Heartless

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 2 stars

Narrator Rating: 5 stars

I received Heartless in my OwlCrate box for the Alice in Wonderland theme. I was super excited to read this story, however, it really missed the mark for me.

Heartless is the story of the young woman (Catherine) who turns into the Queen of Hearts in the beloved childhood classic, Alice in Wonderland. Even though the reader knows what the end result of the story is ultimately going to be, the path should have been an interesting one. I will admit, the last few chapters were my favorite and I felt they were the strongest. The events leading up to the end battle, were boring and it felt like too many words describing nothing in particular.

Catherine is the daughter of the Marquess of Rockturtle Cove. She has the dream of opening her own bakery and being the best baker in Hearts. Her mother forces her into a courtship with the King of Hearts, though she falls in love with another member of the Court. The story centers around her budding relationship with this person other than the King, who disgusts her.

I do not like writing negative reviews, at all, but I wanted to be honest with other readers. I was a bit disappointed, especially with how much I love Cinder. Meyer is a fantastic writer, and this story does show case her amazing writer skills, however, the story line was so boring.

The narrator was great! It was the same narrator of the Lunar Chronicles Rebecca Soler. My favorite part of the entire narration occurred towards the end, when Soler really broke out the Queen of Hearts evil voice. It is sad that the most enjoyment I got out of this story, was Catherine’s pain.

Winter

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Winter by Marissa Meyer, Narrated by Rebecca Soler

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Narrator: 5 stars

 

I will keep this review short and sweet, primarily because it was so long of a book and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who has not finished the series or even begun.

So here we are, to the very end of the series. It has been a great journey, and I have truly enjoyed everything about this series.

In this installment, the main characters are mainly apart doing their own things for the greater good of the overall mission, reinstating Cinder as the rightful queen of Luna.

My only qualm with Winter is that it was longer than necessary. There were parts you would think would be the climax, but then it would just keep on going. The audiobook was 23 hours long. The book itself well over 800 pages. I believe, overall, the series ended exactly the way that it needed to, I just felt there was a lot of extra going on that could either have made another book or not been in the story in the first place.

The narrator, Rebecca Soler, is amazing. She is so good, sometimes it sounds like there is a different person narrating each character. I really like that about a narrator which is why she received 5 stars. Cinder was among the first Audiobooks I ever listened to, and Soler made it truly wonderful and elevated the overall story to a higher level.