Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Series: Queen of Hearts Saga
Date Started: January 8
Date Finished: January 9
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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.
You have got to be kidding me. No. Really. You have to be. After reading Heartless last year, a fellow Wonderland friend told me that Queen of Hearts was worse than Heartless and she was curious to see what I thought of it. I see what she meant. Heartless was one hundred times better than this 306 paged sob fest. I mean, seriously. At least, Catherine had a backbone and parents who meant well. Dinah is a sniveling weakling, who I really can’t believe was going to be the Queen of Hearts, with a father who makes the King of Hearts that I’m writing look like a hero instead of the villain he really is. Other than the furious King, the ‘Cards’ of different suits, a cunning and manipulative adviser named Cheshire, the Mad Hatter who is actually Dinah’s youngest brother who is mad and likes to make hats since he can’t leave his room and the fact that the novel takes place in Wonderland/Wonderland Palace (such a creative name *snort*) this novel isn’t anything like the original. Usually that should be a good thing, but in Queen of Hearts case, it isn’t.
Don’t even get me started on Wardley, who is really the male version of the childhood friend that one – or both – have developed feelings for. Honestly, out of all the characters he was pretty much the only one I didn’t really despise. Only because he was so loyal to Dinah. The mystery that unfolded in these pages – with no clear ending – was actually quite maddening. Who is the mystery man that sent Dinah the clue and rose her when things were about to get really bad for her? I’m curious to know, but at the same time can I really stomach reading another book in this series?
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. This is definitely the definition of ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ because although the cover art is beautiful the story inside is not. Probably one of the worst retellings of Wonderland that I’ve read over the last few years.
Bookshelf worthy? Make like the White Rabbit and avoid this one.