|Reviews for Madhouse|
| Burning Stars chapter 8 . 3h ago
Davin: His alliance is definitely the most lighthearted out of everyone, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. They add diversity in terms of personality, but thus far their only strength seems to be optimism, which although admirable, probably won't keep them alive. Davin isn't blind to the direness of his situation, though, so maybe there's hope for him yet. But the fact that his weapon of choice is a bat makes me cringe. Not because it's a bad weapon, but because bats tend to be horribly violent tools of murder. It involves a lot of bludgeoning. If he manages to actually kill anyone, I expect a lot of gore.
Matteo: He's actually one of the more pleasant careers, but that's only because he's being compared to the likes of Saskia and Megaera. His method of playing up the "perfect" career angle is getting slightly less annoying as the story progresses, mostly because he's failing at some parts and succeeding at others. He has the acting ability, but not quite the fighting ability. All of the career girls totally outstripped the guys in terms of training scores to a saddening degree. The boys are so out of their league.
Celene: Eeeeeh. I'm really not keen on her anymore, if I ever was. She's supposedly been training for three days, and she can't identify a knife with certainty? I'm going to agree with her mentor here in predicting her swift and untimely death. She's underprepared, totally weak, and her alliance really isn't going to help.
Raelyn: At least she knows she's hopeless. I didn't think her session went too horribly, but I guess the gamemakers beg to differ. A few people did as poorly or worse than she did, so maybe she has a chance. Her eternal optimism is similar to Davin's, but she's more... I dunno. Childish? There's a kiddie-vibe that she gives off, and it's really starting to irritate me. I don't hate her quite yet, but at this point I wouldn't mind if she got a knife in the back. The same goes for Ada and Kitty.
Calliope: Shine and Dorian NOPE NOPE NOPE
Normally I scoff at tributes who so readily discount their mentors, but I think she's justified here, to a certain extent. I really like the fact that she's conflicted over her approach to Alistair, whether to help him or let him die. It humanizes her, and proves that she's an overall more compassionate and intelligent person than the other female Careers. Maybe even Matteo, too. Granted, she'd never admit it. The commentary on scores and alliances was as expected, since Ward and Lochlan's alliances are basically the only big challenges to the Pack this time around.
Celene got a 2
Ward: Resigned, but hopeful. I like his mindset. His powers of observation are obviously superior to most, since he merely watched Cynder tear dummies apart and ended up getting a higher score. Elijah's alliance is apparently one to watch out for. And woooooooo may babeh got a relatively high score. Ward's still one of my favorites, since he's the type of person to watch a problem until he comes up with a solution, and his overall levelheadedness will give him a huge advantage in the arena (considering it's supposed to be a madhouse, eh?). He just seems like someone who's unlikely to go totally insane. Then again, I could be wrong. His breakdown would be entertaining to read, I bet.
From favorite to least favorite:
Ward, Calliope, Matteo, Raelyn, Celene, Davin
Which tribute do I see making it far?
Ward, for reasons stated above.
| Burning Stars chapter 7 . 5h ago
Pardon my uber tardiness.
Megaera: I liked hearing more about Mags' backstory. She's right; the distinction between confidence and arrogance is what makes or breaks a lot of careers. Both involve believing in one's own abilities, but arrogance can lead people to overlook the abilities of others. If Megaera can manage to get over herself and respect Mags' advice, I can actually see her winning.
Kitty: Although I can admire her realistic outlook, I still don't like her. I don't see her newfound alliance lasting much past the bloodbath.
Tyndall: He's analytical and bookish, both typical traits of a tribute from District Three, but he also has enough confidence to overcome his nerves. A lot of D3 kids are either too socially awkward to approach other people, or too arrogant to consider an alliance useful. Good on Tyndall for realizing the use of having other people around. I think this alliance will get pretty far, actually, except for maybe Tatum. She doesn't seem very important as of yet.
Tirzah: She knows herself and her strengths, which is vital in the arena. Eavesdropping on the careers seemed a little more easy than it should have been, but hiding is one of her talents so I guess it makes sense. The Pack this year is rather diverse, with the unreasonably arrogant Saskia and Megaera, the (comparatively) reasonable Calliope, nice and oblivious Allistair, and attempted everyman Matteo. I'm not feeling Tirzah as much as I was before, but I don't dislike her quite yet.
