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.
If you love the world of Alice in Wonderland then Heartless is for you! It’s Marissa Meyer’s version of how the Queen of Hearts becomes the merciful queen she is today. 🙂
There are so many food references in this book! I adore desserts and the lemon tarts Cath makes at the beginning… YUM! Seriously made me want to go out and get some. I love lemon tarts. Almost as much as I love macarons. Rose water macs seems like SUCH a good idea!!
Every time I read lines that the Caterpillar was speaking, I read them in the late great Alan Rickman’s voice. The same goes for Hatta (Johnny Depp), Jack the Knave (Crispin Glover- who totally creeps me out btw) and Cheshire (Stephen Fry). I’d say the movie had an influence on me! 🙂
I admit that I went into this book thinking that this story would be something different. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and Cath! I really loved the plot twists that Marissa Meyer put into the story line and how she added in some many things we knew as children.
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well
Read Heartless and this little children’s rhyme may haunt your dreams. I know it keeps playing in my head! *shudder*
I borrowed Heartless from my local library on eBook, only because I am currently on a self imposed book ban. If you saw my TBR… you’d understand. I am pretty sure that I will buy it to add to my library, eventually, but there are SO many other books that I have yet to read and aren’t available from the library that will probably come first. Unless it shows up on sale at Book Outlet… then I will have to buy it! 😀 So this is pretty much me telling you that you should read this book!
Have you read Heartless? What did you think? What are your favourite fairytale retellings? If you are looking for some good ones, check out the Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey 🙂