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Heartless – Marissa Meyer

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’m a massive fan of the Lunar Chronicles, it’s one of my favourite series of all time, so to say I went into this one with very high expectations is a bit of an understatement. And the outcome. . . It was okay. I’m pleased, but I can’t say I’m delighted.

So this is the origin story of The Queen of Hearts, so it’s the tale of how she become what we all know her for. But oh my, the first 300 odd pages felt like an opening. While it was enjoyable, I just felt like it began to drag. The last 100 or so pages were fabulous, and it’s a shame the beginning of the book wasn’t written fast paced with tension.

Also, I’ve never been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. I think I’ve watched one Tim Burton adaptation and that was a giant nope, as I discovered my fear of the Cheshire Cat (he seriously freaking creeps me out, please no). Because of this, I don’t have much knowledge and this book didn’t really help. While it’s not meant to copy the original etc, it seemed to seriously lack world-building.

Maybe if I went into this with lower expectations and it having read the Lunar Chronicles, I might have given it a star higher. That said, I did like it, but you won’t find me screaming about it from any roof tops in the near future (what is time???? Look at me, making references).

So I can’t say that I loved this book, since I was just so let down by my expectations of what I was going to get from this book. 3 stars!

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Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite 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’m a massive fan of the Lunar Chronicles, it’s one of my favourite series of all time, so to say I went into this one with very high expectations is a bit of an understatement. And the outcome. . . It was okay. I’m pleased, but I can’t say I’m delighted.

So this is the origin story of The Queen of Hearts, so it’s the tale of how she become what we all know her for. But oh my, the first 300 odd pages felt like an opening. While it was enjoyable, I just felt like it began to drag. The last 100 or so pages were fabulous, and it’s a shame the beginning of the book wasn’t written fast paced with tension.

Also, I’ve never been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. I think I’ve watched one Tim Burton adaptation and that was a giant nope, as I discovered my fear of the Cheshire Cat (he seriously freaking creeps me out, please no). Because of this, I don’t have much knowledge and this book didn’t really help. While it’s not meant to copy the original etc, it seemed to seriously lack world-building.

Maybe if I went into this with lower expectations and it having read the Lunar Chronicles, I might have given it a star higher. That said, I did like it, but you won’t find me screaming about it from any roof tops in the near future (what is time???? Look at me, making references).

So overall, I found this book okay. The world building was bland, but Meyer has such a wonderful writing style that always makes me continue to read on. The description of cakes were my favourite, and I think the best thing about this book was Catherine’s passion for them. Unfortunately, this book along with the amazingness of the Lunar Chronicles, led to this book promising me too much, and unfortunately it didn’t quite deliver in the way I was expecting it too. I feel like this book is the definition of good ideas, just not executed greatly.

While I do own a hardcover version of this, I’d also like to thank NetGalley for sending me a copy to review.

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Anticipated Releases of 2016!

Right now we’re in May and there’s already been tons of books out this year that were highly anticipated by me. The Raven King, Lady Midnight, A Gathering of Shadows, A Court of Mist and Fury and some others like The Unexpected Everything, Thanks for The Trouble, Calamity and Lady Renegades. But there’s still 7 months of the year, and there’s still more books I can’t wait to be released! In no particular order:

EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS

Oh, am I excited for this one!! While I said in no particular order, I think I’ll have to say this is my MOST anticipated release. I really love and adore the Throne of Glass Series, and I’m not over the euphoria of having Queen of Shadows delivered. So I absolutely can’t wait for this one to come out, it’s pre-ordered, and I’m itching with anticipation. Honestly, any time I hear the words “Throne of Glass” or something to do with it I go into meltdown mode because I can’t deal with my excitement.

I’m also very excited for the THRONE OF GLASS COLOURING BOOK (ahhhh?!?!?!?!) and that’s also been pre-ordered. 6th of September is a very expensive day for me. It’s fine. It’s worth it!

CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

If you’ve read Six of Crows, then this is most likely on your highly anticipated reads of 2016 too. I’m not too sure about the publication date of this one, but I think it could be on my birthday in some places (22nd of September!). And if so then that’s awesome, because what a great birthday present!! September really is the month of books for me, so please all pray for me pure sweet soul to make it through all the excitement and the feels.

I can already feel how badly this book is going to kick some ass. Give it to me, Leigh Bardugo, I am ready!

WITCH’S PYRE BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

I love this Worldwalker trilogy so much, and I recommend it to everyone! I feel like it’s seriously underrated. Once I finished the first book Trial by Fire, I couldn’t wait for the second one. Once I finished that, Firewalker, I’ve been dying for this one – for Witch’s Pyre. As you’ve probably guessed this is a story about WITCHES. But it’s not your average witch story. I don’t want to give too much away, as much like Lily, the main character, I think you’re better off diving in and discovering the world and it’s rules as she does.

Witch’s Pyre is also coming out in September (see what I mean, it’s all happening then!) and it is the last novel.

MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU

After reading her Legend trilogy, when I found out she was coming out with a new book called the Young Elites I couldn’t resist. Oh boy, I’m so glad I didn’t. This trilogy is dark, kickass, and for the life of me I can’t help but love it. Midnight Star is also the concluding novel, and I can’t wait. “Adelina Amouteru is done suffering.” AHHH. I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers, but this. Adelina is done suffering, and I can only imagine what that means for everyone around her. All supporting and surrounding characters in these books are also awesome, and the premise and plot is so intense. These books are heartbreaking (and heartbreakingly good) and if you haven’t read them, then what are you waiting for??? Go do it, before this book is released in October!

AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE

This is the first book in a saga and boy can’t I wait. Some people have received ARCS and the reviews they’ve given back are positive.  I don’t know much about this book, but from the description it’s promising a lot. If you want to read about it then go here.

HEARTLESS BY MARISSA MEYER

The Lunar Chronicles are some of my favourite books EVER. My dog is even called Luna. Marissa Meyer is great at fairytale re-tellings, and this one is about the Queen of Hearts. (I’m just hoping the Cheshire Cat doesn’t pop up anywhere, because he frightens me). I’m so excited for this book and to delve back into Marissa’s wonderful storytelling. The worlds that she creates wrap you up and immerse you and refuse to let you go, holding you captive. But I’m all right with that.

I believe this book is coming out in November.


So that’s it. There’s the most anticipated releases of 2016. While there are many other books I am excited for they either haven’t made the list because a) I’m not sure that they come out this year and b) they’re not books I will be putting on pre-order and sitting at the front door waiting for. This doesn’t mean I’m not excited for these books, it’s just they’re not books I need to have ASAP as soon as they’re released.

What books are you all highly anticipating for this year? What books have come out this year that you’d been waiting for forever?