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

26074194As 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.

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The plot was intriguing, but a little confusing. It was simply that. Intriguing, yet a little confusing at times. This was mostly because I couldn’t understand why certain things were happening — there was little motivation behind the events. The book had the potential to be quite intriguing (as their were a lot of interesting elements and plot points); however, like I said, I was a little bit confused over the reasoning.

There was a lot more telling rather than showing. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. And this book does it a lot. What annoyed me so greatly was when Dinah simply knew “something bad was going to happen”. This confused me immensely. Does she possess some unknown ability that we don’t know about yet? Or is this just an extreme case of intuition? Honestly, because these questions cannot be answered, I felt like this was a form of telling rather than showing. Because something bad is possibly coming up, the author seems to allude to that through Dinah’s narrative. For me, personally, I don’t really like this writing style.

The protagonist, Dinah, did not properly come across as the future evil Queen of Hearts. I was really looking forward to reading about a character descending into darkness, rather than one being elevated to heroism. Unfortunately, this did not come about. Dinah did not develop as nicely as I had hoped, instead coming across as a more whiny and jealous teenager rather than a monstrous, future evil Queen. To be completely honest with you, I was kind of hoping that her arc would somewhat resemble that of Regina from Once Upon A Time. I loved watching her descent into evil on the show. Yet, Dinah’s arc never managed to reach this level. Very disappointing.

It was really creative how the author incorporated various characters into the overall story. However, I cannot, whatsoever, fault the author for the wonderful creativity that she employed for incorporating a number of well-known characters into this story. My favourite would definitely have to be Harrison, who plays the part of the White Rabbit. His character was just so sweet and kind. However, I think that Oakes does a fantastic job at portraying the Mad Hatter — those scenes were definitely well-written and definitely some of the best in the entire book. You could practically feel the madness seeping from the pages! If you are looking for a book that wonderfully portrays the Mad Hatter, and definitely quite differently, this could be the book for you!

Because my review is only a two-star rating, I would like to direct you to another review from a reviewer that quite enjoyed the book: Taylor Mae Marie.



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