The Enchanted Sonata // The Nutcracker vs The Pied Piper

Author: Heather Dixon Wallwork
Genre: Fairytale retelling // Fantasy // YA
Goodreads rating: 4.08
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

 

Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!) and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review. Also apologies that this is a bit late

The Enchanted Sonata is a retelling of both The Nutcracker and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. While I don’t remember too much about The Nutcracker, it’s a story I always loved (most likely because of that one Barbie movie. I’m pretty sure I watched it over and over again. I also had the dolls. I LOVED it) so I was excited to read a retelling for it, especially since I don’t often see one? Despite it being a popular ballet? And then combined with The Pied Piper? Sign me up!

I have to admit I was a bit bored at times, especially because the story isn’t just told from Clara’s POV, but also other supporting/minor characters. At some point we even get the villain’s POV. This all just took away some of the surprise, plus I didn’t really care for the minor characters? I’d much rather follow Clara and the Nutcracker, whose dynamic I loved. I’m weak for cute banter okay? Their romance definitely put a smile on my face.

As for the worldbuilding, I was a bit confused. It felt like the story relied too much on the reader knowing the original fairytale of The Nutcracker without explaining why there are giant rats attacking the kingdom? The rats are also kind of an afterthought, as the real villain is The Pied Piper.

I was also disappointed in how they found out how to defeat The Pied Piper. Clara is whisked away to The Nutcracker’s world through a fairy book, which tells the story of The Nutcracker. Once she’s all caught up to the present, there’s nothing there for her to read anymore, as she’s now part of the story. But then the book updates, and literally tells her how she will defeat The Pied Piper. It felt so cheap and easy, whereas Clara figuring it out herself would’ve been so much more powerful, especially because in the beginning she’s very motivated by impressing the pianist Johann, instead of doing things for herself. Speaking of Johann, I do love how Clara realises that she barely even knows him and that she was more in love with the idea of him than with him.

That said, The Enchanted Sonata is a fun and cute retelling, that I definitely do recommend! I loved the atmosphere and the relationship between Clara and The Nutcracker. Maybe it was a bit insta-love-y (I don’t remember it that well) but in this case I didn’t mind.

Have you read The Enchanted Sonata? Do you know any YA retellings of The Nutcracker or The Pied Piper? What’s your favourite retelling? Let me know in the comments!

Snow White and the Seven Angels // A Cute Queer Retelling

Author: Rhys Christopher Ethan
Genre: Fairytale retelling // Short story // LGBTQIAP+ // Suitable for all ages
Series: Queerky Tales #1
Goodreads rating: 3.11
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

White has a secret. One he has shared with his family to no avail. When he meets the Prince of his dreams, he decides he can no longer live a lie, but in order to do so, he will have to face his worst nightmares (Goodreads).

Snow White and the Seven Angels is the first queer retelling in this series, and I really like the idea of Snow White being a trans girl. The Evil Queen (who is Snow’s biological mom, like in one of the original versions of the tale but not the one most of us are familiar with) doesn’t fear that Snow White (at this point in the story called White) is/will become more beautiful than her. While the Queen at some point does (sort of) accept that White wants her Fairy Godmother to turn her into a girl, she keeps referring to her as a him (which is italicised every time to emphasize that while the Queen says things like ‘I don’t want him to be miserable’ that she isn’t being a good parent at all) and as soon as the Mirror tells her that White is going to be more beautiful than her, she changes her mind completely. The Evil Queen in this tale isn’t just a vain woman who wants to be the fairest of them all, she’s a transphobic parent who refuses to let her daughter be who she is.

The romance is very insta-love-y and not that deep, but since the entire story was written like a fairytale, it might have been on purpose. And while the romance is important to the plot, it’s not what’s most important, so it’s okay that it didn’t take up that many pages. I do wish it had been a bit more developed instead of them talking once and the prince then showing up at her castle and being like ‘I love you’. That said it was cute and when White tells the prince she’s not a boy but a girl, the prince says ‘I’m in love with you no matter what’ which I really loved. 

