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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 lettin 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.


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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 lettin 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.

30 review for Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    me at 6: why does nobody talk about Maleficent?? she's like the coolest?? me at 21: people still disrespect our queen Maleficent like some ungrateful peasants they are sth Holly Black: *feels like she has to step up and decides to write this* me: thank you mistress I owe you my life me at 6: why does nobody talk about Maleficent?? she's like the coolest?? me at 21: people still disrespect our queen Maleficent like some ungrateful peasants they are sth Holly Black: *feels like she has to step up and decides to write this* me: thank you mistress I owe you my life

  2. 5 out of 5

    MischaS_

    Oh, I'm EXCITED about this one! Oh, I'm EXCITED about this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Thus I continue in my life's journey to read every Holly Black book ever. And I am doing well thank you. I really really love how she writes faeries! This didn't feel like her other faerie works, granted, because it had a lot of source material to shape around. But I love the little barbs from Maleficent, and the wholesome goodness from Aurora, and the plot of trying to make enemies into friends. It was more of a throwback to Spiderwick! [characters] Look Aurora could've been sickly sweet and insu Thus I continue in my life's journey to read every Holly Black book ever. And I am doing well thank you. I really really love how she writes faeries! This didn't feel like her other faerie works, granted, because it had a lot of source material to shape around. But I love the little barbs from Maleficent, and the wholesome goodness from Aurora, and the plot of trying to make enemies into friends. It was more of a throwback to Spiderwick! [characters] Look Aurora could've been sickly sweet and insufferable -- because she literally is PURE GOODNESS embodied -- but she wasn't! She wanted kindness, she got cross, she loved so deeply and fiercely. Like excuse me, but soft girls deserve all the love too. And Maleficent was still a snarky knifey thing with exceptional cheekbones and I do approve, monumentally. Prince Philip...well he had about as much personality as a doorknob, but that's usual for his character. And the villains were really relevant for today; men who think they could do a job better than a woman so they try to manipulate her out of it. HA. We'll sick Maleficent on u, fools. [plot] it's set after the movie (which I realised I didn't remember much of but ok) and basically is Aurora trying to rule, sorting out her feelings for Philip (if she wasn't in love with him originally...does that mean she'll never be in love with him? He just smiled at her WHAT IS HER HEART BEAT DOING OMGG), and how to make the faeries and the humans play nice. It kept everything simple enough for a middle-grade audience to thoroughly enjoy itself. It also made the politics of making peace accessible to kids. (As well as being a bit Disneyfied and feel good but pfft, you know what you're signing up for since it is disney.) This was fun! A quick read, engaging, and with characters you can easily feel for!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    Yes to a new Holly Black book Yes to Maleficent YES YES YES!!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I walk in Moors by my house every day. Maleficent is my idol. I too, have been addressed as the Mistress of Evil. ...and, oh yeah, Holly FREAKING Black... It's like this book was written just for me! I walk in Moors by my house every day. Maleficent is my idol. I too, have been addressed as the Mistress of Evil. ...and, oh yeah, Holly FREAKING Black... It's like this book was written just for me!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    My review I feel like this book was written purely for the sake of easing my bitter disappointment after watching the second Maleficent movie because that heart-wrenching experience of butchering my favorite movie for the sake of a sequel was demeaning. Someone tell Disney, if they were going to make a sequel, they should have used Black’s book as a script. I think I’m just going to pretend the movie never happened, and this marvelous piece of work is the only story of life in the Moors. I usuall My review I feel like this book was written purely for the sake of easing my bitter disappointment after watching the second Maleficent movie because that heart-wrenching experience of butchering my favorite movie for the sake of a sequel was demeaning. Someone tell Disney, if they were going to make a sequel, they should have used Black’s book as a script. I think I’m just going to pretend the movie never happened, and this marvelous piece of work is the only story of life in the Moors. I usually dislike doing movie/TV show comparisons in my reviews, (I don’t know why but probably because this is, well a book blog and there are a lot of layers which need to be regarded in order to proclaim an adaptation “good”), but I think it is inevitable to bring some elements from the movies because the foundation of the book was, in fact, a movie. The thing is, while reading this book, it felt like the Maleficent movie never ended at all – the continuation and adaptation of the magnificent tale into a story of recovery were perfect, to the point of my mind equalizing the two parts as the same thing, as they, in truth, should be. Holly Black managed to amaze me with her stunning writing and intricate storytelling, pulling me once again and hopefully not the last time, in her world of faeries and stories of wicked things and broken souls. This book is full of beautiful things, from politics and union of human and faerie world and messages about love and union, but the heart of the story remained the same – the love between Maleficent and Aurora. It never wavered or faltered and their bond only grew stronger, unifying two worlds and bringing out the best of them both. Maleficent is one of my favorite characters of all time, especially from non-book media; so thoroughly developed and captivated – a force risen from the depths of her despair to seek vengeance, finding love instead which saved her from her own relentless rage. Black picked her character up right where the movie left it and took her to another journey without missing a thing. I even started liking Aurora, whom I found boring and annoying through the course of both movies. So thank you, Holly Black, for creating a sequel worthy of Maleficent and bringing back these wholesome characters back in the manner they deserve. “Would you like to know what it’s like to have your wings again? Imagine falling, except instead of hitting the ground, you soar. Imagine beginning to believe that love is never a lie, even if there are liars. Imagine recalling that cracked bone grows back stronger. That scars are beautiful. You might not be quite who you were when you lost the power of flight. But it is only in having your wings resting heavy on your back again that you realize you always and forever belonged to the sky. You were always strong and fierce and full of magic. Even when you were stranded on the ground.” Blog Twitter Tumblr

