Book Review ~ Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!! I know that it’s been a while since I’ve done a book review and to be honest I’m quite behind, I think there are at least six or more book reviews I had that was supposed to be before this one, but I never got around to writing them and uploading them, but I knew that I couldn’t pass up this book review! Especially, since this is a book that I just recently finished and the story plot is still fresh in my mind to give a good book review about this one  so let’s begin shall we! 🙂

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes is the first book in the Queen Of Hearts Saga. I have actually never heard of the book this saga or the Author Colleen Oakes. I discovered the book and her by complete accident. I was in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore looking for some new books to buy with my money that I received on Christmas. I was in the Young Adult section, since that genre is probably my most favorite genre of books to read! Anyway as I was looking up and down the shelves and aisle, I probably went up and down about 20 times because I just couldn’t find a book that caught my attention or interest. I was getting ready to give up and just come back another time when finally I saw this beauty of a book.

What caught my attention was both the title and the book cover. They just drew me in and then when I read the synopsis then I knew I just had to have and viola I bought the book! I started to read the book immediately when I got home I finished it within about a weeks time! I just couldn’t put it down, it was that good and I can’t wait to start the second book, Blood of Wonderland! 

Synopsis: Only Queens with hearts can bleed. This is not the story of the Wonderland that 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 can 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 that she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched in 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.

I’m rating  this book a solid 5 stars!! It was that good! I love how this is a totally different Wonderland than the one I grew up with. Now the only Wonderland I know is the movies by Disney, I never got to read the original book by Lewis Carrol, but now I need and want to. The beginning of this book is kind of slow and takes a while to build up, but once it does you’ll be hooked just like I was. I love how there are new characters in this book but they still have a twist of the original characters that we know and love. I have to say I’m not a fan of the King of Hearts, I don’t want to spoil anything to those of you who may not have read this book, but when you do read it you’ll know why I despise the King of Hearts and I have no doubt that you will too.

Next Blog Post: I’ll have some more book reviews coming soon. I have a New Year Post also coming soon, in that post I’ll be talking about my plans that I have concerning my blog for the new year. I can’t wait to share with you guys!! Until next time! 🙂

~ Kay ❤


Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Hello everyone and welcome back to my book blog!! I know that I said in my last blog post that in my next post I would continue to do The Selection Series book review and it was supposed to be about The Elite. But I’m still working on that post so while I’m still working on it, I decided to go ahead and post a different Book Review of a book that I just finished reading and just had to share it with all of you while it’s still fresh inside my head.


Passage, n.

i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.

ii. A journey by water; a voyage.

iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.


In one devastating night, violin  prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of  only one thing; she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’s passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them – whether she wants to or not. 

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.   


I’m giving Passenger a high 5 out of 5 stars!!! This book was amazing!! Kept me on my toes. I never knew what was going to happen next and I love that about authors who write books like this. You think that the story and characters will be going one way and then out of nowhere you’re doing a complete 180 and going in a totally different direction.

What I love about this book is that there’s an equal balance of adventure, romance, danger, and obviously twists that you didn’t see coming. Alexandra Bracken really knows how to keep her reader’s attention. This was my very first book that I’ve read from her and I’m proud to say that she just earned herself a new reader. I’m currently reading Wayfarer which is the last book of this beautiful journey of Passenger. I do suggest that if you want to read these two books, do read them one after the other because Wayfarer picks up right where Passenger ends because there’s a surprise cliffhanger that you don’t see coming.

Etta Spencer and Nicholas Carter, oh how I love these two, they’re perfect for each other. I love how both of them want to be together, but at the same time don’t really say anything about their feelings at first because they both know that in reality they can’t really be together; Etta is from the future and Nicholas is from the past. Plus, Nicholas is from a time where men of color wouldn’t be able to be in a relationship with Etta, he would be her servant.

I love how Etta doesn’t care about what race he is, she wants to be with him, she wishes that after they find the astrolabe that she could take Nicholas back into the future with her so that they could be together and that he could have a better life, but she doesn’t want to make him feel like he doesn’t have a choice and at the same time Nicholas wishes that after their mission is done that Etta and him could just run away together and for her to stay in the past with him, but he doesn’t want to make her feel like she doesn’t have a choice.

This is a beautiful story, I can honestly say that this is a story that I want to keep on reading, I don’t want the adventure to end. I highly recommend this book if you’re big on time traveling, romance and adventure!


Thank you for reading my Book Review on Passenger. I should have two new blog posts coming up very soon. One will be the continuation of The Selection Series Book Review, which will be about the second book in the series: The Elite. And the second Book Review will be on Wayfarer which will be continuing where Passenger left off. Until next time my lovelies!! ❤ 

The posts should be up in the next week or so. 🙂




Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog. I’m sorry I haven’t updated lately, these last few weeks I’ve been super busy, but I finally found some time to update my blog.

Today, I will be doing a book review on one of my most favorite book series I’ve ever read, I don’t think any book series can top this. The book series is The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. If  you haven’t read the series then I suggest that you stop reading my blog and go to you local bookstore or local library and check it out!!

Since some of you may not have read it yet, I’ll try not to give too much away to where it ruins the plot for you. So let’s begin shall we!!

For this blog post, I will be just reviewing the first book of the series, The Selection  and then the next following posts will be the next books in the series!! So let’s get this review started!!

SUMMARY: Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection — a contest to see which girl can win the heart of the Illea’s prince — but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

This book is definitely one of my favorite reads ever!!!!! And you will see that I blog more about the series in my future posts to come that this is also one of my favorite book series that I’ve ever read!! Kiera Cass did such an amazing job writing this beautiful story and developing these amazing characters that you’ll learn to love and some you’ll even learn to hate. I give this book a solid 5/5 stars, there wasn’t anything in this book that I didn’t love.

I love how this story is told from America’s point of view, because then every emotion she feels through out this book I feel as well. I love feeling what the characters are feeling, it just makes the book better, because it makes it feel like it’s happening to us. When I read this book I wasn’t reading it as myself, instead I was America Singer, I could see and feel everything that she was going through as if I was going through that too.

I absolutely love the love story between America Singer and Prince Maxon Schreave. You would think that with him being a Prince she would fall head over heals for him, but that’s not the case. Mostly, because she loves Aspen, but in all honestly she didn’t even want to be in the Selection she just doing it for her family.

One of my favorite moments between them is when they first meet, when they wasn’t actually supposed to meet.

“Are you all right, my dear?” he asked me.

“I am not your dear.” I looked up to glare at him. There would be no mistaking the disgust in my tone or eyes.

“What have I done to offend you? Did I not just give you the very thing that you asked for?” He was genuinely confused by my response. I suppose he expected us to adore him and thank our lucky stars for his existence.

I stared him down without fear, though the effect was probably weakened by my tearstained cheeks.

“Excuse me, dear, are you going to keep crying?” he asked, sounding very put out by the thought.

“Don’t call me that! I am no more dear to you than the thirty-four strangers you have here in your cage.”

He walked closer, not seeming at all offended by my loose speech. He just looked . . . thoughtful. It was an interesting expression on his face.

His walk was graceful for a boy, and he looked incredibly comfortable as he paced around me. My bravery melted a little in the face of how awkward this was. He was fully dressed in his sharp suit, and I was cowering and half-naked. As if his rank didn’t threaten me enough, his demeanor did. He must have had plenty of experience dealing with unhappy people, he was exceptionally calm as he answered.

“That is an unfair statement. You are all dear to me. It is simply a matter of discovering who shall be the dearest.”

“Did you really just use the word ‘shall’?”

He chuckled. “I’m afraid I did. Forgive me, it’s a product of my education.”

“Education,” I muttered, rolling my eyes. “Ridiculous.”

“I’m sorry?” he asked.

“It’s ridiculous!” I yelled, regaining some of my courage.

“What is?”

“This contest! The whole thing! Haven’t you ever loved anyone at all? Is this how you want to pick a wife? Are you really so shallow?” I shifted on the ground a little. To make things easier for me, he sat on the bench so I wouldn’t have to twist. I was too upset to be thankful.

“I can see how I would appear that way, how this whole thing could seem like it’s nothing more than a cheap entertainment. But in my world, I am very guarded. I don’t meet very many women. The ones I do are daughters of diplomats, and we usually have very little to discuss. And that’s when we manage to speak the same language.”

Maxon seemed to think that was a joke, and he laughed lightly. I wasn’t amused. He cleared his throat.

“Circumstances being what they are, I haven’t had the opportunity to fall in love. Have you?”

“Yes,” I said matter-of-factly. As soon as the word came out, I wished I could steal it back. That was a private thing, none of his business.

“Then you have been quite lucky.” He sounded jealous. Imagine that. The one thing I could hold over the head of the Prince of Illéa, the very thing I was here to forget.

“My mother and father were married this way and are quite happy. I hope to find happiness, too. To find a woman that all of Illéa can love, someone to be my companion and to help entertain the leaders of other nations. Someone who will befriend my friends and be my confidante. I’m ready to find a wife.”

Something in his voice struck me. There wasn’t a trace of sarcasm. This thing that seemed like little more than a game show to me was his only chance for happiness. He couldn’t try with a second rotund of girls. Well, maybe he could, but how embarrassing. He was so desperate, so hopeful. I felt my distaste for him lessen. Marginally.

“Do you really feel like this is a cage?” His eyes were full of compassion.

“Yes I do.” My voice came out quiet. I quickly added, “Your Majesty.”

“I’ve felt that way more than once myself. But you must admit, it is a very beautiful cage.”

“For you. Fill your beautiful cage with thirty-four other men all fighting over the same thing. See how nice it is then.”

He raised his eyebrows. “Have there really been arguments over me? Don’t you all realize I’m the one doing the choosing?”

“Actually, that was unfair. They’re fighting over two things. Some fight for you, others fight for the crown. And they all think they’ve figured  out what to say and do so your choice will be obvious.”

“Ah, yes. The man or the crown. I’m afraid some cannot tell the difference.” He shook his head.

“Good luck  there,,” I said dryly.

It was quiet for a moment in the wake of my sarcasm. I looked up at him out of the corner of my eye, waiting for him to speak. He gazed at an unfixed point in the grass, concern marking his face. It seemed this thought had been plaguing him. He took a breath and turned back to me.

“Which do you fight for?”

“Actually, I’m here by mistake.”


“Yes. Sort of. Well, it’s a long story. And now . . . I’m here. And I’m not fighting. My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out.”

He laughed out loud at that, actually doubling over and slapping his knee. It was bizarre mix of rigidity and calm.

“What are you?” he asked.

“I’m sorry?”

“A Two? Three?”

Wasn’t he paying attention at all? “Five.”

“Ah, yes, then food would probably be good motivation to stay.” He laughed again. “I’m sorry, I can’t read your pin in the dark.”

“I’m America.”

“Well, that’s perfect,” Maxon looked off into the night and smiled at nothing in particular. Something in all this was amusing to him. “America, my dear, I do hope you find something in this cage worth fighting for. After all this, I can only imagine what it would be like to see you actually try.”

He came down from the bench to crouch beside me. He was too close. I couldn’t thing right. Maybe I was a little star struck or still feeling  shaky from my crying episode. Either way I was too shocked to protest when he took my hand.

“If it would make you happy, I could let the staff know you prefer the garden. Then you can come out here at night without being manhandled by the guard. I would prefer if you had on nearby, though.”

I wanted that. Freedom of any kind sounded heavenly, but he needed to be absolutely sure of my feelings.

“I don’t . . . I don’t think I want anything from you,” I pulled my fingers from his loose grip.

He was a little taken aback, hurt. “As you wish,” I felt more regret. Just because I didn’t like the guy didn’t meant I wanted to hurt him. “Will you be heading inside soon?”

“Yes,” I breathed, lookin at the ground.

“Then I’ll leave you with your thoughts. There will be a guard near the door waiting for you.”

“Thank you, um, Your Majesty.” I shook my head. How many times had I addressed him wrongly in this conversation?

“Dear America, will you do me a favor?” He took my hand again. He was persistent.

I squinted at him, not sure of what to say, “Maybe.”

His smile returned. “Don’t mention this to the others. Technically, I’m not supposed to meet you until tomorrow, and I don’t want anyone getting upset. Though I wouldn’t call you yelling at me anything close to a romantic tryst, would you?”

It was my turn to smile. “Not at all!” I took a deep breath. “I won’t tell.”

“Thank you.” He took the hand he was holding and lowered his lips to it. When he pulled away, he gently places my hand in my lap. “Good night.”

I looked up at the warm spot on my hand, stunned for a moment. Then I turned to watch Maxon as he walked away, giving me the privacy I’d wanted all day.

Ah, love at first fight! Don’t you just love it. This book really pulled at my heart strings and so does the rest of the series. There’s ups and downs, fights, enemies, friends, love triangle, rebels and all kinds of other stuff that make this book fantastic. If you haven’t read this book or series please go check it out. And if you have read the book or series I’d love to hear from you. So please leave a like and comment!!

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