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3.5 STARS MILD SPOILERSAs the second book in the Chocolat series, I was excited to read The Lollipop Shoes And it was reasonably good, but I just hated Zozie so much I mean, we were supposed to hate her she s the antagonist in the book and you know that from the start but I don t think you were supposed to hate her as much as I did As IdoI just hated how she influenced Anouk Annie and how Vianne Yanne didn t notice that she was evil I hated everything that she did becoming friendl 3.5 STARS MILD SPOILERSAs the second book in the Chocolat series, I was excited to read The Lollipop Shoes And it was reasonably good, but I just hated Zozie so much I mean, we were supposed to hate her she s the antagonist in the book and you know that from the start but I don t think you were supposed to hate her as much as I did As IdoI just hated how she influenced Anouk Annie and how Vianne Yanne didn t notice that she was evil I hated everything that she did becoming friendly to everyone and taking over the shop and how she secretly laughed at Vianne and Anouk I hated her so much I m not sure if you knew yet And I honestly think that the amount of time that Zozie spent with Vianne could have been cut shorter So I can t say that I loved this book, but it was well written and the ending brought it up an extra half a star I don t think I ll read the next book quite yet, but I ll read it eventually And hopefully I ll enjoy it a bit (((Free E-pub))) ↡ The Girl with No Shadow ⇧ The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher s every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet sous Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe But the weather vane soon turns, and Zozie de l Alba blows into their lives Charming and enigmatic, Zozie provides the brightness that Yanne s life needs as her vivacity and bold lollipop shoes dazzle rebellious and impressionable preadolescent Anouk But beneath their new friend s benevolent facade lies a ruthless treachery for devious, seductive Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces The Lollipop Shoes The Girl with No Shadow Chocolat 2 , Joanne HarrisThe Lollipop Shoes is a 2007 novel by Joanne Harris a sequel to her best selling Chocolat It was released in the U.S in 2008 as The Girl with No Shadow.No longer living in Lansquenet sous Tannes, Vianne Rocher and her two daughters, Anouk and Rosette, are settled in the Montmartre quarter of Paris Their lives are changed when befriended by the mysterious and free spirited Zozie de l Alba The Lollipop Shoes The Girl with No Shadow Chocolat 2 , Joanne HarrisThe Lollipop Shoes is a 2007 novel by Joanne Harris a sequel to her best selling Chocolat It was released in the U.S in 2008 as The Girl with No Shadow.No longer living in Lansquenet sous Tannes, Vianne Rocher and her two daughters, Anouk and Rosette, are settled in the Montmartre quarter of Paris Their lives are changed when befriended by the mysterious and free spirited Zozie de l Alba 2009 1387 192 9789642950164 21 I ve been sitting in my chair thinking about what I was going to write about the story I just finished The question, what did you think always makes me feel like it is some kind of test and I am going to give the wrong answer I try not to think about it that way I always think that this is not the question that I should be answering My question would be what did you feel Ahhh, yes, that s it Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt The whole time I was reading The Gi I ve been sitting in my chair thinking about what I was going to write about the story I just finished The question, what did you think always makes me feel like it is some kind of test and I am going to give the wrong answer I try not to think about it that way I always think that this is not the question that I should be answering My question would be what did you feel Ahhh, yes, that s it Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt The whole time I was reading The Girl With No Shadow, I felt anxious.Anxious to start the story, anxious to know what was going to happen, anxious to find out why the characters in this second story were so different than in the first book, anxious to know what had happened to them, anxious about the new character in the story, stomach churning, bile in the back of my throat anxious about what she appeared to be, about what she was going to do, what she did, and what she said The first chapter shocked my socks off Too much information It scared me, not like I had never heard about it before, just to see someone some character saying the things that were printed on the pages Who was this What did she have to do with the story and the characters I had left in the first book Where were they I wanted them, not this bad person And there they were, so, sad, so, melancholy, so not right, so ordinary I wanted them to snap out of the gloom I wanted to shake them and slap them until they could see what was happening and how wrong everything was I wanted them to drink a cup of hot chocolate, because that makes everything better, right I wanted to drink a cup of hot chocolate to make me feel better.There were moments of hopefulness, glimpses of almost happiness, and snippets of laughter Then, Bam Then,what Don t get me wrong, there were answers, eventually, lots of them There were a few shocking moments at the end Then a glow began to clear away some of the tarnish and haze and allowed a sparkle to shine here and there I m not so anxious now, except to start the next story The spider weaves its web elegantly It is a thing of beauty to watch But, to see it ensnare its prey is horrific, yet equally fascinating Harris spins her own web in this delicious sequel to Chocolat Who is the spider and who is the prey I started this book with a lot of expectations and i am happy to report that I enjoyed it thoroughly Joanne Harris s Lollipop shoes is like dark,creamy chocolate with a hint of spice totally heady and difficult to resist Narrated from three POVs Yanne, Anouk and Zozie , the narrative flows seamlessly I loved how Joanne let a huge chunk of the narrative be told from Zozie s perspective I don t really think i have read too many novels that have been narrated from the Villain s point of view.Al I started this book with a lot of expectations and i am happy to report that I enjoyed it thoroughly Joanne Harris s Lollipop shoes is like dark,creamy chocolate with a hint of spice totally heady and difficult to resist Narrated from three POVs Yanne, Anouk and Zozie , the narrative flows seamlessly I loved how Joanne let a huge chunk of the narrative be told from Zozie s perspective I don t really think i have read too many novels that have been narrated from the Villain s point of view.Also,even the minor characters seemed etched out and the writing exceptionally vivid.Despite being a sequel to Chocolat, this one reads like a stand alone book.I don t think not reading the first book before tackling his one matters much.The spells,totems,fables and stories about faeries and witches that Zozie and Yanne mention make the bookexotic and fascinating.It s no secret that I am a huge fan of magic realism Joanne s book is a fine specimen of that genre.The writing is measured,yet intimate and