Alice In Wonderland, blogging, Books, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Fiction, Heartless, Marrissa Meyer, Uncategorized

Heartless, Marrissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—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. In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Heatless By Marrissa Meyer is a take on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. But it is not about Alice, it takes place before the events with Alice and her adventure. Instead it tells the story of the Red Queen, before she became the Queen we know from the story. This is the story of a simple girl who wants to open a bakery. This is the story of Catherine, Cath.

I Don’t know what it was that first drew me to this book, I had read the other books by Meyer, the Lunar Chronicles, and loved them. I had read another book about Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed it a lot, I loved the cover art on this book, though it was simple. I read this book in one day just over twelve hours it took me to finish this book. I loved Cath character and how she responded to what was happening to her, she wanted a simple life owning a bakery and making people happy, but her parents wanted more for her they wanted her to be queen. Cath had caught the attention of the Red King, the short man whom Cath does not really care for.

The way each character is introduced to the book is another thing I really enjoyed, it wasn’t rushed of over explained, or even quickly explained, they were introduced in a way that made sense to the story and they direction it was going. following Cath as she goes to the dance and interacts with the people there and meets new people and then her story with Jest, and the Raven, the Hatter and Rabbit. Their journey into becoming the characters we know.

With a book like this one though, a sequel to a book that has already been written (and by another author) there is already a cannon ending to her story, one that every one who has read it knows, we know what Cath becomes, we just didn’t know why, with Heartless, we are given a possible reason why she became, the Red Queen that is angry and not loving, who screams “off with Their Head” and anyone that displeases her. I love this book it is well told and yet still holds true to the original tale the Lewis Carrol wrote while being it’s own story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes wonderland or reimagining of classic tales or just to someone who wants to read a new book. Marrissa Meyer is an author who can relate to the fans of original stories who also want new story but also want something new that is still the original tale at the same time, she is a wonderful author who knows how to write well and stay true to the tale she is writing without making it to far from the original and yet still close to the original story to recognize what it is emulating.

blogging, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

The Red Pyramid

“Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.”

I have already wrote some about mythology, so it should come as no surprise that I am writing again about mythology. Egyptian mythology holds a place in me. I love it because of the history that is steeped in the mythos itself. With that explanation out of the way I will get to Rick Riordan, he writes all types of mythologies and blends them together. He has written about Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse Mythology, and he does it wonderfully. This book in particular is about Egyptian Mythology.

Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings, but they spend the majority of their time away from each other, Sadie living with their Grandparents in England and Carter Traveling with their Father. Their mother has passed away. When their father disappears Carter and Sadie are swept up on an adventure that takes them all over the place. Riordan does something different with this series than he did with his Greek Mythology ones, where in those the heroes are descendant of the Greek Gods themselves, Carter and Sadie are simple magicians, they are not related to the ancient Gods of Egypt, though they do have the Blood of the Pharaohs in them which allows them to do many remarkable things on their journey.

Riordan also does well to not make the parents compete idiots and unlikeable. He makes them real parents and acting the way a parent would, the same goes with the Uncle. Riordan is able to play with the story and make it his own version of the mythos. Because mythos have many different versions of each story they are easy to play with and make it different but still the same story. Another thing he does is pull in the stories that he has written previously. At one point it is mentioned, “Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It’s best we stay separate.”

Riordan has fun with his writing, he plays around and makes it fun while still being able to tell a story, a good one and not one that is bland and predictable. This book and the others in the series have made me laugh and I have been able to share it with my sister and she loves it as well. it makes a connection to my sister that gives us another thing in a long list of things to speak about and laugh about. Riordan has made work of these Mythos and told a brilliant story out of it.

blogging, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized

Two Princesses of Bamarre

“Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys – along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.”