While I get that the story was written in a fairytale style (at least it felt that way to me and I assumed it was on purpose, but maybe this is the author’s writing style?), it was a bit too simple for me. This also means that it’s perfect to read to young children though, who would learn some great messages from this book. It’s clear that The Evil Queen’s views are not okay and it’s never excused. Snow White (the name White takes towards the end of the book when she has a girl’s body) being a girl and the prince loving Snow White no matter her gender are normalised. Not to mention Snow White gets her happy ending.

Definitely an important (and cute!) book, but the writing style made me give it three stars. Though it makes it perfect for a younger audience, it just kept me from really enjoying this one.

Have you read this one, or any others in the series? Or other queer fairytale retellings? If the latter, give me recommendations please! Let me know in the comments

Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: Ya | fairytale retelling | sci-fi
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5
Goodreads rating: 4.38
My rating: ★★★★★

summary

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Little Android
: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
 (Goodreads)

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WARNING: Do not read this review if you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet

I love how we learn more about the main characters’ backgrounds. Amazingly it made me love the characters even more, which I didn’t think was possible!

The Keeper
This story isn’t just about Cinder coming into Michelle Benoit’s care, but of course also about Michelle and Scarlet’s relationship. While I felt really sad when Michelle died during Scarlet, I wasn’t that emotional or involved, since we never really saw their relationship. So thank you Marissa Meyer for completely crushing my heart because they had such an amazing relationship and Michelle Benoit was really an incredible woman. And of course reading about how Selene came into her care was really interesting too.

Glitches
The only one I had already read back when I first read Cinder, as it was at the end of my copy. I never reviewed it back then though. I loved seeing young Cinder, her meeting her new ‘family’, playing with Peony and meeting Iko for the first time. Young Cinder broke my heart; trying to fit in and getting her new family to accept her. I’ll adopt you Cinder

The Queen’s Army
Oh my Stars smol Wolf can I just grab him and hug him because the poor boy needs it. Especially when he vows to never end up on the operation table again and you remember what happened in Winter hahaha NO. Marissa Meyer why must you do this to us. And to your characters. Hasn’t Wolf gone through enough

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky
While I love all the stories, this one is definitely one of my favourites. It’s not just a fun read (because Thorne), it also explained so much about Thorne as a person. I understand him so much better after reading this story, and I love him even more.

After Sunshine Passes By
Oh my Stars poor little naive Cress come here you can live on Earth with me. We already knew from the book Cress that Cress thought she was going to Earth instead of a satellite, but actually reading her thoughts was so heartbreaking.

The Princess and The Guard
Okay this was ADORABLE. While Jacin is my least favourite of the eight (doesn’t mean I don’t love him!), I always loved his relationship with Winter and this made me love it even more. In fact, it made me appreciate Jacin more too. And ugh can I hug Winter. Basically I want to take all of these characters in.

The Little Android
I didn’t expect this one to be about an android we hadn’t met yet! I thought it would be about Iko, so I went in thinking it was Iko’s background story and was quickly confused haha. I love this twist on The Little Mermaid though and even though it was about characters that I didn’t know yet and had no attachment to, I really enjoyed it.

The Mechanic
This one and Something Old, Something New are tied for the first place. I had already read an excerpt back when Stars Above was announced and oh my Stars do I love this story. More scenes that were originally from Cinder’s perspective from Kai’s please. He’s such a dork I love him.

Something Old, Something New
Obviously I won’t tell you who’s getting married, but if you’re like me and ship all the ships, you have nothing to lose anyway. Plus the entire crew is back together and it’s beautiful. I love their friendship so much. It’s so nice to see them all hang out and have fun, instead of running for their lives. Is it greedy to ask for more

So basically I loved it and it’s beautiful and perfect just go read it if you haven’t yet seriously what are you waiting for

Have you read Stars Above yet? How did you feel about it? Was the wedding a surprise or did you suspect it was going to be between these two characters? (do be careful of spoiling people who haven’t read it yet though!) And which story was your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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Genre: Ya | fairytale retelling | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 3.68
My rating: ★

summary

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster (Goodreads).

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Let me start this review with this gif:

That’s what this book was. The writing style didn’t captivate me, nothing happened until like the last 30 pages and it was basically just: ‘they bathed me, they did my hair, then I went to weave’. Then there was this passage about how to weave.

I really, really, really don’t.

