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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Rebecca Gibel gives life to characters with clear and balanced voices.
Alice in Wonderland has been done many times, in film and in book but well done here. Looking at a prospective from someone other then Alice. Life changes people yet it always has a trickle down effect. Here the tail surrounds the youngest of Alice's kin trying to fix what Alice herself damaged. While finding her self and breaking the family's curse. Yes it is written for the "Tweens" but a captivating story none the less. Mostly well built characters keep the story from stalling out and loosing the internets of older readers.
\m/ Austin, TX
Yes, great YA book. I have the series in print and audible. I love that it's a slightly morbid, but beautiful retelling. The vocabulary is simple (- .5 from story score), making this an easy read. Pay attention to the many connections to Lewis Carroll's version and the connections to other retelling.
Her voice was perfect for Alyssa, but not so much for Morpheus or Jeb. The male voices sound closer to Jennifer Lawrence's voice(- .5 from the overall score); however, Gibel's performance for each character more than makes up for it. I will defiantly listen to her again.
I really love the story, it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm a big Alice in Wonderland fan and I love how it had aspects of that yet it totally went its own way. cannot wait to listen to the next two. I am a security guard and I listen to these while doing Patrols..makes the night go much faster. I think the narrator did a great job considering how many different voices she had to do and how well she did them. I enjoyed it.
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.
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