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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

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Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Format: eBook
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: Feb 9th, 2017 (UK)
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesLong before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

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.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

my thoughts

Marissa Meyer is an author who can definitely engage with her prose. I enjoyed her previous series, The Lunar Chronicles, and was looking forward to reading Heartless. Meyer has proved her skills with retellings, so I was sure this one would be good. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I still agree.

Before she became queen, Catherine was a girl with a dream of opening up her own bakery. Then she learns that the King of Hearts is planning on making her his queen. At a ball that is supposed to be her engagement ball, Catherine flees and meets the mysterious new court jester, who completely ensnares her with his charm. She cannot stop thinking about him and soon the two fall in love. But societal rules, a monstrous threat and a hidden agenda threaten to rip them apart. Catherine is determined to find a way to save her dream, save her newfound love and save her people all at once. But, as it seems, her attempts are futile as her fate has already been decided. Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]”