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Heartless

byMarissa Meyer

Hardcover | November 8, 2016

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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller that Gregory Maguire (Wicked and After Alice) calls "full of heart."

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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.

Marissa Meyer is the USA Today- and New York Times-bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest: Levana's Story, and Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection.
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Title:HeartlessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.58 × 6.47 × 1.5 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I'm a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles, and I was so happy when Heartless came out! It was magical from beginning to end, and broke my heart when it was over!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I read anything and everything that relate to Alice in Wonderland. This book did not disappoint. Marissa Meyer is an excellent author. I've read all of her books.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I'm a huge fan of anything Alice in wonderland and this was a really good retelling. We get a not so happy ending compared and I actually appreciated it.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartless Interesting point of view from the Queen of Hearts. Loved the ending even though it was perdictable.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ehh... #plumreview IMO the Lunar Chronicles were better but I didnt HATE this
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! In my opinion, this book was fantastic! I loved how the author kind of recreated the character and told her story from being the creative baker "Lady Catherine" to the sad and bitter "Queen of Hearts". Also having read the Lunar Chronicles, I preferred those books to this one but they were both done very well.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unpopular Opinion... The writing is great but unfortunately the story is very underwhelming and predictable. There's not really anything that hasn't been done in other retellings of Alice.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as the Lunar Chronicles If you read this with the intention that it will be as good as the other books in the Lunar Chronicles, you will be like me...disappointed. Got this book in January and just finish it yesterday. It was painful and kind of dull to read. I am a fan of YA book and read all the books in the lunar chronicles and this one will not be one I remember as a good read.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I loved this book as I have loved all of Marissa Meyers books before this, but for fans of the Lunar Chronicles, don't go in with the Lunar Chronicles as the base for your expectation. It was a great book but for die hard fans like myself, do your best to go in without expectations.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great The writing was terrific, the atmosphere was on point, and the characters were interesting. All around solid book. Just did not like the ending, although I can see why it ended that way...
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book I loved all the romance and thrills in this novel, I could not put it down, it touched all my emotions, although it was not the ending I was hoping for all in all I really enjoyed reading this novel.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Pretty good retelling A pretty good retelling,, just not one of my favourites, especially since I read Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. which I thought were better. Nevertheless, I thought it was interesting that Meyer focused on the Queen of Hearts, giving voice to an overlooked character. Honestly, the book started to get good for me towards the end, so it was a little difficult to get through the beginning and was a little slow. However, if you are a fan of Wonderland, its still worth reading.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming I was excited, but it just didn't "wow" me. Beautiful cover though.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off With Your Head! There is an abundance of retellings concerning a blond girl who took a tumble down a rabbit hole, but what of the villain of her story? The infamous Queen of Hearts - known for her violent temper and penchant for yelling, "Off with his/her head!" at every poor unfortunate soul who displeases her. Apart from these meager facts, however, not much is known about her. Now, finally, Marissa Meyer has undertaken the task of exploring the temperamental queen's history, and what made her - almost literally - lose her head. In Meyer's passionate tale, the Queen was once a dreamy young woman known simply as Cath. She's written as a rather unusual sort; a nobleman's daughter who dreams of owning her own bakery, which, of course, is unheard of. And to make matters worse, she falls in love with a man considerably below her station - the Court Joker, the lowest of the low. While the star-crossed lovers fight to be together, Meyer twists her story until the riddles and nursery rhymes you thought you knew suddenly resemble things from your nightmares. The Raven (who, oddly enough, does not resemble a writing desk); Peter Peter, pumpkin-eater, who decidedly could not maintain his wife; and the timeless Hatta, whose hats are something to be both admired and feared. Many of these background players seemingly don't belong in a story of a dark and brutal Wonderland, at first, but in time, Meyer brings it all together until it suddenly makes sense, leaving the reader stunned and terrified. "Happily ever after" has no place in this book. This tale is one of heartbreak, betrayal, and murder most foul. Heads will roll and readers will feel a thrill as Meyer rewrites the tale of a heartless queen bent on revenge.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome read i bought this and its not only beautiful, but a awesome story
