By A.G. Howard
Young Adult Fantasy
Published January 1st 2013
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 on 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 OVERVIEW: Putting a twist on classic tales and stories has become really popular. This book is a truly twisted tale. From Rabid White, to the jabberlock box, and the indestructible Bandersnatch.
PROS: Of course, how could you not like Jeb? He is such a fantastic character and a true friend to Alyssa. I love how the author took Alice in Wonderland and turned it into a true "Faery" Tale.
CONS: One word... Morpheus. Don't hate me for saying this, but I didn't like him. He was a little too creepy at points, then went the complete opposite way at other points. His character just didn't seem as set in stone as everyone else.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I hope that A.G. Howard keeps writing! I can't wait to read more of her books. I highly recommend this book to fans of twisted tales and fans of Alice in Wonderland.