*I received this book early from Macmillan at BEA
I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — 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 yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she 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 (Goodreads.)
The original Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite disney stories. Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors, and villain origin stories are pretty much my favorite thing. Therefore, I pretty much knew that this would be amazing. I read this book in probably five or six hours and for the first time in my life, I officially have a “favorite book.” After I finished Heartless, I went and watched the original disney movie and almost everything in the movie tied into some part of the book. It was insane how even the minuscule things that don’t even matter in the movie mattered in the book. This book completely crushed me, which I knew would happen going in considering the title of this book and knowing that it is a villain origin story.
My favorite part of this book are the characters. Most of the main characters in this book are part of The Alice in Wonderland movie, with one exception. One thing that I was very impressed with was how Marissa didn’t copy the disney version of the characters but yet she tied into them. The characters through out the book were their own separate person but then closer to the end she shows how they begin to become the characters that we know them as. These characters are some of my favorite characters of all time and the romantic pairing is also my new favorite. The main character, Cath was completely realistic which I loved but that would also make her completely frustrating at the same time. While Jest was my favorite character, almost every other character was a close second. This book felt a lot like the Raven Boys in the sense that every character is so fleshed out.
The world was of course fantastic. As I was watching the movie, it was super easy to pin point the places were everything happened. Marissa put scenes in the book that happen in the movie many years later but with different characters. The way the castle, the looking glass, and even a theater were described were very easy to imagine and not in the slightest bit confusing.
Basically, I didn’t think Marissa could get better than the Lunar chronicles but she completely upstaged her previous books. It doesn’t even feel like the same person wrote the two. Heartless is now my favorite book of all time and I could not find a single thing wrong with it.
Romance: 1/5 Stars: 5/5
Language: 1/5 Pages: 416
Violence: 3/5 Author: Marissa Meyer