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The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2)

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The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher's every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe. But the weather ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 2nd 2007)
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Nikoleta
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realist
Η υπέροχη συνέχεια της Καυτής Σοκολάτας. Η Βιαν Ροσέ με καινουρια ταυτότητα, κ που είναι το περίεργο; Έτσι την μάθαμε και έτσι την αγαπήσαμε. Τι συμβαίνει όμως όταν αυτή η νέα ταυτότητα έχει παρασύρει κ καταπιεί την αγαπημένη, δυναμική ηρωίδα που ξέραμε και την έχει μετατρέψει σε ένα άβουλο τρομαγμένο πλάσμα; Κ πάνω απ’ όλα όταν ο άνεμος φέρνει στην πόρτα της μια γυναίκα που θυμίζει πολύ περισσότερο τον παλιό αγαπημένο εαυτό της, ισως και περισσότερο απο'τι τον θυμίζει τώρα η ίδια. Όταν αυτή η μ ...more
Cherie
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been sitting in my chair thinking about what I was going to write about the story I just finished. The question, “what did you think?” always makes me feel like it is some kind of test and I am going to give the wrong answer. I try not to think about it that way. I always think that this is not the question that I should be answering. My question would be “what did you feel?” Ahhh, yes, that’s it.

Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt.

The whole time I was reading The Gi
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Rachel
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe
The spider weaves its web elegantly. It is a thing of beauty to watch. But, to see it ensnare its prey is horrific, yet equally fascinating. Harris spins her own web in this delicious sequel to Chocolat. Who is the spider and who is the prey?
Melanie
I really, really wanted to like this book - I have such fond memories of *Chocolat* (probably because I read a borrowed copy on the plane home from a trip to Paris replete with French chocolates, but still...). I can't help but think that the sequel almost ruins the magic of the first one - it ended so...hopefully, and then *The Girl With No Shadow* happens and undercuts it all.

As a stand-alone book, though (which it very well could be), I'm much happier with it (and if it were a stand-alone boo
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Gerri Leen
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Sarah
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Sequel to Chocolat, published as The Lollipop Shoes outside of U.S.

Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of. The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away. This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat. We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life. Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk. This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters. Roux returns but is
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Bhargavi Balachandran
I started this book with a lot of expectations and i am happy to report that I enjoyed it thoroughly. Joanne Harris's Lollipop shoes is like dark,creamy chocolate with a hint of spice-totally heady and difficult to resist. Narrated from three POVs(Yanne, Anouk and Zozie), the narrative flows seamlessly. I loved how Joanne let a huge chunk of the narrative be told from Zozie's perspective- I don't really think i have read too many novels that have been narrated from the Villain's point of view.Al ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of french fiction, fans of Good books, Chocolat/Harris fnas
If Chocolat was Dark Chocolate with a creamy milk chocolate filling then The Girl with No Shadow is a Dark Chocolate truffle with a smooth creamy finish.

"The Girl..." is not a simple tale. It's a complex tale that mirrors life and the way we interact with each other, the things we choose not to see, the choices we make because we believe them to be right and the ultimate decision of getting back to that place within yourself that truly represents who you are.

It's about love, vengeance, family, l
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RavenclawReadingRoom
26/8/2016
God, I love this book. So, so much. Magic plays much more of a role in this one than in Chocolat, which could almost be described as straight up literature. This one relies fairly heavily on magic of varying sorts. It gives us the back story on characters we know and love, which also introducing one of the most unreliable and compelling narrators I think I've ever come across. Zozie is so creeptastic by the end, and yet in the beginning, the reader is as taken in by her as Anouk is.

Ano
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
I loved this book. And I didn't expect to. Granted, Chocolat is one of my favorite "Go to a happy place" films. So when I found the book at a bargain price a few years ago, I thought I'd read it.
Per my usual, since I'd seen the movie, I didn't take the time to read the first book (since I have so much to read for work, and this doesn't fall into the group of books in my field). Now I think I will, even though I can tell that it won't take me to a happy place, as does the film.

