Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
“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’m a bit torn on how to describe my feelings with this one. It has been on my TBR for so freaking long and I’m so happy I finally got to it! I both loved it and hated it, because well if you know the story of the Red Queen you know how this one ends. Basically not well. I knew that and I thought I was ready. But OMG I did not expect for this book to break my heart. The story centers on Cath, the girl who will eventually become the infamous Red Queen, and her hidden relationship with Jest.
I generally really enjoy re-tellings, but I hardly ever enjoy prequels. I usually don’t care about what happened previous to a famous story, especially if it’s not a happy story. But this book has a way of giving you hope. A part of me hoped against all reason that Cath would get the life she so desperately wanted. It’s funny though, with this book it wasn’t so much the characters themselves that drew me in, rather who I knew they would eventually be. I was drawn in my the beauty of the world, the craziness, the inexplicable. I think there’s something so captivating about this story, how it shows you the harshness of life. Sometimes life is cruel, sometimes grave mistakes are made, and sometimes there’s no going back.
Would I read this book again? I don’t think I could bare the heartache, like I actually ugly cried through this one. But am I glad I read it? Absolutely! It’s truly a unique story that was a nice change from all of the predictable YA. Even though you know how the story ends, it still comes as a shock and I loved that. I couldn’t put this one down.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads