By A.G. Howard
Expected Publication: January 1, 2013
Source: NetGalley ARC
Audience: Older Teens
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.
Oh boy! Where do I start?
I know. Let's make a list.
- This book SHOULD BE A MOVIE! It had such amazing descriptions. I could see EVERYTHING so clearly in my mind. It was fantastic.
- I loved how the author made the Real World very much like Wonderland visually in the clothes and environment. Amazing.
- The action was downright swashbuckling. If I had to describe the book in one word, that would be it. (No pirates appear.)
- I am not a super big fan of the cover, but it works. I think I would like it better if the girl's face wasn't there.
- Alyssa. What a fantastic heroine. She wasn't too strong, but she wasn't too weak, either. I didn't like how she didn't see through lies, however - but that's what kept the story going.
- Jeb. What a fantastic hero.
- I loved how much I hated the bug guy.
- I loved how she used mirrors.
- It was so well-constructed.
- Now I want to read Alice in Wonderland for real, and watch every version of the movies. Only a good story can do that.
I am so LUCKY to have gotten the ARC of this. Thank you NetGalley and Amulet!
On January 1, RUN - don't walk - to the bookstore and pick this one up!