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National Bestselling Author Of Heir To Sevenwaters Anluan Has Been Crippled Since Childhood, Part Of A Curse That Has Besieged His Family And Only The Young Scribe Caitrin Can Unravel The Web Of Sorcery Woven By His Ancestors Before It Claims His Life And Their Love

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    It is a well known fact that I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so it s about damn time I reviewed this It is not only the best retelling I have ever read, it is among my top five favorite books of all time I can t even tell you how beautiful, fantastic, magical this story is It truly has everything It is a long story don t be afraid of the length It will fly by as you re immersed in it, and I, for one, wish it were longer Also, the Beast is a long red haired Irish dude with half his face kinda paralyzed and so in my mind I m imagining the other half to look like this.HHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGI don t have to summarize Beauty and the Beast to you This book is about a lovely girl, named Caitrin An orphan I know, an orphan It sounds clich i assure you it is not It is about pain, suffering mental and physical abuse A girl whose beauty is used to shame and abuse her into submission Ita spoke in my head, her voice a derisory whisper See the way men look at you You re made to be a whore, Caitrin Be thankful Cillian wants to wed you.Without him you d be headed down a path to ruin. There is no explicit violence in this book, but rest assured that its ghost is very much alive in our protagonist s mind and defines who she is The bruises on my skin blue, black, yellow, an angry patchwork would fade There were other hurts, deeper ones, that would be harder to lose You did it, Caitrin, I reminded myself You got up and walked out. Her escape is where our book begins We are in a time long ago and far away, when the Norman conquests were taking place in Ireland Caitrin is a girl on the run, terrified of being found Penniless, with only the clothes on her back and the tool she carries with her she has been well trained by her father as a scribe It is how she hopes to earn a living and escape her would be captors.She wanders into a strange place called Whistling Tors A place whose nearby villagers regard with fear and superstition A place with a fearful and cursed chieftain, whose neglect of his duties and cursed appearance makes him a reviled personage to his people Caitrin hears that he might need a scribe It may be the last place in the world she wants to be, but it may also be safe refuge, and really, she has no choice.The rumors about Whistling Tors are not false If anything, they were grossly underexaggerated The woods is filled with ghostly spectres who haunt your every step Oh God, oh God someone screamed, as behind the rider a swirling mass flowed out from under the trees around the courtyard, not mist, not smoke, but something full of gaping mouths and clutching hands, something with a hundred shrieking, moaning voices and a hundred creeping, pattering feet. The Beast is a young chieftain named Anluan, who is tortured by his fate, something through no fault of his The romance is such a slow burn, and it is a joy to watch friendship and love blossom between them Romance is there, but I assure you it is subtle and believable I hardly know what to say Anluan spoke with some awkwardness, as if he thought his words might offend me Your kinsman was right when he called me a cripple I cannot ride, I cannot run, I cannot lead an army into battle Not an army made up of earthly warriors of Magnus s kind, anyway But this force I can command On Whistling Tor, the host is obedient to my will While you stay here, I can keep you safe I hope you will stay, Caitrin, now that you know the truth We want you here We need you Love and lust are written beautifully.There is a great mystery to be solved, a mystery that holds the key to freedom for Anluan and his living retainers, as well as the spectral ones, who are not merely malevolent spirits When Anluan had brought them rushing to my aid they had screamed, wailed, assaulted the ears Now they were utterly silent Not creatures of ancient legend not devils or demons All the same, my skin prickled as I looked at them here a woman carrying an injured child, there an old man with a heavy bag over his shoulder, his back bent, his limbs shaking under an oak, a younger man whose fingers clutched feverishly onto an amulet strung around his neck There were warriors and priests here, little girls and old women The I gazed at them, turning to look on all sides, the of them appeared, until the forest was full of them Ghosts Spirits There are no magical wardrobes and candlesticks here There is, however, a giant ghostly hound, a spectral monk, creatures from beyond time, and dark magic than you can shake a stick at This book has everything, and I truly come to love every single character in the book, living or dead.The elements of Beauty and the Beast are there the rose, in this case a rare flower called Heart s Blood, and the magic mirror, in this instance much sinister than the original They are interwoven into the tale so well that it hardly feels like a retelling at all there is nothing forced about it The characterization and development is amazing, and the real world conflicts are interspersed with the magical, making this such a spectacular read It is a story of hope This is quite likely the best retelling of all time and I beg you to read it.Read reviews at The Alliterates

