Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

20th Sep 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: November 8th 2016
Pages: 464
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Heartless was marvelous, enchanting, and oh so heartbreaking. I’ve been looking forward to this book for years and I’m so glad it lived up to my expectations! Marissa Meyers’ Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite YA series and I was interested to see what a new story would look like from her. Heartless feels very different from her previous series but I loved it just as much.

It’s difficult to reimagine a beloved, well-known story but Heartless is done so well. It’s a slow build with a few pacing issues but I was entranced by the writing and the characters from the beginning. The world building is detailed and full of whimsy with clever allusions to Alice in Wonderland. You truly feel that this is a story taking place in the original Wonderland, but it also feels fresh.

Heartless would be nothing without a worthy main character and Catherine is magnificent. I couldn’t imagine how she could possibly become the Queen of Hearts that we all know; Catherine was full of love and ambition, and had such lofty dreams for her bakery, but you could see the hints of passion and temper simmering underneath. And oh how I loved all of the lemon tarts and spiced pumpkin cakes and other scrumptious treats! It made me want to bake everything.

All of the characters were deliciously complex, just like her recipes, although I didn’t care much for her parents or the King of Hearts. I loved the tea party scene with the Mad Hatter, I loved learning about the lands of Chess and Hearts and their history, and I loved Catherine’s relationship with Jest. It could have felt rushed but I like how it played out and it fit the whimsy of the story. Plus Jest was mysterious, fun, and quite romantic. The story and mystery comes to a head (pun intended) in this explosive crescendo that makes your heart break, even for characters you don’t like. It’s marvelous and awful.

If you love retellings in general, Alice in Wonderland in particular, or tragic romances and baked goods, Heartless needs to be on your reading list. It’s worth the preorder! And it’s the rare standalone that I wish would have a companion novel or two. It’s magical.

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About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

23rd Nov 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Winter by Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 827
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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?

It’s hard to review the final book in a series without giving away spoilers so I won’t go into too many details, but I will say that Marissa Meyer exceeded every single one of my expectations! Her smooth way of weaving together intricate story lines is just mind blowing. Although there is so much going on, there’s never any confusion in the plot and Meyer’s writing so easily plays out in your mind like a movie. This entire series was filled with heart stopping moments and Winter was definitely no exception.

Throughout Winter the crew is split up into different groups and although I loved keeping up with them all, my favorite duo was Scarlet and Winter! Their characters are just so polar opposite with Scarlet being rough and no nonsense while Winter is all fluff and bleeding walls. (lol you should get that reference if you’ve read Cress) Somehow, them being so different is what makes the two work! I was pleasantly surprised to get quite a few laughs from the unlikely pair.

Nobody can question Marissa Meyer‘s talent when it comes to character development. Most books/series will have the reader rooting for 1-3 people, but Meyer manages to make you feel 100% connected to 9+ characters! That is just not something remotely easy to accomplish. It’s crazy to think that a cyborg, an emperor, a farmer, an android, and a mutated half-wolf-half-man (just to name a few) can all be part of one epic series! Every single one of these characters came such a long way!

It’s impossible to pick just one favorite character overall, but in this final book we get to really see Cinder shine. She is learning to lead and feel comfortable with who she really is. The girl we all grew to love from Cinder shows us just how far she’s come and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud! As I was nearing the end of Winter, it teared me up a little to see her “all grown up” and ready to take her rightful place. I wanted her to get a happy ending above all.

This series completely sneaked up on me. I knew early on that I was really enjoying it, but I don’t know the moment it skyrocketed to the top of my favorite’s list! All I know is that I couldn’t sleep the night of November 9th just knowing I would have Winter in my hands the next day. It’s filled with such a diverse group of memorable characters that I know I’ll constantly think back on. It’s sad to see the this story reach it’s final destination, but I look forward to revisiting it many times in the future!

“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”

 

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2nd Jan 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: January 3rd 2012
Pages: 387
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

I really loved the characters Marissa Meyer has created in this story. From our leading lady, Cinder, and our handsome prince, Kai, to the alien enemies that threaten Earth, to Iko, Cinder’s android sidekick, who had me smiling anytime she was on the page. They were all unique and imaginative.

I really loved Cinder. She is smart and her sense of humor made her very endearing. She knows what needs to be done and while she might not like it, she will not go down without a fight. I loved her spirit, and I really appreciated that she wasn’t meek or a pushover. She didn’t take her stepmother’s injustices toward her quite as quietly as they would’ve liked. But even though she has the spirit of a fighter, she’s still insecure about herself and her appearance, which is something I’m pretty sure will be different in the next book.

Cinder’s past is a mystery to many, including Cinder herself since she doesn’t remember any of it. It didn’t take me very long to connect the dots of Cinder’s mysterious past, but it didn’t take away from the story. I wanted to know when and how everyone else would discover it, and also how our admirable prince would take the news. It was like knowing a juicy piece of gossip that you couldn’t wait to shout to the world.

And, oh, yes…Prince Kai. With his easy smile and his impartial character, I was pretty much in love with him instantly. And his winning qualities didn’t stop there! He was also so kind and caring and charming…and did I mention handsome? Yeah, he’s also very handsome. :) I think he will become a favorite book boyfriend to many.

While I was reading this book, I kept imagining the world as it is in the movie Bicentennial Man, with Robin Williams, where he plays an android. Everything you imagine in a futuristic world is realized in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. From hovering cars to aliens, it was everything you’d want from the future…except for the aliens, of course…not sure many of us actually want those around.

Cinder is a book that so many of us have been looking forward to. I mean, you can’t tell us it’s a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella, one of the most beloved fairytales, and not expect us to beg, borrow, or steal to get our hands on a copy! And let me tell you: it’s worth it, friends! Go out and get this book!

 

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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