Atarah: I don't really know how to pin her down. She's idealistic to a near-painful degree, but it makes her more endearing. Her overeagerness when it comes to Elijah makes me think that she's got some sort of crush on him, or at least places more faith in him that the situation probably warrants. Either way, at least they managed to induct Kennedy into Team Idealism. I think that Kennedy will give their alliance a more cynical outlook overall, which at this point is probably a good thing.
Lochlan: And the plot thickens. Tarquin does have a point, though. The circumstances under which Lochlan was reaped were rather suspicious. Situation aside, though, the chip on Lochlan's shoulder is getting rather irritating. "I'm different so they want me dead. Woe is me." Yeah, no. Cut the crap, crybaby. Although I have confidence in him and his alliance, and i really like him at this point in time, he'd better drop the jaded, melodramatic, everyone-hates-me outlook in a short period of time, or I'll want him dead ASAP.
From favorite to least favorite:
Lochlan, Tyndall, Tirzah, Atarah, Megaera, Kitty
Ward is one of my favorites and I like Cynder, too, so their alliance is at the top of my list.
| mangesboy01 chapter 7 . 3/11
Well, once again I'm behind. I'm terribly sorry, man, I really am. For some reason, I keep reading this story in pieces. . . . I don't know, and I forget to review. Anyway, Jake, I just wanted to say that you're writing is superb (you seem to be capturing each tribute perfectly, allowing each one to have their own individual voice), and I'm enjoying it immensely. Oh, and you're writing Ward perfect!
Now onto the tributes; I hope a simple list will suffice.
1. Megaera (I love her. Plus, I really enjoyed how you wrote Mags; you captured a much younger version of her character most beautifully.) and Atarah (I just love her and Elijah. I guess you can say I'm shipping them at the moment, haha. Anyway, I'm interested in what Kennedy will bring to that alliance.)
3. Tirzah (Hmmm, the Careers are indeed most interesting. She seems pretty clever herself. I can only hope she doesn't fade into the background, though, as she's a loner.)
4. Lochlan (Now, I'm intrigued. Why did the other volunteers allow him to go into the Games? Like Tarquin said, "They raise warriors, not idiots." In other words, something suspicious is going down with the trainees in District 2 and I can't wait to see in unveiled. Oh, and by the way, I really like Tarquin. At this moment, he's one of my favorite mentors.)
5. Tyndall (Well, he got himself an alliance. Honestly, I'm curious as to how well that alliance is going to last, considering what I've seen with both Lochlan and Tatum.)
6. Kitty (Still, not feeling her. Sorry)
Favorite alliance? Ward and Cyder, but that's bias, so definitely the Careers. I'm really like them as a whole this year. Well, besides Saskia (Surprisingly, she's just "too" much for me). Oh, and Sabrina. I have to include her, however, she's a loner.
| Sunlight Comes Creeping In chapter 7 . 3/9
Megaera: Megaera is so bitter and arrogant wow, I just am not feeling her for some illogical reason. I just don't fins her as appealing as some, and I am sorry Cloe, but she is just rubbing me the wrong way. Mags though, I enjoyed reading her story and of how fair it was, because no-one really had the advantage of training besides herself. I loved her understanding of the difference between arrogance and confidence, it just shows how intelligent our Mags is. She really lightened up this POV for me, and Megaera just faded into the background.
Kitty: Now I understand how all of her District disrespected her, because of how she found enjoyment into tricking people she was a different person altogether. Wow Raelyn is so naive, she just didn't give a shit what was going on and actually believed in Kitty xD Though Ada was smart enough to see through her lies and I believe the two won't really get along considering Ada knows what a fake individual Kitty is. Anywho I don't really like Kitty all that much.
