangle. Check. Paranormal/Fantasy. Check. Fairies? Theater? Drama! Check! Check! Check! Here is the reading order:

  1. Act I: Eyes Like Stars
  2. Act II: Perchance to Dream
  3. Act III: So Silver Bright

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Five books published so far. Last book in the series on Rose will come out December of this year. Here is the reading order:

  1. Vampire Academy
  2. Frostbite
  3. Shadow Kiss
  4. Blood Promises
  5. Spirit Bound
  6. Last Sacrifice

A spin off series set in the same world, taking side characters and turning them into main characters with a whole new storyline and plot believed to start releasing in 2012.

If You Love the Vampire Academy Series: Dimitri or Adrian? (Poll & Discussion)

House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast:

Vampires. Check. Love Triangle. Check.

Seven books published so far. Twelve books predicted for the series in total. Here is the reading order:

  1. Marked
  2. Betrayed
  3. Chosen
  4. Untamed
  5. Hunted
  6. Tempted
  7. Burned
  8. Awakened
  9. Destined

There will also be a companion piece that gives the 411 on the book series called The Fledgling Handbook 101.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater:

Werewolves. Check. Young Adult Romance. Check.

One published. One about to be published. One to be published summer of 2011. Here is the reading order:

  1. Shiver
  2. Linger
  3. Forever

Fallen Angels by Becca Fitzpatrick:

Paranormal Romance. Check. Love Triangle. Check.

Here is the reading order:

  1. Hush, Hush
  2. Crescendo
  3. Crescendo
  4. Finale

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate:

Paranormal Romance. Check. Love Triangle. Check.

One book published. One about to be released. Rumored two more to come. Here is the reading order:

  1. Fallen
  2. Torment
  3. Passion
  4. Fallen in Love
  5. Rapture

Classics and Single Titles:

The first three classics were mentioned and inspired Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Won’t your English teacher be proud!

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Edward as Mr. Darcy? Featured in Twilight.
  2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Featured in New Moon.
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Featured in Eclipse.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Gothic romance. It’s what people read before vampires. ;)
  5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Love Triangle.
  6. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Fantasy romance with an immortal theme.
  7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – Fantasy romance with a curse.
  8. Beastly by Alex Flinn – Paranormal romance with a curse.

You can’t go wrong with any of the books on this list. Are there any books we’ve missed that you’d add? Let me know!

74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games

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If you haven’t read the Hunger Games you really should! They’re pretty awesome. Check them out:

If you’re already a fan of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…

You should add these books to your to be read pile!

(The recommendations are in no particular order.)

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

In a world where Officials pick your perfect mate, what happens when you’ve two choices?

  1. Matched
  2. Crossed
  3. Reached

Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

A boy wakes up in a Glade with other boys knowing only his name, not how he got there, or how to escape the enclosed walls.

  1. The Kill Order (novella)
  2. The Maze Runner
  3. The Scorch Trials
  4. The Death Cure

Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

A young boy is given the job to retain the Community’s memories and to advise them using that knowledge, but he doesn’t like what he sees when he knows the past.

  1. The Giver
  2. Gathering Blue
  3. Messenger
  4. Son

Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

A city of light amidst the darkness begins to go black and survival means finding a way out by going through the unknown.

  1. The City of Ember
  2. The People of Sparks
  3. The Prophet of Yonwood
  4. The Diamond of Darkhold

Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld

When you turn 16 you can get a license to become Pretty and live in paradise, but one girl’s license is in jeopardy when her friend runs away. If she doesn’t find her and bring her back both are doomed to be Ugly for life.

  1. Uglies
  2. Pretties
  3. Specials
  4. Extras

Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

One girl must compete against 34 other girls and get selected to marry a prince on live television, but what if she doesn’t want to marry him?

  1. The Selection
  2. The Prince (novella)
  3. The Elite
  4. The One

UPDATE: Novellas added to series: The Prince, The Guard

Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh M. O’Brien

You either live in the Enclave or you don’t. A portion of the poor outside the walls are advanced into the Enclave as infants. It is considered a privilege for your child to be selected, but our heroine isn’t so sure that’s the truth when her parents are arrested.

  1. Birthmarked
  2. Tortured (novella)
  3. Prized
  4. Promised

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

A girl’s results for the Affinity Exam show that she is Divergent, which means she can pick where she wants to go of the five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Dauntless. But can she define herself in only one way?

  1. Divergent
  2. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (novella)
  3. Insurgent
  4. Allegiant

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

A girl sees something nobody else can see and is pulled into a world of demons and demon hunters.

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. City of Fallen Angels
  5. City of Lost Souls
  6. City of Heavenly Fire

Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card

A young boy is taught to battle aliens and unwittingly participates in genocide.

