30 review for City of Hooks and Scars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I read the first book when it was released and it's been a while. I have to admit that looking back on it, the book didn't leave that much of an impression, but Laure was very helpful and added a lot of reminders helping me to regain all my memories of the first book. And I needed them. Especially because a lot happened in the finale of the first book and the details were all of a sudden getting important in the investigation and chase. I don't know if it's simply because this wasn't the right mo I read the first book when it was released and it's been a while. I have to admit that looking back on it, the book didn't leave that much of an impression, but Laure was very helpful and added a lot of reminders helping me to regain all my memories of the first book. And I needed them. Especially because a lot happened in the finale of the first book and the details were all of a sudden getting important in the investigation and chase. I don't know if it's simply because this wasn't the right moment to read this book or because I was tired and had some issues concentrating, but I had a hard time really enjoying this book. And although I'm absolutely willing to put the blame on me, there is a part of me thinking that the book is to blame too. Mostly because the book seems to suffer from the famous middle book syndrome: Not that much is happening, apart from getting our character from the end of the first book to start of the third. Our heroine needs this book to learn everything there is to learn and to eventually make the right decision. Or the wrong one, depending on how you look at things. I have to admit that the amount of information, and especially the fact that loads of stories contradict each other a little, is quite overwhelming at times and it doesn't help to really get into the story. There was not much action and yet there was still a little too much going on. Just like I really missed the characters we've grown to love so much in the first book. Don't get me wrong, our heroine and her partner in crime are amazing people to read about, but I did miss James, I did miss linking all those storylines to the villains we eventually get to know, I did miss the Disneyvillain vibe. The finale of the book, which wasn't that action packed either, promises a lot of that in the next book though, so I'm excited!

