My Two Cents – Heartless {Review}

HeartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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 unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath 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.

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If you love the world of Alice in Wonderland then Heartless is for you! It’s Marissa Meyer’s version of how the Queen of Hearts becomes the merciful queen she is today. 🙂

There are so many food references in this book! I adore desserts and the lemon tarts Cath makes at the beginning… YUM! Seriously made me want to go out and get some. I love lemon tarts. Almost as much as I love macarons. Rose water macs seems like SUCH a good idea!!

Every time I read lines that the Caterpillar was speaking,  I read them in the late great Alan Rickman’s voice.  The same goes for Hatta (Johnny Depp),  Jack the Knave (Crispin Glover- who totally creeps me out btw) and Cheshire (Stephen Fry). I’d say the movie had an influence on me! 🙂

I admit that I went into this book thinking that this story would be something different. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book  and Cath! I really loved the plot twists that Marissa Meyer put into the story line and how she added in some many things we knew as children.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,

Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;

He put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well

Read Heartless and this little children’s rhyme may haunt your dreams. I know it keeps playing in my head! *shudder*

I borrowed Heartless from my local library on eBook, only because I am currently on a  self imposed book ban. If you saw my TBR… you’d understand. I am pretty sure that I will buy it to add to my library, eventually, but there are SO many other books that I have yet to read and aren’t available from the library that will probably come first. Unless it shows up on sale at Book Outlet… then I will have to  buy it! 😀 So this is pretty much me telling you that you should read this book!

Have you read Heartless? What did you think? What are your favourite fairytale retellings? If you are looking  for some good ones, check out the Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey 🙂

xx J

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My Two Cents – My *Not so* Perfect Life {Review}

My Not So Perfect Life

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest.

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I read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella recently. I borrowed it from the library and I am glad that I did.

While the book was cute,  it was just like every other Sophie Kinsella adult contemporary. Girl meets boy, something happens, girl goes through something t hat changes her outlook on  life, girl gets boy. There wasn’t anything new to it, that being said I did still enjoy it for what it was and it was a very quick read. I used it as a palate cleanse between YA themed fantasy novels. I’d say it did the trick.

I really don’t have a lot to say about this book. If you’ve read one Kinsella book, you’ve pretty much read them all. If you enjoy Sophie’s work, then definitely give it a read. If you just think they are ok, you’re probably good to pass this one up unless you can borrow it like I did or get it free some other way.

Have you read My Not So Perfect Life? What were your thoughts? Check out Sophie’s not so perfect Instagram

xx J

My Two Cents – P.S. I Still Love You {Review}

P.S.-I-still-love-you-Jenny-Han-cover

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

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Lara Jean is back! P.S. I Still Love You is a charming sequel which I enjoyed just as much as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean and Peter are a cute couple but then Peter starts hanging around with Genevieve and when LJ starts asking questions, he avoids them. Throw in an old love and you have a very teenage romance full of drama and confusion.

I can’t say that I ever had this problem in high school.  I only dated one boy that was really important and I certainly didn’t have any other ones competing for my attention. It was a cute read though and I could certainly identify with Lara Jean’s predicament through Jenny Han’s wonderful writing.

We see more of Kitty in this book and we see a lot of the way our relationships effect our families. Especially when the relationships go… sideways. Kitty is still quite a character and I absolutely adore her, I think she reminds me a lot of me haha!

The book ends in an undesirable way to me. I like to root for the underdog and sadly, the underdog doesn’t always win.  Luckily… Always & Forever, Lara Jean comes out in May!  Am I evil to hope that Lara Jean ends up with someone who isn’t Peter?

If you’ve read both Lara Jean books, I’m pretty sure we can figure out what is going to happen in the third book. I’m looking forward to seeing if Jenny Han is going to do what people expect or if she’s going to go a different way.

Now we wait….

xx J