Heartless By Marissa Meyer|Book Review

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“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing well. I know lots of people have read The Lunar Chronicals, because they’re really hyped, but I haven’t. I heard good things about the series, and hopefully one day I’ll read it. As someone who loves books, it might be shocking that I haven’t ever read anything by Marissa Meyer. So, I saw Heartless all over my Instagram feed, and I didn’t even know what it was about. But, when I went to the bookstore last month and saw the book, I was like I can’t leave without buying this book, because first of all, it has a gorgeous cover, and second of all, it’s about the queen of hearts. So I bought it and I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed it. Let’s start our review!

This book is set before Alice fell down the rabbit hole, and it follows the story of Catherine, before she became the queen of hearts. Catherine is kind, sweet, and full of potential. Baking scrumptious sweet treats is her passion, and she’s always dreamed of opening her own bakery with the help of Marry Anne, the court maid who’s also her best friend. But, that’s not how things work out in royal families. She has to get married and dedicate her life to ruling her kingdom with her husband by her side. When the king of hearts proposes to her, she refuses to marry him, because she doesn’t want to be a queen. Instead, she wants to follow her dream of baking. But, her parents don’t agree with her, especially her mother. However, things get complicated in the land of hearts when she meets Jest, the court joker and falls in love with him.

This book is my favorite one this year. I’ve always loved Alice In Wonderland and its characters. I really couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out that it is about the queen of hearts, because unlike most people who hate her, I really like her. And reading a whole book about her was like my dream has finally come true. This book hooked me up from the beginning, because it started with Catherine and her passion for baking. And as someone who’s obsessed with baking and always trying to come up with recipes of my own, reading this book felt like such a treat. Even though I enjoyed reading it, there are things that I liked, and things that really annoyed me. But first, I’m going to talk about what I liked in this book. We all know that the queen of heart is filled with so much anger and fury, but in the beginning of the book, she is totally different from that. I liked getting to know Catherine from another angle. I also like Catherine and Marry Anne’s friendship, because they were like sisters who told each other everything. There’s also an instant love moment between the court joker and Catherine, but I didn’t feel it was really instant that much, because I quite like him too, and I can see why she fell for him.  One of my favorite parts about this book is when Catherine was describing her baked goods with such a passion, because that made me hungrier with each page. Especially the pumpkin cake, I really craved one so bad. Oh God, and the macrons! All of those scrumptious sweets in the book made my sweet tooth get worse. The Cheshire cat was so funny and I liked how he appears from nowhere and teases Catherine , because that was really funny and it made me laugh. Now moving on to the things I didn’t like in this book. I really love Catherine, but I hate how she dealt with things. Like when the king of hearts wanted to marry her and she agreed, she was complaining  all the time that no one understood her or knew what real love is. I just found that so annoying, she could have made better choices, especially in the end of the book, but she chose not to, which literally ruined everything. I didn’t like her parents, especially her mother, because she has a strong belief that women should only marry a king and not do silly things like baking or opening a shop, because that was only for men. Even her father kept telling her the same thing over and over. So much sexism in this book. Even though I liked this book, it was kind of a slow paced, because it was really detailed and the font was tiny and it really hurt my eyes. The end of this book was so fast and terrifying. Because the plot turned upside down, and all the characters were trying their best to fix what happened, but there were so many obstacles in their way. I felt so heartbroken and shocked for how things changed for Catherine, because I wanted all the characters to get their happy ending. Overall, I would really recommend this book if you love Alice In Wonderland and its whimsical world. Such a brilliant and adventurous retelling that is filled with magic and interesting characters.

 

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A World Without You By Beth Revis | Book Review

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“I guess when someone’s gone from your life for a while, all you think about are the big things. The big regrets, the could-have, should-haves. Or the big moments, the memories that are going to be with you forever, those life-changing moments, like first kisses and first confessions and first trusts. And you think about the lasts too: the last kiss, the last words, the last moments.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. Last week I finished reading A World Without You, and I’m still not feeling okay. Before I started reading the book, I thought it was a science fiction book about time traveling and protecting history, but I was wrong. I haven’t read a book in three days, because I’m still having a book hangover, and my mind is still stuck in that world. So, let’s start our review!

This book is about a boy named Bo. When his parents send him to the Berkshire academy for troubled kids, Bo thinks that he is a time traveler, and this academy is for kids with special powers. When Sofia the girl he fell in love with dies, Bo is certain that she is stuck somewhere in the time stream, and he has to travel to the past and bring her back. But in fact, this academy is for kids who have mental illness, and Bo suffers from a dissociative disorder, which makes him lose touch with his reality, and live in the world he’s created inside his head. And Sofie isn’t actually stuck in time, she suffers from depression, and she committed suicide. However, throughout the book, we follow the recovering journey of Bo, and how he struggles with himself to understand what’s going on inside his head.