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kilikina

    EDIT: LORD HAVE MERCY. LOOK AT THIS COVER Y'ALL Holly Black waving to the competition as they struggle to keep up with her But in all seriousness, I cannot wait for October! EDIT: LORD HAVE MERCY. LOOK AT THIS COVER Y'ALL Holly Black waving to the competition as they struggle to keep up with her But in all seriousness, I cannot wait for October!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hafsah (on hiatus)

    aaaaaahhh omggg! Can't. Control. My. Excitement! A new book by HOLLY BLACK!!! And as iff that wasn't enough- it's about MALEFICENT (my 2nd fav Disney character, believe it or not! She is such a queeeeeeen) (Also how did I not know about this till now?!) aaaaaahhh omggg! Can't. Control. My. Excitement! A new book by HOLLY BLACK!!! And as iff that wasn't enough- it's about MALEFICENT (my 2nd fav Disney character, believe it or not! She is such a queeeeeeen) (Also how did I not know about this till now?!)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I don’t read middle grade often, but Maleficent written by Holly Black was not something I was going to pass up. I loved getting POVs from everyone. Of course I expected to be in Aurora’s head, so seeing things from Maleficent’s view was fantastic. There were also mini chapters from a few other people and I like how it rounded things out. Plot wise it was good. Things moved quickly as there are a few plot threads and several moving pieces. It was a bit more detailed and layered than I was expect I don’t read middle grade often, but Maleficent written by Holly Black was not something I was going to pass up. I loved getting POVs from everyone. Of course I expected to be in Aurora’s head, so seeing things from Maleficent’s view was fantastic. There were also mini chapters from a few other people and I like how it rounded things out. Plot wise it was good. Things moved quickly as there are a few plot threads and several moving pieces. It was a bit more detailed and layered than I was expecting and I really enjoyed how everything played out. Even with knowing how Sleeping Beauty ends, I was wondering if there would be a different outcome. Overall, it was a quick read with a satisfying ending and this books just helps solidify my decision to read any faerie book that Holly writes. **Huge thanks to Disney Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  10. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Me at Holly Black: Me at Holly Black:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Cover reveal is gorgeous! Also excerpt has been shared on Entertainment Weekly =D https://ew.com/books/2019/08/07/holly... Cover reveal is gorgeous! Also excerpt has been shared on Entertainment Weekly =D https://ew.com/books/2019/08/07/holly...

