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    Off with this book's head

    One of the worst Alice in wonderland theme retellings ever. I am a bit disappointed with this book after reading the amazing and well written lunar chronicles series. I don,t recommend it.
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    2.5 stars

    Oh, how excited I was when I heard that Marissa Meyer was coming out with a new book. I adore her Lunar Chronicles, so I was certain I would love whatever she wrote. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with Heartless. The writing was still just as lovely as her other books, but the story, characters, and world fell completely flat for me. The characters were...fine. I didn't really hate them, but I didn't care for them at all. Cath and Jest had some major instalove going on that completely turned me off from both of them as characters and from their relationship. Cath's parents were absolutely ridiculous. They pushed their daughter towards a marriage that they knew she would be unhappy in. Then, once Cath had completely changed for the worst, they were suddenly concerned about her happiness. A little too late, folks. Honestly, the only character I really liked was the King, and I'm pretty sure he's the one character you aren't supposed to like. Oh well. The one thing that bothered me the most about Heartless was the world. I literally felt like I was reading a book set in Disney's Alice in Wonderland. It was such a disappointment because I know what kind of retellings Marissa Meyer is capable of. But with Heartless, it felt like she just plopped her story into a world that already existed. The white rabbit was really a white rabbit who was concerned with the time, the caterpillar was an actual caterpillar smoking hookah. They even played croquet with hedgehogs and flamingos. I kept hoping that she would make SOMETHING about the world unique, but it never happened. And that bothered me a lot. I found it interesting that Meyer even mentioned in her Author's Note that she was "abusing the work" of multiple authors with Heartless. That's really what it felt like to me - taking something that has already been written and trying to pass it off as something new. Ultimately, the writing really saved this book for me. It is the only reason that I gave it 2.5 stars. I didn't like the characters, I really didn't like the world, and I thought the plot wasn't anything special either. I will still read whatever Marissa Meyer writes because I know what she can create. But unfortunately, Heartless was a total miss for me.
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    I love love the concept of this book. Just the idea of how the Red Queen was actually formed. I love for the fact that Marissa didn't take away the characters from Alice and the wonderland. The description of the place from one chapter to the other was fantastic, it felt like I was really there. The one only thing I didn't not love about it is, Catherine. The rest of the character, I did not mind. I felt like as the story progress, she didn't progress with it. She seems rather flat to me- I feel like she could be something more. I got frustrated at one point. I didn't mind the romance to it, I believe it was a played a role to the ending and what drove... people mad. Regardless, I would give it a 4 stars because of the concept of the story that comes with it.
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    It was awesome

    Heartless was so interesting wonderful and exciting all at the same time. It is one of these books where you can nevef stop reading.
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    great read. if ur into sad endings...

    great read. oh my gosh the ending made me cry tho!! :( love it and great spin off on the alice in wonderland!

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