Review : Heartless




My Thoughts…

So this book is aptly named, because I now have no heart left. This book has killed it!

So this is how I kept picturing Jest *drool*. Love Captain Hook haha.giphy
He was, of course, my favourite! I love him! He is funny, sweet and just down right gorgeous! The author has done an amazing job with the characters in this book, I felt like I knew them personally, possibly why I have ended up so heart broken.

Although, I had a problem with Cath. She is indecisive and just down right horrible sometimes.7a494f90-87e5-0134-ce27-0aec1efe63a9
Also probably wouldn’t help that all I could think of was this..

I loved that the author incorporated a lot of the smaller details from the original story, like the famous ‘off with her head’, so we are able to see why the Red Queen favoured that punishment so much. There is also the answer to the riddle, ‘why is a raven like a writing desk’, this is asked numerous times throughout the story always with different answers. I loved it! Also props to Marissa for coming up with her own answer (even if it was already thought of 🙂 )

Any way back to the book. The story is fun,easy to read and horribly painful all in one. It had a slow start, that soon picked up into an amazing story that I just couldn’t put down. The ending however just ruined me!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me a copy of this amazing book.


About the Book…



Published November 8th 2016

Goodreads Synopsis

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.


About the Author…

09-signingOne of my first spoken words was “story” (right along with “bath” and “cookie”), my favorite toy as an infant was a soft, squishable book, and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first realized such a job existed.

When I was fourteen my best friend introduced me to anime and fanfiction—over the years I would complete over forty Sailor Moon fanfics under the penname Alicia Blade. Those so inclined can still find my first stories at Writing fanfic turned out to be awesome fun and brought me in contact with an amazing group of fanfiction readers and writers. As Alicia Blade, I also had a novelette, “The Phantom of Linkshire Manor,” published in the gothic romance anthology Bound in Skin (CatsCurious Press, 2007).

When I was sixteen I worked at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma, Washington, affectionately termed “The Spag.” (Random factoid: This is also the restaurant where my parents met some 25 years before.) I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I sorted mail that came to the dorm, carted tables and chairs around campus, and took writing classes, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature. Knowing I wanted a career in books, I would also go on to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University (which you can learn more about here). After graduation, I worked as an editor in Seattle for a while before becoming a freelance typesetter and proofreader.

Then, day of days, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a book deal, so I became a full-time writer. CINDER was my first completed novel, though I have an adorable collection of unfinished ones lying around, too.

I married my husband in 2011, two months before the release of Cinder, and we adopted our two beautiful twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney, in 2015. Reading lots and lots of bedtime stories is most definitely a new favorite pastime.




24 thoughts on “Review : Heartless

  1. I’m so glad you liked it! Makes me optimistic.
    I can’t believe I have this and haven’t read it yet, argh. (Yes, I’m a pirate)
    I’m seriously going to have to stop agreeing to RaR requests so often bc I’m not getting a chance to read the books I do already own!
    Great job, homie!

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    1. I haven’t had a chance to read anything lately. Hopefully now with my new iPad I can get some reading done!!! And reviews written lol.
      But yes heartless was a great read!!! Broke my heart. I think a lot of people were expecting something more along the lines of Cinder.

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      1. Yeah, that’s the prob, and she’s coming out with another book called Renegades, which sounds completely diff than anything so far. It’s one I would request but almost all of mine have gone unanswered.


  2. Yay!! So happy to hear you loved it. I will finally be able to read it soon, I think. Soon as I get caught up on ARC’s 🙂 Nice review, Sammi!!

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      1. Thanks, I hope so too! Oh, girl… I know exactly how you feel. I mean, EXACTLY! I have so many NG books that need to be read. I always say I’m going to read them before they’re published (like I’m supposed to do) but it never seems to happen. Ugh. But, I’ve caught up on a few of them, so that’s good. But it seems like it didn’t even make a dent in my NG shelf. 😕


      1. I finished ACOMAF this morning. Wow. I can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin. I do have to admit I could have done without the rather graphic porn scene about 3/4 the way in. I read YA to get away from it. I don’t think it was necessary for a YA book – in fact I’d probably put a NA on this one, but what do I know. LOL!! The story is sort of predictable but not at the same time. What I thought would happen didn’t, but something just as bad did, so I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be putting up a review within a few days.


  3. Great review! I loved this book as well, I also loved to see why the Queen of Hearts wants all the roses to be red and not white. I didn’t mind Cath’s character that much, but I did think that her character went from good to bad very quickly.

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    1. Thank you 😊😊 glad to hear you enjoyed it too.
      I think she had the bad in her all along.
      She was a great character. Her choices just made me hate her haha.

      Did you read the authors note in the back?
      It was really interesting to learn why there were so many different answers to the raven and writing desk riddle.


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