The Cake Book Tag

img_1416Howdy, Bookworms! Today we’ll be doing something a little different. I’ve yet to do a tag on this blog so I’m super excited for this one, especially since, um, CAKE! Thanks so much bookchanted for tagging me–if you haven’t already, you should definitely go check out her blog too. For ease I linked the titles to their goodreads pages in case any of you want to check them out. Now, on to the deliciously bookish goodness! Continue reading

Heartless

18584855Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I seriously underestimated Heartless.

To be entirely honest, at first there was a part of me that didn’t even want to read the book. I know Alice in Wonderland, I know the Queen of Hearts–do I really just want my heart broken?

The answer is yes, yes indeed I do. Rip it out, tear it to shreds, stomp on it, throw it in a volcano. Or worse. I don’t care. Meyer can do whatever the hell she wants to me if she keeps churning out these masterpieces. C’est magnifique! *chef’s kiss*

The basics: Cath’s a supremely skilled aspiring baker whose status as the daughter of a marquess proves a massive hindrance in her dream of opening a bakery with her maid/best friend, Mary Ann (the name ring a bell?). Mummy dearest is dead-set on Cath marrying the pint-sized king but then Cath meets the insanely intriguing court jester named Jest who drives her mad with forbidden feelings that make her lose her head and her heart. Meanwhile, the nasty Jabberwock is picking off the Wonderlanders and no one really does anything to stop it, least of all the useless king. Add to that the whole side mission from Chess, a raven that quoth ‘Nevermore,’ and Cirque du Soleil-level theatrics and we’re all bound to go a little mad here. Continue reading

Scarlet

13206760Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet is the second installment in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series–you know, those books that basically the entire world except me has finished? Yeah…those… Anyway, Scarlet switches setting and story to 18-year-old Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) who’s dead-set on finding her beloved grandma’s kidnappers and is joined by street fighting bestial hot boy, Wolf, who aids in her quest.

I absolutely adore Scarlet. She’s forward, determined, and won’t take shit from anyone. She’s also an inherently good person and vehemently defends Cinder to everyone despite that she’s a lunar and even though they’ve never met. Just because it’s right. She’s got a lot of spunk–more, I’d argue, than even Cinder in the first–and even when things start to go sour she never once seriously considers bailing. There’s no ‘either save my grandma or nothing at all’ because the nothing isn’t an option–there is only saving her grandmother. Continue reading

Cinder

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer

So Cinder is one of those books that everybody’s read and all of them love. Apparently. I am one of those people who didn’t read it for, like, four years once the series was done and the hype was ending. Evidently.

But DAMN guys, I should have read this ages ago!

For those of you who don’t know (and I know it is hiiiiiiiiighly probable none of you fit that bill), Cinder is a futuristic retelling Cinderella as–wait for it–a cyborg! Serious props to Meyer for coming up with that one. The story takes place in New Beijing, 126 years after WWIV. The world is now divided into kingdoms (more or less representative of the current countries) in relative peace who work together on matters of international peril. Cinder is a mechanic working in the Commonwealth of New Beijing where letumosis claims the lives of many everyday. Then there are the Lunars, mysterious and sort of magical beings from the moon thought to be the source of the plague but also a massive threat to world peace. The Lunars want something and Prince Kai isn’t quite willing to give it to them. When his path crosses with Cinder’s, well, things get a whole lot more complicated. Continue reading