The story is told through Bo, and his sister Phobe’s point of view. I think Phobe’s point of view made sense of everything in the book. Even in the last pages she told us about Bo’s first Psychosis episode when they were playing together as kids long time ago. I really sympathized with Phobe, because she’s the perfect daughter who has everything figured out, and no one ever expects anything bad from her. Unlike Bo, who’s the exact opposite of her. Her parents attention is focused on Bo and his health, and she felt like they neglected her. She felt ignored, and her dreams were just dreams that won’t ever come true, because all of her parents money was for covering Bo’s school expenses. I know lots of people who read this book believe that Phobe is self absorbed, and all she thinks about is herself. But I don’t really think she is selfish,  she just wants to be noticed and not be treated like a perfect person who’ll never ever makes mistakes. Moving on to Bo. Reading this book felt like a punch in the gut. It was too painful to be inside Bo’s head. And as a reader, sometimes I couldn’t tell what true and isn’t, because Bo’s delusions felt too real to me too. And the whole thing about saving  Sofia felt like it was never going to end, because Bo was too invested in the idea that she was stuck in the Salem trials. It was really hard for Bo to believe that there was something wrong with him, because he refused to be helped so many times in the book. I know that I hated his father, but at the end, I realized that he was also coping with his son’s illness by his own way. To sum up my review, I really like books that tackle important topics like that, because there are lots of people who don’t know about mental illness disorders. When I finished reading the book, I read stories about people who had Dissociative disorder, and how they recovered and learned to control their illness. It was so inspiring, because most of the stories broke my heart and I can’t really imagine what it feels like to go through something like that. I highly recommend this book.

Shatter Me Series By Tahereh Mafie | Book Review

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“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

Hello, my bookish friends. Hope you’re doing well. Today I’m going to review the Shatter Me series, because it really holds a special place in my heart. It was the first dystopian series I read, and it really got me into reading. Two days ago I finished rereading Ignite me, and I had this bitter/sweet feeling, because it was like leaving my favorite world behind. Okay, I’m going to stop, and start my review.

This book is set in a futuristic/dystopian world, where everything is collapsing. This world is ruled by The Reestablishment, which is a government that aspires to transfer this world into a completely different one, by changing the language, the rules, and the way people live. When a girl named Juliette touched a little boy and he died, the government arrested her, and kept her in prison. But in fact, Juliette has a killer touch, so if she touches anyone, they’ll die from pain. She hasn’t communicated with anyone for more than two years. However, Juliette’s life takes a drastic change when the commander of sector 45, Warner, decides to get her out of prison, and train her to work for the government.

Can we just take an appreciation moment for Tahereh’s writing style? The flow of words is beautiful, rhythmic, and poetic. It’s like reading poetry, and I loved that. The characters development was so noticeable. Especially in Unravel Me, and Ignite Me. The first book starts with Juliette as the scared, and shattered girl who just thinks that death is the answer for her misery. But, when she meets Adam and talks with him, she falls in love with him because of his kindness. Personally, I think that she fell for Adam, because he was the first boy who ever talked to her, and helped her. I was totally against their relationship from the beginning, because there was something not right about them being together. I know that Warner has a destructive, heartless, and cruel personality. But oddly, I had a soft spot for him from the beginning. He’s one of those evil characters that you can’t help yourself not to admire. Maybe what I said sounds strange, but I knew there was some goodness inside of his twisted heart. There was one thing that I didn’t like about Juliette in the first book. She was thinking, and imagining a lot about how love feels like, and how would she feel if someone touched, and loved her for she is. I was like WAKE UP JULIETTE! DO YOU KNOW HOW POWERFUL YOU ARE! She was beyond CRINGY! But, when she went to Omega Point, she started to change and I liked that. Also, Can I have a friend like Kenji pleas? He really made me laugh. His sense of humor is catchy. Especially when he jokes about Juliette’s feelings, and she gets mad at him. He’s one of those characters that lighten up every situation for everyone. So, I’m going to talk more about Ignite me, because it was the best book in the series.  Juliette didn’t take it easy when Warner told her that Omega point was destroyed. She had to choose between two things, wallow in grief and sadness, or accept what happened and be strong. Of course she chose to be strong and work on strengthening her power with Warner. Even Kenji was astonished at how she completely became a new person with a clear mindset. Also, the fact that Juliette is finally with Warner made me so happy, because I waited so long for this moment. And the story of his mother and ruthless father broke my heart into pieces. That part of the book where he goes to see his mother and then Juliette comes inside and sees him sitting in the corner, because he’s just found out that his mother is dead! Poor Warner! So many awful things happened to him. Also, can we just talk about how obnoxious Adam was? I didn’t feel sorry for him! I was really mad at him like GET OVER IT! He liked the weak, kind, and obedient Juliette who always listens to him, but when she broke up with him, he was so mad at her that he wished she was dead. I honestly wanted to slap him in the face so bad! But Warner brought the best out of Juliette’s character, because he believes in her, and in her power. He encourages her all the time. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is the end. Because Anderson’s death was fast with no plot twist or anything. Other than that, the book is literally so thrilling, intense, and engaging. Seriously, if you haven’t read the Shatter me series yet, you’re missing out! So recommended.