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing prequel/retelling This book was extremely entertaining and even though it's inspired by Alice in Wonderland, it definitely held its own with its unique plot and cast of characters. I would definitely recommend the audiobook. The narrator was fantastic.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Spectacular Retelling Heartless is such an atmospheric read, the world Meyer creates filled with wonderful little tidbits taken straight from Carroll's work, from the Duchess and her pointy chin to the Cook's affinity for black pepper. Seeing these details and others was an absolute delight, and reading Heartless really felt like stepping back into Wonderland. Of course, the story itself, as you watch Catherine slowly transform into the Queen of Hearts, was wonderfully done as well. The only problem I had with this book was the instalove, but otherwise Heartless was an absolutely wonderful origin story.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I loveed Marissa Meyer's work with the series of Cinder!! When i picked up this book, I had such high expectations, and this book met them all!! I advise anyone who hasn't read it, to read it. It's amazing!!!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good The story was creative and refreshing.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular This is an amazing origin story, I wish I could forget it just so I can experience it all over again! If you like the Lunar Chronicles then get this book now. Wish it was longer #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book made amazing. As a Lunar fan and a fairy tale fan I pre-ordered this months in advance. Not one bit of regret, amazing read full of laughs and sobs. Can not wait to read more from Meyer's.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved this book, I will read it again for sure.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meyer's done it again! As someone who enjoyed the Cunder series, I find this authors new novel unique and worth reading. I love her development of the characters, the many twists and tumbles in the storyline, and the underlying traits of the fairytale we all know and love. Very well done!!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartless is heartbreaking Marissa Meyer really has a way of making you really fall in love with the characters. Absolutely fell in love with the character Jest. She captured the world of Wonderland excellently. The phrases she uses are very apt. I loved seeing the connections between the classic story and the retelling of their prior lives. Definitely loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative I enjoyed this different take on the queen of hearts. It was a light and fun read!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I got into this book right away and breezed right through it. I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I barely put this book down, it was easy to read and I loved the different take on Wonderland it was very vivid and creative.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! With the mixed reviews on this book, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it but I gave it a try anyway and I couldn't be happier that I did. I love this book! The story is incredibly creative and well written. A lot of Wonderland research had to be put into this book and it shows. Great read!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartless is a Heartbreaker. One of the saddest love stories ever. But it`s a great read and Marissa Meyer is brilliant as always.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and easy to get through I haven't read a book like Heartless before, so definitely points for that. The book was nice, easy to get through, and wrapped up. I was pleasantly surprised, and while I didn't find it as amazing as the Lunar Chronicles series, it was a refreshing standalone novel.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before Alice went to Wonderland She is a great author! Even though I thought the first half of this book was slow, it was needed for the character development. Once all of that was established, then the book really picked up and I couldn't put it down! Great read! So many nods to the original story, and great little explanations as to why things are the way they are in Wonderland!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it really unique and beautiful love story :')
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exciting! the cover and dust jacket are so beautiful, can't wait to get into this #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I devoured this book! I'm not a fan of knowing the ending of books but this book kept me wondering how she became an evil queen! I liked the romance and the twists! I also like the fact that this ending was not a "fairytale ending" there aren't many fantasy book out there that do this!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I really didn't know what to expect from this novel. I didn't read any of the blurb or summaries available and instead just picked this book up randomly. I have read Marissa Meyer previously through The Lunar Chronicles but although I enjoyed Cinder, I felt it went downhill shortly after, with me really detesting the final books in the series. Anyway, I was surprised (but not disappointed) to realize that this was a supposed novel prelude to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. This book was amazing and even though it isn't an official novel written with Alice in Wonderland, I LOVED it and wish it was. It truly gave the characters a history and would give understanding on how they became who they are. It was funny, entertaining, shocking, and heart wrenching. I don't want to spoil anything but.....WOW. Again, this story gave so much history and explanation to the original characters. I really am hoping that Marissa Meyer continues on this trend of 'retelling' or reworking these classics. I definitely preferred this style which was close to the original classic's style compared to The Lunar Chronicles where the classic became more scientific fantasy. Definitely a good read and I have to say, if you were disappointed in the Lunar Chronicles, still pick this book up because I was thoroughly surprised with how much I enjoyed this read.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I love this author! I will read anything by them because their writing is amazing. A great plot, interesting characters, beautiful writing. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool This a really awesome way to depict the backstory of a character we all know and to find out why the Queen of Hearts is the way she is.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book, loved it This book was so good, so many twists and turns I was never not surprised. I don't usually read these kinds of books, but I'm so glad I did.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good I was expecting more, just because I read the Lunar Chronicles and it was SO GOOD. But this standalone novel is still pretty good, even though I did expect more. very interesting retelling. (I totally called it)
