Review: Queen of Hearts


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

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.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

Colleen Oakes’s vivid reimagining of Wonderland proves heroes can become villains and fairy tales can become nightmares. Readers will delight in this fresh take on an infamous villain. 

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Queen of Hearts was such a quick and enthralling read that is sure to grip onto your mind and drag you down into its dark depths. Once again, Colleen Oakes weaves a creepy and intricate retelling that keeps you in wonder.

I really loved the array of characters and their traits, particularly Charles–an adaption of the Mad Hatter. He was a strange and crazy boy, but you couldn’t help but care for him. And his hats! They sounded so gorgeous and intricate, ranging from all colors with feathers and branches and hearts and basically anything you could imagine. I would definitely like to have a few hats myself.

These characters were extremely interesting, so I would’ve loved to even see more of them. I do understand this is the first in a trilogy, but I would’ve enjoyed an expansion on each character. I think this novel actually could’ve been longer all the way around to allow more room for details with the settings and character development, along with more scenes.

With that said, I appreciate that this wasn’t a romance based story. That is SO refreshing, especially in a young-adult novel. I loved the theme of this story, for the rule of power and control. I liked that Dinah, the main character, wasn’t all that lovable, that she  It’s normal for humans to have flaws, especially in scenarios such as these. Dinah wanted to finally have control in her life, to have a say in the way she was treated and the kingdom was ruled.

I will (not) patiently await the next installment of the series, Blood in Wonderland, and to see this story come to life on the big screen.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Have you read Queen of Hearts? If so, what did you think? What’s your favorite fairytale and its retelling? Leave any recommendations, along with your thoughts and comments, down below!




5 thoughts on “Review: Queen of Hearts

  1. This seems like such an interesting read! I really like when authors do something different like this. There are so, so, so many stories where we read about somebody becoming a hero, so I am really interested to read about a main character becoming a villain. I am definitely adding this book to my wishlist 🙂

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