Book Reviews

Heartless: Book Review

Book title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fairytale, Retelling
Target Audience: Young Adult

“Fascinating, isn’t it, how often heroic and foolish turn out to be one and the same.”

*seems a bit Jack Sparrow-ish to me


Why I chose this?

I chose this as I appear to be a sucker for fairytale retellings especially if they have been written by Marissa Meyer. I really hope this is better than the one I read by Christina Henry I thought that one was a bit too out there.



HeartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite 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.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


What I thought

First things first, DO NOT READ THIS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH you have been warned. This book made me so hungry with the constant talk of cakes and tea parties. I honestly read it in little bits over the course of a week because of this. I was constantly routing and scrounging my cupboards for snacks.

In all honesty, I thought some of the names were quite plain. We have Lady Catherine Pinkerton, Lady Margaret Mearle and Jack of Knaves to start with. Lady Catherine Pinkerton to me doesn’t really sound like a person that would strike fear into the hearts of many. In comparison to other names, we have Jest, Hatta, Peter Peter, and Haigh (hare).

Also if we look at the Lunar Chronicles we have Royalty with names like

Selene Channary Jannali Blackburn & Channary Blackburn

To me, these character names just don’t seem to cut it.

I did like the way she incorporated Peter Peter pumpkin eater and made it part of the story. It actually fit in quite well

I really liked the Rock Turtle Cove festival. This is where I think things started to really get going but that might be because this is where I decided that I want a Hatta hat.🎩

So a bit after this Jest has a proposal and they decide to set off to Chess which is where Jest and the Raven are from but as always things don’t work out quite according to plan (wouldn’t necessarily make for a good read though would it?) and things happen. As a result of these things Catherine has almost a complete personality transplant for the last 50 pages or so. I understand things can make you sad and you’re allowed to mourn for things but this dramatic change so close to the end felt almost like it was forgotten and put in to explain why she was the Queen of Heart we all know.


Star Rating


So I’ve given this read a 3.5-star rating and I think some part of me was hoping it was going to be as good as the Lunar Chronicles and I set the bar too high. Or maybe I just need to switch it up at the moment as I seem to be having a fair few 3 stars reads lately.

2 thoughts on “Heartless: Book Review

  1. I’ve always wanted to read Marissa Meyer’s book but I get intimidated by book series, I think this standalone is a great place to begin. Awesome review!

    1. I’ve got to say I definitely preferred her series over her stand alone novel. She’s a good author though you should definitely give her a try 🙂

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