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10 thoughts on “The Crown

  1. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    35375ishAs a lover of Alice in Wonderland I think me enjoying this at least a little bit was inevitable But I loved how this book reinvented the world of Wonderland It took elements from the original series and used them in very uniue ways As opposed to other Alice retellings I read this one very much focused on the political aspect which was interesting It also highlighted the darkness and brutality of Wonderland I will say I found this dragged uite a bit the plot took uite a while to actually get going but once it did I was pretty hooked Overall a solid retelling I think I'll be continuing with the series eventually

  2. High Lady of The Night Court High Lady of The Night Court says:

    I am the ueen of Hearts born to sit on one of two Heart thrones I am the ueen of Wonderland and I will have the crown that my brother made for me” No matter what path this retelling takes I feel like it maintains the integrity of Alice in Wonderland No matter what happens the fundamental characteristics of the ueen of Hearts are seen throughout the story While the original by Lewis Carrol focuses on Alice’s journey many forget that Wonderland must have a past that goes way farther back than the glimpse that we see and watching such a retelling of the story of the ueen of Hearts reminds you of that It reminds me that if we saw Wonderland through the eyes of the ueen of Hearts Alice would only be the smallest speck in what could be a huge story of her own life and what drew her to be who she is As the story progresses all the way from the first book to the last one Dinah’s character definitely goes through uite the arcs but through this journey every facet of her being reflects at least one of the main characters we see in the original ueen of hearts her arrogance the anger the pride the self righteousness all of it plays a huge role in just about everything But the part that fascinated me the most was watching her get that rage and ambition of hers under control Dinah recognises the power seeking part of her which not one of her predecessors did which I believe is the reason she is where she is right nowThe writing of this book was as I keep saying impeccable and it's unlike Alice's innocent and beautiful musing yet the description maintains the glamor that Lewis Carrol wrought out of the original The books were written expertly and was amazingly descriptive revealing the wonders of Wonderland Dinah’s personality is split in two and those two parts are constantly warring with each other but I loved that the best parts of her always come out on top Haris and Sir Gorran are the last people who could ever be related to her but they play the biggest role in guiding her selflessly even when her own family wouldn’t Her mind is the sharpest part of her but her capability to comprehend situations better than anyone else allows us to see the world in ways another character wouldn’tDinah’s life while it was always luxurious causes her a lot of pain simply because the people she loves always slip away from her in one way or another Her mother died when she was young and her father has never loved her the brother she loves than anything can barely reflect his love for her because of his madness but both Dinah knows that he loves her which makes her relationship with her brother the most important one she has I personally loved Charles’s character and that reinterpretation of the Mad Hatter His artistic skills and his mad ramblings which always seem like poetry was a lovely contrast to the rather serious demeanor of the royal familyClearly there is a re read of Alice in Wonderland waiting to happen for me I loved these books and recommend to all Alice lovers

