Reading Riot: Queens of Hearts

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Well, we made it through another Valentine’s Day! Did the thought of another mushy, gushy holiday make your eyes roll? Let’s show our collective relief with books that celebrate anti-hearts day.

There’s a recent trend in books about evil, heartless queens in Wonderland. Not all are necessarily wicked… just misunderstood. Here are some recommendations that will satisfy your craving for an un-Valentine bash.

Book cover Heartless black and red vines

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This tale takes place in Wonderland long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole. Catherine, a talented baker, would rather open a pastry shop and marry for love than accept the king’s marriage proposal, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester. Cath is determined to choose her own path and she and Jest enter into a secret courtship. But in this land of magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

This is not your typical Wonderland. In this dark kingdom, an enchanting stranger arrives at the palace and Princess Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. She must stay one step ahead of her enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Blood of Wonderland (Book 2 of the Queen of Hearts series) by Colleen Oakes

Dinah is framed for murder and exiled from Wonderland. Hiding out in Twisted Wood, she chances upon more allies that she could have hoped for and a revolution is on the rise.

Not in Wonderland anymore…

These stories feature queens vying for power over their realms in other fantastic worlds.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

A set of triplets is heir to the crown. But to earn the royal position, each sister has to fight for it. On the night they turn 16, the battle begins.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Elli was chosen to succeed the queen but when her time comes to take over, the powerful magic that comes with the role eludes her. She is banished to the outlands where she joins an army to take back her throne.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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