Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin
Thank you so much to HarperTeen and Turn the Page Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book early for this blog post. GENRES: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Decadent, thrilling, and romantic, this Black Mirror-esque retelling of the reign of one Marie Antoinette is perfect for fans of THE BELLES and AMERICAN ROYALS.
The year is 3070, and Marie Antoinette has just arrived at the glittering, thrilling palace of Versailles to marry the shy, soft-spoken Louis-Auguste.
But beneath the luxurious world lies a sinister underbelly and an uncompromising elite who want to keep Marie and Louis pawns in a deadly game.
Will history repeat itself? Or will these doomed lovers outwit their enemies and escape their grisly fate?
Cake Eater will take readers to a dazzling world full of breathless luxuries, deadly secrets, and a thrilling romance that attempts to rewrite history itself.
This book was truly one of those that I was sucked into from the first page. The atmosphere was intriguing plus the characters were a ton of fun to read about. Highly recommend!
This comes out on August 9th 2022 so check it out if you are interested!! The links below can help it be quick and easy.
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hunchback of Notre Dame takes place in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI. Its description of the Cathedral Notre Dame is immaculate but also the class system during this time with how impactful the Catholic Church is on the controlling of the government. There’s also a romantic subplot although that is minimal. The Gargoyles are a nice added addition in the Disney movie and more thoroughly aspects of the Court of Miracles are a nice added addition to the novel. It is a sad story but still would highly recommend.
Novel and Movie
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
This is a movie that was definitely an entertaining watch discussing an everyday English woman traveling to Paris in post-World War II Europe society at Christian Dior designs. There are a ton of places that the main character goes that show all of the different classes and is truly atmospheric. If you want to learn about some Parisian Fashion history check this out.
Novel and Musical
This takes place starting in 1815 and continues on through the start of French Revolution. This story has 4 perspectives with varying classes with a more emphasis of the poor. Its a profound story that has some beautiful music (although personally I would recommend reading the novel before watching the musical). Definitely has the feel of historical France.
This one is more with the feel of French Food. This anime shows a ton about how French baking works and in the second season of the anime there are more discussions about what the students learn from training in France. Highly recommend if you need a soft version of Food Wars.
Smile Down the Runway
This one is more of the feel of French Fashion where both of the main characters’ goal is to work in France as a famous designer or model. The manga also shows the characters in modern France researching and gathering inspiration. Highly recommend if that interests you.
Rewind Series by Rowan Shaw
This is a series if you are looking for the feel of modern France with how people view disabilities and LGBTQIA+ representation. There are descriptions of Pride, Night Clubs, and beautiful sites that showed me if I could visit France as soon as possible, reading these books would help. There’s also more smexy moments as the series goes on so if that doesn’t interest you, don’t read these. Highly recommend.