Posted in Young Adult

Prince Charming Must Die Book Review

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Broskythecompletegrimmchronicles

Published: April 2010 by Brew City Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
Literally.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose’s spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller’s boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1)

Technically, I am reading the complete series but I decided to go ahead and write my reviews as I finish reading each book. Especially since there are over 10 of them, and I’ll most likely forget details from each one for a decent review.

“I should have known Edward was too good to be true”

What drew me into this book was that it was a different take on the Grimms’ fairy tales we all know and love. This first one centers around Alice and her journey to acceptance on being the hero and taking out Prince Charming before something bad happens. This was definitely set up as an introduction to the whole series. We get to see Alice’s life before she becomes a hero, and then how she comes to finally believe everything that the rabbit tells her.

For an introduction to a series, it wasn’t that bad. It could have been a little longer, because the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. I hope in the following books that there are more fairy tales incorporated into one book rather than one story per book.

Overall, this was a great start to the series. I can’t wait to see what the other books have in store for Alice and the rabbit.

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Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (8/28/17)

Sorry, I have been a little MIA lately, but I have a good excuse! I promise!! Before when I went MIA for a few weeks, it was because I was too exhausted from pregnancy. Well my baby girl decided to come four weeks early, so I have been adjusting to life of motherhood for the first time! =)

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Isn’t she adorable? But, I’m a tad bit biased!

Ok, so on to the real post:


Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: The Complete Grimm Chronicles

Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky

Published: April 28th 2015 by Brew City Press

Goodreads Summary:

This is the COMPLETE collection of the award-winning Young Adult adventure series!

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. With the stroke of a magic pen and a deal with a malevolent force of evil, they forever changed humanity’s fate.

Now the characters of the Grimms’ fairy tales walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

This is the story of Alice Goodenough, the last in a long line of heroes who have bravely given their lives to snuff out the evil force that does not belong in this planet. Her story begins during summer vacation, when she happens upon a magic pen and an invisible rabbit named Br’er who is tasked with teaching her the ways of the hero. With the help of the magic pen, Alice must vanquish the terrible creations of the Brothers Grimm, relying on her dreams to guide her to her next target. Cinderella. Fundevogel. A fisherman. An evil wizard. A trio of dwarves hellbent on controlling the world. But to become a great hero, Alice must give up her old life so that she may protect those she loves most. Otherwise, evil will find her.

And evil will kill her.

This book contains all 12 episodes of the series, as well as the bonus “Lost diaries” of previous heroes and all of the collected Grimm’s Fairy Tales … over 2,000 pages collected in one edition!

Book 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Book 2: Happily Never After
Book 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats
Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Book 8: Darkness Rising
Book 9: Malevolence
Book 10: The Black Towers
Book 11: A Dance With Death, Part One
Book 12: A Dance With Death, Part Two

This was an impulse buy on Amazon, because it was only $0.99. Normally, I am skeptical about books that low on Amazon, especially with authors I have never heard of before. But, Goodreads has some pretty good reviews on it so I figured I would give it a try, and if anything I would only be out a dollar.

This book caught my eye because it was a retake on the Grimms’ fairytales we all know and love. I bought this book yesterday, so it is currently sitting in my Kindle TBR pile to be picked up in the very near future.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

 

Posted in Young Adult

Mechanica Book Review

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Book #1)mechanica

Published: August 25th 2015 by Clarion Books

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

“A whole life could change, and change again, in the smallest fraction of forever.”

I have seen this book compared to Cinder by Marissa Meyer on multiple reviews. However, I just don’t see it. They are both Cinderella retellings, and they both deal with mechanics either by fixing items or building.  But that about sums up the comparison. If I had to choose which book I enjoyed more, I would pick Cinder in a heart beat.

