Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Hit the shelves on: January 15, 2013
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Summary (from Goodreads)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
How’d it get on my shelf?
I added this book to my list for the 2013 S.A.R.C.
I kept seeing it’s gorgeous cover on my TBR list and couldn’t resist downloading on my Nook.
When I was little I always found Alice in Wonderland a little disturbing… it just kind of scared me a little with the whole crazy vanishing cat, maniac throwing tea parties, creepy twins, and beheading stuff. I didn’t really appreciate it until I was a little older and I read the story. My dad bought me a gorgeous version full of 8×10 illustrations, and as a teenager I decided it wasn’t so scary, but Lewis Carrol must have been on some type of drug when he wrote it… I mean seriously a hooka smoking caterpillar and talking plants? So I still thought the story was crazy and out there, but I started to like it. I’m a big fan of retellings at the moment, especially when they have that slightly gothic or creepy edge, so when I read the blurb for this book I was completely hooked by the idea… I always thought Wonderland was a bit twisted anyway.
I loved this book. I’m not even sure how to explain how hooked I was… I read it in the car on the way to various places (it irritates the crap out of my husband when I like a book that much because he gets to drive while I ignore him), I stayed up when I should have been sleeping, I just couldn’t put it down. Bravo A.G. Howard for putting such a wonderfully macabre twist to Wonderland and it’s inhabitants.
I loved the mystery of this book, even having read the original story and watching various movie remakes I never really knew what to expect. The ending completely threw me for a loop, which made it even better! The characters in this story were amazing and dark and captivating. As Alyssa embarks on a quest to save her mother from the mental hospital, and make sure she doesn’t end up there herself, she also has a hell of a lot of inner demons to battle. First love, friendship, action, trust-issues, romance… this book had it all. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything. I loved Morpheus and his dark sneaky ways, Jeb with his “knight in shining armor” tendencies, and all the creepy creatures residing in Wonderland. All I can say is go get this book and read it now!
If I could rate this more than 5 stars I would. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I would definitely reread it myself (which is very rare for me). The story was such an original twist on a classic, the cover is gorgeous, and I can’t find anything that I didn’t like about it.