(As a note, reading order and publishing order are different. I’ve included Ender’s Saga and Ender’s Shadow series in the list below. Author’s comments on reading order are here.)

  1. First Meetings in Ender’s Universe
  2. Ender’s Shadow
  3. A War of Gifts
  4. Ender’s Game – Movie coming to theaters in November 2013
  5. Ender in Exile
  6. Shadow of the Hegemon
  7. Shadow Puppets
  8. Shadow of the Giant
  9. Shadows in Flight
  10. Speaker for the Dead
  11. Xenocide
  12. Children of the Mind

Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson

She was surrounded at birth by light and marked as the Chosen One destined to fulfill a prophecy. But can a failure of a princess ever hope to meet such a daunting task?

  1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns
  2. The Crown of Embers
  3. The Bitter Kingdom

Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

The government demands that everyone on their 18th birthday get the cure to eradicate love from their system, but 95 days before turning 18 Lena falls in love and that changes everything.

  1. Delirium
  2. Hana (novella)
  3. Pandemonium
  4. Requiem

Last Survivors Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer

A meteor knocks the moon closer to Earth and drastic climate changes occur leaving few left to navigate their new world.

  1. Life As We Knew It
  2. The Dead and the Gone
  3. This World We Live In

Cold Awakening Trilogy by Robin Wasserman

A girl wakes up from a car crash and realizes she’s been downloaded into a new body made of wires, circuits, and synthetic skin. She doesn’t recognize herself anymore and apparently nobody else does either.

  1. Skinned
  2. Crashed
  3. Wired

Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

A girl wakes up from a cryopreservation (frozen sleep) onboard a spaceship 50 years before they reach their destination and must discover her would-be murderer before he succeeds and targets her parents.

  1. Across the Universe
  2. A Million Suns
  3. Shades of Earth

Bar Code Trilogy by Suzanne Weyn

Everyone over the age of 17 must get a bar code tattoo, according to a new conglomerate in America pushing this law through. The bar code holds everything about your identity, but it’s also a lot more sinister than the convenient Google Wallet.

  1. The Bar Code Tattoo
  2. The Bar Code Rebellion
  3. The Bar Code Prophecy

Stand Alones:

  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  2. Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  4. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  5. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  6. Lord of the Flies by Willian Golding

What other books do you suggest?

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If You Love Suzanne Collins: A Comparison of Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander

by Captain Yarr

My two books for this comparison essay are Gregor The Overlander and The Hunger Games, both by Suzanne Collins. Gregor the Overlander is about Gregor and his little sister Boots falling into the underworld and trying to get out, but not knowing how. This book ends with Gregor finding his lost-since-he-was-little father and the two of them getting out of the Underland, knowing that they’ll never be the same. Hunger Games is about Katniss taking her sister’s place when she’s called into the Hunger Games and trying to survive in the arena with Peeta (the boy called into the Hunger Games for district 12). This book ends with her and Peeta winning the Hunger Games and the two of them happily returning to District 12 to their families and having an unforgettable experience.

There are many similarities between these two books. Such as: they both have mind blowing experiences. Gregor was in the Underworld and fighting to search for his father, and Katniss was fighting for survival in the arena. They also have similar plots, for they both are fighting and searching for their life. They both have someone as their sidekick/companion. For Gregor it was Boots, and for Katniss it was Peeta. These two books are alike because the main characters both cared for their friends and family and didn’t want them to suffer. Katniss didn’t want Prim to suffer, and Gregor didn’t want his Mother and Boots to suffer. Gregor and Katniss both had similar solutions. They both return home safe and secure, and they’re both not sure what’s going to happen next.

There were also many differences between these two books. At first Gregor didn’t know what he was getting into, when he was falling to the Underworld, but when Katniss volunteered to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games, she knew that she was risking her life. Gregor wasn’t prepared for fighting and what he going to do in the Underworld, whereas Katniss was put into training and could defend herself, if she were attacked. These two books are different because Hunger Games is more of a young adult book, but Gregor the Overlander is a children’s fantasy. The settings of these two books are different, because Hunger Games mainly takes place in the arena, and Gregor the Overlander takes place in the Underworld. In Gregor the Overlander there’s no romance, but in Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta are shown to the world as a couple.

The author, Suzanne Collins wrote both Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander. She became a writer for children books, when she met James Proimos and decided to write children books herself. Gregor the Overlander was inspired by Alice In Wonderland. Gregor falls down into the Underworld just like Alice falls down the hole. Hunger Games was partly inspired by the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur. Besides the two series (Hunger Games and Underland) she has written Fire Proof in 1999 and When Charlie McButton Lost Power in 2005.