  2. 5 out of 5

    MyMoonlightBird

    * You need to read the previous book to understand the story that unfolds in this book. After the battle of Miracle Lake, in which her friends turned into villains and vanished, Mary Heart's life has been turned upside down so much she can't even go to school anymore. But she decided to stay and find out the truth for her friends and that is what she will do. Because corruption is still running rampant and the legacy people from the Scar will the the ultimate victims in this. And when messages f * You need to read the previous book to understand the story that unfolds in this book. After the battle of Miracle Lake, in which her friends turned into villains and vanished, Mary Heart's life has been turned upside down so much she can't even go to school anymore. But she decided to stay and find out the truth for her friends and that is what she will do. Because corruption is still running rampant and the legacy people from the Scar will the the ultimate victims in this. And when messages from the Red Queen keep popping up all over town, Mary knows she might be a big part of the solution. I wonder why I keep doing these things to myself. I didn't like the first book, but when the second book popped up on my Amazon recommendations list and I saw the cover, of course I bought it ( insert clown face here). Yes, the cover is gorgeous and dark, but in the end it has very little to do with the story in the book. Because the story is 95% a filler, probably for the next book and this book doesn't even has the advantage of a great battle scene. It was disappointing again, I can feel the potential just beneath the surface, but it never amounts to anything and therefore it is just a bland and boring mess. If you see a review pop up from me for the next book, please tell me I am the biggest clown of this circus....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the City of Villains trilogy. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE THIRD ONE. We pick up right where we left off after the battle and disappearance of James, Mally, and Ursula. Mary Elizabeth tries to figure out where they are and what is going on. Who can she trust? Who is the Red Queen that seems to be sending personal messages her way? My only wish for the series, is for a map Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the City of Villains trilogy. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE THIRD ONE. We pick up right where we left off after the battle and disappearance of James, Mally, and Ursula. Mary Elizabeth tries to figure out where they are and what is going on. Who can she trust? Who is the Red Queen that seems to be sending personal messages her way? My only wish for the series, is for a map of the city. Please please please Disney, turn this into a movie series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    Villains on the loose, a mystery at hand, and one girl who will have to embrace her inner legacy. The story picks up where the first one left off with Mary’s friends and boyfriend all becoming their true villain selves and disappearing, leaving her trying to find them again. It doesn’t help that there’s a voice inside her head now telling her to chop people’s heads off... (aka the Red Queen). Now she’ll have to team up with Belle and Jasmine to uncover the conspiracy and try and find her friends Villains on the loose, a mystery at hand, and one girl who will have to embrace her inner legacy. The story picks up where the first one left off with Mary’s friends and boyfriend all becoming their true villain selves and disappearing, leaving her trying to find them again. It doesn’t help that there’s a voice inside her head now telling her to chop people’s heads off... (aka the Red Queen). Now she’ll have to team up with Belle and Jasmine to uncover the conspiracy and try and find her friends and boyfriend again. She’ll have to face magic and dig deep deep into the dark underbelly of Monarch City to discover what is really going on. Can she save her friends or will she succumb to her inner villain? The story definitely felt like I was reading a Descendant’s novel. It definitely is a middle grade story. The story ends off on a cliffhanger and I am curious to see where the next book goes. *Thanks Netgalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Dark Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* City of Hooks and Scars is the second installment in author Estelle Laure's City of Villains series. This dark and edgy YA series explores the reimagined origins of Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook, and other infamous Disney Villains like you’ve never seen before. In this sequel to City of Villains, teen detective Mary Elizabeth Heart continues to unravel a dark conspiracy that has turned her best friend and boyfriend into *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Dark Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* City of Hooks and Scars is the second installment in author Estelle Laure's City of Villains series. This dark and edgy YA series explores the reimagined origins of Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook, and other infamous Disney Villains like you’ve never seen before. In this sequel to City of Villains, teen detective Mary Elizabeth Heart continues to unravel a dark conspiracy that has turned her best friend and boyfriend into villainous monsters—all while battling her own inner demons. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review In City of Hooks and Scars, readers are transported back to the Scar and one of its inhabitants Mary Elizabeth Heart. She is reeling from the huge battle at the end of City of Villains where she lost her best friend Ursula and boyfriend James who are now missing from their tight knot community. Mary knows something is foul in the City, and begins her investigation into finding out where her friends are by teaming up with a journalist nam Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review In City of Hooks and Scars, readers are transported back to the Scar and one of its inhabitants Mary Elizabeth Heart. She is reeling from the huge battle at the end of City of Villains where she lost her best friend Ursula and boyfriend James who are now missing from their tight knot community. Mary knows something is foul in the City, and begins her investigation into finding out where her friends are by teaming up with a journalist named Jasmine and her old partner Bella. City of Hooks and Scars doesn’t have the explosive action of City of Villains, but this isn’t a bad thing. The majority of the book focuses on Mary’s investigation plus how she deals with her trauma and PTSD from having to cut off James’ hand to free him from the cruel lab. Mary isn’t a stranger to loss and with the introduction of magic back into the Scar, she knows that she has to peel back the layers of the conspiracy. Author Estelle Laure masterfully builds the suspense between Mary and the evil voice in her head that encourages her to be villainous. At first, it’s easy to chalk up Mary’s paranoia at being watched to the after effects of the villains battle. Then, the reader realizes that Mary just hasn’t gotten a full view of just how powerful she is, not only as Mary Heart but as the Queen of Hearts. Rating 4/5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    City of Hooks and Scars by Estelle Laure is the sequel to City of Villians. Characters are based on Disney classic characters like Ursula, Captain Hook, Mad Hatter, Malificient, Belle…but this is not Once Upon a Time. The Narrows are the haves and the Legacy who live in the Scar are the have nots, but they have magic in their blood and that magic is coming back. At the heart of this fantasy novel is a political conspiracy and corruption where no one is who they seem. Belle and Mary Elizabeth joi City of Hooks and Scars by Estelle Laure is the sequel to City of Villians. Characters are based on Disney classic characters like Ursula, Captain Hook, Mad Hatter, Malificient, Belle…but this is not Once Upon a Time. The Narrows are the haves and the Legacy who live in the Scar are the have nots, but they have magic in their blood and that magic is coming back. At the heart of this fantasy novel is a political conspiracy and corruption where no one is who they seem. Belle and Mary Elizabeth join with reporter Jasmin to untangle all the pieces. I love the nods to all the Disney classics. Though I found reading this time that Mary’s aunt in my mind was Marisa Tomei’s version of Spider-Man’s Aunt May and villainous Kyle Attenborough had some parallels to a certain ex-president. Reading book one, I had thought Mary Elizabeth may have been written as a Mary Sue, but more of her is discovered in this volume. Fair warning, this is book two, but the story is only getting started. #NetGalley #May2022

