Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland or fairy tales in general and with a twist, then, you will enjoy this book. What I most loved about this book is that it was not just a twist on a classic story but it stood alone as a different story. Yes, there were some of the same characters from the original. However, there were other new characters that kept this story refreshing. So, there was nothing to compare this story to the original. Well, I guess in all honesty you could say that this book is the "original". It was entertaining to read how the Queen of Hearts came to be the woman that was the most feared in all of Wonderland.
Although, I must comment by saying that while I liked the romance sprouting between Catherine and Jest, I felt that Catherine could have been fine without any suitors. She is a strong, independent woman with a mind of her own. Therefore, this is the reason I liked her a lot. Yet, the romance between Catherine and Jest was sweet. At least, Jest offered some laughs. Unlike the King. He was spineless. The Jabberwock was a nice addition to making this story a little darker. This is a recommended read! I look forward to reading more books by this author.