May 12, 2016 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes

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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.

I wish I liked this one more than I did, as a fan of almost anything Alice in Wonderland related, I was really looking forward to it. Instead, I read a book full of uninteresting characters, barely resolved plot points and a wholly unsatisfying ending.

Dinah herself was thoroughly unlikable. I just didn’t care about any of her woes, and considering the main premise of the story is built upon overcoming those problems, it was very difficult to care about that either. It’s difficult to have an opinion on the remaining characters, as we only see them long enough to “support” Dinah or give further justification for her whining. I’m not even going to get started on the alleged villains, except to say that for someone to be villainous, they have to do something.

I didn’t mind the writing style, it was a quick and easy read, and the descriptions of Wonderland are something resembling a redeeming feature. I would very much like to explore this world, but honestly, I can’t get past the characters enough to want to pick up the rest of the series when it’s published.

 In all, a very disappointing book that had a lot of potential to be a great interpretation not just of Wonderland, but the Queen of Hearts and her backstory. While a quick read at just 200-odd pages, I wouldn’t recommend spending any time on it at all.

Purchase: Booktopia | Book Depository | Amazon

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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