Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If this is well and truly a standalone book, that's a crying shame.
In Heartless, Marissa Meyer does another retelling, something completely different from the sci-fi future of The Lunar Chronicles - a lovely little origin story for the Queen of Hearts, with additional influence from Poe's Raven for good measure. It's a dark, twisted tale of love and heartbreak and a king who just doesn't understand when his feelings are unrequited, because the real ship of the story is between young Cath, who wants to open a bakery rather than be a queen, and Jest, the wonderfully enigmatic Joker of the court.
Meyer may have delivered a story of truly epic size and scope in The Lunar Chronicles, but here in Heartless, even if only for one book, she gives us more of a taste of the incredible breadth of her imagination. Truly, in Wonderland, nothing is as it seems, and with every page, darkness piles over this fanciful tale and turns the reader's hopes (if not expectations) completely upside down.
I reiterate - if this story doesn't continue, I'll be sorely disappointed.
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