Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Amulet Books (Jan. 1, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Solid Stars!!
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
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.
Holy crap this is going to be a hard review to write. Not because I don't have words to describe how amazing this book was but because I am left a little speechless by it.
The best way to describe it? Deliciously dark.
This. Book. Blew. Me. Away.
I watched the book trailer for this when it first came out (something I don't always do) and it was amazing. I knew if the trailer was that fabulous that the book had to be epic. I was so right!
The trailer, although fantastic, was nothing compared to the actual story.
The synopsis of this book says that it is a “stunning debut novel” and it couldn't be more correct.
It isn't often that I am at a loss for words but I really am with this one. I really hope this review will do this book justice.
The imagination and vivid imagery that went into creating Wonderland is truly a work of art. I felt like I was there. Mixed in with the chaos, the beauty, the darkness and the strange. I didn't know half the time if I should be in awe or horrified by what was happening.
Follow this tantalizing world with a touch of romance and two very different swoon worth men (in totally good versus bad sort of way) and well, you really do have a masterpiece that will keep you entertained, turning the pages and totally enchanted.