I received this arc in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited to find an Alice in Wonderland book, or rather a retelling. I am a huge fan of Carroll’s tale and how kookie it was.
That being said, when I read a retelling of it I find myself looking for different views or expanding on what maybe we didn’t find Wonderland. This book starts off after Alice’s adventure to Wonderland and after she had landed in the mental ward. She’s allegedly \fixed/ but we don’t see this at all in the beginning of the book while she’s eating dinner at the table. Alice seems to have lost it entirely, even after therapy.
I wasn’t overly fond of how mad she was to begin with and after many hours of therapy and medications, not to mention her nearly college age…It didn’t make sense for me and it was more than a little annoying. Especially since as the story progresses and she’s dragged off to Wonderland again, which is progressively losing its Wonder due to the Ace of Spades cracking down and wanting to turn the world into something…normal.
Alice is daft and I expect more from a near adult Alice who should know better by both memory as well as just her age. She’s entirely frustrating as she doesn’t seem to take the circumstances seriously and it’s …maddening.
As the stories progress we are introduced to cross fairy tales… Pinocchio for instance and he is the crocodile. Here is where it went from being a 3 star to a 2 star for me. It progressively lowers in quality as well as age group, I find this book is more suited toward a 12-14 year old. More a Children’s fiction book than it is a Young Adult, in my opinion.
In the end I was disappointed, it was interesting to say the least.