Wednesday, January 13, 2016

[Review] Alice Takes Back Wonderland



Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland

Author: David D. Hammons

Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retellings

Published: September 28, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley (Thanks!)

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SUMMARY --
After ten years of being told she can't tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she's going crazy.

Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.

But all is not well in Wonderland.

The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful.

But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl?

Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows.

Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace.

With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.

The Review.
Alice Takes Back Wonderland is a packed story about a young woman named Alice on a journey to restore the Wonderland that has fallen apart since her last visit. Something I really loved about this story was the different tellings of other fairy tales with a twist, though some did come off as trying too hard to fit in the fairy tales.

A lot of the time, things felt forced and though the story is a bit more than 280 pages, some scenarios could have been played out a bit slower to take in all the information. Speaking of information, it felt like all this information regarding the story was just thrown at me, making me confused at some points of the story.

The story in whole was entertaining in spots and boring in others, leaving little to no consistency throughout. In a certain point of the story, it seemed like the author decided to shove a sprinkle of romance in there just because. When it happened, I kind of reminisced about the rest of the story and realized that a lot of it didn't really open up the possibility to feel for the characters. That being said, in times where one would feel sad or elated, I felt nothing and kept reading.

I wasn't sure at first what I'd rate this, but after re-reading what I wrote, I finally have it all sorted out. Without further ado...

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