I am participating in The First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila at Book Journey
♥Heartless♥ by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan Audio on 11-08-16
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Source: Unabridged Audiobook
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¶ Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton 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. From New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, comes a vision of Wonderland like none you’ve seen before, telling the untold story of the girl who would be the notorious Queen of Hearts.
Books and Coffee’s book of the month for January 2017.
¶ I like the English book cover more than the American one. I read the first chapter a few weeks ago, about this girl, Catherine, who made the best and most beautiful lemony tarts in all the kingdom. BTW, I have never read Alice in Wonderland but I have been waiting patiently to read Heartless for the first book of the year.
Quote from a solemn Raven (pg. 441):
‘Once I was a lonely Rook upon a distant shore, and I would murder for my queen so we might win a war. Now my eyes see the heart that once we did search for, and I fear this heart shall be mended, nevermore.’
Cath’s response (pg.441)
‘Your fears are correct. Such a heart can’t be mended. I hope I won’t be tasked with keeping such a useless artifact for much longer.’
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why does Catherine dream of a lemon tree and a rose bush growing up into her bedroom window and wrapping around her four-poster bed? She makes lemon tarts and rose macarons out of them. I thought her treats might be magical, but nothing happens to anyone when eating them until.. her pumpkin spice cake made from Peter Peter Pumpkin Eaters patch. At this point, I am only assuming it was the pumpkin cake that changed the Turtle into a Mock Turtle with bovine legs and hoofs. Nasty. However, In the Kingdom of Hearts lived all sorts of unusual animals. I.e., herons and badgers, kiwi birds, otters, and hedgehogs.
The King of Hearts chose Lady Pinkerton for a wife because he loves her baking. Catherine wasn’t going to be pushed into an unwanted marriage just to please her parents, but I thought she could have still had everything she wanted even if she married the King. I mean she should have listened to her parents because what does a young girl know about love anyway? She meets a court joker called Jest at a ball and falls in love with him, and he is a very mysterious character as is the Mad Hatter. Honestly, I believed that these two characters conspired to make sure Catherine married the King in which case Catherines reluctance to marry the King was a bit overstated, and I couldn’t see her love for Jest working out either. On the other hand, it wouldn’t have been difficult to get what she wanted as Queen. I mean really? She could have opened up a bakery and loved Jest and been Queen at the same time and make her parents proud of her but meh.
Once Jest’s mission was revealed to Cath, how he was going to betray her, things went awry from there. I didn’t care for the three sisters and their prophecies which became more like Alice through the looking glass or in this case Catherine, Jest, Raven and Hatta in Wonderland.
Cath aka Lady Pinkerton was once a fool and coward but now with fury and vengeance has become Heartless. Literally.