Sunday, 14 August 2016

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

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)
Publication date: May 3rd 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Retelling, Fantasy

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.

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

My Thoughts
I found this book on goodreads a while ago and desperately wanted to read it but I only found it in stores last week. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite stories and recently more retelling have come up. Sadly this book wasn't the perfect Alice retelling I have been looking for.

I expected a very dark and scary wonderland but it wasn't the book never really took any twists I wasn't expecting and while you could tell Colleen was trying to build up tension it fell flat because of a lack of connection to the characters.

I was impressed by how smart Colleen was with how she fit the character from Alice into the Queen of Hearts story. They weren't there in theway that they were in Alice but maybe that will tie together at the end of the series.

I loved the descripton in the book, everything was described perfectly I could imagine each and every scene and character. Unfortunately, while the book had a plot that sounded interesting I just never connected with Colleen's writing style. I found it a bit dull and drawn out. That was the main problem with this book rather then anything else.

In conclusion, this book was not as amazing as I had hoped due to me being unable to immerse myself into Colleen's writing. Hopefully the book series will pick up. I think I will read the next book and I hope to ennjoy it more. I'm giving this book 3/5 stars.

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