by Colleen Oakes
Blossoming Love. A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret.
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 Dinah’s 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.
But be warned…not every fairytale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Let me tell you how much I loved this book! Wonderland from what we would consider the villains point of view, but why was she the villain. Dinah is a teenage girl craving her fathers love, a man who is abusive to her both mentally and physically. Her Mother has died and her brother, the Mad Hatter, doesn’t always remember who she is.
I was drawn into this wonderland world. I felt for Dinah so much. She has a big heart and her character was wonderfully written. She knows love and hope and at this tender age feels so much. Who is truly with her and who is against her I think may surprise us.
Your imagination can run wild as you are reading. Colleen Oakes has done an amazing job of taking characters that we all know and love and transforming them in the perfect way. If you want to know who the white rabbit is or the Cheshire cat is in this wonderful tale then you can not miss this book!
This is the first book in a new series by Colleen Oakes and I can not wait for the next installment.
PG-13 As the Queen of Hearts says “Off with there Heads!”
About the Author:
Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via Sparkpress. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and another YA fantasy series called Wendy Darling.