by Marissa Meyer
“Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite 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.
Cathis determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.”
I bought Heartless in January from Owlcrate, as they had some books left over from their November box. It has then sat on my shelf ever since and every time I looked at it, I thought ‘at some point’.
Cath is the Marchess’ daughter and has the eye of the King of Hearts, but when the new court joker arrives Cath’s eye is found to be wandering. Especially when he saves her from fainting and then takes her to a proper tea party. What will Cath do; follow her heart or obey her parents?
Woah, that was insane, I love the links to Alice in Wonderland and learning about how everything comes about. I also adored the love story that runs through this book, I think I may have a new book boyfriend. There were twists and turns that I did not see coming, and it kept me hooked from the beginning, I did not want to put it down, but at the same time I wanted it to last forever.
My favourite part may have to be all of it, I cannot pick a bit as my favourite or one as the worst part. My heart is a broken mess now that I have finished Heartless, and my emotions are all over the place as well. I cried, laughed, swooned, got angry, tense and worried. I actually really want to re-read it already, and I have only just finished it.
Cath is an amazing character, but I do think my favourite might have to be Jest. I also loved Mary Ann, Haigha and Hatta. I found it really interesting seeing the relationships between characters that we know later on will not be friends, and the reasons behind that. I also liked all the background characters and the nods to Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.
Heartless did not end on a cliffhanger, this is because it is a standalone.
While reading this book, I described it as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland where we learn about the origins of the Queen of Hearts. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.