Mechanica did have a few great themes throughout the story. For one, it had a great strong female lead. Nicolette isn’t your typical Cinderella, she’s an inventor and a silent Fae sympathizer. She uses small magic that have been banned for a few years to help her do her chores, and she fixes any of the machines that breaks down. This book also has a strong friendship theme with a hint of feminism. Nick meets Fin and Caro her first day at the market to sell her wares so that she could become one step closer to leaving her house and step family. Majority of the book is then spent on how Caro and Nick’s friendship grow to where they feel like family and it includes a little romance subplot between Nick and Fin. Thankfully it wasn’t an insta-love type of situation.

I never expected much of anything to happen, and nothing much did. I was in a constant state of waiting for things to begin.

The quote above is basically how I felt the entire novel. We go through how Nicolette became Nick, her live as a servant for her family, brief mentions of Fae throughout, and then the ball at the end. Just your basic retelling, in the same order of events as the original. This book was super slow and as you can tell very predictable. There was hardly any conflicts and only a handful of scenes with the steps.

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The only other aspect that I really liked about this book was that Nick stayed true to herself, and turned down the prince (this is where the hint of feminism comes into play). Nick knew that he didn’t love her and she was just in love with the idea of him. So instead of having the happily ever after ending, Nick chooses to continue to find a benefactor for her inventions. Although there was a moment when I thought she was going to say yes to his marriage proposal, and if that happened I was going to stop reading right then and there.

“I had rescued myself entirely.” 

For a predictable book, this one was okay. This book really lacked a controversy for Nick to overcome. I mean, yes she overcomes her step family, but I felt like it needed more than that to make it stand out. The Fae are mentioned throughout, but it’s not very flushed out. I guess Cromwell is waiting for the second book to go into more detail on that aspect. So if you are one to really enjoy fairy tale retellings then you’ll more or less enjoy this one. Just don’t compare it to Cinder or other books before reading. *Side note- I really love the cover*

 

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday #6 (9/12/16)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!

This week I have chosen:

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Title: The Wrath & the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Published: May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

This is actually a new addition to my TBR pile, but I figured since I am going to see the author October 1st, I should probably read her book! =)

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Posted in Young Adult

The Shadow Queen Review

theShadowQueenThe Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Book 1 in the Ravenspire series

Published: February 16th 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

“Her skin was as white as snow, her lips as red as blood, and her long hair as black as ebony.”

This has been on my shelf for a few months and I finally took it off and read it! It is your basic re-telling of a fairy tale, but with a twist! I couldn’t help but think of The Lunar Chronicles and Once Upon a Time while reading, if only because it was a Snow White retelling. This series will be standalone novels set in the same universe. I liked that this story had almost all of your traditional elements, but Redwine made it her own by adding more magic, dragons, and ogres!

“A warrior doesn’t focus on the odds stacked against her. She focuses on her heart, on her will to face the evil in her world and defeat it, and then she finds a way to do it.”

Plot wise this story moved pretty well. Lorelai and her crew didn’t stay in one area for too long and each new location was an adventure. I enjoyed the use of magic in this story, but I wish Redwine explained the ogre invasion a little bit more and how they used magic against the dragons.

“Irina’s smile disappeared. “I don’t require all of the princess, huntsman.”

I really loved the characters and their development in this story. You felt for Lorelai and her cause as the lost princess of Ravenspire. You couldn’t help but be charmed by the huntsman and his resolve to save his people even if it meant making a deal with Irina. You also couldn’t help but be a little sympathetic for Irina (although she wasn’t as big and bad as Levana in TLC), although the sympathy didn’t last very long.

“You don’t go into battle because you’re sure of victory. You go into battle because it’s the right thing to do.”

I have some complaints about this story (for instance the world building could have been a little bit better), but they are very minor in comparison to how much I enjoyed it! If you are looking for a classic Snow White retelling with a more fantasy aspect, then definitely check this book out! If you’ve read this book already, I would love to know what your thoughts on it are!

