Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Oh, Heartless is clever, very very clever. So clever in fact, it manages to be both unique and heart-stoppingly familiar at the same time.
And I assure you the Hatter throws the maddest tea parties this side of the Looking Glass.
Dare to delve headfirst into your childhood memories? To come out with a different view of Wonderland? You’ll find a land as rich as double cream and characters you didn’t know you needed in your life.
… and she saw that he was smiling, and his smile was heart-thumpingly open, honest, beautiful. His lavender eyes sparkled as they found her…
It’s whimsical, swoony, fun and fanciful. And there’s cake. It’s full of cake. And Jokers. And Hatters.
Catherine’s mouth ran dry. A crack was burrowing through her chest, threatening to break her open.
I gobbled this book, dreaming of the characters. Trying to savour the flavours but instead gulping it almost all at once – like an unexpected treat that could be snatched away at any moment.
There was a moment of suspension around them. She could feel his heart beating near to hers, and his breath in her hair.
What do I want next? What am I desperate for?… Jest. I would love to hear Jest’s narration. A whole story from his POV. Here’s hoping Marissa Meyer hears my plea!
Recommended age: 12 +
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: 8 November 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Review copy
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she 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 — Abstract from Goodreads.com