I have a weakness for backstories and Alice in Wonderland, so I might be a tiny bit biased, but I'm madly in love with this book. I devoured it, keptI have a weakness for backstories and Alice in Wonderland, so I might be a tiny bit biased, but I'm madly in love with this book. I devoured it, kept coming back for more, and when it was over, I was genuinely sad. I know this book just came out, so I'll keep this review brief to avoid giving away any spoilers.
Marissa Meyer wove her own creation of the Queen of Hearts so intricately into Lewis Carroll's world, and it's absolutely captivating. There are so many little pieces of his world (and Poe's, of course!) that carried on incredibly well with Meyer's own ideas. There are original characters with some new twists, and a whole bunch of other aspects that surprisingly fit perfectly. It creates such a fun, twisted world to get sucked into. And the characters! I could go on for days about them, but mostly I was surprised at how much I loved Cath, given that I knew she would become evil and dark in the end.
My only apprehension initially was the insta-infatuation, but I think the romance between Jest and Cath is played out well enough over the course of the book that it doesn't feel like that cliche insta-love between the heroine and a mysterious boy with dark hair (even if it kind of is). I wouldn't quite call this a love triangle either, as Cath is so desperate to be anything but the King's wife. But my favorite aspect of this book? This is not a love story.
The description of this book, "she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love," is a little misleading. Cath dreams of being her own person, of having a bakery and being successful. She doesn't care that her parents want her to marry the king someday, and she rebels against that, hard. She just so happens to fall in love along the way, and it takes her quite a while before she even realizes Jest has stolen (stolen, not taken) her heart. There is so much going on in this book, so many subplots, that the romance is never overly abundant. This is mostly a story of Cath's growth and development (or regression?) that will have you rooting for her, being angry with her, and feeling sorry for her.
Because honestly? This book is depressing as hell. ...more
I know it's early in the year, but I don't know how many books I read in 2017 will top this one, honestly. I was expecting some mediocre young adult nI know it's early in the year, but I don't know how many books I read in 2017 will top this one, honestly. I was expecting some mediocre young adult novel about a group of kids with some petty drama, but this is so much more than that. This is barely a ya novel at all, considering all the dark elements to it. This book immediately had me hooked, and I thought the characters were interesting and relatable. I really loved how the court case was set up - it's so easy to mess it up, but this case came off as very realistic and well-done.
Also, can we talk about the twist at the end? I closed this book, actually said, "WHAT" out loud, and then sat in disbelief for a solid amount of time after. ...more
This book turned me into a complete mess, I won't even lie.
Min wasn't my favorite character in the beginning, but she grew on me almost instantly. ByThis book turned me into a complete mess, I won't even lie.
Min wasn't my favorite character in the beginning, but she grew on me almost instantly. By the end of the book I loved her, and through her naivety and innocence, I could understand what she saw in Ed, and why their relationship stumbled into what it became. There was a sliver of hope in their relationship for Min, and even though I obviously knew it wasn't going to last, a small part of me wished it had, for her sake.
The writing in this is absolutely beautiful, with paragraphs rambling and scenes blurring together. The dialogue is choppy and awkward; the sentences are fragmented and stutter frequently. I can see why people might not enjoy it, but I adored it. I wasn't a huge fan of the artwork, but I'm not sure exactly how the book would have done without it. ...more
I had no idea that this was going to be that good. Dang. I'm just going to bullet point the reasons I loved this book.
- A book about the FBI BAU madeI had no idea that this was going to be that good. Dang. I'm just going to bullet point the reasons I loved this book.
- A book about the FBI BAU made me want to start watching Criminal Minds again - Evelyn is a flawless, badass, woman of color and works amazingly as a lead in a cast dominated by males. She fights (arguably too) hard to get her job done on her own, because she understands the stigma of a woman working in the FBI and she'll do anything to crush that - When I say flawless, I mean that there are times she's wrong, when she doubts herself, when she lets her job take over her personal life, when her temper flares up. She's like a real human being and isn't perfect just because she's a fictional character - I really enjoyed the scenes from the killer's perspective - I read this book in two sittings and only stopped because I had to work, otherwise I would have stayed up all night to finish. I was sucked in immediately and was hooked at every chapter's end...more
I'd like to point out that the phrase "never judge a (literal) book by it's cover" is crap. The only reason I picked up this book a year ago was becauI'd like to point out that the phrase "never judge a (literal) book by it's cover" is crap. The only reason I picked up this book a year ago was because of how gorgeous the cover was (and probably because it's penned a Gothic tale), and I'm almost mad at myself for taking such a long time to actually read it, because I loved every minute of it.
Zafon could write about absolutely nothing and I would still devour his writing whole. I can't remember the last time someone's writing style completely mesmerized me, and I think it's a truly rare gift of writing - but man, does it feel great. I've obviously never been to Barcelona in the 1940s, but my god, did I believe I could have been. And that's just the thing - this book doesn't even take place during the 40s; multiple flashbacks are given to that time period, and even those are just as detailed and realistic as the current setting. This book is oozing with descriptors that make Barcelona seem romantic, gorgeous, and exciting all rolled into one.
But above the setting rose the characters. The funny thing is that for Oscar to be the main character, there isn't much known about him. We're given a general age estimate, know he isn't close to his family, and there might be a vague physical description. But Oscar isn't really the focal point of the story - it's all the side characters, especially Marina and German. The best part is that we're always given such vivid novellas about each character as we're introduced to them. It makes a character real to have genuine characteristics, but especially for me, it makes them all the more real to have a history. Each flashback and storytelling is never just someone feeding Oscar and Marina knowledge about the past. Rather, it's a whirlwind of pretty words that suck you into that exact moment, filling in the gaps while adding to the mystery, making you ask all the important questions and answering them seconds later.
I don't want to spoil anything about the plot, but I will say it gripped me from the beginning and still, hours after I've finished, hasn't let me go quite yet. There were times I was excited, anxious, genuinely petrified, and then, of course, absolutely heartbroken. This book is a rollercoaster of feelings, and I don't know the last time a story made me feel so many emotions so rapidly....more
The characters seemed slightly unrealistic at times, but it's most likely because I don't spend time around fourth gradTHIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK.
The characters seemed slightly unrealistic at times, but it's most likely because I don't spend time around fourth graders and hardly remember being one. But I'm ecstatic books to this degree are being written....more