Heartless

HeartlessTitle: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date: November 8, 2016
Pages: 453
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
1 Stars

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 read the synopsis for Heartless and decided it was a must read for me. Alice retellings tend to be really whimsical and there is something about it that just resonates with me. I also tend to be fascinated with villains, so a story about how the Queen of Hearts got so cold? I’m in!

However, my favorite thing about Heartless ended up being the synopsis. I just didn’t like it! The characters were pretty good, but my biggest issue is that it was boring. I could care less about most of the story. No suspense, not a great plot, and nothing revolutionary.

I kept waiting for that moment when all of the boring stuff is worth it, but it never came. As much as I wanted to love this one, it just wasn’t for me.

Cinder

CinderTitle: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 395
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I put this off for so long! Cyborgs just don’t sound appealing to me, and as much as I love Cinderella, I was pretty sure I was going to hate it. My desire to read it was at 0. But with so many people telling me that I had to read it and that I would adore it, I caved! End result? I really enjoyed this one.

Since I’m really not into cyborgs and science fiction isn’t my top genre – what made me like this so much? Was it the Cinderella parallels? Nope. They were fine, but not amazing. Heart-stopping romance? Nope – again, fine but not amazing. Shocking ending? Nope, saw it coming.

I think it was the writing and the suspense. There was something about it that just kept me turning pages and I was very eager to see what would happen next. I can already tell that I’m going to like the inter-woven fairy tales. And the concept is one that should provide plenty of drama, action, and thrills throughout the series (I’d say more, but we’d be approaching spoiler territory).

I’m really happy I gave this one a shot and can’t wait to read the other books!

Gemina

GeminaTitle: Gemina
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date: October 18, 2016
Pages: 659
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.


Gemina was great! While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Illuminae, it was a very strong sequel. We’re introduced to a new cast of characters (notably Hanna and Nik) and at first it’s not clear how the story relates to Illuminae. Once we get into the action though, the connection is obvious.

My favorite part of Gemina is the suspense and the overarching storyline. I literally freak out reading these books! I’m on the edge of my seat, frantically turning pages and trying to devour every word. It’s great! On top of that, the writing is really awesome. It feels like I’m reading a movie. The personalities jump off the page and the scenes are so detailed, it’s like you’re watching them.

As soon as I closed the book, I wanted more. I can’t wait to see where the story wraps up and I’m seriously hoping this gets optioned as a movie. Have you started this series yet?

Life Update & Channel Changes?

It’s been awhile since I updated you on how things in my life are going. I’ve changed jobs, travelled a ton, and have even decided to make some tweaks to my channel. More details in the video below 🙂
 

Rapid Fire Book Tag

My favorite tags to film are the ones where you have to come up with answers immediately. They’re a bit more spontaneous & fun. Let me know if we have any of the same answers for the Rapid Fire Book Tag!

 

 
This tag was created by GirlReading.

Bookish Pet Peeves

There is something so fun about listening to people discuss their bookish pet peeves. Maybe it’s because a lot of people can relate and it’s nice to hear someone give voice to the things that bother you also. So without further ado — here are a few things I just cannot stand in books:

 

Favorite Revenge Stories

I love stories about revenge. They tend to have very interesting, intricate plots and I’m usually sucked in from the very beginning! Here’s a look at some my favorites:

 

 
What are your top revenge stories?