Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary: 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.
Ship: Jest x Cath
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Cheshire, Cath
Needed BROTP: Cath & Cheshire
Fave Quote:“Now mine eyes see the heart that once we did search for, and I fear this heart shall be mended, nevermore.”
Actual Review: “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?”
Heartless is probably a solid 4.5 stars. It is better than just a 4 star but there’s something that it didn’t quite have that makes it a full 5 stars.
As many people know, Heartless is the latest retelling by Marissa Meyer. Only this is not focused on a Disney princess.No this story, is an origin story for the mad and manical, Queen of Hearts of Alice and Wonderland. And let me tell you, this story takes the cake.
For those of you who may not know, the infamous Queen of Hearts starts out as a young Catherine Pinkerton and she has many desires and dreams, and none of them include being the Queen. All she wants to do is open up a bakery and do what she does best, bake the best damn desserts in all of Hearts. But everything changed when Cheshire let’s slip that the King of Hearts wants to propose, the same night that she meets the new Court Joker, Jest and his magical bird companion, Raven. Raven is basically a book length easter egg to Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. Jest and Raven turn Cath’s world into an even more impossible one than she already lived in. They dare her to dream move and to be more daring. If Only her fate wasn’t already set in stone.
The description is one of the best things about this story. Meyer does it again where she transport you into these amazing worlds with her vivid characters and stunning scenery. And don’t get me started on all the FOOD. Because Cath wants to be a baker, naturally there are mulitple times she bakes and we get to hear all about it. The only sad part is you can’t reach into the book and take out some of the baking.
The book was wonderous and twisty-turvy, just as any book involving Wonderland should be. I personally wasn’t overly affected by the last 50 pages but it definitely took on a turn I hadn’t seen coming. It does perfect homage to Lewis Carroll’s original story and keeps all the beloved characters perfectly in line with who they are.
Highly recommend this story.