Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Oh my goodness fellow book nerds! THIS BOOK was everything and more. If you’re a fellow Alice in Wonderland freak as the rest of us, Meyer’s contribution to the canon world is fantastic. As per usual, with books I love this will be short and sweet – so let’s dive in!
I think the most incredible part about this novel was how well Meyer was able to capture the completely necessary whimsy that the original Alice in Wonderland has. Cath is obsessed with baking, Cheshire is just as surly as he was before, the Jester (Jest for short, and ladies: prepare thine hearts for some serious swooning), Hatter, the King of Hearts, the white rabbit, I could literally go on and on. No opportunity was missed or glanced over, the entire story – setting, plot, characters, mood, tone, themes – could practically have been written by Lewis Carroll himself. I was floored by how good this retelling was. I sat in my car listening for a few hours just so I could finish because it was THAT good.
Second hand to the novel as a whole, the plot was amazing. I had no idea where exactly Meyer was going to take us and she did a phenomenal job of keeping an old world fresh. My only bone (and it’s a small one) to pick with the novel could be a small amount of predictability. There is a riddle that plays as the main focus of the plot back and forth and I found it incredible easy to decipher. Regardless! Even with having a general idea of what was going to be the main conflict, I enjoyed the entire thing. There are areas of Wonderland that, at least for me, I hadn’t ever spent much time exploring and even just the “day-to-day” scenes were so fun to read that I was seriously disappointed when each chapter ended and kept the plot moving.
If you can’t already tell, this pick gets a serious two thumbs up from me! Super fun, so whimsy, and literally the most perfect swoon worthy wild ride. If you have this sitting on your shelf and you’ve been putting it off – pick it up! Worth all the hype and more. Also, I listened to the audio book and the narrator does an awesome job at giving each character their own voice. Half the fun was listening to the white rabbit speak or the King stutter over words. So my dear book nerds, read/listen – now!