Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer is the classic tale of the infamous Queen of Hearts before she became the infamous Queen of Hearts. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot more YA books about origin stories such as Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, Blackbeard before he became Blackbeard and Never Never by Brianna Shrum, Hook before he became Hook. Now we have Heartless. Heartless was no doubt fantastic with impressive storytelling and writing, definitely a magical book.
The plot of Heartless was for the most part, paced perfectly. It kept me hooked and wanting to keep turning the page, but at the same time it didn’t have so much action that the book was one gigantic ball of confusing fast paced bleck. Though the plot did keep me hooked, I still wished the book as a whole had more action scenes. There were some, but I feel the book would have been benefitted with one or two more action scenes.
The characters were really well done. I felt really interested and cared about them throughout the entirety of the book, something I feel is really necessary in a story. It was also really cool to see how many of the starring characters in Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland came to be in both the original story and in pop culture today. Catherine is the perfect name for the Queen of Hearts for one thing, and I just overall really enjoyed her character. She wasn’t entirely one of those super unique one of a kind characters like Blue Sargent from Maggie Stiefvaters The Raven Cycle series, but she was a character I liked. Jest, our designated love interest is another character I loved (obviously). He was definitely book boyfriend material and I liked how he was a new character opposed to Meyer reusing a character from the original series. Does that make any sense?
The world building wasn’t spectacular or beyond the moon, but it wasn’t terrible. The descriptions of the world itself didn’t blow me away but I guarantee you the descriptions of the food make your mouth water. Though I must say, there wasn’t too much world building to be done because Wonderland is technically already “built.” But at the same time, more descriptions and details throughout the novel would have been nice.
Overall, I loved Heartless, it met my expectations and I rate this book 4.5/5 STARS. Mostly because of the lack of description and I would have loved some more action. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and retellings. One of the most fascinating aspects of Heartless is Meyer’s explanations as to how everything, not just the Queen of Hearts, but how everything came to be.
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