“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”
I must admit, I’m not a big fan of retellings and origin stories, especially when the author differs from the original storyteller. So when I heard that Marissa Meyer was taking on Wonderland, one of the most beautifully crafted fantasy worlds ever created, I was worried.
I needn’t have been.
Heartless is the story of Catherine, a young woman with her heart set on opening a new bakery with her best friend. Unfortunately for her, she’s also caught the eye of the King of Hearts, and there’s no way the Queen of Hearts is going to be opening a bakery any time soon. Luckily for her, however, Catherine’s world is about to be thrown upside-down when a new Jester arrives at court.
For a book called Heartless, this story couldn’t have more heart. The characters are fun, and intriguing, and the plot is unpredictable and twists and turns endlessly.
It seems unbelievably that anyone could come close to matching the whimsical quirks that make up Carroll’s original Wonderland, but it’s immediately clear from the first page that Marissa Meyer herself has a love for the work, and is determined to replicate the light-hearted feeling that made Wonderland what it is. It’s fair to say she was successful.
‘The music that followed was it’s own sort of magic. The lilts and the skips, the dancing notes…the bluebells stopped ringing so they could listen, the breeze stopped whistling, the finches stopped chittering.’
The characters we know and love from the original, are all here, and they are just as you imagined them; she has really encapsulated the voices of each of them perfectly, and it is very easy to forget you’re not reading a story written by Lewis Carroll himself.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.