Sunday, 18 September 2016

Review - Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1) by Colleen Oakes

Title: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)
Author: Colleen Oakes
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Release date: 5th May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads:
Dorothy Must Die meets Alice in Wonderland!
This is not a story of happily ever after – it’s the twisted YA origin story of an infamous villain…

Dinah is a princess, the future Queen of Hearts, who will one day reign over Wonderland. Unaware of the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and to reign with the boy she loves.

But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, Dinah is launched into the dangers of Wonderland. She must stay one step ahead of her enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown, it will be off with her head!

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

The first in an epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains – the Queen of Hearts.

My Review:

-Contains spoilers-

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Harper Collins UK, Children's and NetGalley*

Dinah is the future Queen of Wonderland. She can't wait for the day that she will replace her brutal father on the throne.
Then the king brings Vittoire to the palace, who is Dinah's half-sister and proof that the king was unfaithful to Dinah's dead mother.
Dinah learns that there is a dark side to Wonderland and if she's not careful she might just lose her head.
Does Dinah have enemies in the palace?
Will she live long enough to become queen?

Queen of Hearts had an intriguing premise (and a lovely cover) however, for me, it failed to reach its potential.
Dinah was an okay protagonist but I found her quite bratty at times which was understandable given what her father was like and the way he treated her, but I was surprised that her tutor, Harris's influence didn't affect her more. I didn't agree with the way that she treated Vittoire - surely it would have been better to treat her as an ally instead of an enemy?
None of the characters stood out for me.
The plot was alright but it didn't capture my attention and I lost interest.

Overall this was an okay read.