Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!
Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!


By Marissa Meyer

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.  Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Despite a couple editing errors in the book and the fact Meyer used wayyyyyy too many references to things being "peeled back" (I'm still not sure how you 'peel back' your shoulders), "Heartless" is a very well-written and fascinating re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. 

Meyer's Queen of Hearts origin story is stunning. The plot is surprising yet comfortably familiar with its Wonderlandish charm. The characters were uniquely captured and multifaceted. Despite the fact you know Cath will eventually be the Queen of Hearts, you root for her, sympathize with her, laugh at her wit, share in her sorrow. Meyer's carefully crafted story is able to captivate readers enough so that the well-known end result doesn't loom over the pages, dampening the enjoyability of the story. The character arcs as the story unraveled were breathtaking. 

To be perfectly frank, "Alice in Wonderland" is one of my least favorite Disney cartoons. But the talented Ms. Meyer is able to highlight the best (and also tragic) qualities of Wonderland and its inhabitants so that readers like me don't mind the journey. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would love to discover more of Wonderland under Meyer's expert penning. While her first series, The Lunar Chronicle, didn't quite pull me in, "Heartless" has become one of my favorite reads of 2017.

My novels:

"Descendants of Avalon" 

Released via Inklings Publishing 

May 2018

"Heir of the Heretic"

("The Forgotten" volume 2)

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

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NetGalley Professional Reader

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