• Wonderland Academy

  • Wonderland Academy, Book One
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Wonderland Academy. Don't lose your head.

Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy:

You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.
You must not be named Alice or risk being beheaded by order of the Queen of Hearts.

We might have an issue with that last one.

My name may be Alice, but Wonderland Academy is everything my real life isn't. Who wouldn't want to learn how to ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy? As long as no one figures out my real name, I should be fine.

The only problem? Aden, the Queen of Hearts' son, is quickly becoming my best friend. And then there's Corbin. Brooding, surly, tattooed, and definitely not my type, I can't stop thinking about him. But Corbin has secrets of his own, and Wonderland and secrets don't mix.

How I'm going to pass my classes and protect my secret like my life depends on it is beyond me. But I better find a way. Because in Wonderland, no Alice is safe.

Wonderland Academy re-imagines the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" for a fresh, new adventure. Combining whimsy, magic, and a splash of steampunk, New York Times best-selling author Melanie Karsak invites you into this beautifully re-envisioned fairy tale adventure.

©2019 Clockpunk Press (P)2019 Clockpunk Press

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Fantastic spin on a world I thought I knew

This story was wonderfully written. It takes us into the world of wonderland and it’s full of adventure, mystery and curiosities. I absolutely adored this story and I can’t wait for the next. And the narrator of this story has a wide range of voices and expressed them in such a way that I can imagine each and every character.

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Alice isn't safe, and neither is anyone else

Hide Alice Hide.

After the death of her boyfriend, Lacey Crane gets a restart on love and life after she enters Wonderland academy. There's only one rule for her: Let no one know her real name is Alice.

I blew right through this one!! You get alive and all the wonderful elements of wonderland, but more cohesive and with darker undertones.

Tea is used for battle and spells
Jaberwakeys are friends
Cheshire cats are plotting
Rebellion is brewing
And being a little mad is, if course normal.

The narrator for this audiobook was ASTOUNDING. Really really good. Lots of different voices and emotions from her. I especially her Cheshire cat voice and Una's voice. Those two, particularly, really took the cake!

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Amazing

This was an amazing retelling of the Alice in Wonderland tale. I loved every moment of it, from the characters to the plot everything was done amazingly. Not to mention the narrator did a fabulous job on this book and its characters.

I really love the world Melanie Karsak created of wonderland and it makes you want to learn more of the land and its creatures that live there. I also love the character development of Alice and all that she faces in wonderland specialy since she has to keep it a secret that she's Alice in the first place.

This book is amazing and I highly recommend it.

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Fantastic and Imaginative (but Abandoned Series)

Narrator was fantastic. All of the voices were easy to distinguish. Thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

Fantastic story. Imaginative world building, loved the academy infusion.

Sadly, series seems to be abandoned. This was published in 2019, and no book two is available. I hope the author decides to pick this series back up!

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So good! Book 2?!

This was my first book by Melanie Karsak and it did NOT disappoint! I immediately was drawn to this book only because the Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland as a kid was my favorite. This was a wonderfully done reimagining. I thought the main character was awesome and so real, the book left in a cliffhanger and there is no book 2 so I’m bummed I have to wait.

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Wonderfully Mad

Cute book that weaves in and out of Carrols book. This puts a fun twist on a wonderland and Alice. I really enjoyed the story as well as the storytelling. The reader does an excellent job of guiding the reader with the different characters. really a fun story to listen to.

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hoy

I'm really starting to like a lot of books by this author my 1st introduction was steampunk red riding hood

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nice

love it
I really enjoyed this like further wonder land can't wait for the next book.

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so what happens next??

engaging & enjoyable. some distracting grammar errors, and the plot was a bit predictable. Perhaps a little too Mary Sue-ish -- things came a little too easily to Lacey, in far too short a period of time. But I didn't find any of the flaws enough to keep me from enjoying the book, and wanting to read the next installment

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this may be a new favorite

I love everything about this book. It was such an interesting spin on a familiar story. I can not wait for the next one.

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 12-09-21

NOT a book, just the set up

Other reviewers have described this as a ‘cliff hanger’ I would go a step further and say the story cuts off before it’s even half way through. This is basically a whole heap of set up, detailed, enjoyable set up granted, but not a whole heck of a lot happens. I HATE when books are serialised this way, each book should have its own story arc and build to something. The narrator is good, her Irish accent - which is as predictably bad as most American narrators’ - not withstanding.

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  • Charlotte Gee
  • 12-24-19

Cant wait to listen to 2nd book...

I loved the whole world created around the Alice and wonderland books... it took me to a place of fantasy and wishing I could try new things! it reminds me of HP in some parts, but this is bound to happen with it being a school in another realm and world different to our own.

I loved escaping reality... I also felt captured by the relationships and felt myself smiling and laughing at different points!

Thank you as this was my first audiobook!

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  • Karisma
  • 11-21-19

Interesting story

Love the fresh take on Alice in wonderland! If you enjoy new ideas this is for you!

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  • Layla
  • 11-14-19

Wonderland Academy

I enjoyed listening to this book. I loved the narrator and the book was fast paced. Cant wait for book two!

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  • 10-30-19

Truly Magical!

Wonderland Academy doesn't just retell Alice's tale, it creates a magical universe.

Lacey had a tragic loss when Nick died...

She has Corbin and Aiden now, but how will that all end ?

I'm going to need that next book !

The narrator's skills handled the range of human and magical voices fabulously !

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  • locky8
  • 10-29-19

Absolutely loved it,a great adventure.

Well what can I say? First loved the story. Lacey is still traumatised by something bad that happened at her high school. In the first chapter she being released from hospital after a allergic suicide attempt.
She thinks shes going mad as she's seen strange things all her life. Including the man in the top hat when she leaves the hospital.
But what Lacey thought she was imagining is less of a fairy tale than she thinks. She's transported to Wonderland Academy and there you find the familiar characters that are from the Alice in Wonderland stories or are they stories?
The narration was great and I'm normally quite fussy with the narrator doing multiple voices. But I was really impressed with Kristin James and the book flowed beautifully. I received a free copy of this book but the review is my own opinion and I can say I loved it and want to know what happens in the next book in the series. A really good book to listen to.

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  • S. Cole
  • 10-26-19

Great take on Alice in Wonderland

This was a great book. Very entertaining and fast paced. The narrator did a fabulous job bringing all the characters to life.I love how Wonderland has an academy and helps students develop their magical skills. Can't wait for the story to continue.

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  • Rose
  • 10-25-19

Good story

Interesting take on a classic story. It has an engaging plot and characters who are well written.