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Monday, December 26, 2016

REVIEW: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, is back with Heartless, a standalone prequel to Alice in Wonderland, taking readers on the journey to how Catherine delved into her dark reign as the Queen of Hearts.

Despite her status as one of the most eligible young women in Wonderland, Cath's only desire is to open her own bakery, certainly not to be engaged to the unmarried King of Hearts. And yet, she is clearly his favorite. The night of a ball where she is expected to receive the king's proposal, Cath meets a mysterious and handsome Jest.

They embark on a secret courtship; however, dark times are about to fall upon Wonderland. Cath remains determined to choose her own destiny but madness, monsters and magic play a crucial part in her fate.

As an "Alice" fan, I enjoyed the story of Heartless and Meyer's ability to weave aspects of the classic into a new narrative which also incorporates other fairy tales. There are rich descriptions, humor and some very dark twists and turns.  I didn't adore this as much as the Lunar Chronicles but there are characters reminiscent of those quirky personalities and I like the darker turn because readers have to remember that as a prequel, we already know that something horrible must have happened to make the queen so vile.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @marissa_meyer

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