 

Posted in Young Adult

The Neverland Wars Review

img_0999The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

Published: May 9th 2016 by

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

This book came in my July Lit-Cube subscription, and I thought it was going to be very good based upon the summary.  I like fairy-tale reimaginings, and I haven’t read one based upon Peter Pan yet this year, so I was excited to pick up this book. Boy, was I wrong.

Gwen is our main protagonist, who is supposedly 16 years-old. She might be 16 on paper, but she acted as if she was 12 or younger! This in itself bothered me a lot while reading the story. So after a lot of pages dedicated to letting us know that she likes Jay Hoek, and that while she doesn’t get the glamour of being an adult, as soon as he invites her to his party she is all about the teenage life. Before that, Gwen thought it wasn’t worth it and hated basically everything. She even described hormones to her little sister as “tiny bugs that start changing how you feel about everything and infect you with grownupness.”

To make everything worse, when Gwen came home and found a police car outside her house, her first instinct would be “oh this should be interesting!” Not, “oh I hope nothing serious happened to my family!” Her “curiosity” led her into the house to find out why the cops where there, and then her “curiosity” helped her get over her tears to ask her dad questions. All the while clutching her stuffed tiger to herself, but not close enough to her heart because there are boobs in the way now.

By the time her dad explained that only certain adults know about magic, and that it was to only be used in a certain way. I about lost it. “We’re more than $18 trillion in debt. Don’t you think it’s a little odd that a country so beyond bankruptcy continues to function and prosper?” I was like aljfsdaif?!

So needless to say, I could not finish this book after a few pages with the explanation that magic is the answer to the economy problem. I wanted to like it, I really did, but alas I just could not.

 “There’s only one offender who fits this modus operandi.”

 

Posted in Young Adult

The MakeUp Book Tag

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First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out! Second, I would like to thank Ash @ OnceUponABookshelf for tagging me!

Primer
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with Six of Crows and Girl Against the Universe. Both of these books left lasting impressions in their own way. They almost had me in a book slump because I didn’t want to pick up another book that might not live up to the greatness I just finished.

 

Foundation
Favorite first book in a series

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Alice in Zombieland was the first book I read by Gena Showalter and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I got sucked into this first book, and then quickly devoured the rest of the series.

Concealer
Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

 

The two main characters in these books just really annoyed me. I could have lived my life perfectly fine without them. I didn’t know that a main character could have/be as many cliches as these two. 

Powder
Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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I do have some issues with the last book of the Lunar Chronicles, but I also absolutely loved Winter. This was just a great book to finish a fantastic series.

Eyebrows
Pick a book you think everyone should read

 

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I would probably say The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It has almost a little bit of everything for everyone.

Eyeshadow
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

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I haven’t read this book yet, but I love the cover!

Eyeliner
Pick a dark and mysterious book

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This is a fairy tale retelling that you didn’t see coming. Cinderella isn’t the nice and innocent girl from the Disney movie, instead she has a bit of a mean streak.

Mascara
Pick a long book

 

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This is most likely the longest book on my shelves, but that isn’t surprising considering it is Harry Potter. I love this entire series, and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! 😉

Blush
Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

 

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Hmm . . . I would have to say that this was the most recent cringe worthy romance. You have your insta-love, and the “I’ll do whatever you say because I love you” mentality from the main character. Yikes.

Highlighter
Pick a book that brightens your day

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Dessen is probably one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I am in between series, I love just picking up one of her books and getting lost in her universe. Each book is set in the same town, so it is great rereading a book and seeing how they all fit in with each other.

 

Lipstick
Your favorite book kiss

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I can’t really think of which characters shared a book kiss that is my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the little romance that was in this book. The ending though is what makes it all that much better!

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this quick fun book tag!

Posted in Young Adult

The Forbidden Wish Review

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Published: February 23, 2016 by Razorbill

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Goodreads Summary:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

This was a fantastic retelling of Aladdin. It had the similarities of the Disney movie we all know and love, but for the most part was still it’s own story. Where Aladdin was focused around him and Genie, the Forbidden Wish is focused on Zahra and her interactions with Aladdin and the other characters. There was definitely a slight feminist feel to this book, which I thought was great.

