Wednesday, July 20, 2016


12558285From Goodreads:    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.

My Thoughts:

-    I am SO disappointed! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time, but when I finally got around to it, ugh! 

-    The writing style really killed the book for me. It really distracted from the story. There was a whole lot of telling and not a lot of showing. I felt like I was reading. I love reading, but I don't want to feel like I'm reading. I want to be immersed in the story, and I wasn't. 

-    On top of the writing being really descriptive and distracting, the characters were lame. I didn't like any of them. I don't understand why Jeb was even in the story. He was pointless. I didn't like Alyssa or Morpheus at all. 

-    Here is strike three! The story was blah! I didn't like it. Alyssa had to complete these tasks in Wonderland, but most of them happened by accident or Morpheus made them happen. The story led to nowhere. 

-    So the writing, the characters, and the story were lame! Why did I even finish the book?

-    There was SO much potential for this book. I think if the story had been executed differently, I would have really liked it. 

-    There were two things I really liked. The bizarre and creepy creatures were imaginative and awesome. I liked how they were twisted versions of the classic Wonderland creatures. The environment was dark, creepy, and awesome.

-    Needless to say, I will not be continuing the series. I had power through the last 100 pages of this book, and it was not fun. 


  1. Oh man! This makes me sad. I want to read this series and have all three books but ouch! I'm so worried now.

  2. I'm sorry. I really want to read this book. I probably still will because I might like it, lol.

  3. I started listening to this book on audiobook a few months back and couldn't get through it. I also didn’t really care for the characters or the romance.

  4. Aw, that stinks. I was so hoping you'd like this one! Which would encourage me to try it. I have it sitting on my kindle, so maybe someday...