War of the Cards, by Colleen Oakes

The time to fight has come. After losing her mother and brother, enduring life-altering shocks about her father, being rejected by the one she loves the most, Dinah’s dark heart is hard and ready for battle. Joined by an army of those who were once outcasts or enemies, the Rebel Queen marches through Wonderland back toward the castle, where the King of Hearts awaits. But winning the War of the Cards and reclaiming her rightful seat on the throne of Wonderland is just the beginning.

This final installment in the Queen of Hearts saga is, to me, the darkest and saddest. My heart breaks for Dinah. More than her desire to be queen is her desire for love and acceptance. She goes too far–lashing out through blind pain and fury and irreparably damaging the one person who she loves the most. Forced to face the consequences, Colleen Oakes shows Dinah’s journey of repentance, her attempts to make things, if not right, at least better, and, ultimately, her growth to a young woman who sees the value in reaching out for help when she needs it. An excellent ending to the saga.

One thought on “War of the Cards, by Colleen Oakes

  1. Hey Girl,

    I LOVE your reviews, but it occurred to me perhaps something more…optimistic and less heartbreaking would be good for the soul when it’s weary and you are feeling blue. My book club, for the first time ever, just read something “light;” The Southern Book CLub’s Guide to Slaying A Vampire.

    A few of us are a wee bit weary ourselves…of our “leader” choosing books always meant to educate us, make us better people, etc. When I began reading this selection, which one of the women bravely insisted upon, but our leader said she wouldn’t read, I laughed my ass off. It was us! At any rate, the book is light, yes, but I found I meted out pages so that it wouldn’t end too soon. I love when that happens.

    I am thinking of you and, as always, hope you are thriving and happy. These are such strange times, so isolating. But I have to say this “thing” has given me the perfect out not to spend time with people I don’t really like. Now I am worried how I will be able to maintain that distance once we reach herd immunity. That stresses me out. I hate the idea of hurting anyone’s feelings and that ends up shooting me in the foot…A LOT. Funny, so many people don’t seem to have the same aversion to hurting my feelings as I do…for them.

    Anyway, let me know if there is anything I can do to cheer you up. I’m around.

    Love, Pam

    On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 1:18 AM The Girl with Book Lungs wrote:

    > jennaczaplewski posted: ” The time to fight has come. After losing her > mother and brother, enduring life-altering shocks about her father, being > rejected by the one she loves the most, Dinah’s dark heart is hard and > ready for battle. Joined by an army of those who were once o” >

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