“You’re a—you’re a—”

Say it, boy. Demon of fire. Monster of smoke. Devil of sand and ash. Servant of Nardukha, Daughter of Ambadya, the Nameless, the Faceless, the Limitless. Slave of the Lamp. Jinni.

“. . . a girl!” he finishes.

For a second, I can only blink at him.

Zahra was a very strong character, but she still had her weaknesses that made her human even though it’s been a very long time since she was one. Early on in the story we find out that she is haunted by her last master, and she wants to gain her freedom by any means necessary. Zahra uses Aladdin and his wishes to gain access to the palace where she has to fulfill her promise in order to gain her freedom. So part of that means Zahra tries to push Aladdin onto the princess, but instead we see the romance that buds between them. With freedom so close to her fingertips, Zahra has to make a choice, freedom from her lamp or Aladdin?

For the first time I think about what comes after I win my freedom. For so long that’s been my single goal, but what happens next? Do I return to Ambadya, where they hate me? Do I stay in the human world, where they would destroy me if they knew what I was? I have nowhere to go to and no one to spend my freedom with, and for the first time I begin to wonder if that’s really freedom at all, or if I’m exchanging one prison for another.

Aladdin, just like in the original, is a thief and wishes to become a prince to get the girl. That’s about the only aspect that is similar. Here he is a charmer and likes to drink. This made him more real as a character instead of the stereotypical Disney prince.


‘‘Even a thief may have honor, and even a jinni may have a heart.’’

The other characters in this novel is just as great as Zahra and Aladdin. There is a group of girls who don’t slut shame or put down each other. Rather they are friends and together they are stronger. As much as I liked the feminist touch in this story, there was a lot of names to remember as well as their personalities.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Even though it took awhile since it was an audiobook, I would recommend it. The narrator did a very good job distinguishing the different characters, which also helped keep the characters apart.

Posted in Arc, NetGalley, Young Adult

Withering Rose Review

Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis26805518

Published: May 17, 2016

Book 2 out of the Once Upon a Curse series

I received an arc of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Summary:

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

I received this arc from NetGalley without having read the first book. I was a little nervous about reading a sequel in a series, but what sold me was the fact that the books are inter-connected but stand-alones. After reading the book, I felt like I wasn’t missing a lot from the universe even though I didn’t read the first book. So that was nice.

After reading the Lunar ChroniclesI kind of have been reading a lot more fairy-tale reimaginings lately. I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. At first, I thought that the main character wasn’t going to be up to par but she proved me wrong. I didn’t like that Omorose just jumped to conclusions all the time without thinking of the situation, but she quickly grew out of that. In the beginning she was a very weak and meek person, having to hide who she is, but throughout the story Omorose quickly grew into the person she was supposed to have been if the earthquake that changed everything didn’t happen. (I kind of wish that the earthquake event was explained a little bit more, especially since it was the main event that collided Omorose’s world and Earth together.)

“‘Dance with me,’ he whispers. My gaze drops to his. I don’t understand the pain in those eyes, but I understand the hope. And it guides me to him.”

Cole was a great beast and I enjoyed reading his story! I liked that Cole and Omorose’s love wasn’t instantaneous, but grew slowly as they grew to trust each other. They each have secrets and past experiences that hinder them in the beginning, but they slowly got over it. Their relationship felt natural and the chemistry was palpable throughout the whole book!

Overall, this was a quick and easy read. This book followed the original story fairly well, but obviously with a whole new twist to it. The characters were enjoyable, the plot was action packed and moved somewhat quickly, and the setting was original. I couldn’t immediately tell the ending, but I was hoping for Omorose and Cole the entire time!

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

Alice Takes Back Wonderland Review

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons

Published: September 28, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press

Goodreads Summary:

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.