  3. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    “Listen to me Dinah” he hissed “Things are going to change for you child and you had better be made of stronger stuff than the whiny brat you seem to be now” Nope Didn't happenI feel like this book pulled a bait and switch on me and I am so incredibly frustrated right now It promised me excitement it intriguingly hinted at things that it never delivered It wasn't a truly terrible book but it was a short book and honestly I wished it were twice as long because nothing was ever resolved Plot lines were left completely loose I was pulled in and pulled along by hints of mysterious places by mysterious people by supposedly ambiguous characters and I was left dangling I had no resolution by the end of the book The entire book felt like a preuel I don't consider the ending to be a cliffhanger because in order to have a cliffhanger you had to have a book in the first place This book did not feel completeThe book is emotionless It is dry It is all telling no showing The characters are all grossly caricatured the bad characters never felt real because there is no dimension and no resolution and no reason at all as to why they acted the way they did The main character within this book Dinah is 17 but I felt like this book read like a Middle Grade novel because it was so completely juvenile and lacking in realistic sentiment I was supposed to feel sorry for the main character downtrodden and not beautiful and hated by her father I felt no such thing I couldn't really give two shits about her to be honest because than anything the main character was a whiny hypocritical spoiled brat who did nothingThis book had a very interesting and beautiful version of Wonderland It is a nontraditional retelling without an Alice Do not expect the White Rabbit Do not expect a Cheshire Cat Do not expect Tweedledum and Tweedle Dee You will not get those elements in this book in the manner you would expect from the original Alice books That is not to say the setting is bad uite the oppositeThe trouble with this book is that the setting is so awesome that an unwary reader might completely miss the fact that there was almost no plot to the bookThe Summary Usually I write a long winded summary for the book I'm not going to this time because nothing happens in the book In a nutshell this is the book's plot Dinah is a Princess in Wonderland she is unloved by her father she gets a new sister she is angry about it she feels like something bad's going to happen for no fucking reason Something bad happens We don't know what the bad thing is but something bad happens Something might happen in the next bookThe endThe Plot Mostly her days were filled with mind numbing crouet etiuette history and dancing lessons That's pretty accurateI have to admit I was so distracted by the setting that it didn't occur to me until the end that hey what the actual fuck where is the plot? The entire book is composed of Dinah being angry at her father Dinah hating her father Dinah thinking about her hot friend Wardley Dinah feeling deep within her bones that something dark is going to happen “Then help me do this Wardley something is amiss I can feel it There is a lurking a presence a danger something BAD is happening And someone is trying to help us I NEED to speak with Faina Baker and I need your help to do it” What? Where the fuck did that come from? Where is the evidence? I'm not going to take Dinah's word for it She has these nightmares Guess what? So do I I regularly dream about zombies It doesn't mean that there's going to be a zombie apocalypse anytime soon Give me to believe in give me something real I am not going to believe that there is a dark force at play in the land simply because someone tells me it is going to happenThere are hints that go nowhere This is what I refer to as a bait and switch If you are going to repeatly mention something I expect the book to fucking deliver on it You cannot mention place as oh such a dangerous mysterious place and then go nowhere with it You cannot repeatedly mention a dark mysterious ambiguous figure giving us tantalizing clues only to go nowhere with it He was never her ally; rather he was a man who constantly whispered twisted secrets in her father’s ear The rumors of his extracurricular activities ran rampant in the castle You cannot have a villain throughout the book and give no reason to his hatred of the main character He grabbed her chin in his hands and held it close the scent of wine washing over her face from his hot breath He was shaking her violently now and she felt her knees begin to buckle You cannot introduce a new character without giving us any resolution whatsoever by the end of the book The book is the most frustrating book I have read in a long time because I still don't know anything by the time I finished the bookThe Writing I was bothered by the style of the writing which included CAPS Emotions are BOLDED like this for emphasis It pissed me off which is entirely subjective but really the writing style and extreme emphasis did nothing to endear me to this book or its characters For example “Wardley what are you doing? STOP it I have to LEAVE”“I heard him my father I SAW HIMDinah felt her entire body tremble “NO NO I can’t Absolutely not”“Why are you talking to me?” she snapped “I HATE YOU Don’t touch me” The Main Character This book is told from the 3rd person POV of Dinah a Princess of Wonderland and man is she fucking annoying She starts off as the most spoiled 15 year old in the whole world a Princess a ueen of Hearts to be who acts like the holy terror that is Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory She starts the book as a scowling 15 year old “It will all be alright child Trust me Now put on your brave face Let me see it”Dinah scowled And the anger and resentment never stopped She glowers She shrieks She snaps “Why are you talking to me?” she snapped “I HATE YOU Don’t touch me” Dinah does not know how to speak normally because every other sentence from her mouth is either a command or a whine or a shoutDinah is constantly angry She never stops being angry Fury rises from her at every moment Tears gathered at the corner of Vittiore’s eyes Her unflinching blue gaze unnerved Dinah who found a fury rising inside The slightest perceived insult makes Dinah see red Hot rage boiled up inside of her and Dinah’s mallet dropped from her hand The overwhelming emotion in this book is anger and I felt it towards Dinah not for her Yes Dinah is treated poorly by her father but Dinah herself is such an intolerable character that I never once felt any sympathy for herDinah has a sister a beautiful creature By no fault of her own the half sister Vittiore is stunningly beautiful but a bastard and loved by the father who so hates Dinah It doesn't matter because Vittiore never does anything wrong but look innocent and pretty yet she is overwhelmingly the target of Dinah's anger for no visible reason at all Dinah calls Vittiore so many names like bastard child She’s a bastard child unworthy of a minute of his time I hope she dies of wheezing fever Not to mention a wench Vittiore—”“Is a lovely innocent girl” finished HarrisDinah shot him a nasty look “—is a venomous wench snake” she replied “The very sight of her makes me ill Everything Vittiore does makes Dinah hate her no matter how innocuous and I just wanted to wring Dinah's neck or rather off with her headThe Setting The one good thing about the book I found it really creative it is based on Wonderland but without the traditional characters There is a King of Hearts and the Cards are actually various ranks of soldiers There were four divisions of the men called Cards each serving their purpose to the kingdom Heart Cards handsome and skilled men uniformed in red and white protected the royal family and the palace Club Cards Spades etc Wonderland itself is beautifully described and we get to see crouet games with all the birds running around There are descriptions of beautiful court clothes The gown was lovely in a severe way with hundreds of gray fabrics mingling together in an elaborate tweed A large red heart arched over her shoulders and down the back of the dress its top folds meeting at her collarbone White ribbons ran up and down the heart in delicate ruffles Bright raspberry hearts dotted the full hem of the dress If you just want to read about a pretty version of Wonderland this book might do it Just don't expect the usual charactersThe Villains This book is simply unbelievable because the bad guys are just bad for the sake of being bad For example her villified father The cruel evil King of Hearts who has despised Dinah since the day she was born He constantly belittles her He constantly seeks to humiliate her It numbs me because his hate felt incredibly gratuitous there only to elicit sympathy for Dinah and without a reason at all “DINAH” A loud voice bellowed from the throne and Dinah felt a tiny trickle of urine roll down her leg under her dress She had been lost in thought standing midaisle Dinah bowed her head “Get up here Now” The Romance Thankfully light but completely without any emotion Dinah's romance is limited to wishful thinking She is going to be the ueen one day so there is no uestion she can and will get the guy of her dreams Wardley was the King’s favorite of all his young Cards and maybe someday Dinah hoped something much She longed to make Wardley her husband one day which would make him the King of Hearts beside her That's pretty much the limitation of their romance She holds the cards no pun intended Wardley is not a romantic interest He is a pawn to be used as Dinah sees fit Her lips trembled “Wardley I’m so sorry I didn’t know ”“No you didn’t” Wardley snapped “But I tried to tell you No one can tell you anything Dinah not ever because you’re the Princess and you do what you want You’re not unlike your father that way” Not recommended

