Book Review: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

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‘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 received this novel twice, once as a Netgalley review copy and the other as a free book with exclusive cover from Owlcrate last year. The novel is set before Alive in Wonderland in the kingdom of Hearts. Have you ever wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be? Why she would be so fond of tarts and wanting to cut off people’s heads? Marissa Meyer’s latest novel looks at the young woman who became the infamous Queen of Hearts and what it took to get her there.

I’ve heard again and again online that Meyer’s novels have to be read by any Young Adult fan. I loved the idea of this novel, that we could have a glimpse into what the Queen of Hearts was, what shaped her to be the character we all had in our heads. We are introduced to Catherine on the eve of the King’s ball. Catherine, the daughter of nobility, has dreams to open a bakery with her maid and friend, after all, she is the best baker in all of Hearts. It seems, however, that fate has something else in store for her. To be the Queen of Hearts, she must first follow her own.

While I can see the appeal of this novel, such as some of the fantastic description, it really wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with Catherine and felt she could have been so much more, rather than acting rather spoilt and often selfish. There were some redeeming qualities and the novel and character had a lot of promise at the beginning but as the plot wore on I found myself getting more and more frustrated with Catherine and her sense of what was right.

At times the novel could be quite slow, I found myself feeling as if I was reading the same passages repeated over and over. Catherine doesn’t seem to do much with her days. I wanted so badly for her to be a strong and independent character who took charge, but unfortunately, I felt that most of the time I was reading a bit of a cliché, her thoughts and actions were that of a damsel in distress type character through the majority of the book. I just wanted her to say no for once!

I’ve given this two stars, simply because I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype that I have seen online. The plot had its merit and Meyer’s description is nothing short of magical, however, the characters both bored and irritated me. I don’t know what I was expecting, possibly more strength and dignity from Catherine’s character? Mostly I just felt like it could have been so much more than it was.

 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book for review.

My Goodreads Challenge 2016

Well, well, well hasn’t 2016 been a fabulous year for reading ( I mean, a terrible year for almost everything else, but at least the books were great). This year I absolutely smashed my Goodreads challenge with a mixture of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Graphic Novels. I want to share with you the list of all 115 of the brilliant (and not so brilliant) books I’ve read this year.

Don’t forget I’d love to be your friend on Goodreads! Find me here.

 

Spider -Gwen, Vol 0: Most Wanted?  – Jason Latour

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden – Hannah Green

Fun Home – Alison Bechdale

Late Fragments – Kate Gross

Star Wars, Vol 1: Skywalker Strikes – Jason Aaron

Star Wars: Before The Awakening – Greg Ruka

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – J.K Rowling

Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling 

The Trial of Captain America – Ed Brubaker

Harley Quinn: Hot in The City – Amanda Connor

Captain America Vol 1: TheNew Deal – John Ney Reiber

The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

Darth Vader: Shadows and Secrets – Kieron Gillen

Faceless- Alissa B Shienmel

Strong Looks Better Naked – Khloe Kardashian 

Vader Down – Jason Aaron

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

Sex Criminals: Two Worlds, One Cop – Matt Fraction

Hot Feminist – Polly Vernon

Harley Quinn: Power Outage – Amanda Connor

How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

The Widow – Fiona Barton

Living Dolls – Natasha Walter

Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith

The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act – Kieron Gillen

Postcards From the Edge – Carrie Fisher

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 

Wonder Woman: Love and Muder – Jodi Picoult

The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium – Kieron Gillen

Phonogram – Kieron Gillen

Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death – Antony Johnston

Spider-Girl: The Grater Power – Jason Latour

Black Magick : Awakening – Greg Rucka

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide – Kieron Gillen

Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates

Chewbacca- Gerry Duggan

Phonogram: Rue Britania – Kieron Gillen

Silk: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon – Robbie Thompson

Light Box – K.J. Orr

Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran

Phonogram: The Singles Club – Kieron Gillen

Maestra – L.S. Hilton

Sane New World – Ruby Wax 

All of The Above – Juno Dawson

Deadpool Kills Deadpool – Cullen Bunn

Deadpool Killustrated – Cullen Bunn

Huck – Mark Millar

Girl Up – Laura Bates 

One Breath Away – Heather Gudenkauf

Harley Quinn: Welcome to Metropolis – Karl Kesel

Alex + Ada: vol 1 – Jonathan Luna

#GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso

Alex + Ada: vol 2 – Jonathan Luna

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe – Cullen Bunn

Alex + Ada: vol 3 – Jonathan Luna

Barbara The Slut and Other People – Lauren Holmes

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

One – Sarah Crossan

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Star Wars: Bloodline – Claudia Gray

I Call Myself a Feminist

Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol 1: Millionaire With a Mouth – Gerry Duggan

Bombshells: She Can Do It – Marguerite Bennett

Letters to my Fanny – Cherry Healey

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Highly Illogical Behaviour – John Corey Whaley

Archie: The New Riverdale – Mark Waid

The Vagenda – Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Sex Criminals: Three The Hard Way – Matt Fraction

If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo

Obiwan and Anakin: Vol 1 – Charles Soule

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany 

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – Holly Bourne

Harley Quinn: Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Stab – Amanda Conner

Baby Doll – Hollie Overton 

A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

What I Couldn’t Tell You – Faye Bird

So Sad Today – Melissa Broder

On The Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan 

The Graces – Laure Eve

Short stories from Hogwarts of Power Politics and Pesky Poltergeists – J.K Rowling

Short Stories from Hogwarts : Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies – J.K Rowling

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers – Max Porter

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide – J.K Rowling

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

Rad Women Worldwide – Kate Schatz

Spectacles – Sue Perkins

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kuar

The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins

A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart 

Great Small Things – Jodi Picoult 

Harley Quinn: Call to Arms – Amanda Conner

Where Am I Now? – Mara Wilson

The Wicked + The Divine: Rising Action – Kieron Gillen

When We Collided – Emery Lord 

And A Happy New Year – Holly Bourne

Our Super Adventure – Sarah Graley

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** – Sarah Knight

Scarlet Witch: Witches’ Road – James Robinson

Silk: Sinister – Robbie Thompson

The Girl In The Picture – Alexandra Monir 

Bellzhar – Meg Wolitzer

Winter’s Snow – Carrie Hope Fletcher

Hello Me, It’s You – Edited by Hannah Todd 

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon 

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

This Modern Love – Will Darbyshire

Notes on a Thesis – Tiphaine Rivière

Animal – Sara Pascoe

Vassa in the Night – Sara Porter

Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

A Mother’s Reckoning – Sue Klebold

Complete as of 22nd December 2016