Blog Tour Review: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Release Date:  February 14, 2014
Publisher:  Spark Press
Pages:  205
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Not every fairytale has a happy ending.

This is the story of a princess who became a villain.


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.

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.


Review:  Wow!  It takes a lot to capture my interest and hold onto it from the beginning through the middle and all the way to the end.  But Ms. Oakes did just that with her adaptation of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ in Queen of Hearts.  If a book keeps you interested the whole time, where you then find yourself at the end, only to want more…well…wow!

I found it quite refreshing to find a classic fairy tale with an edgy take on the original.  Within this story we are surrounded by all the familiar characters that we fell in love with in the original…but…in this one the characters are a little darker, more real.  Staying true to the original she has a delightful way of taking it and making it her own.

It was surprising how the characters I loved in the original were not necessarily the ones loved in this story.  For instance Dinah, to make things easier the Queen of Hearts; is usually the one hated in the original.  But here I found I wanted to actually like her.  She was a very strong young woman with a soft spot.  But as this is the first story and isn’t finished things could change.  Her brother’s was born not quite right kind of like a savant…he is the mad hatter making the most wonderful hats.  Dinah is full of warmth and love when she is with or speaks of her brother.  The Cheshire cat (kind of the king’s right hand man), the cards all four suits, Tweedle Dum and Dee (now handmaidens), and the White Rabbit (Dinah’s tutor) all make appearances; each out of their normal element making this even more interesting.

Each character was well defined, descriptions spot on, the whole feel of the story made you feel as if you were right there front and center watching the whole plot unfold.  I felt at times as if I was actually able to reach out and touch, smell, see, hear and feel all that was going on.

I find that I simply enjoyed this enchanting story by Ms. Oakes entitled the Queen of Hearts.  I think anyone with a fascination with fairy tales and HEA’s, will be pleasantly surprised as they find themselves being pulled into the story, only to find that they have to wait for the next in the series to come out to see where Ms. Oakes takes us on our edgy journey through ‘Wonderland’.



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