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An Exiled Princess.An Ancient Tribe.A Dangerous Stranger with Unknown Loyalties. Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself aloneAn Exiled Princess.An Ancient Tribe.A Dangerous Stranger with Unknown Loyalties. Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself alone in the forbidding Twisted Wood with only Morte, a homicidal beast, for company. Hunted by the King and his army of Cards, Dinah struggles to evade those who long for her head, including Cheshire, the King’s clever advisor, who is slowly tightening his grasp around her. Spurred on by her rising terror, the former Princess finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracy reaching far beyond the Palace and deep into the mysterious Yurkei mountain tribes. Even with the balance of an entire Kingdom at stake, Dinah knows something that her allies and enemies do not: that the most dangerous conflict of all has already begun as she battles the enticing rage that beckons her ever closer as love slips further from her grasp.The second book in the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Hearts Saga, The Wonder takes readers back to the most wondrous and curious places in Wonderland, and continues this darkly addictive tale featuring one of the most infamous villains of all time.But be warned…not every fairy tale has a happy ending.This is the story of a princess who became a villain....

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ISBN : 9781940716213
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Number of Pages : 238 Pages
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The Wonder Reviews

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-06-02 10:31

    I do like this series overall, but this book itself was a bit too slow for me. It's mostly the bridge between the first and third books.The story starts with Vittiore on the throne, the people of Wonderland believing that Dinah killed Charles, and the king hunting for her and raising taxes to fortify the city. Dinah meets a a Spade in the forest who sides with her in his quest for vengeance, but the story doesn't really get moving until at least 20%. The Spade starts to train her and they meet up with a familiar character in another city. Most of this book is backstory for each character and the time needed for Dinah to decide if she wants to return to Wonderland and fight for her throne. There IS an awesome plot twist, though. The last chapter was great and set up the next book to be pretty awesome! This is still one of the most creative versions of Wonderland I've found, so I do recommend this series if you like retellings.Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-06-01 10:36

    4.5 starsI read the first book in this series awhile back and I did enjoy it. I love some evil queen stories so I was intrigued to see where the author would go with this. To read this book I honestly think you do have to read the first one The Wonder. This one takes up right where we left off in the first book. Diana has been exiled and is being chased by her asshole father the king.It's hard to review this book without going all spoilery...and it's shaping up to be one of my favorite fairy tale re-tellings of all time so I want everyone to read it! So I'll just tell a couple of things that stood out to me.Wonderland does come to life in this book. It's seeing it through new eyes and it works so very well. The descriptions are so imaginative that in my mind I stepped into that magical world. And Diana..she started off in that first book as a bit of a spoiled brat. The reader gets to watch as she evolves in this book to a kick ass character. I think I may go flipping fangirl..............I can not wait to see what happens in the last book. I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-17 12:06

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“I am the Queen of Hearts, she thought, and I will take my throne.”This was a YA fantasy story, which picked up where the previous book left off.Dinah was an okay character in this, and I was surprised at how long she lasted in the woods on her own.The storyline in this basically involved Dinah running away from her father’s men who were hunting her down in the woods, with a little bit of help from a surprising ally. We then got a couple of surprising revelations, and Dinah did start to act a little bit like a true Queen, but overall I felt like not a lot really happened in this book.The ending to this was okay, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.6.5 out of 10.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-06-06 13:06

    oh my freaking god guys!Blood of Wonderland did not disappoint. I'm obsessed with this series! Dinah, aka THE QUEEN, is such a bad ass. A lovable bad ass. She learns how to fight and last long enough in the woods without dying. She is reunited with the love of her life only to have her heart stomped on repeatedly. God, boys can be so freaking stupid sometimes. You do you Wardley. (view spoiler)[I hope you die in the next book - just saying (hide spoiler)]I need to see the evil side of Dinah now because people need to regret what they ever did or say to her. I just want sweet revenge! Also it would be cool with me if she had a new love interest and all. However, I won't have high hopes in the love department.I want to see her destroy Wonderland. I want her to say "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"God, I want revenge.I can't wait for the dark side!Besides all of that, I loved the flow of the story. I was kind of thrown by some twists and turns, like anything dealing with the Cheshire. I still don't like the king or vittiore either. I want them to die a slow and painful death. Then there's Wardley who is just.. ugh... I can't deal with him anymore.I loved the overall flow. I loved see her character grow more and seeing how she can survive on her own. Hot damn! I'm in love with this book.This review probably doesn't make sense but oh well!I loved this book.

