DANG MARISSA MEYER, BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE DOPE RETELLINGS!
I’m already a huge Alice fan, the queen of hearts being one of my more favorable Disney villains, BUT THIS BOOK Y’ALL- I am queen of hearts obsessed now.
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This story began with our main character Catherine being a lovable young girl, ready to pursue her modest dreams of owning a bakery with her best friend. It’s really incredible seeing the transition between Catherine the innocent into the ‘off with their heads’ Queen of Hearts.
Catherine begins as a very enjoyable character with a love of sweets, a big dream, and a mischievous Cheshire cat. When Catherine comes to find out that her parents are giving away her hand in marriage to the King of Hearts, she still doesn’t give up hope of owning her bakery, yet we start to see the temper of the Queen of Hearts shine through. Once Catherine strikes up an untimely romance with Jest, the court Joker, things get really interesting. I’m normally not one who is big on romance in my books but you guys, I SHIP CATHERINE AND JEST SO MUCH. Their relationship was witty, beautiful, adventurous, and ultimately heartbreaking.
Not only does this retelling have one of my favorite forbidden romances of all time, it offers everything you love about Wonderland in a new light. I was completely entranced by the setting, the Edgar Allen Poe references, and the SERIOUSLY CLEVER plot twists.It was also so magical getting a backstory on (lets be real the most important Wonderland character) the Mad Hatter. If I could live inside Marissa Meyer’s brain for the rest of my life I would.
Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars. My only complaint is that this is a stand alone and I don’t get more Wonderland. Marissa Meyer, you just keep getting better and better. At this point I will purchase ANYTHING you write until the day I die. If the Lunar Chronicles didn’t already have me hooked, I’ve now become your most dedicated subject.
I will link the authors website below in case any of you are interested. Have you read Heartless yet? Are you planning on reading it? Let me know in the comments section!