HeartlessBook - 2016
From Library Staff
We fell down a rabbit hole into this story of Wonderland (before Alice) on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
vpazreads Feb 12, 2018
Loved the beginning--not so much the end. Cat's character change is abrupt and unconvincing.
This title was a Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2017.
Library_Jill Feb 08, 2017
I was really sucked into this engaging, beautifully-constructed imagining of how the Queen of Hearts became the "off-with-their-heads" character we all recognize. Meyer does such a wonderful job of crafting not only the world of Hearts--with its many clever nods to Wonderland and nurse... Read More »
MelifluousView Feb 06, 2017
Meyer does a beautiful job of taking us into Wonderland and using language that points to Lewis Carroll left and right. If I hadn't known how this origin story for the Queen of Hearts was headed, I would have enjoyed it so much more; the looming tragedy made it hard to really love Cath and Jest ... Read More »
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QuiteArdentlyMyDear thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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"Sometimes I have come to believe as much as six impossible things before breakfast."
"She would not allow fate to trick her out of this dream."
Sadly it did.......
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Inspired by Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Marissa Meyer's gives Catherine, a girl who dreams of opening a bakery. Only her parents have other plans- marrying her off to the King of Hearts. Full of romance and mystery, Heartless is the backstory of the Queen of Hearts that you never knew you wanted.
Catherine is a talented baker and all she wants to do is open a bakery with her best friend and be the person who supplies Hearts with the best pastries and confections. Unfortunately, her mother thinks that's unsuitable for a woman who holds the eye of the yet unmarried King of Hearts.
At a ball where she believes she will receive a proposal, Cath meets Jest, the handsome new joker who immediately steals her heart. Unwilling to risk offending the King or her parents, they enter into an intense (& secret) courtship.
Cath only wants to fall in love and run her life on her own terms. But sometimes, fate has other plans
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