I am such a fan of this series! I love seeing Dinah and her journey to becoming Queen Of Hearts. This is such a dark book, but I loved seeing a differI am such a fan of this series! I love seeing Dinah and her journey to becoming Queen Of Hearts. This is such a dark book, but I loved seeing a different part of Wonderland in this book. It really is a vivid, dark place than you'd ever think possible, and I like that we're getting the story of a villain and their path to become the villain we all know from the book.
There are quite a few things we learn in this book, and everything started making so much more sense- things definitely start falling into place, and this book is where Dinah goes from scared girl we see in the first book to the young women determined to take back the throne we see in this one. She's really changed, and her journey is far from over.
Some of my suspicions from The Crown were revealed in this one, and there's so much more I want to know...like, I'm pretty sure that some of what we learn will have a huge impact on Dinah in the next book, but what we have yet to find out are the details. I just don't know how to talk about things while not giving anything away, so I'll have to settle for being vague for the moment. I really do feel for Dinah, and she's such a sympathetic character. And Morte! He's really taken me by surprise, and he's a great character. And the Yurkei and the Spades...there are so many characters I really feel for, and I don't blame them for acting the way they do. I'd feel the same way if I were them. I really do feel like I understand the characters a lot better- even the ones I still don't like!
I'm really excited for the next book, and I can't for it to come out!
Let's Rate It: I really do like this series! It's such a different take on Alice In Wonderland, and Oakes does such a great job at making you root for some characters and hate other characters. I love how dark it is and how you can see so easily how a character becomes a villain. The Wonder gets 4 stars....more
I am so glad I read Queen Of Hearts! It's such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. I was a little surprised that it's on the dark side, but itI am so glad I read Queen Of Hearts! It's such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. I was a little surprised that it's on the dark side, but it also worked so well for the book. It's been a few years since I've read Alice In Wonderland, and even longer since I've seen the movie, so I'm really fuzzy on the original. Still, I found myself figuring out who the characters in this book matched up with some of the characters in Alice In Wonderland, because a few of the references were really obvious...but others were more subtle. But I liked that Queen Of Hearts is all about Dinah and her future as Queen, and how she got be who she was.
We have yet to see Alice, and I'm really curious as to whether we'll see her at some point in the series. Something about Dinah's half-sister really reminded me of Alice, and I think it's because of how her half-sister is described.
I really like Wonderland, and it's such a dark place. It does seem different than Carroll's Wonderland- from what I remember of Alice In Wonderland- and something about it made me think of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. It's very vivid and memorable and feels very much like a real place.
I do have a soft spot for her brother Charles- otherwise known as the Mad Hatter. And I really liked Dinah too! Sure, she was annoying at times, but I really felt for her. I definitely felt like you could see hints at her transformation as the Queen Of Hearts, but there were also times when I wanted to know how that transformation took place. Her father, the King Of Hearts, is one evil, horrible man, and I did not like him at all. As for his discovery of Vittiore (Dinah's half-sister), there's something up with that, and there is definitely something shady about her. Things are definitely happening in Wonderland, and I couldn't help but wonder what he's really up to. And it's the same with Vittiore.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Queen Of Hearts, and it's such a different but also dark and twisty take on Alice In Wonderland. I can't wait to see where things go! Queen Of Hearts gets 4 stars....more
I loved When We Collided! I randomly picked it up at the library because the cover caught my eye, and I am so glad I did. It's been a while since I'I loved When We Collided! I randomly picked it up at the library because the cover caught my eye, and I am so glad I did. It's been a while since I've really, truly loved a book the way I loved When We Collided. The Hate U Give is probably the closest, at least of the books I've read, but otherwise it's been quite a while since I've felt so excited and emotional about a book.
Vivi is bipolar, but at first, she's very much this vibrant, colorful person. It is isn't until later on that we learn she's bipolar and not taking her medication for a good portion of the book. Even though I'm not bipolar, I have struggled with depression, and I found it was so easy to relate to Vivi. I loved her as a character, and she is this bright, vivid character, and she, in this book, was a living, breathing person. I feel like I don't say that very often about characters.
As a book about a girl who is bipolar, this is an amazing book. Emery Lord did an amazing job at capturing every single thought and emotion Vivi had, and there were times where I really felt like I knew what Vivi was experiencing and dealing with. She is over-the-top and difficult and annoying, but I still felt for her. You really see Vivi's state of mind when she is and isn't on medication, her illness isn't manipulative at all, and I loved the way Vivi described things.
I think Vivi's half of the book- which was so vibrant and full of life- made Jonah's half a little bit hard. His chapters were more dull by comparison, mostly because anyone would look dull and lifeless and lackluster next to Vivi. He was compelling, to a degree, but not the way that Vivi's chapters were compelling.
His story felt more tired somehow- he's an older brother, taking care of his younger sibling after the unexpected death of his father, and a mother who has checked out emotionally. Jonah's story felt a little overdone, but I did really like that he realized he needed to tell someone what was going on with his mom, instead of trying to pretend like everything was fine and under control. Don't get me wrong, I liked that he and his older siblings did what they could for the younger ones, but I'm not the biggest fan of the older sibling(s) taking care of the younger ones because of dead/absent parents trope.
And I wasn't into the romance at all. I know their lives collided because of everything going on with both of them, but...it is most definitely a case of insta-love, so keep that in mind. I'm not the biggest fan of insta-love, but sometimes, it's okay. This was not one of those times, unfortunately. Their relationship worked, in its own way, with it being summer and particularly with Vivi, so the ending wasn't that surprising. But I felt like there was nothing between them- there didn't seem to be a lot of chemistry, and there's no build-up because insta-love.
I really would have been fine without the romance, and it didn't really fit. It didn't take away from the rest of the book, and overall, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED When We Collided. I just don't know that the romance fit- it definitely didn't work for me, because I liked both Vivi and Jonah, but not as a couple.
My Rating: 5 stars. I don't know that I did this book justice, but I thought it was completely amazing. After finishing it, I literally hugged this book for, like, at least 5 minutes....more