It’s as adorable as the movie. That’s all you need to know.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
I love Kaz. In a totally non-creepy-I’m-in-love-with-a-fictional-character kind of way. Bardugo tells the story beautifully from multiple points-of-view. Her transitions are seamless while drawing you into the heart of each new character. I can’t wait to read more from her.
Synopsis for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Once when I was on a date I could not. shut. up. about this book. I’m pretty sure my crazy was spewing out of my mouth. Oh well. This book is genius. I love it more than The DaVinci Code. Brown mixes science and fiction so well (while not writing science fiction) you look at life and go, “Well, yeah. Of course you can create matter from nothing. Duh.” I recommend listening to the audiobook if you struggle with other languages because they’re referenced a lot. A lot a lot. But this is a must read no matter the format.
Synopsis for Angels and Demons by Dan Brown:
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy — the Catholic Church.
I have a girl-crush on Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors. On more than one occasion I’ve picked up a book she’s recommended without knowing anything about it.
Since you will go crazy if you have to wait for the next book, I suggest you start with her Gallagher Girls series. All Fall Down is fantastic with plenty of drool-worthy characters. This book almost serves as a prequel to her Embassy Row series – a brilliant new world I can’t wait to fall into. (No pun intended.)
All Fall Down by Ally Carter:
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
I took this book with me to Mexico and my only regret is that I didn’t bring the sequel.
Legend has a unique spin on the dystopian era following the lives of a “street-rat” and an upperclass soldier. It has more than one jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moments. Take a look. I have no doubt you’ll devour it just like I did.
Legend by Marie Lu:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
I finished this book this week and it was by far one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time! I was completely sucked in and I’ve already finished the second book.
Jennifer A. Nielsen crafts an incredible world full of in-depth characters that you love to love — and love to hate.
Sage is officially one of my new favorite characters. I was behind him every step of the way. I loved his defiant and arrogant nature. It reminded me so much of the Alex Rider series. I’ve been waiting a long time to find another series that fills the Rider void in my life.
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen:
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.
You just have to read it. It’s one of the greats.