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.
In Heartless, we get to see Cath really try to go for her dreams and just being held back in so many ways by almost everyone around her. While she grows and changes quite a lot through the novel, she manages to stay true to what she wants. The characters all seem to grow and develop really well from beginning to end.
The world of this novel is, of course, Wonderland. However, we get specific details added and built upon specifically for this story. The world building is breathtaking. The details are just enough to make the novel so very immersive while not slowing the storytelling down even for a moment. While reading it, I almost felt as though I’ve lived in Hearts my whole life and could easily recognize the places described.
Given the nature of Heartless, I knew starting out that it would not end nicely but…. Alice in Wonderland. It’s an obsession. I had to read it. I somehow managed to underestimate in my prediction of the feels that would occur as a result of this book. The story was absolutely, heartbreakingly beautiful.
Overall, I rate Heartless 5 out of 5 bookworms.
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