This novel was a MAJOR disappointment. The writing style is great - if not a bit overly dramatic. The novel's atmosphere didn't feel so much "Gothic"This novel was a MAJOR disappointment. The writing style is great - if not a bit overly dramatic. The novel's atmosphere didn't feel so much "Gothic" as someone quit young trying to be "Gothic". To top it off, all the characters - especially our heroine - are terribly boring and/or underdeveloped.
Also - I HATED that our heroine kept mentioning her "cursed g*psy blood" - a phrase she apparently picked up from her French grandmother. Uh. . .Ms. Howard - G***y is a major slur toward Romani people. ...more
I adore a great retelling of a classic story; especially if that story is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. So, when I read Alice earlier in the year,I adore a great retelling of a classic story; especially if that story is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. So, when I read Alice earlier in the year, I was thrilled to find a dark retelling of one of my most beloved stories. How does Red Queen stand up against Alice? (I gave Alice 3.4 stars, btw.) Well, in some ways it is a better story and in some ways, it is simply more of the same.
The Good: - Most of the characters are so rich and complex. They are a true joy to read. I find Alice to be a fascinating character, and though it can get creepy in her mind, it’s always interesting. Same goes for Hatcher. With Hatcher, I could never quite tell if he was about to go ax-crazy (literally) or go all “wolf!protector” on Alice. And, then you had Cheshire – I will always enjoy Cheshire. Oh, and Pen. . .he was awesome.
- There were some great twists and turns in this one. And, I felt like the writing style was improved over the last novel.
- The world building in this novel is just as excellent as it was in the first novel; if not more so. The Old City, in Alice, was so well done. So, I was worried about what outside the city would be like. And, it was totally amazing.
The Bad: - Some of the other characters were not as rich and complex as I had hoped. And, that honestly made the conclusion of the novel, a bit lackluster.
- It made me sad that Alice and Hatcher weren’t together throughout the whole novel.
The Random: - I kind of wish there would be a third novel, about Alice and Hatcher exploring the North. Combining the original story with some eastern European/Russian fairy tales? I’d like it. ...more
A amazing blend of several different folk tales and fairy stories. I'm really hoping for a squeal of some kind, because I want to read about these chaA amazing blend of several different folk tales and fairy stories. I'm really hoping for a squeal of some kind, because I want to read about these characters again....more
- It is a unique idea of a retelling in terms of who/what everyone is.
- The atmosphere of this novel is dreamilyA retelling of Snow White.
- It is a unique idea of a retelling in terms of who/what everyone is.
- The atmosphere of this novel is dreamily eerie and that fits perfectly with what the author is trying to do. The whole story feels sort of dream-like at times and dark at others. It just has a rather creepy feel throughout.
- I really enjoyed the early interactions between Nico and Cami. I loved the bond that I felt between them. However, that didn't last terribly long.
- I liked Ellie and several of the smaller side characters. I even thought Nico was a fairly good character.
- World building. What world building. We are put into this world with little to no background on what things/groups are. Half the "species" and things in this world are never really explained. There is a lot of: "Lots of potential can get you Twisted." and "jacks hung out there". What does that mean? And if it is dangerous to be Twisted or a jack, I don't really know it. You can’t just throw a bunch of terms at me and call it world building.
- Cami – our Snow White – was a rather passive and even dull main character. She felt more like a side character in a larger epic than a main character.
- I liked Nico and Cami’s early interactions, but overall their relationship was a bit of a letdown. The whole love story/love triangle bit of the novel was a bit blah; it didn’t really feel like it was a major part of the story, at least not the way it should have been.
- Overall, it was a book I wouldn’t really recommend. I understand it is a trilogy connected by the three friends (Cami aka Snow White, Ellie aka Cinderella, and Ruby aka Little Red Riding Hood). I may read the other two novels, because I do like Ellie and would like to know more about Ruby. However, I’m in no rush to get to the other two novels. ...more
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is a retelling of/ inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. A Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle EThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is a retelling of/ inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. A Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern, West and South Asian stories and folk tales told via frame story. The initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves. All the stories that Scheherazade flow into one another and many are connected. Characters can appear in several stories and one character from Story A can start telling a story about another character in the middle of their story. It is a complex and fun read.
