Edelweiss #7/16|Book Review: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts #1) by Colleen Oakes

Queen of Hearts Book Cover Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts Saga
Colleen Oakes
Juvenile Fiction
May 3, 2016
EBook Arc

The first novel in Colleen Oakes’s epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains—the Queen of Hearts. This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. 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.

Reading time: January 12 to March 15

My Thoughts

This book told the first part of the story of one of the most infamous Wonderland villains the Queen of Hearts.  The wonderland in this story wasn’t the wonderland known from the original wonderland story but rather the one where behind every smile there’s a secret, every tart comes with a demand and only the prisoners tell the truth.

This book was fantastically well written, the characters were well developed but with room to develop further in other books, and the world building was great and drew me into the story. The book was aimed at the age range of 13 Years+ and the writing style was definitely appropriate for the age range but there were also nuances in it that were applicable to adults as well. It was the first Alice in Wonderland retelling that I had ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

When I saw this book on Edelweiss I knew I had to have it because I started reading it a while ago when I got it from Kindle Unlimited a while ago but wasn’t able to finish it because my months payment didn’t go through. I was really pleased when the publisher permitted me to read the book in exchange for an honest review because I knew I was going to enjoy it.

The book takes place over the course of several years so you see Dinah developed from a shy timid girl who is treated abominably by her father the King, to a confident and determined young woman who is able to question her father about the way he is ruling Wonderland. Throughout the book the only people who actually truly cared for Dinah were her Servants, her best friend Wardley and her Brother Charles “The Mad Hatter”.

I loved the fact that the war that was raging in wonderland was eluded to but not focused on as it meant that you were aware if it and that it can be gone into in more depth in future books. That also meant that you were able to focus on the characters themselves along with the castle politics.      When Dinah really began to familiarize herself with all the politics of the castle and Wonderland it was grate to see how she grew as a person as well.

I hated the King from the beginning because of the way they he treated both Dinah and her brother Charles but by the end of the book I truly loathed him.

Cheshire the Kings advisor was another character that I wasn’t keen on to begin with as it was obvious he was an extremely devious person. However I did warm up to him when he started giving Dinah pointers about the Politics of the Castle/Wonderland.

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I loved it so much, will read it again and can’t wait for the next instalment. As well as the fact that I highly recommend it to anyone who loves retellings and romances, as well as buy it for anyone I  know who I think will enjoy it.