Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen. At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.Ok... I'm sorry for the lack of posts but seriously this too me forever to read. Like since Christmas! I've just been doing so much and not squeezing books in. I think maybe I've been playing too many video games especially with the new Zelda out. I had to read this book because I've read all of Meyer's other books and just love her way of doing fairytale retellings. This book was no disappointment.
This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts to be exact. It reminded me a little of Meyer's book Fairest which is about the Evil Queen in Snow White and what causes her to become evil. Meyer's fantastic detail and story telling is so amazing in this book. I would really like there to be a book about Alice in the future. How does Alice come in and get mixed up in the land of Hearts. I don't think that will ever happen because Meyer has said this is going to be a stand alone novel... but we can always hope!
The characters were well developed but this is one of the things that makes this novel really long. Cath Pinkerton is the daughter of a marquess and wants to become a baker. She ends up being pushed into a love interest of the King of Hearts. He wants to marry her and she wants nothing to do with it. She falls for the court joker named Jest though and wants nothing to do with the King. So the story is basically about how Cath ends up dealing with all of this. The Mad Hatter could've been a little more crazy but since this is all happening before Alice ends up in Wonderland so it is before he goes mad. But I did want to see him be a little more like the Johny Depp character.
This is a long book. A long plot. Be ready for lots of words and lots of describing everything. I like that sometimes in books and it worked in this book for me. I do like Meyer's other books a lot more then this one but it was still really good. If you enjoy a fairytale retelling go and read this !