Review: Heartless, by Marissa Meyer

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books
Release Date: February 9th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, YA, Romance
Pages: 464
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite 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.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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I read this book as a buddy read with two of my friends and we started last Monday. Neither of them are finished yet even though I want to talk about it so desperately with them and to tell them how amazing it was.

I’m a sucker for books with royalty so Meyer’s books appeal to me so much. She dipped into the world of Alice in Wonderland and it really paid off.

She’s marvellous at retellings and even better at dropping little hints to the original book itself. Her writing style is so admirable and all of her badass female characters are FANTASTIC.


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


Heartless is the retelling of the Queen of Hearts life before the events in Alice in Wonderland. It’s so creative and original and Jest has turned into one of my favourite book love interests. He’s also hilarious.

The mystery throughout this was also very enthralling from start to finish, and I don’t think there was any better way to end the book. Love, love, love Marissa Meyer and I’m so excited for her new series that comes out at the end of the year (but probably not in Ireland, then. SIGH.)

5 out of 5 stars.