Heartless by Marissa Meyer


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Genre: Fantasy,Retelling

464 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
My Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

About the Book:
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.

My Review:

This wasn’t as good as the Lunar Chronicles. But it was still pretty damn amazing. I love fairy-tale retellings and well Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books. And while I don’t particularly like the Queen of hearts, I was still curious to read Marissa Meyer’s take on it because she’s just so good with this stuff.
Till about 60% of the book, I had my doubts that this won’t be a good book. It had it’s elements, seeing the Queen of Hearts as Catherine Pinkerton who just wanted to open a bakery, but didn’t want to disappoint her parents (Her mother especially) who wanted her to be married to the king. So basically your everyday sexist society, yummy baked goods, a king courting her and wait for it…. A Joker!
Forbidden love.. YAY, no, not really. See these were the normal parts of the book, the stuff that I didn’t love. The Meh… it’s all fine. Now to the good parts,
The Cheshire cat, who keeps asking for Tuna Tarts. *internal laughter
Jabberwock because it made the story interesting when I felt like I should stop reading.
The Hatta who is my all-time favorite character in wonderland. He’s a little different in this book because he isn’t mad yet and yet I liked him, even when he was mean.
The riddle.
The prophecy and basically everything that happened afterwards. Hats off (or Heads off because Queen of hearts, remember?)
The story was a little too fluffy and adorable for the most part but when it started getting darker, well that’s when I started liking it better. In the end, it left me wanting more. Alas! This is a standalone.
Dear Author,
Anyway you’d change your mind about that?


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7 thoughts on “Heartless by Marissa Meyer

  1. bookscapeblog says:

    I’m really curious to read this because I read the Lunar chronicles and really enjoyed them. Bit wary though because I have that feeling that just when I start to love the characters awful things will happen and it will all end badly 😛
    Thanks for the lovely balanced review, think I need to stop being a wuss and read it, I’m definitely intrigued by a pre-mad Hatta and who doesn’t love the Chesire Cat?!

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