#HeartlessCountdown Review: HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer


HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer releases in JUST 17 DAYS. The wait is almost over!!!!! And let me just tell you it is so totally worth the wait. This book is soooooooooo amazing.

I mean, I had hoped it would be amazing. I thought it would be amazing. I figured it had to be amazing – it’s written by Marissa Meyer after all. But until I actually got the chance to read it I couldn’t say with complete certainty that it was amazing. Well now I can say that it was 100% amazing. And epic. And heartbreaking. And gorgeous. And imaginative. And wonderful. And so much more….

So if you’d like to know a bit more about what else I thought, my review is below.

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


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.


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Wow, what a gorgeous and heartbreaking and epic adventure this has been. And such a wonderful and wild ride. HEARTLESS is one of those stories that will be remembered and loved long after the final page has been turned. It is delightful and magical and fun and sweet and silly. And it is oh so very clever. And captivating. And devastating. And surprising.

One would not expect the Queen of Hearts to be a sympathetic character, let alone a likable one. Yet Marissa Meyer made her into someone very likable. She gave her character hopes and dreams, even if they might have been unrealistic. She put her character into challenging and often no-win situations, forced her to make difficult decisions, and limited her possibilities. And she made her character’s transformation from who she was to who she became very believable.

Catherine was hopeful and foolish and emotional and passionate about the things she loved. She wasn’t particularly strong or defiant or independent. And she definitely wasn’t the hot-tempered and blood-thirsty Queen she would become. She wanted the impossible – a simple life, love, happiness. But her title, her family’s expectations and the interest of the King all but ensured a very different future for her than the one she imagined.

But when she meets the literal man of her dreams, she’ll finally have decide whether to risk everything and go after a life she wants or accept the one she’s expected to live.

Choice and destiny play a big role in HEARTLESS. As do actions and consequences, strength and determination, bravery and heroism. Add in fantastical, whimsical, odd and quirky and adorable creatures and beings, an enchanting setting, and an ending that you know from the outset will shatter your heart and you have a story that merits a re-read or two or three.

Marissa Meyer has written a “before story” that fits so well into Lewis Carroll’s world. She added a dash of Poe, a touch of Greek mythology, a few creations all her very own and created something marvelous and imaginative that readers are sure to fall madly in love with and that will make them want to pick up Carroll’s Alice books to continue on with the tale.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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