Review: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

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Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer (twitter) (website)

Publisher//Release Date: Feiwel and Friends//November 8th, 2016

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Retelling

Source: Purchased

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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.

Rating: 4/5

Let’s get one thing straight:

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Okay, Okay. I don’t hate it. But I’m not Alice in Wonderland’s biggest fan. I will fully admit to never reading Carroll’s original, probably  because I was never introduced to an adaptation that I can honestly say I really liked all that much.

So when one of my favorite authors comes out with a Queen of Hearts origin story, I’m excited and a tad skeptical. Because I don’t like Alice in Wonderland.

I DID NOT, however, hate Heartless. I enjoyed it a lot, actually. This is going to sound kind of crazy, but Heartless reminds me a lot of how I love the musical Wicked, but cannot stand the book of the same name it was based on (attempted to read it twice – about 6-7 years apart –  and DNF’d about a quarter of the way through both times). I can’t say that I hate the source material in this case, but I definitely like this novel a lot more.

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January Books Making Me Go *Grabby Hands*

It’s that time of year again. I have a bunch of shiny Amazon gift cards from Christmas and I’m ready to go.

As far as YA goes, the first couple months of 2017 looks STACKED – like “How am I ever going to read all of these books, they all sound so good,” STACKED. But that’s never stopped me before.

So these are the books that I cannot wait for that are coming out in January

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Books of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

2016 has been a crazy reading year for me; I started this blog, had a really hard time getting into a reading mood for most of the year and completely failed my Goodreads challenge (but why should that be any different?). But I did read some really great books this year and I’ve got them for you here!

Let’s break it down:

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What I’m Reading – 12/26/2016

Guess who’s back with her weekly update of my reading life? Yep that’s  who

Long story short, me + holidays + new job + still mandatory overtime = NO READING FOR CALLE.

No seriously,  I haven’t finished a book in the month of December. And I haven’t been blogging much either. Basically, nothing that wasn’t work or Christmas related got accomplished.

Still, I’m breaking it down:

What I’ve Finished

Absolutely nothing. Have you not been reading so far?

What I’m Reading

A whole bunch. I will be FINISHING (ahhhhhhh) Heartless by Marissa Meyer this week. I know, I’ve been reading (and honestly, really enjoying) this book since what feels like the dawn of time. But I have a little over 100 pages left so I’m going to try to polish it off tomorrow. I’m also reading Island of Glass by Nora Roberts. Again, I’m enjoying it, but I have no time. I’m barely halfway through this book so I have no idea when I’m going to finish it. But it will be completed. Soon. Hopefully.

What I’m Reading Next

I plan on starting Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter as soon as I can. I’ve really been enjoying the rest of the Embassy Row series, so I feel like that would be a good book to kill this reading slump dead. I would like to start Map of Fates by Maggie Hall soon as well. I also have a couple of audiobooks – Death Masks by Jim Butcher and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard  – that I want to get to soon, especially Truthwitch, because 1.) I would like to reread (or listen) to it before the sequel comes out and 2.) It’s a library book so I have a deadline on that one. I’m not really planning my reading, just sort of rolling with the reading punches.

That’s it for me today! What have you been reading lately?

Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Novels for the First Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

What’s up guys? Long time no see! Let’s get down to it. This list was impossible to make. I have so many books that I’m looking forward to in 2017 that I don’t know when I’m going to have time to read them all – but that won’t stop me from trying. But of all the books hitting shelves, these are the ones that I 150% need need NEED to get my hands on.

As an added bonus, these covers are freaking gorgeous, a fact that has absolutely nothing to do with my desire to own all of these ASAP.

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Review: This Is Our Story – Ashley Elston

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Author: Ashley Elston (twitter)

Publisher//Release Date: Disney Hyperion// November 15th, 2016

Genre: YA, Mystery

Source: Purchased

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Synopsis: No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

Rating: 4.25/5

I love when I’m not disappointed.

I also hate anticipating unknown quantities. Most of the time, when I get worked up over a book, it’s the latest installment in a favorite series, or a new release from a favorite author. It’s hard to get really excited for a stand-alone from an author you’ve never read before. There’s always the possibility that it will be nothing like you expected – and that alone will be a deal breaker.

And then books like this come along. It has everything it says on the cover and still manages to be twisty and good.

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What I’m Reading – 12/05/2016

Hello everyone, I’m back with my bi-weekly update of all that is reading (or lack thereof)

As anyone who follows this blog will tell you, my blogging life has gone all kinds of crazy. I had a minor personal trauma – the sorority I was a part of in college was shuttered out of nowhere, for reasons that have nothing to do with Greeks using their letters to act stupid, and as someone with friends currently in the chapter, it was shocking and confusing and kind of took over my life for a couple of days and threw my life into a tailspin. Add in mandatory overtime and the fact that I’m moving to my new position on MONDAY, not a whole lot of reading got done.

What I’ve Finished

Over Thanksgiving, I finished The Conspiracy of Us and enjoyed it quite a bit. Then I picked up This is Our Story which took me completely by surprise. I flew through it – read it cover to cover in two days when I didn’t have a whole lot of time to dedicate to reading and immediately handed it to my mother because I know she’ll love it because it’s great. Review for that one will be coming out today, so keep an eye out. But that’s it.

On the bright side, if I’m not reading a lot, at least I’m reading the books I like?

What I’m Reading.

Okay, I am still Reading Heartless and The Sixth Extinction. I’m far enough into both of them that I would feel bad about restarting them later – especially Heartless, it makes me feel like a bad fangirl because I haven’t finished it yet.  And then we have Sixth Extinction, which I’m ¾ of the way through and…yep still not finished….. UGH. Side note: I almost grabbed the Heartless audiobook because I thought I it would ease me in finishing the book AND because Rebecca Soler is the narrator and she was PERFECT for the Lunar Chronicles. But I didn’t because I would feel guilty not reading the book I preordered. YEAH.

On top of all that I started Gemina which I am LOVING and mainly focusing on because it so damn good. God, I love this series. And I’ve started back up with the Dresden Files – currently reading Summer Knight, the 4th book in the series and I’m reading it both on Kindle and audiobook, sometimes at the same time. I’ve been listening to it at work and I’m starting to do it at home, too. I forgot how much I like this series – it’s funny and exciting and the audio has the added bonus of being narrated by James Marsters AKA SPIKE FROM BUFFY. And, let’s face it, Gemina won’t fit in my purse.

What’s Up Next

I’m definitely continuing with the Dresden Files – I used my last 2 Audible credits to buy Death Masks and Blood Rites so the marathon shall continue. I don’t want to make any other hard and fast reading plans because Island of Glass comes out tomorrow and I will be going into “Drop Everything and Read the New Nora Roberts Book” mode as soon as I get out of work on Tuesday. And that book will fit in my purse.

Outside of that, I have no real plans. I think I’m just going to let my mood dictate my reading choices. I have plenty of books, so we’ll see where this goes.

That’s it for me this time. What have you guys been read lately?