*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*
Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: Spark Press
Release Date: February 14th 2014
Oh sweet pizza crust... This book was amazing. From the astonishing writing to the beautiful imagined Wonderland, Colleen Oakes really created a work of art.
When it comes to Wonderland, we don't really get to hear such a beautifully written tale of the Queen of Hearts. Well, this author has come to rescue!
No one would think they would ever feel sympathy towards the Queen of Hearts, or, in this case, Dinah, the Princess of Hearts, but this book changes everything. From being neglected by her father to being mocked by the Cards and compared to her 'bastard sister' Vittiore, Dinah has everything to make you feel sorry for her. This character was so well imagined that you cannot for a second hate her or simply forget about her.
Something else that you need to have in consideration when you get to read this book, is that this is not the common Wonderland that we all know from Lewis Carroll's books. Cheshire is no cat, the Mad Hatter is no adult and the White Rabbit...Well, he's no rabbit at all. In her vision of Wonderland, Colleen Oakes invisions Chesire as the king's adviser, the Mad Hatter as Dinah's little brother and the White Rabbit as Dinah's tutor. And all these characters are so involved in the story that they all end up being somewhat vital to its growth. A little side note here: I absolutely love the fact that you cannot tell if Cheshire is to be trusted or not. Even though your gut will say that he's not until the very end, things might change in the upcoming books.
Have you ever had that feeling, when you are getting to the end of the book and you have 10 pages left, and you think, 'well there are NOT ENOUGH PAGES FOR EVERYTHING TO HAPPEN!'. On this book that feeling would be right. 'Queen of Hearts' does not really 'end'. Thankfully, Colleen Oakes was sweet enough to provide us with a sneak peek from the next book. Still, I don't think it was enough and I need to read this entire trilogy RIGHT NOW.
All in all, this book was super fast paced, filled with blood, funny and some sweet moments aswell. Incredibly difficult to let go of once you start reading it. Loved it.