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Considering how much I had love the Lunar Chronicles and the small excerpt from this book a while ago, I had high hopes for Heartless. I mean, the Queen of Hearts' backstory? Yes, please.</p></p>Unfortunately, I didn't find myself enjoying this novel half as much as I had expected. Not only was there a lack of diversity in the human characters (everyone whose skin colour is described is white), but, in my opinion, the romance took too big a place within the story.</p></p>Still, I'm giving Heartless three stars, and I do recommend it to people who've enjoyed Meyer's previous work. It's darker than the Lunar Chronicles, and the magic within the story is most definitely captivating.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Retelling I absolutely loved this book! I was skeptical getting into this book because I wasn't a huge fan of Cinder. The story of the Queen of Hearts was so heart-breaking yet so fun and beautiful that i couldn't put it down! I read it in about a week's time, which is fast reading for me because I have school and work 2 jobs as well so there is very little free time in my life. I would definitely recommend if you like fairytale retellings and stories that have a lot of feels.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever story I loved this book. I thought the author did a brilliant job of weaving the story and characters from Alice in Wonderland into an original "prequel" novel. Even though the outcome is known, the plot was still compelling. I found it hard to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I bought this book months ago, and it's so slow-paced I got bored, and gave up. It's sitting and collecting dust right now, but a lot of people find it interesting. Honestly, there was a lot of hype for this book, and after reading TLC I expected the book to be just as good. The writing style changed a lot compared to Meyer's other books.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was better than I expected. I read this book because a dear friend of mine told me I reallly needed too. And being the great friend I am and trusting her judgment, I did. I enjoyed it from the beginning. Being familiar with Alice in Wonderland, I expected the outcome to be different than what I hoped, it was. I was not a fan of the main character. I second what Hatta said about Cath not deserving Jest but I still wanted the outcome to be different and I was sad about his character's fate. It's a huge book and some parts are a bit slow but it's a quick read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Having read and loved the first chapter of this book about a year ago, I had high hopes for Heartless. With the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer had done great work of retelling some of my favourites fairy tales, and I was so so so excited to see her take on the Queen of Hearts. However, I was highly disappointed by Heartless. Don't get me wrong; it's a gook book and I recommend it to anyone who likes Meyer's work. However, the story didn't feel smooth to me in anyway. About half of it could have been cut, and the book would still have been good, if not better. It felt like too many plots were mixed together, and because of that, there was no time to really deepen any of them. Also, I had kind of hoped that the Queen of Hearts' backstory wouldn't be a romance, but that's more of a personal thing, and shouldn't stop anyone from reading this book. After all, it is a good book, and I would have most likely appreciated more if I didn't have such high expectations for it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it The ending was bittersweet, although I have to say it did break my heart. It's not as good as her Lunar Chronicles books because this was one book and there isn't as much room for world building as there is in four books. However, this does not limit how great the book is!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So interested Her lunar cronicals were amazing, I hope she does the Wonderland world justice #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing! The other reviews had me hesitant to buy this but I'm SO glad I did. She linked the story to Alice's so perfectly. This has to be one of my favorite books now
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Interesting story about the queen of hearts!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced I loved this book, and all the ties it has with Alice and Wonderland. It really makes you love the queen of hearts.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Absolutely loved this. It was an amazing read and totally captivating.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun take on the Queen of Hearts I enjoyed this retelling of the Queen of Hearts. If you enjoy new spins on fairy tales, you'll enjoy this!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark but well written 4 stars for all the yummy descriptions of Catherine's baked pastries. I kind of forgot at the beginning that this was a retelling of the life of a girl before she became the Queen of Hearts and is known as the tyrant queen in Alice in Wonderland. The first half of the book was all fluff and talk of baking and the King trying to woo Catherine. The second half was much more interesting with the Jabberwock and how you could see subtle changes in Catherine's personality which took a turn for the worse. I'm kind of disappointed with the instalove between Catherine and Jest compared to the relationships we saw developed in The Lunar Chronicles. I guess since this is only one book, the interest between the characters have to be quick and apparent but still. I preferred their bantering and teasing at the start before Catherine began obsessing over Jest all the time and how she loved and hated Jest for reeling her in and then pushing her away. So knocking off a star for the romance but everything else kept me engaged like the secondary characters Hatta and Chesire. :P
