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A Dream So Dark

The Nightmare-Verse, Book 2
Series: The Nightmare-Verse, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, A Blade So Black is the fantasy book I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified." (Angie Thomas, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Hate U Give)

In L. L. McKinney's A Dream So Dark, the thrilling sequel to A Blade So Black, Alice goes deeper into a dark version of Wonderland.

Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates), Alice must abandon her friends to complete her mission: find The Heart and prevent the Red Lady's rise. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes - Wonderland is trying to save her.

There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power - and Alice's budding abilities - as their own. 

Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope of defeating this mystery poet’s magic, Alice must confront the worst in herself, in the people she loves, and in the very nature of fear itself.

An Imprint Book  

"Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... a delectable urban twist on beloved fairy tales." (Entertainment Weekly)

"A dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kickass heroine." (Bustle)

©2019 L.L. McKinney (P)2019 Macmillan Young Listeners

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I want more!

loved this book and looking forward to the next one. I wasn't thrilled with the new narrator (the first one is awesome) but it didn't take away from the book.

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Twisty-turny goodness

The worst part was trying to be a grown up instead of dropping everything to read the whole thing at once. Lots of new characters, lots of new info about the original cast, lots of pop culture references, lots of chuckles.

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Even more in love with this series!

What a great part 2! I’ve got so many theories about what’s going to happen next that I’m gonna be stressed waiting on the third book! I love that this fantasy story is from the perspective of a black American girl. Her reactions and phrases are so funny and real! My favorite moment: Alice being the in middle of wonderland and saying the term “Deadass”