Tyndall: omg get back to reading your books pls
His awkwardness was actually so hilarious, and I loved reading about his thoughts. He was so gauche, and I found it really funny to read. And then trying to make that alliance with Lochlan and Tatum xD I wouldn't have expected the three to ally with each other, but I'm sure they'll be fine as an alliance.
i'll finish the review in ch8 review bc the effort of finishing it now tbh
| Sunlight Comes Creeping In chapter 6 . 3/8
the lack of reviews this story hurts
it's been like 10 years since I read this
okay who got POVs? Idek gotta go back and check
Tatum: To be honest the only thing I remember from her POV is her paranoia and how annoyed she was by her Escort, whose name I don't even remember. I'd say Tatum is definitely a strong girl and has lots of room for development, considering how neurotic she seems. So far, she isn't a favourite, but I can't really say anything bad about her because she definitely seems like a great character. So yeah I like Tatum.
Alistair: All I remember here i how cool Calliope was :o Honestly, the One pair are really the only Careers I do like although Alistair is a ditz and Calliope is just overall amazing. I loved how compassionate Calliope seemed in this chapter, and Alistair was great himself, being all supportive 'n stuff. Yeah, I really like Alistair and Calliope.
Raven: I liked this POV because Raven seemed merely mature yet still scared of his surroundings and the fact that he is in the Games, so yeah he was quite refreshing. He doesn't seem strong at all, and without his alliance with Graeden I'm sure he wouldn't be able to survive, although Graeden doesn't seem all that strong himself. I like Raven but he seems weak and I expect him to be among the first to fall. ThoughM I could be wrong, as he does have a good "element of surprise" and could surprise us all and win ;D
Matteo: tbh I can't even remember this POV. All I know is that they were throwing spears and Megaera the perfect fairy gets bulls-eye like the perfect woman she is. Such a big surprise there :oooo
Davin: wow he's frenetic. He's just so overwhelmingly enthusiastic and I love it all. I like how optimistic he is, though when I just heard the name Celene I began to puke everywhere. Shes just so energetic and a bimbo and it makes no logic for her to be so juvenile. I'd like the Alton/Davin alliance though, because both just seem like great characters. Celene can join Raelyn and her ridic girlies. Though the only one in that alliance I wouldn't like would be Celene anyways so yeah xD
join teh careers bby
lol jk He just wasn't at all memorable. Though I don't dislike him so that's a good sign. Yeah okay hi Sloane.
Favourite out of these six?
Alistair was just really nice so yeah I liked him the best.
Okay, favourite tributes altogether:
Calliope, Elijah, Raelyn.
Okay onto ch7 and bring on ch8!11
| nb1998 chapter 7 . 3/7
I should have reviewed this a while back but I never really got round to doing it, sorry about that. Anyways onto the review.
Megaera: Ooo I'm really starting to like Megaera, I think just the fact that in this chapter she showed Mags some respect and treated her like she should, it made me like her a lot more. I'm still interested in why she volunteered but I think it is because she is confident and not because she's arrogant. Maybe she's slightly coming to the stage where she's realising the situation she is in but the fact that Mags has faith in her means I have faith in her and I definitely see her doing well in the games because I think she'll have all the careers sussed out by then.
Kitty: Well she's certainly different to what she was like in the first pov, I think she's clearly quite determined to do well and she'll go to any means to make sure that she does do well. I don't mind her though, I won't like her if she begins to manipulate Raelyn because she isn't clever but right now I don't mind her bitter type attitude towards things. She doesn't seem to be a bad person but it's like she's not going to treat people really nicely because people haven't treat her nicely because of something she's done.. I'm interested in what that something could be.
Tyndall: I'm still not amazingly keen on him, to me he just seems like your kind of average district 3 tribute, he's clever and he knows how to see the statistics and facts of things but I don't see too much else to him although for some reason I'm sure there is. I like the alliance, it's such a random mix of tributes that it actually seems to work, these three have mixed personalities that can easily see clashing but they all have determination to get the job done.
Tirzah: It really is good seeing a second pov from a character because it really can give you a lot more insight into them. She's even more anxious and scared of those around her than I even thought she was. It's clear, like Kitty, that who she is is determined by how she's been brought up. I wonder what her parents jobs are and why are they so controlling. I fear that she's fall a victim to the games and she'll end up letting her own fears get the better of her.
Atarah: One of the reasons's I really like Atarah is because she has a nice calmness to his voice but even though she seems to say little she seems to have wisdom. She's clearly a nice girl who likes to see others happy and that's obviously a good thing, not once did she look at the faults of Kennedy, not even in her thoughts and I think that shows she's a nice person. She seems optimistic too, like things will work out. She seemed to drift off at times which made her seem like a bit of a dreamer but yeah I like her too.
