Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 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.
This book broke my heart. I knew it would and I read it anyways. Marissa Meyer is my new favorite fairy tale retelling author. I never would have thought up this back story for the Queen of Hearts and yet, her story completely works. And it was completely heartbreaking. I loved all the characters, the whimsy, the plot and the kookiness. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star rating was because I saw the ending coming. The foreshadowing was just a little too obvious for what I typically like, but that is my only nitpick. If you loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, you will love this book as well.