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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.

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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

GREAT BOOK for all teens

I am 18 years old and struggle to find clean books. Most books for teens my age are too graphic. I do not care at all about violence. It has never bothered me. What bothers me is all the sex in books now. This book has good, clean, romance. It is not suggestive at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a great plot and story line. I will actually buy this book for myself!

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age 12+
This is a truly beautifully written back story to the Queen of Hearts that teens and adults can enjoy. The love story in here is very well done. I cried as I read parts of the book. I highly recommend this book,

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Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (46):

With equal parts doomed-to-fail romance and the reimagined magic of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, this Queen of Hearts origin story satisfies but doesn't dig too deep. Or at least not as deep as expected after author Marissa Meyer's fantastic villain story Fairest. In that book, Meyer really gets to the core of why Queen Levana from her Lunar Chronicles series is so flawed, manipulative, and all-around terrible, and she gets readers to feel for Levana just enough. In Heartless, Meyer spends more time entertaining us with her take on Carroll's world, and the tension doesn't build as smoothly.

That said, the way this story entertains will make readers grin like the Cheshire Cat. The tea party scene, the description of Hatta's wild hats, and the turtle-and-lobster dance are all big fun ... so much fun you almost forget where the story is all headed -- or not headed. (Sorry.)

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