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October 15, 2015

Shelley Loved It: Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons

Series: Standalone
Format: MOBI | 271 pages
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA | Dark Fantasy | Paranormal Romance

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.





ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND is a standalone novel that mashes up different fairy tales and stories from Wonderland, Neverland, and the land of Grimm. While the "original" Alice Lewis in Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was from 19th Century, this Alice is from 21st century Missouri in the USA. The story starts with 7-year old Alice being charged with terrorizing Wonderland, and subjected to beheading by the Queen of Hearts. Thanks to Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit, Alice returns home to a world that believes she's lost her mind. 10 years after escaping Wonderland and returning home and facing her own doubts about what she went through, Alice, now Seventeen, is forced back to where it all began by the White Rabbit.

Did you know that fairy tales are real?

An entirely different Wonderland awaits Alice's return. You see, the Ace of Spades is now the ruler of the land and has taken the wonder and admittedly strange out of those who live in Wonderland. He even goes as far as to ban the use of the word Wonderland from ever being spoken again. He wants something more modern and needs Alice's help at coming up with the proper name. Wonderland is turning into Alice's world, albeit a strange and bizarre version of it. Not the version that 7-year old Alice had her grand adventures in. Thanks to the Mad Hatter, the leader of the resistance, Alice is sent to the "second star to the right, and straight on till morning."  

Alice is supposed to travel to Neverland where she can start building up her own army to retake Wonderland. Alice soon meets Peter Pan and the lost boys who become her friends and allies. There is also the appearance of the villainous Captain Hook, and a steam driven character named Pinocchio. Pinocchio, in fact, is one the stars of this story next to Alice. With the recommendation of Tinker Bell, Alice needs to awake Sleeping Beauty and the only way to do that is to travel to the land of Grimm and ask for the Queen's help. Here we find Robin Hood and the Merry Men, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella, and Red Riding Hood to name just a few.  

ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND has to be one of the most imaginative retellings of Alice in Wonderland that I've read in a long time. The whole idea of echoes from the human world and fairy tale world intermingling to create factual is really something that I haven't seen sine Once Upon A Time. Hammons goes above and beyond what any of the previous books have done. Alice is not a Mary Sue character. She's focused on saving Wonderland, and makes some interesting allies in the process. Hell, even Olympians, King Arthur, and Davy Crockett make an appearance to help save Wonderland! I dare OUAT to that!

OK, seriously, who doesn't love a re-telling that adds a bit of flair to it? Who doesn't love a heroine who finds her courage, strength, and saves the day while also finding a bit of a romance with the boy who never wanted to grow up? Loved the world building. Loved Peter Pan, and most especially Pinocchio. LOVED ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND!!!






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32 comments:

  1. I love that this is a darker take on the tale!

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  2. Oh I love the idea of this one and I confess that I'm really curious now! Plus I just love the cover! Great review!

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  3. You absolutely must read the most beautiful and chillingly dark retelling I've yet to read, that is, if you haven't already, Splintered by A.G. Howard, she has 3 books in her story. It is fantastic, staying with me for a long time. I'm going to go check out this one above as well, I love Alice. Also, I haven't read it, but Christina Henry just recently released a story of Alice as well. Happy Reading

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    1. I've actually read both series/books that you are referring to. Thanks for the suggestion though!

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  4. You absolutely must read the most beautiful and chillingly dark retelling I've yet to read, that is, if you haven't already, Splintered by A.G. Howard, she has 3 books in her story. It is fantastic, staying with me for a long time. I'm going to go check out this one above as well, I love Alice. Also, I haven't read it, but Christina Henry just recently released a story of Alice as well. Happy Reading

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  5. Shelly I love retellings and this sounds fabulous. Thanks for the great review!

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  6. Ohhh yes, I'm going to grab this one. I <3 Alice in Wonderland retellings!

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    1. Very cool! Let me know if you liked it or not!

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  7. This sounds like a really fun version of Alice. I like that it includes Peter Pan and all sorts of other characters we all know!

    -Lauren
    http://letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com/

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  8. Sounds like an interesting mix of characters - what a great idea! Love it :)

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  9. I've had my eye on this one for some time. I'm hoping to read at least 3-4 Alice inspired stories before the year is out. I'm reading one now, though it's not adventurous yet. I'll have to get this one soon. Great review!

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  10. Oh a mashup of fairy tales..this sounds like fun. The cover is wonderful!

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  11. Huh? This is my first encounter with this one, and I am curious. AIW was never one of my favs, but I think I would like this darker version and I want to see how the author mashes up the fairy tales, thanks for putting this on my radar.

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  12. It had me at Alice in Wonderland, anything related I love, will check this out!!!

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  13. I really enjoy darker re-tellings, I've read another Alice re-telling which was a-okay, this looks like it'll be more appealing to me :)

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  14. Curiosity Quills has a lot of cool fantasy pieces, they're fast becoming a favorite... it's cool that this is standalone and a decent adaptation. Plus the crossover with Peter Pan? Wild but I see it worked!

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    1. Oh, I adore Peter Pan, and Alice. It's too bad its a standalone, but I'm okay with that.

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  15. Oh that sounds really good. I haven't read a book sounding like this one in quite a while.

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  16. First of all, I'm always down for a darker re-telling, and this just sounds so good. I've actually seen some pretty good reviews rolling in for this one, which makes me more excited to pick it up. I feel as though they're are sooo many re-tellings being done, and quite a few have disappointed me this year, so it's nice to hear that this one delivers!

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    1. I loooooveee dark retellings! You can definitely do so much more than light and happy!

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  17. I love the idea of a different take on Alice in Wonderland. I will definitely be looking this one up.

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  18. OMG, this has everyone in it! I love the mash up. And the cover.

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  19. Oh my gosh a fellow watcher of OUAT. I confess I stopped watching during the third season. It was getting a little too repetitive and tiresome for me :/ That said, I think this is a curious take on Alice, and I'm glad it was an enjoyable read for you :)

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  20. Awesome! I love the sounds of this. Sounds like a winner. :D

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