Mar 21, 2014
Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Not every fairytale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.
A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret. A Princess Slowly Unraveling.
As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.
Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Queen of Hearts was an intriguing start, but I really felt like this book was too short for me to really start to figure out Dinah. It just seemed like a very abrupt ending, especially given the sneak peek in the prologue.
I really liked Dinah and I felt like she was really a victim, even though we are always told the Queen of Hearts is an evil villain. Her father was just so terrible to her, and I still haven’t figured out why. I know he wants to keep his throne, but that just seems like too easy of an excuse and there should be more.
I did really like Charles even though he was so damaged and childlike. I’m disappointed that he’s already out of the story because I thought he really added a human aspect to Dinah. She did love him, and would’ve done anything for him.
A few of the side characters I didn’t really enjoy at all. Wardley took advantage of Dinah’s friendship, and it was clear to me that he was developing feelings for Vittiore despite everything that she put Dinah through. I just felt like there should’ve been some loyalty there for his oldest friend. I do think that Vittiore is just a pawn, but she is being controlled by the king and therefore you cannot trust her.
I think Colleen Oakes created a great world, but it just felt too short and rushed for me. It ended just as I was starting to get really involved in Dinah and the world, so that was really difficult for me. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, because it had potential and was just starting to get good. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book!
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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