Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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In the land of Hearts, Cath dreams of opening up her own bakery. She does, after all, make the best baked goods in the kingdom. The only problem with Cath’s plan is her nobility. Though her parents dream of Cath’s rise in court (especially with the king’s eye on her), Cath wants only to assert her independence and make her own way in the world. If Cath’s world isn’t complicated enough, new arrivals in Hearts (a mysterious, alluring joker and a rabbit who makes hats) further tangle her ambitions. With the pressure of the king’s affection increasing every day,  Cath must figure out a way to control her own destiny — if she can.

I loved The Lunar Chronicles, so I was really looking forward to new work by Marissa Meyer. At first, this book is a bit slow, but hang in there, because it really picks up by the end. What I like best about this book, aside from the incredible world-building, is that we see a huge shift in the protagonist. Most of the time, “good guys” stay “good guys” and bad stays bad. In this book, that is not the case. However, seeing as the book takes place in Wonderland, I suppose it’s fitting for expectations to be turned on their heads. If you like Alice in Wonderland, fractured fairy tales, or are also a fan of Marissa Meyer, definitely give this one a try. After its ending, I definitely hope there is more to follow!

Rating: 4/5

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