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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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    A bit unsatysfying

    Honestly the book was great and it made me very intrigued, but the ending made me feel really unsatisfied.
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    I was not impressed

    I wasn't impressed by this book at all. The characters were flat and it was hard to care about them and make connections. The plot was a bit all over the place. Random details would be placed in at the most inconvenient or unimportant time and then it won't be expanded or even mentioned until chapters later and this made the plot kind of hard to follow at times. It was also quite slow for most of the book. There also wasn't a very vivid image of the world the book is supposed to be set in. I was incredibly disappointed in this book.
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    The origin of the queen of hearts

    A wonderful creation of the origin of the queen of hearts from the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Meyers writes with wit and whimsy creating characters that will play in your dreams. Not quite as amazing as her Cinder series but an enjoyable read none the less.
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