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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I liked the twisted look on a classic tale. It was fun.
I don't know, how everything became a twist.
I was creeped out by some of the scenes as it was not what I was used to.
What a beautifully dark world Howard has created! Alyssa's adventures are truly wonderful, and I enjoyed going on them with her. My only complaint is the relationship between Alyssa and Jeb. It is obvious they both care for one another, so what is the problem? It's seems like a plot ploy used by the author to create romantic tension that doesn't exist on it's own, and it unfortunately detracts from an otherwise captivating story. Still, I relished my time in this Wonderland and look forward to visiting again.
2 words:AMAZING STORY. I love the narrator and the story line.my favorite character has to be morphisis (sorry for the spelling😿)he is mysterious yet he is a jerk.but whatever,he is still cool!
I loved this book can't wait to start the next book. It's funny and full of twists and love. It's a wonderful take on a classic story. If you like or love Alice in wonderland you will enjoy this book too!
I have always like the Alice in Wonderland story & enjoy reading/watching the different renditions of it. This was a very dark & and unusual take on the tale. I wasn't sure I would like it at first - the beginning is definitely a bit slow. But once the story got going, I found myself bummed each time I had to stop. I also like that it ended with hints of further adventures without leaving you on a total cliffhanger.
The narrator did a decent job with the voicing, which is usually one of my biggest qualms with audio books and why I don't often listen to them.
I actually would have like to have a hard copy of this book to go back and reference and re-read parts of it - there is so much description of Underland that I felt would have been more immersing if I had the actual words in front of me.
But overall, I think this was an enjoyable, if weird, take on Alice and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the unconventional.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Oh wow! I new I was to expect great things but I'm absolutely and irrevocably in love!! I love the gothic feel to the story, the twist on Lewis Carroll's original story. The characters are great and complex, and even if I thought I was guessing the direction the story was going, which I was, I was still surprised by a lot of things.
I also adored that even if the story has room for a sequel and even a trilogy I guess, everything was wrapped up nicely. It could even be read as a standalone, although I can't wait to get back to this world ASAP!
My only complaint is that I didn't appreciate Jeb and Morpheus trying to control Aly's life as they did. She was perfectly capable of handling herself.
Finally, Rebecca Gibel did and excellent job with the narration. Really top notch pacing, voices and accents (in Morpheus case). Every character had its own personality!
Must read for Alice fans!
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