Hello everyone! Today’s post is about War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes, the conclusion to the Queen of Hearts trilogy. This will include spoilers!
The final book in the twisted YA trilogy re-imagining of the origin story of the Queen of Hearts.
Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely.
Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on, and Dinah could inherit a bloodstained throne. Can a leader filled with love and rage ever be the ruler her kingdom needs? Or will her all-consuming wrath bring Wonderland to its knees?
This is not a story of happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
This book had everything in it that I wanted, a strong female lead, powerful and kind helpers and of course amazing battles, not only physical but also emotional battles. Dinah was so, so, so strong but there were times that the darkness inside her took everything over. It made me sad, almost cry because I wanted to help her, to give Wardley the feelings he needed for Dinah in order to spare him from his loved one’s death, it still makes my heart ache when I think about the coldness Dinah showed Vittoire (her real name is Alice).
Dinah made some great character development from the first book until now, I think this was the first book series for me ever that I followed from the beginning of the first released book until the last (actually not but who cares :D). I loved Wardley so much but I also wanted to kick him in the face for ruining their friendship (I loved their children though).
The book was fast-paced, well written and the characters were fantastic (except for Cheshire of course but we don’t talk about that piece of filth). I loved that Lewis was still alive, I really hoped he didn’t die and it saddened me that he was locked up in the Black Towers and I also hoped Vittoire wasn’t treated badly, I really hoped they would become real sisters. Of course, there were a couple of plot twists, of which a few I saw coming but it didn’t bother me in any way.
Overall I really loved it, the political fights, the scheming, the drama. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because, yes it also made me cry and tear up throughout the entire book and dare I say, I hope we get a spinoff series about Dinah’s and Wardley’s children.
That’s it for today! I hope you liked it.