Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite 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.
Heartless is a prequel story to the well-known and well-loved Alice in Wonderland story. It’s the origin story for the Queen of Hearts. This fantastical and sometimes bizarre story is one that I read a few years ago, and when I learned that Rebecca Soler is the narrator for the audiobook, I knew it was time for a reread via the audiobook.
I’m glad I did. This story was just as wild as I remember it. I really loved Cath. I loved her passion for baking and her love for her friends. She’s passionate and tries to stay true to what she believes but also battles with pleasing her parents. I think she was such an interesting character. Seeing the battle between what she wants and what her parents want for her was the best part of the story.
The world is fascinating and whimsical and messy. I really enjoyed it. The complexities of the difference between Chess and Cath’s world was compelling and Jest ad Hatta made me want to know more. I would have loved to actually gotten to see Chess.
I really don’t know what else to say about this book. So much happens, there are so many characters, and the parts I want to talk about the most are at the end and I don’t want to spoil. I really wish things ended differently, but alas; the ending is the part that was inevitable. I loved Cath. She had such a big heart of gold. She really cared about others and their happiness. I loved her passion and it made me want to get up and bake something!
Anyone that is a lover of Alice will probably love this story. Marissa Meyer really excels in the area of retellings. If that’s your cup of tea, give this one a try. Listen to the audiobook because Rebecca Soler is my all-time favorite narrator. She’s completely incredible.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.