ARC Book Review: Queen Of Hearts

Queen Of Hearts CoverBook: Queen Of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Expected Publication is February 14, 2014 by Sparkpress|Expected Number Of Pages: 222

Where I Got It: I got an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Queen Of Hearts #1

Genre: YA Fantasy/Re-telling

You can find Queen Of Hearts on goodreads & Colleen Oakes on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

I am so glad I read Queen Of Hearts!  It’s such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland.  I was a little surprised that it’s on the dark side, but it also worked so well for the book.  It’s been a few years since I’ve read Alice In Wonderland, and even longer since I’ve seen the movie, so I’m really fuzzy on the original.  Still, I found myself figuring out who the characters in this book matched up with some of the characters in Alice In Wonderland, because a few of the references were really obvious…but others were more subtle.  But I liked that Queen Of Hearts is all about Dinah and her future as Queen, and how she got be who she was.

We have yet to see Alice, and I’m really curious as to whether we’ll see her at some point in the series. Something about Dinah’s half-sister really reminded me of Alice, and I think it’s because of how her half-sister is described.

I really like Wonderland, and it’s such a dark place.  It does seem different than Carroll’s Wonderland- from what I remember of Alice In Wonderland- and something about it made me think of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.  It’s very vivid and memorable and feels very much like a real place.

I do have a soft spot for her brother Charles- otherwise known as the Mad Hatter.  And I really liked Dinah too!  Sure, she was annoying at times, but I really felt for her.  I definitely felt like you could see hints at her transformation as the Queen Of Hearts, but there were also times when I wanted to know how that transformation took place.  Her father, the King Of Hearts, is one evil, horrible man, and I did not like him at all.  As for his discovery of Vittiore (Dinah’s half-sister), there’s something up with that, and there is definitely something shady about her.  Things are definitely happening in Wonderland, and I couldn’t help but wonder what he’s really up to.  And it’s the same with Vittiore.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Queen Of Hearts, and it’s such a different but also dark and twisty take on Alice In Wonderland.  I can’t wait to see where things go!  Queen Of Hearts gets 4 stars.

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