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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller that Gregory Maguire (Wicked and After Alice) calls "full of heart."

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published on November 8, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 1250044650
ISBN-13: 9781250044655
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  • linhcinder5539
    linhcinder5539Friday, September 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm55 stars
    I love this book, it’s the author of The Lunar Chronicles which I would also highly recommend reading. Anyway this is a story about how the queen of hearts is so evil. I love all of Marissa Meyers’ stuff and if you like this you should definitely try some of her other work!
    • kkgautamm
      kkgautammMonday, June 29, 2020 at 12:49 pm55 stars
      this is one of my favorite books by marissa meyer, the author of the cinder series! it tells the story of why the queen of hearts became so evil, and i really loved it! its super fast-paced, and will break your heart.
      • armcginn
        armcginnWednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:37 am55 starsFeatured
        Heartless is one of those books that are so indescribably enchanting, that it cannot be put into words, yet I will try to do it justice here, Heartless, a tale of romance, a tuna-tart loving cat, a maid and a lady who dream of a bakery, a jester and a king, who purse the same heart and an impossibly mad hatter on the run from time. and the fate that twists their lives in a knot, binding them in an embrace so tight that it becomes impossible to unravel, a tale of things that never should have been, of longing, and false hopes, but this is wonderland, and this is the tale of many things that might be anyway, a defiance of what may seem to be the fate's chosen truth, a romance, a heartbreak, unsurpassed. Marissa Meyers knows the makings of a good romance, and I say this truthfully, very few books make me cry, yet she gives us this gift, like a pure white, rose cut by a joker's hand, that is the key, to the souls of many readers.
        • sylvie55555
          sylvie55555Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:26 am55 stars
          This is a stand alone book written by Merissa Meyer. Even though Catherine is the girl the king favors, Catherine has always wanted o be a baker. So when the king proposes, she's not sure what to do. Then she meets the jester, and the choice becomes clear. What will Catherine do? Read the book to find out!
          • kkgautamm
            kkgautammThursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:59 am55 stars
            this book made me cry, multiple times. the story and its characters are extremely lovable, and i could not get enough of them. another stunning novel by marissa meyer. i especially enjoyed it because i love wonderland!
            • kkgautamm
              kkgautammWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:48 am55 stars
              this book made me cry, multiple times. the story and its characters are extremely lovable, and i could not get enough of them. another amazing book by marissa meyer. i especially loved it because i love wonderland!
              • bookstory14
                bookstory14Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:18 pm11 star
                I should probably explain my star rating. One out of five. I did not like this book. Here is why...good things in this book: the author is a great writer. I was immediately entranced with the kingdom of Hearts, the talking, human-like animals, the foods that come from dreams, and how most everyone is nice. I liked the beginning of the plot, with the Jabberwock and the Cath's frustrating, complicating relationships with the King and Jest. I loved Jest himself, he's basically a book crush. Jest was funny and caring and gentle. Was willing to go great distances to ensure Cath's safety. I understood Cath's feelings toward her controlling mother. I met characters like the Mad Hatter and the March Hare and the White Rabbit. Once, Cath's dad even mentioned Alice! I liked how Cath saved Mary Ann (her maid friend) at the end. I loved Cath's dream of starting a bakery. I loved how she wanted to follow her dreams, and nothing would stop her. But then the prophecy came. A murderer, a monarch, a martyr, and mad. One for Raven, Jest, Hatte, and Cath. The prophecy showed Cath agreeing to marry the king and having a hard face. The prophecy showed Raven with an ax over a dead Jest. The prophecy showed Hatte going crazy. And then do you want to know what happened!??!? Why my rating dropped so much?!!? *spoiler* JEST WAS MURDERED AND THE AUTHOR DID NOTHING TO FIX IT!!! I had such high hopes for this after the Lunar Chronicles series. This most definitely wasn't a happily-ever-after where all the characters live in peace and joy the rest of their days. Cath turns into the cold hearted Queen of Hearts after the brutal death of Jest (WHY!!?!?!?) and Jest dies (WHY!?!??!) and Raven also becomes dark and withdrawn, and the Mad Hatter went insane. All in all, this was an extremely disappointing book that made me cry. I would not recommend it if unless you enjoy terrible, sad endings.
                • shootingstars
                  shootingstarsThursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:47 am
                  Wow 0-0
                • BookwormWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:21 am
                  • hollowitz
                    hollowitzMonday, July 23, 2018 at 8:50 pm44 stars
                    I love the story. However I just couldn't bear how Kathy became the notorious Queen of Hearts. It was just sooo sad to see Kathy and her sweet dream to open up a bakery with her friend come to an end. (The worst part is that I knew she was going to be the 'heartless' Queen of Hearts she is now (how ironic)). I just maybe hoped that Kathy could have a happy 'life of baking and friends' ending that usually every fairy tale girl should have.
                    • queenavocado
                      queenavocadoTuesday, May 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm55 stars
                      This is one of my all time favorite books. Marissa Meyer is an amazing young adult writer, and this book shows why. It is the story of how the Queen of Hearts became the Queen we all know today. I would recommend this to anybody!