2 1/2 stars
This book started off beautifully. I loved the food, and the characters, and the strangeness of the world. It went downhill from the time of the mockturtle. I found that I couldn't understand how Cath, sweet, irritating and indecisive as she was, could turn so far as to become the nasty Queen of Hearts. Not without the man she loved--Jest--betraying her, which he did not. While at the end she certainly did act like the Queen of Hearts, there was far too much of a gap between the two personalities, without seeing her character growth (shrinking) into that role. I still am a fan of Marissa Meyer, but this wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.
I'm not sure I have ever read an Alice in Wonderland retelling. This should be interesting.
Also, Bucky thinks he's helping.
P.s. we have a new washing machine. The cleanup people come one Tuesday to fix the carpet. I got to go shopping last weekend with my bestie, and last night I placed a nice order from Book Outlet. So I'm trying to stay positive.
This is what I got from shopping last weekend. And last night I ordered the last of the Lunar Chronicles. It's been a rough couple of months. I'm hoping things improve.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
I heard so many good things about this book and I saw I all over the place that I just had to check it out. I was super happy when I received it for Christmas. Now having read it I see what all the hype was about. Even not being the biggest “Wonderland” fan I loved this book. While it is in Wonderland , it also has its own little twist on it, but we see a lot of familiar faces. The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Card Soldiers, Mock Turtle and more. First of I like to say how amazing the world building it was, it just took you right in and I think I even gained a few pounds just reading about all the awesome treats. That Cath was making.it was colorful and vibrant and most enjoyable. The same goes for the characters, they were just so well explained that you could not help but to be right there with them. Now to Catherine. We all know the mean and evil queen of heart. We never know why or how she became so mean and bitter. This book is her story, her life and her dreams she had. I wasn’t sure about her in the beginning then I loved her, then I cried for her and then of course she will be who we know she is. This book is all about her journey to evildom, and it is beautiful and yet so heartbreaking. I couldn’t help feeling for her even knowing what will happen. Marissa Meyer done an awesome job to turn such a hated character into her own and give her such a wonderful epic journey along the way. I really Jest, he was funny, brave and romantic. I also really liked her maid Mary Ann and he friendship they had. Overall great book and I’m super glad I read it even not being the biggest Wonderland fan and having my heart ripped out at the end of the book.
I rate it 4 ★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”
“Now mine eyes see the heart that once we did search for, and I fear this heart shall be mended, nevermore.”
“One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad”
“Fascinating, isn't it, how often heroic and foolish turn out to be one and the same.”
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When I saw Marissa Meyer was writing a new book, I could not wait for it. When I saw it was a retelling, I was even happier. I pre-ordered the book, but it never came. I have no idea why, but when it was supposed to be sent, I got an e-mail telling me it was out of stock (why preorder a book if it's out of stock even after you preordered it... I have no idea.). And I could not find it anywhere (see, I live in a French speaking country where the english section in a bookstore is really really small. And they never have the latest book). I was desperate! Then I went to Maastricht (Netherlands, which is basically next to my home. It's a bookstore inside a church, don't know if you've already heard about it but it's pretty amazing) and I found it!! I was so happy I started it in the car.
Let's get to the actual review now instead ot this jabbering.
I liked that I found the craziness from Alice in Wonderland, all this nonsense that made me laugh so hard the first time I read it (just like The Wizard of Oz, does not make any sense, and it's amazing). Marissa Meyer did a really good job reproducing this atmosphere, the writing was amazing.
I did not expected Catherine to be like that, I was expecting I would be more inclined to love her (to hate more afterwards of course), but I actually did not really like her from the beginning. We can sense that she is growing more and more angry and mad and it's so well done (just like Queen Levana in the Lunar Chronicles, it's slow and powerful).
The food, OMG, the food described in this book. You can't read this and not want to eat tons of cakes. It was so beautifully described... it was mouthwatering.
The plot was great, I could feel what was going to happen, but it still surprised me when it did. I could feel Catherine's feelings growing stronger, her helplessness, her wish to open a bakery even if she knew she could not do it, her struggle between love and reason... It was great, really.
Now, I feel like I understand The Queen of Hearts. This is something I totally adore about villains, getting to know how they become like that. Because I'm convinced nobody's bad from the beginning, there is always something happening to make you who you are.