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.
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. marissameyer.com
After successfully concluding "The Lunar Chronicles" Marissa Meyer has finally published a new book which, yet again, was inspired by a well-known story. You've probably heard of or read about the evil Queen of Hearts at some point or another, but have you ever wondered what it was that caused... After successfully concluding "The Lunar Chronicles" Marissa Meyer has finally published a new book which, yet again, was inspired by a well-known story. You've probably heard of or read about the evil Queen of Hearts at some point or another, but have you ever wondered what it was that caused her to become the type of person she is known for today? This is her story: When Cath was only 17 years old, all she wanted to do was open her own bakery and find true love - two very humble wishes, you might say, but not at all acceptable for the daughter of a Marquess. Still, Cath holds on to her dreams for a very long time...until everything starts falling apart. I just loved Marissa Meyer's previous books and couldn't wait for "Heartless" to finally be released. And let me tell you, this book was really worth the wait. "Heartless" offers an amazing background story to the Queen of Hearts that filled me with wonder, made me laugh out loud, is really sweet and also broke my heart. This book is not only a mesmerizing and entertaining read, it's also about topics like living up to your parents' expectations and being true to yourself. I can totally empathize with Cath and unterstand the predicament she finds herself in. I whole-heartedly recommend reading this book, even if you aren't too familiar with Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".