While I was reading these books, I used useful strategies such as visualizing and inferring. Using these skills made reading the books a lot better than just reading alone. I could taste what the characters tasted, smell what they smelled, see what they saw, feel what they felt, and I could hear what they heard. Predicting what would happen also made the book a lot better. Either the books could be read to find out what happens, or the reader could begin the books by predicting what will happen and making predictions along the way.  The second way makes the books a whole lot more interesting, because it makes them interactive. After I finished each book, I thought about my predictions and how some of them were right, and some were wrong. I also thought how the story would change, if all of my predictions came true.

I would recommend both of these books.  They were very enjoyable, and not one page did I think I would fall asleep. At first when I heard of Hunger Games, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, because I wasn’t a fan of war. But everyone started reading it and saying that they loved it, so I decided that I would try it, and I loved it too! A friend also recommended I read Gregor the Overlander and I did, and I also enjoyed it. I would recommend Hunger Games to someone who didn’t mind gory chapters and war-like books, but who also liked a hint of romance. I would recommend Gregor the Overlander to someone who likes bugs, rats, and bats. Even if they didn’t, someone who’d enjoy a adventurous search with a adorable little sister who isn’t afraid of anything would likely enjoy this book for it is both adventurous and humorous.

In conclusion I enjoyed reading both of these books, and I’m planning to read both sequels! The writing was terrific, and once I got into the book, I devoured it whole. I think that Suzanne Collins is a great author and want to read more of her books as they get published. I’m also planning to see the Hunger Games once it comes out in 2011!

4 Book Series to Read if You Loved Hunger Games or Gregor the Overlander:

  1. Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows
  2. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian
  3. Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Arctic Incident, Eternity Code, Opal Deception, Lost Colony, Time Paradox
  4. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree, The Wrath of Mulgarath

56 Books to Read if You Love Harry Potter

by First Mate Keira

If you haven’t yet read the Harry Potter Series you should. All 7 books are out. This is their order:

These are the companion books to Harry Potter:

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If you’re a Harry Potter fan…

You should check out these trilogies and series. There are 42+ books in all! The recommendations are in no particular order.

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan:

A boy with ADD and dyslexia finds out his handicaps are in fact signs of his powers. He learns that he’s a demigod, son of the Greek god Poseidon, one of the main three gods. Trouble is looming and he’s the only one who can save the world. The first book has been made into a major motion picture. The series in order is:

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
  3. Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

6. Companion novels: The Demigod Files.

New Series based on Percy Jackson: The Heroes of Olympus is currently comprised of 3 books:

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son of Neptune
  3. The Mark of Athena

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer:

A boy genius is a criminal mastermind and the greatest recent enemy of fairies worldwide. He plans to rebuild his family’s finances by stealing it from “imaginary” beings. The books in order are:

  1. Artemis Fowl
  2. The Arctic Incident
  3. The Eternity Code
  4. The Opal Deception
  5. The Lost Colony
  6. The Time Paradox
  7. The Atlantis Complex
  8. The Last Guardian

18. The Artemis Fowl Files is the companion novel to the series.

Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer:

A girl discovers a boy in her class is a vampire and it’s love at first smell… er sight. The series listed in order is:

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse
  4. Breaking Dawn

23. The companion novel for this series is The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage:

A boy soldier finds out he has magical abilities and is considered by one and all to be one of most magical beings around as the 7th son of a 7th son. He’s going to be powerful, very powerful, but until then, he’s got to be trained. The books in order are:

  1. Magyk
  2. Flyte
  3. Physik
  4. Queste
  5. Syren
  6. Darke

30. The series’ companion novel is The Magykal Papers.

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

A girl volunteers herself as a sacrificial tribute to the Capitol to be placed in the arena in order to save her sister and ends up inciting a rebellion. The books are being made into movies. The Hunger Games, the movie is already released. The trilogy in order is as follows:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman:

This trilogy is published for young adults, but like Harry Potter is meant to reach a wider audience. The Golden Compass, the first in the trilogy, has been made into a major motion picture. The trilogy in order is:

  1. The Golden Compass
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis:

This series is comprised of seven books. It has been adapted several times over. The latest adaptions have been 3 full length featured motion pictures by Disney on books 2, 4, and 5. The books in reading order are different than their published order. The chronological reading order is as follows:

  1. The Magician’s Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black:

This series is wonderful for the younger reader. It is not really aimed toward adults as the books are super short and read like fragments of a larger story. The five books comprising the series have been turned into one major film. In order, they are:

  1. The Field Guide
  2. The Seeing Stone
  3. Lucinda’s Secret
  4. The Ironwood Tree
  5. The Wrath of Mulgarath

You can then go and read Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles:

  1. The Nixies Song
  2. A Giant Problem
  3. The Wyrm King

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini:

A young boy finds a dragon egg and hatches it, starting him on an adventure of a lifetime as he is the last of the Dragon Riders. The first book in the series, Eragon, has been turned into a motion picture film.

