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Heartless by Marissa Mayer- Book Review

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA

Theme: Re-telling (Queen of Hearts)

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Summary:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

(Summary from Goodreads)

The Actual Review

I think I should start with the admission that I’ve never read Marissa Meyer before and from this experience, I likely will not again.

The story starts with insane amounts of baking and cakes. Literally. Cath is always baking, smelling cakes or is thinking about baking. Now I have nothing against food, especially when it is described as wonderfully as in this book, but there’s only so much of lemon tarts and macaroons that my poor hungry-for-action soul can take.

But food descriptions weren’t even the biggest let down that happened here. I don’t even like the original wonderland stories (yes, I’m an uncivilised heathen) but I was expecting the re-telling to enhance on the original. Which, I suppose, did happen because there was significantly less “crazy” in this book but it didn’t make sense. There was no flow and it felt so forced. Jester and Cath? They have no chemistry at all! None whatsoever. Jest on his own was cute but them together? Nooooooo!

So it goes like this: Cath is the most “desirable” girl in the Kingdom of Hearts and the King wants to marry her. But Cath wants to be a baker and doesn’t want to marry the king. Guess what she does about that? You got it right. NOTHING. She does absolutely nothing unless you count whining to be something.

1. Why did the King want to marry her? This is a legit question because she was so appalling when she was with him. Yes, the king is oblivious but I hated Cath for the way she behaved. You either tell the guy you don’t like him or you don’t whine about how simple minded he is. See? It’s simple.

2. Why did Jest like her? Yeah, why? She wasn’t even interesting. She of the “I’ll whine and hope something happens” is not interesting. (Not like other girls syndrome is high in this one)

3. The plot just doesn’t cut it. The Queen of Hearts is supposed to be crazy. Real crazy. This book’s end doesn’t explain that. I hated the pumpkin cake drama. I hate pumpkins. Also, don’t steal pumpkin form other people’s yards, Catherine! (See, I don’t make any sense. Neither does the plot)

4. I disliked the Hatter. I don’t even know why. He was just annoying as hell.

5. I dislike Catherine Pinkerton most of all (Pinkerton? Pinkerton?) . If somebody gives you a prophecy, you make sure you aren’t dumb enough to fulfil the stupid prophecy. And if you are dumb enough to do that, everything that happens is your fault. Not someone else’s.

The Jabberwock wasn’t even terrible. It just didn’t feel villain enough. Cath didn’t feel protagonist enough. Jest didn’t feel.. Well, Jest enough. Something is totally off about this book, I tell you.

So, after the audiobook ended, I just sat there thinking I should have DNF-ed it the way I wanted to, after the very first chapter.

Recommendation: I’ll leave you to decide for yourself.

Yours truly,

An annoyed me.

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Book Review- The Iron King

Title: The Iron King

Series: The Iron Fey #1

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA

Theme: Faery

Summary:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart

Book Details from Goodreads

Brain Juice:

Or non-brian juice, in this case, since I’m not quite sure if my brain was in working order when I picked it up.

I listened to an audio version of this book and while the voice was amazing, the content was not. The story starts with Meghan Chase (the idiot of the story) whining about how nobody notices her. Ever. Even her mom and step dad don’t care about her. And later on in the story, we are told she is ignored because she is half fae. Like apparently, fae are always ignored by the humans. It’s glamour, you see.

Then her brother gets kidnapped and a changeling is left in his place and Puck, her best friend, gives her two options:

1. Bake the changeling in an oven, which would force the kidnappers to return the kid or

2. Go to the faerie for who knows how long to kind her brother (also, they don’t know where her brother is in faerie).

You are thinking the protagonist would pick the sane, safe first option but… Meghan Chase picks the second! Because she is, afterall, a kind girl, you know.

Then a series of useless things happen for no reason at all (literally, the stuff that happen next do not move the plot along at all. It just reads like the author wanted to throw in as many faerie elements as possible. There’s even a scene where she becomes a maid and earns the grudging respect of the royal cook… For no reason).

Then she decides to run away from the summer court… Because she is an idiot. Then there is a stupid love triangle featuring her, puck and Ash. Oh, wait. Ash is the beautiful, stone cold, marble like handsome guy who hunted Puck, will eventually deliver her to the Unseelie Queen (who hates her). And this is the guy she has a crush for. Except she won’t admit it. Also she makes a stupid deal with Ash, saying she will go to the Queen willingly if he helps her find her brother… Which, you know, is STUPID.

Also, did anyone else get annoyed when I kept writing MEGHAN CHASE? For some reason, the story is filled with her full name. Like I get it, her name is important. But I don’t need to hear it all the time ahhhh.

And…. Did her name ring a bell for anyone else? Because all I could think was Magnus Chase when they kept calling her Meghan Chase. Irrelevant, but still.

And then she somehow ends up killing this Iron King, who kinda wanted to rule rhe world because.. You know, humans are using technology. That brings me to the point, in which universe do we use IRON in technology? Like we use a tiny bit, yes, but we use so many other metals. Not just iron and not in a huge amount.

That brings me to the next point, iron usage spike did not happen in the 21st century. Iron’s been around since the Iron ages, so why has the Iron King still not defeated the other fae kingdoms yet? Why???

This book portrays the technology usage as a bleak thing. Yes, too much technology could be bad for any number of reasons but are you really trying to say technology is dampening creativity? What? Your book is being around the globe because of technology. Millions of creative content, including fairytale re-tellings are shared everyday. Creativity and its sharing has increased multifold due to technology. You just set up your book in the wrong world.

Also, the Iron Fae are also Fae. There were so many political intrigues, philosophy, etc waiting to be tapped into. But this book didn’t do that, now, did it?

Finally, this book is a boring representation of the fae. It turned the mischevious Puck into a love struck sap who is useful for nothing. If you want nice, badass fae, pick a book from Sarah J Maas.

Yours truly,

Me.

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Sweet dreams ( Colorado Mountain #2) by Kristen Ashley- Book Review

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2)Title: Sweet Dreams

Author: Kristen Ashley

Genre: Romance

                             Theme: Biker-ish

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Summary:

She’s ready for the ride of her life . . .

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

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The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air#3) by Holly Black- Book Review

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) Title: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air

Genre: YA fantasy

Theme: Faerie

                             Rating: ★★★

Summary: 

He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

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Isis- A Short Story

Theme: Retelling of a myth

Type: One-shot

Details:

Isis, Osiris, Set, Nephthys, and Horus are all siblings, born to Geb and Nut.

Isis’ son was named Horus, too.

Osiris and Isis are married. Nephthys and Set are married.

Anubis supposedly the child of Nephthys and Osiris.

Thoth is the god of magic, wisdom, etc. He helped in the birth of all kids of Geb and Nut.

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The Wicked King- Book Review

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

My Rating: ★★★

Genre: YA Fantasy

Theme: Faerie

Synapsis: 

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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The Cruel Prince- Book review

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Title: The Cruel Prince

Series: The Folk of the Air

Author: Holly Black

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Theme: Faerie

Synapsis: 

Of course, I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Sparrow by L.J Shen-Book Review

Sparrow

   Book Details

Title: Sparrow

Author: L.J Shen

Genre: Romance

Pages: 302

 

Summary:

Troy Brennan

Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city. 

Oh, and my new husband. 

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. 
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’d ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he’d decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

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