Etienne! I wish he were real...I'll totally admit to swooning over him. He's definitely my favorite charaI absolutely LOVED Anna And The French Kiss.
Etienne! I wish he were real...I'll totally admit to swooning over him. He's definitely my favorite character in the whole book. The whole book, I was rooting for him and Anna to end up together, and I was so glad they did in the end! They are such an adorable couple, and I liked seeing them go from friends to boyfriend/girlfriend.
Speaking of Anna, I liked seeing her grow. She arrived in Paris not knowing any French and thinking she knew who she was, to leaving France understanding some French and knowing that her 9 months in Paris changed her for the better. Plus, she explored France (a little) and while she didn't stray too far from school, I liked her exploration of Paris and how she got more comfortable leaving her boarding school and going off to a city where she didn't know the language. I really liked that she loved movies, and visited different movie theaters in Paris.
It really is a cute, fun, feel-good read. There was a lot of squee-ing at the end. Actually, it happened a lot throughout the book. I have to say that Anna's dad kind of reminded me of Nicholas Sparks. In the sense that Anna's dad totally writes books that Nicholas Sparks would write.
The characters were great (except for the ones that were supposed to not-great), and they were all so distinct. They definitely had their flaws and quirks and their own personalities.
Have I mentioned how much I love Etienne St. Clair? Because I love him! Please excuse me while I act like a fan-girl.
Anyway, Anna And The French Kiss was predictable and full of cliches...but in a good way. I didn't care that Anna and Etienne wouldn't get together until the end. I didn't care if it took them the whole book to admit they liked each other. I didn't care if there were a ton of obstacles in their way.
It was predictable and it didn't matter, because I could not listen to it fast enough. And speaking of listening to it, I did enjoy it as an audiobook. Guest did a great job narrating, and she did a pretty good job with making the characters distinct. She also captured Anna really well.
Final thoughts: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Anna And The French Kiss! Great characters, great setting, and an all-around fun read....more
I am such a fan of this series! I love seeing Dinah and her journey to becoming Queen Of Hearts. This is such a dark book, but I loved seeing a differI am such a fan of this series! I love seeing Dinah and her journey to becoming Queen Of Hearts. This is such a dark book, but I loved seeing a different part of Wonderland in this book. It really is a vivid, dark place than you'd ever think possible, and I like that we're getting the story of a villain and their path to become the villain we all know from the book.
There are quite a few things we learn in this book, and everything started making so much more sense- things definitely start falling into place, and this book is where Dinah goes from scared girl we see in the first book to the young women determined to take back the throne we see in this one. She's really changed, and her journey is far from over.
Some of my suspicions from The Crown were revealed in this one, and there's so much more I want to know...like, I'm pretty sure that some of what we learn will have a huge impact on Dinah in the next book, but what we have yet to find out are the details. I just don't know how to talk about things while not giving anything away, so I'll have to settle for being vague for the moment. I really do feel for Dinah, and she's such a sympathetic character. And Morte! He's really taken me by surprise, and he's a great character. And the Yurkei and the Spades...there are so many characters I really feel for, and I don't blame them for acting the way they do. I'd feel the same way if I were them. I really do feel like I understand the characters a lot better- even the ones I still don't like!
I'm really excited for the next book, and I can't for it to come out!
Let's Rate It: I really do like this series! It's such a different take on Alice In Wonderland, and Oakes does such a great job at making you root for some characters and hate other characters. I love how dark it is and how you can see so easily how a character becomes a villain. The Wonder gets 4 stars....more
I am so glad I read Queen Of Hearts! It's such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. I was a little surprised that it's on the dark side, but itI am so glad I read Queen Of Hearts! It's such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. I was a little surprised that it's on the dark side, but it also worked so well for the book. It's been a few years since I've read Alice In Wonderland, and even longer since I've seen the movie, so I'm really fuzzy on the original. Still, I found myself figuring out who the characters in this book matched up with some of the characters in Alice In Wonderland, because a few of the references were really obvious...but others were more subtle. But I liked that Queen Of Hearts is all about Dinah and her future as Queen, and how she got be who she was.