  4. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    45 starsI listened to the audiobook of ueen of Hearts to complete some challenges for Retellathon 2018 This book hadn't even been on my radar but I needed an audiobook to get through the week and SCRIBD had this one available I'll be honest I didn't have the highest expectations going in I didn't read any of the reviews but having never really heard anyone discussing this story I thought maybe it would be a flop Boy was I wrongAn origin story for the ueen of Hearts was something I didn't even know I needed but man did I ever I love retellings from the villain's perspective that's honestly one of my favorite subgenres of YA and who doesn't love an origin story? This one felt very true to the atmosphere of the original story but brought a lot of new concepts and uniue twists I loved the deep dark overall feel of the tale There were parts that were very gritty and creepy including a lot of blood gore and torture but not in an obnoxious way In my opinion it all worked perfectly with the overall story arc People sometimes forget Alice in Wonderland is not a feel good tale It is dark and scary with twisty turny upside downy things that are meant to make you feel on edgeI loved the relationship between Dinah the future ueen of Hearts and her Father He is a demonic evil spiteful little man and I really hope he gets his in the next book Speaking of the next book this left off on such a cliffhanger I cannot wait to see where the next book takes usAnother thing I enjoyed about this was Cheshire an aide to the King You can tell he is all kinds of devious I'm not sure at this point what his true motivations are but he sure is a tricky one He is described as having similar ualities to the Cheshire Cat from the original yet in this tale he is a man We also meet Dinah's main caregiver Harris who is just so sweet and precious he loves her like her Father never has He is just a pure gem who I hope survives the wrath that is the King of Hearts For Mad Hatter fans have no fear he is in here too; as are all the cards the crouet games and general royal chaos Overall I feel like this book needs some love I definitely plan to get the entire series and will probably even read this one again I am majorly geeking out over this right now I am going to go back now though and read other reviews I am really curious to see what other readers think of it

