Heartless | Full of Heart and Lemon Tart(s)!

February 1, 2017 | Posted by Amanda in Book Reviews | 28 Comments

Heartless | Full of Heart and Lemon Tart(s)!Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult
by Feiwel & Friends
Format: Paperback
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4.5 Stars
Source: Purchased

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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  • I just saw this yesterday in the bookstore and I’m like: it’s finally here, in my country!! soooo glad you loved it! Also, the queen of hearts (before becoming the queen, of course) sounds nice. Really need to grab this soon. Great review, Amanda!

    Hope you get around the Lunar Chronicles soon!! 🙂

    czai @ the Blacksheep Reader

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed what you read! The QoH’s name is Catherine 😉

  • I am really excited to get to this one because I loved the Lunar Chronicles. I think it sounds like an interesting take on the story. Great review!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Thank you!!
      I am being told that the Lunar Chronicles is a lot better than Heartless. And admittedly, Heartless takes a little bit of effort.

  • I didn’t like the Cheshire cat either. But I did enjoy the other aspects of this book, too. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this, but I figured it’d have your classic YA ending. WRONG. It ended so BA, I loved it.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Right?! Totally expected that it would be the usual, but daaamn!

  • I own this one but I haven’t gotten to read it yet. I want to finish The Lunar Chronicles first. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it, minus the Cheshire cat of course. lol! Cheshire cat is my favorite character from Alice in Wonderland so that’s a bummer, but since this isn’t really supposed to be about him, I guess it’s okay. haha

    • Amanda Mitchell

      It is and it isn’t supposed to be him. It is supposed to be the same cat, but obviously this is another author taking liberties.
      I’ve been told reading Heartless first might be a good idea, since Lunar is apparently far better… but you never know!

  • The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless have nothing to do with each other, so forget everything you have read in Heartless when starting the others. The Lunar Chronicles is a much better series anyway. I was sadly disappointed in Heartless.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      I know they have nothing to do with each other, they are just written by the same author.

  • So glad you enjoyed this! I’ll have to pick it up soon!

  • Jessamine Julian

    I am so glad that you enjoyed this! I am absolutely excited about the prospect of reading it in the future. I adore Alice as well!

  • Ugh. This is a hard book for me to want to read. On one hand, I loved the Lunar Chronicles, so I want to read this book. But on the other, knowing the QoH is a villain, but this is about her, and maybe not a HEA forever…I just don’t know. Sigh. Great review though, Amanda!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Well, I am told that Lunar is better than Heartless by just about everyone who has read both. So if you have already read Lunar, and are iffy on Heartless, you probably won’t get in to it. Also… this book will give you the other side of the Queen!! You’ll see her as a girl, before she was queen! Before she was evil! (and knowing that she is going to be the evil QoH, I think it is pretty obvious that there is no HAE anywhere near this book *wink, wink*)

  • I love this authors books on audio, the narrator is amazing. I’m still waiting on the audio copy for this from my library…

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Oh my gosh, that is so good to know!!
      I love listening to books, so maybe that will be how I “read” one or two of the Lunar Chronicles series.

  • I need to read this soon! I haven’t read the lunar chronicles either and I’m not sure whether to read that first or this. I seriously need to get on with it though! Great review!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      I am told that Lunar is way better, so I totally suggest doing what I did – Heartless (which is a standalone) first, and Lunar Chronicles next!
      And thank you! I’m happy you like what you read here!

  • I’m so happy you enjoyed! I definitely need to pick Heartless up soon since Marissa Meyer is one of my fave authors. (Also you must read TLC! It’s a fabulous series 😉
    Lovely review, Amanda <3

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Thank you so much!!! I am so happy you enjoyed what you read here!

  • Awwww, you didn’t like Chesh? ;D I liked this book so much! It was so cool to see how the sweet girl became the mad queen of hearts – the ending had to be the way it was, because how else would she become who we know as the Queen of Hearts? I hate heartbreaking endings but I was all for this one because it really added to the authenticity of this “prequel”. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Amanda!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Chesh was just so … less. I was super disappointed.
      Did you notice all of the things that qualified her as mad in the Wonderland stories we know and love that her mom kept doing?! I really felt for the QoH, and the girl she used to be, when she was on the receiving end of that!!

  • I want to read this badly myself. Oh no, did they ruin Cheshire? I love Cheshire, so thats a bit disappointing. But it’s the Queen of Hearts retelling, and I kinda want to read anyway o.o

    • Amanda Mitchell

      It doesn’t in any way ruin this retelling / prequel, or Cheshire, but yes, the way Chesh is depicted here is not up to snuff!!
      You should definitely read this book!

  • Michelle

    I liked Heartless well enough, but I actually found it to be somewhat of a letdown, personally 🙁 I loved the beginning and Meyer’s re-imagining of Wonderland. And I LOVED the fact that Cath’s main objective at the beginning is to open a bakery. So cute! But there were aspects that I ended up struggling with — the “subplot” with the jabberwok I think could have been a lot more interesting, and the pacing felt weird (slow in parts, really rushed toward the end, etc). And I just couldn’t get into the love interests because they just seemed … random? Unmotivated? Don’t get me wrong — I LOVED Jest! And I loved the idea of Jest and Cath together, but I never really understood what BROUGHT them together, other than the dream? So yeah, I ended up having a somewhat bipolar relationship with this one :/ I’m glad you liked it so much though! You should definitely try out the Lunar Chronicles! I thought the re-imagining of all the fairytales throughout that series was WAY more impressive/creative. 🙂

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Awe, that is too bad that you didn’t like this one! Maybe one day you will reread it and find it more enjoyable!
      I am super excited for TLC!! Especially after all of the comments on this post!!
      Thank you for reading <3

  • Oooh I’m glad you enjoyed this one Amanda! It was interesting to see the origin story of Catherine Pinkerton. Lovely review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • I did read this one and it tore my heart out… I loved every minute of it!!! I didn’t actually have a problem with Cheshire in this one but then I can’t remember too much of Alice in Wonderland at all – so maybe that’s why? I loved seeing all the familiar characters and her mix of Victorian London and Wonderland. The whole thing was beautiful and heart breaking.

    This is the book that also made me pick up The Lunar Chronicles – I was a bit on the fence with Cinder but I loved Scarlet. 🙂