Fish Tacos, Killer Clowns and The Queen of Hearts

#homecooking #literaryadventures #IT #Heartless #diningwithvillains #booknerd #dinnerandagoodbook #readingislife

What do the three things in my post title have in common? Well I’m glad you asked! 😂 Those three things, and a few more are what I have been up to this week! I have taken it upon myself to finish a few more books before the end of the month, as well as start cooking again. Not that I wasn’t cooking, but at wasn’t cooking enough.

I started by making homemade grouper fish tacos! It was quick, easy and deeee-licious! I have the rest of it for lunch tomorrow and I am already looking for ward to them. Now, this is where the Killer Clown comes in! For the last year and a half I have been trying to get through IT by Stephen King, but I kept getting distracted by much shorter books and abandoning IT. 🤡 “ahaha! Hi Georgie! Do you want a balloon?” In hopes of finally tackling this beast of terrifying proportions, I loaned the audiobook from my Library on the Libby app. I heard the one narrated by Steven Weber is fantastic, and it really is! I listened to a good chunk of it, equal to a little over 100 pages, the night I made fish tacos. Best way to read and eat a meal that is definitely not reading friendly. 😃

The next two nights, Yesterday night and Tonight, I’ve made meatloaf and sloppy joes while reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I am on a roll! Weeeee!!! 😆

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 rating

I definitely recommend this book to all who enjoy a good Alice in Wonderland retelling, or who have read Marissa’s Lunar Chronicles and want to read more by her.

Description (from 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.

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.

My Review :

I have been a fan of the characters from Alice in Wonderland since I was a little girl and first watched Disney’s adaptation of the story. I have also enjoyed the Tim Burton remakes, and of course the actual book. I have been a fan of Marissa Meyer’s writing since I first read Cinder a year or so ago. I think she really has a way with words. So, when a dear friend of mine encouraged me to finally read Heartless I picked it up, and my god was it worth it!

The characters are endearing, overly bubbly, obnoxiously proud, and mysterious… among many other things. Just like in the movies and the original book, I immediately wanted to be transported into the world of the Kingdom of Hearts to live it for myself. The threat of the Jabberwock and secret adventures with Jest, all I could think was, “why not me?”. I instantly felt a bond with Catherine Pinkerton, especially because of her love of baking and her simple desire to do what makes her most happy in life, even if that meant not being Queen and not inheriting her family’s fortune.

There is no lack of excitement, terror, or swooning throughout the entire book and by the time I read the very last line, I was ready to start it all over again! There is no failure on world building or character development in this book, and the characters that were familiar to me were very much how I’ve always imagined them! However, I am quite upset I still have not received an invitation for tea with Hatta and Haigha!

A truly wonderful story that is a fantastic prequel to the infamous Alice in Wonderland. Marissa Meyer truly has a gift with putting magical stories to paper.

And to top it all off, my sloppy joe with a delicious goat cheese side salad was the perfect dinner to consume while my mind raced with finals thoughts of the fabulous story of The Queen of Hearts. Man, I’ve been dining with some very interesting characters of my own! Maybe I’ll have my own tea party 😜

I’m off to have another literary adventure! I’ll catch you next time and Happy Reading. 🤓

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