Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: young adult, retold fairy tale
What did you like about the book? This is the second in the “Queen of Hearts” series. The first one was so good that I couldn’t put it down. This one… well, let’s just say that I put it down quite a few times.
This book picks up after Dinah has fled Wonderland. She is now a fugitive and running from the King, her father who wants her dead. Most of this story is her escape away from Wonderland and then military strategy once she finds a people who will fight for her to get the crown back. Hopefully the third in the installment will be more exciting where this one wasn’t.
There were a lot of fighting scenes, and weird ritualistic scenes involving feathers and nudity- yes, I said feathers and nudity. There is a lot of manipulation and what Wonderland story would be complete without a drug-induced hallucinatory episode? Though I didn’t really enjoy this book, I do like this series as a whole.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Other than it being slow and not exciting, there is nothing in particular I didn’t like.
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who likes “Alice in Wonderland” and stories inspired by them will like this series. Don’t read this book if you haven’t read the first one. It will leave you dazed and confused. Some read-a-likes are the “Dorothy Must Die” series by Danielle Paige and “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer.
Who should buy this book? young adult libraries
Where would you shelve it? young adult fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA
Date of Review: 2/28/2017