on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Reaction Upon Reading: Not the ending I was expecting at all!
“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”
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.
“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”
Did I love this as much as Cinder? No – This book is very different and I don’t know whether to celebrate or cry that it is a stand alone.
I think I will celebrate because as much as I did love the book there were a lot of flaws and holes. I did pick it up and put it back down 3 or 4 times. So it did take me a while to finish. I only feel like crying because I still have so many questions!
Cath has caught the eye of the King. He wishes to make her his bride, much to Cath’s dismay because her goal in life is to open a bakery with her BFF Mary Ann (Friendship goals). Cath attends a black and white ball (unbeknown to her) in a striking red dress, thanks to her mother who is thrilled that she has managed to catch the King’s eye. Before he can propose Cath flees the ball and finds herself alone with the new court Jester, Jest. A wild-eyed, mysterious magician who is quite the charmer.
Nothing much happens for a while, it is a lot of back of forth pining and whining on Cath’s behalf. Then around two-thirds of the way through we hit some action!
The ending of the book was really its saving grace. It evolves quite quickly and really was quite unexpected because this book is a stand alone, I assumed I would get a happy ending. Oh boy was I wrong. To see Cath transform over the course of the book from a happy go lucky girl to a cold-hearted Queen was incredible. The way she spoke to Mary-Ann on the last few pages had my jaw on the floor. Where did Cath go?!
- Everything about Wonderland makes me smile. I like its silliness and nonsense.
- I really really really like Jest. Can we have a prequel about him?!
- There was so much baking. I was perpetually hungry and craving sweets.
- The rhymes and nonsense that ended up being prophecies were very creative!
- It was great big fairytale which didn’t have a happy ending – don’t get me wrong – I was sad but it was poweful.
Questions I still have:
- What happens next?
- What was the deal with all the things that would grow in Catherine’s room over night?
- When does Hatter go mad? Has it already happened?
- Will Raven still attempt to fulfil his mission? Or has Cath’s heart truly gone bad?
- Is there going to be repercussion with the pumpkin seeds that came from Chess?
- Why did the King want her? It just didn’t add up to me. She was annoying.
- What happens with Mary Ann now?
- Do Cath’s parents feel guilty? I hope so, silly selfish parents.
“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”
What did you think of this book?
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