Author: Marissa Meyer
The #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller that Gregory Maguire (Wicked and After Alice) calls “full of heart.”
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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 unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath 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.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Fantastic twist on Alice in Wonderland, Miss Meyer introduces us to a baker named Catherine. At least, that’s all she wants to be. Desired by the King of Hearts and at the mercy of her mother, Catherine’s future seems to be planned out for her. Except she has her own dreams and desires. When the new court jester makes an appearance she realizes that her future is not set in stone. There are choices she still has to make…given she has the strength to make them.
I really loved the depth of the characters and the constant action of this story. The pace never dulled and I was truly left stunned by the ending. Would recommend to all Alice in Wonderland fans!