Oh man, that book was awesome! I don't know why I put off reading it for so long. I feel a bit silly for that now. I'm so glad I finally gave it a sho...moreOh man, that book was awesome! I don't know why I put off reading it for so long. I feel a bit silly for that now. I'm so glad I finally gave it a shot. It was fabulous. Besides it being a retelling of a fairy tale, which I'm a total sucker for, it was an awesome dystopian novel as well! Marissa Meyer really did a wonderful job of putting all the elements into this book. It had wonderfully strong characters that you can't help but love. It had an interesting plot, that while predictable, was still satisfying. The world of Cinder was really interesting as well. I don't think the world building was off the charts, but I thought it was strong and the author did a great job of getting the important stuff across.
And I just have to say...I love Cinder! She was such a wonderful character and heroine. And I just freaking LOVE the idea of a cyborg Cinderella. Major awesome points to Marissa Meyer!
I love Kai too, btw. He was so sweet and I really appreciated that the author didn't take him down the cocky route.
My only complaint, and it's a small one, is how the book left off. I hate not having the 'relationship' resolved at the end of a book. I can't help it, I want the happy ending! But, I am so incredibly excited to get my hands on this -
Well, I'll start off by saying that I was stunned and thrilled when I heard the premise for this book. Being a huge fan of Persuasion and a huge fan o...moreWell, I'll start off by saying that I was stunned and thrilled when I heard the premise for this book. Being a huge fan of Persuasion and a huge fan of dystopian settings, It almost blew my mind when I heard about a book that put one of my all-time favorite romance stories into a dystopian setting. I had very high hopes for this novel and it did NOT let me down.
Diana Peterfreund's novel was a beautifully written retelling of a classic love story. All the elements that made Persuasion so wonderful were there, featured and highlighted. The characters were lovable and dynamic. While aspects of the setting felt very similar to Persuasion, there were a lot of ways it felt different. The novel definitely had the feel of a dystopian. The concepts of the Reduced and Posts were interesting. I enjoyed that the focus of societies downfall was centered around multiple factors. There was religion, economics, medicine, politics. I thought all Peterfreund's ideas were well thought out and brought a lot to an already wonderful story.
I loved the letters between Elliot and Kai. It was a great way to give us a kind of before and after of Kai. I liked being able to set the man we met against the boy in the letters and try and figure out exactly what was going on in his head. I loved Elliot's strong character as much as I love Ann from Persuasion.
The additions of things like the medical enhancements and sun carts made the novel have that extra bit of color and were great concepts.
All in all, I just loved this book. I think this story put to any setting would win me over, but I was very impressed with what Diana Peterfreund did with this book. I would highly recommend it to both dystopian and Jane Austen lovers.(less)
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telli...moreI received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow White.
What I loved best about this book was the narration. I thought it was very interesting that the story was told from the POV of the mirror. And I also love that the plot did not stick totally and completely to the traditional story. There were many things that were different and they only added to make the novel more fun. I thought Melissa Lemon created wonderful characters and great twists to the story.
I will say that the book didn't blow me away. It was on the lighter side of things. Even though the Queen did terrible things, those things were glanced over and not really brought to the forefront of the story. I think, for me personally, I would have enjoyed a little bit of a heavier, darker feel to the whole book. But, it was by no means bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it to others. (less)
I received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic tale...moreI received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic tale. Set in the present time, with a lot more technology and a lot less magic and sword fighting, this novel tells the story of Rapunzel in a whole new light.
Rapunzel is locked in a tower. Every day she does the same things. She eats, she braids her fifteen foot long mass of hair, she does her schoolwork and then at night, she brushes her hair before bed. Her life is not exciting, but it's the only life she knows; so she doesn't question it.
That is until she discovers Facebook one day while in the middle of an internet search. Facebook opens her eyes up to a whole new world and one thing that she has always craved: friendship. She quickly discovers Fane, a boy who goes to the local high school. As Fane and Rapunzel begin to develop both friendship and...other feelings, they begin to explore Rapunzel's life and search for the truth about the rumors that surround her home. What they find is some frightening truths about who Rapunzel is and the reasons for her forced lifestyle. Together she and Fane must find a way to free Rapunzel from her tower and save her from a horrifying fate.
This novel was fun, heartwarming, funny, creative and exciting. Cindy Bennett has truly crafted a wonderful modern retelling of Rapunzel. I usually expect these modern re-tellings to feel silly and even cheesy, but I truly didn't feel that way about this novel. I was able to take it seriously, which speaks highly of Bennett's ability to weave a believable and relevant fantasy novel. I was very taken with this book and I would put it on par with the works of authors like Alex Flinn. (less)
I'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thou...moreI'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thought were fantastic. But it was still fun to hear Jinni's story, even if it was somewhat odd.
I'm looking forward to book 5. Can't wait for Hook and Peter and, I can't remember her name now, but Betty's best friend and Hook's aforementioned soul mate.(less)
I would give this book almost 4 stars, but not quite. There was a lot that I liked and some that I disliked. Overall, I wasn't WOW-ed! But I really li...moreI would give this book almost 4 stars, but not quite. There was a lot that I liked and some that I disliked. Overall, I wasn't WOW-ed! But I really liked the ending and I'm starting the second book now. I like the idea of following Romeo for a while.(less)
I don't have a big, long review for this book. I will say that I liked it a lot more than the first. I liked following Romeo's character much more tha...moreI don't have a big, long review for this book. I will say that I liked it a lot more than the first. I liked following Romeo's character much more than I did with Juliet. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because I like stories of redemption and rooting for the bad guys to grow a heart. I though Romeo was a more dynamic and interesting character overall. (less)