by A.G. Howard
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: 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
Mini Book Review: I never understood the appeal for Alice when I was growing up, so even-though the cover hooked me in, I was reluctant to read this one. Glad I didn't just give this one away. Absolutely fabulous, unique, dark, creepy and her talent with words, mood and setting are positively awe inspiring. The story dragged a wee bit but not horribly so. Also, there is a love triangle (though I totally can see why she is attracted to both of the boys - yummy - I know ick ick kinda cougarish) which kinda irritates me but hey I am not the intended audience as I am old. Once again I want to mention the cover as it is truly perfect for the book (my copy even has the cover and chapter for the next book) This is a truly unique and imaginative take on the Wonderland tale. I am looking forward to what happens in the next, and hopefully only book, in the series (I am really tiring of trilogies because in most cases, the 2nd book is usually just lame filler.
"We turn to find Morpheus standing there with enough rage in his black eyes to send the Devil packing for heaven."
"It's okay that you have a little bad inside. So do I."
You know, you should never trust a woman with green skin. Just ask any man who's had a hangover from absinthe."
"Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible."
I picked up a copy of this at Book Expo America 2013 based on the fabulous cover