“Sometimes the heart is the only thing worth listening to.”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
OMG WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? My emotions are a wreck right now and my heart is literally in pieces!! Marissa Meyer is just a goddess in writing fairy tale re-tellings and this prequel to Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts was beyond beautiful to read. She captures the right balance of the original fairy tale and her own creative plot line. Everything about this book was so beautifully crafted: the characters, the whimsical setting, the plot, the romance. I honestly believed after the Lunar Chronicles, it would be pretty hard to live up to the expectations in placing another fairy tale retelling into the YA market, but Marissa Meyer had done it with Heartless! ❤
Catherine Pinkerton or Cath is a talented baker in the Kingdom of Hearts and she wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with her best friend, Mary Ann. Her mother, however, has other plans for her future and she aims for her to marry the King of Hearts to eventually lead the Kingdom. When Cath soon meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker, she instantly captivated by his charm and together the two of them enter into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to make her own decisions and live her own life; however, fate has other plans . . .
- Cath -Daughter of a Marquess; I honestly loved Catherine Pinkerton. She is just so full of passion for her baking (I love baking as well – one of my personal hobbies hehe) and is generally a good-natured, average girl. What makes this book such a great read is how we her transformation to the Queen of Hearts slowly start to materialize through the course of the novel.
- Jest – oh Jest . . . he is just swoon worthy! Let me just add you to my list of ever growing book boyfriends ❤ What can you say about Jest? He is just too beautiful and perfect for this world and you can not help but fall for him the moment he is introduced. Everything about him is just so captivating from his impossible, crazy “magic” to his never ending charm. He is one of the most unique male leads I have read in YA fiction! ❤
- King – oh lord this babbling man . . . While it is true he such a foolish and dimwitted character who honestly does not have the skill and strength to lead a kingdom, you cannot help but feel sorry for him at times since he is quite oblivious to the world around him.
- Mary Ann – Catherine’s maid; I admired the relationship between Catherine and Mary Ann since both of them share a deep friendship despite the difference in social class. Although they do have different approaches on how they view certain issues, I did love the fact that they supported one another for Cath’s dream: to open a bakery.
Marissa Meyer also includes various other familiar characters/ references from Wonderland including The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Hatter, unbirthday cakes, tea parties, the Looking Glass, and a murderous Jabberwock. Everything is beautifully tied together to re-create the whimsical and reimagined setting of Wonderland.
I loved this book! Marissa Meyer has such an addicting quality to her writing that you cannot help but fly though the pages of her books. What I also love about this novel was that you do not have to be an Alice in Wonderland fan in order to read this book. It has the ability to stand on its own despite drawing references and characters from the original story.
I also appreciated how you can start to see the small qualities of the Queen of Hearts within Catherine from the beginning of the book. Although, her rage and true evil character is not present, you can see a glimpse of certain characteristics and I like how Marissa slowly weaved them into her character: it was almost as if they were dormant and have yet to arise. And Jest OMG! There are moments where his words had me swooning! Like how can you do this to my heart???
“I cannot tell you how I look forward to a lifetime at your side, and all the impossible things I’ll have you believing in.” ❤
Heartless is also a unique novel to read since as a reader, you do know the outcome and that certain doom is just around the corner but this is what makes it to be such a thrilling read, especially during the last few chapters. It was almost as though you knew that if any form of hope does arise, it will soon dissipate within moments and that is what makes this book so heartbreaking.
If any of you have not read Heartless, I highly recommend that you do! And if you have read it, please let me know what you thought of it!
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon with another post!