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To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.

Alice thought she'd turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she'd been bonkers to dream.

Hatter's reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar's mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.

Sometimes love is mad.

©2017 Clockpunk Press (P)2017 Clockpunk Press

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this book is a masterpiece in itself

Retelling the classic Alice in Wonderland for adults and with a steampunk vibe, this book is a masterpiece in itself, and I have no shame in saying that I enjoyed it a lot more than the original. This Alice is older, probably in her twenties, and has a younger sister with fragile health, who is in love with Henry the hatter. The Caterpillar here is called William and is someone very important to Alice. He needs to complete a job for the Queen of Hearts, and Alice, despite having left behind her life as a petty thief, will join forces with William in order to save him and also maybe save her soul.

It could be due to how famous Alice in Wonderland has become, that I felt a bit underwhelmed when I read it, but this did not happen with Curiouser and Curiouser. I found it compelling from the very beginning, with interesting characters and amazing events. The book doesn't follow the same storyline as the original, it's more like a shuffle and mix, but it felt quite exquisite. There are some flashbacks to Alice's past, which gives us some background about her. These flashbacks appear alternating with the main story, creating a complex and rich weave that makes for a really polished book.

I expected the steampunk to be my favorite aspect of the book, but I think what I liked best was how dark this story is. If Alice in Wonderland is a children's book, this is quite the opposite. The first scene where we see the Queen of Hearts was an impressive one, and I don't consider myself easily impressed by horror in books, but it was so vivid, so dark, and so unexpected, that I felt touched by it. I could almost smell the stench and feel the horror Alice felt.

And if all that was not enough, the book is beautifully written, with rich and elaborate prose, characters who feel real, and Alice... Alice is simply charming. There is also love in this book, but not the sappy one that we see in many romance books. This one is real, painful, and deep; and it complements the story perfectly.

Lesley Parkin's narration was perfect for this story. She delivered great characters' interpretations and transmitted their emotions in a powerful way. I was able to recognize every character and follow conversations without any issues. I just notice once or twice that a small part of the narration sounded like the last character talking, but it was barely noticeable.

I would recommend this book to everybody: whether they enjoyed or not the original book, and whether they are or not into steampunk. It's simply a very well told story with some powerful scenes.

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Fantastically Fun!!!

I really enjoyed this Audiobook. I honestly binge listened to it and finished it very quickly. I loved all of the Alice in Wonderland references. The characters were extremely likeable and Lesley Parkin did a superb job at bringing the characters and story to life. I look forward to for from this Author and narrator.

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Absolutely Loved It!

Alice thought she'd left the seedy underworld of crime behind, but she can't forget the skills she learned on the streets. An orphan with quick fingers and quick wits, she made her living lifting valuables with Caterpillar by her side. When he asks for her help with a difficult theft, Alice has no choice but to accept.

This was my first steampunk story, and I absolutely loved it! The author brought Victorian England to life with her beautiful descriptions, and imagined a world where carriages are drawn by clockwork horses and airships fly the skies. The story had a bit of everything, and it all worked. I guess you could call it a steampunk fairy tale retelling with a bit of romance, heist, and the occult! It's a clean read with a few dark descriptions, I'd recommend it for teens or adults.

This was an imaginative retelling with sly references to the original, like the twist on the theft of the Queen's tarts. There were nods to the original Alice in Wonderland in the dialogue and the characters, but in a brand new setting. I usually pick up books for the characters alone, but the author really nailed the plot, setting, writing, and the characters. Alice was the perfect heroine, strong, smart, and skilled. I really hope a sequel is in the works!

The narration was just perfect. Lesley Parkin's performance was wonderful, her voice for Alice was exactly like I imagined. Her accent made the entire listen a pleasure. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • 10-26-17

Great Steampunk Fairy Tale!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really liked this alternative, steampunk-take on the Alice in Wonderland story. I especially liked that Alice was an adult and it was more like the characters from the original tale are nicknames. This was definitely a much darker tale and doesn't really follow the original story. It's not the feel-good fairy tale you expect with you think of Alice in Wonderland. It's set in the London underworld of the 19th century. The author does a brilliant job of paying homage to the original Lewis Carroll tale, and the narrator has a brilliant South London accent. I think this one is definitely worth a credit.

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Great Steampunk Twist On Alice In Wonderland!!!

First I want to start off by saying I was given a copy of this audio book by the author at my request and am voluntarily leaving this review with my true and honest opinion.
Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite story's and have come to enjoy the different retellings. Curiouser and Curiouser is no different I have fallen in love. In this steampunk version we are in London's criminal underbelly. That's all you'll get out me because I don't want to ruin this amazing book so pick up your copy today.

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Whole New Alice!

I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories and i adore retellings of it. This brings a whole new twist.
This is set in London with all sorts of new things, in a steam punk era. I love how each character is a person with the nicknames of the original characters. Alice is in love/hate with William (the Caterpillar) I usually find I can multitask while listening to a book but I couldn't with this one because if you don't pay attention to everything you will be lost in a matter of moments!
This was a quick paced retelling and only took me a day to finish it. I love how Melanie also brought in some great quotes from the original story-line.
The Red Queen was probably my favorite retelling part in this whole story. This I never expected and as a lover of horror stories and lore, I LOVED this twist!! I never saw it coming and brings a whole new meaning to The Red Queen/The Queen of Hearts! She may have been evil but she was my favorite character in the book because of how shockingly wonderful this was for the story. I can't wait to read more of Melanie's stories.
As for the reader, Lesley, I loved her esp for this retelling! Her accent really brought the story to life and her pace was perfect!
I was given this free review copy Audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review with my honest opinion.

