Heartless

Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

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Overview

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250044655
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 40,720
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Heartless 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the lunar chronicles and knew I would not be disappointed with Heartless and I was right! So heart wrenching I died a little when I finished. Definitely recommend this to any fan of Wonderland
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my god. I was surprised by how much I LOVEEED this book. It is an amazing take on the red queen before she became evil. I finished this book a week ago and I still cant stop thinking about it. Damn
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Heartless is the first stand-alone fantasy novel by American author, Marissa Meyer. Lady Catherine Pinkerton, daughter of the Marquess of Rock Turtle Cove, has one fervent desire: to open her own bakery in the Main Street of the Kingdom of Hearts. But her ambitious mother has other ideas. Determined that her daughter will draw the King’s attention, the Marchioness ensures that Cath is the only one dressed in red at the King’s Black and White Ball. And this is where Cath meets the man of her dreams (literally), but it’s not the King. Every good story needs a character to despise, but did you ever wonder how the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland got to be so imperious, so cranky, so very despicable? Marissa Meyer has given us her story. And what a tale it is! This prequel has all the essential Alice elements: the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, the King of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the dreaded Jabberwock, as well as borrowing from other fiction and introducing brand new characters. Meyer gives the reader an ingenious plot with a few twists and an exciting climax. There is plenty of humour which takes the form of witty dialogue, a good dose of irony, a generous helping of puns and lots of other word play, including clever rhymes. There’s magic and an abundance of echoes of the original Alice. And there are moments that will cause a lump in the throat and maybe even a tear or two. This is a brilliant read and readers will wonder to what Meyer will turn her considerable talents next. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing and well writen book. Marissa meyer has surpassed my expectations. After I finished this book my heart withered and died. It was soooooooooooooo sad! Overall i thoughly enjoyed this book and all you people who are reading this should buy this book right now!
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Heartless is WAAAAAY different than Marissa's Lunar Chronicles. Different style, different feel...But just as spectacular! Set in the land of Hearts, before Alice ever came through the looking glass...We meet all our favorite (and maybe not so favorite) Wonderland characters in a way that we have never seen them before. I absolutely LOVE getting glimpses into the lives of well known characters...BEFORE the story starts. Personally, this is my FAVORITE story about the Queen of Hearts that I have encountered. Romance, suspense, heartbreak...this is a thrilling tale that you won't want to put down. And even though we know who she becomes in the end...You can't help hoping that the story will end differently...Because your heart breaks for Cath and Jest. Marissa has painted a character that I want to love...That I want to cheer for... If you love fairytales with happy endings that are all cupcakes and rainbows...This is probably not going to suit your style. But if you are like me, meaning you are a glutton for punishment and read books back to back that rip your heart apart and cause the river of emotions to flow in a torrential downpour. Then THIS is definitely the book for you! I received a complimentary print copy of Heartless. I borrowed the audio version from my local library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just my cup of tea. Now who wants to go to the hatters tea party with me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire Lunar chronicles and LOVED them! It was a wonderful combination of a magic(oops I meant bioelectricity:3), a futuristic world with cyborgs and escort droids, and the timeless tales of Cinderella(Cinder), little red riding hood(Scarlet), Rapunzel(Cresscent/Cress), and Snow White(Winter). It was amazing and addicting and i'm positive Heartless wil be the same!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one go. While I wasn’t enthralled in the first chapter, I quickly fell in love. You’d think that going into the book knowing how it ends, it is about the beginning of the queen of hearts after all, I’d be more prepared. Instead, it’s been an hour and I’ve barely stopped crying. This book made me FEEL in ways only the best books can. It is also wonderfully, wonderfully clever, unveiling more and more layers as you think back on it after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story that explains why the queen of hearts became such a mean person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I'm late in the game, I know, and I don't know why I haven't picked this one up before because I absolutely loved it! Marissa Meyer could write the phone book and have me completely captivated from cover to cover. I've always had a soft spot for fairy tale retellings and have often felt that the villain has a story to tell, a reason why he or she became evil. Meyer created a heart wrenching idea of how the Queen of Hearts came to be and I couldn't put it down. I think most people know the basic gist of the story, but there is so much more to it--so many amazing details that had me reeling. The way the characters came together and mingled, especially characters from other stories, was completely creative and entertaining. The cast is amazing and I still crossing my fingers that this isn't a standalone--I want more! I could picture everything so vividly and my emotions were played like a harp. I vacillated between love and hate and seriously everything in between. I think I've learned my lesson--Meyer has talent and I won't be this late to the party with her next release. Content: moderate violence (some blood, beheading, death--not too graphic); mild romance (kissing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great take on a familar tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot twists and the way this book gives such a good introduction on how the Queen of Hearts came to be. This book is perfect for a book report for fifth grade and up, though I know some people were surprised when I, an eleven year old at the time, read this at school. I would read this late at night because I could not put it down, and I think a lover of fantasy and Sci-fy would enjoy all the incredible books Marissa Meyer writes. However, some people say they are disappointed.
