Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons
Published: September 28, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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.
This was in my May’s LitCube box subscription, and I couldn’t put the book down! I was a little skeptical going in after reading some reviews, but I fairly enjoyed this book.
“Why is the raven like a writing desk?”
This book starts off with Alice at home and basically acting like a crazy person. Her mother treats her with little kid gloves and makes her take all kinds of medication to help her understand reality from fantasy. The story quickly moves with Alice falling down the rabbit hole and ending up back in Wonderland, only it isn’t exactly how she left it. After realizing that she could not outsmart the Ace of Spades, like she did the Queen in her previous trip, is when Alice’s adventure really starts.
Along her journey, Alice starts to make new friends and helps them out in their situations in order to build up an army. I liked how the author introduced a new character/fairy tale. At each stop, Alice builds up alliances and also gains more self confidence that she was lacking in the beginning. Throughout the whole book, Alice is constantly asked why she is fighting for Wonderland and what it means to her. It wasn’t until nearly the end that Alice could respond with an answer that she herself believed in. I thought this should tremendous growth on her part as a character, and made her more believable.
The other characters in the book, I thought were great, and really added to the story. Because really why just have one retelling, when you can just add all the ones you want?
Overall, if you like the original story or just fairy tales in general, then you should definitely pick up this book. It had just the amount of mad to make you keep reading until the end.
I am 99.9% sure, that this month’s theme was only because Alice Through the Looking Glass is being released tomorrow. I finished this book just in time to go watch the movie! I am going to be Wonderlanded(??) out by the end!
As a side note: If you really enjoyed this book, the journey doesn’t have to end here. David D. Hammons will be releasing a second book, Alice and the Ice Queen. I don’t know when it will be released, everything that I have found just says coming soon…
I give Alice Takes Back Wonderland a 4 out of 5 stars.