5 Things About Heartless by Marissa Meyer

May 21, 2017 Review 20 ★★★★

5 Things About Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Pages: 453
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 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.

Wonderland (sorry, Hearts) is a strange world

I don’t know why I forgot how strange Wonderland is. I mean, just the creatures that live there are weird, and then there’s the customs and every day practices. Quirky is the best way to describe this world and I’m not sure how I felt about it. Something I did love though was all the references to the Alice in Wonderland plot and characters.



I LOVED Jest and Cheshire

These two were hilarious! All their witty one liners quickly made them some of my favourite characters in this book. Cheshire is the same cat we know in Alice in Wonderland (and my god is he such a cat), while Jest is new to us. Jest is precious and funny and amazing.


Duty vs Dreams

Aside from the romance, one of Cath’s biggest struggles was the decision to try and follow her dream of opening a bakery, or doing as her parents want and becoming Queen, which is something I think a lot of people will relate to. That feeling of  “do I do this because I actually want to, or because I don’t want to disappoint those who care about me?”. She had no thirst for power, no desire to rule, and was quite selfless most of the time. It’s these qualities in the beginning that would have made her a great queen (things change later) but she would have been so unhappy.



I liked the romance, even though it developed really quickly

The more I analyse the romance the more I feel meh about it. It was a bit sappy, and the feelings between Jest and Cath developed really quickly (they met like five or six times, I think, and were confessing strong feelings about halfway). However, I did ship them a lot (they have good chemistry), and I experienced a lot of feels because of it. And I have to remind myself HEARTLESS is a standalone; of course the romance was going to be fast. I’m used to slow burn romances that don’t result in the couple getting together until the end of the book or later books in the series.


It’s not a book for happy endings

Considering this is a story of what made Catherine become the mad Queen of Hearts we know, this should not be a surprise. Even though I had an idea something was happening, IT STILL HURT ME. Those poor poor characters. I’m not surprised the event turned Cath into the mad, vengeful Queen of Hearts.



I feel so sad and bittersweet after finishing HEARTLESS that it’s hard to write a summary for it. It was a book I greatly enjoyed reading, with the hilarious Jest and Cheshire’s one liners, Alice in Wonderland references, and quirky characters. I was even surprised that there was a decent amount of good plot, not just a star-crossed lovers romance.

Want to know the Queen of Hearts backstory yourself? Buy HeartlessBook Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld

Rating Report
Overall: 4

20 Responses to “5 Things About Heartless by Marissa Meyer”

    • Bec

      It was so bittersweet :( Omg I didn’t pick up on the dreams! That makes it a lot more believable and slow.


  1. Kat Snark

    I completely agree!! I, too, have gotten wrapped up in a lot of slow-burns lately and this developed a bit fast for me. But overall, I really liked the plot so it worked out. Jest was my favorite!! Second only to Cheshire :) I actually forgot that she went “mad” because of the Queen of Hearts whole thing. I got too wrapped up and was pretty shocked when she “turned”. At first I internet-ed for a solid half hour looking for sequel possibilities before remembering that’s how it was supposed to happen
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    • Bec

      Slow burn romances are more satisfying to read. It’s harder to follow things that develop too quickly.

      Haha yeah it’s the sort of thing that felt like it could easily have a sequel. I would love it if she did a proper Alice retelling.

  2. Lenna @ Sugar Dusted Pages

    UGH, this book was beautiful and broke my heart. (Seriously, though, I SOBBED for a solid hour after finishing it.) I’m with you on the romance; normally I don’t like super fast-paced romance, but for some reason I felt it really worked well here! (Plus, I fell in love with Jest, so that helped.)I also loved how Marissa Meyer made her Wonderland! It was perfect for me. Great review! And your blog is beautiful! I love it.
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    • Bec

      SO MANY FEELS!! Jest was beautiful. I loved him and all the Wonderland colours so much.


    • Bec

      Bittersweet endings sometimes fit the story better than a happy one, definitely. They can be challenging to do well though.

  3. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    I’m really happy you liked Heartless. I wanted to read a while back – I even have the library book on my shelves – but I heard some not so great things so I put it off. I think the romance will be a problem for me too. Sometimes I can get over that fastness but most of the time it just makes sure that the book doesn’t receive 5 stars. I’m curious to know what event that made her become the Queen of Hearts and how the story will continue…. Does it continue? Now I forget if it’s a series or not :P

    That sloth gif tho lol!
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    • Bec

      I still say give it a go, you might enjoy the other elements. The fast romance was the thing I liked least, but it was one of the few meh thing about the story in my opinion.

      It’s a standalone, but I do want a sequel in the form of an actual Alice in Wonderland retelling.

      The sloth gif is one of my personal favourites hahaha

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    I still need to read this one! I have a copy, so I’m one step closer. I kind of like that it’s a stand-alone, but I get what you mean about the romance moving fast because of something like that!
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    • Bec

      It’s weird when you’ve been reading a tonne of series haha. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it!

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Even though the ending was to be expected in terms of the MC, sometimes we can’t help but wish that things could turn out differently right? I had that happen with Clariel by Garth Nix! I’ll definitely be reading this asap as I always love a good Marissa Meyer book :) GREAT review^^ ♥
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    • Bec

      I wished so much it could have been different!! I hope you enjoy it when you read it :D

      Ohhh I haven’t read Sabriel yet. Maybe I should read Clariel so I can be surprised?? Maybe??

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