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.
©2013 Anita Howard (P)2013 AudioGO
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.
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!
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