Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hmmm… so I enjoyed the actual process of reading this (mostly), but it made me pretty mad. Cath made so many stupid choices that sealed her fate right from the beginning and had me rolling my eyes. I kept hoping for some major plot twists just so I could be surprised about literally anything that happened in this book. Jest stole my heart and refused to give it back and he. deserved. better. He was definitely the best thing about this book.
Cath was an idiot who couldn’t stand up for herself about anything. She played with Jest’s feelings for her, walked willingly into a future she didn’t want just because her mother told her to, and did everything she could to please the king. All it would have taken was being like, “Nah, dude, not interested. Here’s some tuna tart, inspired by Cheshire.” (I’m still pretty mad at Cath apparently.)
The intersection between humans and the other creatures of Wonderland felt a bit off, in a wrinkle-your-nose-and-squint kind of way. There was some weird stuff, but it really should have been weirder. (Maybe I would have thought less about how stupid Cath was being…)
The supporting characters were okay, but they seemed to have such limited emotions and were often there just for plot rather than actual substance. The plot was a bit slow and disjointed sometimes. So overall, this could have been shorter, weirder, and way less predictable.
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