A Very Short Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyers

A Very Short Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyers

This is a very short book review on the book titled Heartless by Marissa Meyers.



What is it about?

A wondrous retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Heartless by Marissa Meyers follows Catherine Pinkerton–the most desired woman in all of Hearts. Lady Catherine, despite being born a royal, doesn’t seem to be very interested in the glitz and glamour of ballroom dances, courtship, and climbing the social rank. No, Catherine only has eyes for pastries and her dream of wanting to one day, build a bakery store with her childhood best friend Mary Ann. But of course, a highborn such as her could never run a bakery, her parents would never let her do such a thing. Because what Catherine’s parents want, is for her to marry a royal. Someone who is her equal, someone who is capable of taking care of their dearest one and only. And it seems like they may just be in luck…as rumors have it, it does seem like the King of Hearts has set his eyes on pursuing Lady Pinkerton’s heart and making her his own.



How I Discovered It

I stumbled upon Heartless through Goodreads when I was looking for fantasy novels to read. There really is something about fantasy retellings that gets me every time, though I still can’t put my finger on why and how.




Marissa Meyer’s Heartless started off quite slow, and the pace throughout the book is also quite sporadic. There were a lot of talks about baking, cakes, and petty court politics, but the real meat of the story seems quite rushed. What with the Jabberwocky, king’s courtship of Catherine, the Mad Hatter. I don’t know how to describe it, but it feels like there was a lot of nothing going on in the book for a good 70% and then the last 30% felt quite rushed and haphazardly stitched together. One thing I will say though, the world-building is stunning. While reading Heartless, it does really feel like I was transported to the Kingdom of Hearts with its odd creatures and riveting surroundings.



Who would like it?

Personally, I think this is suitable for readers who enjoy reading YA novels. For avid high-fantasy readers, I think Heartless might be a bit too simple and straightforward. However, it is always good for people who just want to go for a light read and get a taste of childhood stories from a different perspective.



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My Top 3 Quotes

  1. “When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?”


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


  3. “Thank you,” she murmured, hoping he knew it wasn’t just for helping her up the tree and through the window. Hoping he knew it was for everything. The thrills, the laughs, the secrets he’d shared.”




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