A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale | Book Review

18774022A WONDERLANDIFUL WORLD BY SHANNON HALE

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Series: Ever After High
The Storybook of Legends (#1 EAH)
The Unfairest of Them All (#2 EAH)

 Synopsis:
At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps. But when Raven Queen came along, things became fairy, fairy confusing. Now no one’s destiny is certain, not even for the most royal of them all, Apple White.When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. The students transform into animals and objects, palace mice talk, and the beautiful green grounds on campus fade to black-and-white. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen, Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio, and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Hat and Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school-and their lives-a very unhappy ending.[Goodreads]

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*Warning this is the last book in a trilogy and so it may contain spoilers*

After the events that happened in The Unfairest of Them All the students at Ever After High must deal with the consequences and problems that arise. A few students must step up and rescue the school, their friends and everyone’s story from being ended too soon.

In this finial installation of the Ever After High Trilogy by Shannon Hale, the cute, adorable and whimsical story continues with a change in main characters that explore and dive into more of the world of Ever After High. The characters and world continue to impress me and make me gush over the wonderful and fantastic story even more. Although I was slightly frustrated with the fact that the first two books focused on the same two characters whereas this one revolved around a completely different set of characters that were secondary in the other stories. I did however extremely enjoy that it was about Wonderland, the Jabberwocky and the Wonderlandian characters! I have to say that Lizzie Hearts, Maddie Hatter and Kitty Cheshire are my absolute favorite Ever After High characters!The story as well delivers some moral and important lessons about fitting in, taking pride in who you are and that friends are always there for you!

Overall, I was extremely happy with the way this story went, it had fantastic and whimsical writing and characters and had some great fairy tale elements! The ending is what you expect in a fairytale with all the cuteness and sweetness that fairy tales bring. It is middle grade and reads like a middle grade book, but I still greatly enjoyed it and thought it was a quick read and delightful book! Although I am sad to see this trilogy end I am happy that there will be more books published revolving around other characters in the Ever After world. I am a little nervous that it will be written by another person and hope that they can deliver a story just as satisfying and precious! I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys cutsy, whimsical fairy tale retellings with some moral lessons woven in! 

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Series rating: 5/5

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Top Ten Tuesday| Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read. With this topic it will be a mix of different types of “hard to read”. I don’t really get bothered by language, material or violence. There are some that have been heavy with such things and it makes it sad and difficult to read because of that fact. Then there are some books that were hard to get through due to content, length or overall dissatisfaction with the book. Just because they are on this list that in no way means I disliked the book.

 

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan – This book deals with abuse (both verbal and physical) Actual the whole series covers some hard and dark material. It was heartbreaking to read about.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson- The main topic of this book is about eating disorders. In society today I feel like this is such a huge issue that many girls deal with everyday. I was deeply affected by this book and Anderson write so beautifully and really covers the dangers that revolve around this issue.

Horns by Joe Hill- I am not finished with this book yet. I have had a really difficult time getting through this. Although it is quite graphic at times that is not the reason I have struggling through it. The book loses some momentum after the first 50 or so pages and hits a lull that I have found hard to push through.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- I am also not finished with this book. It is not that I don’t like the book. It is a very big and dense book that is hard to follow along because there are so many characters and so many stories interweaving that it really takes time and dedication which I have not had.

Arena One by Morgan Rice- There were a lot of reasons this was a hard one for me to read. There were a lot of grammatical errors throughout the whole book that were really hard for me to keep reading. The story although interesting at first got confusing and seem jumbled and the end took a completely weird and different turn that was too much to handle. It was hard to get into the world and harder to read.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I know a lot of people will be mad at me for this one, but this book was a big let down for me. Although I do not have a problem with dual perspectives and understand why it was done it frustrated me because the first two books are told in just Tris’s perspective.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- This is another one that many people might be really angry at me about. Now I am not saying it is a bad book and I did find it interesting. I just found that for how short it is, it took me an extremely long time to get through. I am not sure why, but the writing of the story proved difficult for me to get into.

Dead River by Cyn Balog- This is one of those books that was a great disappointment. I was so intrigued when I read the short synopsis. I felt like the set up was there, but it lacked the follow through.

Cut by Patricia McCormick-  This deals with cutting and mental illness. It is a tough issue to read about.

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre- There were parts of this book that deal with bullying and suicide. It was really hard to take at times and it was hard to read about what was being done to this girl that almost drove her to suicide.

 

What are some books that have been difficult for you to get through or had some heavy material that was heartbreaking or hard to handle?

Making Up For Monday {9/29}

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: If you could or are writing a book, what would you want it to be about? 