warm,just like the characters in the book There is something dangerously appealing about a slinky,chameleon like villain and I loved Zozie s character the most eventhan Anouk and Yanne The bullying and name calling that goes on in schools also forms a huge part of the story atleast when the narration is done from the perspective of the eleven year old Anouk.Joanne s writing is breathtaking and flows beautifully.This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long, long time and I don t think I can rave enough about it People who are fascinated with the art of chocolate making will love the details that Joanne shares with us and the book is about good food as much as it is about anything else This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a sequel to Chocolat, and having loved that book, having been enchanted by the characters, I thought I d love this Wrong Still intact from Chocolat is Harris s ability to weave the details of a thing or place so vividly that they become secondary characters in this case the chocolates and the chocolate shop in fact, it is that quality that keeps this from getting a D What is missing is the sense of whimsy, the light handed treatment of magic, and any possibly of liking these charac This is a sequel to Chocolat, and having loved that book, having been enchanted by the characters, I thought I d love this Wrong Still intact from Chocolat is Harris s ability to weave the details of a thing or place so vividly that they become secondary characters in this case the chocolates and the chocolate shop in fact, it is that quality that keeps this from getting a D What is missing is the sense of whimsy, the light handed treatment of magic, and any possibly of liking these characters much less getting to know them there are so many, I lost track of who was who This book is also too long, the characters pretty much whine incessantly or twirl their hypothetical mustaches in the case of the villainess in a rotating first person that had me continually popped out of the story as I tried to figure out who the hell was narrating it didn t follow a set order and there was no textual indicator for who the POV was apparently the image at the top of each page changes depending on who s narrating, but I never got that when I was actually reading it.Very little happens in these many, many pages, and Vianne s character so lovely in Chocolat is reduced to the most boring woman imaginable Parts of Chocolat are conveniently discarded to make the love story poignant If Chocolat had a dash of magic, Harris threw the entire bottle in for this one Like Vanilla, a little goes a long way and too much ruins the recipe I m into Mesoamerican stuff but I couldn t keep track of all the Mexican gods and signs and other magic the villainess uses and I m not sure I entirely got what was going on in the thrilling finale All in all an utter disappointment for an author this good to a sequel to such a great book.Rated C I really, really wanted to like this book I have such fond memories of Chocolat probably because I read a borrowed copy on the plane home from a trip to Paris replete with French chocolates, but still I can t help but think that the sequel almost ruins the magic of the first one it ended sohopefully, and then The Girl With No Shadow happens and undercuts it all.As a stand alone book, though which it very well could be , I m much happier with it and if it were a stand alone boo I really, really wanted to like this book I have such fond memories of Chocolat probably because I read a borrowed copy on the plane home from a trip to Paris replete with French chocolates, but still I can t help but think that the sequel almost ruins the magic of the first one it ended sohopefully, and then The Girl With No Shadow happens and undercuts it all.As a stand alone book, though which it very well could be , I m much happier with it and if it were a stand alone book, I d be tempted to give it four stars instead of three, although the ending was a little syruppy intriguing characters I really like the shifting point of view and charmingly, if a little too sweetly, written Having finished, I feel a bit as if I ve gorged on chocolates pleasant memories and oh so good going down, but all the sugar gets cloying after a bitwhich isn t necessarily all bad given how wonderful the sugar overdose is to begin with Sequel to Chocolat, published as The Lollipop Shoes outside of U.S.Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters Roux returns but is Sequel to Chocolat, published as The Lollipop Shoes outside of U.S.Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters Roux returns but is not the same character he was in Chocolat Vianne s life before Chocolat and between that story and this one is explained where Chocolat never really addressed this For some reason I always got the impression that Chocolat took place in the 1950s or so, but according to this story it took place in the present Vianne and Anouk seem out of place in the present day, and it was hard to wrap my mind around.It was a good story, but kind of flat for me I prefer Chocolat 26 8 2016God, I love this book So, so much Magic plays muchof a role in this one than in Chocolat, which could almost be described as straight up literature This one relies fairly heavily on magic of varying sorts It gives us the back story on characters we know and love, which also introducing one of the most unreliable and compelling narrators I think I ve ever come across Zozie is so creeptastic by the end, and yet in the beginning, the reader is as taken in by her as Anouk is Ano 26 8 2016God, I love this book So, so much Magic plays muchof a role in this one than in Chocolat, which could almost be described as straight up literature This one relies fairly heavily on magic of varying sorts It gives us the back story on characters we know and love, which also introducing one of the most unreliable and compelling narrators I think I ve ever come across Zozie is so creeptastic by the end, and yet in the beginning, the reader is as taken in by her as Anouk is Anouk is such a delightful child character, and she s so wistful for the life she knew before while also finding herself teetering on the brink of growing up She s torn between wanting to run to her mother for comfort and acting cool in front of her peers, and I just want to hug her and tell her that everything s going to be okay Basically I love this a lot The end 6 3 2014There are literally no words to tell you how much I adore this book In many ways, I actually prefer this to its prequel, Chocolat The narrative is split between Vianne who s in many ways not the woman she was four years earlier in Lansquenet , Anouk now eleven and telling her own story , and a new and mysterious character called Zozie It s not always an easy read Zozie s a complex and pretty mysterious character You know throughout that she s up to something, but the big reveal is pretty bizarre and disturbing even on rereading There are new characters to love, old favourites to adore all over again, and new characters that you ll love to hate As with all of Harris books, it s beautifully written and periodically serious deep thoughts provoking Plus, it s the origin of one of my personal mantras Fuck you, I m fabulous