Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

It’s no secret that Marissa Meyer is a fantastic writer. She’s best known for The Lunar Chronicles, and Heartless was no disappointment.

This is the story of how the Queen of Hearts, most famous for saying “off with his head”, became the woman we all know and love. And it was amazing. 

There is pure magic in Meyer’s writing. In Heartless, she conveyed the whimsy of Wonderland while still giving the novel a dark undertone. 

And the characters were marvelously crafted. Cath, our main character, was such an interesting character. She was flawed and very relatable. Her character development was some of the best I’ve ever read. 

Jest, the court Joker in the land of Hearts, was noble, but he maintained an air of mystery throughout most of the book. 

And Cath’s parents. Finally, there’s a family to rival the Dursleys. Ok, so maybe they’re not that bad. But they certainly didn’t support their daughter’s dreams of opening a bakery. 

The King of Hearts. Nothing against the guy, but you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to marry him. But at the same time, I loved him as a charcter. He was happy-go-lucky and downright hilarious.

It was a splendid novel. I laughed and cried and had a great time reading this book.

Happy New Year!

-Clara

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The 12 Best Books I Read This Year- Bookmas Day 12

I read so many amazing books this year. Outside of school, there was only one book I didn’t enjoy. So picking only twelve is no easy feat. But here you go- twelve books that really stood out that I read for the first time this year.

12. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

This is such a masterfully told work of Arthurian fiction. I loved every second of this book.

11. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

I read this in a day. It was honestly so spectacular. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every moment. 

10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


I love Rhett and Scarlett. And although it took me forever to read, I loved it.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh


This romance was done perfectly, and the characters were so real.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was short, yes, but it really stood out. I loved Jay Gatsby and this story was just fantastic.

7. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley


It was the sequel to Gone With the Wind. Same Scarlett, same Rhett. And Ireland.

6. Cress by Marissa Meyer


I just love Marissa Meyer’s writing. Carswell Thorne is the other reason I loved it so much.

5. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

This is the most powerful historical fiction novel I’ve ever read.

4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This is the most interesting classic I have ever read. It was for school, but I found myself reading extra sometimes. And it was long, which I always like.

3. What Light by Jay Asher


This was such a powerful story about forgiveness, with a beautiful romance to go with it.

2. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Romance, mythology, and a beautiful writing style made this one of my favorite books. 

1. Entwined by Heather Dixon


Because of the villain. And a romance that didn’t happen. This is my favorite book of all time, and I don’t expect it to change any time soon.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Mele Kalikimaka, and Joyeux Noël to all of you! You guys have been awesome, and I’m looking forward to next year!

-Clara Amélie Bennet

Most Anticipated 2017 Releases! Bookmas Day 11

Still sick. Pray for me, ’cause I do not want to be sick on Christmas day. 

But without further adieu, here’s 11 of my anticipated releases of 2017. 


This one is hands-down, no-question the book I’m most excited about. Roshani Chokshi wrote The Star-Touched Queen, which I honestly adored. A Crown of Wishes is not exactly a sequel (it follows different characters), but it’s still part of a series.

I don’t like comics, but this is Iko. So I’m gonna read it. And if you follow my YouTube channel, you know I love The Lunar Chronicles.

Renée Ahdieh is marvelous. This is supposed to be a Mulan retelling. And retellings are amazing.

This sounds so incredibly good. Honestly. A dark, mysterious carnival? Yes please.

Favorite authors, favorite BookTubers, favorite villains.

German folklore and a goblin king. 

I have yet to read Red Queen. But I’m waiting for this to come out. Waiting for sequels is really annoying to me.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I’ve been craving one of those.

I’m in love with this cover. 

I think this involves an alternate universe.

Finally, the conclusion to the Throne of Glass series, for the same reasons as King’s Cage.

Thanks guys! Love ya!

-Clara

Top 10 Favorite Covers of 2016- Bookmas Day 10

I was planning on doing a video today, but unfortunately, I’m sick. 😦 These are my favorite covers of this year.

 

(If you haven’t read this, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s spectacular.)




(Another one you should totally read. It was fantastic.)


(I’m in love with this cover.)


That’s it! There are so many gorgeous covers this year!

-Clara

On the 8th Day of Bookmas… Eight Books I Want to Read in 2017!

Technically, I should be doing my top eight, but I can’t choose. These are eight of the many books I hope to read next year.

the-hunger-games

Gasps from all of you, I know. Yes, there’s an American teenager who hasn’t read this series, and her name’s Clara Bennet. I thought I’d have to wait until I turned 16, but my mother decided I was ready to read these, and thank goodness. I was getting tired of hearing Hunger Games jokes and not understanding them.

throne-of-glass

This is a series I heard about on BookTube, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since. It’s one I feel I need to read to help me with my writing. And it sounds epic.

cruel-beauty

I asked to read this earlier this year, but wasn’t allowed to read it. So since I’ll be older, I plan to get my mom to read it first, and she’ll hopefully let me read it. This one has most of my favorite tropes: forced marriage, romance between the heroine and the villain, and, of course, magic. It also has influences from Greek mythology.

