#Review & #giveaway ~ Insanity by Cameron Jace #MyTBRL

Posted July 26, 2014 by Michelle in Review / 15 Comments

#Review & #giveaway ~ Insanity by Cameron Jace #MyTBRLInsanity Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 19th 2013
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 254
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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four-stars

After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland's real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

My Review:

Where to start…I guess at the beginning will do just fine. With a bit of quirkiness and a lot of madness I was ready to jump into this book expecting a wild and crazy trip to wonderland. Well, we didn’t go to wonderland and it was 100% completely insane and I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would. This book was picked for me by all of you for my To-Be-Read List feature.

Alice is insane…well not the real alice….or is she? After killing all of her school friends, Alice is sent to an asylum for the insane by the courts but Alice doesn’t remember killing anyone and she isn’t sure why she is even in the asylum. It seems when Alice was younger she took a trip to wonderland and her family needs her to forget about it so that she can be released and come home. Some of the patients in the Asylum have a strong resemblance to characters in Wonderland. With the help of a Serial Killer Carter Piller, Alice goes on a wild ride trying to catch a killer who just so happens to be the Cheshire Cat. Could all this be real? Is everyone she meets along the way really people from Wonderland?…..Is she really Alice?

So you don’t actually take a trip to Wonderland, for me it was more the asylum was wonderland, the characters throughout the book are characters from the book just placed into the real world. I honestly thought this was a very interesting retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I thought the riddles or the problems that Alice needed to solve were very complex and a lot of interesting references to Lewis Carroll some things I didn’t know about him so it was a little difficult for me to solve anything and I found the help that the Piller gave her was making it easy for her to figure things out. It gave her no challenge or at least what was the point of her being there if he could solve all the riddles for her.

I actually enjoyed Alice very much but I was quite fond of Jack Diamond I wanted more of him in this book. I found all the characters to be very interesting but once I was finished I still have a lot of questions that I felt were unanswered. I am hoping this story continue, I thought it was interesting how it ended but it almost felt final. It actually made me feel mental for a couple days.

Insanity turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would be. I gave it 4/5 stars. Strange and interesting story with off the wall and wacky characters. This is my first book of Cameron Jace and I feel like I need to read more of his work. I would for sure recommend this if you are looking for something different and insane 🙂


Giveaway

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15 responses to “#Review & #giveaway ~ Insanity by Cameron Jace #MyTBRL

  1. Oh, that’s a hard question! I love retellings – I don’t care which it is! As long as it’s not confusing of course… and please… no more snow white and sleeping beauty being a vampire. THANK YOU. :p

    • LOL I love retelling also and I love to see the obscure fairytales retold. I read one about the Piped Piper that was interesting.

  2. I’m glad you liked this one, too! I, too, want more of Jack Diamond and will definitely read the next book in the series when he publishes it.

    I’m fond of Beauty & the Beast retellings, but I think I’d like to read an asian themed Cinderella. I know that Cinderella story appears in asian culture roughly the same time it did in european, and it has lots of similarities, which I find fascinating. (Sorta like dragon tales, too)

  3. Jessica Nirri

    Alice in wonderland.. I agree .. And this book sounds like an amazing retelling..
    But all fairy tales would be good.. Movie remakes are never that good.. But with books its completely different.
    Peter pan would be a cool retelling .. There so much more that could be added to an already amazing story !

  4. So I’m kind of Alice in Wonderland tired out right now, but once I recover I might like to read this. I love that the mental hospital is sort of Wonderland, but I would get frustrated with him solving everything for her. What’s the challenge in that?

    As for a fairytale I’d like to see retold… The Little Mermaid was my favorite as a little girl and I haven’t seen any retellings of it. Hmmm… maybe a project for me to think about down the road.

  5. I\’ve never heard of this book but it sounds like an interesting new way to spin AiW. I think I\’d like to see a retelling of The Jungle Book or Tarzan. I\’ve read one retelling of Tarzan but wasn\’t really impressed with it and since then have been looking for another one.