Lochlan: I began to like him more throughout the pov, at the start he seemed harsh and disrespectful of Tarquin, kind of like Megaera was like with Mags but then when he let him talk and give his point he quietened down and listened to what he was saying and Tarquin has made a very good point, a point I'm very interested in finding out. What makes Lochlan so different? He doesn't even seem that dislikable yet no-one volunteers when the district is full of blood thirsty wanna be murderers. Seems a tad odd to me.
Favourite out of these six and why?: Probably Atarah because of her nice voice and her kindness, I like the normality of her.
Favourite alliance?: Probably Lochlan's.
| bobothebear chapter 3 . 2/21
These tributes are absolutely awe-inspiring - the writing was, too! Creds to Snaily, Elim, the other creators, and you, Jake, for an amazing first batch and some pretty wicked writing.
Alright, let's start with that order on details.
Alton - he's just so fresh, so creepy, yet not wicked-knife-wielding-bloody-murder kind of tribute - he's just slightly off. His ability to remain strong, laugh even, hints at some inner strength or something... wrong in the brain department, and even though I am thinking of the latter, either way, he's an interesting tribute to say the least.
Tirzah - Can I just say i love her name? Alright, her character is well balanced if a bit on the rocky side in the mental stability department, but that's never too much of a crime. Her interaction with people as a whole is interesting, and I'm hoping she gets stuck with someone like her mom so we can see her stand up before she meets her likely demise. Positive, much? Nevahhh xD
Celene - Nothing about Celene is bad, per se, but likewise, none of it is astounding. The majority of her parts, her name, personality - they're all above average, slightly. Her personality around Julius, like it's mentioned, is something different than what it usually is, so I guess I'll have to wait to really lock in a thumbs-down or up for Celene.
Atarah - Beautiful name :o I'm expecting her to rise through the ranking, but for now, her POV was bonding time with her father, which is great, and I'm excited to see her reaction when she's not on an emotion high.
Lochlan - I just... Why didn't anyone volunteer? His name is acceptable, and his clothing choice is... interesting, but I'm just befuddled at the non-volunteer thing. To spite him, particularly? I mean, sure, the kid's weird, but aren't there kids out there who are giving up their last chance at glory? Why give it up for a laugh?
Kitty- It's the name. The reason she's down here is the name :p Her personality, otherwise, isn't bad, but I can see it getting tiresome after a while.
Great chapter, Jake! Can't wait til I get more time to read on :)
| Sunlight Comes Creeping In chapter 5 . 2/21
I completely forgot I was two chapters behind. Better sooner than later to catch up. These will probably be short reviews though, because the effort, y'know.
Saskia: idk I think I completely zoned out while reading her POV. I remember her pestering Lochlan or something but nothing else. She doesn't stick out or anything, and she just sounds like one of those tormentors who get gratification by maltreating their victims. I don't really like Saskia, she just doesn't interest me at all.
Ward: I think I totally zoned out on his POV too. He just seems average and yeah maybe he is clever but nothing distinctive or exciting about him. I'll just stay neutral on him for now, because who knows what could happen.
The alliance with Cynder I presumed, but not in that way :/ He basically just went up to him and was like, "Prove to me that you're not scared of allying with me," and I'm like, "Wtf?" because it all just seems absurd.
Ada: let's be friends ada :3
This alliance wasn't expected, because Raelyn is just frenetic while Ada is really mature. I honestly thought there was going to be a Raelyn/Kitty/Celene alliance because they're all crazy but I like the idea of Ada allying with Raelyn because Ada is lonely and wants a friend 3
Seriously Raelyn what is up with them berries like ftw
I like Ada and how she wanted to be friends with Raelyn. Though friends in the arena are totally dysfunctional so smart move gurl
Calliope: wow I like Calliope.
She just seems so calculating and it's sad because everyone - including Lenore - thinks she is a slut, but she is all smarticles and stuff.
lol vote for Alistair as president
Idk I don't really think I like the Careers this year, apart from the pair from One, because I totally didn't want either Saskia, Matteo or Megaera to be the leader ._. They just don't interest me, although I usually like the Careers.
