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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heartless is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland from before Alice. Without giving to much of the story away, this is a book about our main character Catherine, a noble family's daughter, who dreams of opening a bakery with her best friend and maid, Mary Ann. Catherine finds herself wondering around Wonderland, avoiding her own fate all while finding love and the true dangers of Wonderland at the same time.
One of my most favorite parts of this book is the world-building. Since Wonderland is already an established world in our minds, the author had a lot of room to grow on with the premise. And did a wonderful job both bringing the reader back to the original Wonderland we know and love while still making it a world of her own full of mysteries still hidden and stories untold.
Even though I love this book it isn't without flaws. The beginning is pretty slow and things don't start picking up until the second half of the book. The second half is where I found myself going from I'll just read this part later to not being able to put the book down thinking that I'll forget something important. Speaking of the second half, there's also a lot of plot holes that never quite get resolved. This makes me feel as though I and the author have read completely different versions of Alice in Wonderland. From the way she creates the backstories to the more important characters to the way, she creates the lore around why a character acts the way they do. This does get confusing at times, but it doesn't matter in the end for reasons you'll just have to figure out yourself when you read this book.