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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. 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 an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a YA story about the Queen of Hearts before she became a Queen.
I liked Catherine in this and I liked the way she hung on to her hopes and dreams when everything seemed hopeless. Her determination was quite admirable, and it was nice that she held on to that throughout the book.
The storyline in this was about Catherine’s life prior to becoming the Queen of Hearts, including a romance with the court jester. I really liked the story about how Catherine became the hated Queen that she was, and I actually felt a heck of a lot of compassion for her and everything that she went through in this book. The king came across as a buffoon, and the court jester was a sweetheart, and I really liked the little twists we got thrown as the book went along.
The ending to this was not a happily ever after, but it did set things up perfectly for Catherine to become the Queen of Hearts.
7.5 out of 10