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    *kicks door open* WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS THE MOMENT IT WAS APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION??? BUT BLESS NETGALLEY FOR BLESSING ME also if this doesn't have plenty of Diaval in here I'm gonna riot *kicks door open* WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS THE MOMENT IT WAS APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION??? BUT BLESS NETGALLEY FOR BLESSING ME also if this doesn't have plenty of Diaval in here I'm gonna riot

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Ní Mhiacháin

    “Love was as unpredictable and powerful as any magic. But maybe it was also as marvelous.” I absolutely loved this telling of Aurora's journey to bring peace between Perceforest and the Moors. One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s told – this story is told from various perspectives, despite it not stating who the chapter is about it was always immediately clear and never confusing. I got lost while reading this. The descriptions were incredible, I think Holly captured the spiri “Love was as unpredictable and powerful as any magic. But maybe it was also as marvelous.” I absolutely loved this telling of Aurora's journey to bring peace between Perceforest and the Moors. One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s told – this story is told from various perspectives, despite it not stating who the chapter is about it was always immediately clear and never confusing. I got lost while reading this. The descriptions were incredible, I think Holly captured the spirit of the folk perfectly, Maleficent especially. The pace was just right, and I love how it ended. The epilogue made my heart feel all mushy. It was charming, funny, exciting and intense. I’ll definitely reread this. I really enjoyed it. “You are my heart,” Maleficent said softly. “And you are right that I guard it fiercely.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Holly Black + Maleficent = awesomeness!!! Do I really need to say more? Just go read it before you see the movie, okay?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sol ~ TheBookishKing

    br w/ my favorite human, alana <3 After attempting to read this for such a long time, I'm giving up. It just wasn't holding my interest and I don't know but Holly Black just keeps disappointing me :( // Maleficent is my Queen as well as Holly Black so this is going to be Great. br w/ my favorite human, alana <3 After attempting to read this for such a long time, I'm giving up. It just wasn't holding my interest and I don't know but Holly Black just keeps disappointing me :( // Maleficent is my Queen as well as Holly Black so this is going to be Great.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    After reading Maleficent and diving straight into Heart of the Moors, I found myself a little disappointed. I know that the books were obviously written by two different author’s, with different point of views but I felt as though Heart of the Moors feel short for me. Looking at the characters, they were pretty similar to what you find in the movie as well as other books but at points of the book I think the personalities of Aurora and Maleficent in this were too similar. There were certain part After reading Maleficent and diving straight into Heart of the Moors, I found myself a little disappointed. I know that the books were obviously written by two different author’s, with different point of views but I felt as though Heart of the Moors feel short for me. Looking at the characters, they were pretty similar to what you find in the movie as well as other books but at points of the book I think the personalities of Aurora and Maleficent in this were too similar. There were certain parts of the book were there wasn’t much different between their tones, way they spoke and I just found that it didn’t add value to the story, considering they are not only two different people but have two wildly different personalities as well. The plot was interesting but I think there could have been a lot more behind it as well, and I found that the dramatization of the smallest obstacles just wasn’t for me. Maybe if I didn’t read this straight after another Maleficent book my opinion would have been different??

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yarp Group

    The Heart of the Moors by Holly Black pulled you into the story so hard that you had to finish it. The story is full of action and drama with a little bit of romance on the side. There are parts of the original story with a new and extended twist. I loved the Aunts, which do not get enough attention or credit that they think they deserve. If you are in need of a great story, pick this one. Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read a book that I enjoyed very much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    rachael ♡

    I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS, OH MY GOD. I LOVE ALL THINGS SLEEPING BEAUTY AND MALEFICENT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS AND I'M NOT READY FOR THE NEW MOVIE BUT THIS WILL BE SUCH A GREAT BRIDGE. Holly Black is blessing us. I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS, OH MY GOD. I LOVE ALL THINGS SLEEPING BEAUTY AND MALEFICENT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS AND I'M NOT READY FOR THE NEW MOVIE BUT THIS WILL BE SUCH A GREAT BRIDGE. Holly Black is blessing us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Tayla

