ARC Book Review Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes


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.

Jan Review

I really loved this story, right from the start i was sucked into this retelling and not let go to the very end. You have the classic characters you come to expect, Mad Hatter, Chesire, but instead of Alice you have Dinah and instead of the wicked queen you have her father the King of Hearts and of souse who could forget her beau the soon to be knave of hearts Wardley. This story keeps you guessing with all it twists and turns right up to the end.

This was a wonderful read. Dark, fascinating, intriguing. At 200 pages, Queen of Hearts is a quick read that sucks you down the rabbit hole.  I did have a few issues with the story i found that Dinah really felt she needed her dads approval and she would do anything to stay in his good graces, and he deserves none of her attempts for this.  He is mean and cares very little for Dinah.  I would of like it more if Dinah had stood up for her self rather then trying to please him.  As a result though the reader is rooted in cheering for Dinah and hating her idiotic father.

I did feel for a first book that romance was handle great, i really not for those books that throw two people together and they are all swooning within a few chapters. I much perfer a slow burning romance that builds over the books.  I am so glad that, this book is getting a revamp and i appreciate the opportunity to read it again and share it with my viewers.



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