REVIEW: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
*this cover was an exclusive in the November Owlcrate box, so you I can't direct you to my exact edition.
This book... It was good, but it wasn't great. I loved the Lunar Chronicles and in comparison (maybe not that fair, but still) this was a little underwhelming
It tells the story of the Queen of Hearts, when she was still just a girl named Cath. I really liked the fact that this story offered a way of explanation as to why the queen is how she is.
In comparison to the Lunar Chronicles (I know), it shows a lot more of the same world as the original story (Alice in wonderland). We see a lot of characters we already know, but how they were before we got to know them. I liked it, it gave a sense of familiarity and it made me smile when i recognised things or when jokes played on something from Alice in wonderland. But, I had the feeling this was also somewhat restricting and I didn't feel the same creativity I know Meyer has. Maybe though, it show a lot more creativity by doing something original with so many pre-existing elements.
The pacing was slow. I started reading on the train, and when I had to get off, I left the book closed for five days. It took me until the second time Cath met Jest to get drawn in, but as the romance grew, so did my appreciation of the book. It also made me miss my boyfriend ?
The transformation from Cath to the Queen was done nicely, but not more than that. Because you know, going in, what het fate will be, I had a long time to dread a sad ending. It was like the sword of Damocles and i was just waiting for it to fall on her neck. Or heart.
One thing I was irritated at was how long it took Cath to decide. The Hatta was right on that count, saying that in the end she would break at least one heart. I got frustrated on how much her parents opinion meant to her, even if she said multiple times it was her life and her happiness. The relationship with her parents also never really showed much apart from multiple irritation, especially with her mom.
Besides that, she was so quick to cast her friends aside.
I will look different to the Queen of hearts now, which is an accomplishment.
Fair warning: this book will give you an unsustainable sweet tooth.