Author: Colleen Oakes

Blog Tour: Queen of Hearts [Review & Giveaway]

Posted May 6, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 10 Comments

Blog Tour: Queen of Hearts [Review & Giveaway]Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Series: Queen of Hearts Saga #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars
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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.

My Thoughts

For starters, even though I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland…I have never read Lewis Carroll’s version. So, I cannot tell you how this compares to the original because I have only seen the Disney movies revolving around Wonderland. (I know, what is wrong with me? My blog is named after it for crying out loud! Believe me, I know!) Anywho, I went in blind on this book. All I knew was that it was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and it has a really pretty cover. What came out of me reading this? …Well… It has potential. I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t love it. I guess I liked it?

The writing is perfectly fine. It’s a strange world so it’s a little hard to grasp at first. And I’m not going to lie, the first half of this book is pretty boring. The characters are interesting. I think my favorite characters were Cheshire and Harris. Dinah (the MC), I don’t know. I liked her but then there were a lot of times where I didn’t like her. Vittoire (Dinah’s new stepsister) I couldn’t trust. And Dinah’s father, the King of Hearts/Wonderland, I hated him! 🙂

The story itself was kind of boring at the beginning, but I will continue on with the series because I think it has potential. I’m intrigued as to see where this is going. And I’m intrigued to see if the second book does any better. I hope so. As for Colleen Oakes’ work, I will definitely be looking at some of her other stuff, because she is a good writer.

Would I recommend this? Well, yes and no. Yes, if you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland themed books/stuff. No, if you don’t want to get through a boring beginning to get to an okay ending to hopefully waiting for a good sequel. Yes, if you like Colleen Oakes. No, if you don’t like hot and cold main characters. See, what I mean? It’s hard to pinpoint. But I do say that it has potential. So, I’m glad I gave it a shot and I’m definitely going to be giving the second book a shot when it comes out.

About the Author

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.
You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.net

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Giveaway

3 Finished Copies of QUEEN OF HEARTS (US Only)

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What’s Next [3] – The Star Maps of Hearts

Posted March 10, 2016 by Stephanie in Meme / 2 Comments


What’s Next? is a meme created by Hafsah @ Icey Books where you list 3-5 books that you are wanting to read soon but can’t pick which one to read first. I am excited to start giving it a try! If you’re interested in participating in this meme, click the button above! 🙂

Here are a few books that I have received recently and I want to read, but which should come first?

 What’s Next [3] – The Star Maps of HeartsThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
Inspired by Indian mythology.

What’s Next [3] – The Star Maps of HeartsEssential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Published by Simon Pulse on April 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again.
When Madison makes a startling discovery, the body of a dead woman floating in the middle of a lake, the summer after her senior year becomes more complicated than she ever expected.
Madison (Mads to everyone who knows her) is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. Being away from her needy, unstable mother who's been pressuring her to take over the family business is such a relief. Now all Mads has to worry about is taking classes, swimming laps, and fighting off the sadness that threatens to overtake her.
That is, until the traumatic moment Mads collides with a body in the middle of the lake. After swimming the body back to shore, Mads becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the woman and what drove her to leap off of the Aurora Bridge. Determined to discover more, Mads parks outside the woman's home and sees the woman's son: the sweet and tormented Billy Youngwolf Floyd.
Through a series of not-so-happenstance meetings, Mads and Billy realize that desperate mothers and rescue missions are not the only thing that bonds them. Billy carries a map in his pocket; the one of the museum from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and it's his dream to visit the museum one day. And though book-loving Mads is expected to return home to her already-decided future, her dream is to run away to a life of her choosing.
As the unlikely pair fall hard for each other and as the summer draws to a close, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family's or their own.

What’s Next [3] – The Star Maps of HeartsQueen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Series: Queen of Hearts Saga #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Goodreads
Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

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.

So, what should I read next?

Vote in the comments to let me know which one I should put at the top of my list! 🙂

Stephanie
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