Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite 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.
“A heart, once stolen, can never be taken back.”
I'm so disappointed, it's not even funny. I had high hopes since so many of my friends loved it.
Why did I not enjoy it?
It pains me to say it but I didn't care for the main female character, Catherine Pinkerton. She's to be the Queen of Hearts of the Alice in Wonderland's world. She's supposed to be strong, ready to cut some heads off. Instead, over more than half the book, she was completely spineless. She couldn't speak up and tell the world she wouldn't marry the King of Hearts. She was not able to stop the courtship, her parents or the decisions made surrounding her future.
Jest, the court's joker falls in love with her (yes, a little bit of insta-love) and he's willing to defend her and to protect her. He's selfless, funny, smart and sweet. He wants Cath to know him better. He puts his trust in her hands. But, Cath keeps on prolonging the charade by not taking a firm grip on her life. Instead, she lets her parents lead her and keeps Jest in a sea of ambiguity.
Other troubles I had with Catherine included her nasty little comments or descriptions in regards to the Duke of Tuskany, Margaret Mearle, and the King. She kept on implying Margaret was not pretty or the King was dumb and always sweaty. Those comments just irked me. Don't get me started on how mean she was with Mary Ann. How can I support a main character like her? I just couldn't.
There were things I loved. Jest was precious. He truly cared for Cath. He was willing to lose her if that was what Cath wanted. He was brave and he showed it by risking his life to protect her and jumping in front of the Jabberwock more than once. Hatta was also amazing. He was funny and mysterious with a side of crazy just like a good mad hatter should be. Cheshire was just like a cat. He came and went as he pleased but he had a soft spot for Cath. Same thing with Raven. I loved it when he spoke and I could tell he was fond of Jest.
My second and biggest disappointment came with the ending. I was hoping for a miracle or a turn of events similar to Wicked but alas, it was not meant to be.
In the end, I only have one question....Where was the impossible?