HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer: Recommended!

heartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

We are delighted to share–and recommend–Marissa Meyer’s latest YA title:  HEARTLESS, a stand-alone novel that tells the back story of the Queen of Hearts (and other characters) of ALICE IN WONDERLAND fame. As a girl, Catherine is a delightful and talented young woman, one you’d want for a friend.  She wants to make her own way as a baker with her best friend Mary Ann rather than marry the King of Hearts.  But her mother is determined that she should become Queen and Cath hates to disappoint. . .until she meets Jest, the new joker of the Court–a handsome, intriguing, and mysterious young man.  In her quest to frame her own destiny, we come to know other characters in the land of Hearts and Chess and Looking Glass Land.  It’s a place of distorted fairy tales, magic, and not a little madness.  Meyer is at her best in this tale, creating a magical and believable fractured fairy tale.  You’ll never see the Chesire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, or Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater in the same way.  And you’ll have a new appreciation of The Queen of Hearts.   And if Marissa Meyer is a new author to you, you’re in luck!  Check out her wonderful series The Lunar Chronicles.  You won’t be disappointed! (For reviews of the individual books in this series, check out our earlier posts here.)

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