Book Review: Queen of Hearts

General Information

  • Pages: 306 (paperback)
  • Genre: retelling, fantasy
  • Series: Queen of Hearts Saga
  • Author: Colleen Oakes
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Source: Library
  • ISBN:9781940716039
  • Release Date: May 3rd 2016
  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (as it reads):

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.

My Thoughts:

Let me start by telling you why I did not finish this book. My main reason was, I was expecting more action and excitement. This book was more about coming to terms with a new family member and proving herself to her father, the king. My other reason was that it started to slow down and got repetitive.

For as far as I read (up to page 124), it was all Dinah’s Father being a stuck-up idiot and putting Dinah down for existing. You know how there are those books that make you want to scream at certain characters and you love that book because of the emotion it portrays? Yeah, well, this book wasn’t one of those.


Okay, done with the negative part of this review, now on to the positive!

I loved the way this book was written. The writing was perfection! The characters were established so well! I just wish that I loved the plot as much as I did the writing and characters.

Overall, I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.



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