Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  The show stopping cover was released last week exclusively on EW.com along with an excerpt of the upcoming novel.  I’m so excited to see what Marissa Meyer has in store for us next plus we already know how great she is at fairytale retellings.  Heartless is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and it tells the story of the Queen of Hearts prior to when she started ordering “off with his / her/ their/ your head!” in Wonderland.  You can read the excerpt here.

Heartless

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

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. (via Goodreads)

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