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Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Wonderfully done. Heartless is a fresh take on Alice in Wonderland. Mysterious and magical, this book takes fairytale retellings to the next level.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

18584855Catherine 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.






Do you ever wonder what makes villains evil? Have you ever wondered what made them that way in the first place? Well, buckle your seatbelts and let Marissa Meyer take you on a ride of villainous proportions.

“When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?”

I freaking loved this book.

Basically, this story is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland. The story starts with Lady Catherine, a sweet and humble girl who loves to bake. All she wants is to have a simple life making sweet treats for people to enjoy, but her parents the Marquis and Marchioness have other plans in mind for her. The King of Hearts is taken with Catherine and wants to marry her, much to her parents delight and her sorrow. While visiting the palace she encounters a strange man who is new to the land of Hearts, the Jest. He has been hired by the King for entertainment and counsel. Catherine finds him very interesting and cannot get his peculiar nature out of her mind. While at risk of everything in her life falling apart, Cath and Jest begin with a secret relationship. Meanwhile, she is pretending to maintain interest in the King’s courtship.

Let’s just say Catherine has herself in a pickle.

“Stuff and nonsense. Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?”

My favorite character is the Hatter! He is so eccentric and strange. My favorites always are. My favorite scene also involves him. The first tea party Cath attends, this is pure gold. I love all the odd people with the hats. It was fantastic!

This book has the same whimsical tone as Alice in Wonderland. Full of weird creatures and peculiar circumstances. It is madness, but it’s magic.

“One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad”

And not only that, it is freaking HEARTBREAKING. My heart has left the building, folks!

“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”

The only thing I have to say about this book that is negative would be that it is a stand alone. I could read 10 more stories just like this one. My only hope is that Marissa Meyer makes more villain back stories. I will read them all.


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

  1. I just finished reading this last weekend. I do agree that it is heartbreaking. I was a little underwhelmed by it. I ended up giving it four stars so I did enjoy it just something about it didn’t do it for me. I will be posting my review for it soon.


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