Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s first stand-alone book, and for me the pacing was a little off. Marissa is amazing at world-building, and she did a great job playing around within Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. She imagined many insane elements and situations, but as someone who was fairly familiar with the world, I thought the beginning of the book was rather slow. I wanted to jump into the action right away. Also, once the action did start, there was almost too much going on. That being said though, I did really love this story.
Catherine wants to be a baker. She and her housemaid have dreamed of opening their own shop, but Catherine’s mother has other plans. She wants her to marry the king. The king’s new jester, Jest, helps the king woo Catherine, while all the while falling in love with Catherine himself. Knowing that Catherine ultimately becomes the Queen of Hearts made the love triangle in this book a bit difficult to dive into with my full heart. I knew Catherine would have to pick the king, and not Jest. I just didn’t know how.
This book was a wild ride, and it is definitely another masterpiece by Meyer. She is incredibly creative and that comes through so well in this book. But because this story dead ends into Lewis Carroll’s own books, all of the character development and world-building felt like a bit of a waste to me. I believe series are Marissa’s true calling, and I cannot wait for her upcoming trilogy.
Rating: 4 Stars