Heartless by Marissa Meyer
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.
I have recently gotten this freshly published book just last week and I have to just say that it is nothing like I thought it would be and I’m actually starting to really like it. I’ve only read the first three books in Meyer’s Lunar series and I was very suspicious going into her first stand alone but I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I’m on chapter 20 page 170 and I have grown attached to some of the characters and the whimsical background Meyer has painted in this retelling of not just Wonderland but most of all the girl who would ultimately become the infamous Red Queen.