PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends


DATE PUBLISHED: 8th November 2016


PAGES: 453







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.






Being the new Marissa Meyer book I knew I was going to read Heartless. No questions asked. I knew a basic plot going into the book but really grew to love the characters and the world itself.

As this book as based in what would be Wonderland I had a basic idea of what to expect with the world building. What I found was a world that had the beginnings of Wonderland but was its own entity in the Kingdom of Hearts. It was interesting to read about this new Kingdom that I knew would one day be the world of Wonderland that has inspired many adaptations.

Catherine as a character was one that would be hard to empathise with knowing what happens in the future works regarding Wonderland. However, Meyer has managed to create a set of circumstances where the reader can empathise with Catherine’s character and understand how she became so heartless. It goes to show there is a lot more to a person then what meets the eye.

Characters from Wonderland, such as The Mad Hatter and The March Hare make an appearance in the book and it was interesting to see their characters before we knew them from Wonderland.

With wonderfully written characters and a beautiful world, it was a pleasure to read about this nod to Wonderland. This villain origin story was something truly spectacular.




Keep Calm and Read On,


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