While I do love to read series, taking a break from them with a stand alone is sometimes needed. It helps me avoid getting tired of reading stories that continues through multiple books, and it’s somewhat refreshing with a delightful story that is wrapped up within 1 book.
For this blog entry I will be talking about Heartless, a book written by the author behind The Lunar Chronicles. Her name is Marissa Meyer, and I absolutely adore about everything she writes.
“These things do not happen in dreams, dear girl,” he said, vanishing up to his neck. “They happen only in nightmares.”
Marissa Meyer is among my favorite authors. As English is not my first language I find it important that the written language of the books is easy to understand, and Meyer’s way of writing is keeping me chained to the pages.
Heartless is mostly a character driven book which takes place in Hearts, a part of Wonderland. It is a retelling of how The Queen of Hearts turned evil, and through the pages I found myself falling in love with her character.
Catherine’s biggest dream is to open a bakery, but her parents just won’t have it, and through the story her character slowly turns angrier and darker.
She rounded on him, teeth flashing. “I am not empty. I am full to the brim with murder and revenge. I am overflowing and I do not think you wish for me to overflow on to you.”
“There was a time” – Cheshire yawned – “when you overflowed with whimsy and icing sugar. I liked that Catherine better.”
You see? This is just too perfect.
I must say the story is a good combination of a slow burning romance, weirdness (because duh… we are in Wonderland after all), and female repression, as it is written in a Victorian-type of society. It shows us how a person can turn into someone beyond recognition if his or her personality and dreams are being repressed long enough. We are all just one dreadful day away from madness.
A lot of the characters we remember from the original story is to find here, such as; The Mad Hatter (before he goes mad), Cheshire, The Jabberwock, The White Rabbit, The Caterpillar, and some of the Tea Party guests.
This is what I meant about it being a character driven book. There is not much world building here, but as most of us has probably watched the Disney-movie or the more recent Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass it didn’t really matter much to me, because I already know what Wonderland is like.
Truly, check it out! Also, leave a comment telling me about your favorite stand alone, I might want to check it out!