Book Looks: Heartless – Marissa Meyer


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Title: Heartless (2016)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Read the first lines…

Three luscious lemon tarts glistened up at Catherine. She reached her towel-wrapped hands into the oven, ignoring the heat that enveloped her arms and pressed against her cheeks, and lifted the tray from the hearth. The tarts’ sunshine filling quivered, as if glad to be freed from the stone chamber.

Cath held the tray with the same reverence one might reserve for the King’s crown. She refused to take her eyes from the tarts as she padded across the kitchen floor until the tray’s edge landed on the baker’s table with a satisfying thump. The tarts trembled for a moment more before falling still, flawless and gleaming.

Setting the towels aside, she picked through the curled, sugared lemon peels laid out on parchment and arranged them like rose blossoms on the tarts, settling each strip into the still- warm centre. The aromas of sweet citrus and buttery, flaky crust curled beneath her nose.

40 thoughts on “Book Looks: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

  1. Girl you just kick ass with these 😍 Are you gonna read Heartless? I’m working of finishing The Lunar Chronicles right now and I’m not sure how I feel about that body of work yet so idk if I’ll read more from her. She’s good but I’m not blown away either haha


    • I’ve actually read Heartless! I’ve got an ARC from the Aus publisher and practically devoured the book some weeks back. It’s good! Not super amazing, unfortunately, but pretty solid writing.

      I’m ambivalent about The Lunar Chronicles – on one hand it’s very much hyped, but on the other all the noise about Asian misrepresentation really put me off. 😩

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      • That sounds okay then haha I might give it a try depending on other reviews once it comes out.
        I’m actually really surprised you mentioned that because I’ve never heard any complaints of the sort about that series, maybe I don’t follow the people who’ve complained but I can’t myself think of an instance of misrepresentation (then again I’m not Asian so I might not even notice either way)


        • Tbh rather than offensive, I found the misrepresentation sort of hilarious because it’s… just SO wrong? Like I can’t believe this wasn’t caught during editing or something like that, haha. But I’ve noticed that I tend to be VERY VERY CHILL about these things in comparison to most bloggers (from what I’ve seen), especially since that misrepresentation can hurt (and perhaps has hurt) people before.

          Anyway, this post (link) describes it better, if you’re curious – the original post is not on that blog, but for some reason I can’t access it anymore on the original. 🤔

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          • Well… that was intense… I did not see that coming haha.
            I understand what she’s saying and I’m glad someone brought it up but I’m a bit too deep about this series to drop it now.
            I agree with you. I don’t tend to get as angry, but it really depends on a case by case basis. What angers me the most is Spanish that is not written correctly, or when it doesn’t resemble anything anyone who speaks the language would ever say. There’s so many different countries and cultures that make up Latinx that even if it doesn’t completely fit my own, I can usually tell when it would still be prevelant for someone else so I don’t really get mad about it… It takes a lot for something in a book to piss me off haha


            • Yeah, I thought it was pretty intense myself! The tone was pretty angry, haha.

              I think that’s why I don’t really get offended, actually – like, I’ve only had my life to go on with, so who am I to say that a book is misrepresentation just because it doesn’t replicate/relate to my experiences 100%? I come from a culture so specific it’s a bit hard to find a thorough representation anyway. 😛

              In this case though, language does have objective rules so wrong usage is wrong usage. Regardless, I want to think that Marissa Meyer didn’t intend for her books to be misrepresentative in this way, and if she’s aware of it, I want to believe that she’ll do better next time, you know?

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              • I just love you ❤ You manage to articulate my own thoughts so well because that's the same way I feel about representation and misrepresentation too. It's so subjective, there's no one life that is the same, there's no one culture that is the same, there's no one language that is the same (even if it's called the same, there's so many different dialects and versions of both Spanish and English) that I feel like it's not my decision to say what is the end all be all of good or bad representation. If it's something I have a problem with, I'll point it out, maybe not as angrily haha, but I'm also open to someone saying the opposite


                • Aww, I love you too! But yeah, that’s exactly how I feel too – with language there are (usually) clear rights and wrongs, so it’s easier to point out misrepresentation, but culture varies so much from place to place and even family to family that for me it’s super difficult to say “omg this is wrong” when it may in fact be someone else’s experience to the T.

                  The key is definitely open-mindedness, though, and to want to listen when other people point out things you might not agree with! Twitter isn’t a medium that lends itself to real, thorough discussion, but I guess that’s all we have at the moment. 😛

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                  • OMG yeah, Twitter can definitely blow things out of proportion which is usually why I don’t really share my thoughts there. If it’s something I’m truly passionate about, I’ll make a blog post about it and discuss it through there. Otherwise, I’ll just retweet the people I agree with. There’s a heavy mob mentality that goes on there specially with the kind of tough discussions like diversity is. I just rather stay out of it.


  2. I am so so excited for Heartless (I managed to get an ARC from NetGalley and I cannot wait to get started on it; especially considering the release date for the UK edition of this book has been pushed back to next February!)
    That dress is just stunning! It’s something I would love to own but like with most gorgeous dresses I have nowhere to wear them. I would totally buy though, and wear, those shoes. In fact I think I even have a pair like that in my wardrobe. 😀


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