Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
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.
I like how this book immediately felt unique and interesting. It has a real cult vibe to it, and it was definitely an easy read. I would have liked some more dynamics – moments where my heart could race and I could feel the emotion, but I didn’t connect to the story in that way.
In saying that, whilst I wasn’t giggling and crying and flipping all over the place in excitement, I did enjoy this. I read in whilst on holidays in two separate sittings. It was an interesting tale of how the Queen of Hearts came to be. I like those sort of stories – like how Wicked is the story of Elphaba and how she becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.
My Verdict – 3 stars