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dream Like I really enjoyed this book. Alice in wonderland isn't my favourite tale, but this book made me want to watch the movies again. I really enjoyed this story!! It is a retelling about how the Queen of Hearts became Queen. I read half of it in one night! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life *3.5 The queen of re-tellings takes on a different world in Heartless. It's no secret that Wonderland, particularly starring Alice, are quite a popular commodity in the book world. I'm sure it has something to do with the bizarre world and characters that Carroll created. There's a lot to explore there. What I was really anticipating with Heartless, though, is Meyer's take on The Red Queen before she became the evil "off with their heads" tyrant. With no back story provided by Carroll, Meyer had the world at her fingers(and her imagination too) to provide readers with an interesting prequel. Catherine/Cath lives in Hearts. It is a sleepy kingdom that thrives on gossip, parties, and characters of all sorts. As a Lady, Cath has expectations attached to her life and name. She's a noble lady, therefore she must act and live like one. Her love of baking and the dream of opening a bakery with her maid and best friend Mary Ann is farfetched but that doesn't stop Cath from dreaming of the impossible. Things starting going sideways when Cath realizes the King has taken an interest in her, a romantic interest. In fact, he plans to make her his Queen. Cath wants nothing to do with that life. She just wants to bake her days away. Then Jest shows up; the new court joker is mysterious and appealing. There seems to be an intense spark between Cath and Jest, one that Cath eventually falls into. Jest leaves Cath even more determined to control her own destiny and have the love and husband she chooses. Of course, that's not how the story goes. We all know how this story ends before we even open the book. We know that Cath doesn't have a happy ending in store(well that could be argued but I digress, this is not a happy ending). Now we just have to know she got to that place of evil Queen. Cath starts out as a dreamy, intelligent and proper lady. She does what's expected of her, is nice to all the caddy people of the kingdom. Well, she plans her future in private. I love me a villain starter story. It's super intriguing to see their fall into wickedness. And admittedly Heartless was no different. As soon as Jest appeared it was quite obvious where Cath's story was going. But I guess I held out a teeny bit of hope that Meyer was going to change Cath's ending... As people kept trying to keep Cath away from her wants. As people kept trying to control her future. As the jobberwock wrecked havoc on Hearts, Caths decent into a less than content and starry-eyed dreamer was slow but obvious. The Red Queen was there on the horizon, love was going to change Cath in her. Nobody saw her coming(well nobody in Hearts). Heartless is full of the characters that intrigue us, probably even love, from Carroll's Wonderland. Cheshire, The White Rabbit, Hatta and everyone at his mad tea party. Even just mentions of beloved characters were fun to realize. Hatta is as mad and bizarre as we know him to be. Cheshire is as cunning and truthful as expected. But Jest, Jest is a new one. It's hard not fall for the court joker. He's mysterious and swoony all rolled into a lovely package. My heart hurt from the moment I met him because I didn't foresee a happy ending for him. Meyer took liberties with her version of the pre-Wonderland days. But all the charm and weirdness was in every page and every character. I could imagine this as part of Carroll's world. These characters are Meyer's yet fit in right with the magical world Carroll created. I did go in with high expectations. I mean The Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favourite stories. I fell in love immediately upon opening Cinder. So Heartless had big shoes to fill. At the end I thoroughly enjoyed Heartless, it is absolutely a great spin on Wonderland. There were just some bumps along the way. Cath's story was a slow one. I, unfortunately, was not dying to read every day. And that takes away a bit from my enjoyment. But those that last third was more on par with the action and adventure and intense scenes I loved from The Lunar Chronicles. So thank God for those last 150 pages(even if they were a tad bit sad). Heartless is a fun and bizarre love story. Don't mistake it for anything else. It's about what happens when, in a world where anything can happen, your destiny is made for you. Cath's love for Jest is ultimately her downfall. Her transformation in The Queen of Hearts provides the entertainment value I love about Wonderland in all its impossible weirdness.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not enough hype. this book is severely underrated.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from too much hype I love Alice in Wonderland and was pumped to read an imagining of the Queen of Hearts point of view. However, I think the hype was way too big for this one. I'm not saying Marissa Meyer isn't a fantastic writer (because she is!) but this one is a let down. There is absolutely nothing new or exciting in this book. 1. Cath (the queen) loves sweets and wants to own a bakery. This is an obvious one that has been overused. Example: Tim Burton. 2. The big shocking moment everyone was freaking out about had no lead up and was over in two lines...then they all kind of move on. 3. Jest (the love interest)...instalove anyone? I didn't buy it. I guess it just wasn't for me. I wanted to love it...but no. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted Not as good as the lunar chronicles but still freakin amazing
