Mini-Reviews: City of Bones, Etiquette & Espionage, The Enchanted Sonata, & The Beast’s Heart

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
When I first read this book many, many moons ago, I gave it 1 star. I absolutely hated the ending and it ruined the entire book for me to the point where I refused to read on. In an attempt to see if re-reading it now would change my mind (and also because this is such a popular series, I’m wondering if later books are better) I gave it another shot. And I didn’t hate it nearly as much, but I also didn’t like it enough to keep reading the series. Maybe one day, but also… probably not.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
This was such a cute story. It’s not really something I gravitate toward, typically, and I’m not sure that I’ll pick up the rest of the series, but I did enjoy reading it quite a bit. This is actually something that I may read to my girls once we finish the Caraval series because I think they may enjoy it as I did.

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
First, I love the name of this book. It’s absolutely beautiful and I would’ve read it no matter what simply because of the name. The story itself was a really interesting retelling of The Nutcracker. I actually read this book this time last year (this is a fantastic Christmas read if you’re looking for one) and I went and saw The Nutcracker ballet soon after reading it and it definitely enhanced the experience.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
I wanted more from this book than I got, however, I didn’t not like it. I’ve been wanting a Beauty and the Beast re-telling with much more of The Beast’s voice in it, and this is entirely from his perspective. I didn’t fully feel like the Beast was portrayed as I’d hoped he would – he was a little whiny and less broody than I was expecting, but I still enjoyed this book (and the covers are gorgeous). I did, however, read A Curse So Dark and Lonely which fulfilled all my Beast expectations and then some soon after reading this one.

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