There were so many flashbacks that I didn’t care for. They didn’t add to the plot, the characters were dull and so were the flashbacks themselves. It’s such a shame, because look at that beautiful cover (that’s without the jacket) and the summary sounds so interesting too. But it isn’t. I skim-read a lot. I only read the dialogue and the first sentence of a paragraph to see if it was important.

Okay, let’s start from the beginning. The main character (who is never named) is almost immediately taken to the palace. It felt very fast to me, so fast that the pace felt off. Then once we get to the palace, barely anything happens. There are the evenings that Lo-Melkhiin visits the main character, but those scenes were just… I mean, I don’t get why he wouldn’t kill her already? Her stories really weren’t that captivating (I haven’t read the original fairy tale yet, but that’s why he doesn’t kill Scheherazade right?) and she herself isn’t that interesting either.

Oh and the irony:

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Okay, so it turns out that the main character has magical/special powers, which I guessed was because she was being turned into a ‘smallgod’. I thought this was a really interesting concept, but I didn’t really get it (there was an explanation of how her ancestor had been turned into one, but oh my God the story was so dull and long. Like please shorten it) and I still don’t really understand how her powers work, which is a shame. Also at first I really didn’t understand what was happening. She had these visions of her family back home and at first it just seemed like she was imagining that, you know in the ‘I wonder what they’re doing right now’ kind of way.

None of the characters felt realistic to me. Not only were they very flat and would I not be able to describe them, at some point I almost screamed at the book ‘NOBODY TALKS THAT WAY’.

WHAT I DID LIKE

  • No romance (which I didn’t expect)
  • SISTERS! It focuses on the relationship between the two sisters and that’s beautiful
  • I do like the concept, I just don’t like the execution of it
  • And of course the beautiful jacket, hardback itself and the pages (I’m so shallow lol)

SPOILER SECTION

Lo-Melkhiin was a cruel ruler and killed all his wives because he was possessed by a demon. We start with a prologue from this demon’s perspective, which was really promising and gave me chills and made me excited. Then we got the main characters pov and it was just

I wish the demon thing was explored more. At the end he has an army of them and I just? More background information please? What are they capable of? Do they just possess people?

So towards the end of the book the main character is allowed to go home for a bit for her sister’s wedding. There she finds out that her family had gathered an army and was preparing a war. ‘That is so exciting! Finally something is happening!’ I thought to myself, when I realised there were like 30 pages left. Um. Okay then.

By the time the actual war starts, there are only a few. The whole damn thing is over in like five pages. The main character saves the day with her mysterious powers because she’s of course a ‘special snowflake’.

And even though a war is supposed to be exciting, this one wasn’t? I was still skim-reading.

Of course if you wanted to read this, don’t feel discouraged! I’ve seen reviews of people who absolutely loved this book. It’s just not for me.

Did you read A Thousand Nights? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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2016 Reading Goals

Just like last year I decided to set myself some reading goals. I’ll also be participating in some challenges (I might end up participating in more, but we’ll see). These are my goals/challenges for 2016:

SERIES CHALLENGE

Just like last year, there are some series I want to finish/catch up on. All of these books have already been published, so I need to catch up! Some of these are series I didn’t manage to finish this year, others are new. Of course I might add series during the year or give up on others.

  • Geek Girl: (2/3)
  • Also Known As: (1/2)
  • Hex Hall: (1/3)
  • Princess Academy: (1/3)
  • The Selection:  (3/4)
  • The Grisha Trilogy: (1/3)

YALFESTNL CHALLENGE

I’m going to YalfestNL in April, and of the authors attending I’m only familiar with Stephenie Perkins works. I already wanted to read the other attending authors’ books though, so this seems like a good excuse to finally read them!

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • The Shatter Me Trilogy: (0/3)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: (0/3)

I might end up reading Lobsters and the Seeker series as well, as the authors of those books are also attending, but they’re not priorities.

RETELLING CHALLENGE

I’m participating again in Mel’s (Fairytale) Retelling Challenge! I kind of failed last year, but it was fun nonetheless! This year I’ll be aiming for the Goose Girl level, which means reading 5-9 books.

