I just finished reading The Crown (Queen of Hearts #1) by Colleen Oakes.
As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.
Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
If you know me, you know I am a Disney freak and love anything related to Disney. That includes retelling. So when I saw there was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, I jumped at the chance to read it. (And yes, I know the book came before the movie but I'm a Disney girl).
It was so much fun to read the story and figure out how the characters in book related to the well-known characters in the movie. My favorite was Dinah's brother Charles, AKA the Mad Hatter.
As for Dinah, ehh. I didn't much care for her. I think we were supposed to feel sorry for her since her mother died and her father obviously hated her but I never really grew to like her. She came across as much younger than she was and I never found myself pulling for her.
The description of Wonderland was beautiful. Especially the end in the Twisted Woods. I could so clearly see the setting painted in my mind.
I think the trilogy is off to an interesting start and I'm looking forward to seeing what else will be happening!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free from Booksparks in exchange for an honest review.