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Publisher's Summary

"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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Amazing sequel

All the things that made book 1 so amazing are still here and I'm very excited for book 3! The "caterpillar" cracked me up and I loved the couple new faces as well as all the old.

My *only* criticism is I wish they had kept it as only Jeanette as the narrator. She was amazing, of course, and she does most of the book, thankfully! But the other two... oi. I really struggled to like the male narrators, they eventually grew on me but every time it was their chapter I found myself missing Jeanette.
Jeanette's performance is an easy 5 but the others were, at best, a 3. So I averaged it at 4.

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me like it alot

great continuation of the story with cool representation, wish I could travel all over the world free of charge lol

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I loved it

The Chapter were little off but a great story nonetheless. The 3rd book comes out next year. guess I'll be patiently waiting!

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Solid

A good follow up to A Blade So cursed. Excited to read the third book.

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Yep. I still like this series.

I continue to enjoy fantasy/sci-fy with different cultural identities within the narrative.

Alice's mom seems exactly like my mom. That was a hoot!

More, please!

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Book 3 Please!

This was a great spin on Alice-in-Wonderland. The detail that was described was awesome. I could see every image dancing in my head. I am so ready for a 3rd book.

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Where's book #3!?!?!

I hope book #3 isn't far behind- I do not like loose ends. Please hurry up.

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If Sailor Moon Fell Into Wonderland...

This is the story you would get - and boy it does not disappoint. It’s modern without feeling cliche and fun without being heavy, despite the very real issues it discusses. A Dream So Dark concludes in a way that leaves one desperately waiting for another book, and another chance to explore Wonderland in full. I love this book, and enjoyed the narration as well!

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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.