    I absolutely adore Holly Black so I was completely excited to dive into her Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil novel! Heart of the Moors follows Aurora as she grapples with having to rule two kingdoms and trying to maintain peace between the Faerie Kingdom and the Human Kingdom. However, when a young human boy vanishes from the kingdom, mortals are quick to point fingers towards the fair folk and tensions start to run all the more high between both kingdoms! This was such an immersive read! Holly Black I absolutely adore Holly Black so I was completely excited to dive into her Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil novel! Heart of the Moors follows Aurora as she grapples with having to rule two kingdoms and trying to maintain peace between the Faerie Kingdom and the Human Kingdom. However, when a young human boy vanishes from the kingdom, mortals are quick to point fingers towards the fair folk and tensions start to run all the more high between both kingdoms! This was such an immersive read! Holly Black writes the most wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric Fae fantasy novels so her depiction of The Moors was an utter joy to behold. In turn, I absolutely adored her portrayal of both Maleficent and Aurora. I love how Holly Black stayed true to both characters, especially Maleficent, giving her that wonderfully menacing, threatening tone against anyone who she deems unworthy towards Aurora or anyone she doesn’t trust, but she’s completely so tender hearted towards Aurora, it’s just so beautiful! In turn, Holly Black’s portrayal of Aurora and Phillip was completely believable too, I loved how much Phillip was love struck by Aurora and how she loved him too but she didn’t realise it, it’s just completely endearing! I absolutely loved Aurora’s determined attitude towards ruling both the human kingdom as well as being Queen of the Fair Folk too, she’s just a great ruler who’s so kind towards all of her people and they just adore her in turn! Anyone who loves Disney knows that there’s always a ruthless, selfish, evil villain and the villain in this story wasn’t an exception! Though he was more power hungry than anything and wanted Aurora’s hand in marriage so he can rule and subdue the Fair Folk, especially Aurora’s own Godmother, the wonderful Maleficent. Sufficed it to say, Heart of the Moors is definitely a book that I recommend to anyone who loves not only the Maleficent lore, but anything Disney! Thank you so much to the team at Scholastic Books Australia for sending me a copy of Heart of the Moors to read and review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All options are my own. Author: Holly Black Book Series: Standalone Rating: 3.5/5 Publication Date: October 8, 2019 Recommended Age: 13+ (the past comes back to haunt and I don't think some of it is appropriate for younger kids especially since in the first movie Maleficent losing her wings was an analogy for rape. Nothing is really that bad in this one but I worry about the context younger kids might get from watching the movies then readi Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All options are my own. Author: Holly Black Book Series: Standalone Rating: 3.5/5 Publication Date: October 8, 2019 Recommended Age: 13+ (the past comes back to haunt and I don't think some of it is appropriate for younger kids especially since in the first movie Maleficent losing her wings was an analogy for rape. Nothing is really that bad in this one but I worry about the context younger kids might get from watching the movies then reading the book). Genre: MG (ehhhh) Fantasy Publisher: Disney Press Synopsis: 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. Review: Overall, this book was pretty good. It had a lot of detail that were in the movies and some that wasn't. It had a lot of great insights as well. However, I didn't really like the writing style of it and the book was a little weird to read. It's basically marketed as an MG book but the movies were definitely PG 13 and up. Like... There was a lot of stuff in it that would be a bit scary or over the head of younger children. Kinda confused about the marketing but it's whatever. The characters felt flat to me too and Maleficent just didn't feel like Maleficent to me. Verdict: It's an okay book, just watch it around youngers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    claire

    You might not be quite who you were when you lost the power of flight. But it is only in having your wings resting heavy on your back again that you realize you always and forever belonged to the sky. You were always strong and fierce and full of magic. Even when you were stranded on the ground.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Alycia

    4.5/5 stars! This was such a fun book about the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora after the curse was broken. Prince Philip couldn’t end the curse but it was broken and Aurora is queen, attempting to rule both of her kingdoms peacefully. However there has been conflict between the humans and fairies for so long Aurora is uncertain how to peaked everyone. Again, this was a fun cute story about Aurora trying to bring both of her kingdoms together to live peacefully while bad guys plot in t 4.5/5 stars! This was such a fun book about the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora after the curse was broken. Prince Philip couldn’t end the curse but it was broken and Aurora is queen, attempting to rule both of her kingdoms peacefully. However there has been conflict between the humans and fairies for so long Aurora is uncertain how to peaked everyone. Again, this was a fun cute story about Aurora trying to bring both of her kingdoms together to live peacefully while bad guys plot in the background to destroy her plans.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindee

    I really loved this book it will lead well into the movie when I finally get to see it. I really liked the characters especially Aurora and Maleficent they are so wonderfully written with Aurora being a young Queen trying to get two sides to get along and make peace and I really liked how true to the character Maleficent was being wicked in her own ways and loving Aurora with a fierce bit of protectiveness. I really liked the slow romance between Aurora and Phillip it was gradual as it should be I really loved this book it will lead well into the movie when I finally get to see it. I really liked the characters especially Aurora and Maleficent they are so wonderfully written with Aurora being a young Queen trying to get two sides to get along and make peace and I really liked how true to the character Maleficent was being wicked in her own ways and loving Aurora with a fierce bit of protectiveness. I really liked the slow romance between Aurora and Phillip it was gradual as it should be love needs time to grow it does not happen in a day. I loved the plot of this book it started with Aurora trying to get her people humans that is to see eye to eye and get along peacefully with the faire folk of the Moors. Some things happen and I really loved how this will lead into the film that I will watch sometime soon. So overall I really loved this book and I will always read books by Holly Black.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex Johnson

    I didn't expect to like Maleficent, but here we are. This book wasn't a top notch read, but it had an interesting take on Maleficent, her motivations, her relationship with Aurora, and the power of love. I enjoyed it just fine. I didn't expect to like Maleficent, but here we are. This book wasn't a top notch read, but it had an interesting take on Maleficent, her motivations, her relationship with Aurora, and the power of love. I enjoyed it just fine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    “Love was as unpredictable and powerful as any magic. But maybe it was also as marvelous.” I absolutely loved this telling of Aurora's journey to bring peace between Perceforest and the Moors. One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s told – this story is told from various perspectives, despite it not stating who the chapter is about it was always immediately clear and never confusing. I got lost while reading this. The descriptions were incredible, I think Holly captured the spiri “Love was as unpredictable and powerful as any magic. But maybe it was also as marvelous.” I absolutely loved this telling of Aurora's journey to bring peace between Perceforest and the Moors. One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s told – this story is told from various perspectives, despite it not stating who the chapter is about it was always immediately clear and never confusing. I got lost while reading this. The descriptions were incredible, I think Holly captured the spirit of the folk perfectly, Maleficent especially. The pace was just right, and I love how it ended. The epilogue made my heart feel all mushy. It was charming, funny, exciting and intense. I’ll definitely reread this. I really enjoyed it. “You are my heart,” Maleficent said softly. “And you are right that I guard it fiercely.” This book was a fast read, the only reason I didn’t finish it sooner was because other books I had bought got in the way. Since I just purchased two more books I figured I’d get this off my list. Aurora desperately wants peace between the humans and the fair folk, but there is someone who doesn’t, someone who is as foolish and pig headed as Stefan once was. Some people are only interested in war and profit, some aren’t interested in peace. I loved reading from Maleficent's point of view, She’s a very misunderstood character. But it is because of Stefan's betrayal that we see Maleficent as the guarded and cautious person that she is. She loves Aurora with all her heart and she's determined that Aurora doesn’t make the same mistakes with her heart as she once did. I love reading about all the mysterious and magical fair folk from the moors, it sounds as if the moors would be a wonderful place to grow up. I certainly thought so when I watched the first movie. This book was is a quick read with lots of magic and cute critters who can’t help but make you smile at their mischievous ways. A good book, I hope there will be more in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    First we get spoilt with the wonderful news Queen of Nothing is coming out earlier and then this. My Holly Blackened heart can't take it. Roll on Autumn. First we get spoilt with the wonderful news Queen of Nothing is coming out earlier and then this. My Holly Blackened heart can't take it. Roll on Autumn.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shireen Hakim