So, of course I was very excited to see that a new voice in the growing (and maturing) Young Adult world was going to tell a story inspired by this collection of tales. Plus, I adore a good retelling. What I got was a major disappointment.
- The premise of this novel is amazing. I have no doubt that in the hands of a more mature writer (or someone who wanted to do ‘less’) this could have been a great novel. It was very different from what I’ve read in the past and that is good thing. awesome premise, obviously
- Some interesting relationships between the women
- Diversity and a POC lead!
- The writing style is just not what I wanted it to be. In some ways it felt very overly written and emotionally manipulative. It felt like there was a certain lack of detail and emotional connections to the plot and characters. An example: everything everyone wears is more or less described in a huge amount of detail. Meanwhile, the first time our leads have sex (keep in mind she’s more or less either been wary of him or hated him until than) is two sentences. And, its emotional impact is never even really brought up! You had sex with the man who killed your best friend! A man you consider a monster! Shouldn’t this be described and discussed in more details than your dresses?!
- The characters. There were so many of them and most of them felt unnecessary and melodramatic. Everyone is running around trying to “save” our leading lady and reminding her that she is in DANGER. But, it never felt like she was in DANGER or even danger. Most of the major events were told to us, rather than shown. So much of it just seemed so melodramatic and ridiculous.
- The characters also often felt interchangeable (even the leads) and I sometimes had to remind myself of who was who and why they were in the story in the first place.
- Insta-love. Oh, I hate insta-love. The relationship between Shahrzad and Khalid happens really fast. From “I hate you and will kill you.” To “I love you.” Blah. Where was the much needed development of that relationship? Most of the novel is determined by that relationship, and yet it felt so rushed and unreal. Like why did Khalid not kill Shahrzad the first night, when he had killed all the others? And why would she want to kiss him while still wanting to kill him for revenge?
- This is a book that reimagines thousands of amazing and complex stories. So. . .I expected more stories. I wanted to hear unique takes on all these amazing folk tales. I think two or so were actually written out. And they were written poorly.
A Russian fairy tale full of romance, death, and magic.
- The poetic prose is amazing. I loved the writing style used in this novel. Such wonA Russian fairy tale full of romance, death, and magic.
- The poetic prose is amazing. I loved the writing style used in this novel. Such wonderful and imaginative imagery.
- The overall feeling of this story: I felt like I was in some magical tucked away land. Or I felt like I was in some starved, dark, and isolated Soviet Russian world. It went back and forth between these things masterfully.
- A wonderful twist of (what I've been told) is a classic tale. It was a "modern" fairy tale for grown ups.
- The middle of the novel drags. Part 2 and much of Part 3 of the novel did nothing for me. I found myself bored at times and it was a struggle to get through. I had adored Part 1 and enjoyed Part 4. . .but, the stuff in the middle was not for me.
- Honestly the characters - especially Marya - weren't characters I had a strong connection to. At some points I confess I didn't care much for anyone.
- 3/5 stars. It has made me want to go look up more Russian stories and read more from this author. ...more
Probably more of a 2.5 star novella. I was interested to read the back story of Levana and to maybe see how the past had lead up to the events in CindProbably more of a 2.5 star novella. I was interested to read the back story of Levana and to maybe see how the past had lead up to the events in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. What I got was a disturbing look inside the mind of a insecure and seriously ill woman.
-The writing style and prose is, as always, beautifully done. It captures you and really sets the mood and atmosphere. - I loved getting more back story on the society and rules of the Luna people. I also really enjoyed the glimpses we got of characters from the main story line. - Seeing inside Levana's head was certainly a journey. There was so much about her - and her actions - that was disturbing. I may have felt a bit of pity for her, but I never saw her as "misunderstood" or "misjudged". She spends the novella doing horrible things. (view spoiler)[She manipulates via mind control, she basically rapes a man she claims to love, she has her niece murdered, she has her husband (the man she claims to love) murdered, she even wears her husband's dead wife's face and body via a glamour throughout the marriage. (hide spoiler)] But, she was still a fascinating character. I actually think I dislike her more after reading this novel.