  5. Natalie Monroe Natalie Monroe says:

    I can't explain it but I need to find her Faina This note wasn't sent in malice I can feel it One of my pet peeves in books is when a character makes decisions based on a feeling Either it goes well which makes it look like a deux ex machina Or it goes horribly wrong making said character look like an idiotGuess what happens to Diane Go on guessDiane is you know I don't uite have the words for her She's bratty Childish Insipid During the climax when everything goes to shit a horse has to tell her what to do A horse Granted a magic horse but my God 'The price of a necklace she thought guiltily just one of the many jewels that sit idly in my drawer than enough to feed a family' She often found herself feeling shame at such things Nope sorry still don't feel sorry for you Not when you're wallowing in self pity instead of doing shit Don't try to tell me her dad might notice because she totally gives one away later in exchange for a guard's silenceIt's not like she's uneducated She's the princess of Wonderland as she loves reminding guards while being unnessarily cruel She sits through lessons all day long all throughout the book You think she'd pick up a few things But noooo Precious Princess Diane makes rash decisions barely thinking through a plan before plunging up to her shoulders in it Then whines when they fall through She throws tantrums bordering on hysterical outburst material In the first chapter when she's being presented to the throne by her very intimidating father she zones outCome on realistically would that happen? When you're already frightened and nervous? I'd be hyper alert and march down that aisle as uick as possible so no one will stareThe writing burns my eyes Just look at it The ivory doors slammed shut behind her the sound bouncing around the vast room Voluminous red banners billowed from floor to ceiling a black heart stitched across each center the blazon of the King Dinah's white slippers echoed loudly against the marble floors and she felt thousands of eyes watching her judging her She held her crowned head as highly and regally as she could The entire court watched her walk up the aisle lords and ladies of noble birth their bright fashion a blot of color on the otherwise black and white marble room Yesh I can write a Stephenie Meyer novel with all those adjectives Sometimes less is Especially in the beginning when readers are still getting used to the world and characters I'm not interested in an essay on the duties of different Cards and Wonderland provinces Spread it out like peanut butter man There's telling in form of dialogue telling instead of showing so much telling I feel like I'm five sitting through a lecture from my mom The King of Hearts stood before her now a giant man full of fury and righteousness and an insatiable lust for food and women Give me concubines in the crowd Show me a straining waistline Let me hear a barked command at a servant Don't be fucking lazy with storytelling The dialogue is downright cringe worthy Oh Dinah you are too good This just what I needed You're incredible you know that? The whole thing just feels like a preuel view spoilerThere's no surprise no twists You've told from day one the king is a dick You can't expect me to be bamboozled by the knowledge that he's trying to kill his daughter to keep the throne Why though? That's a huge plot hole that somehow slipped through He's not dead yet and he rules by fear Even if there is a rule that demands he must hand over the throne when Dinah is of age can't he change it? hide spoiler

  6. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    This was like 35 stars from mewhich is goodDinah is a teenage future ueen of Hearts in Wonderland She is not that horrible character from DisneyLewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland At least not yet Dinah was a strong female character She has spunk and is feisty She has a big heart and it hurts her to see how her father the asshole rules Wonderland He is abusive both physically and mentally to her character She looks out after her servants and her Mad brother Charles aka the Mad hatter Charles's character was one of my favorites in this book too He wraps the reader around his finger Something went wrong at his birth and he was born mad Such a sweet sole he has though You also have Cheshire who is the King's closest adviser He is not in cat form in this book but there are rumors that he can shape shift into a cat Dinah's King father springs upon the kingdom a perfect child that he worships that he supposedly fathered out of wedlock in a night of lust I hated that heifer too This is the first of a trilogy and I can't wait to see where the author goes with it What makes Dinah change into that famous evil ueen? Must find outPS There is NO Alice in this book

  7. Alaina Alaina says:

    OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCHI didn't even bother looking at the reviews for this book because I wanted to read it so badly I just didn't care if the whole world hated or loved this book I wanted to read it and that's all that mattered to me ueen of Hearts is obviously a retelling but it made me like the ueen of Hearts so freaking much Dinah who is the MC and the future ueen is basically treated lower than dirt by her father Speaking of the King Douche I hate his guts so freaking much I wanted him to die the entire time I was reading this book Spoiler alert he's still sadly alive LE SIGH PEOPLEThis book gives you a couple twists a new step sister which Dinah views has a bastard rightfully so who isn’t really trustworthy at all a brother who is the mad hatter that you fall in love with then the stable boy that is usually the ueen's first love Or that could be from the show Once Upon A Time but I don't really know Just go with itEither way it was freaking amazing Like I've mentioned before I flew through this book I couldn't get enough I even read that free chapter for the next book then found out that I didn't bring that book with me Talk about pure sadness guysI loved everything about this book I hope the people I want dead die in the next book I want Dinah to become the ueen she is meant to be

  8. Katie.dorny Katie.dorny says:

    Well this was a disappointment Up until literally the last chapter Dinah is one hell of a spoiled brat and sadly our main character I don’t have time for her bullshit she’s future ueen but incredibly ignorant and self centred Oh what a journey we’re gonna go on togetherVittoire arrives on the doorstep as her long lost sister but all is not as it seems That is interesting and if I read the second book I hope that is explored as it sounds a hell of a interesting back story than Dinah The outside world beyond the palace also sounds very intriguing The last chapter saw a much better side to Dinah and I hope that chapter progression continues but 90% of this book I literally couldn’t stand her whiny ass complaining about having to share

  9. rachel ☾ rachel ☾ says:

    I did not expect to dislike ueen of Hearts so strongly but my God this book was awful My battle to make my way through the entirety of this story tested every nerve in my body For a short book it was a long and difficult trek from start to finish I disliked the characters the writing the plot It was a story which took all of the amazing things about the original Alice in Wonderland and introduced them to typical YA tropes and you can imagine just how that turned outDinah was an immature brat who deserved to be shoved off the tower and taught a lesson I could not stand how selfish and bratty she acted literally all of the time At least the first third of this book is made up of her crying throwing temper tantrums and pouting Every interaction we had with her was riddled with the undertone of her constant self pity and whining It was childish and unreasonable how she treated her half sibling Vittiore I don’t care how awkward it is to find out that your father cheated on your mother which produced a sibling I don’t care if you think she is prettier than you and that makes you jealous There is no excuse for maintaining such a ridiculously strong hatred towards such an innocent and benign girl let alone someone you could potentially ally with against the fury of your father other than your own personal lack of maturity I can understand that Dinah was jealous that her father seemed to care about Vittiore than herself but I think that replacing the chance to explore these complicated familial relationships with childish antics was not the best idea Dinah was not a worthy protagonistWardley’s character similarly did nothing for me Was his relationship with Dinah meant to be a romance? We knew of Dinah’s infatuation with him but it was unclear whether Wardley felt this way too Personally I never felt that these feelings were reciprocated but I did find it rather irritating that it was so ambiguous Either way his generally underdeveloped characterisation was still a sore spot for me While I liked him a lot than Dinah herself I still felt that we knew little about Wardley as a character I did appreciate that he seemed to be a sensible lad with a no nonsense attitude He clearly disapproved of Dinah’s antics and was loyal to her but I would have liked for him to have been defined and clearly cast as either a supporting character or a romantic interest Dinah’s father the King of Hearts was meant to be the antagonist of the story but he did a very poor job of it He had no real reason for hating Dinah to the extent that he did He abused her and treated her disgustingly but for no real motivation Was she a threat to his crown? Potentially but she was also a child If he was truly evil he could easily have disposed of her in a supposed ‘accident’ when he was a helpless child He had already turned the goodwill of his people against her It would have been easy For the first three uarters of the story I was completely confuddled by his motivations and utter hatred of his daughter His response to Charles was also disheartening and I wish that he had some depth really any at all would have been nice Otherwise he was the typical poorly written villain The plotline was also wait what plotline? The reason I disliked this book to the extent I did was because nothing happened There was no end goal Dinah had nothing to aim for and the storyline was just a random combination of Dinah crying and over reacting to events that happened in the palace There was a slight detour in the middle where Dinah and Wardley investigated a random mystery in the Black Towers which was never explained properly or elaborated on As a whole the story was ridiculously dull and dry For such a short book it was scary how easily I lost my focus I could not concentrate on the story unfolding on the page because there was so little story actually unfoldingOakes’ writing style did not help in the slightest Not only was it overly simplistic to the point where it was almost juvenile but she had the uncanny knack of filling pages and pages of telling instead of showing It was frustrating as hell to have Dinah’s emotions dictated to us and the dialogue came across as stilted and awkward in response I disliked how clunky the descriptions were and how awkwardly they were often incorporated into the body of the story However I did think that some of Oakes’ ideas were clever and I did like exploring the Wonderland world she has created Was it completely uniue? No not entirely but I found myself impressed at the idea of the Black Towers Hornhooves and the Ninth Sea The parts of the plot which allowed Dinah to explore these settings were my favourite parts of the book As a whole the world building was passable Oakes captured some of the important whimsical vibes of Wonderland but I did wish we knew specifics about the towns which surrounded the palace and details like that Overall?This book was so damn disappointing I’ve always enjoyed Alice in Wonderland retellings or whimsical fantasy settings like this but the approach Oakes took to this story was not enjoyable I strongly disliked the protagonist Dinah and did not connect to her friendLI ? Wardley either The plotline was non existent and I disliked not having a clear end goal for the story or a decent antagonist to keep things interesting The writing style was also too juvenile for my tastes ueen of Hearts is definitely not a retelling that I would willingly recommend and if you are looking for a absurd and fun Alice in Wonderland story I’d aim you towards Insanity or instead

  10. Lara (Bookish_turtle) Lara (Bookish_turtle) says:

    I was just so disappointed by this book it was so mehTHE PLOTThis was probably my main issue Nothing interesting happened It was all so cliche and even the deviations from the original Alice in Wonderland story felt boring predictableALICE was dumber than thisWho just randomly eats stuff?? I am still not over this stupidity I think her name was Dinah or something weird in this book but she had no uniue or interesting ualities whatsoever making it uite boringThere was just nothing about this book to make it interesting I still don't know the character names so evidently this story won't stay with me longMY OVERALL THOUGHTSI'm sorry but BYE

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