Authors: Marissa Meyer
Read: 18th November, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
*I received this novel from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review on the Heartless blog tour*
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.
“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”
Heartless is a fantastic Alice in Wonderland retelling, centring around the significance of the Queen of Hearts.
Cath is a driven and intelligent character, who captures the attention of the reader from the first page, with her love for baking, and lets be real. The description of the food she was making made me hungry just reading about it!
I’ll hire you, Cath. The gradual changes, and development we see within her character were intricately woven into the story in such a way that left me both excited to see where it was going, and also a little apprehensive at times (due to the obvious impending doom) *winces*
Jest was such a great addition to the story, his humour and wit provided such substance, and I really loved reading about him, as well as the obvious connection to Cath. Can you say cute? ahh. However, I did find the relationship a little, uhm, strange? at times, but nevertheless, it was still an adorable arc, especially their first meeting *swoon*
“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”
The stories behind Cath’s origins and the build up to her becoming who she ends up as, were so magical, and beautifully done. I found myself wanting to know more and more, it was just so interesting, and Meyer’s execution was brilliant.
Heartless felt more like an actual fairy tale, rather than simply a retelling of events. I applaud Meyer in her ability to make the novel feel so…real, of sorts. It really was well done.
One of the aspects I loved most about this book were the descriptions of Wonderland, everything just felt so vivid and bold, without feeling overdone (like the toast I literally just burnt).
Oops. I felt like I was in their world, and that’s what I personally need from a novel, to be completely enriched and taken by the story, to put myself in the position of the characters (even though that’s probably not the best idea in… basically every YA book ever.) It all just felt so magical, and special.
“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”
Heartless is a riveting retelling of the famous Alice in Wonderland that cannot be missed. If you don’t mind a kind of slowish paced novel in parts, this is the one for you.
Delve deeper into the world of the Evil Queen, and learn a little more about how she got to that point, Meyer’s done it all.