Oh wow! I’ve read this book such a while ago, I forgot I hadn’t reviewed it yet! Such a shame, because I absolutely loved this book.
Author: Marissa Meyer
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Summary: Catherine Pinkerton lives in Wonderland, a land where anything is possible. Anything, except what Cath wants for her own future, it seems. She wants to open her own shop and bake pastries every day. Too bad, the unmarried king has his eyes set on her, and Cath’s mother would nothing more than for her daughter to be queen. Then, Jest comes along. He is a simple joker, arrived for entertainment, but as it turns out, he is so much more than that. No matter how much Cath wants to choose her own destiny, fate has other plans for her.
I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! Now that that’s done, I can humanly write the rest of this review. This book was hyped up a lot – another story about Wonderland? About the origins of the Queen of Hearts? Written by Meyer, famous for the Lunar Chronicles? Would it live up the hype? Yes. Yes, it did.
I must admit, while I usually wouldn’t trust other people’s reviews as much, this time I checked them. The only thing about Wonderland I ever known of was about the Alice in Wonderland movie (which is so good by the way), and the latest movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass (review here) and that was about it. A lot of people had read books and more books about it, so they knew a lot more about the whole Wonderland world. I must say, the reviews were mixed, and it scared me a little. Of course, not everything could be in perfect harmony with the original created world, but some people were really negative.
However, when I started reading myself, I was hooked immediately. I had actually been in a tiny reading slump, and this book just encouraged me to keep reading. In fact, it’s been the first book in more than a year that I was willing to give up my sleep for (I used to be a huge insomniac but now I prefer sleep over basically anything).
Cath is a character I sometimes loved, and sometimes just couldn’t stand. I read Cait’s review (you can find her over here at PaperFury!), and I’ll just quote this line of her review on Goodreads:
The entire plot of Heartless is: a spineless whiney girl tries to avoid marrying the king but not by doing anything active, just by whining about it in her room a lot.
Which, I sadly agree quite a lot with. Cath is someone who knows what she wants, she has planned it for as much as possible, but she simply doesn’t do anything after that. Now, I don’t fully agree with said line above, because it can suck when your parents have an entire different future planned for you, but she honestly didn’t say anything until it was already too late!
Mary Ann, Cath’s handmaid and best friend is a whole other thing. She is as encouraged to start the shop with Cath, but still is only a handmaid. She tries to keep Cath away from danger a lot too, but sadly, it doesn’t always work.
The King of Hearts is a kind hearted man, looking for a wife, and who would be better than Cath? (Well, I could name a few people, personally) He tries to woo her, and even though it;s not working quite as well as he hopes, he keeps trying. Which, in one way touched me a little and on the other hand annoyed me a bit. When someone is not interested in becoming your wife, you should just stop trying in my opinion. Then again, Cath didn’t show it that well either, she was just way too busy with Jest to pay any attention to the king, and the king was probably way too busy imagining their future together to pay attention to how Cath was really feeling.
And then there’s Jest. The Joker. The oh so charming guy who just seemed to come along at the right moment. Okay, I’ll admit, if someone like him came to me in Wonderland, I’d go with him too. He seemed incredibly nice, caring, and of course funny (how else would you become a Joker?). He was secretive about where he came from for a long time though, which I understand but it’s also a bit unfair. He also should’ve cared more about what would happen if anyone found out what he and Cath were doing (that sounded worse than I meant, oops), but he was also probably too busy fainting over Cath and at the same time wondering how he’d get his own plan to work out.
The Mad Hatter was someone I loved so much, especially after the Alice Through The Looking Glass movie. He seemed so okay (for Wonderland standards) in the beginning and then it became really clear how he went to be the Mad Hatter. I felt sorry for him a lot, actually.
Last but not least, Cheshire Cat, most likely to be my favorite character in the entire book. And not just because he’s a cat (but maybe a little 😛 ), he was actually a smart (person? cat? I have no idea what to call him) character, and thought longer before doing anything stupid (except sneakily trying to eat an entire cake at once). He gave Cath a lot of advice (which she ignored nonetheless) and besides being sarcastic, he did care.
This is me right now, enjoying a huge cup of tea while writing this review. Simply for the purpose of finishing it, and then diving into bed all warm and fuzzy yay! It might be a liiiitle after bed time for me (I’m kidding, I moved out a few months ago I don’t have a bed time any more).
Overall I just simply loved this book, even with Cath annoying me. The entire story, the not knowing what would happen till one of the last chapters, it just all did it for me and I cannot tell you enough how much I want this book to be on my shelf. Sadly, I really dislike the paperback cover(s) and the hardcover is so expensive 😦 But maybe one day!!
Did you read this book? Do you think it lived up to the hype? Why (not)? Is it just us who were annoyed by Cath? Please tell me in the comments, I love to chat with you!
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