This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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.
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This story had a new twist on a great classic. It was whimsical and fun. The only cliche that somewhat tugged at my annoyance was the ever present good boy vs bad boy conflict for the teenage heroine. Overall it was enjoyable.
Excellent narration. Teen angst and raging hormones. Confusing plot due to lack of back story.
I'm a super fan of anything Alice in Wonderland related and I'm in love with this series. The author did an exceptional job of creating a new adventure with a herione with a surprising heritage. Great YA fiction to satisfy your imagination.
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
This book was okay, but the main character was such a meal and mild girl, that when she did do something extraordinary it was out of character. The voice of the reader I think was perfect for this mild manner little frumpy girl, but her stern side is laughable and leaves no impression.
I struggled to finish this. The protagonist is a helpless obnoxious girl, her suitors are ridiculous, and the love triangle theme came from the same boring formula from which all boring love triangle themes come; this theme is overdone, stale, and predictable, just like the story. I wanted to like this and I like the idea of a dark Alice in Wonderland, but this story bored me nearly to death whilst the character development made me puke a little in my mouth.
Fun Alice retelling
Hmm, it's kind of hard to compare it, because it's not quite a retelling, not quite a sequel, and there's a ton of creepy & gothic imagery.
Bad Cockney accent. Seriously, it's the worst. I really liked her other than that, though.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say I had any extreme reactions to it. There were a couple of things that made me roll my eyes pretty hard. "Son of a bug"? Jesus, that's horrible. Also the love triangle was silly
I really did enjoy it, overall. Even found myself telling friends about the creepy reimagined versions of the characters! I'll definitely be getting the rest of the series.
Just listened to this story again. It has been a while since I listened for the first time. Easy to listen to the narrator and follow the story.
This is a fun one
While its is the point of the book, the controlling way that Jeb treats Alyssa is abusive and seriously made me want to punch him. That he magically stopped being abusive when Alyssa grew a backbone was rather unbelievable.
Much of the imagery is derivative. Names and descriptions clearly referenced works by other authors and artists, leaving the feeling that the author wandered around Hot Topic to gain descriptions rather than try to make up anything original.
That being said, the writing and narrative are solid, and Morpheus is a delightful character. Alyssa's character blossoming is enjoyable, it just right a little hollow with her relationship with Jeb.
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