Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
Pages 453
Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult


Lady Catherine is an aspiring baker and wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with best friend, Mary Ann, but being the daughter of a Marquess those aren’t the aspirations they have in mind for her. Not only that but she is the favourite of the King and he wishes for her be his Queen of Hearts. Things become more complicated for Catherine when she ends up falling for the court Jester.


  • Catherine has a passion for creating and sharing delicious creations. She is generally a sweet soul but a little self-absorbed and slowly throughout the book you can see elements of the Queen of Hearts. I have to say that she did frustrate me at times.
  • Jest is new the land of Hearts and becomes the court joker. He is full of non-sensical comments that leaves Catherine pondering. He is mysterious, handsome and swoon-worthy. He was my favourite character and I can see how Catherine would instantly fall for him.
  • Through out this book you are introduced to many characters that are in the original Alice and Wonderland like Cheshire, the mad hatter, the white rabbit, etc.


I had high expectations for Heartless because I love the lunar chronicles but sadly those expectations weren’t met. I think it was a little slow for me and I lost interest, I ended up putting this book down half way through to focus on other things. Which was not what I was expecting, I wanted to be so engrossed that I wouldn’t want to put it down.

I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and friendship were better developed. Catherine and Mary Ann are meant to be best friends but I wasn’t feeling that close friendship bond that bestfriends would have. I am a bit of a romantic at heart and wanted more romance in this book. There aren’t that many scenes with Catherine and Jest and I definitely wanted more. Especially since Jest was my favourite character.

He brought his free hand to hers, patting. “It will be my greatest pleasure to be secretive together, my lady.” – Jest

Bored is what I felt through most of this book and often found myself flipping through the pages wondering when the chapter was going to be over or why haven’t I finished this book yet, I feel like I have been reading it forever. I just was not invested in Catherine and didn’t care much for her quest to open a bakery. Maybe because I knew how the story was going to end, with her being the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you” -Cheshire

There is an element of mystery to Heartless and I would have enjoyed this plot line more if the mystery wasn’t so easy to solve. It would have been nice to have been kept guessing and it would have made me want to keep turning those pages till the very end.

I did enjoy the magical elements and thought it was an interesting idea that you can end up dreaming something into reality. I also enjoyed being reintroduced to the many famous Wonderland characters like the mad hatter or Hatta as he is known in Heartless. In Heartless we don’t just get the origin story for just the Queen of Hearts but for most of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Stuff and Nonsense.” he whispered, the words cracking. “Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?…” – Hatta

I liked that Marissa Meyer embodied Lewis Carrol writing style, there was plenty of word play and she even borrowed direct quotes from the original and made them apart of her story. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the only borrowed works she used, Meyer also incorporated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. I liked that she created the Raven character.


I liked Heartless but didn’t love it. I was expecting something more along the lines of her book Fairest but I did like how Heartless came together at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult re-tellings.

2.75 Stars

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The Couple Next Door Review

The Couple Next Door Review
Published by Double Day Canada
Published on August 26, 2016
Pages 308
Psychological Thriller


Anne and Marco Conti live in upstate New York and are the happy parents to their baby, Cora, or at least it seems that way. This happy façade is shattered when Cora is kidnapped when they left her alone to attend a dinner party at their neighbours next door.

Anne was apprehensive but was convinced when Marco thought it would be good for them to get out. And after all they live in an attached brick row houses, just a few steps from baby Cora who would be safe and sound in her crib. They brought the baby monitor and would be able to hear if she was fussing and took turns checking in on her. Now they will have to deal with that guilt.

Detective Rasbach suspects that Anne and Marco are hiding something and during his investigation shocking secrets will come to light, secrets they were keeping from each other for years. Continue reading “The Couple Next Door Review”

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on: May 5, 2015
Pages: 421
Purchase: Chapters  Book Depository Amazon


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review (Spoiler Review)


A Court of Thorns and Roses is a young adult fantasy that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre, starving and desperate for food goes out hunting near the “Wall” that separates the fey world from the human world. During, this hunt she kills a wolf, which unbeknownst to Feyre happens to be a Faerie. This angers Tamlin, a High Fae Lord, and he appears in his beastly form at Feyre’s house for retribution. He spares Feyre’s life and instead takes her back to the Fae World to live with him in the Spring Court.

