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.
For someone who never really liked Alice in Wonderland (gasp :o, Yes I know), I really Loved this book! Marissa Meyer is a wonderful writer and keeps you entertained threw out the whole book! she also intertwines a few other fairy tales in to the book which work out really well! This book is pretty much a prequel of Alice and wonderland and it tells the story of why the Red Queen is the way she is in Alice in wonderland! You also meet a few new characters in which you fall in love with and also some already loved characters! I Just wished it wasn’t a stand alone book and that Marissa would reconsider making more to this book!