Happy almost Halloween, guys!
(And I suppose it's Saturday too, hah!) So today, we have an excellent tour stop for you - the Heartless blog tour!
We're only 10 days away from the release of Heartless - seriously! - and we're going to share our review, along with what the team at Macmillan have been doing to celebrate the book!
(If you haven't checked out #HeartlessCountdown on social media, you've been missing out, and need to go now!)
So read on for more!
10 Days UNTIL HEARTLESS!
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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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.
Marissa Meyer continues her tradition of retelling epic fairy tales and showing another angle to the tale, by introducing us to Lady Catherine Pinkerton, future queen of hearts.
But rather than the temperamental, hysterical woman that we've gotten to know through books and films, this is a kinder, funnier and younger Catherine, whose only ambition is to become the most talented baker in the land. She's gifted and well-meaning, and only wants to serve the King through delicious baked goods.
(Seriously, you should really have some pastries on hand while reading, since the book will absolutely make you hungry.)
But enter life. and a society that doesn't allow for women to necessarily pursue the life that they want - especially depending on your station in life. Catherine is restrained by the world around her, and we can't help but feel her frustrations when everyone around her pushes back on the life that she genuinely wants to pursue.
I'm not sure if Marissa Meyer's intention was to write a book that also highlighted the socio-economic struggles that our society has undergone throughout the years, but I felt it acutely while reading, and it made the book and Catherine's story, all the stronger for it.
So when Catherine and Jest cross paths, readers can't help but almost feel a sense of relief. Even though it's obvious from the get-go that the relationship is doomed, there's a certain amount of lightness and joy in seeing two people able to be themselves, in the face of a world that doesn't want to let them be.
And when the inevitable happens, it's heartbreaking. I know that some people have said that the pacing of the book was a bit on the long side, but I felt that Meyer unfolded Catherine's eventual fate in a way that was heartbreaking and pitch perfect. With each unfolding chapter, we see her humanity, her warmth and her joy - no matter how small - stripped away, piece by piece.
While it's partially initiated by her, the end result is still heartbreaking, especially as we consider what could have been, if only the circumstances had been different.
Bottom line: This is an epic tale of love and loss, and to borrow a thought from my fellow blogger Kris, Marissa Meyer has again, forever changed how I'll view a literary character and her fate. Highly recommend, full stop.
As a bonus...