book review with cover mani: heartless

Fairytale retellings are ten types of awesome. In fact, I may have a minor addiction to them. *glances at teetering bookcase* Whether the retelling is a beloved tale, turned on its head, or a continuation of concept that veers sharply into the unknown, I'm in. So like most of the YA reading world, when HEARTLESS was released, my hands had never been grabbier. That is, until my OwlCrate arrived AND THE JACKET WAS WHITE!! 😍😍😍

(Note: There are a lot of all-caps in this review. You've been warned.)

The synopsis, from Goodreads

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.


Queen of Hearts backstory yessssss (which I guess technically doesn't make HEARTLESS a retelling as much as a first-telling, but whatever 😆). Alice in Wonderland is such fun story, in any version, with its bizarre and enchanting elements, so I was positively pickled to see all that delightfulness in full form. Animals spoke, held down jobs, and enjoyed accessorizing their outfits; magic was as common as an acorn falling from a tree; and the usual cast of characters were in full attendance. And thank goodness because what's a story set in Wonderland without the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and White Rabbit? And even better, Meyer fully committed to writing certain parts of dialogue in convoluted riddles, so if you've been wondering if HEARTLESS stays true to the original story components: it does (and spectacularly well, in my opinion). 

In addition to the Wonderland-eqsue components of HEARTLESS, I was impressed with Meyer's interpretation of how Cath transformed from a sprightly teen to a vicious monarch. Cath was under enormous pressure to marry a man she didn't love, and her wishes were dismissed at every opportunity. That would totally make me Hulk-smash everything in sight, so I found myself rooting for Cath, even though I knew it wouldn't end well (you know, because the book is called HEARTLESS, and it's about the cruel Queen of Hearts 😉). Because the Catherine that Meyer presented was determined, persistent, and unafraid to risk it all, no matter the consequence to herself--the basic recipe for a character I can get behind. Yup. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm officially a fan of the Queen of Hearts. 🙊

My only critique would be the sluggish pace. The first half read slowly, I think in part to show how much Cath loved Jest, but it didn't hit for me. I'm not one for novels that are solely romances, but I'm happy that I stuck with it, because otherwise, I would've missed 150-ish pages of pure awesome. OMG SO MUCH AWESOME. Because while Cath's journey to the throne served as the primary plot, her journey was tied to other, very well known characters. HENCE THE ALL CAPS AWESOMEFEST AND ALSO POSSIBLY A SQUEAL. 

So add this one to your TBR pile, folks! Right now!


For this mani, I used:

China Glaze - White on White, Liquid Leather, and Peppermint To Be
Red and black acrylic paint
Tools - trimmed striping brush and a small dotting tool

1 comment:

  1. Your nails are amazing. Have a great Christmas.



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