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BOOK REVIEW: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW: Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
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Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

 

“I do not want his generosity, or his kindness, or any other favors!”
Her mother sneered. “Then you are a fool.”
“Good. I’ve become rather fond of fools.”

I know it has been a while since I promised a ‘review to come’ on this one, but I feel like I’d be letting myself down if I don’t get at least a tiny review posted for this one. This was supposed to be an epic buddy read…but it turns out, like many buddy reads, I was alone on this one. I absolutely ADORED it. From Catherine to the Cheshire Cat, all the way to Jest, I truly found lots of enjoyment from this one.

She swallowed, hard, a twitch starting in her cheek. “What do you mean by that, anyway? Calling me different.”
“It’s true. I knew it from the moment I saw you twirling at the ball, your arms raised as if you hadn’t a care in all the world.”
She blinked.
“Of all those ladies and all those gentlemen, you were the only one who twirled.”
“You saw that?”
“In that gown, it would have been difficult not to.”

I think there were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way, at least a little bit, but nothing that really deterred me from loving this. And, whenever I think back to this book, it’s always a fond memory-no matter the outcome.

“That’s not what I said at all,” she breathed.
“I know, but I’m hoping it’s what you meant.” He licked his lips—a small, cruel movement that made her own lips tingle. “I can’t stop thinking about you, Lady Catherine Pinkerton of Rock Turtle Cove. I’ve been trying, but it’s useless. You’ve had me mesmerized from the first moment I saw you in that red dress, and I don’t know what to do about it, other than to use every skill at my disposal to try and mesmerize you back.”

I mean, come on, there was no happy ending to be had here. I do agree with my good friend, Anna, that Meyer seemed to really be paving her own wonderful path, but somewhere along the way it felt like she wanted to back to that inevitable outline. I do wish there was a way for her to have tweaked it a bit, made it more of a play on the Queen of Hearts instead of the rule, but, in the end, we were left with what we have come to know already.

“I have a personal rule about not entering into business with spineless creatures. No snakes. No slippery eels. And worst of all, no fickle women. Play coy all you like, Lady Pinkerton. Cling to your belief in your own innocence. You know as well as I that you’re going to break at least one heart before this is over, and I want nothing more to do with you.”

But, really, that’s my only sad thought concerning this book. OH! And I hate animal deaths…they bother me a lot-so that wasn’t something I enjoyed. But, again, all small things.

“It wasn’t meant to be, but if it’s a compliment you want…” His gaze softened. “You are stunning in that absurd hat. Absolutely, undeniably stunning. I trust that was Hatta’s goal, but he can’t know how well he accomplished it, else he would have deemed it improper to let you leave his hat shop so adorned.” He hesitated and cleared his throat, looking almost shy. “That’s what I wanted to say before.”

Let’s get to the parts that made it so I couldn’t ignore a review for this book-Jest. Jest and Catherine. Jest adoring Catherine. I. LOVE. JEST. Is that much clear? And I loved Catherine, too. Jest was mysterious, snarky, funny, and, most of all, loyal. Though, in the end, his loyalty broke my heart. Damn this book. Oh, and if it isn’t obvious, I’m running on two hours of sleep, most likely bordering on hysteria, so I assume this won’t be my best review to date.

“Far be it for me to intrude upon a lady’s untarnished reputation. But to be clear, which part of our encounter should remain undisclosed?” Jest watched her from the corner of his eye. “The part when you fainted in the grass and I heroically revived you? The part where we took an unchaperoned stroll through the gardens?” He clucked his tongue in mock disapproval. “Or perhaps the part where you confessed to having had a dream about me, and that I must be quite the rake to hope it wasn’t as boring as you’ve suggested?”

Jest and Catherine’s journey was unexpected and something I couldn’t help but to fall in love with, even if every little thing didn’t happen as I wanted them to. The vivid imagery and descriptions of all food related things and the world surrounding them more than made up for any shortcomings, and I was fully engrossed from the first page.

“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”

^^My actual favorite non lovey-dovey quote. I love it.

And I know people were pretty hard on this book, and hey, I thought I would be too, but I don’t 100% see why. I’d say that if you’re on the fence about reading this, just think about what your heart is willing to go through, and whether you want a HEA or not…because, come on, I won’t say it, but we all know how this ends, right?? So, even though I didn’t say even half of what I wanted to say or word it right, at least I know I put all my thoughts on the table. An unexpected gem of a read from an author I really have never fallen in love with or followed, I am more than pleased I was coaxed into reading this. I hope anyone that sees this review will look at both sides of the spectrum and make an informed decision, then I’ll have succeeded in what I wanted to do with this review.

PS. Chesire reminded me so much of Grim from the Iron Fey series. LOVED that. 😛

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BOOK REVIEW – Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW – Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chonicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer
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2 STARS!

I really loved Cinder and couldn’t wait to start Scarlet but unfortunately this book just did not work for me.

Maybe I should of took a break before diving straight into this! I think I was so invested in Cinder and Kai that I was a little shocked that we also had another couple (Scarlet and Wolf) to add to the mix.

We had 4 sometimes 5 different POVs which did work out well and I did at first start to enjoy but I just felt everything was so busy moving from one story and couple to another story with a different couple! For some reason my mind just wasn’t working and I couldn’t keep interested for too long. My eyes would start getting blurry and I would start to think about what I need to do or what I want for dinner!!

I kept trying because I knew it would be a shame to stop but by 69% I just had to stop! I am still thinking of these couples and wondering how it will end especially with Cinder and Kai so one day I may go back but for now I will be putting this series on hold!

I gave 2 stars because I did enjoy the first 30% and maybe it was my fault in rushing into it but that being said I can read series one after the other and not get bored so clearly something wasn’t working for me!

It’s a shame and I do think people should give this a try and possibly could be great for others!

BOOK REVIEW – Cinder (The Lunar Chonicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW – Cinder (The Lunar Chonicles #1) by Marissa MeyerCinder (The Lunar Chonicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
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*4.5 STARS!*

When I first picked up this book I had no clue what to expect.. Cyborg futuristic moulded in with Cinderella.. hmm, so I gave it a chance not knowing whether I would get it or not and fortunately I did get this and surprisingly loved it! Once I started it, it was very hard to put down.

While her sisters were given beautiful dresses and fine slippers, Cinderella had only a filthy smock and wooden shoes.

Ok so what’s this story all about.. Cinder is a normal 16 year old except she is a cyborg.. half human half robot, where she lives not many people accept cyborgs so when Prince Kai goes to her shop to have something fixed she doesn’t tell him she is a cyborg and hides all her metal parts i.e hand and leg.

He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of her realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him. And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.

Prince Kai finds Cinder to be refreshing and easy to talk to which he hasn’t found in other people, so what will happen when he finds out she is a cyborg?

Not only is there the cyborgs but we also have Lunar which is a different planet of people that are magic and can make the humans see them the way they want and can brain wash people into getting what they want.

This book has so many twist and turns with different plots you would never even imagine. Its hard to explain them all with out spoiling it and I really think if you want to read this you should go in blind as the surprises really will WOW you.

The whole Cinderella twist to this with Cinder not telling Prince Kai the truth and her awful stepmother and sister was an added bonus to it! You had the one step sister that was lovely to her and was really her only true human friend.

“I think you should go to the ball with me.”

Anyone who fancies a book completely out of the usual then they really should try this. You have the forbidden romance with action, disaster and a very clever storyline.

I cant wait to read all the books in this series and to see how far this authors imagination goes.

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