  • Stacee
    2019-06-07 17:29

    2.5 stars?After the set up of of book one, I was pretty excited to get to this one. Sadly, it was a bit disappointing.This book felt like filler disguised as background stories. My main problem is that I thrive on dialogue and this was a lot of being in Dinah's head. She's still working out how to become queen and not a petulant brat, but even recognizing that, I struggled to root for her and her journey.Overall, it was a quick read with a couple of interesting points, but mostly quite underwhelming. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book.**Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**

  • NerdyJediGymnast
    2019-05-20 12:09

    3.75/4 stars maybe?2nd book in the Queen of Hearts Saga, an Alice in Wonderlad retellingThis was really good. Part of me likes the first one better, but this was alright. Dinah has somewhat improved as a character, but it wasnt much. She just got more violent. I really enjoyed the description of the world and Wonderland sounds so beautiful. There was a "major plot twist" that I feel like I should've seen coming, but never did so it was amazing. But they way that twist layed out was....weird. It was almost too rushed? It included a classsic Alice in Wonderland scene that is my personal favorite (view spoiler)[the Mad Tea Party (hide spoiler)]Like, it felt as if the author needed a place to put that in and that was the only way. But the twit itsef was like "WHHHAAATTTTT?!?!" But it made SO MUCH SENSE!!!!This dealt with more of planning for the war than the war itself which will be in the last bookThe ending?NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY SHIP IS DOWN!!!!!!!!! NO NO NOOOOO!!!!Overall solid. A few dislikes but a nice sequel read#BloodofWonderland #ColleenOakes #Book2 #OnlyQueensWithHeartsCanBleed["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Holly
    2019-05-23 15:23

    *3.5 stars There were some parts of the book that I found boring but I really enjoyed the magical aspects of Wonderland in this book. And, of course, I'm excited to see what occurs next.

  • Nicole Alycia
    2019-06-16 18:35

    This book was everything a sequel should be! It picks up right where the last book ended and you’re immediately thrown into an action packed story! It never slowed down for a minute and there were some really great plot twists thrown in there as well. And the character development.... you can see the way everything is shaping Dinah into the person she will eventually become and it is so great to watch! I am beyond excited to read the final book in the series!

  • SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
    2019-05-25 14:35

    Bell, Book & Candle | The Wonder ReviewI have been (impatiently) waiting to get my hands on this book. Although I had a lot to say in my lengthy tirade, most of it unpleasant, I still wanted to read just to find out what happens next. So here I am now writing this review. Book two of the Queen of Hearts trilogy picks up where it left off with Dinah, our protagonist- on the run from her father and deemed a traitor and murderer.I was considerably less annoyed while reading this book, mainly because the protagonist, Dinah, was thankfully a lot less immature and childish. I had my fill of it in the last book so I am glad it was dialed down a bit (or a lot). Don’t be deluded though, Dinah still acts childish and rude at times; even going as far as to blindly insult someone offering assistance, but it was pleasant to see Dinah have an epiphany about her impulsivity and immaturity. I did feel bad for her when Wardley revealed that he doesn’t love her the way she wants him to. I wonder it’s all going to play out now that she has had a prophecy regarding herself told to her by the witch doctor. Ooooh, spooky!Man, oh man, the revelations this book held took me by surprise! [Spoiler Ahead] I figured that Dinah possibly wasn't the King of Hearts’ daughter, but for her to be Cheshire’s daughter? My mind is blown. I was fascinated by his backstory, and how he came to be how and where he is. I still don’t trust him and I hope Dinah realizes this as well. My favorite backstory was probably Sir Gorran’s. His pain was real and visceral- and how he promises to avenge his departed family is relatable. Also, the history of the Wonderlanders and the Yurkei mirrors that of the Native Americans and the colonists, which made me think “typical”.For the most part the book was more of a stepping stone to set the stage for what’s to come in the third and final book. It’s almost like filler; giving us readers the backstories of various characters and gearing us up for the impending doom, I mean war that is to happen when Dinah attempts ton takes her throne by force. An entertaining read all around, this book was- definitely better than the last!

  • Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
    2019-06-17 12:06

    If she could not quench the fire burning within her , she would set Wonderland ablaze.Yes, I decided to continue this series even though I had my doubts about it - mainly because I was a bit "meh" about the first novel but also because Alice in Wonderland was never my favorite fairy tale as a kid and retellings of this story have not suited me very well. So what made me continue this story? Actually it has to do with the fact that it's one I can get as audio books and the one reading it is quite good. And the ending of the first novel got me thinking that I could actually - finally - find a retelling of Wonderland that I liked.How did it go? A bit "meh" again.I'm still not a fan of Dinah. Even though she had spurts of interesting character development situations in this novel it felt a bit "two steps forward, one step back". I like the overall writing style and the version of Wonderland that Colleen Oakes creates, but I'm just not connecting with the main character, which is a problem. Once again the ending makes me interested in finding out what happens next and, as it is the last book in this trilogy, I'll most likely read/listen to it once it's out. But it won't be a priority book.

  • Gioreads
    2019-05-24 12:12

    Necesitó el tercero yaaa!!! Me gustó más que el primero, aunque el personaje de Dinah me desespera un poco a veces. Sin duda alguna no confío en muchos personajes

  • nat
    2019-06-07 17:08

    “a dark smile crept across her face as she let the rage she had held back for so long consume her” everyone is fucked now!this was a lot better than the first book, albeit a little slower. half into the book is when it gets real good. with all the twists, and surprises, I was like boooy! (JK ... maybe) I do want more rage from Dinah. make them suffer, girl! but Wonderland is still wonderful as ever.

  • Kelly Gunderman
    2019-05-30 16:20

    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsLast year, I picked up Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes, and I thought it was one of the most impressive and exciting YA fantasy novels that I had read. Even still today, that book remains one of my favorites, so when I had that chance to read the sequel, Blood of Wonderland, I was super excited.When I started reading, I quickly got engrossed in the novel and couldn't put it down - I finished it super quick and now I'm (im)patiently awaiting the next book."'Rise, Dinah, and become the Queen of Hearts. It is time to embrace your fate.'"When we last left Dinah, the princess of Wonderland, she was stabbing the guy she loved and running off into the night to escape her father, who was trying to frame her for the murder of her brother and some of the people that lived in the castle. Now, Dinah is on the run, trying her hardest to avoid capture and stay alive. She goes through plenty of trials and obstacles in order to keep hidden as her father and his armies of cards search the lands for her.One night, when she is about to get caught, she runs into a member of the cards that isn't happy with the way things are being run, and he wants to help Dinah take over the kingdom from her father.The two of them navigate the Twisted Wood together, and he helps her learn the way.When things take an interesting turn and they are taken prisoners by the enemy of the kingdom, Dinah learns some interesting things about her past that she didn't expect to hear. This forces her to come to terms with way more than she bargained for - and not just that she must take her place as the rightful Queen of Wonderland."We become who we must to overcome pain and to make things right again."Needless to say, I thought that this book was a great continuation to the series. I haven't really read a lot of other reviews on the book, but then again, I really loved the first book in the Queen of Hearts saga, while a lot of others found it ind of slower paced and not what they were expecting.To be honest, I think that the first book did a good job of setting up the rest of the series. It didn't have as much action in it as some would have hoped, and there was a bit of a quiet lull in that book. The good news is, is that Blood of Wonderland seemed like it really picked up the pace and added quite a bit of new things (like an interesting twist that I never saw coming), and it really worked hard to create the perfect atmosphere and set up for the third book in the series.I love how some of the characters from the first book are also in this book, such as Cheshire.The book also has a new cast of characters, as well, so we have the chance to see some old faces and meet some new ones. I really liked Dinah's character a lot better in this book - she seemed like she was a bit less of a needy young girl and more in-charge. She definitely seemed like queen material in this book. She has developed so much from Queen of Hearts.The twist toward the end of the book between Dinah and one of the other characters was completely unexpected, and added quite a bit more depth to Dinah's story. I don't want to give any hints or spoil it, but I really think it tied into the story well and made it feel like things made a lot more sense.Of course, there's also a moment between Dinah and other one of the characters from the first book that is really heartbreaking, and I really felt sad over that moment.It wasn't the direction I was expecting that part of the book to go in, so I wasn't expecting it at all.If you're a fan of retellings, this is a great series to get into. The Queen of Hearts saga is way more like a behind the scenes kind of retelling, or even a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, because it tells the story of Dinah as a teenage girl. I truly think that Colleen Oakes has created a masterpiece with this series. The writing is genuinely captivating, the story is full of twists, turns, and exciting elements, and it's perfectly paced to make sure you can't put it down!Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review - thank you, HarperTeen!

