Series: Queen of Hearts Saga #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
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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.
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
3 Finished Copies of QUEEN OF HEARTS (US Only)