Review: Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

Title: Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Press
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set between Disney’s Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble letting go of the past.

Review:

This is a great middle grade faerie story from Holly Black.

I loved that this story stayed true to the story of Maleficent, but it was in Holly Black’s style. Holly does a great job of writing about the different types of faeries in a descriptive way. I could imagine the beautiful settings because of how thoroughly and concisely they were described.

I also enjoyed the plot of the novel. It was a complete plot, while not straying too far from the movie plots. This story is a side plot, which can accompany the movies, but does not replace them.

I really enjoyed this novel!

What to read next:

Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita

Have you read Heart of the Moors? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday – November 13

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey. The expected publication date is November 26, 2019.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A moment on the platform changes two lives forever. But nothing is as it seems…

‘Take my baby.’

In a split second, Morgan’s life changes forever. A stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of a train.

Morgan has never seen the woman before and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life.

When the police question Morgan, she discovers none of the witnesses can corroborate her version of events. And when they learn Morgan longs for a baby of her own, she becomes a suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically tries to retrace the last days of the woman’s life. She begins to understand that Nicole Markham believed she and her baby were in danger. Now Morgan might be in danger, too.

Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia?

Or was something much darker going on?

Pulse-pounding, heartrending, shocking, thrilling. This is one book you won’t be able to stop thinking about. 

What books are you waiting on this week?

Review: Well Met (Well Met #1)

Title: Well Met (Well Met #1)
Author: Jen DeLuca
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek. 

Review:

This was a super fun romantic comedy!

The Renaissance Faire was a great setting for this novel. It was an isolated event in the town where the characters performed for the whole summer. It was as if the characters travelled back in time to the 1600s, while staying in modern times. It made for some fun situations, such as a spontaneous handfasting ceremony and jousting tournaments.

I loved all the literary references in this book. Emily and Simon discussed Shakespeare a lot, including the theory that multiple different people actually wrote his plays, rather than one person. This was relevant to the plot, since the Renaissance Faire was set during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

I really enjoyed this story! I’m excited to see what happens in the sequel next year.

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date #1) by Jasmine Guillory

Have you read Well Met? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Holiday Books on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favourite Bookmarks, but I decided to make my own topic of the Holiday Books on My TBR. Here’s my list:

1. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

2. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory

3. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

4. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

5. One Day in December by Josie Silver

6. One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

7. Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes

8. Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts

9. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12) by Stephanie Barron

10. An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

(All photos taken from Goodreads)

What’s your list for Top Ten Tuesday?

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel
Author: Renée Nault, Margaret Atwood
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

Review:

It has been years since I originally read The Handmaid’s Tale, so I read this graphic novel as a refresher before I read the sequel The Testaments. This graphic novel is a great way to read the story.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a dystopian, but it seems a little too close to a possible future. It was relatable when Margaret Atwood wrote it, and it still is today. It’s an unfortunate aspect of the book, but it shows how cyclical history can be.

The illustrations were amazing in this book. It was mostly in black and white with lots of red. There were a few other colours when certain characters appeared, such as the wives in blue, which highlighted the distinction between the different types of women. The story was condensed to Offred’s main plot, but it gave a full picture of what was happening.

I highly recommend this graphic novel!

What to read next:

The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood

Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – November 11

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Raven Lane by Amber Cowie.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – November 10

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?