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Queen of Hearts: Book Review

Queen of Hearts: Book Review

TITLE: Queen of Hearts

Author: Colleen Oakes

Published May 3, 2016


2 out of 5 stars


Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.


Pages: 306

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series? Yes (Book #1 in(Queen of Hearts Saga #1))

MY REVIEW OF Queen of Hearts:

The cover of this book and the hook is a lot more intriguing than the actual book. The writing isn’t necessarily bad, but there were several things that made me not enjoy this book as much as I could’ve.

There were a lot of loose endings. Characters were introduced who had absolutely no point in being in the story. There was no resolution to a lot of events that took place. All in all it was rather anti-climatic. I know that there are 3 books in this series, but the entirety of book one sort of just seemed empty.

The characters are for the most part lacking. There was a weird relationship between Dinah (the Princess) and Wardley, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, just that it was giving me weird vibes.

One aspect that I did really enjoy was the world of Wonderland and the use of characters. Charles (the young prince) is likened to the Mad Hatter and I thought it worked really well.

The book as a whole is surprisingly dark and twisted, which is very true to the nature of wonderland.

One of the biggest problems (which seems to be a common compaint with this book) is that the setting is amazing, but there is not much of a plot line.

I’m not sure if I will continue this series yet or not because from other ratings on Goodreads, the series does get better as it goes. But if the second book is anything like the first, I do not forsee myself getting very far.

If you enjoy retellings or Wonderland, then you might consider reading this book, but all in all, it’s not something that I would readily reccomend.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June

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