Note: This review is spoiler free (spoilers are all marked and have warnings)!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Age: For readers 12 and up
Rating: 3/5 Stars
This book started off SO WELL! Unfortunately what pulled me in initially didn’t carry onto the rest of the story. Still, this book wasn’t horrible and I didn’t feel like chucking it at the wall at any point in the story, so I consider that a success. However, considering the fact that the central plot of this book is romance, and it is written by Marissa Meyer (who is a great writer but isn’t that good at writing romance in my opinion), there are obvious reasons why this book fell flat.
What I didn’t like:
Sigh. Why couldn’t the Jabberwock have just eaten Catherine?
2. Catherine and Jest: *YAWN* Ok so you’re meaning to tell me that these two met in the King’s garden and then looked at each other and the first thing that came to their minds was: “I’m in loveeee!”? Catherine at least had some dreams about him so she was curious as to who he was which is more understandable, but why did Jest suddenly fall in love with her after seeing her once? He literally said: “I have wanted to kiss you since I saw you in the King’s gardens”. As a passionate member of the Insta-Love Hate Group, this made me so boreddd when reading about their relationship. I can’t ship them if I don’t understand why they like each other and if I see no chemistry.
In a book of 400+ pages, they basically met like 5 times in the whole story and we’re supposed to treat them like Romeo and Juliet? Ok that was a bad comparison since Romeo and Juliet suck too and have no chemistry, but you know what I mean. With this forbidden love trope, where was the angst? The passion?
3. The Ending (SPOILERS SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH): Was the ending supposed to be shocking? First of all I knew from the time that Catherine went to get a pumpkin that Peter was hiding the Jabberwock. Did I know that his wife was the Jabberwock? No. But when I read that Catherine heard scratching noises on the farm and Peter was keeping a huge pumpkin, it was obvious he was hiding the Jabberwock and the pumpkin was probably food (it turned out to be a cage). Then Catherine literally sees a chewed hat belonging to one of the Jabberwock’s victims and she makes no connection. She was like: “Huh a chewed up hat from the person who was eaten last night by the Jabberwock on Peter’s farm? Yah that’s not suspicious at all…”. Plus if any reader paid attention, they would notice how at every event the Jabberwock attacked, there was always pumpkins. At the King’s black and white party there were pumpkins, at the baking contest when Catherine brought pumpkin pie (that’s when the Jabberwock attacked) and at the movie theater, when Peter’s wife brought pumpkin pie. And who sells pumpkins?! PETER. How did no one make this very obvious connection?
Then there is the fact that Jest’s death is literally written in the book a hundred pages before it happens, so least to say, it was very predictable. Come on, if three weird old sisters give you a prophecy that you’re going to die, then you better be making funeral preparations because they’re telling the truth. Still, I thought I would feel some remorse at his death. Nothing. I think the most I felt was a yawn coming. I didn’t even like Jest anyways. He was such a flat and bland character.
What I did like:
Overall, I’d say this book isn’t too bad but it can get tedious at some points. But it’s a quick enough read, and it does bring Wonderland magic, so it might be worth a shot!