Heartless

Heartless

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250044655
1250044650
9781250080271
1250080274
Branch Call Number: YA Meye
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 25 cm

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KRISTIE_CORONEL
May 15, 2019

I cried for two days about what happened to Jest. If only Cath wasn’t so stupid. I hate this story and also love it.❤️👎🏼❤️

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StarRocks1000
Feb 26, 2019

This book is supposed to be the prequel to how the Queen of Hearts came to be. Catherine Pinkerton wants to work in a bakery with her maid friend, Mary Ann, but her parents would rather want their daughter to marry the king. Then, Cath meets Jest, a court joker who comes from Chess (another world through a mirror), and the two enter a secret courtship. So, I'll just say that the book was more in the Disney cartoon category, since most of the scenes made it seem like Disney, though that's OK. Another thing was that it foreshadowed the ending. (Cath became the queen, as you may have guessed.) I didn't like Cath's character, to be honest. She seemed like a coward (since she didn't stand up for herself when other went against what she wanted), and had a seriously huge and unexpected change in personality. (from "sweet heart" to the "Off with their heads!" psycho we know, in an instant.) She even stole a crazy pumpkin from Peter Peter (Referencing to the poem), who owns a pumpkin patch. While that was pretty bad, the ending was worse. If Cath hadn't saved Mary Ann, who was about to be feed by Peter to the Jabberwock (who's actually Peter's wife, by the way), she would've been with Jest, who would've avoided having his head chopped off by Peter, in the land of Chess. And maybe Alice wouldn't have had any harm on her adventures in Wonderland. I'd say Meyer should just stick to The Lunar Chronicles.

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Calescent
Feb 22, 2019

I enjoyed this book, it smoothed out some of the Wonderland story elements so they seemed like something normal and the characters were interesting. Like some other of the reviewers, I felt it took a bit of a turn 3/4th of the way through as the tone changed. Hopefully this isn't too much of a spoiler, but it would have helped to know that this was an origin story. I felt like the book was leading to a very different ending and I was not emotionally prepared for the actual one.

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susan_findlay
Feb 11, 2019

For this first two thirds or so of the book, I was expecting to give it four stars. It was a fun light twist on a familiar fairy tale. Then it got weird - and not in the good Wonderland-y kind of way.

I appreciate that the author had a goal in mind, but I didn't like the introduction of extra character(s) at the last minute who, to the best of my recollection, had no connection to the original Wonderland lore. I feel like the same end could have been met using the characters we had already met (and/or actual Wonderland characters). Certainly, I'd had several different theories as to how the story was going to play out. All of them would have felt more authentic than the actual ending.

Great set-up, but the conclusion was a let down.

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Gwen904
Jan 14, 2019

Wonderfully imaginative and addictive. A very nearly perfect novel.

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clemjunka
Nov 18, 2018

One of my favorite books that belongs to a group I can only describe as "Unable to put the book down until I finish". Such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. And like Meyer's other works, it craftily demonstrated parallels to the classic fairy tale without giving away the plot. I simply love Meyer's formula for a hit story: strong characters, fantastic adventures, some romance, and all magic.

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indigo_elk_4
Nov 15, 2018

I loved the lunar chronicle series, but this unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. While it has some good elements it just feels like something’s missing. :(

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StormDancer01
Aug 10, 2018

I found this story to be an unexpectedly gripping read! I've enjoyed a good number of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland rip-offs, and while this one is probably not my favorite, it was very different, and surprised me!
The story begins almost painfully slowly - as a total fantasy action nut, I wasn't about the dull political parties. It accelerates very surreptitiously, in almost imperceptible, dystopian-like undercurrents. A "Happy king, happy kingdom!" attitude neatly keeps the real action tucked away, until it springs out near the end and becomes impossible to put down! The ending was stunning. I'll admit I was impatient while reading it, but in hindsight, the book is a masterpiece and I highly recommend :)

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StrawberryAlpaca
Jun 16, 2018

If you like Alice in wonderland you should read it❤️

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NoCommonRaven
Feb 23, 2018

It was okay.
I love the Lunar Chronicles, and all those strong, upright, women protagonists. But this book was a little disappointing in that the female protagonist, Cath, was really quite indecisive and slightly weak. Even though Jest, who I LOVED, says she has the heart of a queen, I really doubted it. She didn't put other's needs before her own, she wasn't willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her people. In my mind, that is what being royalty is all about.
If you don't mind that character's flawed personality, the book was great and a remarkable prequel to the Alice In Wonderland stories by Lewis Carrol.
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gire and gimble in the wabe, all mimsy where the Borow goves, and the momeraths outgrabe!
3 out of 5

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 16, 2017

"Off with his head."
-Cath

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Bubbles_101
Jan 14, 2017

"Sometimes I have come to believe as much as six impossible things before breakfast."
-Cath

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Bubbles_101
Jan 14, 2017

"Impossible is my specialty."
-Jest

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keelyhudsy
Dec 28, 2016

"Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to."

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dinesh76
Nov 28, 2016

"She would not allow fate to trick her out of this dream."

Sadly it did.......

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Chelsea016
Jul 01, 2016

Sweets and Tarts: The Most Wonderous Bakery in All of Hearts

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Chelsea016
Jun 26, 2016

"But hoping," he said, "is how the impossible can be possible after all."

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samheartsbooks
Apr 01, 2017

Inspired by Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Marissa Meyer's gives Catherine, a girl who dreams of opening a bakery. Only her parents have other plans- marrying her off to the King of Hearts. Full of romance and mystery, Heartless is the backstory of the Queen of Hearts that you never knew you wanted.

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Chelsea016
Jul 01, 2016

Catherine is a talented baker and all she wants to do is open a bakery with her best friend and be the person who supplies Hearts with the best pastries and confections. Unfortunately, her mother thinks that's unsuitable for a woman who holds the eye of the yet unmarried King of Hearts.

At a ball where she believes she will receive a proposal, Cath meets Jest, the handsome new joker who immediately steals her heart. Unwilling to risk offending the King or her parents, they enter into an intense (& secret) courtship.

Cath only wants to fall in love and run her life on her own terms. But sometimes, fate has other plans

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