Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles 'In Heartless, the nonsense that is Wonderland gets a reverential makeover, full of heart and its own idiosyncratic character.' Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After AliceLong 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, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries.At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King's marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.
Pan Macmillan Australia
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"I'm so happy that I discovered Meyer through Gilded (thought to be a stand-alone at the time) and Heartless. She is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. This book also made me realize that I'm a horrible Wonderland fan after I read the Alice books directly after this. I feel that Catherine made a decision that was more understandable than in a typical "villain" origin story. It's one I could see others making if these magicks were available to them in the real world. Meyer is able to write incredibly charming love interests and that and her absolute absorption in the world of the fairytale is what gets you to read huge chunks at a time."
"Great characters and plot. Although the story could’ve gone soooo much deeper than it was. The relationship between Jest and Cath went fast and by the time the prophecy is fulfilled on Jest’s part, I feel I didn’t get to wallow in sadness long enough. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great stand alone novel, I just feel the ending was way too rushed. As the reader, we don’t get enough time to stain the end of the book with tears before we have to refocus on the next scene. Great book, could’ve been better."
"So sad but so beautiful. An amazing stand alone story."
"Great backstory of the Evil Queen Of Hearts. The whimsical world of wonderland brought back into a book. Loving and hateful characters. I loved seeing how Catherine Pinkerton turned into the Evil Queen Of Hearts. This books makes you feel more empathetic towards the Villian of wonderland. Cute romance between Catherine and Jest. Suspenseful to see what happens to Catherine."
"Absolutely broke me in the best way. A must read "