29 04, 2016

Review: QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes

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Review: QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen OakesQueen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Series: Queen of Hearts #1
Also in this series: Blood of Wonderland
Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Royalty, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Classics
Also by this author: Blood of Wonderland
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The first novel in Colleen Oakes’s epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains—the Queen of Hearts.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

This was an awesome read. I love Wonderland and Queen of Hearts tells the story of Dinah. I love her beginnings as a girl who just wants approval from her father. There is much more going on in Wonderland when a half-sister comes out of nowhere and threatens Dinah’s crown. Queen of Hearts […]

28 03, 2015

SCARLET (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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SCARLET (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Cinder, Cress, Fairest, Winter
Published by Macmillan on February 5th 2013
Pages: 454
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also by this author: Cinder, Cress, Fairest, Winter
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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  An NPR Best Book of 2013

Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. It is just as good as Cinder, if not better. In this book we met Scarlet, her Grandmother, and swoony man named Wolf. Can you guess which fairy tale this book borrowed from? In the first book we met Cinder, an adopted cyborg. In […]

24 03, 2015

CINDER (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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CINDER (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2013
Pages: 448
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also by this author: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter
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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.

Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men.

Which of your characters is most like you?

I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it. Where do you write?I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?

Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.

The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood.

What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?

Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

I am so late to this party. Better late then never, right? Cinder was completely worth the hype. Although the book wasn’t perfect, it was damned near. I finished this book in one day. Cinder is an adopted child, who works as a cyborg mechanic. Cinder’s work supports her and her step family. […]

20 02, 2015

A WICKED THING by Rhiannon Thomas

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A WICKED THING by Rhiannon ThomasA Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 24th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
Also by this author: Long May She Reign
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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after. Vividly imagined scenes of action, romance, and political intrigue are seamlessly woven together to reveal a richly created world… and Sleeping Beauty as she's never been seen before.One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.Her family is long dead. Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

The classic story of Sleeping Beauty doesn’t end with the kiss of true love. A Wicked Thing explores what happens from the moment Aurora wakes up. What if it wasn’t true love? What if Aurora doesn’t want to live happily ever after as the princess? A Wicked Thing was so much fun! I […]

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