This was the book that I started immediately upon returning from BEA back in May. And the one that I was willing to wait in line for a really long time both to get a ticket for the autograph and then again to actually GET the autograph of the author. And as a fangirl…it was completely worth it! Marissa Meyer was really sweet and nice to the fans in front of me and me as well. I told her how much I loved The Lunar Chronicles and particularly the audio versions and she agreed that the narration was amazing. So Heartless as a standalone and not a series and not part of the previous series was a big deal to a lot of fans. But I was really excited to see what the author could do. I love both series and standalones and need them both in my reading life. This book is very much in the same vein as The Lunar Chronicles but also very different which worked so, so well for me.
The basis of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless that is so similar to each other is that each has its roots in fairy tales of sorts. The Lunar Chronicles sources were everything from Cinderella to Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel while Heartless is getting its material from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I fell in love with Catherine and Jest, the two main characters, pretty much immediately. Cath has a set path she is supposed to follow but she just can’t bring herself to do so because she has dreams of becoming a baker and opening her own shop.
Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.
I loved Cath being so unconventional and trying to follow her dreams – that is completely my type of heroine. The world she inhabits places pretty strict expectations on women and she is not willing to follow them at all. Jest is definitely not the typical hero and the book doesn’t follow the average setup with a happily ever after ending either. The ending is amazing but made me want a whole other book. But I’ll settle for another book from Meyer set in a different world!
But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.
Rating: 5 stars
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8, 2016