Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Series #2)

Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Series #2)

by Colleen Oakes


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Revolution is rising in Wonderland. Dinah’s battle has begun.

Colleen Oakes’s twisted reimagining of the Queen of Hearts origin story continues in this thrilling sequel, Blood of Wonderland.

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice—to leave Wonderland forever, or stay and fight her father for the throne.

When a chance encounter with one of her father’s long-lost enemies brings Dinah more allies than she ever could have imagined, war starts to feel inevitable. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be.

Don’t miss War of the Cards, the epic conclusion to the Queen of Hearts trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062409768
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: Queen of Hearts Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 242,313
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including the Queen of Hearts trilogy, the Elly in Bloom series, and the Wendy Darling saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not penning new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, reading, or advocating for adoption and literacy. Visit her at

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Blood of Wonderland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood of Wonderland was an amazing read, and Queen of Hearts is quickly becoming one of my favorite trilogies. I loved Queen of Hearts, the first novel, so I was very excited to learn that a sequel was being released. Dinah narrowly escapes the King after being wrongly accused of killing Charles, and she, her protector, and Morte, the King's deadly steed, venture through the Twisted Wood in search of refuge in a distant village; however, they eventually find themselves in the Yurkei mountains at the sharp end of the Chief's spear. With the threat of death looming over them, Dinah and Sir Gorran must try to form an alliance with the Yurkei against the King of Hearts. This novel is fast-paced and suspenseful, but also descriptive and thoughtful. I quickly grew to love the characters, and I truly cared for and empathized with them. I would recommend this novel to everybody because it is a quick, easy read and it includes themes that will suit anybody's tastes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Blood of Wonderland and I have nothing but praise for it.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Queen of Hearts had introduced us to Dinah, the young princess of Wonderland who is undermined by the father and driven into exile after she is betrayed by him in favor of her younger half-sister, Vittoire. This book starts with her escaping into the Twisted Woods and evaluating her choices. She is still hurting from the death of her brother and furious about her father framing her for it. But as she goes further, she find allies in her revenge against her father and aid to win back her kingdom. Only thing is, she has to go to the enemy to do so, and part of her is wary of it but also wants to prove herself. Dinah is a pretty strong character in that she doesn't give up even when she is outmaneuvered. Granted, she gets some lucky breaks thanks to her father, but it is she who first proves that she is a fearsome person worth following. While a bit of it is training with a sword, it is also her trying to live up to the legend that has been built around her since her escape from her palace, during which she had caused enough havoc to make everyone in Wonderland a little awed by her. The King doesn't underestimate her, really, but that is mostly due to his own paranoia rather than fear of her abilities. In this book Dinah forms allies who mostly back her because of what she represents and that sets up her character development. She is being moved like a piece on the board, but she is determined to make her own path. But looking at how much pain she is facing, that determination in her will only soon turn sour. With respect to the first novel, this one felt short. Queen of Hearts had built up the world, and though Blood of Wonderland introduces us to Wonderland proper and calls back on some iconic pieces of Alice in Wonderland like the tea party and the Blue Caterpillar, those scenes don't fully fit into the narrative and seem to come out of nowhere. And with regards to plot progression, little happens in this book, but if you look at character development, there is plenty. The ending was hurried, though, and a little reveal at the end felt a bit out of place. Overall, in terms of character development it is a good sequel but the plot as a whole feels incomplete and rushed in parts. Still, I look forward to the final book coming out in November. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss
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book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars? After the set up of of book one, I was pretty excited to get to this one. Sadly, it was a bit disappointing. This book felt like filler disguised as background stories. My main problem is that I thrive on dialogue and this was a lot of being in Dinah's head. She's still working out how to become queen and not a petulant brat, but even recognizing that, I struggled to root for her and her journey. Overall, it was a quick read with a couple of interesting points, but mostly quite underwhelming. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**