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By A.G. Howard
Expected Publication: January 1, 2013
Amulet Books
Source: NetGalley ARC
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

  1. This book SHOULD BE A MOVIE! It had such amazing descriptions. I could see EVERYTHING so clearly in my mind. It was fantastic. 
  2. I loved how the author made the Real World very much like Wonderland visually in the clothes and environment. Amazing.
  3. The action was downright swashbuckling. If I had to describe the book in one word, that would be it. (No pirates appear.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jeb. What a fantastic hero.
  7. I loved how much I hated the bug guy.
  8. I loved how she used mirrors.
  9. It was so well-constructed.
  10. 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!