Book Reviews

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

The Wicked King is a tad shorter than The Cruel Prince and it is also nowhere near as heart-wrenching and thrilling, but the story is no less intriguing and infuriating because you always know that something awful is going to happen but there’s no way to know until it’s already happening.

The Wicked King focuses on Jude as a badass character who will so not take any shit from anyone, that she ends up distancing herself from absolutely everyone. If literally ANYONE else in the Isles were telling the story, she would most definitely be the villain in their telling. 

This volume also includes a tiny bit more romance than the previous one (and it’s steamy this time). 

If you read and enjoyed The Cruel Prince, there’s no reason not to read this. Definitely recommended. 

I really hope the next book tears through the depths of my soul like the first one did. This one didn’t quite hit the mark. 

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Book Reviews

The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

The Weight of a Piano by Chris CanderRating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Weight of a Piano is carefully tuned literary fiction. It finds the perfect moment to tug at all the right emotions, leaving you in a reverent, contemplative silence by the end. 

Each chapter switches back and forth between the POVs of Carla, the current owner of the piano, and Katya, the former owner. 

Carla is a young mechanic who lost her parents in a tragic fire; the piano being the only physical object that remains of the fond times with her family. 

Katya is a Russian immigrant who was obligated to leave her beloved piano in Europe when she left to seek refuge in the United States. 

The piano is a metaphor for both of their lives, a placeholder for both of their souls and essences.  

Eventually, and for reasons that she can’t quite articulate, Carla finds herself on a road trip across the desert, trailing behind the moving truck that carries her piano for the photographer she lent it to.

This book is absolutely lovely, gripping and poetic. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re the kind of person who enjoys self-reflective indie movies about cathartic road trips.  

I would recommend this to (see above), as a beach/travel read, or to people who enjoy a little romance in novels but don’t want to read from the romance section. 

The Weight of a Piano comes out on January 22nd 2019!

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The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

The Beast's Heart by Leife ShallcrossRating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

The Beast’s Heart is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, narrated entirely from the Beast’s perspective. The Beauty in this book is named Isabeau, and the story focuses a lot on her sisters, Claude and Marie. Isabeau also doesn’t have any prior suitors or an angry village mob to worry about; it’s purely about her family, the Beast, and her. 

The writing style is long, flowery, and elaborate; reminding me a bit of Jane Austen’s novels. 

And this book -feels- long. Despite seeing the story from the Beast’s perspective, at points it felt like he was just the narrator of Isabeau’s sisters’ lives, whom he spends seemingly most of his days spying on through his magic mirror (he’s hooked just like us watching Instagram stories in 2018).  

The Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up because I melted at the idea that a love so pure could magically fix a monstrous person… Until I grew up and learned how harmful that idea is in the real world, because it disregards the fact that a person needs to -want to- fix themselves for anything to change, regardless of the amount of people that are trying to help. Outside of fairytales, a girlfriend can’t fix an abusive boyfriend out of love alone. 

But the HUGE plus in this book is the Beast wants Isabeau to grow to love him, even before he knows she is indispensable to break the curse. And there’s no ulterior motive; he KNOWS that the only way to achieve both of those goals is to genuinely become a better person. He does commit a series of glaring mistakes (that I’m sure feminist readers could easily spot, and also anyone who hated Twilight), but he is self-conscious and regretful about them and actively thinks of ways to improve not just his behavior, but his overall essence. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it occasionally felt too long, and the action between Isabeau and the Beast was very repetitive at times.

I would recommend this to: readers who love fairytale retellings, someone who wants to read a book that contains romance but isn’t in the romance section, and people who have always felt compassionate for the Beast and wanted to hear his side sometime. 

This book comes out on February 12th 2019!