Author: A.G. Howard
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.
My thoughts: As a big fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, I was a bit sceptic about this book but I ended up loving it.
The author did a great job of describing the world, with it’s dark environment and creepy characters, it just pulls you in and envelops you.
The concept of the curse through generations of Alice’s descendants was also interesting. The love triangle was a bit cliché but no less fun to read with a lot of tension between the characters and some steamy scenes to top it up.
Another aspect of the book that caught my attention was the beautiful cover and the overall design of the book itself, with the purple text (I love purple) and the designs at the beginning of the chapters and the page numbers, small details that bring the book together.