Yeah Calliope is really cool.
Sabrina: Sabrina is being all humane aw that's nice. I like that she wants her victims to have painless deaths and that's nice of her because no one wants to suffer while dying.
"Do unto others what you would like others do unto you." Yeah, something like that.
Yeah, I like Sabrina.
Graeden: wow Oren is creepy
he's probably a molester or something
idk what to think of Graeden (btw this name is so hard to type) because I think this chapter mainly showed that Oren is a ravisher and likes little children.
omg i should stop now
This POV didn't really interest me though I'm sure Graeden is okay but right now he's neutral.
Favourite out of these and why?
Calliope. Ada. Sabrina. Graeden. Ward. Saskia.
Who in the Career pack do I see going the furthest?
Calliope. She's seems headstrong and smart. I like her.
| mangesboy01 chapter 6 . 2/20
I'm reviewing this while on my break in-between classes at college, lol. So it's going to be shorter than I'd like.
1. Raven and Matteo (I couldn't decide between these two; I really enjoyed both their POV's. Plus, they were back to back, which was awesome.)
Favorite: It's a three way tie between Sabrina. Matteo, and Megaera.
| Burning Stars chapter 6 . 2/17
Tatum: Eh. Giselle is quite annoying, yes, but Tatum's tantrum goes to show that she doesn't have much self-control, at least in the heat of the moment. Unfortunately, the arena will hold a lot of heated moments. I know every reaped tribute is scared for their life and that generally leads to short fuses, but man, if that temper continues it'll probably get her into trouble. At least she's going to start upping her game in terms of allies. Maybe all hope isn't lost.
Alistair: Ah, so he's the nice one. His naïveté is simultaneously endearing and cause for concern. I think he'll end up being a mascot-type member of the Pack, keeping everyone from ripping each others' throats out with his general niceness and upbeat attitude. But that can only last for so long. Either way, I think he'll have a positive influence on his allies, so that should be fun to mess around with in terms of development and the like.
Raven: He automatically gets points for having foresight and maturity as a little. Ugh, he's so scared and sad and I just want to give him a hug. Unfortunately, it's realistic for most everyone to discount him for his youth, even his district partner (I still hate Kitty and this only reinforces my hatred of her), which makes Graeden's actions that much more admirable. Or dumb. I guess I'll need to monitor their interactions for further evidence.
Matteo: He seems pretty chill, but if he never trained properly before volunteering, I don't expect him to last very long. He's trying to play up the "perfect career" role, but that only works if he knows what he's doing. Which he doesn't, at least not in terms of weapons. I mean, I don't hate him, but I don't think he has what it takes to win.
Davin: Wimpy, wimpy, wiiiimpy. Can't even put up a fight.
ULTIMATE FORM WHAT
I can't tell whether I love him, or if he makes me cringe... or both? But I seriously hope that half of everything he does is meant to be sarcastic or not taken seriously, because otherwise... yeah let's not go there. I can't bring myself to like him, and Celene is irritating. I'm pinning my hopes for this alliance on Alton.
Sloan: Ah yes, cerebral, introverted, and curious, but also possessing an irritating sense of arrogance. It's nice that he vowed to avoid hurting Sabrina, but really, any tribute who actually goes out of their way to hurt their district partner generally ends up as a pariah. I don't know how far this whole "allies are a bad idea" mindset will take him, but it's something he'd do. Good job.
From favorite to least favorite (excluding mine):
Alistair, Raven, Matteo, Tatum, Davin
Calliope, Alistair, Cynder, Ward, Tirzah, Sabrina.
| bobothebear chapter 2 . 2/15
Bo's back :)
The chapter was intense - Zabian's not our typical Capitolite - he actually has a brain :o
The fat man's chins... I'm sorry that made me laugh every time I read it xD I just think of a chicken's gobble and I'm out xD
Anyway - character impressions :)
A Long analysis for each of the twenty four without really getting to know them in a chapter is a bit if a waste, so I'll just do this:
Like: Calliope, Matteo, Tatum, Atarah, Sabrina
Neutral: Alistair, Saskia, Ada, Megaera, Cynder, Celene, Tirzah, Davin (bat?), Elijah, Alton, Raelynn, Sloan, Raven
Dislike: Lochlan, Tyndall, Ward, Graeden, Kennedy, Kitty
So no one's making me claw my eyes out, but a couple kinda irk me. I don't really like either Twelve names or Megaera (like what) The 'like' characters are just the ones that made an impression automatically - neutral is they faded, but I didn't hate anything, and dislike is everyone who I remembered not in the best way.
