on Nov. 8, 2016
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.
In Heartless, Meyer’s new twisty nod to Lewis Carroll, lives Lady Catherine Pinkerton of Rock Turtle Cove. Cath, who wants nothing more than to open a bakery with her best friend, Mary Ann. Which is something of a problem, because in this world, girls wear their corsets too tight, worry about their reputations, and wish to be Queen — even if it is to a bumbling king. But it’s also a world where lobsters dance, girls fall in love with warthogs, and a Jabberwock and a Jester keep a kingdom on their toes.
Cath somehow walks that line of practical and insanity, and you love her for it. She is a fighter and yet fallible. She loves her parents, even though they don’t understand her dream, pulls a sword out of a hat, and is good and kind to everyone, even when it’s hard. Cath is a girl who gives her lion heart away and wins a kingdom. While it’s exciting to see how Meyer weaves her story so that magic and reality travel with entwined fingers, it’s her gift of Cath that keeps our hearts.