Book Review War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes


The final book in the twisted YA trilogy re-imagining of the origin story of the Queen of Hearts.

Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely.

Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on, and Dinah could inherit a bloodstained throne. Can a leader filled with love and rage ever be the ruler her kingdom needs? Or will her all-consuming wrath bring Wonderland to its knees?

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

Jan’s Review

I started this series back in 2014 and read my way book one and two and eagerly waited for book three to come forth.  Then i lost track of the series and saw new covers come out and i was like i read these all ready right.   The series got a revamp and book three was pushed out and finally published in November 2017.  I borrowed book three via the library keeping with my resolution of 2018 that i will complete series instead of reading book one and leaving the rest to get covered into dust.

I ended up giving this one a three as i think the story got lost with the huge gap between the release of the first books and the last.  Now i could of re read the first two and maybe i would of loved this one more or maybe it just that i loved the original Alice in Wonderland story so much.

Oakes does a great job with the final book in this series is just as bloody and true to how you expect the Queen of hearts to act.  I think that maybe what made me shy away but still kept reading.  The epilogue of the story is bittersweet but i not sure that i can really believe that wardley can so easily forgive what Dinah has done.  All in all if you read the first two of this series you should read the last one just so you know how it all ends.