TBR Pile challenge (from Roof Beam Reader), found at Tasseled Book Blog. It’s time to get through that stack of unread books!


Book for July: The Looking Glass Wars; Frank Beddor.

looking glass


3 star

A find from a used bookstore, which waited with the other purchases–and subsequent trips to that and other stores, for quite some time.

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What if the story you’ve read in the book wasn’t true at all? What if Alice wasn’t a girl from our world, but a Wonderlander trapped here? What if she finally went home?

This is a fairy tale twist book, one of my favorite things. To see how each different author changes and tweaks the basic idea is always fun.

In this version, Alice is actually Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne. And Redd is her evil aunt, who kills Alyss’ parents and usurps the throne. Alyss lives because she escapes to our world–where she meets with a great deal of punishment for her ‘stories’ and ‘lies’ about Wonderland. The author Lewis Carrol seems like her last chance for a sympathetic ear and to be believed by all those doubters, and she’s crushed when he makes the story into a silly tale, and gives up her hopes for her true home. But there are still some loyal Wonderlanders searching for her, seeking to restore her to the throne–she’ll have to get through Redd’s army and assassins first, though.

An interesting twist to the story, much darker, with familiar characters rendered a great deal more terrifying–but also many of them are a little more realistic. Most of these those transformations have a mix of science and magic–called Imagination, because you can imagine things and make them real–which makes this Wonderland unique from many other remakes. Alyss spends a lot of time wallowing in self pity over her loss, but she does decide to take charge of her life as best she can, which I admire.

There’s two more books in this series, which I don’t currently have plans to read, as the reviews seem to have a consensus that the second book is slightly less good, and the third even less good. The end of this one is pretty satisfying, and I don’t want to ruin it, unless I am seized with a desire to see how it all really ends.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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