Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8th, 2016
Reading Format: Hardcover
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.
I am so in love with this book. It was so dark, twisted, and everything wrapped into one. I am very blessed that Marissa Meyer decided to do this retelling because you rarely see books that are centered around the Queen of Hearts – at least, I haven’t seen or picked up one like Heartless. All of the Wonderland books I own are centered around Alice.
While reading this, I saw so many elements from the original story that made me smile wide or just plain happy. Reading this just made me fall more in love with each on of them – including Catherine in the beginning.
At the beginning of the book, we see Catherine as a very happy and determined young girl. We see her wanting to open a bakery in Hearts and we see her fall in love before she becomes the Queen we all know too well.
The cast that Marissa has created for this story are beautiful and twisted in their own way. I loathed most of them and there was the other half that I absolutely cherished.