At first she is distant and cold towards Tamlin but then sees he is not the beast she thought he was. There has been a curse that has been set upon the Spring Court and it is up to Feyre to break the curse. Continue reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)”

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley  Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Lies We Telll Ourselves Book Review


Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Published on: January 26, 2016 (first published September 30, 2014)

416 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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This book has been on my shelf for a while know and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up sooner. I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner because it was so good and ended up loving it. I am surprised that I haven’t heard more about this book in the book community on blogs or booktube.

Continue reading “Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Book Review (Spoiler Free)”

Red Queen Book Reveiw

Red Queen Book Reveiw

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Published by: Harper Teen

Published on: February 10, 2015

Series: Red Queen #1

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian

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I have heard mixed reviews on this series, mainly that it is not very original and is many popular YA novels in one and because of this I was hesitant on reading it. I have to say that they were right it wasn’t a very original story but I did find it entertaining.


Red Queen is about Mare Barrow and she lives in a world that is divided by blood, the silvers and the reds. The silvers being the elites of society and reds are the impoverished of society, there is no in-between. The silver bloods are elite because they have supernatural powers Continue reading “Red Queen Book Reveiw”

Stalking Jack the Ripper Book Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper Book Review

Stalking Jack The Ripper Book Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Published by: Jimmy Patterson

Published on: September 20, 2016

326 Pages

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror

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I was excited to read this book because I heard a rave review about it  and I also enjoy reading a good mystery. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I am used to reading Adult mystery thrillers and this young adult novel was predictable and lost that air of mystery. Stalking the Ripper is Kerri Maniscalo debut novel and this happens to be the first in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Continue reading “Stalking Jack the Ripper Book Review”

Love Water Memory by Jeanie Shortridge

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge Book Review


Love Water Memory by Jeanie Shortridge

Published By: Gallery Books (A Division of Simon & Schuster)

Published On: Jan 14th 2014

328 Pages

Purchase:  Amazon Book Depository


Lucie Walker has been found standing in cold water of San Francisco Bay, she has no memory of how or why she ended up there and in fact can’t remember who she is. She is emitted to the hospital and police reach out to the public for help in identifying her.

Grady Goodall, has been desperately searching for his fiancé, Lucie Walker, who has been missing for a week. When he sees Lucie on TV, he flies to San Francisco from Seattle to bring her home.

When Grady brings home Lucie, he discovers not only does she not know who he is but she is not like the Lucie he knew and loved. This new Lucie is the opposite of the old Lucie, will Lucie recover her memories or the old Lucie gone for good?

My Thoughts

I was expecting this book to be different then it was. I was thinking it was going to be more of a romance than it was because of the blurb on the back that said “If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?” When I read this I was thinking it would be similar to The Vow, that movie with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum but Love Water Memory, is much more than just a romance book, yes there is romance but it also has elements of mystery and deals with mental illness, loss and family dynamics.

I love books about family dynamics and was surprised that this book ended up having that element. It made the story complex rather than it being a fluffy “chic lit”.  You also read about the family dynamics of both Grady and Lucie. Grady’s father died when he was young and he grew up with his mom and 6 sisters. It was interesting to read how this dynamic shaped his character. Lucie on the other hand has no family except for an estranged aunt.

I like that the story is told from the perspective of both Lucie and Grady. Reading from both their POV’s you could understand and feel what they were going through. I though that the POV’s were done well and could tell the difference between Lucie and Grady.

What really kept me turning the page was finding out about Lucie’s past and what happened to her as a child to make her this cold and distant person and eventually to have a mental breakdown and memory loss.


I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend if people enjoy reading about mental health issues. I would pick up another book by Jennie Shortridge if I came across one. I gave this a 3.5 stars.

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