Published on: November 2016
Catherine Pinkerton, a girl who is really passionate about baking. All pastries from scones and crumbles to cookies and pies, she claimed to be the best baker of tarts in all of Hearts. The story took place in Wonderland, long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole and revolves around Catherine, the girl who in the end collected her throne as the Queen of Hearts.
There have not been many books in this world which I have read that blatantly reveals the ending of their stories at the back of their covers. That was the interesting part of this book, I guess. The readers get to know the outcome of it with no revelations of the process that follows behind.
Catherine was a kind, loving character burning with passion and an impossible dream of opening a bakery with her best friend, which was a complete opposite trait to the evil maniacal villain she turned out to becoming at the end of the story. The writing of it was indeed spectacular in every way though, I must say. Marissa’s depiction of the world was unbelievable. Character development? Say no more. This book was hands down mindblowing in the most whimsical yet logical way there is. If that makes sense.
The first several chapters were a bit slow, in my opinion. I was starting to get bored of it until Jest appeared. The court joker who has this unpredictable way of swooning Catherine’s (my) heart that led them to having these secret courtships that is entirely sweet and romantic at the same time.
He licked his lips – a small, cruel movement that made her own lips tingle. “I can’t stop thinking about you, Lady Catherine Pinkerton of Rock Turtle Cove. I’ve been trying, but it’s useless. You’ve had me mesmerized from the first moment I saw you in that red dress, and I don’t know what to do about it, other than to use my every skill at my disposal to try and mesmerize you back.“
I was all about the forbidden romance that occurred inside of this book, and the trials that fall in between them. Marissa did such a marvellous job at connecting the dots and has done such spot on interpretations on the characters that actually originated from the real story, like The Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat, and The White Rabbit. The way she foretold the story was perfect. The characters were perfect. The plot, the descriptions, the world, and everything about this book was perfect.
To sum up, this book was by far one of the best books I have read due to its brilliance and captivating concept. It left me with so many feels I can’t possibly even. Just. Read it, guys.
P.S.: Jest, you are by-the-b(ye/ae) one of the dreamiest male lead characters I have ever come across.
Guess I’ll see you on the other side of the looking glass?