Although I'm not engaged in reading fairytale retelling story, I decided to give it a try since I wanted to view things from a different perspectives.
This stand-alone novel follows the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland into her descent into evilness. Catherine loves baking and making confectionaries. But, when she catches the eye of the King of Hearts – she wants out. I have to admit that Marissa Meyer is a talented and creative author. It's obvious that she has a gift for highlighting small details. The way she portrays the world in Hearless is nearly the same in Alice in Wonderland and I am lost in it. It's nearly impossible to tell the differences between the background and characters in 2 books, which makes the story more persuasive and engrossing.
However, I only rate this book 3.5 out of 5 because we all know how it's going to end : She chooses to follow her hurt, but she doesn't wind up a happy life. She is destined to be consumed by revenge and hatred, to be a villain. We can't turn a tragic story to a happy one. Moreover, the plot twist is not as great as I expected. The most impressive scene is when Catherine's heart is plucked out willingly. It is a deliverance but a start-off of a dark era.
If you are a big fan of retelling stories, I highly recommend you to read this book.
P/s: Do you think that Catherine's characterisation just falls flat? Her talented baking is the only thing that leaves impression on me.