- Channary does something truly horrible to Levana and I still don't understand why. We are told she is vain, selfish, immature, and cruel. And we do see her do cruel things. However, (view spoiler)[Forcing her sister to burn an entire side of her body is not cruel. It's the markings of a mentally ill person. Seriously mentally ill. (hide spoiler)] And aside from that, Channary never comes across as mentally ill, just selfish and cruel. But certainly not cruel enough to do that. And, despite being the heir, I think something would have been done about it. - There is some major slut shaming in the novella, which was rather surprising given how the author has handled her female characters in past novels. Levana takes every moment to let us know that Channary is a huge "slut" who sleeps with half the men she knows. - Everything Levana does to Evret is horrible. I actually didn't like that he seemed to almost forgive her after a while.
- At 220 pages, there wasn't much of a plot. It was more of: "This is Levana over the course of ten years. Watch as she slowly becomes more and more unstable." It probably could have been shorter. ...more
Heartless was such a terrific novel. I really hope that Marissa Meyer decides to play in Wonderland again. I would love to learn more about the QueendHeartless was such a terrific novel. I really hope that Marissa Meyer decides to play in Wonderland again. I would love to learn more about the Queendoms of Chess and their war. I'd also like to see Meyer's take on a lot of the goings on in Wonderland.
- Meyer's writing style is always amazing. There is something about it, that makes it really fast to read and really enjoyable to stay with. I could have read this novel all day, if I had had the time.
- The side characters (many of whom will be characters in Carroll's stories) are really fantastic. Catherine is also a great character - she starts off as a sweet girl, but you know she'll turn into a villain. And yet, even fifty or a hundred pages in. . .you can see traces of the villain Catherine will become. She isn't nearly as innocent or sweet as she believes she is. Indeed, Catherine is can be a rather spoiled, snotty, rude, and wishy-washy woman. Which is actually great - she is a complex character that you enjoy reading.
- I think my biggest issue with the novel is that, a lot of the time, Jest was not all he could have been. He wasn't flat, really. He just felt very much like "the love interest" and not like a full blown character.
- The story could drag a little, especially toward the middle of the novel.
- I need more Raven, Hatta, etc. Like I said - great secondary and minor characters. ...more
- The writing style can be lyrical and fairy tale-like. The dialogue can be witty at times. - The pacing is fast. - There are some amazing hi The Good:
- The writing style can be lyrical and fairy tale-like. The dialogue can be witty at times. - The pacing is fast. - There are some amazing hints that make me believe that this series will be great. - The side characters! Trix, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Saturday, Thursday, the Pirate King, Erik, Jack Jr, and Velius are all great. I hope to see more of them in the other Woodcutter Sisters novels. - The early scenes with Sunday and Grumble were actually a little adorable and sweet.
- Even if it is a series, there are several large plot holes and dangling plots at the end. I'm sure the other six planned books will sort most of these out. However, as this was originally sold as a stand alone. . .I can see how this could annoy some. - Sunday and her love interest don't really feel like a real and true love. Then again, most fairy tales are a bit shallow in the love department. - Sorrow, Joy, and their story line is just odd. - The ending - defeating the 'bad guy stuff' felt rather rushed. I spent the last fifty pages or so thinking: "Wait, what? Okay, I guess."
- As much as I did like Sunday and Rumbold, they are probably the more boring of the characters. ...more
Oh dear, this book was just not for me. The main characters were just so. . .dumb and googly-eyed at one another. I loved the idea behind the novel, bOh dear, this book was just not for me. The main characters were just so. . .dumb and googly-eyed at one another. I loved the idea behind the novel, but it just didn't work for me. Thank goodness I only paid seven dollars for this instead of the eighteen dollar cover price. ...more