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to. Marissa Meyer has been one of my favourite authors since Cinder first released, oh so long ago. When I finished Winter last year, I had thought that the wait for a new Meyer book would be a long one, but then Heartless was announced. At first I was a little bit skeptical, I'm not the biggest fan of Alice in Wonderland, but when I heard that it was going to be a retelling from the Villain or rather, the Queen of Hearts point of view, I knew I was a goner. Like most people I thought I was going to have to wait until November 2016 to read the book, but fortunately for me, and 5 hours of wasted time waiting in lines, I was able to get an ARC at BEA 2016. So I was able to read the book earlier, although not that much earlier. The book was a treat filled dream, Catherine, our main character was a baker, a baker with a dream of one day owning a bakery with her friend. From just saying that, you can expect treats galore in Heartless, you can also expect to be hungry the whole time you read it. Meyer described each of the treats perfectly to the point where I was constantly felt the need to be baking. Catherine was also just like your average villain, someone wanting the best for themselves but have it ruined for them. In Catherine's case, she was just born into the wrong family, thus having to follow the responsibilities that came with her family. It also didn't help that her parents didn't understand her at all, and what they thought was best for her, was really what was breaking her. At times it got to the point where you couldn't help but pity her. Overall for me the book was fabulous, the minute I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Heartless was the perfect blend of sanity and insanity for when it comes to Wonderland, an insane treat filled Wonderland. I would recommend Heartless to anyone who is a fan of Alice in Wonderland or of Marissa Meyer, because in the end, it was definitely worth the 5 hour wait in line.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing retelling One of my most anticipated releases of 2016. This is a Alice in Wonderland retelling/ prequel. This is the story of what happens to the Queen of Hearts before she became the Queen.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Really interesting read! Loved it.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from - really great story. loved it!!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic story!! I adored this book! I will read Melisa Meyer's stories for a long time
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy Sad I pre-ordered this book and was so excited when it finally came. I started it right away, but school got in the way and the beginning didn't pull me in enough to take a break from Netflix or school. I find it is a book where you should pace yourself; read it on the bus or waiting. There is kind of a mystery that goes on through the book which was my favourite part because I could not make sense of who or what. The characters are different than you'd expect and some definitely take a turn. P.S. whenever you think you know something, you don't!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid 3.5 stars Having never been a big Alice in Wonderland fan, I can still say that Heartless was decent. I love the Lunar Chronicles so pretty much had to give this book a chance. It took a while; I started it right away in early November but it wasn't enough to hold my attention at that time, so I moved on to more exciting reads for a while. Last week felt like the time to give Heartless another go, and I've been steadily plodding along since then. I didn't "love" any of the characters; Catherine was a brat all the way through, and grew worse as the story went on; Jest was better but still just okay, and I think Hatta was my favourite of all of them. If you're looking for a light-hearted story, I don't think you'll find it here, but for a well-written story with complex characters and an interesting plot, and especially if you love "Wonderland", you will likely really enjoy Heartless. For me, I give it a solid 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly Beautiful From its innovative plot take on a literary classic, and its spellbinding linguistics, to its beauteous portrayal of a whimsical realm and classic characters, Marissa Meyer’s Heartless is a puff of fresh air that breathes a new life into the Lewis Carroll classic, but is also justly in itself: a tempest of triumph.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Lovely story, great characters, enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Wonderful in a sad way. A lovely story, loved the descriptions of the characters.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartcrushing but beautiful very beautiful story #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It As a huge Alice in Wonderland fan this book did not disappoint. As usual, Meyer's strength is her character development, the Queen of Hearts is so beautifully developed in this novel, it's a must read for sure.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Very good. I quite enjoyed this. Good ploy and relatable characters.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! fans of alice in wonderland will love it!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For fans of Wonderland Meyer has encapsulated the essence of Wonderland inside this book. The imagery and depictions are well crafted as are the characters. I think it's safe to say that after such a book many readers will become entranced with clowns and jokers. Cath's struggles are easily relatable and that adds to the empathy and heartbreak that the readers will ultimately feel. Heartless is very much like our own roller coaster of a life. When the moments are good they are very good and happy but when things are bad they can get very dark. I would definitely recommend this to fans who love Wonderland. Just be prepared to be thrown onto a roller coaster of hope and despair even though we probably all know the outcome.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Heartbreaking I absolutely loved this book! Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job of recreating the kingdom of Hearts in wonderland. This book made me feel for the characters, love, heartbreak, joy etc. This is a unique take on the queen of hearts backstory as to why she is so ruthless. My favourite characters were Jest and Hatta, Jest was just absolutely incredibly lovable and mysterious I couldn't put this book down, i definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fairy tales and retelling's
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and Stunning I absolutely loved this new standalone novel from Marissa Meyer. This book is the backstory of The Queen of Hearts. Firstly, I loved the creativity of writing about this well known villain because not many bother to think of her backstory or rewrite Alice in Wonderland. The beginning was a bit slow, however more action was added as you read more and more. This book smoothly led up to the classic Alice in Wonderland, and gave a whole new light to the famous Queen of Hearts
