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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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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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  • 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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  • Claire
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  • 10-01-17

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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Standout Steampunk Wonderland

Beautiful! Wonderful! Exquisite! Well, maybe not for this offering. Dark, nefarious deeds. Blood, guts and gore in a Victorian England setting. This story is amazing in its unexpected use of the character stylizing first created by Lewis Carroll in his offering of Alice and the denizens of Wonderland.
Our author, Melanie Karsak has taken Alice to new heights, or should that be depths as she spins a truly amazing tale of young Alice Lewis as she attempts to keep on the straight and narrow and not sink into the underworld depths as the Bandersnatch. That’s just one example of where Melanie has taken her characters in this incarnation. Curiouser and Curiouser will keep the reader or listener captivated with Alice’s adventure in this steampunk fairy tale.
Our reader for the Audible version of the book is an English lady by the name of Leslie Parkin. Her pleasing voice with the lovely British accent ties this tale to England as firmly as the locality references in the story line.
I will rate this book, story and reader a hearty well done and award a full five stars for the unexpected turn of events. Indeed things are curiouser and curiouser.

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Incredible, incredible narration!

Incredible read! My third read from author Melanie Karsak and the second of her Steampunk Fairy Tales. Although I own several of her books I’d yet to read one until recently and I have to say reading this book was my pleasure. Fun take on the classic fairy-tale.Exquisite detail, well-developed characters & setting. Although not particularly long the story & the book reads longer as it’s so well written. as good as her first two books were this one was incredibly better and the author has created a story that you will not want to put down. Since I own both the Kindle and the Audible versions I was able to follow along while the incredible narrator read to me. I’ll be reading more from this author.

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Another Excellent Novel by Karsak!

Curiouser and Curiouser is yet another hit from Melaine Karsak, one of my favorite authors. In this she takes the story of Alice in Wonderland and turns it on its head, adding something altogether new to a story very familiar with retellings.

Most readers are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, and it’s tale of whimsy. It’s off the charts strange at times, and full of characters that fit the definition of unique. Curiouser and Curiouser actually turn that tale of fantasy into something a bit more contemporary. Instead of journeying into a dream world we are treated to a story that stays in Victorian London. There are still some fantastical elements that I think were really well done. The world building is light but rich enough that I fell in love with the steampunk additions and the world of back-alley deals. I never knew an I needed a heist novel version of Alice until now, and it really makes me thirsty for even more unique retellings like this.

Alice is a young woman with a checkered past but desperately wishes to build a life outside of her former life of crime. She’s walked away from all that she knew to prove a safer life for her sister but finds herself pulled back in to protect dear friends. I love the clever way that our favorite Wonderland characters are portrayed in Curiouser, from a clockwork smiling cat to a mysterious and cruel woman obsessed with remaining young. I think James did an excellent job of paving her own way through the Wonderland mythos without losing her own style in the process. I loved that despite having the backdrop be London full of steam engines there is still a touch of the unusual in the story, which turns it darker and a tad more dire.

I have listened to Lesley Parkin in one other audio, Highland Raven, also a Melaine Karsak book and loved her work then. Curiouser and Curiouser is no exception. She does a plethora of accents and different pitches for the assortment of characters and reads through smoothly. As someone who frequently hits the 2x speed option to move things along, I am always surprised to find narrators that I simply want to enjoy. I will certainly be adding more of her work to my TBR in the future.

If you enjoy retellings, especially Alice In Wonderland ones, then this is a novel for you! In fact, this is just the start of a series of steampunk retellings with the next one being Beauty and the Beast! I’m super excited to see what Karsak has planned for my favorite tale!

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Fun Steampunk retelling of Alice

I received this complimentary audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

Retellings are typically hit or miss for me and Curiouser and Curiouser was a hit. It was short, so it didn't get overwhelming with the crazy worldbuilding that it certainly could have been, as a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland. But, it was just enough to enjoy the characters and enjoy the spin on the story.

The story takes place in basically Victorian London, in a steampunk fashion. There were airships (and an airship pirate!) as well as creepy clockwork soldiers, and even the Cheshire cat was clockwork! But, like I said, it wasn't overly steampunked up and the story didn't get caught up in details and descriptions. Instead, the story was funky characters with Alice in Wonderland nicknames and personalities, but basically regular humans. Though we do have some black magic worked in, the world itself wasn't the fantastical Wonderland.

I really liked the audio narration. Typically I struggle with accents but this one was just right to keep it engaging and keep my attention. I enjoyed the voices, especially the sweet little voice given to Alice's sister.

Most of all, I enjoyed Alice being a strong, determined woman to protect those she cares about and using her wit to get into and out of trouble.

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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.