Synopsis(From Goodreads): 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.

My Rating: 5/5

Warning: Some spoilers, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the synopsis from the book cover.

I loved this book so much. It starts out slow and Cath kind of bored me to begin with. When her handsome, mysterious would-be-lover Jest starts appearing regularly, however, things really pick up.

Obviously, reading the book-jacket synopsis, you know this is going to be about how the  Queen of Hearts became the Queen of Hearts. Miss “Off-with-her-head” herself is just a simple baker who wants a quiet life when Heartless begins.

Up until the final words, even knowing who she was and know what would ultimately become of her, I was hoping for a happy ending. I had even read reviews that told me exactly what was going to become of her and I still hoped they were messing with me. It is an adaption after all, right? Why can’t it end just a little differently?Marissa Meyer had me in the palm of her hand the whole time.

There are fun little nods to the original source material that come up. Some are obvious like the hatter who comes from a family of hatters who all went mad, and then there are some that are more subtle. If you are familiar with Alice in Wonderland those things make the book even more enjoyable but if you’re not nothing is lost in translation.

This made me sad that this was a stand-alone.

I would really like to see Cath redeemed somehow in a follow-up. Alice comes into wonderland and meets the Queen of Hearts of the sisters and things are able to turn around.

But it won’t and that breaks my heart because I loved her and the world so much. Even knowing the Mad Hatter would go mad-had to go mad-it was still upsetting to watch it happen and see the reasoning behind it.

All-in-all this was a fantastic book that ended far too soon for my liking.


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