Blog Tour: Heartless

 

Welcome to my stop on the Heartless Blog Tour!  After you’ve read my thoughts, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a pre-order!  There’s only 41 DAYS TILL HEARTLESS!

 

I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.

Blog Tour: HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan on November 8, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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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.

When I heard about Heartless I was a tad skeptical because there have been a number of Alice in Wonderland retellings, but when I heard it wasn’t about Alice at all, I was intrigued.  I know I am not alone in thinking that behind every villain is an interesting backstory, and that is what Heartless gives us.  The Queen of Hearts, wh0 is mostly known for playing croquet with hedgehogs and shouting off with their heads! wasn’t always royal and she wasn’t always unhappy.  Catherine’s dearest wish isn’t to marry well, but to open a bakery. However, in this world, a woman’s greatest achievement in life is to get married, and she feels the injustice of a future that is not her own.  When she meets Jest, the court joker, the possibility of a future that is her own seems to be within reach.  I loved the character of Jest, who was full of riddles and mysteries. It was those mysteries that not only brought love, but tragedy to Catherine’s life.  I thought the way the story unfolded was very clever and suspenseful.  You know how things will ultimately turn out, of course,  but the how of it had me turning pages.

The full range of Lewis Carroll’s bizarre world is present in Heartless.  All of the strange turns of phrase and even the dreaded Jabberwok plays a role in this story.  There are so many fun Easter eggs and references to the original work, so if you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you will definitely be pleased.  Even those who aren’t as well versed in the original work will enjoy this strange and wacky world. In the end, it was a rather sad tale.  After all, you know what the Queen of Hearts becomes, but this winsome and creative tale will make you think about her in a completely different way.

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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.

Kate @ Ex Libris


16 responses to “Blog Tour: Heartless

  1. Cali W.

    A raven is like a writing desk “Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!” Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  2. danielle hammelef

    This is from Alice in Wonderland–a raven is like a writing desk “because it can produce a few notes, thought they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!”

  3. Touche on the “comment” section of the rafflecopter. I generally don’t like Alice in Wonderland retellings specifically, but I’m excited to see what Meyer brings to it! It sounds like it has a few historical fiction aspects to it (women being inferior and whatnot).

    Thanks for the review Kate!

  4. According to Lewis Carroll, “because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat, and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front.” 🙂 However, I’d also say “because Poe wrote on both” ^^

    Loved the review, I cannot wait to read this amazing retelling! Thanks for the giveaway, Kate!

  5. “Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!”

    Great review! I’m really excited about this book. I wonder if it’s as good as The Lunar Chronicles?

  6. Sandra K

    According to its author Lewis Carroll – “because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!”
    Super excited for Heartless, Marissa Meyer writes some of the best retellings.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Stacy T

    A raven is like a writing desk “because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!” I am excited about a new retelling because I loved the Lunar Chronicles.

  8. Summer

    A raven is like a writing desk because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Marissa Meyer does with Heartless since the queen’s story isn’t hugely developed in Alice, it seems like there would be lots of room to get really creative with the character.

  9. Stacy Renee

    Do you want the Alice in Wonderland quote or my own personal take on it? Haha.
    I’m looking forward to this retelling though since I enjoy this author’s writing.

  10. Fiza

    Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front.

  11. Grace F.

    A raven is like a writing desk because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front. Thank you so much for this giveaway!! Can’t wait to read this book!!!!!!!!! 😀

  12. Artemis Giote

    Many answers have been proposed to the riddle that the Mad Hatter posed to Alice at their famous tea party (for example, because Poe wrote on both). But Carroll’s answer to why a raven is like a writing desk? “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!”
    Thank you for the chance!

  13. Samantha Wallace

    A raven is like a writing desk because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front.

  14. Kara S

    I think the answer to this riddle makes no sense whatsoever. A raven is like a writing desk in that both could be vessels of untold meaning to a creative mind. 😉 Thanks for this great opportunity.

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