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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“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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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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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – Non Spoiler Review

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Summary:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.
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Untamed by A.G. Howard – Non Spoiler Review

In which Gracie rambles messily about a book fueled by pure caffeine trying desperately not to spoil it but being too tired to fully articulate her words. Enjoy!

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(WARNING: Do not read the summary or review of this book if you have not completed The Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard or else you will be spoiled)

Summary:

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Non Spoiler Review

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(WARNING: Do not read the summary or review of this book if you have not completed The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer or else you will be spoiled)

Summary:

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

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You by Caroline Kepnes – Non Spoiler Review

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – Non Spoiler Review

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Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live

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