(Book Review) Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes // Spoiler-Free

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Title: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)

Author: Colleen Oakes

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.


One of the things I like about this book is the characters.  The main character was gripping and interesting. She definitely wasn’t the evil queen we all know in Alice in Wonderland. In the book, I was entertained by her actions, thinking where the story will lead up. What will she do next, what will happen next if she does this? Not only was her character well fleshed out – so were the other characters too, making the plot interesting as I couldn’t put the book down.

The plot was very well crafted. It had a head and tail. It was different from what I expected it; I thought this book was going to be about how she became evil. I’m sure we would like to know how she became like that. There are two more books in the saga, so I think the author ‘might’ explain there.

I rate this 4.2/5.

The writing style is simple and easy to read. It had a nice flow, it was like streaming down the river and listening to the roaring waterfall. That peaceful. Yes, that was how it was read. It has a nice flow…a good, good flow. Beautiful.  I will totally recommend this for fans of Alice in Wonderland. 

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(Book Review) An Ocean of Grey by Kamalia Hasni // Spoiler-Free 

Title: An Ocean of Grey

Author: Kamalia Hasni

Publisher: Meraki Press

Genre: Poetry

Goodreads Synopsis:

An Ocean of Grey by Kamalia Hasni explores the pain and aftermath of a love that was promised a forever but had ended too soon. The collection of poetry and prose also includes beautiful illustrations by the author’s friends who had helped her through her healing.


This book, I don’t know how to say this to you, but…oh gosh, it was interesting and sad, oh so a very sad read. I pity the author who has to go through something like that.


It explores the pain of the aftermath of a promised love that was meant to be forever but ended too soon.


I went in without expecting too much, and I am glad because I needed something to help me go through my heartbreak too, because like her, I also went through something quite similar as well; I knew the end was coming all along, maybe I was just in denial, I guess.


So in this sense, the poems were relatable. I could feel the pain in the words she had written. I really could hear her sobs within the pages. Scary but true. The beginning had too much of a soap opera going on, and yes, I get it that you loved him very much, but you don’t have to tell us again, and again. We know. We know.


It was good until I felt like I was reading a novel rather than a collection of poems. There was too much prose, which made me feel like I was reading somebody’s journal, which is not entirely a bad thing as that would be a good concept.


I do wish that the author would balance out the emotions between happiness, rage, fear and anxiety. It would give us a sense of the breakup clearly, because now it’s too sorrowful (I don’t like this, it’s too much!) it makes you sound too broken to be repaired.


Overall, it was a good read. I love it when her friends tell her she’s not alone in this world. When I read that, I felt all warm inside. Yes, they do. This heartwarming feeling makes me all happy and good inside.

I rate this 3.5/5.

I would recommend this book if you’re interested in love and broken dreams and promises. PLEASE make sure to put a tissue box beside you, because you know what will happen if you read this book.



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(Book Review) SOLILOQUY by Nor Azian Hashim // Spoiler-Free

Title: Soliloquy

Nor Azian Hashim

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: SOLILOQUY, is a collection of poems from a mother’s point of view.


I was a little bit skeptical when I bought this book because I didn’t know whether I would like modern poetry. I’m a picky reader especially when it comes to something I specialise in too. Modern poetry just doesn’t flow naturally for me. In my opinion, real poetry has to be strong, and at the same time powerful too. It needs to have meaning, and sometimes you need to carefully choose words that would convey your true feelings, so that I as a reader could feel what you’re going through.


Not to say I am a better poet than other poets. I’m not. Few people say I am. I don’t think that’s true. It’s just that some things are to our liking. We have different tastes. Different opinions too. And that’s fine.


When I turned to the first page, I was hooked with this one sentence from the first poem she has written.


“I am no Dickinson or Wordsworth.”  


OMG! Yes! That’s how I feel every time I put words on paper. She literally talks about how we, poets or authors or anyone in that matter, cannot be as great as Shakespeare, or the famous writers from the past, and present. That poem shook me, in a good way.


The pacing for all of her poems was good. When I read each poem, I asked myself these questions: Why was she writing this? What was she feeling when she wrote this? What was the meaning conveyed?


I enjoyed all the poems, and they flowed naturally like a quiet stream. Some swallowed me into a whirlpool, and I couldn’t breathe. But once I understood the author’s feelings throughout the poem, I could breathe again.

I rate this 5/5. Hands down this is the best poetry book I’ve read so far this year!


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