Book: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: ★★★★★

It’s been a while since I’ve dedicated an entire post to a book, in fact I think it was still 2017 the last time I did. It’s not because I didn’t want to but because when I took an unexpected leave from blogging I just got so behind!

However, after reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, I just couldn’t resit.

‘Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.’

Lady Catherine Pinkerton is the most desired woman in Wonderland, on account of the king wanting to marry her and all. But, Cath has very different ideas: she wants to open a bakery with her best friend (who also happens to be her maid) and, when a store front becomes available, she can almost feel the dream in reach.

However, on the night that the king is going to announce who he wants to marry, events lead Cath to Jest, the king’s joker. She instantly feels pulled towards him and suddenly everything she’s worked for is in jeopardy: she’s never going to get the shop, she can’t seem to get rid of the queen and everywhere she goes, there seems to be a jabberwock attack. With problems thrown at her left, right and centre, can Cath cling on to what she wants the most, turning what fate has in store for her upside down and finally getting her happily ever after with the one she wants to love the most?

“You have my heart, Jest. I don’t know if you deserve it or not. I can’t tell if you’re a hero or a villain, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Either way, my heart is yours.”

I picked this book up on a bit of a whim. It’s one that I’d seen and picked up a few times, but it had never made it to the checkout. In fact, I think it always got put back because I didn’t think I’d like it that much, especially because I’d gone off reading strictly romance novels.

However, I’m extremely happy to say that I absolutely loved this book. In fact, I think it’s up there with one of my favourite 2018 reads.

Like I said, although I don’t mind a bit of a romance within the book I’m reading, I’d gone off books that were just dedicated to romance relationships. I expected to spend my entire time reading this book rolling my eyes in distain but, instead, I spent half the book with a massive, heart warming smile on my face and the other have unable to put the book down because I wanted to know what happened so much.

Whether you like the original Alice in Wonderland or not, this book can easily stand on its own. With a cast of strong characters, a unique plot and just enough madness, it is its own, unique story, without sounding like a story that has been told time and time again.

I’d be lying if I said I loved Cath because at times I really hated her and her personality, especially when she was being unkind to those that loved her the most. However, I did appreciate the way she stood up to the sexist ways of Wonderland and the expectations that had been set for her, going against the norm whenever she could.

Meyer just ticked all the boxes if you ask me: brilliant characters, loving relationships, humour, and murder, what else could you possible want?

“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

What is the last book you read that you loved?