* An Audio & Physical Book Review
A story that brings the Queen of Hearts to life, Heartless is The Beginning in of the woman we've all known and loved for her infamous phrase, "Off with their heads!"
Marissa Meyer tells the story of how a young lady, entering into society, goes from being a loving, slightly defiant daughter, to a woman on true love's run. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, we find out how something as simple as a pumpkin can bring ruin to both land and life.
Heartless brings the Queen of Hearts to life, sharing the Beginning of the woman we've all known and loved for her infamous phrase: "Off with their heads!" It tells of Catherine, who wants nothing more than to bake pastries and own her own bakery; a foolish dream for the daughter of a Marquess. But once Cath meets a mysterious jester and finds out the King of Hearts is going to propose, she discovers an adventure that disrupts everyone's lives and brings forth a new Catherine. One where she's reborn, a completely new woman and not for the better.
Once I saw where the story was going, I was truly impressed. Heartless brought the backstory to a short and angry woman. It was raw and full of emotion. At first, I grew lost on the intense detail of Cath's life, but it was all for a purpose. Once you get past what's happening in her every day life and what it's leading to, you see that the story would have fizzled without it. From the very beginning, to the book's end, you know and understand everything.
I love how fairy tales are coming to life these days. Every one has a version of someone else's story, but only when it's retold, with a magical flair and perfect precision can it flourish and become a success as I feel Heartless will. And I'm not saying that because I'm a Meyer fan. I think you'll enjoy this one, because not all stories have a happy ending...
I met Meyer during the Fierce Tour, that stopped in Saint Charles, MO - she's amazing and so is this book Check it out, while I move on to another read!
*The Curse is next.
Feiwel & Friends
November 8, 2016
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