I do love a good fairytale retelling, or an old timeless classic retold from another characters perspective, and this book is no different. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes certainly delivered and wonderful and captivating book.
Here is the blurb;
“Only queens with hearts can bleed.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. 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.
Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.
This is not a story of happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the portrayal of Dinah, the princess who is due to someday be the Queen of Hearts. There are many twists and turns, and the suspicion is thick in parts. It is well written and the description really does take you away to a different world.
The plot is unique and it gives us a look at what the Queen of Hearts has to endure on her way to becoming the Queen of Wonderland. From the madness of her family to the strangers who try to help her, you never really know what is going to happen next. I love that, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I really do love a story that makes me gasp in surprise or when there is a twist and I only just manage to pick up on it right before it happens. This book delivers that.
With good writing, descriptive settings and well built characters, Queen of Hearts is a great start to this saga which I am looking forward to reading. It is a book I would recommend to those who enjoy a good old fairy tale or classic, but with a twist or a retelling from another view.