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Mary Elizabeth is still investigating the disappearance of her friends and what exactly is going on in her city all the while battling the voice in her head. Her best friends and boy friend disappeared after the battle of Miracle Lake to plot their next move, but Mary decided not to go with them and has now changed her mind and wants to be be with them however, she can't quite figure out where they are or how to get there. Meanwhile kids from all over the Scar are disappearing and her villainou Mary Elizabeth is still investigating the disappearance of her friends and what exactly is going on in her city all the while battling the voice in her head. Her best friends and boy friend disappeared after the battle of Miracle Lake to plot their next move, but Mary decided not to go with them and has now changed her mind and wants to be be with them however, she can't quite figure out where they are or how to get there. Meanwhile kids from all over the Scar are disappearing and her villainous friends are being blamed for it all. I love this book, isn't there always a like devilish voice inside of us wanting us to do the thing we wish we could do if we only knew we could get away with it. That is Mary's voice and it keeps things exciting especially every time the Red Queen shows up, off with their heads! This book has a lot of action but even more suspense and I can not wait to see what happens next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    In this sequel to City of Villains, Mary Elizabeth is left on her own. Her three friends have gone into hiding and she is secluded because of the press camping outside her place. Mary Elizabeth sets out to find her friends and figure out more information about the magic. She does enlist some assistance because she needs the help. Opinion This book is just as good as the first. Laure did a stand up job continuing the story. The most fun part for me was playing with each characters name to see if I In this sequel to City of Villains, Mary Elizabeth is left on her own. Her three friends have gone into hiding and she is secluded because of the press camping outside her place. Mary Elizabeth sets out to find her friends and figure out more information about the magic. She does enlist some assistance because she needs the help. Opinion This book is just as good as the first. Laure did a stand up job continuing the story. The most fun part for me was playing with each characters name to see if I could come up with what Disney character they were. This twist of a story is great for any Disney fan but especially for the villians fans. Many thanks to Net Galley and to Disney Publishing Worldwide for providing me with an ARC of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you Netgalley and Disney Publishing for a review copy of this book. I found this second book in the City of Villains series to be stronger than the first. It's still got the mystery aspect mixed with Disney characters, but the world has already been built, so getting into the story doesn't take as long. I like too how this story is different than other "modern" settings with the Disney Villains. It's not just a rehash of the Descendents series or Once Upon A Time. It's telling it's own uni Thank you Netgalley and Disney Publishing for a review copy of this book. I found this second book in the City of Villains series to be stronger than the first. It's still got the mystery aspect mixed with Disney characters, but the world has already been built, so getting into the story doesn't take as long. I like too how this story is different than other "modern" settings with the Disney Villains. It's not just a rehash of the Descendents series or Once Upon A Time. It's telling it's own unique story and I think that really is it's strength. This book isn't the end of the series, so I'm excited to see where Estelle Laure takes it next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Smith

    I expected more from this book. This book takes place a week after the first one ends and lasts barely another week. Nothing happens. Mary sets out to find her friends and it’s very predictable to guess the ending, even the “plot twist” was not shocking.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samvander

    3.5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I just...wish this were better than it is. When your main character is stupid/clueless, it means the author thinks the audience is, too. YA readers are smart, and this series could be a lot smarter.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Ens

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Sons

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Fitch

  22. 4 out of 5

    Winston Crutchfield

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle An

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Oviedo

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cressentlunar

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colby

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

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