I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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"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." ~ Goodreads
I have so much love for Marissa Meyer and the Lunar Chronicles so I was thrilled when I was sent an ARC from Fierce Reads! And while it took me quite awhile to get fully immersed in this book, overall I enjoyed it quite a bit!
What I Liked:
BAKING, DESSERT, all the goodies. You know that you are going to be hungry throughout this whole book because it starts with this glorious description of lemon tarts… which I instantly craved despite not actually liking lemon desserts at all.
The WHIMSY. I’m not extremely familiar with Alice in Wonderland besides having watched it when I was younger. It just wasn’t a Disney movie I cared all that much about. So coming from that, I really did enjoy seeing these characters again, especially the Cheshire Cat! The way that the world was portrayed felt consistent with what I remember from the movie, and I just loved how the whimsical magical kinds of elements worked. Though, I would have appreciated a teensy bit more world building, especially when some different worlds come up.
Cath was such a relatable character, especially at the beginning. I’m by no means an expert baker, but I do like to make frosting and some desserts from scratch. So I immediately was drawn to her, and I could definitely sympathize with her wanting to choose her own path. Cath is who kept drawing me back into this book because I couldn’t predict how she was going to become such a crazy queen.
I really don’t know how much to blame on the book’s pacing, which at times does drag a bit, and how much to blame on just not being in the right mood to read at various points. BUT I kept wanting to go back to this book because I was interested in Cath and I needed to know how she would become the queen.
And even though I LOVE Marissa Meyer’s writing and loved the dialogue, food descriptions, and whimsy in this book, sometimes it was hard for me to keep myself motivated to keep reading. I switched back and forth between the audiobook (the narrator is AMAZING btw) to keep things interesting, and that helped a bit. I guess it just felt a bit too long for my liking.
While Heartless wasn’t as amazing as the Lunar Chronicles, it still has a lot to offer for fans of Marissa Meyer! Through Cath, you get a wonderfully detailed and sympathetic backstory of the Queen of Hearts. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of Alice in Wonderland, whimsical magic, and lighter fantasy.
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