Great chapter :)
| JabberjayHeart chapter 6 . 2/13
This is me caught up, yaya!
Tatum was... different. I didn't get a proper vibe off of her, but what I did find was realism. She doesn't care too much for the Capitol - she seemed stubborn, which is a good trait to an extent - but she's also fearful. She knows she'll probably die.
But I also found her rather melodramatic. She clearly has issues, but they felt really extended, like, it just didn't feel as natural. Well, okay, it did. Like the inner thoughts and confusion. But the whole touching Ward's shoulder and running away was a little over the top.
I like Tatum, though, to an extent. I feel like she can develop, if she got out of her head and cleaned up her erratic actions.
Alistair was okay. I liked his attitude. He seems upbeat and positive, like the Career mascot.
I liked his relationship with Calliope. Their relationship is strong - like a close bond - and it's interesting, because at the end of the day, even a Career needs an ally. They can turn on each other as quick as a flash, and having someone is an advantage.
So yeah. I like Alistair. He's not as bad as I thought; but at the same time, I wanted more. Maybe that's a good thing.
I... I actually liked Raven. Okay. Okay, here's the thing.
Raven was better than I expected. I like the hesitance -the way he seemed unsure, almost self-conscious of himself and his actions - and I especially liked his attitude towards training, blanching and wincing when he has to make a kill. It actually provides him more depth than I expected.
Though, for me, that doesn't give him many options. I'd actually like to see Raven go further and develop, but I don't think he will. Sadly, Raven will probably fall.
Okay yeah I know, I said I loathed Raven and then I decided I actually sorta kinda maybe like him, but don't sue me. It's a good thing that you changed my mind.
We've seen more of Matteo through others, so I had this set expectation of him in my mind, and he met that. Toppled it even. I like his charisma, the way he seems confident but also amiable. He acts kind and jokes and laughs with all of them, but the underlying Career nature in him lays dormant enough to make him seem the best, nicest one of them all.
Honestly, I'm impressed. He's definitely my favourite Career, just in front of Calliope. But that's no surprise - the others make my stomach churn a little.
Davin is freakin' hectic.
Like no joke. He acts how I would. I'd be terrified and not want to fight. I'm the type to shriek and protect my face, so yeah Davin, we were separated at birth and you went down the stream, and into District Eight.
I really, really, really, really like him.
For me, though, his alliance lets him down. Well, Celene. I think Alton and Davin together would make an interesting, complex, and organic alliance. Celene, for me, feels too out there. It's a few too many opposites. But then again, maybe that's the idea for development. Oh, I don't know, I'm guessing. Either way, Davin Alton? YES.
Sloan was eh. Rather boring. Realistic, but boring.
But he has a slight arrogant nature to him, trying to best the Victor. It's almost as if he believes that by doing so, he gives him a greater chance. It's false bravado.
I don't like Sloan, though. He seems rather brattish. He's purposely trying to show his "intelligence" by attempting to best a Victor. And all the while, he sits there with a "mask of indifference" because he's the cat with the cream, clearly.
Favourite six, in order!;
Davin, Matteo, Raven, Tatum, Alistair, and Sloan.
I don't have a favourite, I like a lot ;o
I'm caught up. Yay me. I will, I will, I will keep up. Maybe. Probably. Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.
| nb1998 chapter 6 . 2/13
Another great chapter, this is such a great bunch of tributes now that we've met all of them. I'm looking forward to seeing all the alliances develop.
Tatum: Ooo she's a feisty one. She's another realistic character because really you do expect the tributes to get angry with these overly peppy escort's who celebrate children's deaths. I do like her, her attitude is something different to other tributes and I think she can really turn her anger into determination to do well. I feel like her and Ward will not ally but wouldn't do anything to each other in the games. She's a good tribute and if I was to pick someone she could ally with I would say Kennedy because their personalities are quite similar.
