Review: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

The Crown (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1) - Colleen Oakes

It took me a month to read this book.  Let me repeat that again: ONE WHOLE MONTH.


I wouldn't go as far to say it's a bad story, but it's definitely underdeveloped and the strengths of the book do not compensate for its faults.  My main issue has to do with the lack of plot.  The entire plot can be summed up as follows: Dinah's father is a corrupt king of Wonderland who commits every sin imaginable to stay in power and rules with an iron fist.  He's an evil man who hates his children and everything they represent, and he will not give up the throne to his daughter without a fight.


Basically, we have a book that is reminiscent of medieval Europe but is marketed as being "Wonderland."  I am truly curious to know if the author has actually read or studied Lewis Carroll's works because there's nothing about Queen of Hearts that remotely resembles Wonderland.  While the creepy factor is present, there are not any uplifting moments or reminders that this is also a magical realm where adventures happen and beauty lies hidden within its sinister contours.   Overall, it was fairly lackluster and didn't offer anything new compared to other novels of the same genre.  What's worse is the story abruptly ends right when the action finally gets going.