Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy/ Young Adult/Retellings
Fairytale re-tellings have become increasingly popular of late. It seems every month there is a new fairytale film spin off (Cinderella, Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland and soon – Beauty and the Beast). Similarly there are now more books based off fairytales which I could ever hope to read in my lifetime. Heartless continues this with trend – recounting the tale of Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts before she was ever crowned.
Lover’s of Lewis Carrol’s famous tale are sure to revel in the world Marissa Meyer recreates in Heartless. The whimsical world of Wonderland returns vibrant colour in this book. There is the return of some old favourites such the Cheshire Cat and The Mad Hatter.
Within this world Meyer manages to weave in romance and tragedy in a glorious tale which left me snorting with laughter at points and crying sorrowfully while I clutched the book against my chest. There are also some references to Edgar Allan Poe with are simply glorious.
Then there is the depth given to the Queen of Hearts character. I simply adored her passion for baking (it made me want to bake often too). It was easy to sympathise with her and her story – despite the fact I already knew quite well what she would become by the end of the novel.
Heartless is a highly enjoyable re-telling which I would highly recommend to anyone with a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland.