Review: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Merry Christmas one and all!

While this post was prescheduled, given that Sara in the future is stuffing herself full of turkey, mash potatoes, and Christmas cookies, I just wanted to take a moment to wish anyone who has read, or reading this blog a very happy holiday (whichever one you celebrate), and a very merry New Year.

I am so pleased with the way this blog has been going, and cannot wait to continue to put out reviews, rambles, and any other things that pop into my very strange brain.

As it is so close to Christmas I decided to pick up Heartless by Marissa Meyer because it is a retelling of sorts of Alice In Wonderland, and as such I didn’t think I would mind having to put it down should other books come under my Christmas tree.

Did I think Meyer’s retelling of the Queen of Hearts’ origin was like a raven or a writing desk? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book 

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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.

The Review

I have heard nothing but good things about Meyer’s, her previous works, particularly her space epic Lunar Chronicles series but to me Heartless this was just another average YA novel.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, several characters, especially Cath and Jest really stood out for me while reading, but the amount of insufferable characters, Peter, the Knave, and Cath’s mother, kind of made the book difficult for me to get through.

Also, I felt that knowing how the Queen of Hearts is in Alice and Wonderland almost brought down the world that Meyer was trying to build.

I do have to give props for Meyer subtly dropping important quotes or characters from the Alice story into this one, but my mad props goes out for her consistently putting the word of Edgar Allen Poe into the dialogue of the raven.

Did this make me want to pick up Meyer’s other works? Maybe after I’ve had time to properly digest Hearltess and Meyer’s overall implications to the reader.

But, if you have an inkling for a retelling of a classic story, this would be a decent read for sure.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Macmillan | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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