  • Chester Dean
    2019-06-12 18:19

    Después de mucho tiempo por fin nos encontramos con la continuación de Reina de corazones, un retelling de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas centrado en los inicios de Dinah, la Reina de corazones mucho antes de ser considerada una villana. Si recordamos la reseña que escribí en Enero, el libro me gustó muchísimo y le dí cinco estrellas, realmente lo adoré. Y estaba muy emocionada de tener por fin entre mis manos la continuación, pero ahora les contaré por qué ésta segunda parte no logró una calificación tan buena como el primero.En ésta segunda parte, nos encontramos justo donde el primer libro acabó, con Dinah huyendo del reino y perdida en el Bosque Retorcido junto a su mortífero corcel. Y la veremos intentar sobrevivir en el bosque con todas esas criaturas fantásticas que lo habitan (como feroces Osos blancos gigantes).Es evidente que Dinah necesita ayuda, no sólo para sobrevivir, sino para llevar a cabo su venganza contra el Rey de Corazones, su padre al que tanto desprecia. Y esa ayuda llega cuando menos se lo espera y de quien menos se lo espera. No diré más porque no quiero hacer una reseña con spoilers. Sólo diré que aquí veremos a Dinah prepararse para exigir lo que es suyo por derecho: El trono del País de las Maravillas. En el primer libro, algo que me gustó mucho, fue leer sobre los inicios de un villano tan conocido como lo es la Reina de Corazones. Siempre he dicho que todos los villanos tienen un comienzo y una razón para ser malos, y estaba emocionada por saber cuál era la razón de éste personaje en particular. Y dan una idea bastante clara al inicio, y piensas que se desarrollará a partir de eso. Pero en ésta segunda parte, Dinah sigue sin ser mala, así que todavía no sabemos a ciencia cierta qué es lo que realmente corrompe a la Reina.¿Me gustó el libro? Sí, no lo voy a negar. Tiene mucha acción y siempre está sucediendo algo, la pobre Dinah sufre mil problemas y siempre está herida. Pero el problema, es que la autora quiso abarcar demasiado en muy pocas páginas. Siento que si le hubiera dado más seriedad a su escritura, podría tener un libro perfecto, pero todo lo resumió demasiado. O sea, la clase de preparación y alianza que muestran en el libro, es digna de tener más de 300 páginas. Pero muy de noche a la mañana las alianzas estaban listas y Dinah estaba entrenada... y no, simplemente no. Si van a escribir algo así que se tomen su tiempo, que lo escriban bien. Y es simplemente por ésto que sólo le dí tres estrellas, no pude considerarlo realmente una lectura seria. Ahora bien, en ésta segunda parte nos muestran a más personajes conocidos de los libros de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas, así que eso siempre es agradable (ir reconociendo personajes) al menos a mi eso me gustó mucho y me hizo la lectura un poco más disfrutable. La portada del libro es hermosa, es igual de brillosa que la primera pero ahora en color verde, muero por ver cómo será la imagen del tercer libro. Tienen unas ediciones muy bonitas. Y para finalizar la reseña, ¿lo recomiendo? Sí, claro que sí. Al final me gustó bastante, nada más me hubiera gustado que fuera elaborado con un poco más de contenido, pero de resto, se disfruta mucho. Ya quiero leer la tercera parte, espero no tarden tanto en publicarlo.

  • Nalle
    2019-06-10 10:16

    Simplemente ¡Wow! la evolución en Dinah es fascinante. La vemos transformarse de una niña asustada, tonta e ingenua a una guerrera sedienta de venganza, una reina en toda la extensión de la palabra. Este libro está lleno de secretos y misterios que se van revelando haciendo que literalmente te devores las páginas. Vemos las caras ocultas de muchos personajes importantes y las obvias referencias a Alicia en el país de las maravillas resultan emocionantes y muy bien adaptadas. Y el final, oh...un reencuentro que esperábamos con ansias y que no resultó como lo deseaba.

