When I received a press release for this book in my email from Curiosity Quill I knew I needed to read it ASAP. I emailed them and asked when the book was available if I could get an advanced copy and was delighted when they said yes. This book was NOT a disappointment and my love for fairytale retellings has been advanced to the next level. I have never read a book that interweaved the lives of characters like this and told such a different story. I did have one issue with Peter’s age I think it wasn’t clear but overall this is one of the best fairytale retelling I have ever read.
Alice was once in Wonderland but when she came back home everyone thought she was completely mad. Her mom made her see doctors and was on medicine to help her forget the fantasy of Wonderland. When the White Rabbit returns to take Alice back to Wonderland and stop the Ace of Spades from destroying all the madness of Wonderland Alice isn’t sure what is real and what is made up. Sending her on an epic adventure into the New Wonderland and a world with a lot of familiar faces.
I actually liked Alice, she was a little frustrating in the beginning but that was pretty much because she was told to forget and when she returns she doesn’t realize what is happening. As the story progresses you are able to watch Alice grow into a stronger character and the help of a few friends she finally realizes the line between reality and fantasy. Peter Pan was also a main focus in this book and I loved how this story was retold so different and just amazingly done. As each character was introduced I couldn’t wait to find out how their story was going to be told. There is a little romance in this book and I actually enjoyed it (even if I was a little confused on ages).
The story interweaves so many fairtyales but they are not like you expect them. The world, our world, have stories that are echoes from the “fairytale world” The way this is explained and done is beyond anything I have ever read. I can’t even explain how much I loved that part of the story and how each character connected with the next one gave me goosebumps with a lot of WOW moments.
This is truly a book that must be read. It has so many elements and so much going on that you will devour it. Alice is one of my favorite stories and I love when people retell it. David Hammons has done a phenomenal job with this book and he is one author that I can’t wait to read again. I totally recommend this for Teens, Young Adults and Adults. This is one retelling you do not want to miss. Well Done!I have never read a book that inter-weaved the lives of characters like this and told such a different story. Click To Tweet
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