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Hello everyone! So welcome to the second Goodreads-blog crossover (the first is my DNF review of And I Darken)! This time, as you can see from the post title, this is a review of Heartless* by Marissa Meyer! It just came out today (whoooo!) but I read an ARC of it and finished late yesterday (yay great timing!) so this is my review of it! Before I start my (non-spoilery) review, here’s the synopsis via GR:
Long 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 favorite 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.
And now for the mini review:
- the character arcs were near flawless. Like, Cath’s arc was pretty dang good especially and it was so entertaining (and kinda suspenseful) to see how it’d go.
- the different relationships (and *their* arcs) in this book were actually flawless, no joke. I can’t say much on this bc ~spoilers~ but it was reaaaaaalllllly good!
- the writing was also ON FREAKING POINT. If I could write half as well as Marissa Meyer, and describe things so vividly with so few words, I’d be set for life guys.
I won’t lie and say it was all OHMAGOD through the entire thing though. The beginning was really good but there didn’t really seem to be a plot for a good bit. Like there was a story and you knew that would be the plot, but the characters weren’t doing much about it – they were more focused on the relationship side of things – which, I mean, it was written really well and I loved reading that anyway but I feel like maybe the characters could have acted a little sooner. I wouldn’t let that stop you from reading it all the way through because as soon as the characters acted, it went 0 – 100 real freaking quick and it was GOOD. So ya, definitely read this book!!!
And that’s all for the review! I definitely suggest you read Heartless*!!! Thank you for reading this and feel free to leave a thoughtful and respectful comment on your experience reading Heartless and other retellings! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!
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**originally published on my Goodreads account**