Series: Queen of Hearts #2
Also in this series: Queen of Hearts
Published by Sparkpress on September 23, 2014
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Also by this author: Queen of Hearts
ARC provided by BookSparks
An Exiled Princess.
An Ancient Tribe.
A Dangerous Stranger with Unknown Loyalties.
Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself alone in the forbidding Twisted Wood with only Morte, a homicidal beast, for company.
Hunted by the King and his army of Cards, Dinah struggles to evade those who long for her head, including Cheshire, the King’s clever advisor, who is slowly tightening his grasp around her. Spurred on by her rising terror, the former Princess finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracy reaching far beyond the Palace and deep into the mysterious Yurkei mountain tribes.
Even with the balance of an entire Kingdom at stake, Dinah knows something that her allies and enemies do not: that the most dangerous conflict of all has already begun as she battles the enticing rage that beckons her ever closer as love slips further from her grasp.
The second book in the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Hearts Saga, The Wonder takes readers back to the most wondrous and curious places in Wonderland, and continues this darkly addictive tale featuring one of the most infamous villains of all time.
But be warned…not every fairy tale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.
What a grand adventure this book turned out to be. I like The Wonder so much I decided to get the first book, The Crown, so I can get more of this story. I had to learn more about these characters. It doesn’t seem like it is meant as a standalone, but it is such a good story I found it easy enough to catch up.
As soon as I spied the cover, I hoped it would be an Alice in Wonderland book. It is! This is the story the Queen. It is so much darker than you imagine, and fantastic. This is a magical story about the Queen’s exile from her home. The King has killed her brother and placed her (fake) sister, Vittiore, on the thrown. Dinah is cast out and sets off in the twisted woods. She has few supplies and the king’s Hornhoov, named Morte. Morte is a magical horse-like creature: part beast, part horse, part warrior. She encounters much danger, and wondrous sights. She struggles to survive with little knowledge of survival outside of the palace walls. She laments over her memories of love left behind, and death. So much death. She encounters a traitorous spade that seeks to help her. Help her what? This Spade pushes her to a place she never thought she should end up.
This book reveals Dinah coming into her own. By the end of the story, I barely recognize the girl from the beginning. She has been through so much and I have grown to love her and this world so much more. Dinah is this really cool character. She goes through so much in this story. Secrets are revealed here that rock her world to the core. I cannot imagine she would come out of this unscathed. This is where the queen finds her rage.
What else can I say about this book that makes it clear that this is an excellent read? YA or not, this is a tale many will enjoy. I loved the details given about the twister woods, the palace, the characters, the animals, even the food. The author incorporates so much from the original story. This book offers stunning visuals, and an addicting story with which to propel the reader into the world. Wonderland is everything I hoped it would be. I could completely understand how Dinah would react to a girl like Alice from seeing her in this story. She is a woman scorned. She is a survivor and has earned her right to her way or no way. Following her tale I felt bad for her and wanted her to get her vengeance.
I can only hope the sequel to this book comes out soon. I have to know what happens next.
Check out my review for Queen of Hearts (book #1)
The Queen of Hearts
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.