  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

I can’t believe I still haven’t read Fairest. Every time I’m at the bookstore they don’t have it, and instead of ordering it I keep spending my money on other books…Oops. Also I CAN’T WAIT FOR STARS ABOVE. AND HEARTLESS. I love how Marissa Meyer kind of dominates this list. ALSO SEQUEL TO ISLE OF THE LOST. MORE DESCENDANTS BOOKS- YASSS

THE 2016 CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE

This year I’m also signing up for The 2016 Contemporary Challenge hosted by Jillian and Montana. I won’t pick out any books in advance for this one, as there are always contemporaries I want to read! I’ll be aiming for Peony: 11-15 books.

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

The year may not be over yet, but I’m 100% that I won’t complete this challenge this year, so let’s try again in 2016!

  • Persuasion 
  • Northanger Abbey 
  • Emma 
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sylvie and Bruno 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Read (1/3)
  • Les Misérables 

GOODREADS CHALLENGE

Of course I’ll be participating in the Goodreads Challenge again next year! In 2014 I read 50, this year I read a little over 100, maybe I should aim for 150 this year? I DON’T KNOW I’M SCARED AND IT WILL PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON ME AND I HATE PRESSURE. I DEFINITELY DON’T WANT MY READING TO BE PRESSURED.

Basically, I’m not entirely sure yet. You’ll see once January 1st arrives haha.

So those are my goals and challenges for this year! Do you have any reading goals for next year? And are you participating in any of these challenges? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: Young adult | sci-fi | fairytale retelling
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Goodreads rating: 4.60
My rating: ★★★★★

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST THREE BOOKS THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? No, that came out wrong. If you haven’t read the first three books yet, and you still want to, and you don’t want to be spoiled at all, I advice you to stop reading NOW!

summary

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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How do I even start this review? I’m very tempted to write this review in a list, since I have a feeling this will be a mess otherwise…

Let me start by saying that Winter was definitely worth the wait and a perfect conclusion to the series. Everything feels wrapped up, no questions are left unanswered, no plot holes, just a perfect ending (but is it a happy one or not? FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF HAHAHA *evil laugh*)

But let’s get down to business shall we? (kudos if you sang that) On Saturday I already wrote a post about my feels in gifs (WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD) so if you read that, you already know that I loved Winter a lot and that the fangirl levels were (still are actually) high.

I’m going to start with discussing the titular character and her love interest Jacin. If you’ve read my gif post, you may have noticed the lack of these two. Did I not love them? I loved Winter, she’s adorable, fun(ny), complex, interesting, kindhearted and while she’s definitely based on Snow White, she’s so much better than the original or the Disney version. My post just focused more on the others, because I’m more attached to them and they gave me a lot more feels since I’ve known them longer. Jacin though… I don’t know how I feel about Jacin. I do sort of like him, and he and Winter are cute together, but as a character? Meh. I’m not really a fan. I prefer Kai, Thorne and Wolf (especially the first two. Someone give them to me for my birthday).

While we’re still talking about Winter (the character, not the book. We’ll be talking about the book in the entire post), I loved the nods to the original fairytale. They were very subtle, but obvious if you’re familiar with the fairytale. I think my favourite was when Winter was cleaning up… somewhere (trying not to spoil is hard haha). I also loved how easy it is to forget that you’re reading a Snow White retelling (at least it was to me!). I was so immersed in everything else, that I forgot that certain things were going to happen (wow, can I get any more vague?).

Just like with Scarlet and Cress, I just couldn’t stop reading. I had to put it down, since I had homework to do. Plus I forced myself to, since I didn’t want it to be over! (I felt so empty once I had finished it haha. Still am in a massive reading slump as I’m writing this. With the emphasis on ‘as I’m writing this’. I hope to be out of it once this is published). There was so much going on, it felt like every chapter ended on a cliffhanger (maybe that was the case, I don’t exactly remember as there were many chapters) and I was just on the edge of my seat the entire time (figuratively. In reality I was lying on my ass). Even though I’m not really a fan of Jacin, all the povs were fun and interesting to read about (though I might have thought differently if Jacin had had more chapters, since he didn’t have that many). I just love that we get to read about EVERYTHING that’s going on. We see different sides, so we have the entire picture.