hush

I got this at my library for free (my YA librarian is awesome- and not just because she spoils the teens with free books). I love Ireland, so I want to read this next year.

a-crown-of-wishes

This doesn’t come out until March, but I am sooooooooooo excited. The Star-Touched Queen is one of the best books I read this year, and I can hardly wait for this one, which is kinda-sorta-not-really a sequel.

written-in-the-stars

This is one that’s been on my radar for a long while. It’s a modern story about a Pakistani-American family, with an arranged marriage and forbidden love.

stealing-snow

I’ve been eyeing this for a while, too. It’s a retelling of “The Snow Queen”, and I’m still a fan of Frozen (I’ve shocked you today, haven’t I?), so I’m intrigued by this.

vassa-in-the-night

Russian folklore. That’s practically all I know about this, and I love folklore/fairytales/etc.

There are so many others I could put here, but I had to pick just eight. Thanks for reading!

-Clara

On the 5th Day of Bookmas the Book Goddess Gave to Me… What Light Review

What Light is the December book club book of the month. I literally finished it two minutes before writing this, and just wow. 

 I don’t usually read contemporaries, because 1. I just don’t usually like them as much as I like fantasy, and 2. it’s beyond hard to find ones that don’t have the f-word and/or sex out of wedlock. So I was so excited to find out that this was clean. And it was amazing. I loved it.

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.  

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. 

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. 

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable. 

loved everything- the characters, the plot, and, of course, the romance. So if you haven’t picked up a holiday book yet, get this one. 

Merry Christmas!

-Clara

On the 4th Day of Bookmas the Book Goddess Gave to Me… The Christmas Song Book Tag!

(I’ll do videos next week.)

I was hoping there’d be a tag like this, and there is!

#1: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: A Villainous Character You Can’t Help but Love.

Keeper in Entwined, which shouln’t surprise you.

#2: All I Want for Christmas is You: What Book do You Most Hope to Find Under Your Christmas Tree?

 This was my most anticipated release of this year.

#3: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Name a Character that Overcomes Major Obstacles and Learns to Believe in Themselves.

I’m going with Cress Darnel from The Lunar Chronicles. She’s so shy when we first meet her, but she slowly gets more comfortable with herself and other people.

#4: Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Which Character would be at the Top of the Naughty List? The Nice List?

Naughty: Carswell Thorne, also from The Lunar Chronicles.

Nice: Irsa from The Wrath and the Dawn, because she’s so sweet and kind.

#5: Frosty the Snowman: A Book that Melts Your Heart.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. This book was one of the best books I read this year, and that romance was perfect and unique.

#6: Feliz Navidad (this is one of my favorite Christmas songs, but my parents can’t stand it): A Book that Takes Place in a Country Other than Your Own.

Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. It starts in the USA, but most of it’s in Ireland. 

#7: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I like Harry Potter around the holidays, as well as A Christmas Carol. 

#8: Sleigh Ride: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!).

Luna Lovegood. She’s so quirky, and I’d love to see her holiday traditions.

#9: Baby it’s Cold Outside: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

You want a list? Here goes:

Robinson Crusoe

A Tale of Two Cities

Looking Backward

In His Steps

#10: Do you hear what I hear: Which book do you think everyone should read?

Other than the Bible and Entwined, The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s truly a masterpiece.

That’s all! I tag all of you reading this, if you have a blog or BookTube. 

Thanks!

-Clara




On the 2nd Day of Bookmas the Book Goddess Gave to Me… Books for the Reader on your List!

It’s hard to buy books for an insane reader, especially if they buy all the books they read. These are some lesser-known books the reader on your list may not have.

1.forbidden-wish

Jessica Khoury’s latest novel is a retelling of Aladdin, and it’s perfect for nearly everone. It’s fast-paced and romantic, with a rich Arab culture, magic, and a unique writing style.

2.   what-light

I haven’t yet finished this, but after a couple chapters, I love it. It’s a sweet holiday romance, perfect for the contemporary fan.

3. Dragon-Slayer-by-Jonathan-Dorr-available-in-paperback

This one’s for that epic fantasy fan who likes a touch of romance.

Merry Bookmas!

-Clara

 

 

On the 1st Day of Bookmas the Book Goddess Gave to Me… The Winter Wonderland Tag!

Merry Bookmas to you! If you don’t know, Bookmas is a readathon and video/blog/tweet/Instagramathon that takes place during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. For me, it’s a readathon and video/blogathon. I don’t have social media.

I’m kicking it off with the Winter Wonderland book tag! It’s an older tag, but still fun.

QUESTIONS:
1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This has always been a beloved story of mine.
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?
I can’t think of anything for this.
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?
First of all, I’d be drinking coffee. 😉
But hopefully it’d be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- a re-read and the largest book on my Dec. TBR.
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?
Honestly, Sharhzad from The Wrath and the Dawn. I’d like to see her fun-loving side. And chances are, she’s never seen snow in her life.
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire? Ummm, I’d throw the entirety of my Algebra II textbook in there. Along with Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?
Entwined by Heather Dixon. No question.