The Queen of Hearts Backstory You Didn’t Know You Wanted: Heartless By Marissa Meyer

Heartless By Marissa Meyer book cover

Marissa Meyer

Rate: 4

I’ve never read the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so I’m not sure if or how much Lewis Carroll goes into the backstory of the Queen of Hearts so I’m not completely sure if Heartless is a retelling or not. Nonetheless, the story is good. I enjoyed watching Catherine’s descent into madness and I knew she had truly arrived when she began thinking “Off with his head.” A Queen of Hearts isn’t a Queen of Hearts until beheading is involved. Anyway, Heartless totally fits the Wonderland universe, at least in my knowledge of the animated and live action movie, and I totally believe these events could have been the actions leading up to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“I reject the jury’s verdict,” she seethed. “As the Queen of Hearts, I declare this man guilty. Guilty of murder. Guilty of thievery and kidnapping and all the rest, and for his sentence – I call for his head. To be carried out immediately.”

Off with his head gif

“For the murder of Jest, the court joker of Hearts, I sentence this man to death.” She spoke without feeling, unburdened by love or dreams or the pain of a broken heart. It was a new day in Hearts, and she was the Queen.

“Off with his head.”


Character Analysis of Cress

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Marissa Meyer

Rate: 4

Cress: I want to make so many excuses for Cress. I want to say that as the Rapunzel equivalent she didn’t know any better. But after reading Towering, I can’t. Cress considers herself and aspires to be a damsel in distress and I just can’t connect with that. Sure she’s a master hacker and helps Cinder and Co. but when events go outside of the computer realm, she turns to Thorne to save her. I guess I just expected Cress to be more bad ass because of how Cinder and Scarlet were first portrayed in their books. Secondly, I didn’t like how Cress thought she knew people because she read their file. Sure you can learn a lot from a person’s file, but you can’t know him/her. I just wish Cress had gotten over her naivety and began to get to know people instead of assuming she knew people based on what she read online.

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