Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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.

OH. MY. GOD. Marissa has just blown me away again. THIS WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!

You have to read this, no matter what genre you’re usually into. I’m serious – this book is amazing, and you’re going to be missing out on the read of a lifetime.

Heartless is based on Alice in Wonderland, as you may have guessed. Marissa brought out the whimsical nature of Wonderland so well – the descriptions were vivid and captivating, and every single thing about the setting was just so perfect.

It really was an innovative take on this fairy tale, and the details were amazing. This wasn’t a book that had a lot of action or suspense, but at the same time, it was definitely very intense. There’s a sort of plot twist, an I honestly saw it coming a third of the way into the book, but that didn’t stop me from reeling in shock when I finished reading the book. Daym! No spoilers, of course.

Even though the setting was such a whimsical place, you can kinda make out that the book had a pretty dark theme to it. It was completely clean – no gore or anything like that, but the scenes and plot had a sorta twisted aura to them, and that completely took the book to a whole new level. However, especially since this is the second Wonderland rewrite I’m reviewing in a row, I will add that it quite didn’t have the madness that is characteristic of Wonderland.

Although Heartless has its own charm as a single read, I really hope that Marissa writes a sequel to this, because I just need to know what happens next. This isn’t fair!

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