by A.G. Howard
Part of a series (book one)
Best for grades 9/10
Reviewed by Shadowmancer, grade 8
Alyssa Gardner is not an everyday teenager. Since fifth grade she’s been able to hear the voices of flowers and bugs. But what would you expect from the great-great-great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, on whom the book Alice in Wonderland was based? But in this book, there aren’t pretty talking flowers and a Red Queen who enjoys playing croquet. No, Alyssa comes from a long line of cursed women who have gone insane, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll be joining her mother in an asylum. So to break her family’s curse she must go back down the rabbit hole and fix Alice’s mistakes in Wonderland. But along the way she will reveal the true identity and objective of each of the wonderland characters and their intentions for her in their world of nonsense and madness.
I found this book to be well written and have one of the best plots I’ve ever read. The author does a fine job of taking the characters from the original Alice in Wonderland and morphing them into a child’s nightmare. I am a fan of morbid things, so I liked that the story is dark and intense with many twists and turns. The character themselves are well done, and one of the main characters by the name of Morpheus is absolutely charming. A. G. Howard has done a great job in writing this twisted Alice in Wonderland, and for fans of the Tim Burton film version, prepare to fall in love with this book!
Editor's note: There are two more books in this trilogy: Unhinged, and Ensnared. Burbank Public Library offers both of those for borrowing. There is also a book of three short stories, called Untamed, that we will be stocking soon, and an e-book only novella called The Moth in the Mirror that we will also purchase, since it seems that many others are as enthusiastic about this series as is this reviewer!