Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (Advance Readers)

I received a copy of the book, digital for an honest review.

Princess Dinah is content to wait until she is eighteen to ascend the throne, and rule Wonderland alongside  her unnerving father the King of Hearts, that is until she gets married and can rule alongside her husband. Whom she hopes, against all odds, to wed Wardley, her fathers favorite among all his heart cards, next in line to be the Knave of Hearts (a fancy title meaning commander). However, with Cheshire plotting against her in her fathers ear, feeding his blood lust and paranoia. As well as the newly introduced Duchess of Wonderland, the lovely Vittiore,  the bastard child of the King and half-sibling to the future Queen, might not be at court on her own terms. Will Dinah make it to her coronation with her head atop her shoulders? Or will she flee to the wild Yurkei tribes that threaten the kingdom and worship the dangerously mad seven black towers where the truly mad reside?

The Queen of Hearts of for the young adult fandom, for fiction and fantasy lovers alike! This story is about the future Queen of Hearts, and I’ve yet to see any Alice roam about these pages. A young woman who longs for the love and adoration of her father, the King of Wonderland. She finds that things certainly are rotten within the kingdom and no one, not even the King can be trusted. It’s not just cloak and dagger within the court, it’s so much more. Dinah will have a lot of growing up to do in the short year before her coronation to realize what role she has been playing, unwittingly, into her fathers madness and into Cheshire’s hands. Aside from Dinah and Vittiore, who will wear the crown and who will lose their head?

Back of the Book

The first novel in Colleen Oakes’s epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains—the Queen of Hearts.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.



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