The other characters are amazing as always, so are the relationships and the dialogues between them. Levana got even crazier (is that even possible?). Reading about the resistance and the war against Levana gave me such a rush. Winter is just such an emotional rollercoaster, especially if you loved the first three books and are very emotionally involved in this series and attached to these characters. There’s so much I want to talk about, but

Have you read Winter yet? What did you think of it? I think Winter is one of my favourite series conclusions. I was so afraid that the ending would disappoint and ruin the entire series, BUT IT DIDN’T. So if you share those fears, don’t worry! Pick it up and start devouring this beauty.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: New adult/Young adult (not sure?), fantasy, fairytale retelling
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Goodreads rating: 4.34
My rating: ★★

summary

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever (Goodreads).

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I feel like I’m alone in saying this: but I was really disappointed in this book. Please don’t chase me with hay forks and torches, it’s just how I felt! Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and I love Sarah, but ACOTAR just didn’t blow me away at all. I was expecting an epic fantasy with lots of action and great world building, but the focus was mostly on the characters. Maybe I would’ve felt different if I had known that beforehand, but I would still have a lot of problems.

I disliked most of the characters. I only liked Lucien, but he didn’t appear enough for me to love this book to pieces. Feyre is one of the most annoying protagonists I’ve read in a while. I might not have felt this way if it hadn’t been written in first person, but oh my god Feyre just shut up about how you want to paint everything but you can’t because it will never be as beautiful I GET IT. Her narration was incredibly irritating, she herself wasn’t very likeable either, neither was Tamlin. I don’t understand everyone swooning over him. I found him creepy (and the fact that he bit her and that was her fault?! I don’t care that he wasn’t himself. I hate victim blaming, okay. I feel very strongly about that) and didn’t see the chemistry between him and Feyre. And oh my god don’t get me started on Rhysand. He was even creepier and more disturbing. I don’t care that he was trying to protect her and trying to help. IT WAS DISTURBING AS HELL AND I DON’T WANT TO READ THE SEQUEL BECAUSE I’M SCARED OF WHAT HE WILL DO TO HER WHEN SHE HAS TO LIVE WITH HIM.

I also felt like barely anything happened until the ending and by then I didn’t even care really about what was going to happen. Except to Lucien. Don’t hurt that precious thing. I even skimmed a certain action scene because it actually bored me. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN IN THRONE OF GLASS. And the lead up to all these scenes…? I just… I don’t know guys. I have so many mixed feelings about this book, I even debated with myself if I should give a two or three star rating. I decided that because there were moments that were actually fun to read and I didn’t hate all the characters, so three stars it was. (EDIT: after thinking it really through I decided to give it a 2-star rating after all. I’m just too disturbed by some of the abusive and rape culture elements). I could actually rant about this book, which is not a good sign. I finished it right before I left for America, so I don’t remember all my irritations and faults, but guys…. PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE. I wanted to love this book, I really did. IT’S SARAH J. MAAS GUYS. But I won’t even continue with this series, I was that annoyed.

So… Am I alone in this? PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT.

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: YA, fantasy, sci-fi, fairytale retelling
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Goodreads rating: 4.49
My rating: ★★★★★

summary

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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I have to be honest here. I kind of forgot I hadn’t written a review yet and now I’m mad at myself as my memory is already foggy. Woops.

In the third book of The Lunar Chronicles we meet a not completely new character: Cress, who is based on Rapunzel. Can we take this moment to applaud Marissa Meyer for the way she intertwined the fairytale of Rapunzel into The Lunar Chronicles? It’s brilliant and my favourite so far. Cress’ relationship with Thorne is adorable and I ship it. Cress herself is adorable as well and I can’t wait to see more of her. I wish she had joined the crew earlier so she would have had more screen time (page time?).

Lots of stuff happens in this book. Lots of spoily stuff that I won’t spoil for you.

This was me throughout most of the book. ‘CAUSE GUYS IT’S GOING DOWN. I’M YELLING TIMBER CINDER.

Cress is once again full of action, humor, great relationships (platonic and romantic), tears and cuteness. I barely knew anything going into this book, and I think you should too if you haven’t read it yet.

Cress is a rollercoaster of emotions and I need Winter now. I feel so bad for all of you who read this book a long time ago. You poor things how did you survive?! Share your survival tips with me haha.

Have you read it yet? What did you think of Cress? Let me know in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff