Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

33009320Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Published: November 8, 2016

Rating: 3.75/5

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I picked this book up for the read-a-thon challenge – OwlCrate-a-thon! (You can read more about this in my post HERE) I received this book way back in 2016 as part of an OwlCrate and figured it was finally time to pick it up. Admittedly, I have never read Alice in Wonderland before (due to being terrified of the Disney movie as a child) so was unsure what kind of experience Wonderland would give me. It was certainly whimsical, with allusions to rhymes from my childhood and other references I recognized from both the live action and animated adaptations.

I found Catherine a sympathetic character. All of the descriptions of baked goods she made caused some major food envy! Throughout the story, I understood where she and her emotions were coming from, and I totally get her infatuation with Jest (the love interest). He was super broody and the sort of bad boy that I always love to pair off with the good girls.

Knowing this was an origin story for the Queen of Hearts, there had to be some tragedy involved. Although it was great getting the “whole story” behind what made the Queen of Hearts who she is, nothing really revolutionary happened. I saw one of the plot twists coming a little before the halfway point in the book, and felt like the story just kept circling trying to build up relationship tension. It was a struggle getting through the middle portion, contributing to my belief that this book could’ve been shorter than the 450 pages it was. The story really picked up in the last 100 pages or so, which is ultimately what led me to round my review up rather than down. Overall, it was just okay for me, although fans of Alice in Wonderland may feel differently and I can see how this book holds appeal.

In a side note, I feel like the low ratings I’ve been giving to some books lately may be due to me outgrowing some of the younger-YA genre (what, no, never!).

I hope to finally read Alice in Wonderland as my pick for the Classic of the Month 2018 challenge in March, so I’ll check back in!

February Reading Wrap-Up

I decided to try a fun new way to summarize my monthly reading: an infographic!February Reading Wrap-Up

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If you’d like to, check out my review for The Iliad, my pick for the A Classic a Month Challenge.

OwlCrate-a-Thon

I’m so excited to be participating in the OwlCrate-a-Thon reading challenge this year! It’s a challenge run by the subscription box OwlCrate between February 10 and 23, with the goal of reading some books that have previously come in the box have been sitting on your TBR pile.

OwlCrate and HeartsThis years challenges (and my reading goals) are:

  • Finish the oldest OwlCrate book you received: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (UPDATE: you can see my review HERE)
  • Read books from two different genres: I’ll be reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which is an origin story for the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Retellings are different enough from fantasy for me!
  • Finish two books in two weeks!

Even if you aren’t a subscriber, you can join in! The goal is to read any book that has previously come in the subscription box. If you want to check out the official announcement (with a full list of the books in the description), you can check out the Youtube Video HERE.