I Love this book! My sister introduced me to this book, and I have read it multiple times. It stars Meryl the Princess who wants to save her kingdom, her little sister Addie, on the other hand does not, she is content to watch as her sister plays at saving the kingdom. I love Addie, her personality is something I related to as a kid, she is not very courageous in the beginning, she is scared of almost everything, but when it comes down to it she bucks up her courage and leaves to save her sister. Family means everything to her.

Gail Carson Levine is a great author I have read many of her books and love them, I get drawn into them every time I read them, regardless if it is the tenth time or the first time I read it. The way that she developed Addie’s personality and lets her find her way while still staying true to the base of who Addie is, created a princess who has the courage to go out and find a seemingly impossible cure for a sickness that threatens her sister. Throughout her journey Addie grows as a Princess and a person, she gains the courage she needed but still contains the vulnerability she had at the beginning of the adventure.

One thing I love about this book is that reason, Addie, Meryl and Rhys are characters one can relate to and are not out there so relatable that they’re fantastical story cannot seem unreal, that it should not happen to them or that something is off about it. It is the perfect mix of Fictional, and reality. The reality is that we all face hard things in our life and while people will let us down and we face things in life that we may think we cannot handle but we do, and do with courage. Though I cannot speak for Levine and why she wrote the book and what she wanted readers to take away from it, but what I get from the book is that no matter where in life one goes, family and friends are always looking out for you.

Addie, Meryl and Rhys, are imperfect characters, that do not try to pretend that they are perfect, they know that they have faults, they accept that, they embrace it and when doing that it helps them get to their end goals in the adventure and they are able to get through it all. I love this book and strongly recommend it to any reader not matter their age! It is a timeless tale that is longing to be enjoyed by people for years to come. As my Favorite quote from the book states “Step Follows Step, Hope follows Courage, set your face toward Danger, Set your Heart on Victory”

Angels, Books, Cassandra Clare, Fantasy, Fiction, Infernal Devices, Shadowhunter

Clockwork Angel

“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…”

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the series, Infernal Devices, which serves as a prologue to the series, Mortal Interments. I love this series of books. They dynamics between the characters is wonderful. The stubbornness of Will and Jem and Tessa. The series focuses on Tessa, her coming to England from America. Will and Jem are Shadowhunters, a race of beings that are not human, or mundane, they have angel blood in them. Their purpose in life is to hunt downworlders, who are killing humans. There are many varieties of downworlders mentioned throughout the book, each having their own uniqueness. There are the obvious, vampires and werewolves, as well as some that are not well known.

Shadowhunters operate from what is called the Institute, a home for shadowhunters, this is where they train and learn. The People who run this Institute are Henry and Charlotte Branwell. Other Shadowhunters in the institute, besides Jem (James Carstairs) and Will (William Herondale), are Jesamine Lovelace, and later Gaberiel and Gideon Lightwood and Cecily Herondale (Will’s Sister), Tessa Also comes to stay at the Institute.

One of the best features of the series is that of the Friendships, mostly between Will and Jem. The two will do anything for one another. Will Chose Jem to be his Perabati, is partner, friend even though Jem is slowly dying. They are willing to stick with one another no matter what.

Tessa Shows up and things get interesting. Will and Henry save Tess from the Black sisters. two women who work for a man called the Magister, who wants Tess for the power she has, to transform into another person. the Magister has created clockwork people who act as his army.

Throughout the series Those who reside in the Institute show great loyalty to each other, even when they are betrayed by one of their own. though Tessa is different from the Shadowhunters she is still welcomed by them. a bond is created between these shadowhunters that last generations, and is shown in the series Mortal Interments.

Cassandra Clare is able to show the time period of the Victorian Era, and yet input some modern ideas because of the type of story that she wrote. This is done in a way that both showcases the Victorian Era and still stays true to what it was like in the time. this is shown when Tessa fists meets the Shadowhunters and throughout the series as she begins to let go of some of the etiquette that she was taught and trade them for the shadowhunter ways.

I Love this series. it is one of my favorite period pieces. I highly encourage reading this series it is very well written and tells a wonderful story.