    "It is foolish of the wicked not to be afraid of the good." I enjoyed 'Heart of the Moors" more than I thought I would. I did not think it could rival the 2014 Disney blockbuster, but I was as entertained with this book as the film. While the film focused on deliciously malicious Angelina Jolie's Maleficent, (who's face is as beautiful as the cover of this book), Heart of the Moors centers around kind but strong Aurora. We're able to gain insight in her thought process as she takes on huge change "It is foolish of the wicked not to be afraid of the good." I enjoyed 'Heart of the Moors" more than I thought I would. I did not think it could rival the 2014 Disney blockbuster, but I was as entertained with this book as the film. While the film focused on deliciously malicious Angelina Jolie's Maleficent, (who's face is as beautiful as the cover of this book), Heart of the Moors centers around kind but strong Aurora. We're able to gain insight in her thought process as she takes on huge changes in her life: meeting a suitor, rising to power as queen, and losing her parents. Holly Black strongly develops main characters Aurora, Prince Phillip and Maleficent so that we grow closer and more concerned for their well-being as the much-anticipated sequel approaches. Her dialogue and description paint pictures of Aurora's sweetness and Maleficent's sarcasm, just as we enjoyed it on screen. Heart of the Moors is a lovely precursor that all Maleficent fans will enjoy, as it questions that age-old fable trope of love at first sight.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    3.5 stars Confession: I have never seen the Disney Maleficent films, so I am reviewing this purely from a fairytale book lover's standpoint. Maybe I will watch them some day, but until then my idea of Disney's Maleficent will remain from the classic princess film Sleeping Beauty. I absolutely adored the concept surrounding Heart of the Moors. It was fun and whimsical; a middle grade fairytale told from the unique perspective of the "wicked" fairy Maleficent, who is completely in love with her godd 3.5 stars Confession: I have never seen the Disney Maleficent films, so I am reviewing this purely from a fairytale book lover's standpoint. Maybe I will watch them some day, but until then my idea of Disney's Maleficent will remain from the classic princess film Sleeping Beauty. I absolutely adored the concept surrounding Heart of the Moors. It was fun and whimsical; a middle grade fairytale told from the unique perspective of the "wicked" fairy Maleficent, who is completely in love with her goddaughter Aurora. This book contained the usual ecclectic charm of Black's faerie fantasies, but with much less gruesome violence. It had adventure and romance and magic and kidnapping while remaining age appropriate for its intended audience. Despite its fantastical nature Black also made many astute observations about the nature of humans and the injustice of prejudice from sexism - she truly demonstrated that women don't need to rely on men to be strong and politically powerful, all while keeping the narrative light and punctuated with humour. This would be a great discussion piece to read with the kiddos, so if you're look for a fairytale that lasts more than 10 pages give it a try!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Coco Chen (misscocochen)

    *I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley. Heart of the Moors by Holly Black is set after the events of the movie Maleficent, and is a story about Aurora learning to reign over both the humans and the faeries and the political issues that arise. Overall, while an enjoyable story, there was nothing remarkable about it. The love story is average at best, and it wasn’t so much political intrigue as just people scheming. The characters seemed a bit OOC, though I haven’t seen the movie in a *I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley. Heart of the Moors by Holly Black is set after the events of the movie Maleficent, and is a story about Aurora learning to reign over both the humans and the faeries and the political issues that arise. Overall, while an enjoyable story, there was nothing remarkable about it. The love story is average at best, and it wasn’t so much political intrigue as just people scheming. The characters seemed a bit OOC, though I haven’t seen the movie in a few years, and everything tied up neatly in the way that was expected.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    "Crystal pools of bright blue water washed around tall pillars of stone, and small rocky islets dotted lakes. The trees were wrapped in bright vines of vibrant green. And Aurora could see clouds of what appeared to be butterflies blow across the sky." Pure magic!!! Another gem from Holly Black. In this story we follow Aurora who is queen of the human world and neighboring faerie world as she tries to enact a treaty between the two. Descriptions of faerie are lush as usual with beautiful scenery "Crystal pools of bright blue water washed around tall pillars of stone, and small rocky islets dotted lakes. The trees were wrapped in bright vines of vibrant green. And Aurora could see clouds of what appeared to be butterflies blow across the sky." Pure magic!!! Another gem from Holly Black. In this story we follow Aurora who is queen of the human world and neighboring faerie world as she tries to enact a treaty between the two. Descriptions of faerie are lush as usual with beautiful scenery and plenty of mischievous creatures. Excellent middlegrade! I think it can be enjoyed by all ages. *my ratings are based on the age the book is intended for. For middlegrade this is 5 stars although it doesn't hold up to adult books I've rated 5 stars because I am not the intended audience*

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