Few days back I was able to finish my second Marissa Meyer book. If you have been with me for sometime, then you might remember that, I was very much looking forward to read Heartless. Few months back I got the opportunity to read Cinder and fell in love with the writing style of Marissa Meyer. She has this wonderful ability to re-tell stories in a different perspective. Or I can simply put it as re-create.
Let us head into to the review.
Before she was the Queen of hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Well after and while reading the story I was completely enchanted by everything that was included and was completely hooked up till the end.
The story is about Catherine, who loves to bake, but it is against her parents wish. Her mere talent in Culinary arts makes her get the attention of the joyous, King of Hearts. Her parents being the Marquess and Marchioness, they insist that Cath should get married to the King and become the next Queen of Hearts.
Next enters Jest into the story that gives everything a turn over and ultimately, Cath ends up falling in love with him, instead of the King.
There are some important facts that I found about the story;
- The setting of the story was so magical, and it reminded me of a pure and serene environment of hearts, bustling cobble stone streets, women in long dresses and aprons, men working busily, open windows of houses and shops with flower pots, cakes and pies kept on windows, surrounding smells like freshly baked bread… It was like a heaven made on earth.
- The characters were so fitting to that setting and both the setting and the characters brought the story to the winning point.
- I loved Catherine, who loves to bake and loved all the simple yummy and scrumptious details of the goodies that she bakes.
- My favorite male character is Jest, well that is actually because the way he loved Cath and also for the strong man within him. When comparing with the King he has more manly qualities in him. Jest even helps the King to write notes to Catherine by putting his ideas and feelings into them.
- The re-telling of Alice in Wonderland is completely successful. I loved the way Marissa Meyer has constructed this story because, I never much liked the story Alice in Wonderland, as a child.
- The plot was great. The story was exciting and I simply loved every detail about it, and the way it was delivered to the reader.
- Overall the story was wonderful and reading it made me enjoy every bit of it.
I went through the blogosphere and saw so many reviews about this books. each article had unique set of ideas and I enjoyed each of them. Some have liked the book while some readers don’t. It totally depends on your own feelings.
I loved this story immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read story re-tellings. Because Marissa Meyer is a perfect author who re-creates stories in a wonderful way.
Hope you enjoyed, and don’t forget to leave your comments below about your ideas and thoughts about the book.
Until next post,