Heartless Book Review
This book. I finished it today and bounced in front of my husband to tell him all about it when he kindly turned me away and told me to go blog about it while I was still excited, and them come back and tell him more. So here we are.
This book has it all. Imagination. Suspense. Love. Betrayal. Humor. Magic.
And a not so happy ending.
The book was born from Marissa Meyer (author of the popular, and amazing, Lunar Chronicles) wondering about the backstory of the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The queen is full of fury and scares all those around her... but, why?
I love how this book goes back to the beginning and imagines how her story may have gone and includes popular characters such as Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, and White Rabbit. The story is fast paced, nicely written, and you'll be shocked at how quickly you make it to the end of such a long book.
Here's a quick summary ...
Catherine, daughter of a Marquess, has been targeted by the ridiculous King of Hearts to be his queen. She, on the other hand, is the kingdom's best baker and dreams of opening her own bakery with her best friend - and servant - Mary Ann. At a large black and white ball hosted by the king, Catherine meets Jest, the king's new court jester and there is an instant connection. Should Catherine follow her heart as it leads to her bakery and Jest, or should she fulfill her obligations to the kingdom and her family by becoming the next Queen of Hearts?
What do you think? Is fantasy and fairy tales, happy ending or not, a genre you look forward to reading? Or do you prefer to stick to more realistic and solid storylines?