Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a YA retelling of how the Queen on Hearts came to be.
“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.”
This was a PERFECT YA re-telling of how the Queen of Hearts became the infamous villain she is today. I absolutely loved how I didn’t feel like this was just a story that tried too hard to se the ideas of Alice’s Wonderland as the baseline of the story.
Marissa Meyer made the Queen her own thing!
The story felt like Wonderland was developed into a whole new vibe in Heartless. All of the characters were introduced throughout the book, so when a new one popped up, it was the character represented in a new way. Their roles definitely took on a more modern twist.
And she rocked Catherine’s character!
I was cheering for her during the ENTIRE book. After finishing the last page, I now have a whole new perspective on her. She isn’t just the heartless (pardon my pun) Queen we all see her as.
I give this book the full 5 out of 5 stars. The content felt unique even though she used Carroll’s ideas. The characters were fun, interesting, and lively. I could not put this book down for the life of me. Even though I knew how the ending was going to end, it still surprised me to see how it was executed. We also get to see a lot of Carroll’s writing style engraved into this book. It feels like a beautifully written mash-up of the two authors without the story feeling mashed together.
From beginning to end, we see how Catherine becomes heartless.
I highly recommend this book if you love reading YA fantasy, re-tellings, villians, and Alice in Wonderland.
Published: 8 November 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Re-Telling
How I Read It: Hardcover
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