Shortly after starting Heartless by Marissa Meyer I realized something that I probably should have known already…
…I don’t like the Wonderland universe…
It’s not because of Heartless at all — I just don’t like Wonderland in general. I’m just not a fan of that weird style.
Despite not liking Wonderland, I was surprised to find I enjoyed Heartless!
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on November 8, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America
Catherine 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.
Marissa Meyer made me enjoy Heartless significantly more than I expected. The story was fun, but tragic—especially because you know where it’s heading. I really felt for Catherine, her family struggles, and the situation with the king.
The romance though…
My biggest gripe has to do with the romance. I didn’t care for Jest much at all. He just wasn’t interesting. Also, his relationship with Catherine was crazy insta-love. They had like two private moments together (only one of which was substantial—an entire evening) before she claims she loves him. I didn’t mind this too much at the beginning, since the focus felt like it was more on Catherine (her personal journey and longing to make her own life) than their romance. But towards the end it became a bigger problem for me because View Spoiler » [Jest’s death took over her entire life and reshaped her entirely. I get that his death was tragic, but she also barely knew the guy all things considered… « Hide Spoiler]
It was good, especially towards the end when the action really picked up. I wish I could have enjoyed the romance more though.