Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Non Spoiler Review)

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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.

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Photo Jul 28, 8 21 56 PM.jpgI am completely and wholeheartedly in love with this book. Marissa Meyer’s version of Wonderland grabbed me even quicker than Tim Burton’s. I spent about a week reading this book and in just that short time I grew to love the old and new characters in this story. I actually continued to forget that this was a villain origin story because of how lovable and hopeful everything was. Many times I found my heart just splintering when I remembered the inevitable fate of Catherine, The Queen of Tarts. Honestly, I haven’t had this much love for characters since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and that’s saying a lot because that book was pure gold.

In this story we meet some of our old favorite characters before Alice ever steps foot in Wonderland. We get to watch Hatters race with time, and Cheshire’s inner Gossip Queen. We also meet two new characters, Catherine is the best baker in Wonderland and anyone who has tasted her treats knows it, Jest is the Court Joker with a mission that seems a bit compromised. We follow these characters through their journey of (how ever cliche it may sound) love, loss, and revenge. All the characters in this story I had unknowingly grown attached to which ultimately ruined my heart.

I loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles which I fell in love with a couple years back and after hearing of her recreating one of my favorite stories, how couldn’t my expectations be sky high? I will say all of them were met and I curse myself for not reading it sooner, I say that you are completely missing out. Marissa’s take on the Wonderland story would make even Lewis Carroll proud.

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5 Stars

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“Stuff and nonsense. Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?”

“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

“Perhaps we know each other in the future and you’re only remembering backward.”

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My Favorite Books of 2016

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2016 is finally over and so brings the end to another year of reading. I will admit that this year was definitely not the best year I’ve had reading but I did read a few books that were absolutely amazing. I read a total of 30 books which met my reading goal of 30 books (how convenient) but hopefully I can get that goal back to 50 in 2017. I didn’t get to a lot of the books I was anticipating this year because of school and such but those will of course be some of the first ones I read in the upcoming year.  You can check out my Goodreads Reading challenge here if you want to see all the books I read this year. So without further ado, here are my favorite books of 2016.

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

DO NOT READ THE SUMMARY OF EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES. NO ONE LIKES SPOILERS.

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Harry Christmas To You 2016

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 Hello everyone and welcome to my little Harry Christmas To You shout out-ish. This year will be my third year participating in this lovely event created by the even lovelier Maureen Keavy  over on YouTube. This post is basically a little information about Harry Christmas To You just because I love it and I want to spread the word. Enjoy! And I hope to see you around the Wizarding World next month.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review (Spoiler Free + Spoilers)

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Hello Potterheads! It is currently 12:14 am on November 18th as I am writing this and I just got home from seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them about half an hour ago. I have many many MANY thoughts about this movie and since this is my first movie review, I will be doing it the same way as I do my book reviews. There will be a spoiler free section first, followed by a clearly marked spoilery section after that. I will be writing this over the next day or since I will need sleep at some point, hopefully my thoughts will clear up and I wont be such a blubbering mess by the end of this review.

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What to Read After Binge Watching Stranger Things

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Hey guys so recently I finished watching the Netflix original, Stranger Things. I know I am basically the last person in the world to watch this show and boy do I regret not watching it sooner! I had no idea what to expect when I started but now I’m hooked. Anyway, here are some books I believe are perfect for the post Stranger Things blues.

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End of the Year TBR

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2016 is almost over and so ends another wonderful reading year. Well at least for others, I was in a slump for most of it but so far I have read a ton of amazing books. I thought that since there’s only a couple months left in the year, I would make a list of the books I’d like to finish this year. Now I do want to join in #Harryxmastoyou in December by reading at least a couple of Harry Potter books but I won’t be adding those to the list. Without further ado, here is my probably overambitious End of the Year TBR.

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