by Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult
by Feiwel & Friends
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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.
Let me get the negative thing – the one and only negative thing – out-of-the-way off the top; I did not like Cheshire in this retelling!
I’m not even sure I could coherently explain why, there was just something about the version of the cat in this book that just bugged me!
Now, take Chesh out (and you could, because he has nothing to do with anything), and this book is AMAZING!
I have never read The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, (despite owning it) but WOW do I want to after finishing Heartless! Meyer is a genius! I love Alice in Wonderland retellings – I love the Johnny Depp movies, I love the graphic novel series by Zenescope, I love the merch – and this retelling / prequel is now on my love list!
The story is about the Queen of Hearts, before she was The Queen of Hearts, when she was just Catherine Pinkerton, the Marquis’ daughter. This is the evil, red queen before she was evil, and when she was definitely not someone to hate! During this story she is just a girl with a dream of owning a bakery from which she can sell her delicious desserts, and falling in love for the first time. She’s kind, young, a bit naive, and very likable. She’s trying very hard to make her parents happy (you can definitely see the QoH we know in her mother’s behavior), despite not having the same dreams for her life as they have, and she’s falling in love with someone who her parents would never approve of, but who clearly brings out a happiness and hope and daring in her that is beautiful to see.
I don’t want to give away any more than that. I do not want to tell you what happens in this amazing book that turns our dear baker, Cath in the Queen we love to hate. I don’t even want to think about it because it made me shed a couple of tears, and my tugged at my heart-strings.
Be prepared to forever sympathize with the Queen of Hearts, and to recognize that it is only the person who is without a heart who can really be the Queen of them.
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