(not one of my best book photos. *hangs head in shame*)
by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
HEARTBREAKING, JUST HEARTBREAKING.
The worst part about reading about this book was knowing who Catherine was going to become at the end! I was just dreading the end. I didn’t want to see this sweet, determined young woman become the vicious, cold-hearted and merciless villain we were all frightened of as children. Despite that, I enjoyed reading this world come to life once again by a different author and seeing how each of the famous characters we know of – White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, etc) became who they are.
The highlight of this book was this world. I am ashamed to say that I have never read Alice in Wonderland but I have watched the movies – the Disney one and the Tim Burton one. The world is extremely vivid. The world of Hearts is so lively with parties going on all the time and a very rigid social structure. There’s the rich royalty and the elite Marquis and Marchioness and the servants and maids who serve those above them. I really enjoyed reading about the world and it’s eccentricity but I really loved reading about its social structure. Mary-Ann – Catherine’s best friend and maid – talks about wanting to escape her struggle with being poor and Catherine battles being a Marquis’ daughter, dealing with expectations she does not want to fulfill.
The characters are all incredibly unique. The Mad-Hatter’s fear of becoming mad like his father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc really looks into the fact as in why the Mad-Hatter is mad. Cheshire is by far my favourite character. I love his aloof personality and the fact that he is part of everything without being directly entwined with all of it. Any dialogue with him is the BEST! He’s funny, unpredictable and probably the most honest character. On the other hand, Jest – the love interest – was not that fascinating for me. He was kind of . . . bland. Sure he was cute and a good Joker but there just wasn’t much to him. Catherine and his romance was pretty rushed. The flaw in this book was the insta love which I’m not a fan of. They’re just instantly attracted to each other for no real reason. Catherine sneaks out with him, they share secret glances because of their ‘sizzling chemistry’. PLEASE NO
For me, Catherine was a weak character. She keeps changing her mind and going back forth. It’s like CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE A DECISION. Other than that I admired her love for baking and her aspiration to open a bakery. OMG EVERY TIME THE BOOK DESCRIBED FOOD, MY STOMACH GURGLED. ACTUALLY GURGLED! THE HUNGER WAS IMMENSE. GIVE ME BROWNIES!!
All in all, the vivid and fascinating world of Wonderland is brought to life in a novel that will capture your heart from the beginning. Interesting and original twists are given to beloved characters that will just make you cry. The only main downfall of this novel would be the insta love but don’t worry, the Cheshire cat is there to make up for it.
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