I have thought about this question a lot recently. I have thought about participating in NaNoWriMo this November, but I think it is going to have to wait until next year. I am not much of a writer and dont know how well it would end up, but I definitely want to write fantasy books or some sort of post apocalyptic work ! The current ideas I have revolve mostly around pirates! I love pirates and feel like there are not enough pirate books out there. It would have pirates and monsters and all those fun things that happen in fantasy novels! I have also thought about doing something involving the four horseman and the end of the world because that would be fun to write and has a lot of different ways it can be approached!

So What would you write a book about? What type of genre would you want to write?

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I was finally able to control my book buying this month! A lot of the books I got this month I received for review or I had a gift card for (So I am making progress!)

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Splintered by A.G Howard

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (I received this from Blogging For Books in return for an honest review)

Champion by Marie Lu

1984 by George Orwell (Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads got this for me!)

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (I received this from Algonquin Young Readers in return for an honest review)

I Want It This Way by Ann Aguirre (I received this from the publisher and author in return for an honest review)

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern (I got this as an audiobook from audible)

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of these? Which one should I read first?

Friday Reads {9/26}

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I am currently participating in the  Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon! I have been super 6587879busy this week and not able to get as much reading done as I would have hoped for, but isnt that always the case. I am currently reading Horns by Joe Hill.  I am about a third of the way through and not sure how I feel about it. I really like the first 20 pages, but I am unsure on the turn the book is taking, I will have to see how it continues. I am also listening to World After by Susan Ee. This is the second book in the Penryn & the End of Days series. I read the first one (Angelfall) earlier this year and wasn’t totally in love with it. I am finding this book hard to listen to and follow along. I really want to like it because so many people are always raving about Angelfall by Susan Ee. I am going to continue listening to it because I really don’t want to DNF it. I also need to start Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander. I received this for review and it comes out in about a week or so. I have heard some good things about it and I am excited to get it started!

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What are your plans for the weekend?Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!    

Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon | Discussion & Giveaway

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DISCUSSION ON SHOVEL READY

17834909Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a bombed-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman.
In a New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap into” a sophisticated virtual reality for months at a time and those left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His clients like that he doesn’t ask questions, that he works quickly, and that he’s handy with a box cutter. He finds that killing people for money is not that different from collecting trash, and the pay is better. His latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist. Finding her is easy, but the job quickly gets complicated: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has an agenda far beyond a simple kill. Now Spademan must navigate the dual levels of his world-the gritty reality and the slick fantasy-to finish the job, to keep his conscience clean, and to stay alive.

My review

 

So there were some really interesting concepts and technology included in this novel. One that plays a huge role in the story is kind of like a virtual reality bed. People spend a majority of their lives now “tapping in”. This is referring to the act of going into the this virtual world and living out a different life or fantasy/made up reality. It reminds me of like what happens in the movie Avatar except you dont have an actual avatar body to sync up to, it is you just like all in your head (if that makes sense) It makes me think of Second Life which is that virtual world that people can get into via the computer. They create avatars and live out faux lives. A couple years ago this was a big thing in the U.S. and I had watched a tv thing on it which many people spend a majority of their time online in these fictional worlds living out fantasy lives. While reading this is what I kept being reminded of, but the book takes it to a whole new level because it is actually something that you, yourself participates in with wires and everything hooked up to your body. People have to hire nurses to make sure they are healthy and feed via a bag because they spend so much time tapped in.

So to get to the discussion part of this. I felt like this was a really interesting thing to think about while I was reading. When the rest of the world in ruins, with much of what you knew as life destroyed, would you choose to live in a virtual reality world? Why or why not? If yes, what are some things that would be in your fantasy/virtual world? Are there anythings you wish you could do (different profession, living in different place, married to a celebrity) that would be greatly different from your current life? Do you think that this will be a real option in the near future? If it does become a technology that is introduced into our society, what do you think will happen to our world and society?

 

I felt like the book took me longer to read because I kept stopping and thinking about all the things that were happening in the book. I have to say that although it would be interesting to “tap in” every once in awhile, I think I would be one of those ones who gets so sucked into the virtual world that it would be the end of me. I feel like that is like reading for me now. Sometimes the world and reality are tough and it is nice to escape into a fantasy world, like books. For me I need reality to ground me and I would feel like I was just running away. There are many things that I would make true in my fantasy world, I mean who doesn’t think about that every now and then. There are so many celebrities and fictional characters I am obsessed with (probably to an unhealthy extent haha). I think I would want to travel the world and try everything, dabble in a few different professions just because I can. I think I would also have a pet unicorn because that would be fun! There are just too many options! I think it could be a real possibility, but still has at least 50 or so years before anything close to it could start to be developed. 

I hope this all makes sense and that you take the time to add to the discussion. I would love to hear other peoples thoughts about this topic because it is so intriguing. I would love to have other people to talk to about this book as well so check out the giveaway!

 


 

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Inspire by Cora Carmack | Cover Reveal

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

 

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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

 

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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