Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 449
Rating: 2
How I Got It: Borrowed from the Library
Genre: Young Adult, Retelling
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
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.


This really didn't work for me. I did enjoy and appreciate the nonsense and how much Ms. Meyer was willing to embrace that. Word play is what I love about Wonderland and not all authors use it, but she did.

But I couldn't get past the characters and plot. Cath especially was so selfish. If I was supposed to care about her that failed. The romance between her and Jest often felt forced. And she was very Bella Swan-like when they were pulled apart. A bunch of the plot was super predictable. The ultimate end reminded me a bit of the Red Queen in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and I was more invested in her story.

Thanks for reading!

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