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    Marquis de Sade is a rather famous figure Mostly for a lot of kinky sex acts because all of his sex fantasies included violence, criminality and blasphemy That and he really liked buttsecks Okay, so history remembers Marquis de Sade for the crazy, deviant man that he was But I think we re all forgetting the real point to the story of Marquis de Sade and that is love Love that conquors all Love that supports and love that understands and accepts After all, the Marquis de Sade had a very lovely religious wife, Renee Pelagie de Montreuil who was always there to organize his orgies, hustle is prostitutes, bitch slap the hired help who tried to complain of the sexual and physical abuse being wrought out against them and also to break him out of jail.All of this while completely understanding that it was IMPORTANT for him to bone her sister on the side.That, my friends, is love I ve heard people complain that there isn t a strong romance in this book and I actually can t understand why I found the romance in this book to be powerful, beautiful and touching I truly felt that Anluan and Caitrin were perfect for each other Just like Marquis de Sade and Renee Pelagie de Montreuil were perfect for each other no, I m just jokin y all Caitrin and Anluan made a beautiful couple The creepy atmosphere of this story was so well executed, the castle and its occupants so seemingly alive that I felt true remorse when the story came to an end.Though the mystery was painfully obvious right from the get go, I never actually felt the sense that Caitrin was particularly slow on the uptake just that she was a trusting, good person with a lot on her mind and a lot of distractions.As a retake on the Beauty and the Beast tale, this one was both beautifully done and very, very PC.Caitrin is not kidnapped and is not a victim, nor is Anluan an actual beast though his short temper and deformity are quite realistic.This is the second book by Juliet Marillier that I have ever read and she s been consistently thoughtful and conscience about her prose, her message and her characterization I honestly look forward to reading books by her.I also honestly look forward to surpassing her in the Most Followed category for Australia Suck it, Marillier I ll get you one day

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    I think Juliet Marillier s most successful books are the ones that follow traditional fairy tales the closest Heart s Blood and Daughter of the Forest are the best of hers I ve read so far.And as far as fairy tale retelling goes, nobody does it as well as Juliet Marillier does She has that special ability to take a centuries old tale and fill it with interesting new characters, historical details, original and always very atmospheric setting and voila, a great story that doesn t feel like an old tired rip off at all.Heart s Blood is a fresh take on Beauty and the Beast and probably the most successful reinvisioning of this story I ve come across The plot is familiar a pretty girl, a beastly looking man, a curse, a flower, an enchanted castle You all know it But the characters are fresh Caitrin is a scribe escaping from her abusive relatives, Anluan is a young man suffering from palsy whose family was cursed decades ago The story is set in Ireland Whistling Tor is an enchanted, misty place full of sleepless ghostsThe main challenge of any Beauty and the Beast retelling is to make us believe in a deep connection and love between a pretty girl and an ugly, best like man I remember reading Robin McKinley s version and never feeling why and when the two main characters fell in love Not so in Heart s Blood The way Caitrin and Anluan s relationship is written makes you truly believe in their love for each other And even , in their mutual sexual attraction No small fit, considering that Anluan is pretty much a cripple There is also this great way these two communicate I found very appealing they do not try to change each other, but help one another to overcome their weaknesses and hang ups, to realize how much they have to offer, to become confident, stronger Very touching My only problem, the usual with all Juliet Marillier s books, is that she tends to be too wordy Very often I feel like whatever needs to be said could have been said in fewer words I found myself particularly frustrated in the end of the story, when all exciting stuff started happening and it was slowed down by wordiness I skim read a lot at that point to get to the juicy stuff.I see that Heart s Blood is the first book Whistling Tor series I wonder what else is there to say about this place What future books are going to be about Does anyone know

