Book Review: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) by Colleen Oakes

Queen of HeartsQueen of Hearts 
Series: (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

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 Dinah's 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. 
I feel that this is going to be The Year of Alice! So many new books are being released based on this favorite childhood tale, not to mention a new movie!
I LOVE Alice in Wonderland and I LOVE Retellings, so this book was a match made in heaven for me.

We all know the curiouser and curiouser tale that is Alice in Wonderland. How strange and peculiar it is. When it comes to Alice Retellings, I like them wickedly dark and creepily twisted.

Queen of Hearts did not disappoint.

In this reimagined Wonderland, we have a King of Hearts, not a Queen of Hearts, and the King of Hearts is a million times more ruthless than I remember the Queen ever being.

Dinah, his daughter, is soon to become the Queen of Hearts, as her birthday fast approaches. However, when a most unwelcome guest arrives at the palace, Dinah's hopes and dreams of taking the throne along side her father soon begin to crumble, as she discovers an evil plot that may end in her losing her head!

As Dinah tries desperately to keep her head, she begins to unravel the gruesome world that is Wonderland. Who is friend, who is foe, who can she trust?

Even though this is the first book in a series, our main character Dinah has one hell of a character arc. Her character development from the beginning of the story until the end is so well done!

I adored the twists on Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter that Colleen Oakes took in this novel. Very well done.

Queen of Hearts is full of mystery and intrigue. The plot if very fast paced and the characters completely engrossing.

With the way this baby ended, I was completely salivating for more. I am beyond looking forward to the next installment and pray that it releases soon!


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