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.

Hello Friends!!

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

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.

Hello Friends!

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

Inside the Box – Owl Crate {March}

Hello Friends!!

Welcome to my March Owl Crate unboxing post! The theme was Sailors, Ships & Seas! I’m not a big pirate fan, so I wasn’t sure how much I would like this box. It has some cute things in it and some things I wasn’t overly keen about. So, let’s get into it!

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Top left corner is a super cute octopus note pad from BoyGirlParty, it’s so adorable that I don’t even  want to use it! Bottom right is an exclusive purple & gold mermaid scale washi tape from Simply Gilded. The beautiful blue and white ship and quote is a tea towel from Kitch Studios. It’s the last thing I expected! It’s gorgeous and light, I don’t think it’s super absorbent though so I’m not sure how good useful it will actually be. In the center is the owl crate button… Arr! He’s a pirate matey! 😉

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Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map-the key to a legendary treasure trove-seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

The featured book is The Daughter of the Pirate King. This will be my second adventure on the high seas! The first one didn’t end so well (Blue Tide), so I am hoping this one goes better! Included with the book was a letter from the author, Tricia Levenseller, a temporary skull & cross dagger(?) tattoo and a signed bookplate. The last item was a compass/ship tiller bronze coloured necklace designed by OwlCrate and produced by The Geeky Cauldron!

Overall, this box has several items I won’t use for their intended purpose but I am sure they will find their way into photos on my bookstagram!

Have you signed up for Owlcrate yet? Click the photo below and get on it! (Did you know they also do OwlCrateJR? It’s for kids!!) Use code WELCOME10 for 10% off your first box!

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xx J

 

P.S. April’s OwlCrate theme is…. Head Over Heels! It will feature an item from Storiarts and a candle from Novelly Yours!