Monday, 17 June 2013

Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness, #1) by Kellie Sheridan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and Netgalley.
Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.

Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and Netgalley.)
It’s 150 years since Alice first set foot in Wonderland, and the problems she created haven’t been forgotten. Now a new Alice is set to return.

Rose is the white Queen, she sees the future, and knows that change is coming, the question is; will the change be in her favour?
Gwen has been reading signs and is waiting for the arrival of the white rabbit to signal Alice’s arrival. When will Alice finally get there though?
Lucky is minding her own business when she’s sucked through to another dimension. What does this mean and how can she stop it from happening?
When and how will Alice arrive? And what will it mean for Wonderland when she does?

This was an interesting start to the start of a new ‘Alice in Wonderland’ retelling series. However, while knew that this was a novella, I didn’t really realise that this was more like a story split into a serial rather than a series of stories.

This first novella introduces us to a lot of different characters. We learn that it’s a long time since Alice come to and then left Wonderland, and we also learn that she’s about to return.
This part of the story give us a little insight into Alice, and the main players in the story – the white and red queens, Lucky ‘the white rabbit’, and Gwen another Wonderland inhabitant. This really is little more than an introduction to the story, and will definitely leave you wanting more. The scene is set for the rest of the story, and it seems that there will be multiple people involved, but we get little else.
I think that personally I would be tempted to wait until all the parts are released so that I could read them straight through like a normal book, I think otherwise there would be a chance that certain intricacies of the story could be forgotten from one part to the next. I did like this first part though, but I would have liked to have had the full book in one go!
Overall; this was an interesting start to the story, but it is only the start!
7 out of 10.


  1. Interesting! And I agree -- if there is a series of novellas, I think I'd rather wait and read them all at once! Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I got this free on amazon a long time ago and always wondered how it was. happy to hear it was pretty good.