Hey, Hi, Hello! Can you tell how excited I am about today’s post? It’s slightly different from my usual book review in that it’s actually an interview to do a bit of constructive fanning and fawning over this magical book that gave me all the ‘feels’, along with all the “stuff and nonsense”. A few weeks ago I buddy read Heartless by Marissa Meyer with a fellow South African book blogger, Moonlight Books, and completely loved it. So I thought it would be fun to do a collaboration, instead of doing my normal book review, just to put emphasis on how much I enjoyed this story.
Firstly, I just want to send a big Thank You to Pan MacMillan South Africa for so generously sending me this copy to review.
And Secondly I’d like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Heartless was a beautifully written story about a well known, childhood villain from Alice in Wonderland – The Queen of Hearts. Marissa Meyer made it effortless for me to fall in love with the characters, and she swept me away with her stunning writing style and storyline, even though the outcome of the book was already set in stone. I’m sure you’ve seen much about this book online, but I would like to make it clear on this space that I adored Heartless, and I highly recommend it; especially if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland. I gave it 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.
But enough about what I have to say! Let’s go ahead and see what Moonlight Books thought about this new twist on an old tale:
In a few short sentences, give a brief review of the book Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
Heartless is essentially a villain-origin-story of the Queen of Hearts that revolves around a sweet, compassionate baker, Catherine who aspires to be nothing more than the best baker in Hearts. However, her parents have other plans for her especially when she catches the eye of the king. On one magical night, she clashes into the court joker, Jest, and from there her entire world is filled with angst, conflict and pure, pure, heartbreak. She is thrust into an adventure alongside Jest and other beloved Wonderland characters and by embarking on this journey; she might just learn the cost of love and what it means to truly be Heartless.
All through the book my mouth was watering when I read the descriptions of the desserts Cath baked, and if you’re anything like me then I’m sure you had the same experience. What was your favourite dessert in the book and why?
Ooohh, my mouth was babbling like a brooke by the end of this book (did that just rhyme?!). I definitely felt hungry throughout this book! I have to say, my favourite delicacy took me by surprise as I’m really not a fan of lemons but, in the first chapter Catherine is making lemon tarts out of lemons she dreamed of, yes she is just that magical. That entire day I craved for something lemon-ey and just aaahhh I love her baking!! I love the concept of her being wealthy but so simple at heart. This actually adds more weight on the heartbreak <\3
I really enjoyed reading a new story of an old character. Especially a villain like the Queen of Hearts! If there is one villain, in the world of books, whose story you could read who’s would it be and why?
Alice In Wonderland is my absolute favourite fairytale and I have watched remotely anything that had to do with Alice. However, if I had to choose a villain it would be Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses.I was hoping to see “more” of her in ACOMAF but sadly that did not happen. I wanted to explore the consequences that essentially led up to her being who she is and that has always fascinated me. Why are people the way they are? Amarantha was so vicious in every sense so I couldn’t help but want to know who/what created someone so vile and cunning!
Without giving any spoilers, who was your favourite character in Heartless and why?
My favourite charcater (besides my cinnamon rolls Cath & Jest), would have had to be Cheshire. He added so much comic relief to the story amidst the mayhem and scheming. I laughed at most of the things he said and I loved the loyal relationship he had forged with Cath. He was just so greedy all the time and begged Cath for fish tarts!! He was just absolutely, completely adorable!
We all know that there is only one way this book was going to end, but somehow it still remained fresh and gripping. Explain your reaction when the title of the book became clear to you.
So from the title and previously watching Alice in Wonderland numerous times, the ending is obviously inevitable. We as readers knew who Cath would become but when we start the book we are unsure of the journey that ultimately leads her to take on her true form. The title became clear to me when Cath conveyed her feelings to Jest. A crack of lightening shot within me at this point. Also, there are a lot of connotations/references to the heart and what it truly means to actually have a heart. When the end came (no spoilers) and Cath did what she did at the very end, the title could not be more appropriate. Needless to say I was a bundle of mess and tissues at the end of this book!! (Remain calm dear heart)
I thoroughly enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s writing in this book so I took to collecting a few passages that means something to me. What was one (or two) of your favourite quotes in the book?
Marissa Meyer surely does not disappoint – her Lunar Chronicles remains one of my absolute favourite series. Needless to say, i.tabbed.the.poop.out.of.this.book!!! So many beautiful quotes and metaphors and hmmmmmpphh. I can’t stop thinking about this book! Here are two:
My heart is yours, he whispered. Do be careful Sir Joker, A heart once stolen, can never be taken back.
If I am not to have happiness, let me atleast have a purpose. Let me give you the heart of a queen.
Any final thoughts about Heartless? Would you recommend it? What was your overall rating of Heartless?
The pain felt so good!!! I was crushed and devastated. Just picture me rocking back and forth with tissues plunged into my eyes and nose!
Overall, I gave this book a 4.8/5 stars! I loved every moment of it but I snatched away 0.2 stars for the unfair heartbreak and the hope I had for a happy ending. So.not.cool!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone that loves epic journeys, to anyone that loves the atmosphere of Wonderland (which I could feel radiating throughout this book!) And to anyone who often wonders about the answer to “what makes a villain?”
On a side note, thank you Nihaad for reading this book with me. I think it’s safe to say everyone that reads this book NEEDS a reading-buddy and I am grateful that you went on this roller coaster of emotions with me! Thank you for tending to my obsessive use of exclamation marks when something major happened and thank you for sharing your FEELS with me!!!! You were an amazing reading-buddy and I hope to read more with you from page to page. Thank you so much for conducting this interview and having me over at your blog!!!! Super, duper grateful!
A little more about Moonlight Books:
Moonlight Books is a blog that shamelessly expresses THE FEELS that a reader goes through while reading a book. Reviews consist of an insane amount of exclamation marks, CAPS-LOCKED letters and precise Gif’s that prove to be very helpful when attempting to convey emotion. The name Moonlight Books was created by personifying the moon as an entire novel while each chapter represents stars that make up a constellation. There are endless amounts of galaxies that could be found in books and their worlds so why not explore them, right?! We hope you stop by and rant with us in the comments, shamelessly typing out your angst and feels towards everything bookish!!
Blog link: Moonlight Books Site
Goodreads: Aamir Rasool
I would like to thank Moonlight Books for taking the time to answer these questions, and for being such an awesome reading buddy. The enthusiasm and “insane amount of exclamation marks” made reading this book all the more fun for me. I hope we can do it again sometime!
Have you read Heartless? What did you think of this zesty twist of The Queen of Hearts? And if you’d like to buddy read a book with me, pop me an email so we can chat more!