Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
I’m a massive fan of the Lunar Chronicles, it’s one of my favourite series of all time, so to say I went into this one with very high expectations is a bit of an understatement. And the outcome. . . It was okay. I’m pleased, but I can’t say I’m delighted.
So this is the origin story of The Queen of Hearts, so it’s the tale of how she become what we all know her for. But oh my, the first 300 odd pages felt like an opening. While it was enjoyable, I just felt like it began to drag. The last 100 or so pages were fabulous, and it’s a shame the beginning of the book wasn’t written fast paced with tension.
Also, I’ve never been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. I think I’ve watched one Tim Burton adaptation and that was a giant nope, as I discovered my fear of the Cheshire Cat (he seriously freaking creeps me out, please no). Because of this, I don’t have much knowledge and this book didn’t really help. While it’s not meant to copy the original etc, it seemed to seriously lack world-building.
Maybe if I went into this with lower expectations and it having read the Lunar Chronicles, I might have given it a star higher. That said, I did like it, but you won’t find me screaming about it from any roof tops in the near future (what is time???? Look at me, making references).
So overall, I found this book okay. The world building was bland, but Meyer has such a wonderful writing style that always makes me continue to read on. The description of cakes were my favourite, and I think the best thing about this book was Catherine’s passion for them. Unfortunately, this book along with the amazingness of the Lunar Chronicles, led to this book promising me too much, and unfortunately it didn’t quite deliver in the way I was expecting it too. I feel like this book is the definition of good ideas, just not executed greatly.
While I do own a hardcover version of this, I’d also like to thank NetGalley for sending me a copy to review.