Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Posted December 17, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from ARC, Audiobook, Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, My Own in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Pages: 453
Format: ARC, Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: ARC, Audiobook, Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, My Own

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.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a wonderful retelling. Heartless is not a traditional retelling though. It is more of a prequel that is inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Someone asked me what villian I thought was the most misunderstood and my answer is the Queen of Hearts. Then they asked me why I thought the Queen of Hearts is misunderstood. Talking to this person, they thought if I wrote a blog post about it to explain, then I could share why I think that.

My answer is…read Heartless and you have my answer right there. I hadn’t read Heartless at the time of this discussion, but I knew it would be out soon. Meyer does a wonderful job giving the Queen of Hearts a backstory. This backstory explains why I think the Queen of Hearts is misunderstood.

Cath loves to bake. She and her best friend Mary Ann want to open up a bakery together. Cath’s parents want to marry her off to the King of Hearts. I really enjoyed getting to know Cath. her character is written so good. She is whimsical and fun but Cath isn’t’ always the smartest tool in the shed. Cath falls in love, but not with the King. She looks at her life as if it is falling apart because her parents are relentless about marrying the King.

I felt really bad for Cath. She has dreams and goals that keep getting crushed. She just wants to live her own life. I think everyone can relate to her. Cath wants to find true love and be incredibly happy. This story brings us back to the time of were woman should be seen and not heard. who doesn’t love a forbidden love story?

The ending of Heartless is heartbreaking. I think it explains the  backstory of the Queen of Hearts perfectly. This book explains perfectly why I think the Queen of Hearts is misunderstood. I really liked Heartless and I am excited to add it to my Alice collection.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

2 responses to “Heartless by Marissa Meyer

    • love2dazzle

      Hi Maggie, Thank you so much for your comment. I apologize that I am getting back to you so late. I am so glad that you liked Heartless. I’ve heard many good things and bad things about the book. I feel like it is one of those books that some people like and others don’t. I hope you are having a lovely holiday season. Thank you for stopping by on Dazzled by Books.

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