Friday, February 7, 2014

Review: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Publisher: SparkPress
Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret. A Princess Slowly Unraveling. 

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 Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Dinah is a princess and has towed the line and is ready to help her father reign over their country.  Although she doesn't know much beyond the palace walls, she starts to learn about the things that are not so positive about her country.  She must decide what she would like her reign to look like and how to overcome the King her father has become.  

An adventure, a fairytale and a sweet story.  I loved seeing some characters that I have known since my childhood mixed with new and completely intertwined in a story - it was magical.  Dinah was a great character with a true story arch and a pretty great love interest!  I know that this is the first in a trilogy or series and I am excited to see where this story will go. 

Alice in Wonderland with a fantastic twist!  I don't normally read this genre, but I just may look out for them!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel  (pretty sure there will be one!)

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 7 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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