Heartless by Marissa Meyer | A Book Review #1

26 May 2017

I've decided that I really want to start sharing my views on the books I have read. I really enjoy reading book reviews as it helps me decide whether I want to read a certain book and I also like hearing other peoples views too! So for today's post I'm going to share with you my thoughts on the book I have recently finished! - Please bare with me though as I haven't reviewed many books before so I do apologise if this review is a little 'rambly' at points!

Title - Heartless
Author - Marissa Meyer
Series/Trilogy/Stand Alone? - Stand Alone
Genre - Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Goodreads Summary - Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole... And before the roses were painted red... The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.

Rating - 4.5 Stars

     My Review
I was already really excited to read this as Marissa Meyer is by far one of my favourite authors as I just adored her previous books, The Lunar Chronicles - if you haven't read TLC please do, it's so good! I loved every moment of it. Not only was I excited for this book in general I was also excited because I was intrigued by the story line. If you don't know, this book is basically a prequel to the world known classic that is Alice in Wonderland and it follows the story of how the Queen of Hearts became the classic the scary, mean character in the classic book.

     Everything I loved in Heartless
I loved that Marissa Meyer pulled some classic characters from the original story (Hatter, the March Hare, Cheshire Cat, The King of Hearts and Mr. Caterpillar) and incorporated them in this story. I loved the characters in this book and the character building within each of the main characters. Catherine, who is the main character of this story has brilliant character building, it's crazy see how this sweet girl who loves baking and just wants a normal life becomes the horrible Queen in the Alice in Wonderland story. Before you get angry at me, this isn't a spoiler (unless you don't know anything about Alice in Wonderland) as you already know the Queen of Hearts you just don't know why she became how she is! I also loved Hatter's character building as his character was so complex and so I enjoyed seeing his journey too.

Jest's and Cath's relationship was just perfect, I rooted for them so, so much, even though from the start you knew that their relationship was not accepted (due to the fact that Cath was the daughter of the Marchioness AND the she's expected to marry the king. Jest is also the court joker too). Jest is just one of those characters you just can't not fall in love with. I loved how mysterious he was and he was such a gentlemen when it came to Cath. I also felt incredible sorry for him as he was stuck in not the best situation yet he was so passionate towards Cath.

Another great aspect to this book is the world building. Everything Marissa Meyer described is just how I would imagine Wonderland (or in this case Hearts) would be like. Lot's of nonsense and beauty.

     Everything I didn't love in Heartless
To be honest there really wasn't anything in Heartless that I didn't love, well, I mean the ending wasn't fab but that was expected as you knew it was going to end badly. However, I did feel that the start of the book was a tad slow and so it took me a while to really get into the story - I don't think it helped that being at uni and having exam stress helped either though.

     Overall Feelings Towards Heartless
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I'm definitely a massive fan of retellings, definitely one of my favourite genre of books. I think it could be down to my love of Disney so reading classic stories that are set in different time era's or are recreated by the author are just fab to me.

I also adored Marissa Meyer's writing style in this book and how she incorporated so much into this story that was in the original story. Everything made so much sense and I just loved that, you didn't question anything as it all just made perfect sense (well in my opinion it did!).

If you love romance and fairy tales with a little bit of action thrown in there you will love this book. If you're also a lover of Alice in Wonderland then you NEED to read this as you will feel so much empathy for the Queen of Hearts in the original story. I'm now really wanting to read the original so I'm definitely going to be putting that on my goodreads TBR.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you've read this book I would love to hear your thoughts below! Also do you plan on picking this book up? Again, let me know down below!

Tab xx


  1. This sounds excellentl and I also love Marisa Meyer so it's definitely something I would read. Can I also just say? Your photography is absolutely remarkable chick! Especially that last photo!!!!! <3 <3

    1. I 100% recommend it for sure! Thank you so much for your kind works, I'm really trying my hardest when it comes to taking my photos xx

  2. I am really looking to try a new book, and this one actually sounds amazing! I love Disney so much, so I think this would be a good read for me. Also, lovely photography!


    1. I agree, if you love Disney, you definitely need to give this book a read! Thank you for your kind words x

  3. Fab review, Tabitha! I absolutely loved Marissa Meyer's Cinder too, thanks to you for sending it to me! I really need to check out more of her work, as I think she incorporated the fairytale characters so well in Cinder that I'm not surprised she did it so skillfully again in Heartless! Like Charlene says, your photography is slaying too!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. You definitely need to read this and the rest of the lunar chronicles for sure! Thank you for your lovely words girl xx

  4. This book sounds really interesting, I definitely want to read it!!
    on a side note - the tulips actually look so gorgeous

    1. Definitely read it if you're in the mood for a fantasy romance book! They do look gorgeous don't they?! x

  5. This has really made me want to get into reading! x


    1. You should read this book! You'll want to read all of her books afterwards x