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Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Posted February 8, 2018 by Nori in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Hello everyone! It’s time for a book review! 😀

Before I started HEARTLESS, I was very conflicted for multiple reasons. First, there was SO MUCH HYPE surrounding the book simply because Marissa Meyer was the author. Second, this hype caused a LEGITIMATE stampede during BEA 2016. Third, the most important reason I was conflicted, was…I don’t like Alice in Wonderland. I never liked the story nor the movie. I’ve tried reading many retellings, and I haven’t liked any of them. But, since this is a different type of retelling, I decided to face my fears and give it a chance. After all, worse come to worse, I would just DNF it and send it to another blogger who would enjoy it more than me!

 

Well, it’s time to face facts. I don’t have to worry about the Queen wanting to chop my head off because…I ACTUALLY REALLY LIKED IT! Believe me, I was shocked. The very first page lured me in by talking about delicious lemon tarts, and continued to keep me captive throughout the rest of the novel.

 

You see, in HEARTLESS, the Queen of Hearts wasn’t always obsessed with chopping off people’s heads. She was a typical girl, just like you and me. She loved to bake- and her dream was to open her own bakery with her best friend/maid Mary Ann. But, her parents are the Marquess and the Marchioness, and they have grand aspirations for her. Aspirations that include marrying the king. It’s too bad that the king is a bumbling idiot 15 years her senior.

 

But wait- I just realized that I’ve only discussed the Queen of Hearts, when I should have used the name Catherine. After all, even the Queen of Hearts was an innocent girl once. She didn’t always shout “off with their heads.” HEARTLESS tells the story of Catherine, a girl who liked dancing, baking, playing croquet, and hiding from the king. Well, that’s what she liked to do…until she met the king’s new jester. But the jester had secrets, and I’m not just referencing what’s inside of his magical hat.

 

Yes, this is a love story. No, the romance doesn’t take over the entire plot. You might wonder who she ends up with in the end- the king or his jester, but I’m not going to spoil that for you. Nope. And remember, this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, so not everything happens like you’d expect. The only thing I’ll say is that there is one very nice kissing scene that I loved. 😉

There are also some AMAZING quotes. I’m going to share two of them below because they really stood out to me. Please note- these quotes are from an ARC, not a finished copy.

“But hoping, is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

“What is luxury if your life is a lie?”

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BEA 2016 Recap Part Five (aka ..

BEA 2016 Recap Part Five (aka Bookcon)!

Today is the day. Today you get to hear about Bookcon, aka the final day of BEA. Are you ready??? You may or may not remember that I got under three hours between Day 3 and Bookcon. So, there’s your reminder. 😉 I woke up at 6:20, completely groggy. Mishma and I then went downstairs to figure out the suitcase situation, and I was happy to finally have that question […]

Posted August 26, 2016 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 3 Comments

BEA 2016 Recap Part Four!

BEA 2016 Recap Part Four!

Are you ready to find out what happened on Day 3 of BEA?  This was the last day of BEA, so after this, you only have one more recap (Bookcon). I started my day by catching the Harper drop, then ran to get Nicola Yoon’s newest book. After that, I had virtually nothing on my schedule, so I decided to head to the Heartless signing 1.5 hours early. I was second […]

Posted August 25, 2016 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 2 Comments

BEA 2016 Recap Part Three!

BEA 2016 Recap Part Three!

Are you ready to find out what happened on Day 2 of BEA? ICYMI- Here are the links for the rest of the recaps: Day 0 and Day 1! Why hello there everyone! It’s time for my BEA Day 2 recap! I must admit- today probably was the craziest day. Wait- I take that back. It DEFINITELY was the craziest day. I wanted to get to BEA bright and early, […]

Posted August 24, 2016 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 0 Comments

BEA 2016 Recap Part Two!

BEA 2016 Recap Part Two!

Are you ready to find out what happened on Day 1 of BEA? ICYMI- I described Day 0 (aka the night before BEA) HERE! It was 45 minutes before BEA, and my roommates and  I had just arrived at the BEA floor. I know, I know. We were slackers. Some of our close blogger friends weren’t slackers and ended up being near the front of the line, but we didn’t want to […]

Posted August 23, 2016 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 2 Comments

BEA 2016 Recap Part One!

BEA 2016 Recap Part One!

Welcome to my first BEA Recap post Yeah, yeah, I know. My recap is going up a bit late…Oops 😛 I’m going to do my best to leave NO details out, so I hope you don’t mind the recaps being long! Don’t worry, I’ll make them as entertaining as possible. 🙂 Now, let’s get started!!! After waiting for BEA for months upon months, the day was finally here. I went […]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 2 Comments

BEA Recap #5: Bookcon Day One ..

BEA Recap #5: Bookcon Day One and Two!

Welcome to my fifth #BEA15 Recap post!!! (You can find my first post HERE, my second post HERE, my third post HERE, and my fourth post HERE) Day One: First of all, everyone who says that BEA and Bookcon are completely different are 100% correct. I arrived at Bookcon a couple of hours early, and the line was insane. I was very fortunate to be able to find Danielle and join her in line, […]

Posted July 15, 2015 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 2 Comments

BEA Recap #4: The Crazy Day!

BEA Recap #4: The Crazy Day!

Welcome to my fourth #BEA15 Recap post!!! (You can find my first post HERE, my second post HERE, and my third post HERE) Friday was known as the crazy day! From the very beginning of my BEA planning, I had marked Friday as the day that was going to cause me to run around and around due to the vast amount of signings and drops! It was also the crazy day because it was […]

Posted June 24, 2015 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 6 Comments

BEA Recap #3: The Day Where I ..

BEA Recap #3: The Day Where I Got A Lot Of Books

Welcome to my third#BEA15 Recap post!!! (You can find my first post HERE and my second post HERE) While Wednesday was the Truthwitch drop, Thursday was the Passenger drop! I was very excited yet nervous for this one, because there was a panel that I wanted to attend which conflicted with Passenger. I knew that if I was too far back in the Passenger line, I would have to skip it and just go […]

Posted June 15, 2015 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 5 Comments

BEA Recap #2: The Day I Sprint..

BEA Recap #2: The Day I Sprinted for Truthwitch (Aka Day One)

Welcome to my second #BEA15 Recap post!!! (You can find my first post HERE) “OMG today is the day! Today is the day where I actually get to go to BEA!!! AND TRUTHWITCH I NEED TRUTHWITCH YESSS!” ^^That was basically what was running in my head on Wednesday morning. All that I could think was BEA and TRUTHWITCH! Of course, I was also super excited to meet all of my blogger friends, […]

Posted June 10, 2015 by Nori in Event Recaps! / 15 Comments