Thursday, December 28th 2017

Wild Beauty

Wild BeautyWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 352
Goodreads
four-stars

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

The writing in this book was quite beautiful and I would like to read more books by this author as this is my first. I felt very invested in the characters and the plot. The only reason this book did not get a 5-star rating from me is that I thought the story got just a little convoluted in the end. But otherwise, it was a beautiful story.

four-stars

Thursday, August 17th 2017

Heartless

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Pages: 453
Goodreads
four-stars

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.

This book broke my heart. I knew it would and I read it anyways. Marissa Meyer is my new favorite fairy tale retelling author. I never would have thought up this back story for the Queen of Hearts and yet, her story completely works. And it was completely heartbreaking. I loved all the characters, the whimsy, the plot and the kookiness. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star rating was because I saw the ending coming. The foreshadowing was just a little too obvious for what I typically like, but that is my only nitpick. If you loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, you will love this book as well.

four-stars