Alistair: I'm intrigued by this guy because I'm really interested in why he volunteered. He's the most trained and he hasn't got the career feel to him but I still think he's skilled enough to do well and is probably better equipped than most of the outer district tributes. I like his personality, he's sweet and quite caring, it's like by seeing other people happy he becomes happy too. I love his friendship with Calliope and I would call it a friendship because they do seem to get on quite well with each other and they're both encouraging each other. I think she'll stick up for him when she has to.
Raven: He isn't my favourite from this chapter but there's nothing wrong with him. I find it harder to connect with tributes who are very young and dependent upon others but I don't mind him. He's putting on a brave face and trying his hardest and that's what you expect really. I'm actually quite surprised that Kitty didn't ally with him because she seems quite kind and genuine but maybe the taunts she's had in the past has made her quite insecure. To be honest this is probably my least favourite alliance because I'm not a massive fan of Graeden or Raven but they're interactions made me smile so I'll have to wait and see what happens, although unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them die in the bloodbath.
Matteo: He's sooo different to what I expected. I'm actually liking him, he was hard to understand but I really didn't expect him to be fake. He's a good fake, unlike Saskia who is failing to pull the wool over anyone's eyes. Matteo seems to have got them all thinking he is the average cocky career who can do just about anything. If he hasn't ever trained properly I'm quite interested in how he has. I think he's going to be quite the manipulator but at the same time he's going to have to try hard to get a good score by the gamemakers because the other careers will start to become suspicious of him. It's funny, the career lads really aren't too skilled this year, there's Lochlan who isn't a career and left and then Matteo and Alistair who both don't seem really good like the girls are.
Davin: Ehhh hmmm, I just don't know about him, in fact I don't know about the whole alliance. He's so confident and a bit cringey at times and although I wouldn't mind it in real life.. it's the Hunger Games. Is he failing to realise the fact they aren't a good old gang of friends and the others have to die for him to win? I do like his kindness and how open he is to making friends with others etc but I don't know, the way he spoke to the trainer.. you just wouldn't do that. Plus, I can't tell what's going on with Alton. One minute he's smiling walking up to the stage, next he's being a killjoy to Raelyn for having a laugh and now he's accepting people who are similar to Raelyn. It's weird because I like Raelyn loads for her personality but I don't like Davin and Celene too much because of their's, even though they're similar.
Sloan: Oo the last tribute. I like him too, once again a very realistic tribute who acts in a way that I agree with. He's witty but not too witty to seem cocky or sarcastic, he just slips in a sly comment every now and again that proves he's correct and that's what I like about him. It's a shame because I would have liked to see him join Ward and Cynder's alliance but it doesn't matter too much that he hasn't because I also think he'll make a good independent tribute. He's willing to kill and he knows what he has to do to get out of there, he actually reminds me of Cynder a little. I liked the comment about not killing Sabrina because it's just nice and I'd like to see them two meet up in the arena just to see what they'd do. Great tribute.
Favourite out of these six and why?: In order, Sloan, Tatum, Alistair, Matteo, Raven, Davin.
Now that every tribute has appeared, bias aside for your own tribute, who out of everyone is your one favourite so far?: Hmm that's a hard one but maybe either Sloan or Raelyn.
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Saskia: So she seems to be our typical arrogant District 2 girl. I'm guessing I should've made this connection when she seemed bored at the reaping. Anyway, I like Saskia at the moment. However I like Tarquin more. I thought it smart that he suggested that Saskia shouldn't be leader. In my opinion, he spared her from an early demise in the Gamers. Also, I enjoyed all the assessments of the other members in the Career pack.
Ward: You wrote hime wonderfully Jake. I'm especially fond of how force his dialogue seems to be. Plus, he was observant and went straight to the survival stations! Moving on. So, I'm worried. I mean, Cynder is a manipulator, which could result in the downfall of my tribute. Hopefully it won't though. Pushing past the paranoia, I did like how Cynder and Ward interacted.
