When I first read the excerpt for this book, I wondered how anyone could successfully recreate the well-known classic of Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, but I thought it looked interesting enough to give it a shot. This book is fantabulous! I read it in one day! Without giving away too much, because I really could not begin to do the story justice…
Alyssa is a teenager whose ancestor is THE Alice and, consequently, insects and plants speak to her. She tries to silence the voices for fear of ending up in a psych ward like her mother, Alison, and her grandmother, and great-grandmother… pretty much every female in her line since Alice came out of the rabbit hole. When Alyssa discovers the voices are a curse, she sets out in search of the elusive rabbit hole hoping to break it. But when she enters Underland (Alice called it Wonderland), the childlike tale she thought she knew has a dark and twisted spin to it. One example is the dinner Alyssa attends where all the netherlings chase a duck (their meal) around the table trying to bash it with the mallets they hold – because at least that way the meal has a fighting chance! She and her long-time friend Jed, a major hottie who she secretly desires, begin their quest through Underland, while Alyssa tries to pull together any buried knowledge of the place to overcome the obstacles they face. Throughout the tale, she finds herself torn between her jumbled feelings for Jed and her confusing attraction to Morpheus, a breath-taking, bad-boy, netherling she remembers from her childhood dreams.
I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers across the board!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 14 & up.
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