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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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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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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Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach – Non Spoiler Review

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“I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?”
I shrugged.
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty. It brought a bloom to her pale cheeks and made sharp shelves of her cheekbones.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote I can’t on my palm.
Then, in tiny letters below it, I finished the thought: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

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Mini Reviews #1

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 Hello there beauties! This is the first post in my Mini Reviews series. I got this ides from It Starts at Midnight and thought it would be a perfect way to review some books that don’t really need a full review. I’m going to try and review a couple books at a time on each of these posts and I hope you enjoy!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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