I thought for cert
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Janice
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Chocolat is a much darker offering. The story is set 4 years later and it's clear that Vianne is fearful of something. She and Anouk have assumed new names, their spirits have dwindled, and they seem defeated. The story examines the debilitating effect of fear and the dangers it can expose us to. It also examines the choices we make to obtain the things we need. I'm beginning to suspect that Joanne Harris' dialogue of right vs wrong, good vs evil to be a signature for her. I've rea ...more
Morana Mazor
Pariz, magija, čokolada... Pratimo život Vianne Rocher i Anouk poslije onog dijela koji smo čitali/gledali u Čokoladi... A on se odvija u Parizu, točnije na Montmartru.. I to je lijepo.. Iako je u ovoj knjizi više naglasak na magiju..prvi mi je dio bio bolji.. U stvari, možda sam baš zato što je prvi bio toliko dobar, stavila prevelika očekivanja pred Cipelice..Ovdje mi je najslabija karika nekako, nedorečen zaplet.. U svakom slučaju, ako ste zavoljeli likove i atmosferu "Čokolade" pročitajte i ...more
Louise
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read chocolat I already had an interest and liked the character of viane. It was good to see the changes in the child as she has grown up and the development of the relationship with her mother. Some of the references which pinpointed dates threw me a bit I had the sense in chocolat that it was more historical but the mention of mobile phones threw me into an era I had not really thought of this book being in. Although I perhaps appreciated more the contrast of the more traditional and ol ...more
Tze-Wen
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[This review was originally posted on my blog.]

It has been years since I last read Chocolat and watched its magical movie adaptation. I remember that I went on a Joanne Harris reading spree right after that. Many of her books are just as filled with love for the culinary arts. Part of me was afraid that the sequel would disappoint, and that is why I only recently got around to reading The Lollipop Shoes. I needn't have worried though, because from the very first page I was hooked. The woman with
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Anne
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Joanne Harris's popular novel Chocolat and saw the movie based on it so long ago that I can barely remember what it was about - other than a chocolate shop in France. But, I do recall enjoying it and finding it quite magical. So, while at a bookstore recently, I was excited to discover this sequel. The Girl with No Shadow opens with Vianne and Anouk (of Chocolat fame) in a new city under new identities, Yanne and Annie. Yanne is struggling to keep her new chocolaterie afloat. She is datin ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
I was so disappointed with this book; when it first came out I even bought it in hardback as I had absolutley loved Chocolat (and the others of Harris's that I have read). I had practically been counting down the days to the release of this book and was left feeling incredibly underwhelmed by the whole thing.

The Lollipop Shoes is the story of Vianne and Anouk and Vianne's new daugher who have moved to Paris and set up a chocolate shop there too but there is none of the magic of that first shop,
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Morgan
I enjoyed this more than Chocolat, perhaps because I had nothing to compare it to. Harris' writing style is just as easy to read as chocolate, and this book is just as amusing a morsel (and just as likely to make your mouth water). However, I found it more nuanced and a bit less obvious than Chocolat.

Zozie is a much more satisfying villain than Chocolat's Reynaud ever was; and Anouk's sullen teenage resentment of (and at times, fierce love for) her mother and attraction to Zozie as a surrogate m
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Anna
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Dave
Shelves: fiction, supernatural
I didn’t realise that there was a sequel to Chocolat until a friend recommended it a few years ago. Then I happened to see a copy in the library and thought it might be fun to read, as indeed it was. The narrative picks up about five years after the events of Chocolat. Vianne and Anouk have been joined by little Rosette and are living quietly in Paris. Their relatively peaceful existence is upended by the arrival of the enigmatic Zozie. I found the split point of view between Vianne, Anouk, and ...more
Jenifer
As a sequel to "Chocolat", I think this was pretty good. It shows growth and imagination on the author's part, not just a reworking of a previous success. Each chapter is narrated by one of the main characters; Zozie, Vianne or Anouk. The little graphic at the chapter heading indicates which person will be speaking, but I didn't figure that out until after I had finished the book. Kind of makes me mad, too. That's not the kind of clue I'd typically overlook. That aside, I thought there could hav ...more
Heidi
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Una Tiers
Harris makes the reader work hard to follow the characters with the assumed names. Then she moves in to a class boy girl fact pattern. While I am a fan of Chocolat, the movie, this book disappointed me.
Jenny Sparrow
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Роман Джоанн Харрис "Леденцовые туфельки" - это продолжение известного романа "Шоколад". И, скажу я вам, просто замечательное продолжение! Туфельки понравились мне куда больше Шоколада, хотя я и сама, наверное, толком не объясню, почему :)

