Welcome to the first day of the HEARTLESS blog tour! HEARTLESS is a brand new novel by Marissa Meyer, who catapulted to my favorite authors list with her Lunar Chronicles series. And, you can own it for yourself in 33 days!!!!
So let's chat about HEARTLESS, shall we?
There's a beautiful sadness you have to appreciate about HEARTLESS because it's an origins story of a universally hated character, the Queen of Hearts. No one likes the Queen; she makes poor Alice's like miserable. She's the villain. So to have the book start with such a sweet, innocent character like Cath makes it all the more bittersweet.
The writing is what makes this story. Meyer has a brilliantly beautifully brilliant way of creating a world and dimensional characters that you cheer for. I loved delving into another Marissa Meyer created world. It's absolutely never a disappointment.
I think readers of the Lunar Chronicles need to brace themselves for HEARTLESS. It's dark. You have to know by the synopsis that this isn't a happily every after. This is very much like film noir (which I happen to be a fan of). Don't go into this expecting frills and fluff. You'll be left reeling.
I mean, HEARTLESS still left me reeling, but for completely different reasons.
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.
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