Series: Stand Alone
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
OMG, this book y’all! So I went to BEA this past spring and I did not buy a ticket for any of the book drops. I’m too poor. But I did find out about what lines I needed to wait in so that I could get tickets for free. Most the time, it wasn’t a huge deal and I could get said book without any trouble. But not Heartless. I feel like Heartless was the book EVERYONE wanted. Thanks to help from my traveling companions I was able to stand in 3 lines, for probably about 5 hours total and get my hands on Heartless without missing out on everything else I wanted that day. So after all I went through, this book had better be pretty effing amazing right? Well, it didn’t let me down…
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
I started reading Heartless the day I got it. If I hadn’t had other things going on, I would have finished it that day too. But I did finish it two days later. Here’s the thing about Heartless. It’s the origin story of the Queen of Hearts from Wonderland. You know, the famous “off with her head” queen B of Wonderland. And Marissa Meyer made no secret that she wasn’t changing the end result. And yet… she told the story so damn well, you dare to hope. To wonder if she said that so that when the end hits you’ll be shocked and so SO relieved. And you know what? I’m not going to tell you which is the truth. You have to read it to find out.
You dare to hope because Catherine – the infamous Queen of Hearts – is just such an amazing character. She’s been born into this life of privilege, which of course comes with countless expectations. All she wants is to be a baker with her best friend, her maid. She’s really truly amazing at it too. Too amazing. It’s her baking that has made the spineless King of Wonderland consider her for his future bride. I loved watching her try to figure out how she can have what she wants, while trying to not disappoint her parents and fail in her duty, not to mention how do you turn down a king carefully?
On top of that, she starts to fall in love, with Jest – the new court Jester. He was an equally fascinating character. He’s shrouded in so much mystery and he’s also the one who starts to present so much more hope to her about what she could have in her life. He helps her dare to hope. Which makes our daring to hope that much stronger.
Alongside these two really great characters are elements anyone who grew up with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are going to love. It’s like the origin of all those fantastic elements, not just the Queen of Hearts. I loved meeting the Mad Hatter and going to one of his crazy tea parties. I loved seeing the clam dance (I think that’s what it was called). I loved the Jaberwocky and the ways that Meyer manages to include inklings of Through the Looking Glass. And there’s even a little bit of Poe and a favorite nursery rhyme thrown in to keep you on your toes! Anyone who enjoys literature and finding connections throughout it will have a blast with Heartless. I’m not a hard core Wonderland fan, I just know it from watching the mini-series as a child over and over. So I think Heartless appeals to both ends of the spectrum (of fans).
In the end, regardless of whether daring to hope was worthwhile or an exercise in futility, you’ll be left with so many emotions and a special place in your heart for that queen who you never thought you could love! You’ll also hope for more, but I think on that wish, we dare not hope 🙁
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