Book Review – Heartless by Marissa Meyer

heartless - book coverHaving so thoroughly enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, her latest novel, Heartless was one of the first I purchased with the gift cards I received back at Christmas. A stand-alone novel rather than the start of a new series, Heartless delves into the life of the young woman who becomes the Queen of Hearts and terrifies Alice on her journey through Wonderland. Once again, Meyer demonstrates her skill at paying homage to the source material while expanding and incorporating additional elements, including characters from nursery rhymes and poems.

Cath is the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove in the kingdom of Hearts but what she wants above everything else is to open a bakery with her best friend, lady’s maid Mary Ann. Though Cath has already caught the king’s attention with her tasty treats, someone else has caught her eye—the new court joker, Jest. As a Jabberwock begins terrorizing the kingdom, Cath learns that there is more to Jest and his presence in Hearts than she’d originally thought and her dreams will clash with both reality and fate. Continue reading

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Book Review – Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo

9780544074811_p0_v2_s260x420This was originally supposed to be a preview but unfortunately life got in the way so now it’s a timely review. Released this past Tuesday, May 6th, Stacey D’Erasmo’s latest novel Wonderland tells the tale of Anna Brundage as she tries to revive her musical career after a lengthy hiatus. Only ever having had modest fame and success, the comeback tour brings memories of past tours and struggles to the surface. The daughter of an innovative artist whose large-scale commissions led to a nomadic childhood, she relates many of her own struggles to those she witnessed in her father. The novel has plenty of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, but embarking on the road after so many years, how has Anna’s perspective on those staples changed?

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