Author: AG Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: 1st January 2013
Buy here : Amazon UK
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.
I adored this book, it was very captivating and a brilliant re-make of a classic tale.
Alyssa is just a normal girl, she goes to school, hangs out with friends, goes skating at the local skate park and she can hear bugs talking. Well, maybe she isn’t the typical girl, but she fits in. No-one knows about why her mum is in the institution, they just make fun of her for being related to Alice Liddell, the girl who first went down the rabbit hole. However the more the Alyssa learns about her family’s past the more she is drawn in and when her mother is threatened by electroshock therapy at the hospital she knows she must do something. Wonderland is not how it was described however, and things are far more dangerous and treacherous than she believed possible. Now as well as saving her mother she is also in charge of saving herself. Or succumbing to the darkness wonderland has to offer.
If you remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a child, this book is definitely something you will want to check out. The way in which Howard has changed the tale and made it her own is fascinating, the plot flows with ease and the characters are all fairly likeable and you can understand the motives of almost everyone. It is set up incredibly well for a sequel as well as it leaves you wanting to know what will happen next. I would recommend this book to most audiences as i believe it has appeal for almost any audience due to the fact that everyone has read or been told about the original book and can therefore can relate to what is happening. If you haven’t checked the book out yet, do so soon as the next book is released in early 2014.
“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”
Endless by Amanda Gray
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