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    Actual rating 3.5 starsTrust me, I wanted to love this book so, so much But if Heart s Blood casted a spell on me, captivating me, I encountered the same problems I had with Shadowfell, making it hard to entirely connect with the story, especially in the second half Fascinating settings Think about an ominous forest, a mysterious castle, whose inhabitants have been suffering from a curse for years What not to love If I wasn t completely won by the writing I ll come back to that , I can t deny that the descriptions were beautifully crafted and so vivid, it felt as if I was there An intriguing plot Beauty and the Beast is shockingly, lol one of my favorite fairytales of all times, yet its retellings rarely manage to capture the magical enthrallment I felt the first time I read Beaumont s tale, and I ve grown to resent and avoid them, to be honest The fact is, either they re too close to the original but boring or they re so twisted that I can t recognize anything None of this here If the story turns let me bewildered in a good way , Juliet Marillier included several aspects as winks to the fairytale reader and I loved that From the underlying darkness threatening every turn, to the longing oozing from every page, I flew through the first half, enchanted A well developed and complex cast of characters Caitrin is a wonderful and relatable heroine after having been abused by her family after her father s death, she finds the courage to flee and is constantly testing her strength She s by no means our kickass soul eating warrior, yet she is strong, in her not so flashy way Anluan is a crippled, cursed man whose anger issues would have infuriated me if his character wasn t so multi layered, so complex Please don t judge him too fast he can be maddening, but he s not violent and so, so loyal The despair of this awkward, self loathing man who hides behind his grumpiness moved me So burdened and tortured, unable to see that life can be As for the other inhabitants of Whistling Tor, what can I say except that I loved them all From Magnus the kind soldier to Eirith the crazy monk, they all add something magical to the story and I couldn t help but draw parallels with the Beast hilarious and endearing companions The romance is believable, light and straights on wonderful They made me squeal I know GAH They gradually learn to trust each others , to overlook the appearances and their fears Unfortunately there was a counter spell Sigh Trust me, I don t mind a little predictability Until I reach the point when it influences in a bad way what I think about a MC Sadly, it was the case here It took Caitrin so much time before solving the mystery IN SPITE OF ALL THESE EVIDENCES EVERYWHERE , it drove me nuts See, I understand that she s willing to trust, but come on This is too much From the moment I figured it all way too fast I grew restless, then annoyed, even if I didn t want to be I was constantly making excuses for her lack of judgment, until the moment I COULDN T While I realize that it s a prevalent trope in fairytales, in my opinion the hope talk grew old pretty fast Hope will prevail Because Hope is the key Don t you believe that Have you understood how important hope is Do you Do you Are you sure Because I m going to repeat it over and over again Oh My GOSH As I said earlier, if I appreciated how beautiful the descriptions were, it remains that the writing was often too wordy for me I m by no means an action lover, but it was so frustrating sometimes that I had a hard time not to skim Indeed some parts dragged so muchthat I couldn t help but be bored, unfortunately, and yes, I wanted the author to go to the freaking point That s why it sort of lost its magic by the end Way too long in my opinion, and yet I ll still keep a fond memory of Whistling Tor and its unusual inhabitants For of my reviews, please visit

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    This is definitely my favorite of Juliet Marillier s books, but to be fair, it s only my second That being said, it wasn t a love at first sight, much like the main character in this Beauty and the Beast retelling It grew on me, much as the Beast grew on Belle.The later half was quite exciting and full of magic and trying to break the curse and there was plenty of ghosts and ghouls and armies and all the awesome Norman invasion historical stuff to keep me involved in the medieval world this draws from All the characters became something special for me, too, thanks to the weight of their interactions and involvement with each other.Unfortunately, it took a while for me to get there I was kinda bored by the pacing of at least the first half and while it was really focused on the realism angle and strove hard to stick to reality in the retelling, I was only very mildly interested It was halfway between a historical and a slice of life with mild hidden past It took a while to build up to something cool.Even so, it ended nicely and it was still charming.

