Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Heart of the Moors by Holly Black. This tour is being hosted by Rock Star Book Tours.
Title: HEART OF THE MOORS
Author: Holly Black
Pub. Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Disney Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD
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.
I have to confess that I haven’t seen Maleficent yet. I had no idea that this book followd the movie (from what I read in another review) and I was so confused at first. I was able to understand quickly though.
This book is pretty fast paced. Aurora knows that Phillip isn’t her true love because he couldn’t break the spell. But she wanted him around. They became close friends and after a couple months, Phillip realizes that he does love Aurora. He is determined to tell her and Maleficent is determined to stop him. Love hurts. She doesn’t want that for Aurora even though her adviser is trying to find her a husband.
Love is terrifying in its power.
Love is just plain terrifying.
Aurora is busy trying to create a treaty for humans and fairies. There isn’t a good history and both seem to be afraid of each other. Aurora is also afraid to go to sleep. So her stress level is maxed. However, she is still positive and determined to make everything work. Lord Ortolan, her advisor, is scheming behind the scenes to make sure Aurora chooses Count Alain. Everyone seems to see Prince Phillip as a threat. Aurora is pretty much clueless. She honestly doesn’t want to love because of what she saw happen to Maleficent by the one she loved. That betrayal hurt both of them. Lord Ortolan is busy creating issues for Aurora to push her into what he wants and not what is best for her.
The book has some small chapters with scenes from different characters. It felt like how you change scenes in a movie, so I thought that was really well done. I enjoyed the writing and a lot of the characters. Maleficent still said some mean things (she actually made me laugh), but her love for Aurora really stood out to me.
I gave this book 4 stars (just above 3 1/2). Thank you to Disney for sending me a copy for review.
Aurora hated to sleep. Every night she made excuses to stay up later and later. There were always lists to make, letters to write, endless revisions of the treaty to puzzle over. She wandered around her enormous chamber, stoking the fire and letting her candles burn down so low each wick guttered out in a pool of wax.
But there always came a point when she had to put on her smock and cap and blow out her candle. Then she huddled under her blankets and looked out her window at the stars, trying to convince herself that it was safe to close her eyes, that she would wake up in the morning.
She wasn’t going to sleep for a hundred years.
The enchantment was gone.
The curse was broken.
But most nights Aurora only fell asleep to the pink of dawn blushing on the horizon. Most days she woke up exhausted. Some days she could barely get up.
Yet when the next night came, the fear struck her anew. Falling asleep felt like falling down a deep well, one that she might never claw her way out of.
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titls include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Awar and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.
3 winners will receive a hardcover of HEART OF THE MOORS, US only.
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