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glynell More than 1 year ago
Marissa Meyer's version of Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts’ backstory is fun, creative, clever, and a perfect addition to the world of Wonderland. Lewis Carroll would be very pleased indeed. Another excellent story from a truly exceptional author!!! More please!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoped for better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Absolutely great read, and I recommend it to anybody looking for a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! I loved the Lunar Chronicles, but somehow I loved this even more. Marissa has certainly grown as an author to create a beautiful tale! I do wish we had a little more characterization for the main character, Cath. And of course I wish there was a happily ever after. But this bittersweet tale is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story comes together beautifully. A remarkable tale of how good intentions don't always have a good end. A creative and enjoyable read.
Mary_Books_In_Her_Head More than 1 year ago
A New Frontier While Heartless was certainly not perfect, I think that’s a poor standard to be held to. With this novel Meyer transcended her previous work in a way that was both deliciously fascinating and utterly pleasing. I am certain that every choice had the utmost consideration behind it. The most I can hope from Meyer in the future is a continued crusade to push not only her own boundaries as a writer, but our boundaries as readers as well. Read my full review on www.booksinherhead.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello out ther we loved this book
Cyn_Ayala23 More than 1 year ago
This was such a beautiful and amazing novel. Heartless follows Cath, the daughter of a Marquis who only wants to open a bakery and be known as the best baker in all of Wonderland. But of course, her parents who only want what’s best for her, have other plans for her, which involve a very much unwanted marriage proposal from the king. With a beginning like that, the reader is sucked into the novel by this sweet girl who only wants to make her own way in life. It’s a beautiful story and Cath is an amazing character. Cath is a young girl caught in the tough spot of following her heart versus following the expectations laid out before her. There is such realism behind her character, something so incredibly deep about her that makes her such a lovable and remarkable character. Her actions and her attitude are so well constructed making her such a believable character. Meyer clearly put her heart into her creation and gave the readers so much to connect to. This is the future Queen of Wonderland from an acclaimed novel, she’s a character everyone is familiar with, and for her to construct the world and her persona with such careful detail offers the reader so much backstory that never existed in this way before. Sure, there have been numerous retellings and tales on the Queen of Wonderland and Wonderland itself, but this one has all the attributes that makes it so much fun to read. Just think about the original work, or even the Disney version, the characters are all there, but their histories are now fully explored. Their dynamics are explored and for the reader, mentally connecting it to the original work is lots of fun. What also makes this such an amazing novel is the somber tone that the novel has to balance the otherwise wonder of wonderland, the joy and lighthearted ness. After all, this is a tale of how the Queen of Hearts became so cruel and, well, heartless. The events that take place, the style in which they are written and explored, using subtle detail, leaving the rest for the readers imagination, it just tugs at the heartstrings, haunting the reader for days, even weeks, later. It’s powerful storytelling and it makes for such a remarkable read. At the end of the day, there’s no happy ending, but the beauty of the novel is still there and how it moves, the way Meyer decided to explore the origins of the Queen of Heart, it simply remarkable. A good book is one that leaves you stuck on it long after you’re done with it, and Heartless does just that. (★★★★★ | A+)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the read
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Heartless is a standalone novel that is a fairytale retelling all about the Queen of Hearts. I've seen a ton of retellings of Alice in Wonderland but never one focused on the Queen of Hearts. Since I've enjoyed the other Marissa Meyer books I've read, this was a must-read for me. Catherine Pinkerton aka Cath is an aspiring baker that wants to open a shop with her maid. Her mother has other plans for her though, Cath has caught the King's eye and while she manages to evade his marriage proposal at the ball it's only a matter of time. Escaping from the ball Cath stumbles into the court joker, Jest. Sparks and intrigue fly but both know the clock is ticking before the King proposes. They still meet secretly and their relationship blooms along with Cath's dreams. After several events occur, everything comes crashing back to reality and it had me wondering how the story would end. It wraps up well but made me a bit sad that this was just a standalone since I enjoyed the world so much. Wonderland was full of little details and quirky characters I came to love and I really hope we get a spin-off or a revisit into the world one day. MMeyer's writing is on point as always, and while the novel is long it doesn't drag. There are some nods towards the original Alice in Wonderland story we all know, but for the most part, the author makes the story unique and her own. I appreciated the take on why the Queen of Hearts turned out the way she did and found myself really enjoying the book. There were a few instances where I wanted to smack Cath for her thoughts/behavior but that happens to me with a lot of books. All in all, if you're a fan of fairytale retellings I think you'd enjoy this novel.
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