Heartless

Heartless

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I am a big fan of the Lunar Chronicles series, so I was super excited when I heard that Marissa Meyer was bringing out a book that centred around Alice In Wonderland. I love a reimagining. Then reviews started to come out and I was feeling a little anxious about reading it! They were so mixed. So, I stepped back from the hype for a while and decided to read it when the hype died down.

Heartless is inspired by the Queen of Hearts made famous by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. It centres around Catherine, who is the daughter of a Marquess. She is expected to marry well and live the life of a lady. Catherine is a dreamer and wants to own a bakery and create delicious recipes for the people of Hearts. Catherine has been dreaming about a man and finds herself meeting him… he’s the new court Joker, Jest. Catherine is completely drawn to him even though he’s not what her family want more for her. Catherine is being courted by the King. He wants to marry her. Her family don’t give Catherine a choice. She must marry the king or lose her place in the family.

I liked so many things about this book, especially the characters. I really enjoyed Catherine as a character and loved that she wanted to do her own thing. I also loved reading the descriptions about the yummy goodness that she was baking. I adored her friendship with her maid Mary Ann and I was rooting for them to open their bakery together. I also really liked the character of Jest. I thought he was fabulous, although I didn’t really get on board with their romance. It was a little too instalove for my liking. I thought Cheshire was amazing too. The setting was fantastic and I could picture it easily in my mind.

I do think that this book suffered from being a little slow paced. I wanted a bit more action, much like the Lunar Chronicles. It being a standalone, I expected it to be incredibly action packed but it wasn’t. I was disappointed by the instalove too. Cath and Jest instantly connected and were infatuated and I couldn’t really understand why!

I’m glad that I gave this book a go! It didn’t blow me away but it was still a decent read.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This book is a good example of why you shouldn’t let mixed review sway you!

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This Week In Books #72

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Dark Places Heartless The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)

NOW Dark PlacesGillian Flynn– I’m hoping to get stuck into this book today when I’ve finished some planning for school!

THENHeartlessMarissa Meyer– I finally read this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! I hope to get out a review tomorrow.

NEXTThe Reptile Room- Lemony Snicket– This is the kid-lit choice for July! 🙂 My review will be out at the weekend!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

This Week In Books #71

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Damage The Graces (The Graces, #1) Heartless

NOWDamageEve Ainsworth– I decided to read this book before Heartless which was on my post last week. I decided to do this because it’s a short read that I hear is so powerful and I was in the mood for that!

THENThe GracesLaure Eve– I really enjoyed this book which centres around obsession and witchcraft!

NEXTHeartlessMarissa Meyer– I MUST read this book next. It’s got to happen!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #70

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Heap House (Iremonger, #1) Spontaneous Heartless

NOW– Heap House- Edward Carey– I’m just about to start this book which has had me intrigued for years. I’m loving the front cover and I’m guessing it’ll be a unique little book!

THEN– Spontaneous- Aaron Starmer– This book is about teenagers that keep spontaneously combusting. It’s a unique YA read!

NEXT– Heartless- Marissa Meyer- It is finally time for me to get around to reading this book! I’ve heard mixed things, so I’m not going in with too high expectations.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR (2017)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books on our Spring TBR.

I’ve started with 5 ARCs that I’m going to be reading first! I seem to have a busy start to April!

Follow Me Down- Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

I have heard good things so far about this book. I hope to read it after my current read!

All The Forever Things- Jolene Perry

All the Forever Things

I enjoy Jolene Perry’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

I’ve heard a lot about this author although I’ve never read a book by her. Looking forward to them!

Goodbye Days- Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

I’ve seen this one everywhere… intrigued!

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I’m nervous about this one as I loved the author’s debut so much!

On My Shelf

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I have had this coming up for a few weeks now, but then other books have got in the way… you know how it is! I am really looking forward to this.

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

I have mixed feelings about reading this book. I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations.

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

Another highly anticipated one!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M. Wilson

Don't Touch

This one has been on my TBR for far too long. It’s time to read it…

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

My sister Beth, isn’t sure if I’m going to like this book, but I’ll give it a go!

What have you got on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To! (But TOTALLY intend to!)

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about those releases in 2016 that we didn’t get around to (but fully intend to at some point!) There could be so many on this list…

Empire of Storms- Sarah J Maas-

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I don’t know why I haven’t read this book yet. I have been enjoying this series! Hopefully this year!

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

Here’s another one that I’m not sure why it’s not been on my radar!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi. I have heard this book is so good!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’ve found Lauren Oliver to be a little bit hit and miss, so I’m certainly intrigued by this story.

Firsts- Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts

I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I must try and read it this year!

Wanderlost- Jen Malone

Wanderlost

Like the sound of this one too. The simple cover really appeals to me.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I still want to give it a go!

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I loved Robin’s debut and was a little let down by her follow up. I am intrigued to read this one though.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Another one that seemed to be everywhere last year.

The Graces- Laure Eve

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

LOVE the concept of this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to it.

What did you not get around to in 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under The Tree For Me

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about what we’re wishing to receive under our Christmas trees!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

28448287I am really intrigued by this book and would love to find it under my tree this year!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

When I read modern day fairy tale I knew this book had to be on my list…

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

I have been meaning to get this book for a while now. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

This is another one that’s been on my wishlist forever!

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

I’ve heard good things about this series. Keen to try it!

A Madness So Discreet- Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet

I want to read this one too! I have only read Not A Drop To Drink by the same author, but I loved it!

A Mad Wicked Folly- Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

I’m intrigued by the good reviews for this book.

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This book has been everywhere! I can’t believe I haven’t bought it!

Behind Closed Doors- B A Paris

Behind Closed Doors

Another one that appeals to my reading tastes!

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?- Holly Bourne

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3)

I adore Holly Bourne. I’m intrigued to read this book!

What are you going to ask for this Christmas? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!