Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, retellings, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Hype!
I have devoured all of the books in the Lunar Chronicles series, excluding Winter which I haven’t read yet because of its massively intimidating size. Marissa Meyer has an amazing writing style, so when I heard that she was releasing another retelling, I was all in. It took me a while to get my hands on it, but once my hold for it at the library came in, I was overjoyed!
Just as expected, I really enjoyed Heartless. For me, it was much better than the story of Wonderland itself, which I didn’t really enjoy and rated 2.5 stars. I adored Meyer’s writing once again along with the captivating plot, but the character development was a tiny bit lacking.
To quickly synopsize the story, it follows a girl named Catherine whose parents want her to be the queen of Wonderland, but she prefers baking. The King is very interested in pursuing a relationship with her, but her life turns upside down when she meets the handsome Jest. Will she choose to marry, or keep along with the dream she’d originally planned to follow?
I have to tell you that the characters themselves in this book are rather dull. I didn’t connect with them too much and I don’t see myself remembering them for much longer, but I did enjoy reading about the relationships that formed between them- except not that love triangle! Cath was honestly adorable with both the King and the Jest, but personally, I found myself preferring her relationship with the King. They are seriously a couple made in heaven!❤️
The plot entertained me much, much more than the characters did. I was left on the edge of my seat reading about all of the decisions Cath made as well as all of the adorable romantic moments between her and the love interests. There was always something interesting happening in the story, so it was very hard for me to find myself bored.
All in all, Heartless did not disappoint! Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite sci-fi and fantasy authors, and her writing yet again enveloped me. I hope to see more from her regarding this amazing storyline- maybe a sequel or even a novella from one of the love interests’ POVs would be great! Anyway, if you’re in want of a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland with an intriguing plot and lyrical writing, then this novel is the one for you!