Ada: I can't quite figure her out. All I know is she's completely different than what I based off of the blog. A bad different too, as I didn't really enjoy her POV. Sorry to the submitter. But I really didn't care for her reasoning to ally with Raelyn. I'm getting the whole I want to love me for me thing, and wanting a friend, but for some reason I'm just not a fan of it here. My opinion could change though, but at the moment, I'm not liking Ada nor Raelyn.
Calliope: Alright, so I love her. I agree with Shine, "she does seem to have the whole package." Not to mention, she seems to be fooling them all with her act. As of right now, she's my third favorite in the Career pack, with Megaera being first and Alistair second. Oh, and I like her description of Alistair, seeing him as cute and not corrupt, and then voting for him. The way she said that to Matteo was funny. I pictured his mouth dropping. I really like Calliope a lot actually.
Sabrina: Wow. Did I judge her wrong based upon the blog and reaping. I thought she was just another weakling from eleven, but she's not. She's a miniature Johanna Mason! And I love it! After the first few paragraphs, I knew I was going to love this girl; bumping her up into my favorites without a shadow of doubt. The whole bow and arrow escapade was brilliant might I say, along with the shivering from the wink by Megaera. I believe it will definitely work in her favor, as I see several people underestimating Sabrina from the start. I'm going to call it now, but I see her going far in these Games. Speaking of games, I love her closing line!
Graeden: There isn't much to say about him. He seems average enough. Like I don't like or dislike him yet. I'm guessing I'm going to need another POV from him before I make a concrete decision there. However, I did enjoy the conversation about the Capitol. Tirzah is lovely. Oren...is a bit creepy. I sense something dark there.
(Unbiased because Ward is mine)
1. Sabrina (The whole bow and arrow escapade has me amazed. This girl is a genius. I can't even described how much I like her.)
Who I think will make it farthest out of the Careers? Calliope or Megaera, hands down.
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That name has ruined any hope of me getting emotionally attached to her.
Saskia is too much like Megaera for my liking. She purposely tries to get a rise from Lochlan because she clearly enjoys attention, or she's like the schoolyard bully who feels better about themselves by making others miserable.
She had a lot of history too, a little too much. The big block paragraphs of the training regime was a little too much for my liking. It felt like a history dump. But it was nice to know about everything, I suppose. I like Tarquin though; is it bad that I liked him more than the shown person?
I like Ward. His thought process is scattered and confused, someone who feels realistic because of it, and not a hot mess. The relationship between him and Cynder will be interesting - they're two complete opposites, but they might work.
Ada was eh. I'm not that interested in her - she observed too much, and there was too much thought on Raelyn. But overall, Ada has potential. If she dumps that obsessive child known as Raelyn, that is. I feel like Ada's development will depend on Raelyn, and Raelyn's not solid enough to go the distance, in my opinion.
Ada was alright though, just rather plain and simple. But training is hard to balance.
She has a strategy. Her thoughts on her allies was right - most of them are self-absorbed. To be perfectly honest, I don't like many of the Careers this year. Calliope nailed them on the head. Matteo seems charismatic and suave, and she mentioned Megaera's warm-hearted nature, but I don't see it...
She voted Alastair, though. That's hilarious. If that monkey led the pack, it'd self-destruct.
Her thoughts were clear and concise. There was a ton of cynicism and judgement in her head, but I expect some arrogance from D1 every year. She wasn't over the top, though, so that was nice, and there seems to be more personality outside of it. I think Calliope might have a shot at winning this.
Sabrina was more calculating and cunning than I thought. I like her.
Poisons is cliche, but her thoughts behind it and why she chose it was solid. I like the whole "women's weapon" because it's kinda true, most female murderers poison their victim.
I think her logic is sound - she seems sweet, like no-one would suspect her, but that's the advantage. You wouldn't expect her.
I like her; total 360 of what I thought.
Graeden was okay. I liked his personality - but it was overshadowed by Delphine, who I was, shamelessly, more interested in. Her words struck more of a chord with me. Deceit and evil? That's some powerful accusations.
Favourite six, in order!:
Calliope, Sabrina, Ward, Graeden, Ada, and Saskia.
Career pack? Either Calliope or Alastair. Through skill alone, I think Matteo. If I'm honest, Saskia and Maegera (I don't even like her enough to search if her name is right or not), are just fodder for their development.