“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.” ~Heartless
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 Stars
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.
*This review does contain spoilers*
I first heard of this book long before it came out and I knew I wanted it right away. I finally got around to finishing it during January and it’s such an amazing read. I love how Meyer develops the characters and the story she tells. I thought this was such a creative and original take on Alice in Wonderland.
I usually like to mention my favorite character in my reviews and for this novel my favorite character was Jest, a joker for the king. He’s such a mysterious character and the love between him and Cath is way to cute! I know some people don’t like the romance in this book, but I thought it was super cute and it’s such a great way to reason why the Queen of Hearts is so cruel and well…heartless. Which brings me to another point and that is how perfect the title is for this novel. In the end of the novel she giver her heart away in order to have the man who killed Jest brought to her, so she is literally heartless. Also, since she’s the Queen of Hearts and it has to deal with Alice in Wonderland I think it all just fits so perfectly.
I really just love the world that was created in this novel. It’s just so amazing and cool and the way things are described is so well done that I feel like I experience it all as well. It’s all just so perfectly done that I wish I could live in a world as magical as the one Cath get’s to experience.
Cath is such a strong character with everything that she goes through. No wonder she would rather be heartless in the end since Jest, her heart, was stolen from her. I obviously wanted a happy ending, but that didn’t happen and I still like how this book ended. It was so amazingly done that you can’t help respect what the author did. However, sometimes I did feel like Cath was kind of annoying and rude, but I guess that’s understandable considering she was royalty.
Overall I thought the story the author told was very beautifully done and it might just be one of my favorite Alice in Wonderland retellings which is why I really want to read more books written by her. I recommend this book if you like anything that has to deal with Alice in Wonderland, I know it isn’t exactly “Alice in Wonderland” but it has to deal with the queen of hearts which honestly made me view Alice in Wonderland differently. If you love fantasy novels I also highly recommend this novel! he characters are amazingly portrayed and the story told is just great!
I know this is kind of a short and jumbled review and I’m sorry but I hope y’all enjoyed it anyway!