Published by Amulet Books on January 1st 2013
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy
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.
Ok, this is going to be one of those reviews from “that person” that tries another genre knowing full well that the genre isn’t in their repertoire. I have to admit that straight away. I’ve been wanting to read this and the synopsis and cover are just so damn cute!
It made me curiouser and curiouser! 😉
The story line itself IS quite interesting, truly. I love her adaptation of the original and actually A.G. Howard take the original and uses it in great detail. That in itself is quite amazing.
The characters are quite intriguing and I love Alyssa. She is already pretty strong but she has issues, namely she doesn’t stick up for herself. Multiple times I just wanted to reach through my headset and shake her! I restrained myself and realized that she is young and has no confidence whatsoever, which is totally understandable when thinking about her family’s past.
And honestly her plot in the story is this huge weave of webs going back and forth and criss crossing all around all of these other characters. It was quite interesting how it all plays together and how everything works out in the end.
Truly, I am not a fantasy lover but this story was really cute. I found myself drifting in my thoughts at times but I honestly think it was because of my disinterest in the fantasy side of things but again, all in all it came together and was a lot of fun.
The downside was that the narrator reminded me of the gal from Divergent a bit too much and when Alyssa got all whiny I would get frustrated. I did absolutely love her narration of Morpheus. It was almost like a different person was narrating. Beautiful accent, beautiful tone of voice. I just loved it. Although I never could quite tell if Morpheus was truly on Alyss’s side or not. He’s a tricky one, he is.
In short: Very good read. I almost wish I would have read Alice in Wonderland first to get all of the nuances back prior to reading this one. But it’s cute and I’m excited to listen to book two!
SPLINTERED & UNHINGED, books 1 & 2 of her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Book 3, ENSNARED, launches 2015.