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

queen of hearts

Picture from Google

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. 

Alex is signing out.

Copyright (©) of alexwritesandsings

Mid Year Book Freak-out Tag

Hey Dreamers!


I was thinking of doing a book tag for a long time, but whenever I answer them, I always forget to post them when I’m done answering them.


This is the Mid Year Book Freak-out Tag, and I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I want to try it out, because why? It’s fun. I found this tag on YouTube, and decided to do it on my blog.


The original creators are IsThatChami and Earl Grey Books. They’re all on YouTube, so you can check them out.


Let’s get started.



1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

I really enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s and Samantha Van Leer’s Between the Lines. Never tried a Jodi Picoult book, and now I’m glad I did. The concept was beautifully written, and the plot was so good. I couldn’t put the book down. The characters are well fleshed out and it was interesting to see an idea like this become a real book. But who could have thought that if you read between the lines, something magical could happen.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

I did read a sequel, but it didn’t become the best.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Although Scythe by Neal Shusterman isn’t a new release but is a book I have not read yet. I recently picked it up, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

What’s If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I’ve read Becky’s debut, The Homo-Sapiens Agenda, and The Upside of Unrequited Love last year, and I did enjoy them.  Although her second book was a little bit slow in the beginning…but overall still a good read. And I haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera so I’m keen to read this one.

5. Biggest disappointment.

I wanted to try reading a mystery novel ever since my auntie got one for Christmas last year. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. The title and plotline were intriguing but the writing style just wasn’t for me. The author switched too much to other characters in the story, and there  were too many flashbacks too. I couldn’t keep track on whom I’m reading about. So I DNF it.

6. Biggest surprise.

Soliloquy by Azian Hashim is one of my biggest surprise. I’m not a fan of modern poetry but hers just became my favourite.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

I decided to pick up Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, because I am try reading more LGBTQ Young Fiction. I have been eyeing that book at a bookstore since last year, and didn’t seem to pick up. But I should have bought it sooner! Oh boy, this book is too juicy to put down. The main character, Pen is so bad in many ways, but good ways. Her personality is too different than mine. It’s interesting to see her growing in tough situations, and how will she react in them.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I would say Prince Oliver from Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult’s and Samantha Van Leer. He is all I want in a man. He’s confident, he tries but doesn’t give up, witty, mentally stable, has a good personality, and determined.

9. Newest favourite character.

Uhh I don’t have a favourite….yet.

10. Book that made you cry.

I don’t think a book did that.

11. Book that made you happy.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard. The main character, Penelope Oliveria, I love how she stands up for herself and her friends.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Scythe, because there’s like a grim reaper on the cover, which to me, looks very mysterious. It makes me want to grab it and read it quickly. The cover is just gripping.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Desolation by Derek Landy

Fear Street series by R. L Stine

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Cress by Marissa Meyer

14. Favourite review you’ve written this year.  
Oh, this one! 👇


15. Favourite book to movie adaption you saw this year.

Umm, I’ve haven’t seen any.


That is all for this tag. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag (it’s lot of fun). Please let me know too, I’d love to join in this fun road with you and discuss more books! Thank you for stopping by. Till next time.




Alex is signing out.

Copyright (©) of alexwritesandsings

2018 Writing & Reading Resolutions

Hello Dreamers!

Okay. That is weird considering I am talking to myself. Although you may think I am not, but I am, I am talking to myself when it is my own blog post. Ahem….it has been a long time since my last blog post. Sorry about that, I have been busy lately with my life and work – although my work is basically me, finishing my first novel. I consider it as work, lots and lots of work, and I’m telling you; it is a working progress. I haven’t yet finished my first draft, but I’m going to, and I shall finish this draft by the end of 2018. Now that is a prominent achievement; I have to put my words into action.

After all, action speaks louder than words.

Here are my Writing Goals in 2018:-

  1. Finish the first draft of my fantasy novel
  2. Draft out a short story
    Sunshine Smile


  3. Finish drafting out the short story
  4. Come up with more ideas for my next novel (although it isn’t the time thinking about this, but what the heck, I want to get my other book done too! Super excited about this one).

And then these are my Reading Resolutions for this year:-

  1. Read a chapter a day
  2. Read Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years

the lost years

3. Read Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes


4. Read a Non-Fiction

5. Finish 20 books this year!

Hopefully, I will get to complete my goals successfully. Wish me luck!

*Fingers crossed*

Till next time. 

Alex is signing out.

Copyright (©) of alexwritesandsings