• Hardcover: 453 pages
• Published: November 2016 by Fiewel & Friends
• Source: Purchased
Goodreads Description: 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.
Another book by Marissa Meyer? Sign me up.
I LOVED the Lunar Chronicles. It ranks up there with Harry Potter for me. Bold words, I know, but true. I loved every book in the series equally, and it’s one of the few I think I’ll reread. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see Meyer had a new book out.
Heartless broke my heart.
It’s a fabulous book, and Meyer has once again done a beautiful job capturing the essence of someone else’s story, while giving it entirely new life. I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland, but anyone who grew up watching Disney movies knows the characters, if not the entire story. I had a lot of fun reading this, because every once in a while I’d catch a reference.
But let’s get real here. What grabbed me and pulled me in wasn’t the clever way Meyer weaved recognizable characters into the story. It wasn’t Cath’s baking (dieters be warned – there are LOTS of delectable dessert descriptions). It wasn’t even the Jabberwock and waiting to see if it would be vanquished.
Oh no. It was Jest.
Charming, mysterious, dangerous, Jest.
Jest is going to be this year’s literary crush when I do the reading stats quiz. I loved him. I shipped him and Cath so hard it’s ridiculous. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Rarely do I care as much about a set of characters. Jest and Cath are everything.
I can’t say much more without spoiling it, so I’ll just say the story ends well, though I could easily read a sequel. Actually, I’m hoping for a story set in Chess. That would be fun. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what Meyer does next.