Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
By Lela S.
Back in January, I decided to join my local book club, where we’ve so far read Dune, Wilder Girls, and, this month, Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I have to say, this book definitely goes on my favorites list. Although this isn’t the genre of book I normally like to read, I was absolutely stunned. Keep reading to find out why I give this book five out of five stars, and why you should read it!!
Heartless tells the story of Catherine, daughter of a Marquess and Marchioness (also known as nobles of high military rank). All she wants to do is open a bakery with her friend and maid Mary-Ann, and fall in love on her own without being pressured or forced by her parents, who keep trying to set her up with the King. The King, who is definitely not her type: he’s old, he’s silly, he’s bumbling… the list could go on. However, soon, she meets the court joker. Jest is clever, strange, and mysterious; however, there’s something about him she just can’t put her finger on, especially since he keeps appearing in her dreams.
I absolutely adored this book: it overwhelmingly exceeded every expectation I had for a five-star book. As I previously mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of romance books themselves (science-fiction is my go-to genre), but this book is one of the only exceptions. What made me really love the book was the sumptuous description that is placed at exactly the right location. It always made me hungry for more - literally. I mean, THE FOOD! Since the main character is an experienced and talented baker, I kept drooling over the fictitious cakes and desserts.
This book is a fantasy romance. It’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland through a different perspective; because of this, the reviews are very contradictory. It’s addressed to a young adult audience, though I’m 12 and I read it with no problem. I would recommend this book to ages 10+: there is a bit of violence (think: cutting off heads and mild battle scenes). There is also kissing, of course, since it’s romance, but nothing more than that. If you enjoy books with a nice balance of description and action or any of the genres I mentioned before, I would highly recommend this book to you. 5/5 stars for sure!!