We have yet to see Alice, and I'm really curious as to whether we'll see her at some point in the series. Something about Dinah's half-sister really reminded me of Alice, and I think it's because of how her half-sister is described.
I really like Wonderland, and it's such a dark place. It does seem different than Carroll's Wonderland- from what I remember of Alice In Wonderland- and something about it made me think of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. It's very vivid and memorable and feels very much like a real place.
I do have a soft spot for her brother Charles- otherwise known as the Mad Hatter. And I really liked Dinah too! Sure, she was annoying at times, but I really felt for her. I definitely felt like you could see hints at her transformation as the Queen Of Hearts, but there were also times when I wanted to know how that transformation took place. Her father, the King Of Hearts, is one evil, horrible man, and I did not like him at all. As for his discovery of Vittiore (Dinah's half-sister), there's something up with that, and there is definitely something shady about her. Things are definitely happening in Wonderland, and I couldn't help but wonder what he's really up to. And it's the same with Vittiore.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Queen Of Hearts, and it's such a different but also dark and twisty take on Alice In Wonderland. I can't wait to see where things go! Queen Of Hearts gets 4 stars....more
This book was so cute! I really loved Desi and how she needed steps to finding true love. It kind of sounds like something I might have come up withThis book was so cute! I really loved Desi and how she needed steps to finding true love. It kind of sounds like something I might have come up with in high school. I loved Desi, and she's full of awesome and amazingness, and I dare you to not like her, because it's pretty damn hard not to.
I really liked the relationship she had with her father, and it was nice to such such a great parent-child relationship. I know parents who aren't around a lot are a big part of YA, so it was nice to see Desi's dad and how involved he was in her life.
I haven't watched any K-dramas, so I am completely clueless about it would parallel them...especially since they are her guide to find love. It kind of makes me want to watch them, just to get a sense of the stories, and how they influenced her guide to getting a guy. The author does have a bunch of recommendations at the end of the book, so maybe those will be a good place to start...assuming I actually sit down to watch one of them.
Back to the book, though. As much as I loved Desi, I kind of hated how she thought she was different than Luca's ex. In her own way, it was a little bit manipulative, plus the whole blowing off her college interview for him kind of bugged me too. But also in line with your typical rom-com...so...I guess I have mixed feelings about it. She makes some questionable decisions, but there is something very endearing about her, hence the mixed feelings.
My Rating: 4 stars. It is a cute book, and even though I wasn't a big fan of some of Desi's decisions, I still really liked the story and I especially liked her relationship with her dad....more
I read the first book in this series years ago, in the early days of the blog. I somehow never got around to picking up the rest of the series, but oI read the first book in this series years ago, in the early days of the blog. I somehow never got around to picking up the rest of the series, but one day, when I was at the library, I saw this book and decided to pick it up and read it. After re-reading the first one (Firelight) because I had the feeling I would be really confused otherwise.
I really liked this book, and thought it was a good continuation of the first book. It did feel like a second book, at least a little, but for the most part, it didn't, which is good. It does set up for the next book, of course, but there's a lot going on and we see a lot of Jacinda and Tamra.
I was not expecting everything that happened with Tamra, and it was an interesting development. It really caught me off-guard, because if there's anyone I thought would never be tied to the draki world, it would be Tamra. There's quite a role reversal for Tamra and Jacinda, and Jacinda's actions definitely have consequences in this book.
Jacinda was more frustrating in this book, because she was really indecisive. She goes back and forth a lot, and I just wanted her to make a decision. In Firelight, all she wanted was to go back to the draki world, but once she came back, all she wanted was to be with Will. Hopefully, she'll figure out what she wants in the next book.
I wasn't a big fan of the romance. I liked Will in the first book, but I didn't really like him in this book. And I kind of liked Cassian in the first book, but I'm wavering between neutral and dislike in this book. I'm not sure why, since it's obvious he cares for Jacinda and would do anything to protect her and keep her safe. For whatever reason, I feel neutral towards him.
I did like the book, though, and I do want to know how everything turns out for Jacinda and Tamra. And Will and Cassian, of course. Oh, and Jacinda's mom. Basically, I want to know what's going to happen to everyone. I really do.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked Vanish, and I thought it was a pretty good sequel....more