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    Warning this is a gushy review, so if you don t want to be embarrassed on my behalf, turn away now.The story opens with Caitrin, our beauty in this BatB retelling, running away from her abusive guardian as far as money can take her She goes as far as Whistling Tor, on Whistling Tor later Desperate, Caitrin takes a summer job as scribe to the reclusive lord of Whistling Tor, despite the discouragement of the local folk She s determinedly positive irritatingly so at times to complete her work and help everyone in the household, despite the scary shit going on.There are no beastly beasts here, only Anluan He s physically deformed, he s prickly and given to outbursts, and view spoiler he reluctantly commands the host, an army of the undead hide spoiler

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    This isn t really a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it reminded me very loosely of one Again, Juliet Marillier delivers a book that has the distinctive feel of an old school fairytale There is a curse, a castle, a semi disfigured man, a strong heroine with nowhere else to turn and mirrors that don t reflect the world but have other things moving inside of them It was bound to call out to me just waiting to be read There was an odd beauty in his isolation and his sadness, like that of a forlorn prince ensorcelled by a wicked enchantress, or a traveler lost forever in a world far from home. Caitlin is a scribe in a world where female scribes aren t accepted She has worked with her father her entire life and is great at what she does Her father has passed her work off as his own due to social convention but upon his death she has nowhere to turn and the family that should have protected her has something else in mind Without barely anything to her name she flees to escape the horrible fate into a land with a curse You think that would worse not better but Caitlin with take the curse over the people she left behind in a heartbeat.I loved the Manor house and all of the oddities there The mirrors were some of my favorite things as they seemed to hold so much magic Some mirrors reflect you as you could be, or the house at a different time of day or they let you into the mind of someone from the past Each mirror seemed special Learning about the curse in the slow way information was given to the reader left me on edge wanting to know and I was very surprised when the truth came to light Caitlin and Anluan seemed like a natural fit and like most fairytales there isn t much to the buildup of their relationship and I found I didn t care As soon as they start spending time on page together you can see where the relationship is going but I liked that Anluan wasn t really a beast just gruff and marred by a palsy that made one side of his body weak Caitlin saw the man underneath and strived to help him with the burdens of the Cursed Host he was in charge of and the upcoming threat from an army.Caitlin is the hero of the story for sure and almost everything is from her PoV It made me feel like I was making the discoveries with her as the story progressed I liked that she wasn t a healer or just someone s daughter but had an actual skill set to contribute to society If you ve enjoyed Mariller s other tales this is on par with those in the feel, ton and pacing I think she is for the patient reader that likes all the extra details and meandering down the path of the story in no hurry to get to the end.

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    3.5 stars I think Your coming here has changed everything, Caitrin You have opened my mind to possibilities beyond any I had dreamed of So I fetched the books I knew you could translate them, butCaitrin, the idea of any action of mine causing you hurt isit s unbearable You areyou re like a beating heart A glowing lamp I ve never met anyone like you before This book was beautiful.and the male lead was EVERYTHING I was looking for Dark Tortured Brokendeeply and madly in love with the girl who came out of nowhere and gave him hope.But I must say that this might not have been the best choice for this long weekend where my own version of the beast was acting just like his namesake Soyeah Perhaps another weekend the story itself and not just Anluan would have captured my soul, but, as it is, the first 50% had a bit less Anluan than I would have liked, followed by a very, very good second half I m always so conflicted on how to rate these Mood vs story.Male lead vs everything else50 50 win lose vs again my moodSo, yeah I have no clue The mystery as to who was a cruel, evil bastard of a villain was easy to spot from a mile away, but it didn t take anything away from the story, so that wasn t the problem Perhaps her research I don t know Can t quite put my finger on it buteh Oh well For of my reviews, please visit

