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  • Kind of Bleh

    So the cover for this book is completely gorgeous, and the summary sounded promising too, the focus on talking to bugs and flowers in particular. In the end, however, this book kind of turned me off. # # # Things That Annoyed Me: First of all, it was much darker than I expected. Probably should have seen that coming since the cover's pretty eerie and it's a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, which people enjoy twisting to the dark side. I assumed the creepiness would be more of a sinister undertone, but instead it often came to the forefront. On the first page I learned that due to Alyssa, our main character, hearing bugs talk, she has become obsessed with killing bugs to stop them from disturbing her. Then she uses the bugs in her art. A protagonist who kills bugs that easily? Well, I guess I kill a certain number of bugs. But if I could hear them talking I don't think I could be quite so casual about it, even if I did think I was going crazy. The love triangle annoyed me too. Side one of love triangle: Jeb Holt. An over-protective older brother figure for Alyssa. Don't get me wrong, I love big brother figures. If he could have stayed like that instead of becoming a love interest, if their relationship could have stayed platonic, I would have loved this book a whole lot more. But no, we can't have that. That might actually teach Alyssa that she can't have everything she wants and every person she's attracted to, which might force her to mature. In short, Jeb was far too controlling for my tastes. He also just didn't feel developed or real. Every time something happened that was supposed to prove his "love" for Alyssa I would find myself squinting and feeling skeptical. Like, did Jeb really do that? Considering most of the time he's a jerk it seems a little OOC. Oh yeah, and he already has a girlfriend. It's just that he finds Alyssa more attractive so he's decided to pursue her anyways, without really settling things with his girlfriend first. Classy. Side two of love triangle: Morpheus. A strange Wonderland being called a netherling. Apparently he has something of an established relationship with Alyssa because they've met in her dreams before, and he is devoted to her. But he constantly manipulates Alyssa, belittles Jeb out of jealousy and wavers between "love" for Alyssa and his own selfish desires. Still better than Jeb, with a bit more character depth. But it makes me truly sad that he becomes the first choice. If there were a good, solid alternate love interest to take Jeb's place I would have had a lot of fun rooting against him because he makes an excellent villain. That said! Why on earth did there have to be so much focus on the love triangle in the first place? It's not me obsessing over it, no, it dominated most of the book. If Alyssa isn't obsessing over Jeb you can be sure she's thinking about Morpheus. Why can't Alyssa just be an independent woman and fight her own battles, and dump both of these dudes like the jerks they are? # # # Things I Actually Enjoyed: There were a lot of ingenious moments in the novel. Though they mostly came across as side notes rather than essential. In particular there were a few magical odds and ends that I loved, such as a box that can imprison a person and, once containing the person, will only show the person's head floating in a black liquid rather than their full body. Also some rather helpful clams. There was also some nice prose. In particular there were some very vivid descriptions of butterfly wings that helped to bring the story to life for me. And the twists and turns of the plot kept me confused and turning pages, even though it was partly out of a frustrated curiosity to see if Alyssa would ever wise up and stop letting people control her. Still, not particularly recommended. Although the cover is still gorgeous

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  • Not what I expected. It was better

    This was such a fun book to read. I read it without knowing anythign about it. I am a part of a book club and this is what we decided to read so I just grabbed an e-copy and went for it. I never thought anyone would be able to twist Wonderland and make it work in a whole new way but yup, it was done and it was done right. It's funny because I really enjoyed this book but at the same time I'm not in a rush to read the second one. I'm sure I will one day but it didn't leave me with that push to keep going. I think it was a fun read and I enjoyed the style of it very much. It was a very visual book, which was impressive considering all the crazy stuff that had to be described.

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  • Lewis Carroll meets Tim Burton

    Loved this book! Alice's descendants learn the truth about Wonderland and the truth about themselves in this creepy fairy tale

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  • Spectamazacular

    I saw this book at chapters and the cover originally caught my eye (book by a cover, eh? Lol). I read the description and it sounded like my kinda seeies so i decided to give it a try and it did not disappoint. I loved it so much.

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  • This book is amazing. If you like Alice in Wonderland you will love this book. Or if you like romance, magical worlds, amazing writing, and just all around awesomeness then you will also enjoy this book. This easily became one of my favourite books.

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