- Rating – 3.5 stars
- Published date- November 8,2016
- Genre- Retelling
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What is it about
Heartless is the origin story of the queen of hearts from Alice in wonderland.
- The writing
Marissa Mayer’s writing is absolutely magical and captured the whimsical and kooky mood of Alice in wonderland. Also her own writing shone through even while staying true to the original work of Lewis Carol.
Cath, Jest , Hatta, Mary Anne everybody else was fleshed out and realistic. Their motives and actions felt justified. The transformation of Cath from a simple girl to THE QUEEN OF HEARTS was really relate-able ( that does not mean it’s OK to go all ” Off with his head”)
Jest and Cath felt like good match, made for each other types even though there was a feeling of insta-love.
The descriptions of food and baking was really mouth watering and can make anyone feel hungry.
- Length and pacing
At 464 pages (ebook) this book was on the longer side (not that I mind big books). Also i felt that the book was dragging in the middle where nothing exactly was happening. It did feel pointless and didn’t add anything substantial to the plot.
- The mystery
The mystery element is kinda lacking since it is a prequel and you know how it is going to end(to an extent at least). Even the ‘Who dunnit’ element could’ve been guessed correctly.
It didn’t even take one complete meeting for the main characters to fall for each other. That being said their relationship did progress at a healthy pace and the instant attraction part could be written off.