  1. Eragon
  2. Eldest
  3. Brisingr
  4. Inheritance

56. To learn more about the series, check out the companion novel: Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia.

So there you have it! What books do you recommend?

If You Love the Iron Fey Trilogy: Puck or Ash? (Poll & Discussion)

This discussion assumes you’ve read Iron King and Iron Daughter and Midwinter’s Passage (the novella in between the two books).

Pros for Puck:

  • He’s her best friend and an argument could be made he is her only true friend. Prior to the series starting, Meghan was invisible to many because of her fairy blood.
  • Puck has been her protector for years keeping her safe from the Never Never realm and all the lovelies therein. Pretty tough job. Once in Never Never Puck doesn’t need Meghan to strike a deal with him to follow her into the trouble coming. He goes willingly and because he cares.
  • He’s the darling of the Summer Court. As jester to Oberon, Puck can get away with much and ask for favors and allowances to smooth things over for Meghan.
  • He’s Robin Goodfellow from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is thus nearly indestructible. The more humans know who you are the more powerful and immortal you can be.
  • His fighting style is hardcore with a hint of hilarity with sticks becoming bears. His style is heavy on magics which could be very useful in the upcoming war against the Iron Fey, as I believe magic to be the antithesis of technology.
  • The Weasley twins and Sirius Black would love him for his pranks and his wit. They’d all be thick as thieves if they ever appeared in the same book series.

Biggest Con for Puck:

  • Puck had plenty of time to make a move and instead remained silent. As far as I’m concerned Meghan being with Ash is his own fault. His lack of action practically threw Meghan at Ash. If Puck and Meghan are going to be together he’s got an uphill battle to fight now because her feelings are firmly settled on Ash. He could have been with her, but he chose not to pursue until somebody else had done it first. When his declaration finally came was it too late? It’s a sad last laugh on Puck, the guy stuck perhaps permanently in the friend zone.

Pros for Team Ash:

  • Ash is royal where Puck is not. As the youngest Unseelie prince it is unlikely he will ever be king of his own court and have total control, but his position gives him privileges Puck can’t hope to achieve.
  • He’s a 1000 + years old which means he’s as powerful as or more powerful than Puck to have lasted this long. Immortality is his and he is equally hard to destroy.
  • Ash is a great dancer and swordfighter. Skills he has honed to perfection making him limber and graceful. As such Ash cuts a dashing figure and is mesmerizing in battle. He’s protective and determined to see Meghan safe. So much so that he’s willing to take on the biggest bad Never Never ever saw.
  • He is there when Puck isn’t. He goes to the Iron Kingdom when Puck is trapped in a tree healing from severe wounds.
  • The Winter Court is harsh and cruel to those who show weakness. Over time this has meant that Ash has become a hard, cold, ruthless opponent. But he wasn’t always that way. He used to be best friends with Puck. He had loved. And while it terrifies him, while he knows it is wrong, he’s fallen in love again with Meghan. Around her you get this feeling he’s rediscovering his true self, the person he has to hide away at court.
  • Speaking of knowing it is wrong to fall in love with Meghan… Ash and Meghan are the ultimate starcrossed lovers. He’s of the Winter Court. She is of the Summer Court. From time to time members of both courts have fallen for one another, but it is forbidden. Oberon and Mab demand such couples to renounce their love forever or suffer banishment forever from Never Never. He risks fading away into nothing and mortality from permanent banishment to be with her.

Biggest Con for Ash:

  • Meghan has a hard time reading him. He’s that aloof hero whose motives are hard to figure out. Ash is constantly struggling with himself. He knows he should push Meghan away and does time and again, but then flips and pulls her closer because he loves her, to hell with the Courts’ rules about their relationship. But instead of being straight with her he keeps things silent. Because of this consistent level of miscommunication and his earlier courting methods Meghan is sometimes unsure of him. She had questioned his love for her in Mab’s Court when he seemed like a stranger to her.

Conclusion: There’s still one last book to tell and I have a feeling being stuck outside of Never Never will become a major problem for Ash and Meghan. Nobody is going to let it rest. Not yet at least and the two could be easily split apart. With Robbie on the inside what’s a Prince to do?

As for me I’m firmly Team Ash. I hope when all hell breaks loose Ash isn’t left behind the way Puck was in Iron King. I need my Ash like a smoker needs their next shot of Nicotine. I’m that addicted and that obsessed. So here’s to following Puck’s footsteps and having Ash break all the rules.

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