I am so thrilled to be part of the Heartless by Marissa Meyer blog tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. I loved the book so much and am sure that almost everyone will find it as enjoyable as I did. My character for the Heartless tour is the Jabberwock, so keep reading for an excerpt providing a little backstory.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 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.
Heartless is probably among my favourite reads of the year. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland isn’t about Alice, but the Queen of Hearts, who is just a girl who loves to bake. I adored the Wonderland setting and would definitely consider this book a must-read!
Heartless is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but so unlike other books of its kind. I loved how this retelling isn’t actually about Alice, but is a prequel about the Queen of Hearts. There is some really interesting backstory that is so logical, even if it isn’t the way Alice in Wonderland was written. Everything about this book is just so quirky and entertaining to read.
Catherine is such an amazing main character. She is the best baker in the kingdom of Hearts, and the descriptions of the desserts she makes made my mouth water. Catherine is torn between the boy she loves and the king’s marriage proposal, which could offer her a life of fortune. I admired Catherine’s ability to rebel against her parents’ wishes for her future and her desire to create her own happiness.
The world of Heartless is absolutely incredible. The descriptions are so vivid and really whisk the reader into Wonderland. One of my favourite things about this setting is how the strangest things from the world, like the Cheshire Cat just appearing out of nowhere are written to sound perfectly normal. Hearts seems like such a fun place to live and I really wish it was real!
Heartless is an Alice in Wonderland retelling all about the Queen of Hearts, who happens to be an amazing baker. The setting seems so real and Marissa Meyer does a great job of normalizing all Wonderland’s quirks. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
The Jabberwock is a character feared by the people of Hearts. Read this short excerpt to find out why and get a taste for this fantastic novel.
Her bedroom door crashed open. “CATHERINE!”
Startled, Catherine pushed back the bedcovers and sat up. A ring of lamplight shone on the walls. “What?”
Her mother shrieked, but it was an overjoyed sound. “Oh, thanks to goodness. Whealagig, she’s here! She’s all right!” With a wail, she threw herself across the room, pausing to set the oil lamp on the bedside table before she collapsed onto Catherine’s bed and pulled her into a stifling embrace. Catherine realized with a start that her mother was crying. “We were so worried!”
“What for?” Cath struggled to extricate herself. “I left the ball early and came right home. I didn’t think you’d be so upset. I wasn’t feeling well and…”
“No, no, darling, it’s fine, it’s just—” She dissolved into sobs as Cath’s father appeared over them, pressing a hand to his heart. His face was slack with relief.
“What’s going on?” said Cath, spotting Mary Ann, too, in the doorway. “What’s happened?”
“We didn’t know where you were,” her mother cried, “and there was … there was…”
“An attack,” her father answered, his voice somber.
Cath stared at him, trying to read his expression in the unsteady lamplight. “An attack?”
“Not just any attack!” Her mother pulled back and squeezed Cath’s shoulders. “A Jabberwock!”
Her eyes widened.
“It attacked the castle,” said her father, looking strained and exhausted. “Shattered one of the windows and took two of the courtiers right from the ballroom floor. Then it just flew off with them…”
Cath pressed a hand to her chest. The Jabberwock was a creature of nightmares and myth, of tales told by firelight to frighten little children into good behavior. It was a monster said to live amid the twining and tangled Tulgey Wood, far away in the country of Chess.
As far as Cath knew, no Jabberwock had been sighted in Hearts for countless generations. Stories told of them being hunted by great knights centuries ago, until the last of the Jabberwock was slain by a king who carried the mythical Vorpal Sword.
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