Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: January 1st 2013
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
I’ve got such a thing for retellings, especially ones that aren’t completely, totally over done. I don’t think I’ve been able to really find an Alice in Wonderland retelling that didn’t sound too weird, or just incredibly boring, but this one was the perfect in between for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was totally weird as hell, but in the best way possible.
This book kind of reminded me of if a book took a trip into Hot Topic and absorbed everything in the store, mainly the Alice in Wonderland merch, and then fell down a rabbit hole. It reminded me a lot of myself in 8th grade, I mean what a time amiright?, and I just wish I had found this book back then. I think 8th grade me would have been obsessed, and it probably would have made me feel better about being kind of strange honestly.
Oh, and these characters?
Well, actually, lets edit that statement. I love every character aside from *cough* Jeb *cough*. I know that I have a history of not liking characters because I don’t like the vibes I get, or they’re simply annoying, but I actually have reasons this time, you guys, isn’t that exciting?
I hate how damn controlling he is, and how he tries to make every single decision for her. I’ll never stop hating characters like that, and I’m sorry, but Jeb is like that. I’m really hoping in the next book he’ll learn to let her make her own choices since he seemed to start going down that path in this one.
But can we talk about Morpheus for a second? That dude is literally a Hot Topic obsessed person’s dream guy. I couldn’t really decide who I pictured him as though.. Not Ben Barnes, he’s too pretty I think.. Just think if a guy stepped out of a Hot Topic dream. There ya go.
Aside from Jeb being too possessive, I think that the only other thing that really caused me to tick would be the focus on her virginity. I just don’t see the.. point? I mean, there was zero mention of literally anyone else’s virginity, so why exactly are we so focused on hers?
But anyways, I will definitely be reading the next one in this series as soon as my school schedule allows!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!