Может, из-за того, что повествование ведется от лица трех разных героинь, и стиль каждой главы прелестно меняется в зависимости от рассказчицы: злодейки-интриганки Зози, Вианн, из страха за детей изменившей самой "шоколадной" себе, или ее дочери-подростка Анук,
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Stephanie Graham Pina
While I did not love this book with the same intensity as Chocolat, it is still a delightful sequel. I was sad to see Vianne so changed and wanted desperately for her to find her way back to herself. I understood Vianne's changes, her fears as a mother, and as a mother of a special needs child I can relate to the fierce anger you can feel towards Kindly Ones who intend to help but only hurt.
I felt angry towards Zozie, the interloper in their lives. I also felt strangely fascinated by her. Harri
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Lydia
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty frustrated with this book. I enjoyed the writing and I thought the writing was good but the plot and the story just felt really drawn-out.

Usually Harris' writing has a really lovely slowness, like the gradual unwinding of a ball of yarn, but I didn't feel that way with this book. I really like her characters, particularly her female characters and how they were written but parts of the novel just felt totally forced in there for plot purposes.

Without spoiling it, I relished the big
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Nikki
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love Chocolat, and I could never get bored of it, I don't think. But I didn't get on so well with The Lollipop Shoes the first time I read it, and this time even less so. Vianne without her magic, without her spark -- for most of the book anyway -- is a lot more boring, and I hated the tangles of plot Zozie festooned around the place. It was hard to care about Thierry and the part of the plot that involved him, and Roux didn't come in soon enough.

The ending is too little, too late -- and I'd r
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Darth J
This second installment in the Chocolat books is that rare sequel that is better than the first. More overtly magical than Chocolat, Harris continues her tale about a young mother raising her two children with sweets and witchcraft. There is something inherently earthy and grounded about the way the author uses magical realism to move her story forward, which is a breath of fresh air among others in the genre. From the food to the romance, The Girl with No Shadow is the most enchanting book in t ...more
Margarida
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não foi o meu livro preferido desta autora. Há qualquer coisa que me impediu de ficar entusiasmada com o livro e apenas as últimas páginas me fizeram dar-lhe 4 estrelas. Achei que a história andava muito devagar. No entanto, consegui apegar-me às personagens e ganhar uma extrema irritação à Zozie e às suas manhas.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Lollipop Shoes (Chocolat #2), Joanne Harris
عنوان: کفشهای آبنباتی؛ جوآن هریس؛ مترجم: چیستا یثربی؛ تهران، پوینده، 1387، در 192 ص؛ شابک: 9789642950164؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
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Cfkotula
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foodie
This sequal to "Chocolat" did not live up to its predecessor. While "Chocolat's" bad guy was complex, believable and human, the villain here is way, way over-the-top. Much more creepy, sinister and heavy-handed on the witchcraft, which I'm not that interested in. However, the main characters Vianne and Anouk are still interesting enough to make me want to finish up the series and read the final book "Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure" to see their fate.
Chocolategoddess
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
Very enjoyable book. It's been a while since I read Chocolat, but the characters all came tumbling back to me. I found Zozie a compelling, and disturbing, new character, who took the story to far darker places. The writing was glorious, and the descriptions of food left me searching for new recipes to try.

I found the ending a little weak, but the rest of the book wrapped me up so well that I really don't mind. Next up: Peaches for Monsieur le Curé. I'm excited.
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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