- Series: Queen of Hearts (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062409794
- ISBN-13: 978-0062409799
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS.
Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely.
Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on, and Dinah could inherit a bloodstained throne. Can a leader filled with love and rage ever be the ruler her kingdom needs? Or will her all-consuming wrath bring Wonderland to its knees?
This is not a story of happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
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Flash forward more than three years and I'm finally able to wrap up her story. It's a beautiful trilogy about a resilient, flawed teenager (yes, let's not forget this part) I couldn't help but love and cheer for. The darkness that Carroll's Queen of Hearts embodies so well is clearly present in Dinah early on. It's her struggle against it, her struggle to rise up and breathe life into the better aspects of her nature that make the story so compelling.
I found this installment pulled at my heartstrings more than the others. There were times when I didn't know if I should be reading it in public. At one point, I almost started to cry while waiting for my Starbucks. The war was brutal and graphic and I wondered if anyone would be left by the end.
Colleen Oakes does a fantastic job of bringing Wonderland to life in a way that is both surprising and surprisingly familiar. Using Carroll's Wonderland as a framework, she truly made his world her own. The twists and unique touches kept me guessing and always made me smile. I'm sad it came to an end but it's an ending Dinah earned one page at a time.
I would absolutely recommend this to everyone, young and old. Just go read it.
GUYS! WHAT AN ENDING TO THIS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL SERIES!
Warning: spoilers below.. probably... maybe..
okay there are..
read at your own risk.
I freaking love Dinah so freaking much and I was so happy that she finally became the queen that she was born to be. She slayed throughout the book and ended up marrying the man of her dreams.. even if he wasn't 100% into the whole thing. Anyhoo... they obviously, sort of, lived happily ever after.
However, they to face so many freaking obstacles throughout the book. Long story short: the people I wanted dead.. died. The things I wanted to happen.. happened. I cried when certain people I didn't want to die.. died. I cried happy tears when I read the last chapter of this book. Now I'm completely sad because it's over. Lucky for me.. I have alllllll three books so I can reread them whenever I freaking want.
Now the one thing I really liked about this book was the "black fury" inside of her. Plus this book sort of gave you a little, like teeny tiny, glimpse of the queen of hearts we see now.. however that queen didn't have a happy ending. I think that's why I liked this version so much because it was such a contrast from we are used to knowing about the Queen of Hearts. I also really liked getting a different version of the cards.
The battles/action were so freaking good. That's where you will get some sad and happy moments. Just trust me. Then there's the thing she has built for her brother - which was so freaking sweet.
Overall, I loved this book. I'm happy I finally got to read it. I'm sad that it's over.