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Ratings and Reviews (11 56 star ratings
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    five stars

    I don't understand why so many people who reviewed this book didn't like it! Catherine was a brilliant character, Jest too, and in the end everything about the queen of hearts fits with what happened to Cath. The hatred of white roses, why she beheads everyone, how she ended up marrying the king. Also, I hear complaints about the ending being too sad, but in reality the ending was predetermined by Alice in Wonderland, and I would have been mad if it changed. Great book, along with everything Marissa Meyer writes.
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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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    Heartless

    I loved this book so much I could hardly put it down. Right when you think it will finish there comes a plot twist that makes you think. It is well thought out with everything being able to relate how Alice in wonderland is set out with the Queen of Hearts. All the way through you feel sorry for catherine but nearer the end your prosoective of her may change, mine did not I agree with the ending but that may be just me! This book you coukd read at any age and still enjoy it.
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