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 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.
Named one of the “Most Cinematic Indie Books” by Kirkus Reviews
Winner – 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Young Adult
Award-Winning Finalist – 2014 International Book Awards - Fiction: Young Adult
“Queen of Hearts will keep you dreaming of Wonderland long after you read the last page. I want more of these characters, more of this fantastical world!” — Lorie Langdon, author of the Doon series
“Oakes’ latest heroine is spoiled, headstrong , temperamental, and prone to tantrums, yet she somehow remains an incredibly sympathetic character. Perhaps it’s Dinah’s oh-so-human nature that makes her so easy to like, despite her flaws…. Oakes’ portrait of the villain-to-be turns her into a real and even likable person while clearly foreshadowing her future as Alice’s Queen of Hearts. A wonderfully entertaining twist on an old classic.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Dinah is a headstrong, spirited princess grappling with a lot of the same issues that even us non-princesses in the real world face— anxiety, confusion, jealousy, anger, and the growing burden of responsibilities that often feel too heavy to bear. The fact that I cared so much about this complex young woman on the cusp of adulthood and can't wait for the next book is just a testament to the amazing talent of this breakout author.” — Jessica Hickam, author of The Revealed
“Colleen Oakes has written Wonderland like it’s never been written before. If you loved Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, you won’t be able to put down Queen of Hearts.” — SheKnows.com
“Fans of Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars will lose themselves in Colleen Oakes’s dark vision of Wonderland, which challenges everything Alice fans thought it was and takes readers on the Queen of Hearts’ journey from adolescence to off with their heads.” — Kayleigh Roberts, BOP and Tiger Beat
“This beautifully written series presents the captivating backstory of the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and is sure to intrigue both fantasy fans and young-adult readers alike.” — Emily Kiebel, author of Serenade
“This tale puts a dark and evil spin on some familiar classic characters that will leave you wanting more. Colleen Oakes creates a parallel universe to a world we already know and makes us wish we had this book sooner!” — Girls’ Life
“Colleen Oakes creates a fantastic, dark backstory for the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in her novel Queen of Hearts.” — POPSUGAR
“I highly recommend baking some celebratory tarts and settling down with Queen of Hearts, though I warn you that when you finish it, you're going to be gnashing your teeth to find out what happens next.” — xoJane.com
“The Queen of Hearts series is darker and more twisted than Carroll’s version, and Wonderland is less whimsical and more dangerous than most of the other incarnations we have seen. Filled with deadly politics, monstrous creatures, and bloody beheadings, The Crown is just the beginning of a longer tale about how a princess became a queen, and an innocent girl became a menacing villain.” — Hypable