Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless Marissa Meyer

Non-Spoiler Review

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Yet another book by an amazing author. A brilliant, New York Times best-selling author, with a record of breaking hearts or ending a series too soon. The author of the Cinder series – Marissa Meyer.

The book, Heartless, was beautifully written. Although it had a couple of adjustments that you could possibly add into Heartless.

For those of you who haven’t read the book, Heartless follows the young Queen of Hearts – Catherine. Except she isn’t the Queen of Hearts, but a young daughter of a baron and baroness.She lives her everyday life cooking with her best friend (as a maid) by her side counting digits and planning their bakery for once Catherine is no longer worried about the young and foolish king who hopes for her to become his queen.

Heartless is a book that absolutely broke my heart in every single aspect, just like many of Marissa Meyer’s other books. Although it was heartbreaking it was beautiful and majestic too.

Heartless had the effect many books fail to achieve, the what I like to call heartless and heart-broken character after an event effect. They don’t achieve the attention of the reader, and sometimes if done incorrectly I begin to laugh at the writing. But, this was a book that didn’t fail. It broke my heart, and I’m lost collecting all the pieces.

I’m almost speechless, but at the same time, I have so many things to say about Catherine and every event that happened in the book.

But, to summarize: it’s a book you shouldn’t miss. It’s a book that should at once become a YA classic, one could go as far to say. It was brilliant and memorable, all the things you want in a stand-alone novel.

5/5 flowers from me.

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What I’ll Be Reading in January

It’s January, and well, this is long over-due: but here’s what I’ll be reading this month. Most of the books I’ll be reading this month are more ‘catching up’ with the whole entire YA craze, so nothing new, but I’ll most probably read a couple of new books too.

  • img_1574This Savage Song Victoria Schwab – If you haven’t noticed yet, This Savage Song was released June 6, 2016, but of course: I haven’t read it yet. It’s a Young Adult and Fantasy novel written by the New-York Times Best-Seller Victoria Schwab. I’ve enjoyed her previous writing, and have high hopes for This Savage Song.img_0889
  • Three Dark Crows Kendare Blake – Another book that was released in 2016, Three Dark Crowns was released September 20, 2016. The genre of Three Dark Crowns is Fantasy and Young Adult, just like This Savage Song and holds a rating of 3.85 currently on GoodReads.IMG_4419.JPG
  • Proxy Alex London – Although I’ve already started this book, I thought it’d still make it on here. Proxy was released, June 18 of 2013 with the genre of Dystopia and Young Adult. I have a feeling it’s not ending too well, but I’ll see.img_6941
  • The Thousandth Floor Katharine McGee – I started this book in September. I’m horrible when it comes to committing my time to books that I just started and have no idea about. I don’t know why I put it down, but I NEED TO FINISH IT.IMG_0859.JPG
  • Stars Above Marissa Meyer – The most majestical wedding of all. That’s why I bought, and that’s why I need it. Released in 2016, and it’s by Marissa Meyer. That’s all I need to know to buy a book.

So, those were all the books that I plan to read, but of course, I’ll buy some more and read them – so, more books at the end of the month! I hope everyone’s having a nice day, and thanks for reading.

Inactivity?

Hey everyone,

It’s Catherine here, and I just would like to tell you I’m finally going to become more active on all book-related things, including this blog.

I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life, but I’m finally back from everything.

Thank you for your understanding,

-Catherine

Armed & Delicious

Armed & Delicious

Disclaimer: I did receive this as an e-Galley from the publisher via NetGalley. 

Armed & Delicious. I’m kind of surprised how this book ended. Let me tell you, this book wasn’t the worst. Something felt off about this book. The more I think about it, the less I like it.

I don’t know why, or what is wrong with this book. It just felt wrong, out of place, missing an element. If you aren’t aware of what this book is about, it’s about Jimmy “Sparks” Langala, who is a regular kid. Until he gets a job. I was so mad, of what he became, I just didn’t enjoy a kid, with decent grades to join the MAFIA. Yes, this is insane. I actually enjoyed this, though, seriously, I have a problem with this topic. I just don’t enjoy it.

3 stars for Armed & Delicious.

The Revival Tag

This is an original tag! 

Disclaimer: Some of these books may be ARC or Review copies received from the publisher. 

The Revival Tag, Created by Catherine Kmiec or ihaveabooblognow.com 

1.) Revival 

What second book was better than the first book?

Prodigy By Marie Lu

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I didn’t enjoy Legend a lot, it felt more like a drag for me, and I almost didn’t finish the series! I’m glad I continued to read it, though, for all you Legend fans, you know what I mean…. *wink* I devoured Prodigy and thanks to this book, I fell in love with Marie Lu’s writing style.

2.) Kill ‘Em With Kindness

What book made you feel somewhat invincible as if you were the heroine?

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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Allison was just such a magnificent character! I got this book on my birthday, though I swear I don’t love it just because of that, it’s rather that I just really enjoy this. Allison made me feel good on the inside with all the things going on in her head.

