Publisher//Release Date: Feiwel and Friends//November 8th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Retelling
Synopsis: 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.
Let’s get one thing straight:
Okay, Okay. I don’t hate it. But I’m not Alice in Wonderland’s biggest fan. I will fully admit to never reading Carroll’s original, probably because I was never introduced to an adaptation that I can honestly say I really liked all that much.
So when one of my favorite authors comes out with a Queen of Hearts origin story, I’m excited and a tad skeptical. Because I don’t like Alice in Wonderland.
I DID NOT, however, hate Heartless. I enjoyed it a lot, actually. This is going to sound kind of crazy, but Heartless reminds me a lot of how I love the musical Wicked, but cannot stand the book of the same name it was based on (attempted to read it twice – about 6-7 years apart – and DNF’d about a quarter of the way through both times). I can’t say that I hate the source material in this case, but I definitely like this novel a lot more.
Let’s break it down: