Author: Marissa Meyer
Released: 8 November 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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 has a talent for cooking magical confections that can alter a person's emotions. She wants to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her own terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Welcome to my stop on the Heartless Blog Tour! I was kindly sent a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Return to the magic of Wonderland with this beautiful and heartbreaking origin story for the infamous Queen of Hearts, before she was shouting "Off With Their Heads!"
As the daughter of a Marquee, Catherine's dreams of opening a bakery with her maid and friend seem just that, dreams. But Catherine is determined to turn her passion and hobby into a career. However, with the King of Hearts showing favour to Catherine, her mother has different plans for her. She wants Catherine to be Queen, no matter how Catherine actually feels about it all. All she wants is to bake. But all that changes when the new Joker, Jest, arrives in Hearts. Now all she wants is to bake and fall in love on her own terms. But being the daughter of a Marquee means she can't have what her heart wants. With a Jabberwocky threatening the kingdom, a King determined to marry her, and a Joker with her heart, Catherine's world could come crashing down at any moment with whatever decisions she makes. But, as we all know, something happens to Catherine that makes her heartless.
This was not only the first Marissa Meyer book that I've read, but also my first Alice in Wonderland retelling/origin story. I love being in Wonderland, and Marissa captured the magical and mysterious essence of Lewis Carroll's world so well. While it took me about 50 pages to get into the story because of it's initial slow pace and world building, I was soon down the rabbit hole not wanting to leave.
When I read Alice In Wonderland, I felt like Lewis Carroll was completely mad when he wrote it - the story was great, but his writing style was confusing and jumpy at times. With Heartless it was so easy to immerse myself into the world. The way Marissa describe everything was beautiful and I'd love to see her write more about Wonderland. The book was so easy to read and to vividly imagine the wondrous world of Wonderland.
While I've never thought of the Queen of Hearts as a true villain in Alice's story, I so desperately wanted this story to have a happy ending. We know how the Queen turns, so obviously something had to happen to cause her to become 'heartless'. But throughout the entire book I forgot that I was reading about the future Queen of Hearts who is always threatening to chop people's heads off. I loved what Marissa did with this story, despite the inevitable ending. I was heartbroken, but it's the way the story is meant to go.
Being one of my most anticipated releases for 2016, Heartless certainly lived up to my expectations. It also lived up to the hype surrounding Marissa Meyer. I didn't want this story to end and I was definitely not ready to leave Wonderland at the end. If you love the original story and are fascinated by the Queen of Hearts, you'll definitely enjoy the spin that Marissa put on her story. I'm definitely interested now to pursue some more origin stories for the Queen of Hearts.
Get ready to escape into the magical world of Wonderland and not only learn about the infamous Queen of Hearts, but also meet some of our favourite Wonderland characters before Alice fell down the rabbit hole.
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