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Great!

Wonderful, imaginative story with fantastic narration!!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Alice in the Underland!

This story is fantastic! I loved the way Melanie interjected so many of the sayings and characters from one of my favorite stories! Very clever.

Alice, who has fallen on hard times and exists in London's underworld of thieves and opium dens, is in her 20s and is still in love with Caterpillar (AKA William). He's in a scrape and the two are thrown together again in a heist, set in the famous Crystal Palace. What happens? You'll have to listen for yourself.

Lesley Parkin, the narrator, is outstanding! She has a wonderful mix of character voices and draws the listener into the book. I have listened to other books performed by Lesley and love her voice. She paces the story well and has a great tone to her voice, which is easy to listen to.

An all around must listen! I can't wait to hear other books in the series.

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Not my favorite by Melanie Karsak

I really enjoyed the Chancellor Fairy Tales, and Beauty and Beastly, so was happy to listen to another book by the same author. I really didn't care for this story - it was retold in a similar fashion as the other fairy tales, but I didn't care for the crime world that it was written as. I would still listen to another book by the same author though because I have enjoyed her other stories. The narrator was good, although I did find the narration a bit slow. I typically don't listen to things sped up, but preferred this at a faster speed because it sounded normal.

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Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Romance Adventure

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I really enjoyed this version of the Alice and Wonderland fairytale, with Alice escaping her life of crime just to be brought back in. All the characters from the original story were involved in the story in some way or another, but as humans. And there were tons of fun references to all the other Wonderland elements which made it fun to find the subtle clues. The world was fun with all kinds of steampunk gadgets, transportations and even a mechanical grinning cat- as well as some terrifying human alterations as well.

The one thing I was not a fan of was the memory flashbacks. The story was already very quick (about 5 hours listening) and half the story was memories that Alice had of previous capers or romantic moments that helped to fill in her past but did not move the story forward in my opinion. I am personally not a big fan of flashbacks anyway, and at least half the book was flashbacks, whereas the current storyline took place over a day or two. I wanted more of the present and less of the past.

The narrator did a good job, she gave Alice personality and made her personable, I liked her and rooted for her. She did a pretty good job for other character voices as well, but her Alice was the best. Keep in mind that I listened to the book at 1.8x speed which was perfect for this read.

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  • Lolah
  • 02-09-18

An excellent narrator brings a real sparkle to this diamond of a book

This intriguing new steampunk twist on Alice in Wonderland made for very interesting reading and listening. I won't go into the story itself as you can get the outline above and I don't want to give any spoilers, but what I found most fun was seeing the ways that the author has woven the characters, locations, events, and even some phrases ("the difference between a raven and a writing desk" for example) from the original book into a whole new story. This is an excellent story, well-written and with lively characters, and that means that it's ideal for all new readers and listeners in its own right - the added original Wonderland elements are just the icing on the cake.
The audiobook of the story brought a whole new dimension to it. Narrated by Lesley Parkin, it really brings the story to life and draws you into the steampunk London world of the story (thank you for using an author with a British (London) accent rather than a US one - it really grounded the story!) keeping you hooked from beginning to end. Lesley is an excellent storyteller, giving individual life to the characters and flair to the story that gave a real sparkle to this diamond of a book. Highly recommended to all fairytale retelling lovers, and anyone who enjoys a bit of madcap adventure in a steampunk world. Can't wait for more!
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book and audiobook, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

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  • inga
  • 12-16-20

Make sure you can separate yourself from the original, it’s definitely different!

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review.

This is the most curious tale! I’m pretty happy to of stumbled across this opportunity. I love Alice in Wonderland so I can’t say this matches up but it’s certainly an interesting retelling. I find it interesting that Alice was in a life of crime as I’m sure it’s not a retelling I’ve seen before nor have I personally read a one with Alice and the Caterpillar which definitely makes for an interesting plot. I’d probably suggest this to anyone who isn’t a diehard fan of the book or can separate themselves at least from the original tale. I would like to read more books by the author.

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  • Roger P.
  • 11-26-20

Great story

I love it when someone can successfully retell a childhood classic to match my adult likes. It gives you two versions of a story to hold onto that lasts you all your life. I love this author and she didn't disappoint with this one. I was a little worried at first because it is darker but it turned out great. Id recommend this to anyone.

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  • SarahReadsALot
  • 04-30-20

Good story

I enjoyed this steampunk version of Allison wonderland. It was a fast paced story with everything you need for a great story- friends, love story, and some crazy villains.

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  • JLPG
  • 04-28-20

Original and Unique

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorites. I loved how the author blends this steampunk world into a very interesting and unique story.

The narration is really good, and I loved listening to this on Audible as it gives a real flare to the already fascinating spin to this classically weird tale.

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  • Layla
  • 11-07-17

Darker version of Alice in Wonderland variation

I liked this version of Alice in Wonderland. I loved how the author mixed a fairy tale with steampunk. I thought it was intersesting and different. It might not be to everyone's taste but I really liked it.

The narrator I thought did not suit this story. I didn't like the cockney accent she did for Alice's character, I felt it was stiff and not fluid at times. I found she did the Queen of hearts really well and some of the other characters as well but because Alice is the main character it put me off. She is not bad but I don't think she is ideal for this book. I noticed the other reviewers liked her, so it could be just me.

I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • alison norman
  • 03-09-20

Loved my 1st ever audio book

I absolutely loved this story and the narration was perfect. I always loved the traditional Alice in wonderland so this was a treat to hear a different version 😍❤