Review | Marissa Meyer - Heartless.

Marissa Meyer - Heartless.
Published November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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.


Cath loves baking and her dream is to open her own store together with her maid, and best friend, Mary Ann. Her mother has even bigger dreams though; the King of Hearts is proposing to Cath. Idonia Pinkerton, Marchioness of Rock Turtle, wants nothing more than seeing Cath become Queen of Hearts, ruler of Hearts. Cath's passion of baking are crushed when even her father refuses to fund her bakery. The only one who seems to accept her for who she is, is Jest, the new court Joker.

From the moment they make eye contact, Cath is obsessed with him. While I loved him as a character, I did not like this hint of insta-love. He also throws in the famous, and one of the most annoying lines if you ask me, that 'she is not like other girls.' Because I did not care enough about this ship, I was also not shattered at the end of the book. I wish I had felt more, because if it had been delivered in another way, it would have been much more emotional.

Jest, together with Hatta, are in Hearts for a reason. We only get to see a glimps of what is going on in the world of Chess, where the Red and White Queen are battling for power. If Cath wasn't so stupid and naive to ignore the advice of the three sisters, we would have seen more of Chess. He was my favorite character for sure.

That was most probably the most problematic aspect of this book. I LOVED every character in the Lunar Chronicles, especially the girls, but I did not give a damn about Cath. She is selfish and without a doubt, stupid. She has captured the heart of the King, reasons still unknown, and she keeps messing with him. The whole I'm-going-to-say-no-or-perhaps-I-will-say-yes-situations kept going on and on and on. I missed a good plot like with the Lunar Chronicles..

The next thing I missed was the truly madness feeling of Wonderland. For some reason it felt rather bland and that's not something I expected from Meyer, who created such a fascinated world before. I wanted to see more strange things! I was looking for the same overly weird experience that I had with the original tale, that almost felt like a plunge into a bad trip. She could have done more and I feel she didn't went overboard enough. She did spend a lot of time into describing food, and I liked it, but at the end of the day I wasn't blown away.


6 comments

  1. So sorry you didn't enjoy it that much! I love reading about Wonderland because authors can twist it and make it even darker than the original, it's sad that it felt bland in this book.... I hope your next read would be better!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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  2. I felt much the same as you. I liked it but was also slightly disappointed by it. I felt the Queen was too nice, and it just fell flat plot-wise. Still it was an easy and quick read, just no where near comparable to The Lunar Chronicles. Great review, Mel!

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  3. I haven't read anything by this author since she was in the anthology Prom Nights From Hell in like 2007? Great review by the way. I'm still going to give her a try but it's nice to know that this one has some issues (given what you described I'll probably feel the same about it).

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  4. Aw, heartbreak. I'm so sorry you didn't love this book sweetie :( But glad you enjoyed parts of it even so. <3 I loved it lots, but that ending destroyed me. Ugh. But can also understand why you had some issues :) Lovely review Mel. <3

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  5. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one! I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles, but I don't think I've read a positive review for this one... I think I'm gonna have to skip it. Great review! :)

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  6. I enjoyed every bit of this book. What a wonderful tale set in the world of Alice in Wonderland. I enjoyed the fleshing of the characters and the events leading up to the end. The ending was quite interesting as well.

    Zia
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