We all love the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and in this stand alone book, she works her fairytale magic again. In this amazing Alice in Wonderland prequel, we see how the Queen of Hearts became so heartless.
Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…
And before the roses were painted red…
The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was so gripping and hard to put down. Each character in this book was wonderfully written and well thought out. Each had a history and their own defining characteristics that made even the background members of the King’s court unique and easy to remember despite them having trivial roles.
However I did find the fact that the characters were a mixture of humans animals (real and fantasy) and inanimate objects a little off putting. I am aware (though I have not read it) that this is a feature of Lewis Carroll’s original work, but give how Meyer twists things in her Lunar Chronicles series, I would have prefered it if she had done the same thing here.
In terms of plot, it was simple and easy to follow, but with many twists and turns. I liked the fact that there was often a simple narrative goal to each scene allowing for more in depth world building and character development, especially as the context of the book gave the end point away quite a bit.
While I did like the fact that originally the Cath’s (the Queen’s) motivations for not wanting to marry the King were for her own personal goals (opening up a bakery) I was annoyed to see how quickly it was more about her falling in love with another man and how that was preventing her from happiness. I was so happy at the start of the book when I saw that her own dreams and goals independent of romantic relationships was what was providing a challenge, but this was soon swept aside, making me feel a little conned. That is why for me, this book was four stars and not five.