Author: Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Posted January 5, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 449
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
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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.

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness fellow book nerds! THIS BOOK was everything and more. If you’re a fellow Alice in Wonderland freak as the rest of us, Meyer’s contribution to the canon world is fantastic. As per usual, with books I love this will be short and sweet – so let’s dive in!

I think the most incredible part about this novel was how well Meyer was able to capture the completely necessary whimsy that the original Alice in Wonderland has. Cath is obsessed with baking, Cheshire is just as surly as he was before, the Jester (Jest for short, and ladies: prepare thine hearts for some serious swooning), Hatter, the King of Hearts, the white rabbit, I could literally go on and on. No opportunity was missed or glanced over, the entire story – setting, plot, characters, mood, tone, themes – could practically have been written by Lewis Carroll himself. I was floored by how good this retelling was. I sat in my car listening for a few hours just so I could finish because it was THAT good.

Second hand to the novel as a whole, the plot was amazing. I had no idea where exactly Meyer was going to take us and she did a phenomenal job of keeping an old world fresh. My only bone (and it’s a small one) to pick with the novel could be a small amount of predictability. There is a riddle that plays as the main focus of the plot back and forth and I found it incredible easy to decipher. Regardless! Even with having a general idea of what was going to be the main conflict, I enjoyed the entire thing. There are areas of Wonderland that, at least for me, I hadn’t ever spent much time exploring and even just the “day-to-day” scenes were so fun to read that I was seriously disappointed when each chapter ended and kept the plot moving.

If you can’t already tell, this pick gets a serious two thumbs up from me! Super fun, so whimsy, and literally the most perfect swoon worthy wild ride. If you have this sitting on your shelf and you’ve been putting it off – pick it up! Worth all the hype and more. Also, I listened to the audio book and the narrator does an awesome job at giving each character their own voice. Half the fun was listening to the white rabbit speak or the King stutter over words. So my dear book nerds, read/listen – now!

 

five-stars
Lizzie
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Cress [Review]

Posted February 13, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

Cress [Review]Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Retelling, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 550
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Even in the future. there are damsels in distress...
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.

When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.
Because by the time you finally see each other, you’re catching up only on the big things, because it’s too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.

I didn’t fall for you, you tripped me!

I want to say yes, but I don’t want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else’s first choice.

It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.

Well, this one was by far my favorite book in the series. Why? Because of Thorne of course. There is a special place in my heart for this snarky, sexy captain. He is just wonderful. And it’s even better because we see even more of him in this book than we have so far. Plus, I really like what goes on between him and Cress.

Speaking of Cress. I loved her. I don’t know how Marissa does it. But she creates so many characters with different plots and somehow makes it not only work and make sense but she also has us fall in love with all of the characters. Even the villain. Because I know I am not the only one who LOVES to HATE Queen Levana.

And how the hell am I crushing on so many guys in one freaking series?! Seriously, she’s a freaking genius. That’s all. But anyways, there’s not much I can say in this review without giving away spoilers. So, unfortunately this is going to be a really crappy review for an amazing book. But just know that this is one book that NEEDS to be read. Like seriously, if you haven’t jumped on the wagon that is The Lunar Chronicles, then you need to ASAP. You won’t be sorry!

I mean what is better than a whole bunch of fairy tale retellings, amazing heroines, swoon worthy men, and an evil queen? Not much, that’s for damn sure. I honestly cannot wait until Winter is out!

Plus, right now Cress is only $2.99 for Kindle and Nook! 🙂
Let’s talk about it. Did you read Cress? Or any other of Marissa’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
five-stars
Stephanie
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Scarlet [Review]

Scarlet [Review]

Posted August 26, 2013 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

 My Thoughts: To say that I liked this book would be an understatement. I loved this book. I mean come on, of course I did. It was about a kickass redhead. Who wouldn’t love that? Finally, a book that doesn’t have a redhead be the villain! At first, I was not sure how well this […]

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Cinder [Review]

Cinder [Review]

Posted April 17, 2013 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

First Lines: “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another.” My Thoughts: I loved this book! So much! I didn’t think I was going to […]

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