  • Rose
    2019-05-24 18:09

    I'm so legit excited for this book that I'm doing my own version of a happy dance. And it comes out the day before my 30th birthday, so you guys know I'll be picking this up to read at some point.Thank you, thank you NetGalley.

  • Anne Oftedahl
    2019-06-12 15:13

    That ending tho!

  • rachel • typed truths
    2019-06-06 16:29

    1.5 starsIn the future, when people ask me what I mean when I say a book suffers from Middle Book Syndrome, I’ll direct them to Blood of Wonderland. If there was ever a sequel which suffered from a complete lack of plotline, it is this one; not a single event that happened within this story did anything more than set up the finale. The entire plotline was a mess. The first 40% of this book is nothing more than Dinah wandering around the Twisted Woods with Morte (and later the Spade), occasionally meeting obstacles requiring a short-lived action scene to overcome. Dinah had no real purpose being in the woods in the first place, aside from waiting for Wardley to come and rescue her so watching her walk around aimlessly was dull. If there had been a destination for her to reach or a more defined end goal, I don’t think I would have been nearly as bored as I was, but it was infuriating waiting for something - really, anything - of significance to happen. It was even more disappointing that the author did not use this opportunity to further Dinah’s characterisation. I wanted Dinah to be forced to learn to survive by herself. She had no hunting skills so watching her have to figure how to life off the land would have been a great way to pass the time but the Spade’s arrival fixed this problem. Yawn!When the story did take a different direction, the plotline did not really pick up. I would have liked to explore Yureki culture a bit more than we did but all we got were repetitive training scenes that did nothing for me. These scenes were too unbelievable and illogical for me to invest my energy into. I didn’t see how forcing Dinah to fight against their fiercest warrior would really teach her the skills she needed to defend herself, and I certainly did not understand why the supposed ‘enemy’ would insist she learn to fight. Would it not be more reassuring for them if they knew she could literally not fight them? Anyway, I found the entire plotline of this book was nothing more than set-up for the third book and that pissed me off.I also had the same problems with the writing style and characterisation in Blood of Wonderland than I did Queen of Hearts: the writing is overly simplistic and quite juvenile, and the characterisation is lacking in general. I am just not a fan of Dinah. She is too bratty for me to truly care about her. I know that she grew up as a royal, but nothing excuses arrogance. The only characters I ever came to care about were Morte - who barely counts - and the Spade, who deserved way better! The one positive aspect of this book - which really stuck out to me - was the romance, or rather, the lack of it. I had doubts about Dinah and Wardley’s relationship in the first book, and struggled to understand their dynamics as a couple, but this book really settled that issue. While it may not please some readers, I thought Oakes approach to Dinah and Wardley’s relationship was realistic. It’s actually the first time I’ve seen an author take this direction before, and I kind of loved it. I honestly believe that it is the sort of thing that would happen more often in real life than the typical lovey-dovey nonsense we see in YA these days. I have to tip my hat off to Oakes for having the guts to actually make that canon. For those that have read this book: (view spoiler)[I’m obviously talking about Wardley’s confession: that he does not love Dinah in “that way”. Most authors write dramatic confessions of undying love so I liked that the author took the opposite direction and admitted that not all childhood crushes are requited. Dinah’s infatuation with Wardley was kind of creepy anyway, and I personally think Wardley and her do not suit one another. (hide spoiler)]Overall?Obviously, this sequel was a source of disappointment. This series did not start off very well but I had hopes that Blood of Wonderland would step it up… unfortunately, that was not the case. The plotline was messy and rather lacking. It was too busy building the scene for the third and final book to do much else. Bor-ing! I also had problems with the characters and writing style, although I was a fan of how the author tackled the romance. I have a practically no expectations for this series’ finale but I am hoping that it’ll be better than this book, at the very least.

