Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- stand-alone novel
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.
Read: March 15 – 20, 2017
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
I’ve always loved the characters and concepts in Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland even if I didn’t like the original stories that much. I was expecting more of this book for an origin story of the Queen of Hearts.
The writing wasn’t bad per say, but it wasn’t remarkable. In fact, the only times I actually noticed the writing itself was in the few moments the author quoted and/or tried to write odd, whimsical-ish sentences like Lewis Carroll. She did a few times in dialogue but it felt a bit off every time. It just didn’t work for me.
The characters’ personalities, actions, way of dressing (etc…) all seemed appropriate for a Wonderland-like setting. The main character Cath was the only one who I didn’t feel fitted this world sometimes but I really liked her.
The only reason why I enjoyed this book was Cath and Jest and their interactions/relationship. They made me want to continue reading it despite its other huge flaws. The finale was great – despite everything that happened. It made sense and it was inevitable (I mean, this is the origin story of the murderous Queen of Hearts.) I wish it had ended differently, of course, but I think this was the best way for it to end.
In overall, it was Cath and Jest who made me like this book. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for about a week but it was disappointing and boring more than a few times.