3.) Hands To Myself

What book could you not keep away from reading at least two times?

A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m pretty sure you already know. RHYSAND, MY BAE!!!!!

4.) Same Old Love

What book do you think was a cliche? 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Girl meets boy, boy falls in love, girl falls in love, boy dies.

5.) Sober

What book do you think you read at the wrong time?

Angel Rock Leap by Ellen Weisberg

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I’m not entirely sure about this one. This book was just boring, I couldn’t stand it. I’m not sure if I was just being grumpy, or I actually didn’t enjoy it.

6.) Good For You

What book cover do you like the most?

1986 by Morgan Parker

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This book just looks amazing with the woman standing there and the lighting, so beautiful!

7.) Camouflage

What book broke your heart? 

In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

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Every time, every time. When a good book ends, I start balling my eyes out. And, when something like THIS happens, I start screeching and crying.

8.) Me & The Rhythm

What book character would you want your “rhythm”?” (Sidekick)

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

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I feel like Frances is very deceptive, so I could get help from her, and become besties <3, no JK. Frances is really dangerous; that’s what I like about her. She’s evil, yet has a heart. She’s a true-born liar, another thing to like. What’s not to like?

9.) Survivors

What book helped your book hangover?

Inborn by Amy Saunders

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I had a hangover from Court of Mist and Fury, what can I say?

10.)Body Heat

Which character would do you crave?(Romantic)

Rhysand.

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Need I say more? He’s cute, he thinks he’s evil…

11.) Rise

What book made you ” rise”? In an empowering way.

Queen of Shadows by SJM

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I love SJM, and I just adore her writing and her characters. She’s brilliant in her writing, and this book made me feel amazing.

11.)Me & My Girls

Who would be your squad of book characters? (3+ characters)

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Celeana Sardothien

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Lysandra

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Feyre

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13.) Nobody

What book made you feel tingly on the inside like there’re butterflies in your stomach, that no other book could do?

A Court of Mist and Fury by SJM

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If you read it, you know it.

14.) Perfect

What book did you originally love, but the more you found out about it, the less you liked it?

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The more I read this, and read other books, the more I hated it for being such a cliche.

I tag everybody who sees this!

If you’d like to do it, of course.. 🙂

Monday Writing Corner

Hello!

*Disclaimer: This was pre-written and scheduled to come out today*

Today is Monday, oh such a dreadful day. Though once you get to know Monday, you slowly fall in love, as it is a day to start over, start over of your feelings, start over with relationships, and you get to laugh and smile with your friends. 

Today, I’m feeling sort of different, I feel like I’m sort of powerful. Somewhat like I could be something or somebody else. Like I could take another personality.

So, today I want to write something opposite of me. Maybe an arrogant character! Or an evil one, with no heroine in the story… That’d be nice.

I already started with something, so, the challenge I have for you:

Use at least 10+ sentences from other books you like and incorporate them into your story. 

My ten sentences come from all YA books, and here they are:

/1.) “I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.”

/2.) “To rise. And rise alone.”

/3.) “Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”

/4.) “I love you,” he whispers. “Can you stay awhile?”

/5.)“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.” 

/6.) “What is so great about being good?” 

/7.) “She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Demura Valencia , and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.” 

/8.) “If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”

/9.) “I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.

I was a survivor, and I was strong.

I would not be weak, or helpless again

I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

/10.) “He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

I feel like the 10th one will challenge me, as I have to add something to the story, something of an element of goodness and SJM!

Let’s start with the basics.

The character I’d like to start with, I’d want her name to be Demura Valencia. I also want her to have a style of fashion, maybe gothic assassin? I’m not sure. So, I went to check out Pinterest and found a pretty good outfit. You can find it here.

I also created then a pinboard of ideas for Demura Valencia. You can find it here.

I also wanted to create Demura, as a character that had been good once, so I created another pinboard for good characters, which you can find here.

I feel like I accomplished some sort of a character, that has a personality. Though, I want to write down those traits.

Demura: Arrogant, evil, strong, and rude.

Though, I want her to have a weakness of having a heart. Maybe a relationship to a prince.

So, I began writing and started with the title Yet I Live

I don’t want the prologue to be full of info, so I started with something mysterious.

IF YOU CAME ONLY FOR THE STORY, THIS IS WHERE IT BEGINS!

Prologue: 

“I  am a weapon made of flesh—“ she gasped out for air, “— a sword covered in skin.” She continued, “ I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.” And she stabbed him, the king…

And she yelled to his followers, his soldier, “I was meant to rise, to rise alone.”

She stepped back and sat on the throne made of glass.

“The king, he murdered, ruthlessly, my family,” Demura spoke softly. “The king, he had no heart of sorts.”

“Now die.” And knives flew at the soldiers. Blood burst from their eyes.

She was dangerous, she was fury, she was powerful. She would rise. Rise higher than others.

That’s all I have today for you, hope to see you soon!

-Catherine Kmiec