Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
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.