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.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: 8th November 2016 (U. S) / 9th February 2017 (U.K)
OMG I didn’t want this book to end for so many reasons – it was too good…and also…because I was dreading the ending…
It was FASCINATING (and heartbreaking) seeing how a young girl, full of dreams and hopes become this cold-hearted, mad queen.
Catherine was so lovable and nice and ahhhhhh HER CAKES~ *flails* (Cake makes all books instantly better.) HEARTLESS WINS THE BEST FOOD IN FICTION AWARD ANY DAY~ (Except maybe Harry Potter? Maybeeeee..)
The characters were all unique and interesting in their own ways, but the quick relationship between Catherine and the joker threw me a bit. After their second/third meeting, there’s already tension and I’m like…
BUT I STILL LOVED IT~
The plot was SO DAMN GOOD. Frankly I hated knowing what the ending would be but I was still crossing all my fingers and toes hoping it was a trick.
Haha I had all my hopes and dreams crushed in front of my eyes and I WAS REDUCED TO A BLUBBERING MESS MORE THAN ONCE.
It’s probably pretty damn important that you know the story of Alice in Wonderland first, or at least some of the characters because they DO make an appearance, and if you don’t know the orignal story beforehand, you’d wind up confused and probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much.
The plot is slow at the beginning, but it wasn’t a bad kind of slow. It was this gentle happy sigh-y, relaxed stroll across the pages that was perfect, and then…
AND THEN EVERYTHING COMES PUNCHING IN YOUR FACE AND YOU REALISE HOW DEAR EACH OF THE CHARACTERS ARE TO YOU AND THEN-
You’re screwed because you can’t breathe anymore and you’re clutching this book to your chest, praying to the book gods, and then you’re cursing them, and then you’re praying and then you just don’t know what to do anymore, and then – and then you realise the book is over and you don’t know what on earth just happened because you’re just sitting there, with a book, tears running down your face, and you realise that another one of your lives has just ended.
Marissa Meyer writes SO WELL. I haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet (SHAMEEEEE), but now that I’ve read Heartless, I’m even more determined to read the rest of her books.
The descriptions (of tarts and cakes) killed me because WHY DOESN’T FOOD LIKE THAT EXIST IN THE WORLD?
I really really loved the writing style. It was so easy to read and understand. AND THE PUNS AND THE RHYMES. DEAR MOTHER OF BOOKS, I had to constantly take pictures of them and resist the urge to send them to friends. (Lies. I DID end up sending them.)
The conversation between the characters were perfect, and of course it would mirror the way they should actually be talking. It’s not like our normal daily language, yet it didn’t sound silly or unnatural like the way it can sometimes, when authors try to make characters talk in that old, kinda formal way. It’s horrible when that happens…
OK so basically, to conclude, you should just read this book. The characters are so lovable and SO DAMN FUNNY. Watching Catherine’s transformation was completely HEARTBREAKING (that’s if you have a heart and not, you know, HEARTLESS – I’m hilarious). The plot was great and had a good pacing I liked – though it got a bit Romeo-and-Juliet-like. Heck, there’s even a window scene! The writing style was PERFECT and it felt like I was truly INSIDE the book, watching the events happen from the sidelines. Everything was described so well, and in such detail that made it so damn glorious.
- I LOVE THE WRITING STYLE~
- Instantly sucks you in
- Reduces you to a pile of blubbering tears (Yes I’m normal for listing this as a positive)
- I’d have liked to see more development between the Catherine and the Joker
Book in a GIF:
Rating: 4.8 Stars – See my rating system.
Owned: YES! Thank you so much Macmillan for sending me a gorgeous ARC!
Recommended for: Those that enjoy retellings, Alice in Wonderland fans, and those that like forbidden romance stories.
I AM SO PROUD OF ALL MY ALICE IN WONDERLAND GIFS GUYS~ *glows with happiness*
Do you guys like fairy tale retellings? Are you a fan of Alice in Wonderland? Will you be reading this book? Or if you’ve already read it, what did you think?