Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


So, I (Kelly) was at BookCon a few weeks ago and went to Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer’s Truth or Dare Panel (which was phenomenal and absolutely hilarious, by the way) and found this gem on my seat. Little did I know that Marissa Meyer was even coming out with another book other than Winter in December! Holy Goodness! So, we discussed it and decided that Heartless, by Marissa Meyer would be our first ever Waiting on Wednesday post!

When I posted this picture on Twitter, I was surprised to find that many people didn’t know about this book either! I’m used to being the only one who isn’t familiar with upcoming books because I’m still pretty new to the whole blogging/bookish world. I was seriously quite shocked when I learned that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about this! So, Lauren and I figured it would be the perfect post. =) Below is some information on it!


Goodreads Summary/All We Know About It:

Publish Date: November 8th, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

“A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’ teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.” – 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.” – Marissa Meyer

“Heartless” is a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” telling the story of The Queen of Hearts – how she became the queen… and also a tyrant. I think it’s going to be a very quirky, whimsical book (it is Wonderland, after all!), and I plan on making use of a lot of our favorite characters from Alice. Mad tea party, anyone?” – Toronto Public Library Teens


An Interview Excerpt About Heartless:

From Marissa’s Blog, here!


Teaser summary: A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.

Is this the Super Secret Nano Project of 2012?

Yes! Yes it is! Here, have some 10-month-old and no-longer-entirely-accurate statistics: http://www.marissameyer.com/blogtype/secret-nano-project-stats/

When will it be released?

HEARTLESS is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015 – after WINTER.

Where did you get the idea?

I absolutely loved Wicked by Gregory Maguire – both the book and the musical. A few years ago, right after Cinder sold, I was having lunch with my agent and talking about fairy tale retellings. I brought up Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and mentioned that I thought it would be awesome of Mr. Maguire told the story of the Queen of Hearts. My foreign rights agent—smart cookie that she is—said, “Well, why don’t you write it?”

And I thought, Challenge Accepted.

Will it be a stand-alone or the start of a series?

Right now I’m pretty sure it will only be a stand-alone, although I’m trying to keep my mind open for possible companion titles in the future. That said, the book that will follow HEARTLESS, for which I have a few ideas, will almost certainly kick off a new series.

Do you have a Pinterest inspiration board?

Oh good heavens, do I ever! http://www.pinterest.com/marissameyer22/heartless/

Will the book include other beloved Wonderland characters?

Absolutely, but I can’t tell you who, or what role they’ll play. That said, the fore-mentioned Pinterest board gives a few hints.

What is the queen’s name?

Miss Catherine Cordula, daughter of the Marquis of Rock Turtle Cove. (Subject to change.)

Have you ever cosplayed the Queen of Hearts?

Yes! Yes I have! In college I dressed up as the Queen for a Halloween group costume contest. (Hint: We won. Bam.) I’ll try to find a picture when I get home from tour.

Does your Mom collect “Alice in Wonderland” stuff and have an honest-to-goodness “Alice in Wonderland” Christmas tree every year?

Why, as a matter of fact, she does! (See where I get it from?) I’ll try to get pictures of that too.

 Anything else to add?

I’m crazy-mad about this story, you guys, and cannot wait for you to read it! *squishes all the readers*


Why We Are Already Loving This Book!

So, basically this is looking like an amazing retelling of The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and how she seemed to have lost her heart, rather than found it. It sounds tragic, heartbreaking, and like we will need a lot of tissues!! -Kelly

A story tied in with Alice in Wonderland, do I really need to say more? Nothing like seeing a new side of the villain we grew up reading about. Getting my tissues ready for this tragic story! I can’t wait to see why the Queen of Hearts turned out the way she did, and this story sounds like it will deliver all the details in a heartbreaking way. -Lauren

Below is a quick little snippet of Marissa Meyer, if you don’t know too much about her! 

She also has this AMAZING PINTEREST BOARD based on Heartless. IT’S AMAZING! Check it out, here!


Some Information on Marissa Meyer from Goodreads:

“I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.”


Coming up in Live, Love, Read:

The Guest Post with Danielle Ellison that I’ve been raving about… IT WILL BE UP ON SUNDAY with the Sunday Street Team! For those of you who don’t know what the Sunday Street Team is, it’s this awesome mix of a team and a tour that was created by my lovely friend Nori with ReadWriteLove28! You can find out more information and sign up to be a part of it by clicking here!

Upcoming Reviews:

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

The Leveller by Julia Durango

Paperweight by Meg Haston

**Keep an eye out. Some of these reviews may contain giveaways as well. 😉

We hope you enjoyed our first ever installment of Waiting on Wednesday!

Have a wonderful rest of your week! 

7 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

  1. I didn’t know either that she had this coming out! I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up yet though, since I’m probably the only person in the world that didn’t like Alice in Wonderland. Then again, it’s not about Alice, but the Queen of Hearts, so… I suppose I’ll see what others think of it first 😉

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    • I know a lot of people that don’t like Alice in Wonderland! To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite story either until a few years ago. But I love reading or seeing how a villain turned out the way they did. Kinda like the new move Maleficent! That’s why I’m really looking forward to this one.


    • I didn’t know about this one either until Kelly said something about it after Bookcon. Apparently it hasn’t been talked about much yet. Finding information on it was kinda hard, but at least we were able to find out what the story would be about!!!!

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  2. wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow
    😀 wow wow wow ! I AM SO EXCITED Wearthybgvfgrtehnbv
    Alice in Wonderland is my #1 favorite! Aaaaandd Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors EVER 😀
    Oh goodness, thank you for sharing. Sorry… I must go scream and run around the house… hopefully my mom doesn’t think I am crazy 🙂


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