My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published November 8th 2016
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 thoughts… **spoilers**
I never planned on reading Heartless since I have never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but I liked the cover jacket. I’m happy I did read it because Marissa Meyer made this world and characters enjoyable for me.
Heartless is an epic retelling/prequel of Alice in Wonderland, with the focus being on The Queen of Hearts, Catherine.
Poor Cath. All she wants is to pursue her dream of opening a bakery with her maid and friend Mary Ann. But her mother has other plans. She wants to make her the Queen of Hearts, but Cath is interested in Jest, the mysterious new court jester with his own motives. Determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her own terms, she and Jest enter a secret courtship.
I tried not to get hopeful with the romance between Cath and Jest, considering how the Queen of Hearts ends up. It was hard not to like Jest, he made Cath feel for the first-time what love really is. I was saddened and heartbroken at the end and understood Cath's transformation from a smart, lovable girl into a cold heartless Queen.
“For the murder of Jest, the court joker of Hearts, I sentence this man to death.” She spoke without feeling, unburdened by love or dreams or the pain of a broken heart. It was a new day in Hearts, and she was the Queen. “Off with his head”
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast, entertaining, fantasy read. I have not read Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles, I will soon since I have them sitting pretty on my book shelf.
Happy Reading ~ Jovi