"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

06 July 2016

Queen of Hearts

Oakes, Colleen. Queen of Hearts. Harper Teen, 2016.

This is a reboot of a previously published series. My review is based on the newer edition, for those who notice such things.

Dinah is a princess in Wonderland, and she is in line to take the throne. All of a sudden her father, the King, throws out some story of a dalliance with a commoner and now Dinah has a sister whom she absolutely hates. Dinah is warned by those around her that she needs to escape before she is trapped, so off she runs away from the castle and the only life she's known. But now what is she to do? Where can she go? Whom can she trust?

I enjoyed the world-building in this story immensely, although I agree with other reviewers that this book is very heavy on setting, possibly in anticipation of a second book that can focus more on the plot and/or characters. We meet all of the standard Wonderland characters, although not in their standard forms. I did enjoy this book overall, even if Dinah wasn't the most sympathetic character. It will be interesting to see if there is a reboot of the second installment of this series as well.

Recommended for: teens
Red Flags: violence, especially the torture within the black towers
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Read-Alikes: The Looking Glass Wars, Splintered, FairestAlice in Zombieland

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