Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Review: Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Pages: 453
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atherine 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.


I’m not really a Alice in the Wonderland fan because the story is just too weird for me despite liking quite a handful of characters. However, I really enjoyed how recognizable the story is in Heartless. And I need to emphasis that don’t read this novel on an empty stomach because it will made you crave for all the sweets because Catherine, our heroine, is a baker and it’s her dream to open a bakery. And oh how I would love to try some of her pastries.

Catherine’s personality change surprised me the most, which I didn’t expect to happen. She went from a sweet, naive girl who had such whimsical dreams to a cold, heartless queen by the end of the book. Because of this there were times that I really didn’t want to continue with the book. I didn’t want to see her turning into a character I would eventually have to dislike because of the revenge she’s vowed to take. However, at the same time, I was really excited to see her turn into the Red Queen that we come to know in the Alice in Wonderland tales.

Her relationship with her parents were frustrating…especially when it came to her mother. I know her mom wants the best for her, but I hated that she didn’t listen to Catherine until the very end when it was too late to change anything. Her father didn’t feel helpful either and felt like a bit of a pushover when it came to having a say about Catherine’s life. I felt so bad for Catherine at times because not only her parents doesn’t support her dreams of opening a bakery with her friend Mary Ann, but they also doesn’t support the fact that she doesn’t want to marry the King of Hearts. For some reason whenever he appears I always picture him as a Humpty Dumpty character.

The forbidden romance between her and Jax was wonderfully bittersweet and I had this feeling that their romance wasn’t going to end well. Jax, our love interest, was mysterious and dark but became more as the novel progressed. However, I think his interesting moments came at the end which made it feel a bit rushed. I had even more questions about Jax by the time I was done with the book. Anyways, I also thought that Catherine had a bit of an insta-crush on him, which I wasn’t sure if I liked or disliked, but I did enjoy their bantering.

Overall, if you enjoy sweets and retellings Heartless is perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth craving. While I’m sad that this book is a standalone I’m eagerly waiting for Marissa Meyer’s newest novel, Renegades, to come out soon.

You can read Cyn’s review of Heartless here.


Author: Jackie

10 Replies to “Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I hated her parents, especially her mom! I kept hoping Catherine would stand up to her parents, but she never did. There were a lot of unlikeable characters in this book. Her so-called friend with all her quotes, Peter Peter and his wife, even the King gave me shivers in a bad way.

    1. You’re right, there were a lot of unlikable characters in this novel. I felt like her mom was like Cinderella’s stepmother at times. However, she did stand up to her parents in the end, but it was a little too late which makes the story more tragic.

  2. I bought this last fall and I was so excited to read it, but I still haven’t! It sounds fantastic. I loooove sweets too. I’ll have to make sure I have snacks on hand when I finally read it.

    1. I hope you get the chance to read it soon Lori. The sweets are to die for.

  3. Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! It made me hungry and happy and then heartbroken (I love the alliteration I have going on lolololol). I thought it was a perfect prequel type of novel for Alice in Wonderland! Though the ending crushed me. It was a great story overall. 😀 Wonderful review, Jackie!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Ahaha I love your alliterations. It’s not everyday you get to read about a good girl becoming a villain unless…come to think of it I don’t think I’ve read anything with that type of character besides this book.

  4. I haven’t read Marissa Meyer yet and I know that I really need to give her work a try. This does sound wonderful and I am glad that you enjoyed it 🙂

    1. Her books are so much fun. If you like fairytales I’d totally recommend starting with her Lunar Chronicles series.

  5. Yeah, the insta-love in this book took off a few stars for me in the end. I liked seeing her change though, but I felt like it all happened too quickly, given the slow start of the book. Great review Jackie!

    1. Yeah I was hoping the romance would be something similar to the buildup between Cinder and Kai like in Cinder, but I didn’t expect Catherine to be charmed by Jax so soon after meeting him.

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