January 24, 2018

#BookReview: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1) by Colleen Oakes with @thelitcoffaerie

Reviewed By: Jaiden K. 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 306
Recommended Age Group: Young Adult
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
How I Acquired this book: Book Outlet
Time it took to read: 2 days
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Book:
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.

About the Author: Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including YA fantasy retellings The Queen of Hearts Saga and The Wendy Darling Saga, and the Elly in Bloom series which is women's fiction. 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

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I want a Hornhoov. (Read the book to understand that sentence.)

Check out author's other books or related books? I'm going to get the second as soon as possible.

Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: This was a very good spin off/retelling of Alice in Wonderland though there is no Alice in it. This is all about the Queen of Hearts and her beginnings. I love Alice in Wonderland so I am always down for reading spin offs and this was a good one. I liked the character development though Dinah got a little whiny sometimes. I think that was the point though. Oakes wanted to show how much of a spoiled little girl Dinah was. I loved the ending and I cannot wait to see where the story goes. This is the first book in a trilogy.

Go Into This One Knowing: There are beheadings, wars and infidelity.

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