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from JEST Amazing ending - leads right up to Alice in Wonderland. It's a little hard to get into after the first few chapters, but the ending is full of action and we can finally see Cath as the Queen of Hearts.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 449 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 0 I don’t like Alice in Wonderland, in fact I dislike the concept so much I have never even attempted to read it, and the most I have seen of any of the movies is 20 minutes. I also didn’t like Cinder, though I rated it higher than I now think I should have. You’re probably now wondering why on earth I read Heartless, and to be frank, I’m not really sure. Maybe I wanted to give Marissa Meyer another shot. Maybe I was intrigued by the premise. Whatever the reason was, it didn’t turn out well. This book is boring. All Catherine thinks about is not wanting to marry the king and baking, which gets old after a while. It felt plot-less. The action was sucked out of the actions scenes, and the mystery was taken out of the lines that were meant to keep the reader hooked. This book just fell flat. Maybe it was the characters. I had a difficult enough time attempting to tell them apart, let alone trying to care about what happened to them. A piece of cardboard has more personality than these characters. Also, Catherine and her magical savior of a love interest Jest have less chemistry than a table and a piece of toast. Overall, Heartless was disappointing and boring, earning it 0 stars out of 5 and a DNF.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book wrenched my heart out and got me sobbing. I recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Broke Me I LOVE this book, I picked it up because I liked the author already, but this book really swept me off my feet, I couldn't put it down (which often happens). I cried and I found myself rooting deep for the characters
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The story will capture you right from the beginning. I love the way Marissa describes Wonderland in this epic read. Plus the cover under the jacket is positively stunning and breath-taking.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! This was a really quite intriguing, hooking you in from the first chapter. The character development in this book was beautifully written, definitely pick this one up.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Interesting take on the Queen of Hearts
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Has an amazing story line and only took me a day to finish. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought this was an epic read. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I don't see what all the hype is about this book, it was a bit boring read. Reading about her baking was a bit dull, the story kind of picks up at the end of the book. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting good read, I finished it in a week.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Okay This one reminded me a lot of that tv show
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I bought this book last week. The book is interesting. Catherine is my favorite character.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Engaging and full of Food First of all, the baking. I adored all the descriptions of each perfectly made delicacy sprinkled with this or that. I honestly started craving sweets. Secondly, I love how Catherine gets to where she is at the end of the novel. She's nuts and scary and I love her! I will say, however, that the Lunar Chronicles is still preferred over Heartless. Because as much as I like Heartless, I did have some issues. For one, it's slow to begin. Two, she so desperately wants to get out of marrying the King, yet she does nothing to stop it! Three, it's very predictable. There's no enjoyment in surprises and twists because you see everything coming. Everything is so clear before it happens. Cheshire is pretty likeable, though.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Even better then the lunar chronicles
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Debating on whether I should give this book 4 or 5 stars First off, I've read/reread Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and absolutely adored every single one of them. I was always worried that like many great chronicles, the books would eventually taper off/plateau and become let downs. That wasn't the case. Certainly wasn't the case in this book. I don't want to give the book a bad rating because I was utterly disheartened at the end of the story because it was beautifully written and the story definitely isn't mean't be rainbows/lollipops. It's not fantasy-sci-fi like her other books; I'm honestly glad and refreshed that she wrote within a different 'genre'. The book was definitely a great read, well-thought/thorough story weaving. However, what sets it apart from her other books was the pace of this book. I didn't expect it to be as full of 'action' as the chronicles (again, different 'genre') but i felt like the last few chapters of the book were a bit cluttered/stitched together compared to the pace set throughout the first 80% of the story. The ending felt like it just tumbled out. I can't wait to see what other imaginative books the author comes out with next.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not like her other work, disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this im happy i bought this book
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I had high expections as I loved her other writing, and while this was decent, I did not like it nearly as much.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright It was ok, but not my favorite.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Read it because I liked her other writing, but it wasn't anything memorable.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm extremely disappointed... I was a HUGE Lunar Chronicles fan, but this... This was uninspiring with mediocre writing (Metaphors of geisha in a Wonderland world? WHAT IN GOD'S NAME???). Meyer said she was inspired by Victorian era, well I can assure you she read history wrong. Between bland characters and insta-love, the Wonderland world building was lacking and unconvincing. So so disappointed...
