Heartless by Marissa Meyer (spoiler-free review)

Book: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 3.5 stars


Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


I read The Lunar Chronicles in the first part of the year, and it quickly became one of my favourite series! Needless to say, I was excited to read another book written by Marissa Meyer. I only got more excited when I heard that this was a re-telling, because if TLC was anything to show of Marissa Meyer’s writing/re-tellings then Heartless shoud be just as enjoyable. Right?


The book was slow and took me a long while to read. I didn’t have the motivation to read chapter after chapter with this book. Story wise, I could totally see all the events and small things that led to Cath’s unwravelling which was cool to see. I really loved the ending as well. However, I wanted more from this version of wonderland. More mad. More insane.


The execution of this book was wonderful of course. Marissa Meyer is really good at adding the elements and small details of fairy tales/stories into her own books, and managing to weave it into something entirely new and yet also still reminiscent of the fairy tale/story. I loved her take on the Queen of Hearts.


Cath: Cath’s character went so downhill for me. At the start she was passionate and wanted to open her own bakery. She wanted to do what made her happy, what she enjoyed doing. However, by the end of the book so much had happened that she was no longer that girl. She was annoying and whiny. Really, that’s probabaly what Marissa Meyer was aiming for, but still. Cath aggravated me to no end.

Jest: Jest was cool. Mysterious and wonderful. Also dramatic. There was nothing wrong with him, he was perfect and yet I had no real interest in him? That’s a part of why I didn’t love this book. The writing and plot is so incredibly clever and everything was done well in my opinion, but I didn’t have any interst in the characters and what was happening.

A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read Heartless? Is it on you TBR? What about Marissa Meyer’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



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