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King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story

Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4
Narrated by: L. A. Johnson
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Crimson, the bloodthirsty, sadistic King of Hearts, is a villain. Or at least he’s supposed to be. That’s just how things work in Wonderland, a strange, fanciful place filled with heroes and villains who always seem to be at odds. 

Crim is in a very dark place after the hero Alister Kingsley wins the Wonderland joust and marries Madeline Hatter. He should have known better than to hope for true love since villains don’t get "happy endings".

But there’s something fishy afoot. Even though Crim loves Madeline, he can’t stop thinking about his Cheshire Cat slave, Katrina, who remains trapped in an enchanted sleep. Only true love’s kiss can break a sleeping curse, and Crim has tried that already. Don’t get him wrong. He doesn’t love Katrina. He just misses her delicious raspberry tarts terribly and will stop at nothing until she can bake them for him again.

Like sharks smelling blood in the water, Crim’s enemies make their move when the King of Hearts shows a moment of weakness caused by his recent defeat at Alister’s hands and his inability to break Katrina’s curse. The Queen of Hearts and Crim’s birthmother, Cordelia, has two powerful allies in her arsenal: the Other Artist, Alice, and the Sorcerer Maleficent. 

Crim later discovers that the saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is true when the Cheshire Cat People decide to join Crim in retaking the Red Kingdom from the clutches of Alice’s army, which is made up of vicious Dark Fairies and human-sized insects. 

Can a villain become the hero Wonderland needs before it’s too late, or will Wonderland be plunged into an eternal darkness forever?  

©2018 KuroKoneko Kamen (P)2019 KuroKoneko Kamen

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We return to wonderland to catch up with the King of Hearts, Crimson, who has been manipulated by his wicked mother resulting in him being unable to remember his feelings for Cheshire Cat slave, Katrina, who has been placed in an enchanted sleep by Sorcerer Maleficent. The evil enchantress wants to rule again and has initiated a wicked plan for it to be forever night, allowing her daughter’s army of underworld warriors to take over. I totally love the world created by KuroKoneko Kamen and have started investigating her other titles. She has an amazing imagination and her stories are so detailed and descriptive that its difficult not to imagine everything in glorious technicolour. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This book was ok but I got confused a lot of the times as I haven’t read any of the other books but stuck with it and enjoyed It

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  • MeDi
  • 14-06-19

King of Hearts

I love the re-imagined story which is something new to me. The stories of characters you heard about growing up can be heartbreaking but I’ve loved the journey and the endings so far

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  • H. Bane
  • 30-10-19

Enjoyed

I enjoyed listening to this story. I love the genderbent spin on the fairytale. The narrator did a great job on the reading of the story and character voices. The author did a great job on the story and characters. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and recommend reading.

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  • Tjhill
  • 20-10-19

Fun version of this fairytale.

This story has really a lot of twists and turns and a new spin on this fairytale. It's worth listening to, it pulls you right in and makes you keep listening until the end. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer 🎧

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  • tmsmith
  • 17-10-19

Enjoyable Tale!

King of Hearts was a completely enjoyable tale. As with all the stories in the Generbent series, there were a lot of twists and turns. L. A. Johnson just gets better with his narration with each book. Kamen picked a great narrator! I would recommend reading book 3 prior to this one, only because there is overlapping characters and story. While the author does a great job providing the backstory, I think it is much richer reading them consecutively.

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  • Sue C
  • 28-09-19

Entertaining

I'm loving this series, they are a clever twist on the usual fairy tales.
○ King of Hearts is a fast paced, action packed adventure where the villain gets to be the hero.
○ L.A. Johnson does a great job bringing all the characters to life and has carried them consistently across multiple books.
Overall another thoroughly enjoyable listen that I wlll be happy to re-listen to again.

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  • JKS
  • 27-09-19

Wow! Absolutely amazing!

This is not your children's fairy tale. If you loved Alister in Wonderland, which I recommend, you'll love King of Hearts. This is Crimson's story. You get to see The King of Hearts in an entirely new way. And I must say my opinion of Crim changed by the end. This is a wonderful fast paced story that had me engaged to the very end and I recommend it.
Narrator L.A. Johnson does a fabulous job and I look forward to listening to him again.

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  • Shannon G
  • 30-07-19

An Awesome Extension

This comes after Alister in Wonderland. This story is about Crimson the King of Hearts. He was the villain in Alister in Wonderland but is he all bad? This is his story and it's wonderful. The characters are as fun to get to know as KuroKoneko Kamen's other genderbent stories. It's fun to listen to with action, adventure, mystery, suspense and plenty of humor. You don't have to listen to Alister in Wonderland to follow this one but it'll help if you do. The narration by LA Johnson is superbly done as with the other books. He really brings the story to life by giving all the characters their own voices and emotions. He's a very talented narrator and I can't imagine anyone else telling these stories. If you enjoy genderbent stories then you should check this one and the other out. They are very well written and produced. Another awesome and entertaining collaboration!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Trisha
  • 18-07-19

Great book

I loved getting to continue the tales of Wonderland in this genderbent adventure. The story kept me wondering what would happen next!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge

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  • Gabrielle
  • 11-07-19

King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story

This is a fun and interesting story of an adventure in Wonderland. Most people will recognize many of the characters and references in this book. The characters are familiar but with a twist. I enjoyed seeing this adventure play out. The story is full of strong characters and a good plot that grabs your attention and keeps it until the very end. Crim and Katrina are good together and I enjoyed seeing the two find their way to each other as they help fight the Queen of Hearts in a battle for Wonderland. I really liked seeing the growth of Crim throughout his ordeals. He learns a lot and he becomes the man he was meant to be. It was nice to see the camaraderie that grows between all the characters. The story moves along at a good pace and the author does a wonderful job of taking you down the rabbit hole. Narrator L. A. Johnson does a good job of breathing life into the characters and had me quickly engulfed in the story right from the start.

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 21-06-19

Fantastic, fast-moving spin on a classic!

King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story, Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4 by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is another fantastic modern day take on some elements of older fairytales. I highly recommend if you are like me and are not a fan of old school fairytales or enjoy an adult, modern twist to them.

What to expect: the summary does an excellent job but for those who need just a tad bit more- magic, energy shields, humor, enchanted forest, dragon, jabberwocky, tweedledee and tweedledum, weapons, death, Cheshire cat girl and cat people, relationships difficulties, control collars, curses, painting items that come to life, and so much more. I’ll leave it at this as I don't want to give away spoilers. Trust me when I say it is worth listening. It will keep you engaged and you’ll never quite know what path the author is going to take you down.

The narrator, L. A. Johnson, was pleasant. I thought this narration was smoother than the previous book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this is a book for adults and adults who can handle things like not so good characters, occasional swearing, death, slavery, strained relationships, and like things.