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About the Author: Colleen Oakes

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including YA fantasy retellings The Queen of Hearts Saga and The Wendy Darling Saga, and the Elly in Bloom series which is women's fiction. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.

You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.net

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Goodreads rating: 3.63

Hardcover, Published in May 2016 by HarperTeen

ISBN10: 0062409727 | ISBN13: 9780062409720

Page count: 306

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.

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Colleen Oxford on 07 Oct 2016
“It's So Beautiful!!!

I have wanted to read Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes since it was first published back in 2014 and to finally have it in my hands, not to mention with its new Gorgeous makeover, I couldn't wait to dive right into the story.

But first I'd like to just take a minute to soak in this cover.
Front: Dinahs playing card, what a great play on the whole house of cards theme in Wonderland
Back: I love the hidden pictures, Cheshire's smile, tea cups, Hatter's hat
Spine: so crisp and simple
above and beyond Beautiful.
And of course I love the velvety feel of the dust jacket :)

This is not a story of Happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
-from the inside flap

I love all thing Alice in Wonderland so to have a back story to the Queen of Hearts was a must read for me and I LOVED it!!! I give Queen of Hearts a 4/4.5 stars
The story kept me wanting to know more and I need to know what lies ahead for the characters.

Have you ever wondered what made the Queen of Hearts mad? Why "Off with their Heads!" would bring her such joy? Or maybe you tried to imagine where it all started. Was she born this way or molded into the Queen we all grew up with.

Well I feel Colleen Oakes has begun the fabulous journey of Princess Dinahs life before Alice, before she was to become one of the most memorable Queens from our childhoods. This story starts right off with upheaval and some game changing news that effects Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, and the kingdom as a whole.

Could you imagine growing up surrounded in beauty, living in constant want of your fathers love and approval and finding out that all you knew and loved has changed. Now your very life is in danger.

Oakes crafted a beautiful Wonderland with its ornate yet deadly palace gates to the whimsical winter landscape all with the lingering darkness of the Black Towers within eyesight. I was intrigued with how the society of Wonderland was constructed and the different functions for each house of cards in this society and of course we can't forget the King of Hearts fearful rule. And I must say I love Dinah, gasp, I know! You can't help but feel for her and her life and how that shaped her into the future Queen we know from Carrolls' tale.

I enjoyed seeing the characters we all grew up with personified, from Dinahs teacher and caregiver Harris to her brother Charles as well as the Kings adviser Cheshire. Oakes played off of their characteristics in Carroll's original and gave them human personality's to fit. And while there is a budding love story for the young Princess, it did not take over the story and was not insta-love which I really appreciated.

I can't wait to get my hands on Dinahs continuing story in the Queen of Hearts saga, Blood of Wonderland which is expected to come out in January 2017. And for those that are curious, this was originally published as The Wonder and now is being re-released with an equally as Gorgeous makeover.

If you can't get enough of Wonderland I definitely encourage you to pick up Queen of Hearts.”

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