Book Reviews

Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper

Wow, so you all know by now (hopefully) that i love Alice in Wonderland retellings, this book was no exception. It is definitely a bit strange and weird and wonderful, but that’s what you want from this sort of book, if it was plain and boring and dull i’d be disappointed.

Ryley and Alice Mae are very different people, so when she starts at his school he doesn’t think anything of her. Apart from that she looks a bit strange and her clothing choice is slightly eccentric. However when she says that she knows about his dad, Ryley’s whole life changes. Him and his mum have been constantly moving around so no-one knows about his dad in the insane asylum. How would this little girl know about him? Why would she be tormenting him like she is, and why does she suck on those candies constantly?

Alice Mae is a pawn of the Queen of Hearts, she doesn’t really have a choice but to do as commanded. Alice only has one task: to find “the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?)” and deliver them to the Queen. Will she be able to go through with it or will she fail and be subjected to years of more torment from the Queen and the Joker?

I really enjoyed this book and all of it’s strange ways, it’s definitely an Alice in Wonderland retelling but exponentially weirder. I really liked the way in which they changed Wonderland slightly and made it different to Carroll’s original vision.  I really liked both Ryley and Alice Mae’s characters as well as the whole backstory that explains why they are where they are. It’s a shame that no one in Wonderland likes Alice but seeing as they blame her for her friends death, it does make sense. I really like the reason behind Ryley’s father being locked up in the asylum and why he appears to be more mad than he actually is. The ending is definitely a bit strange, however very fun to read and understand all the actions that have lead up to that moment. I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of Alice retellings!

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