Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — 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 yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she 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.
I got this book in the November Owlcrate box and oh my, I am so glad I did, I loved it! I dived right into it with no expectations, no hopes or anything because I had not heard a single thing about it before- but it did not disappoint. I read this book every moment I got the chance- through the night, on the train and I even read it while walking home but I walked soooo slow that it took me and extra half an hour haha! Totally worth it though.
I am a sucker for retellings – especially fairy-tale ones, and Marissa Meyers retellings are always amazing. However, this book isn’t anything like The Lunar Chronicles, instead its almost a prequel to the Alice in Wonderland series, where certain events lead up to known facts about the characters in wonderland… like how the hatter is mad, the roses that always need to be painted red, and the queen of hearts most popular saying, “off with your head”.
From the beginning I knew how the story would end, I have read and watched Alice In Wonderland enough times to know that the red queen isn’t someone you may want to be associated with but at the same time I felt like I had no clue about what was going to happen.
Catherine is the main character in the book, she is a lover of sweets and cooking and is really quite an ordinary and nice young girl and so from the beginning I was curious to see how the events would change her into such an evil, heartless person. However, the further in the book I read, the more I thought that Cath wasn’t going to be who I expected her to be.
Jest is the kings royal Joker, and he is quite a charmer. I really believed from the beginning that I knew how his story would evolve and who he would end up being…. boy was I wrong. The romance between Cath and Jest is possibly the only thing that let this book down, but it wasn’t even that bad- I just felt that some of it was a little rushed, and there wasn’t enough leading up to it. That’s just my personal thoughts though, I still loved the book!
Marissa Meyer did a great job at portraying the reality of how Cath would have felt towards the situations she encountered, she made the personality flip of the characters seem really real and they weren’t over dramatic, they were just right!
It was quite awesome meeting the hatter before he was mad, and seeing the events that made him so bonkers. Same with the Cheshire and the white rabbit- although they are very similar to how we know them.
It was really awesome seeing the relationships between the queen of hearts and the hatter, and Cheshire and every other character but before she was the queen we all know her to be. I would recommend this book to every Wonderland fan, and even those who may not be.
I cant wait to see what else Meyer has in store for us all…. until next time! 🙂