  • Paul
    2019-06-06 10:09

    3.5 stars

  • Stacy Fetters
    2019-06-17 15:12

    "Her life was like nightfire- a place that once burned with bright hope, now nothing more than a flickering blackness, her suffering invisible to the naked eye."With the cover, I wasn't sure if we were reading about Wonderland or about to fight dragons in a Game Of Thrones novel. In life, there are a few rules we live by. 1. Don't be a dick2.Live your own life3. Don't fuck with a classic.This broke rule three and you should see the look of disgust on my face.Dinah is running for her life. The first book left you off on one hell of a cliffhanger. She was framed and she is fighting for her life. Hurting the one she loves and stealing Morte, now she is hurtling through the Twisted Woods. The King is not that far behind and he wants her gone for her betrayal. Dinah will not give up easily. What gets her through this fighting and fleeing is Wardley. She will finally win his heart and she will rule with him beside her. This is one of the slowest books to actually pick up and when it does, it was still a meh and that's it?I wanted the two big twists to actually knock me off my heels and I wasn't. It was different, but nothing that I would brag about.When it comes to Wonderland, you have to wow me and I wasn't even a little impressed with this one. The first one came out of nowhere and shocked me. This one... well, not so much. I will finish the series because I want to know how evil Dinah will become.Protect your necks everyone!!

  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    2019-06-14 15:24

    Have you ever read something and thought it should be at least a little boring, but it wasn't at all? Because there was a large chunk in the beginning, I think around 50+ pages, of Dinah wandering through the forest. And surprisingly it was so interesting! She finds a lot of interesting things, and some action happens and it completely worked. I was never bored the entire time I read this book. The pacing was perfect. The author managed to add little touches of weird plants and etc you might find in Wonderland. We get to meet more famous Wonderlanders and learn more of past characters. I definitely recommend this series based on both of these books. This book definitely did not suffer from second book syndrome and it was so good that I immediately started book 3.

  • Jesse Nicholas
    2019-05-20 18:20

    YES! YES! YES!I love this series so much. Dinah is in for a real rude awakening after this one. Want to know an origin of our favorite Wonderland villain, the Queen of Hearts? Then you need to pick up this series. Seriously.Full review to come.

  • Jessica Robbins
    2019-06-12 14:18

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  • Eustacia Tan
    2019-05-26 17:34

    So after reading Queen of Hearts, I was so excited to read The Wonder. I managed to get a NetGalley ARC, and for the first time, had it sent to my kindle account (thankfully there's an iPad app). This book was as good as I expected, and now that I've finished it - in one day I might add, I need MOAR.The Wonder continues where The Queen of Hearts left off. Fleeing from her father, The King of Hearts, Dinah goes into the Twisted Woods. Somehow or the other, she, she ends up at the Yurkei (sp?) camp, and the book ends when the next step is decided.While nothing much happened with regard to the whole "I'm being chased after my father who wants to kill me" thing, there were so many surprises. And much feels too.Top surprises:Chesire. Ah, I really want to tell you what's going on with Chesire, but I won't spoil the surprise. Just know that to me, this was the biggest plot twist in the entire book. And Chesire moved up a few ranks in my estimation.Wardley. I didn't really talk about Wardley in my previous review, but that was because his part was basically "love interest". I'm still very ambivalent about what I think about him, but after one plot twist (which to be honest, I guessed from the very start of the book), I don't think I like him that much anymore.Dinah. Dinah starts off as very spoiled, and she's still rather spoiled and demanding. But, she's learning to be a Queen, and it's interesting to see how she's struggling to control her temper. I'm not sure how she'll end up a villainess, but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.Special mention characters:Sir Gorrann. Cute grumpy old guy with a backstory. He's basically here for the "gruff outside, kind inside" role that is in so many many novels. He plays a fairly important part in the story.Mundoo. He's the chief of the Yurkei, and what I like about his character is that it's rather unconventional. He's not hostile, and he's not a wise old man. He's practical and can be vicious if need be. He definitely reminded me (if Dinah's journey through the Twisted Woods didn't), that Wonderland is not a happy place.I can't wait for Book 3! I desperately want to know what's going to happen next!Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review. The fangirling was entirely voluntary.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    2019-06-16 11:12

