Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
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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.