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I was so excited for this book. I am a HUGE fan of the Lunar Chronicles and I love standalone novels, especially since my book budget is quickly dwindling. I was waiting anxiously for Heartless, even though I have never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. The book itself is stunning. The book underneath the cover is a black-and-red chessboard with a gold seal of a crown and a joker's hat. the contents of the book, however, I found to be mediocre. I did not connect at all with the characters. I didn't care about Catherine, Jest, their romance, their struggles, etc. The book held my attention but out of curiosity rather than being emotionally committed to the story. I would suggest you get it at a library. It pales in comparison to the Lunar Chronicles. The characters are so easily forgettable, bland, and uninspiring.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! Yes its just what i've hoped for!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT MARISSA MEYER BOOK
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES YES YES Seriously can't wait to read it
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so good! This was so good, I loved this book.. cant wait to read her next.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life *3.5 The queen of re-tellings takes on a different world in Heartless. It's no secret that Wonderland, particularly starring Alice, are quite a popular commodity in the book world. I'm sure it has something to do with the bizarre world and characters that Carroll created. There's a lot to explore there. What I was really anticipating with Heartless, though, is Meyer's take on The Red Queen before she became the evil "off with their heads" tyrant. With no back story provided by Carroll, Meyer had the world at her fingers(and her imagination too) to provide readers with an interesting prequel. Catherine/Cath lives in Hearts. It is a sleepy kingdom that thrives on gossip, parties, and characters of all sorts. As a Lady, Cath has expectations attached to her life and name. She's a noble lady, therefore she must act and live like one. Her love of baking and the dream of opening a bakery with her maid and best friend Mary Ann is farfetched but that doesn't stop Cath from dreaming of the impossible. Things starting going sideways when Cath realizes the King has taken an interest in her, a romantic interest. In fact, he plans to make her his Queen. Cath wants nothing to do with that life. She just wants to bake her days away. Then Jest shows up; the new court joker is mysterious and appealing. There seems to be an intense spark between Cath and Jest, one that Cath eventually falls into. Jest leaves Cath even more determined to control her own destiny and have the love and husband she chooses. Of course, that's not how the story goes. We all know how this story ends before we even open the book. We know that Cath doesn't have a happy ending in store(well that could be argued but I digress, this is not a happy ending). Now we just have to know she got to that place of evil Queen. Cath starts out as a dreamy, intelligent and proper lady. She does what's expected of her, is nice to all the caddy people of the kingdom. Well, she plans her future in private. I love me a villain starter story. It's super intriguing to see their fall into wickedness. And admittedly Heartless was no different. As soon as Jest appeared it was quite obvious where Cath's story was going. But I guess I held out a teeny bit of hope that Meyer was going to change Cath's ending... As people kept trying to keep Cath away from her wants. As people kept trying to control her future. As the jobberwock wrecked havoc on Hearts, Caths decent into a less than content and starry-eyed dreamer was slow but obvious. The Red Queen was there on the horizon, love was going to change Cath in her. Nobody saw her coming(well nobody in Hearts). Heartless is full of the characters that intrigue us, probably even love, from Carroll's Wonderland. Cheshire, The White Rabbit, Hatta and everyone at his mad tea party. Even just mentions of beloved characters were fun to realize. Hatta is as mad and bizarre as we know him to be. Cheshire is as cunning and truthful as expected. But Jest, Jest is a new one. It's hard not fall for the court joker. He's mysterious and swoony all rolled into a lovely package. My heart hurt from the moment I met him because I didn't foresee a happy ending for him. Meyer took liberties with her version of the pre-Wonderland days. But all the charm and weirdness was in every page and every character. I could imagine this as part of Carroll's world. These characters are Meyer's yet fit in right with the magical world Carroll created. I did go in with high expectations. I mean The Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favourite stories. I fell in love immediately upon opening Cinder. So Heartless had big shoes to fill. At the end I thoroughly enjoyed Heartless, it is absolutely a great spin on Wonderland. There were just some bumps along the way. Cath's story was a slow one. I, unfortunately, was not dying to read every day. And that takes away a bit from my enjoyment. But those that last third was more on par with the action and adventure and intense scenes I loved from The Lunar Chronicles. So thank God for those last 150 pages(even if they were a tad bit sad). Heartless is a fun and bizarre love story. Don't mistake it for anything else. It's about what happens when, in a world where anything can happen, your destiny is made for you. Cath's love for Jest is ultimately her downfall. Her transformation in The Queen of Hearts provides the entertainment value I love about Wonderland in all its impossible weirdness.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love absoluely love this book Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite author's and her book did not dissapoint. I just wosh I could reread it again without knowing what happened and enjoy it again