    Exiled, alone and on the run from her Murderous Father, Dinah is lost in the Forests of Wonderland. When word reaches Dinah that Vittiore sits by her Father's side as Queen, Dinah knows she must do the one thing she swore she'd never do, return to her Kingdom and reclaim her crown!What can I say except I loved this book. This series truly keeps getting better and better. Dinah's transformation from privileged, ill tempered heiress to exiled warrior woman was completely magical to witness. It also made me a little sad because I could see her becoming cold and we all know what happens after that. I know Dinah becoming The Queen of Hearts is inevitable but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to see it happen either. It's just so hard watching someone become so cruel through really no fault of her own.Another thing I really enjoyed about the sequel was seeing so much more of Wonderland. No longer locked into Dinah's Kingdom or its borders allowed us to visit places far and wide not only encompassing characters from the original book but also introducing us to places unseen but hinted at as existing. The history behind Wonderland is truly remarkable and no detail it seems was left unnoticed. In a way, this series is like a Where's Waldo of Wonderland. It's quite fun trying to figure out the whose who of each character we meet. Sometimes it is quite obvious but other times I really had to put my thinking cap on to remember whom the Author was referencing from the original tale. Lastly, I loved the twists near the end of the story. I always knew Cheshire was a manipulative bastard but seeing why really made me think twice about my feelings for him. I'm still not sold on him being good but his motivations are much clearer now. Final ThoughtsLike its predecessor, The Wonder was a fantastic and fast paced read. The writing again is superb and the characters and history of Wonderland compelling. As mentioned above, It was really great to see more of the characters from the original tale and to see how each of them played a part in Dinah's transformation. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this sequel and I highly recommend picking it up if you haven't already.With that being said, I'll be rating The Wonder by Colleen Oakes ★★★★★.Reviewed originally@ Blood,Sweat and Books *Review copy provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them.

  • Karen
    2019-05-30 14:32

    This is the story the Queen. It is so much darker than you imagine, and fantastic. This is a magical story about the Queen’s exile from her home. The King has killed her brother and placed her (fake) sister, Vittiore, on the thrown. Dinah is cast out and sets off in the twisted woods. She has few supplies and the king’s Hornhoov, named Morte. Morte is a magical horse-like creature: part beast, part horse, part warrior. She encounters much danger, and wondrous sights. She struggles to survive with little knowledge of survival outside of the palace walls. She laments over her memories of love left behind, and death. So much death. She encounters a traitorous spade that seeks to help her. Help her what? This Spade pushes her to a place she never thought she should end up.This book reveals Dinah coming into her own. By the end of the story, I barely recognize the girl from the beginning. She has been through so much and I have grown to love her and this world so much more. Dinah is this really cool character. She goes through so much in this story. Secrets are revealed here that rock her world to the core. I cannot imagine she would come out of this unscathed. This is where the queen finds her rage.What else can I say about this book that makes it clear that this is an excellent read? YA or not, this is a tale many will enjoy. I loved the details given about the twister woods, the palace, the characters, the animals, even the food. The author incorporates so much from the original story. This book offers stunning visuals, and an addicting story with which to propel the reader into the world. Wonderland is everything I hoped it would be. I could completely understand how Dinah would react to a girl like Alice from seeing her in this story. She is a woman scorned. She is a survivor and has earned her right to her way or no way. Following her tale I felt bad for her and wanted her to get her vengeance.I can only hope the sequel to this book comes out soon. I have to know what happens next.

  • Monica
    2019-06-02 10:26

    I liked this book much more than the first one! The first one was still good, but I had a lot of complaints about it. Mostly the characters were a little lackluster and the only truly fleshed out character, Dinah, was annoying. In this one I felt the characters had much more worth and were given more "screentime". I still found Dinah's ability to witness and put together clues and facts lacking. I also liked that this second book adventures beyond the palace. This author's rendering of Wonderland was very intriguing! She added quite a bit to the land and the flora, fauna and landscape that was mentioned was fascinating. As with the first book I really enjoyed the plot, this time even more, because events moved at a better pace and more seemed to happen. We are given a lot more information about the secret happenings of the kingdom. There were several plot twists I never saw coming, which is great. A truly great addition to the series and I can't wait for the third installment

  • MissBecka
    2019-05-29 16:34

    Whoa.That was even more vivid and exciting than the first book.Looking forward to seeing what Ms. Oakes has in store for the final book in the trilogy.

  • Jeeya Singh
    2019-05-19 10:13


  • Vitamina Lu
    2019-06-01 18:34

    Definitivamente me gusto muchisimo mas que el primero. Es un libro lleno de accion de secretos que se revelan de evolucion sobre todo en Dinah. No puedo esperar a ver como concluye esta trilogia. Sin duda este libro me gusto mucho mas que el primero, nunca me aburrio ni dejo de sorprenderne.