The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: a Review

Being 517 pages, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a pretty long book. Despite this, it’s become one of my all-time favorites to pick up off the bookshelf.

Let’s talk about why. (No spoilers!)


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven’t already read that, it’s amazing, go do it. It will help make the prequel make far more sense, as well.

The book features Coriolanus Snow as the protagonist, reliving the events of his life after the Dark Days war.

Part One- Positives

The book draws from a lot of the philosophical questions in the original trilogy. Good and bad, black and white.,

The characters are phenomenal, with believable development throughout. It was hard to imagine how Suzanne Collins was going to be able to write such a downright coldhearted individual to be a believable protagonist, but it totally worked.

The book makes it clear that Snow isn’t in the right by any means – but it still makes sense why he does it.

Part Two: Negatives

Admittedly, this book features a bit of repetition, especially in the beginning. Snow goes through the same routine, over and over. Additionally, the plot can get a bit twisty and confusing, and can give you a bit of whiplash.

Part 3: Conclusion

Let’s sum up.

• Fast-paced/Action-packed

•Builds on the original trilogy

• Confusing at times

I’d say that’s a net positive!

This book is beautiful for those who have already read the original trilogy. If you have, definitely check this out!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins is available to checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available to download for free from Libby.

How to Get Back into Reading When You’re…in a Slump

Reading is magical. It can make us laugh, cry, and it can inspire people the world over. But sometimes…you just don’t have the motivation to open that first page.

Here’s some tips to get back into reading when you’ve begun to slack off.



Do you have certain things you do before bed? When you do those things, it might help you relax and prepare for rest. So if you set a routine for reading, it can prepare your mind for reading.
EXAMPLES: reading before dinner, reading after homework, etc.

Setting timers can help motivate your reading.


Get blankets, a drink, and a nice place to sit. Reading is great for the mind, so why not make it comfy for the body too?


Don’t feel pressured to read a certain amount of pages a day. Even 5 pages is better than nothing!


If you feel your books are dull, try a new genre. Sometimes you need something new to spark your interest!


MV Teen Voice has tons of book reviews to browse through – reading other’s opinions on books is a great way to find the best for you.


Try a book you have read before and loved! A lot of people see this as a great way to encourage your mind to read more – starting slow in your comfort zone.


If you’re reading a book, and you feel like it’s just not for you…don’t feel pressured to finish. Often times this drags you down from reading and demotivates you. Find something you really love, and read that!

Hopefully these tips can spark your motivation and get you back into reading. After all…

“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.”

-Neil Gaiman