By Marissa Meyer,

Book cover of Heartless

Book description

From Marissa Meyer, the #1 New York Times–bestselling story of Wonderland's most notorious villain: the Queen of Hearts.

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…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

2 authors picked Heartless as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love retold fairy tales and stories, and this one is an excellent retelling of Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite classic novels.

This is the origin story of the villain in Alice in Wonderland, the Red Queen. It’s dark, romantic, and devastating, full of twists and turns you’d never expect. It also tastefully incorporates other fairy tales and stories into the plot.

Every crew needs a brave cinnamon roll character, and Jest is your man for the job. This was one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve read recently, but don’t let that stop you from meeting this clever idealist. He always strives to do what’s right, even at the expense of his own happiness. Jest, Raven, Cath, and Hatta refuse to leave me long after I finished reading, and I’m not upset about it. 

Want books like Heartless?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 85 books like Heartless.

Browse books like Heartless

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in fairy tales, Seattle, and magic-supernatural?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about fairy tales, Seattle, and magic-supernatural.

Fairy Tales Explore 300 books about fairy tales
Seattle Explore 65 books about Seattle
Magic-Supernatural Explore 625 books about magic-supernatural