Queen of Hearts, C. Oakes (ed. Harper Collins)
Page number: 320
Book number: 3
Price: £7,99 (€9,36)
Release date: May 2016
Themes: Fantasy – Young Adult – Fairytales rewriting – Romance – Mystery
ONLY QUEENS WITH HEARTS CAN BLEED.
This is not a story of happily ever after. Beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand and Alice has not tumbled down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Not yet…
Princess Dinah will one day become the Queen of Hearts. She longs for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into danger. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown – it will be off with her head.
Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.
What can I say about it? One word: boring! Everything in this book is dull; nothing happened, no action, nothing. I bought this book because I like Alice in Wonderland, but I am disappointed.
Firstly, all the chapters are long, and nothing happened to them. When you cannot anymore, you can read one chapter on two, and you will understand the story. There is no plot, the story tells the story of Princess Dinah but all you see is the hate from her father, and you do not know why. Since the beginning of the book, you can say what will happen at the end.
Secondly, the universe is like the author is trying to re-create the world of Wonderland but it does not work. The descriptions are losing you; it is tough to imagine it. Moreover, all the crazy little things of the Lewis Caroll’s world changed to be inanimate objects or something of our world with no “magic”. Moreover, you can see it in the characters too.
Let’s talk about it! The author takes back most of the characters of the original story and changes the links between them. It is the only thing that is good in this story. However, when you read their personality you are disappointed again: you have a future Queen who cries and complains during all the book, Charles (Mad Hatter) is mad but not really, and we can continue the list for a long time. One character appeared like a magician and it takes one and a half chapter to explain who he is and three same descriptions.
Conclusion: I will stop there, but I do not recommend this book if you like the original story. The book is disappointing and dull; I put one point to the use of the characters that all. I will not read the next one.