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    Are you feeling nostalgic about your Beauty the Beast days I mean the Disney movie Then you should totally read Heart s Blood by Juliet Marillier.Her novels are as elegantly picked out as her pseudonym Marillier s heroes and heroines are always so classy They never say, That bastard is a villain Let s chop him in three They always maintain their humanity, and it isn t because they re too innocent to think of crueler alternatives They re just above that, dude Her heroes and heroines have a purity to them, despite their mistakes, etc Somehow, you know they always mean well Is it because they only commit errors once it s well established that they are Good People I don t think so.I loved Anluan He s so brave and resilient Even after all the bumps and bruises, he s still willing to get up if he sees hope which word was repeated much too often, by the way, LOL Great secondary characters too Just as endearing as Lumiere and Cogsworth, if less comedic, LOL.Marillier is so adept at evoking emotion We truly feel the weariness and loneliness of leadership and the other burdens facing Anluan, where oddly one never sees this depicted except in passing.I loved the little similarities to BB, from the lonely cart trip and scary woods to the mirrors This makes me want to watch the movie all over again.Of the books written in this theme, Heart s Blood is probably the most evocative of the emotion intended in the original that I ve seen the highs and lows, the terrible villainy Fate, the beautiful heroics She writes a fairy tale like nobody else At the same time, the setting, characters, and plot are considerably different, so if you don t want to read a simple transcription of the movie, don t be worried That said, I ve seen Marillier plumb the depths of emotion deeply, and her language and concepts e.g ancient lawmen seemed much simplistic here than her usual or adapted to a modern audience I think she wanted to appeal to readers.So this is not my favorite work from her but still a fabulous read Even Marillier s lesser books are exceptional Recommended for all BB fans or romance fans PG 13, but if I like it, you know it s not kiddy, LOL.

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    Rating 4.5 Stars Although Heart s Blood is only my second Juliet Marillier novel, I can already count her amongst my favorite authorsever Marillier has a distinct style of writing stories about kind, but fierce, female protagonists and tortured romantic interests, creating beautiful love stories all against a backdrop of fantastical imagination If that isn t a recipe for success, then I don t know what is Yet, with Heart s Blood, Marillier has surpassed her previous prowess, writing one of the most remarkable fairy tale re telling of Beauty and the Beast that I ve ever come across In fact, I d go so far as to say that Heart s Blood has replaced Beauty and the Beast in my heart for I loved it far than I did the original.Unlike many authors who allow the constrictions of a fairy tale re telling to constrain their limits of creativity, Heart s Blood is based only loosely off of Beauty and the Beast Instead of brave Belle who replaces her father s place in the Beast s tower, we have strong Caitrin who seeks a job as a scribe on Whistling Tor, home to many mysteries Instead of Beast, a truly horrific character, we have Anluan, a crippled and unhappy man who is oh so very human Instead of talking candles, clocks, and teapots, we have a motley crew of enigmatic spirits And, most importantly perhaps, instead of a curse to correct the vanities of a foolish young prince, we have an age old burden of evil and terror which is a curse like no other While there are many similarities between the two tales, Marillier s takes on a life of its own quite often and the true linkage between these two fables is their combined theme of hope.Caitrin is a heroine I love On the surface, she seems to be perfect kind, gentle, fierce, and brave Yet, as the novel progresses, we are able to slowly peel back the many layers to Caitrin s personality, revealing her insecurities, vulnerabilities, and flaws every bit as egregious as Anluan s When we first meet Anluan bitter, angry, and stubborn it s hard to warm up to him, but before long, he becomes a love interest every bit as swoon worthy as the next Although Heart s Blood is, at its core, a novel about hope, it is also a romance and the slow, subtle, and skillfull manner in which Marillier brings together these two flawed beings is utter perfection It will make you sigh with contentment for theirs is an epic tale that will worm its way firmly into your heart.In all honesty, there isn t very much to say about Heart s Blood Its realistic characters came alive for me, its intriguing setting grabbed me in from the first page, and the lore that this book is filled with is every bit as interesting as the fable it s based upon If there are any faults to be found, they lie with the middle of the novel which became far too cheesy for my liking Caitrin is the driving force behind Anluan s character change and much of that stems from the hope she gives him, but at times, this could borderline on preachy and become increasingly repetitive Further, the villain in this novel is rather obvious, but the multiple layers to the villain s evil nature will keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing until the end Heart s Blood is, in so many ways, a perfect novel Wonderfully flawed characters, atmospheric setting, and a romance that will make you crave for something that real yourself, it is a fairytale you won t want to leave It has made me a die hard Marillier fan and I will be rushing out to get my hands on all her other novels at once this type of writing is just too good to wait for It demands to be read, savored, and cherished like no other.You can read this review and on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings.