(Spoiler-free review) Catherine Pinkerton loves to bake, and she dreams of opening a bakery with her maid friend, Mary Ann. Although she wants this badly, her parents would never approve of a girl that had a chance of being the future queen “destroying” her status to own a business. At a ball where Catherine learns of the king’s intent to propose to her, she meets the court jester, Jest, and falls deeply in love, but fate has other plans.
This book is my favorite of all time. Marissa Meyer writes so beautifully, and she will make you love the characters so much. It’s a retelling/origin story of the Queen of Hearts, and it tells of how she became so heartless. The book itself is long, but it is a real page-turner and will rip your heart out at the ending. I read this book in less than one day, maybe about five hours—I couldn’t tear myself away. The characters, scenes, and the overwhelming emotion made me feel something too as I screamed at the pages. Yes, this book destroyed me emotionally, but you should definitely read it—I’ve never felt any emotions as strong as this while reading a book. There’s also a musical version on YouTube, it’s pretty book accurate, but I haven’t watched the whole thing.
As for the age range for this book, I’d say maybe 14 and up, but if you’re a teenager, you should be able to read this book (like I did). Yes, it has romance, but it’s not very explicit, but I don’t think that people under 13 should read it.
Overall, the characters are amazing and so is the character development. I fell in love with all of the characters and it’s overall a really great book, and you should read it!