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Heartless, Marissa Meyer.

LONG BEFORE ALICE FELL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE…

AND BEFORE THE ROSES WERE PAINTED RED…

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS WAS JUST A GIRL, IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Heartless is the story of Catherine, Lady Pinkerton, a sweet girl from Hearts, who becomes the ‘Queen of Hearts’, the foul-tempered monarch we all know from ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Lady Catherine Pinkerton is the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove. Cath’s mother wants her to marry the King of Hearts and become the Queen. But Cath’s interest lie elsewhere. She is considered one of Heart’s finest bakers. She bakes her very heart into them. Her relationship with Mary Ann, her best friend and maid, is just amazing to read. It has always been their dream to launch their very own bakery. She knew her parents will never approve of this, and she was so afraid to disappoint them that she was willing to put their happiness before her own.

Cath attends the Black and White ball with her family.  She suddenly realises that the King plans to propose to her, and not sure how she feels about becoming the Queen she runs away from the ball. She runs into Jest, The King’s Joker, and his raven. She’s drawn to him from the first. She has no clue if it is mere attraction or something stronger than that. She is desperate to know him better. Cath and Jest develop an undeniable bond.

This story is like a prequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and Hearts being the Wonderland in this book. We know that Cath becomes the ‘Queen of Hearts’ but it’s the transformation that we look forward to through out the story. Taking up familiar characters and giving them a different angle, Marissa Meyer has done such a wonderful job with the retelling. The world building is amazing that you can see yourself in Hearts. The characters are well crafted. For example, Margaret Mearle, Cath’s friend since childhood, is described as a living encyclopedia of morals. You will actually feel annoyed when she talks at times. Jest’s character is so interesting. Anything I mention about him will become a spoiler, so read and enjoy it. If you’re a foodie, then this book will definitely make you crave cakes, pies, tarts, and so much more.

The thing that I loved the most about this book is that we can see how a sweet girl is slowly transformed into this cold person. The transformation felt just real and genuine. The story is a battle between what she wants and what others want for her. One of her most famous lines from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is “Off with their heads!”. I liked how the author even incorporated the famous line into this book. Overall, I feel that this is a great tribute to Alice in Wonderland, and I highly recommend it.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Open Market edition (21 December 2016)
  • Language: English

 

6 thoughts on “Heartless, Marissa Meyer.

  1. Glad you liked it so much! I did too, haha.
    But, honestly, I was glad that I read this one before ever picking up The Lunar Chronicles. Meyer’s writing is way better in those and I think I would’ve been disappointed with Heartless if I had read it afterwards. Lucky me for not doing that!

    Nice review! ^-^

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