Geez I need to stop procrastinating and step up my book review game. ;)
Thank you my dear cousins from San Francisco for buying me this book, it was an absolute surprise, and I originally had no intention of reading this book until you guys got it for me, so I am overjoyed.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016
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.
Book Cover Comments
I found the vines really popping out from the black, mainly because these two colors just actually go very well together. And the vines are popped out in the actual hardback jacket, so that’s a much love as well ;) The inside of the book is a diamond-checkered surface which is shiny and really pretty as well.
The Actual Review
I did not expect that ending. At all.
I didn’t even know who Catherine would be until the near end, where her character became predictive.
At first, I just thought it would be an Alice story but in a predictable world a.k.a. Wonderland, and I really didn’t look forward to it so much. So when I started reading it, it wasn’t the most captivating due to the fact that it was mostly world building in the beginning, and the development and character introducing came first, and so not much happened.
But when Catherine and her friend went to find a certain ingredient for this bake-off competition, things started getting interesting, as there was something that can be predicted and would be revealed later on, and that’s where everything starts getting into place.
And the fact that Catherine started falling for joker also makes things much much more interesting, and whatever happens next.
Now, as you have read the synopsis above, you would know that there is a fate that is waiting for her. And it is that fate that I was most shocked by, because who Catherine was representing really didn’t show until the very end, and no one would actually really know until the very end, and that very very last line in the book was SO iconic, SO well known, any assumptions of who Catherine is would of course, BE KNOWN.
I really like these kind of retellings when they have some of these really iconic lines, and in this case, Marissa ended the book with a grand suspense. She gave Catherine an extremely well background and past to what lead her to her current character, as well as really interesting past events and the blending of the world of Cards and Chess, a.k.a. the two sides of the Looking Glass really well, as well as including tons of the most iconic Wonderland elements.
So yea. You might go slow reading this book due to the plot build-up, but once you hit that point, things started getting interesting as everything builds up, the piece rises up to Crescendo and goes into dark silence.