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Queen of Hearts Origin Story I am struggling to find the words to describe my love for Marissa Meyer's Heartless. Magical and passionate. Wondrously absurd and delightful. Heartbreaking and tragic. A gorgeous fantasy that feels both familiar and new. Heartless is a prequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that I never knew I absolutely needed in my life. I've read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a few times, but it is one of those classic tales that's never really connected to me. Alice was annoying. And the dialogue always seemed to go around in circles. It was kind of maddening. But I've always remembered the infamous Queen of Hearts, who terrified her subjects and loved to cry, "Off with their heads!" And with Heartless, we finally get her story. Before she became the Queen of Hearts, Lady Catherine Pinkerton was simply a girl who loved to bake and dreamed of touching the hearts of everyone in her kingdom with her lovely confections. Tarts, cupcakes, pastries and cakes―Catherine loved to bake all kinds of mouthwatering desserts. And one day, she hoped to open a bakery with her best friend Mary Ann. But even when you're the daughter of a wealthy marquess, there are limits to your freedom. The unmarried King of Hearts, forever jovial but certainly not very bright, has recently begun to favour Catherine as his intended bride. If Catherine had been any other girl, she'd be happy to receive the attentions of the king, but she's never wanted to be queen. As her overbearing mother pushes her to accept the king, Catherine instead finds herself drawn more and more to Jest, the new court Joker. Handsome and mysterious, Jest can make the impossible happen with his endless magical gifts. And he makes Catherine laugh. But we all know how this story will end... and it won't be with a happily ever after. Catherine is destined to become the Queen of Hearts, after all. And it was with this thought in mind that I absolutely dreaded reading the final half of the book. What would be Catherine's breaking point? How did a girl filled with such wonderful dreams become so... heartless? Marissa Meyer's Heartless is an unforgettable prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that may just break your heart. But before we start crying, you'll fall in love with the whimsy and magic that is Wonderland and its very odd inhabitants. You'll recognize Cheshire and the Mad Hatter and the court made up of playing cards. And we can't be in Wonderland without some kind of tea party. Yet for all its familiarity and nods to the classic, Heartless very much still has that Marissa Meyer touch I loved in her Lunar Chronicles series. I may not love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I sure loved Heartless.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Heartache You Will Enjoy After reading Heartless I can see why Marissa Meyer is so well-loved by readers. I haven't had the chance to read her Lunar Chronicle books yet but after Heartless, I know I will soon. This book has me love her writing. Her storytelling is spellbinding and I want more. So I am not the biggest nor most avid fan of Alice in Wonderland but I noticed certain nods to the original story. I was surprised but excited I was able to pick up on them. It definitely made me appreciate the existence of the croquet games and the importance of the characters such as the White Rabbit and Hatta. They're familiar and made the story all the more relatable and dear to our hearts. Catherine was so full of dreams and hopes in Heartless. The knowledge of what she was to become weighed heavily on my chest as I read. I hated everyone who wouldn't let her be herself (which ironically also included herself). It saddened me to see her choke down every refusal she mentally had to go along with the requests of her parents and the King for the sake of being the obedient only child and a proper lady. Cath was already kind, noble and brave, I wanted to see her act on her selfish desires for a change. I wanted to see her bakery come alive. I wanted her to be able to share her mouth-watering pastries with the whole kingdom and beyond. Most of all, I wanted her to have the happiness she envisioned with Jest and Mary Ann. It was absolute sweet torture reading Heartless. Again, that feeling of knowing exactly how the Queen of Hearts will turn out made this an emotional read. Many times I've wanted to save myself from the heartaches but Marissa Meyer spun such an enchanting tale I could not stop. I very much loved seeing Cath and Jest fall in love. Neither intended to have these feelings but they couldn't be contained- a tender yet passionate relationship. Even knowing there couldn't possible be a beautiful outcome for them, I prayed hard for one. You will too when you read this book. The Cheshire Cat had impeccable timing. He might act lazy and casual with his sarcastic remarks but I felt there was always a purpose to his appearances. Whether it was to give warnings or to dole out advices, it was unwise to ignore him. I can't help but feel even now, if only Cath had heeded his words earlier on or even considered them more carefully then all could've been better. I was positively dreading turning the last few pages. Everything just hit me directly in the heart. What a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking but soul-touching story. Heartless made me feel everything and then took it all away. I enjoyed every moment of the sweet misery. Truly Heartless.
Date published: 2016-11-08

Editorial Reviews

#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller!A Publishers Weekly Bestseller!"In Heartless, the nonsense that is Wonderland gets a reverential makeover, full of heart and its own idiosyncratic character."--Gregory Maguire, WICKED and AFTER ALICE "What Gregory Maguire did for the Wicked Witch, Meyer does for Lewis Carroll's Queen of Hearts, tracing her arc from a teen with dreams of owning a bakery into a murderous madwoman."-People magazine"The author's best fantasy yet. ...Meyer has woven all the elements of darkness and light, fate and free will, and love and hatred into an unforgettable story of the evolution of the Red Queen from a young girl who dreamed of true love and freedom to a madwoman best remembered for the phrase 'Off with his head.' If you only read one fractured fairy tale this year, make it Heartless. A must-have title.--School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series:#1 New York Times Bestselling SeriesUSA Today BestsellerPublishers Weekly BestsellerNational IndieBestseller"A mash-up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a crossbetween Cinderella, The Terminator,and Star Wars." -Entertainment Weekly"Prince Charming among the cyborgs." -The Wall Street Journal"Terrific." -LosAngeles Times"A binge-reading treat." -MTV"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre." -The Seattle Times"Epic . . . Breathtaking." -Teen Vogue"Utterly thrilling." -PublishersWeekly"Wonderfully addictive." -Buzzfeed