Monday, September 12, 2011

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)
Alyss Heart can't stand that "master of fantasy" bunk; she knows that Lewis Carroll was nothing more than an incompetent reporter. After she generously shared her Wonderland experiences with this fledgling author, he totally botched the retelling, even mangling her name. Alyss, however, refuses to merely grouse; she and royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan decide to make another emergency excursion down the rabbit hole, opening our eyes to parallel realms that prim Rev. Dodgson never imagined. A refreshing take on a Victorian classic.

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  In fact, tho whole series is wonderful.  It's amazingly unique.  I would never have thought of something so wonderful.  The story didn't really feel like a retelling.  Why?  Because it felt like this was how the story was supposed to go.

But wonderland has some unwonderful creatures in it.  Take the Chesire Cat - he's no longer a smiling feline.  No, he's an assassin who works for Red, Alyss's Aunt.  And imagination may be Wonderland's saviour, but there is another kind of imagination - a dark kind, that could be Wonderland's downfall.

I give this book a 4/5 and would recommend it to lovers of Louis Carroll's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, along with lovers of fantasy, adventure, action, romance, and stories that aren't what they seem.

Market:  YA
Sensuality: None/Mild
Violence: Mild/Moderate
Language: None

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